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SCHS football rolls past Wade Hampton
Coming close to 500 yards of offense for the second week in a row, the scalding-hot, seventh-ranked Screven County Gamecocks of Coach Ron Duncan scored on their final six possessions to break open a 7-7 second quarter game.
The end result at Kelly Memorial Stadium on Sept. 11 was a 49-7 Rooster win over the Wade Hampton, S.C., Red Devils that improved the SCHS team to 3-0. Class AAAA Windsor Forest will be here Friday for the annual Homecoming game.
Taking nearly half of the first quarter with an 11-play, 79-yard opening drive into the visiting Devils’ end zone, SCHS jump quickly to a 7-0 lead.
Senior Jermany Hawkins bulled in from four yards out on fourth-and-goal to dent the scoreboard with 6:44 remaining in the opening stanza. Tyler Owens added the first of five PATs following the score.
Following the score by the home Red and White, the game became a little bizarre.
Wade Hampton picked up 35 yards on its first two plays from scrimmage but did not get a first down on either. Penalties pushed them back each time. When the Devils ultimately punted, SCHS roughed the punter and the visitors kept the ball.
Still WHHS punted after one first down.
“Wade Hampton came out and played hard,” said Duncan. “That’s the best I have seen them play this year early in the game.”
A 2-yard pickup by Malik Prescott ended the first quarter.
On the first play of the second quarter, Wade Hampton’s James Orr scooped up a blown Gamecock handoff and raced into the end zone 37 yards away. Suddenly, the game was tied on Harper Cook’s PAT.
The ensuing possession saw the Roosters go three-and-out. Just as quickly, the game fell back into the recent trend.
Wade Hampton then went three-and-out and everything clicked for the Gamecocks.
Duncan wanted to give his coaches a lot of credit for the offensive improvement after the early stumbles.
“They gave us a slightly different front and really moved people around,” Duncan said of Wade Hampton’s defensive line. “Our coaches did a good job of tweaking some things upfront to give us the power running game back.”
On their remaining possessions, SCHS quarterback Armani Bunbury hit receiver Tyquan Johnson with a 37-yard touchdown pass and followed that with a 19-yarder to Ronnie Johnson.
Hawkins then galloped in from 52 yards out before Prescott scored from five yards out.
Bunbury finished the first team’s night with a 13-yard run with 10:31 left in the game.
Kashawn Robinson finished all of the scoring with a 1-yard run.
Along the way, Owens hit four more PATs and Hawkins had a two-point conversion. There were two snaps to run out the first half clock.
Coupled with the scoring deluge of the Rooster offense was the total dominance of the Dirty Bird defense.
After their defensive score that tied the game on the second quarter’s first play, the Red Devil offense accumulated 34 yards rushing and 38 passing. They finished the night with just 114 total yards, never converting a third down in nine tries.
Behind another great performance by the SCHS offensive line, there were a total of 381 yards rushing and 93 passing.
While Prescott (16 rushes for 188 yards); Hawkins (4-67); Bunbury (6-63); and Robinson (4-25) were running wild, Lucas Boddiford, Derrick Arnett, Stephen Thompson, Richmond Whitfield, Davien Perry, and JT Hodges were doing the dirty work up front.
Though the air, Bunbury was 6-for-8 with his fifth and sixth scoring tosses of the young season. Tyquan Johnson snared four passes for 71 yards.
The third stellar defensive effort of the season saw Ashton Solomon in on 11 tackles; Hawkins and Eric Hayward eight each; and Xavier Sheppard in on seven tackles with Kevin Walker in on five.
After limiting Westside to zero snaps inside SCHS territory on Sept. 4, the Dirty Bird D allowed Wade Hampton just four on Sept. 11, one of them being a punt.
Asked to summarize the night Duncan concluded, “I thought we had good effort form our guys. Big crowd also was nice.”