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Gamecock defense stifles Butler, offense scores 50

Holding their guests to negative 28 yards rushing and negative 2 total yards, the third-ranked SCHS Gamecocks rolled past visiting Butler’s Bulldogs by a 50-0 score at Kelly Memorial Stadium on Sept. 15. 

With a win in their 4AA opener now under their belt, the Roosters will travel to Augusta Friday night to face the always-tough Lucy Laney Wildcats in another region contest.

Screven’s Dirty Bird defense set the tone for the night early on dropping Butler for losses on their first three plays, two of them sacks. The final play of the series was a mere one-yard sack (from the BHS one), but, when Kashawn Robinson forced the ball from quarterback Anthony Grant’s arm and the ball went out of the end zone, SCHS had a safety and a 2-0 lead.  .

Before the night was over, there were 10 sacks, totaling 46 yards in losses, recorded by the Dirty Birds. 

Of 29 total Butler plays with recorded tackles by Gamecocks, 16 went in the loss column. Those 16 plays added up to 85 yards lost rushing and three lost passing. The visitors gained 53 yards on back-to-back plays in the second quarter; all other plays combined to lose 55.

Eight different players were in on sacks -- Robinson was a part of three; and Demetrius Boyd, Kendrick Cox, Treston Jamison, Nick Garvin, and DeCalvin Williams were a part of two each. In total tackles, Robinson was in on seven and Cox six.

“We wanted to come out and work some of our pressure package and we had success when we did that,” explained Duncan, “but we seem to forget about our technique some when we do that (referring to offensive fundamentals problems in the game). We will have a lot of self-study watching this game.”

While the defense was manhandling the Bulldog offense, the offense clad in Red and White seemed to struggle. An interception ended the first drive and, though the second drive which totaled six yards, ended in a touchdown, it came when offensive lineman Davien Perry recovered a teammate’s fumble in the end zone.

“We looked lethargic and uninterested in playing,” said Duncan.

Soon the struggling changed.

Things did begin to take shape as the Roosters put together scoring drives of 72, 75 and 70 to quickly put the game away. 

The count reached 36-0 at the half (it was 35-0 at the half a year ago) and with a running clock the entire second half, three possessions netted a pair of scores. 

After back-to-back games totaling better than 500 yards of offense, the total went down to a “mere” 305 Friday. Still the I-option offense of Ron Duncan averages a healthy 439 yards per game. 

There were no huge numbers by any individual on offense, but nine different runners combined to rush for 203 yards on 39 carries (5.21). EJ Roberson led the way with 76 yards on 15 carries. He also added a score. 

Armani Bunbury had a pair of rushing scores (8-50) and a pair of scoring tosses (6-10-1 and 111 yards). His scoring tosses went to Tyquan Johnson (2-52) for 47 yards and Robinson (1-26) for 26 yards. Seven different Gamecocks caught passes. 

Backup QB Edward Lovett also put the ball in the end zone. Michael Johnston was 6-7 on PATs.

Asked to sum up the game, Duncan concluded, “Not our best effort from an execution standpoint. We had a lot of missed assignments up front and all around poor effort. Armani had one of his better games from a composure standpoint and really got us through some of the trouble. We can’t make those mistakes and beat a quality team and we will work hard this week to correct those.”