By Joshua Ford | Waccamaw Contributor
Waccamaw defeated Carvers Bay by a score of 44-0, winning their first home opener since 2016 when they defeated St. James 19-17. The Warriors racked up 456 yards of total offense while holding the Bears to just 136 total yards.
Friday night’s game started shakily for both squads. Waccamaw received the opening kickoff and had an illegal block in the back call on their first play from scrimmage, a first down run by sophomore running back Kaimon Skinner.
The Warriors responded with a 46-yard strike to senior receiver Tyree Funnye from junior quarterback Denson Chrisler. However, the drive ended in a fumble in the red zone.
Carvers Bay then fumbled on the first play of the ensuing possession and Waccamaw took full advantage with a 19-yard touchdown pass on the following play. Chrisler placed the pass where only Funnye could leap up and grab it for the quick 6-0 lead. Chrisler dazzled, notching 370 yards and five touchdowns in his first varsity start. Funyee was on the receiving end of three of those touchdowns, racking up 184 yards on six receptions.
After a fourth down stop for the Warrior defense, Funnye scored on a 41-yard pass from Chrisler to give Waccamaw a 12-0 lead.
Funnye caught his third touchdown in the second quarter, this one for 73 yards, running right past his defender on a nine route. After a failed two-point conversion, Waccamaw’s lead was pushed to 18-0. Waccamaw had a trick up their sleeve on their next possession. Facing 3rd and nine, the Warriors threw a screen pass to running back Javion Simmons, a sophomore, who took off for a 32-yard touchdown to put the Warriors ahead 25-0 at half.
After a turnover on downs for Carvers Bay, where their starting QB was injured and did not return to the game, the teams exchanged three and outs.
Kaimon Skinner added to the lead in the third quarter when he bounced an inside run to the outside where the Carvers Bay defense wouldn’t catch him. That 54-yard rushing score put Waccamaw ahead 31-0.
The Warriors scored pushed their lead to 37-0 with 7:49 left in the game on a 30 yard touchdown pass to Green. Waccamaw brought in freshman QB Jaret Yonker later in the quarter, and Yonker promptly led the Warriors on a 29-yard touchdown drive that ended in a touchdown pass from Yonker to Strang.
Warriors head coach Shane Fidler said this game was “the most fun he’s had coaching football”. The players showered him in Gatorade with a minute left in the game.
The newly expanded bleachers were packed and the crowd stayed until the final buzzer rang and let out a victorious cry: something Waccamaw hopes to hear more of as the season progresses.
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