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Gamecocks record seconds straight shutout, whip Laney 49-0
Once mighty Laney put up barely a fight last Friday night as they surrendered 402 rushing yards and nearly 500 total yards to the red hot and third-ranked Screven County Gamecocks of Ron Duncan in a 49-0, 4AA, win by the Roosters in Lucy C. Laney Stadium. SCHS improved to an overall 4-0, 2-0 in Region play, and now prepares for a big battle with Harlem’s Bulldogs (4-1, 2-0) in Kelly Memorial Stadium Friday evening.
Pounding out rushing yardage seemingly at will the Gamecock ground game accumulated 402 yards on a mere 34 carries for a healthy 11.8 per carry average.
CJ Wright had 125 yards and two scores on just nine carries, and Armani Bunbury had 106 rushing yards and a score on seven carries.
The per-carry numbers were huge for nearly everyone who had a carry.
Gary Hawkins (4-56, 1 TD); Kim Hunter (5-40, 1 TD); EJ Roberson (3-36); and Shawn Williams (4-33, 1 TD) all averaged better than eight yards per carry.
There was also a scoring toss from Bunbury (4-12-2, 68 yards) to Tyquan Johnson (3-60). Michael Johnston was 7-for-7 on PATs.
The yardage was also aided by the fact that the Roosters were flagged 18 times for 150 yards with the majority of the penalties coming against the offense. With flags a six-play, 75-yard drive was worth 110 yards of offense because of 35 yards of penalties. Another four-play, 58-yard drive was worth 78 yards of offense, saddled with 20 yards of penalties.
“We earned several of them (penalties),” said Duncan, “and we have to clean that up if we expect to beat good teams. I thought we did a good job of putting them behind us and focusing on the next play.”
Through it all the offensive line of Chase Barnes, Determon Cooper, Michael Johnston, Derrick Arnett, Davien Perry, and the tight end combination of Kashawn Robinson/Nick Garvin paved the way for the big numbers.
“I thought our offensive line played hard,” added Duncan to that thought. “We had some drops and blew a couple of assignments, but I was pleased with the effort.”
A total of 24 different players were in on tackles for a defense that threw its second consecutive shutout.
Though Laney did break the 100-yard barrier in total offense, their rushing total was 33 yards on 29 carries.
In two weeks against a pair of region foes, the veteran Dirty Bird D has allowed five yards rushing on 52 carries (0.1 per carry). The Wildcats were 10-25 passing for 84 yards with 40 of those coming on one play.
After 16 tackles for losses against Butler, there were 12 more Friday night.
“Our defense played hard,” said Duncan after his team’s second consecutive shutout. “They are playing with a lot of confidence. Still have a lot of improving to do.”
Leading tacklers for SCHS were Kendrick Cox, who was in on seven, along with Roberson (6); Demetrius Boyd (6); Hawkins (7); Robinson (7); Garvin (5); and Algerlon Pettigrew (5).
Despite the offensive success the game, which was 10 minutes late starting because of TV considerations and delayed by better than 35 minutes because of lightning in the area, things did not start well.
For the second consecutive game an interception stopped the first drive. Three consecutive incomplete passes and a 15-yard penalty forced the Roosters to punt on their ensuing possession.
Teviyon Mingle recorded a 36-yard punt on his first kick of the season.
Still the team scored on five of its next eight first half possessions.
They were on the one-yard line when the first half clock ran out.
Wright scored first; Bunbury second; then Wright again; then Hunter; and finally Johnson to make it 35-0 at the half.
The second half, as with the previous week, was played with a running clock. Scores in the final minutes came from Hawkins and Williams.
There were only two second half possessions.