Due to the mystery rainfall that fell across upstate South Carolina last Friday night, I had the opportunity to see two games this week, Wren at Seneca and Powdersville at Berea. Both county teams won, leaving me rather happy.
I saw a tweet on Friday from Westside’s athletics director, Jeremy West, that turf was a great investment. I agree, Jeremy, but I’d like to add, can these schools invest in some lights? I felt like I was shooting a night-time pickup basketball game flooded with someone’s car headlights last night at Berea. Sheesh.
Unfortunately, I had to cover Furman at Wofford on Saturday so I couldn’t see Crescent’s shootout win over Ninety Six. It’s never bad to have an opportunity to cover such an historic South Carolina rivalry, but, had it been any other week, I probably could’ve made it out to Iva.
Anyway, to the games...
Wren 34, Seneca 21
The Hurricanes struck quickly. Two minutes into the game, Tanzae Rowe received a touch-pass from Gavin Owens and deposited the ball in the end zone 56 yards later. Before the 1st half ended, Owens had 2 more passing touchdowns, both to C.J. Willingham. At half, the Hurricanes led 31-7.
Wren faltered a bit in the 2nd half. Two interceptions from Owens gave Seneca a bit of life, but it was the Hurricane defense that solidified the game for the good guys. It was a bit worrying regarding the lack of offense from Wren in the 2nd half as it only scored 3 points.
Being up 31-7 at half could be a reason for mild coasting so I’m not worried much. However, the Hurricanes will not beat Daniel this Friday if they cannot score more than 3 in a half, no matter which half it is.
Powdersville 56, Berea 14
This was expected. Powdersville’s quest for an undefeated regular season is quite likely at this point. With Carolina Academy this week and Blue Ridge next… Coach Mustar… suit the JVs up and let ‘em at ‘em. Kidding, but I promise you still would win. In the last week, Powdersville gets Southside which started 0-5 but is 2-0 in region play.
Monday night’s Patriot offense was stellar throughout. Eli Hudgins, Thomas Williams and Drake Sloan all had great statistical nights in just a half of play.
Williams had to leave the game in the 2nd quarter with a right-leg injury. Obviously, I hope it was just a scare, but it looked serious. It’d be a devastating blow to the Patriot offense if Williams can’t suit up.
With that being said, I have full faith in the rest of the guys to keep at it.
Hanna 43, Mauldin 22
This game haunts me for reasons unrelated to the action on the field. First, I left Hanna’s opponent as Woodmont on our weekly scoreboard. Secondly, I put the wrong score. Lastly, I typed Maudlin instead of Mauldin in the gallery social postings. This was the first Hanna home game I’ve missed this year so perhaps it was karma or something superstitious.
Related to the action on the field, Hanna was dominant as usual. Thirteen different players ran the ball with Kamren Johnson, Carson Bacheller, Kenny Fretwell and Xavier Phenix-Jackson each scoring. Johnson led the way with 3 TDs.
As has been the case all this season, Hanna’s defense was prepared, intercepting 3 passes, 2 of which were snagged by Chase Burton and 1 by Brody Winter.
Hanna’s schedule is a good bit tougher than Powdersville’s down the stretch. Especially since these next three games will all be on the road (J.L. Mann, Byrnes and Hillcrest). However, Hanna is 7-0 for good reason and I don’t see them stopping now.
Greer 24, BHP 14
The Bears’ 1st-half offensive woes definitely set them back in this game. They moved the ball well, getting deep into Greer territory, but just couldn’t finish off their drives. The defense pitched a shutout in the 1st half and the Bears were up 7-0.
It was a different story in the 2nd half. The Greer offense woke up and the BHP offense regressed further.
It was a non-region game, so Bears fans shouldn’t be too upset with this one. As long as the Bears can take care of Seneca this Friday, they’ll be in good shape closing out the season.
Palmetto 41, Blue Ridge 18
Blue Ridge really missed the boat when they chose its school colors. Red, really?
Ragen Davenport turned out another good showing, 12-of-20 for 178 yards and 2 touchdowns. Running back Zach Edwards also turned in a good performance with 15 carries, 129 yards and 2 touchdowns. Xzorion Brown scored 3 more touchdowns this week, 1 on the ground, 1 receiving and a kickoff-return TD. While Palmetto faced some stiff opponents early in the year, Davenport’s play at quarterback has completely re-energized the Mustang offense and it’s apparent they can put some points on the board.
As for the defense, it’s been led by senior linebacker Gabe Harvey, and he proved why Monday night. Harvey had 20 tackles, 2 for loss, and a forced fumble.
With Berea, Southside and Carolina Academy on the docket, there’s an excellent chance the Mustangs will gallop into the playoffs.
Crescent 57, Ninety Six 40
Since this game was played on Saturday, it flew under the radar a bit. Kaydon Sauers’ ability does not fly under the radar for me. On Saturday, Sauers accounted for 6 touchdowns, 3 through the air, 3 on the ground.
The Tigers crushed Ninety Six in the 1st half, 35-13. While the defense gave up 40 points, they at least got one back as Colby Gray took a fumble from Ninety Six for 6.
The win was Crescent’s first of the region variety. They’ll be going to Christ Church this Friday and the Cavaliers have had an impressive season to date (5-1, 1-0), so it’ll be a tough test for the Tigers. Crescent closes out the season with West Oak and Liberty, so if they can make it past Friday, they’ll be more than okay.
Westside 48, Travelers Rest 20
Last week, 58-20 over Easley. This week, 48-20 over the DevilDogs. Westside has obviously heated up, and with their final two games against Walhalla and Pickens, they’ll get even hotter. They get their bye week next, so they’ll have an opportunity to rest up before finishing the season, probably pummeling Walhalla and Pickens.
We didn’t have much on this game as far as stats go but just know the offense is as potent as ever.
Daniel 56, Pendleton 0
Daniel is undefeated (7-0, 2-0) and has outscored its opponents 347-74. Given Pendleton’s almost-reverse lines, it was no surprise what happened.
With their own bye coming up, the Bulldogs can rest up and get ready to close out the season against Seneca and Wren.