By Jack Jeffrey | Pinewood Prep Contributor
Pinewood Prep fell 56-22 to Trinity-Byrnes in their home opener.
It take didn’t Trinity-Byrnes long to find the end zone on Friday night. Reggion Bennet took the opening kickoff to the house, giving the Titans an early 7-0 lead.
“We have run the ball well and defended the run fairly well thus far. We hope to be able to get better this week offensively and defensively with respect to the passing game,” said Jared Amell, head coach of Trinity-Byrnes before the game.
Trinity-Byrnes did just that.
Quarterback Jordan Jones threw touchdowns on back-to back drives, the second, a lofted pass down the left sideline to Nick Jones. The Titans rushing attack is what led the way however as the trio of running backs, Nick Jones, Reggion Bennet, and Donovan Lambert gave the Panthers defense trouble all night.
Pinewood Prep though, did find their own rhythm on offense. Sophomore quarterback T.J. Hatchett threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Josh Higuchi. Higuchi also caught a 60-yard touchdown in the second half and finished the game with 6 catches for 180 yards and two scores.
“The big plays provided a spark, but I hope it will carry over into more success for the team so we can get into the win column,” said Higuchi after the game.
With Pinewood’s quarterback Myron Wigfall still dealing with an ankle injury, T.J. Hatchett got his first career varsity start for the Panthers. “It was exciting throughout the whole game,” said Hatchett. “We started slow, but once the offense started playing our game it all clicked and I had some good passes to Josh and Ben Brown and they made some great plays out of it.”
Turnovers played a big role in Pinewood’s early deficit. The Panthers turned the ball over three times and Trinity-Byrnes capitalized on all three of them.
The Panthers moved the ball well through the air and scored their first rushing touchdown of the season when running back Cameron Carroll muscled his way into the endzone late in the game.
Pinewood has fallen behind big, early in both of their games, which is something they can’t do in their upcoming matchup versus Porter-Gaud.
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