By Jackson Hoshour | Sumter Contributor
Sumter improved to 2-0 on the season with a 63-2 victory over their local rival Crestwood on Friday night.
Sumter’s offense did exactly what they were striving to do Friday night — win and win big. Crestwood’s only points of the game — and first points of the season — came in the third quarter after the Gamecocks center snapped the ball over the quarterbacks head for a safety.
The rest of the game was all Gamecocks.
Sumter scored 42 points in just the first half, behind a remarkable performance from starting quarterback Hayden Vazquez. Vazquez struggled the previous week versus Rock Hill, but erupted for 192 yards and 4 touchdowns in the first half.
Marcus Lane opened the scoring for the Gamecocks with a 26-yard touchdown reception from Vazquez to give Sumter a 7-0 lead. Lane would finish with three receptions for 58 yards and two touchdowns. Vazquez then connected with North Carolina commit Tylee Craft for a 46-yard touchdown to quickly stretch the lead to 14-0. Craft led the team in receiving yards with two receptions for 74 yards and touchdown.
Anthony Dinkins-McCall, a Georgia Southern commit, followed with a 57-yard touchdown run, and Lane then added his second touchdown of the game to give Sumter a 28-0 lead the end of the first quarter.
Dinkins-McCall finished with seven rushes for 120 yards and two touchdowns while his teammate in the backfield, Nathan Harris-Waynick racked up 79 yards and two touchdowns.
The Sumter defense may have somehow been even more impressive than their offense, holding 4A Crestwood to just two points on the night. The Gamecocks allowed only two first downs, and five total yards. DeShaun McKnight led the way defensively with five tackles, a sack, and an interception.
Coach Barnes was proud of his team for the way they pushed through adversity all week and performed at such a high level after multiple players decided to quit the team prior to Friday’s night game.
Earlier in the week, senior linebacker Donte Coleman said the coaching staff had changed up practice in an effort to correct mistakes made at Rock Hill.
Those changes appeared to have done the trick on Friday night, and now they’ll look to use the momentum moving into next week when they face Conway at Sumter Memorial Stadium.
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