The Wren Hurricanes forced 6 turnovers and swept to a 53-0 blowout victory over the Palmetto Mustangs Friday night in Williamston.
The Hurricanes coasted once inland. Wren made landfall in the 2nd half and turned into a measly rain shower after scoring all 53 points in the 1st half. With a running clock and good sportsmanship in play, it was far from a diss on the Canes.
Following the game, Wren head coach Jeff Tate was pleased with his guys’ performance.
“I thought our execution on offense was really good, especially in the first quarter,” Tate said. “Defensively, we were sound, made good decisions, breaking on the ball and tackled well, took good angles, gave us good field position.
“Our playmakers got a chance to make plays and they made plays.”
Scoring started early for the Hurricanes (2-3) when Gavin Owens connected with Shavis Edwards for a 34-yard touchdown only 2 minutes into the game.
Lucas Reid added a field goal 2 minutes later after Palmetto (0-3) botched the kickoff. Later in the 1st quarter, Travon West punched it in from 3 yards out to make it 18-0. On the 1st play of Palmetto’s ensuing drive, West took one to the house.
West scored twice, on different sides of the ball, with only the time it took him to make a house call coming off the clock.
Owens added another touchdown pass to Kaden Hutto for 8 yards to end the Canes’ prolific 1st quarter.
The 2nd quarter featured quarterback Trey Horne, who has been offered a scholarship by Marshall University.
Horne found Tanzae Rowe for a 59-yard touchdown with 7:31 left in the 2nd quarter and later C.J. Willingham for a 24-yard touchdown with 5:03 left.
Both Hurricane quarterbacks played well. Owens went 6-8 for 135 yards and 2 touchdowns. Horne went 6-11 for 124 yards and 2 touchdowns, also.
Malachi Hill, who was honored Friday at the Anderson Touchdown Club for his excellent performance against Easley, scored the final touchdown for the Hurricanes, a 5-yard rush. On the night, Hill had 5 carries for 19 yards and a touchdown.
The positives for Palmetto were barely visible. On the defensive end, K.J. Mansel shined with 3 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack and 3 quarterback pressures. Gabe Harvey had 6 tackles and 1 interception.
Tate said, “Happy for the kids, happy for the school. We just gotta continue to work and try to get better.”
The Hurricanes face Hillcrest at home next. The Mustangs seek a 1st win from Pendleton, which won its 1st against West Oak.