By Joshua Ford | Waccamaw Contributor
Waccamaw corrected the mistakes from their loss to Aynor two weeks, defeating Military Magnet Academy 46-12 at home. The Warriors improved their record to 2-1 with the victory,
“The hurricane bye week helped erase the memory and move on,” head coach Shane Fidler said about the Aynor game. “I think they learned at the Aynor game that they gotta handle success differently and that the things we emphasize in practice are important.”
Waccamaw got things going quickly as their first play from scrimmage was a 40-yard run from running back Kaimon Skinner. Skinner took the carry to the right side of the field, but ran all the way back to the left sideline where he was able to make a cut upfield and take the ball to the Eagle’s 15-yard line. After a flag cost the Warriors 10 yards, quarterback Denson Chrisler threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Kam Green to put Waccamaw ahead 7-0
On the Eagle’s first drive, they got a whole lot of cornerback Stacy Wilson. The Sophomore forced an incompletion on first down by tackling the receiver right as the ball got to him, and on third down, Wilson knocked the ball out of the receiver’s hands to force a punt.
On the ensuing possesion, Sophomore Stacy Wilson got a hand on a punt, which bounced in the endzone where linebacker Tre Phillips was able to recover it to give the Warriors a 14-0 lead.
“We were practicing for days and days and practice makes perfect,” Wilson said. “We just came out and made a play you know?”
The Warriors defense forced a three and out on the next drive, and Kaimon Skinner took the punt 57 yards to the endzone for a 20-0 lead.
Waccamaw’s defense stood strong after giving up a 41-yard run on a third down on the next possesion. The Warriors held up on an Eagle fourth down attempt.
“Defensively, I thought Kweli Edwards played a really great game and Harrison Cooper, on defense, I thought they played excellent,” Fidler said. “Stacy Wilson had some great physical plays and hopefully we can build off of those positives moving on.”
“The mindset was to watch as much film as we can, execute, make sure we get every tackle and make sure we play as a team,” Wilson said. “I missed a lot of tackles and stuff last game, but I came back to practice and worked on form tackling and came out with the new me.”
On Waccamaw’s ensuing possession, punter Markell Strang fumbled the ball after an off snap setting up Military Magnet Academy at the Warrior 20. They took advantage by taking it to the 1 yard line where their quarterback ran in to make it 20-6 with 1:56 left in the first quarter.
Waccamaw wasn’t done however. Kaisaun Grate returned the kicoff from near the 20-yard line, made one move to find an opening, and then sprinted towards the endzone. He was brought down by with a horse collar tackle at the 1-yard line, but then he received a carry at fullback the next play and fell in to make it 26-6.
In the second quarter, Waccamaw kept adding on. After a punt by Military Magnet, wide receiver Tyree Funnye leapt into the air to grab a contested ball from Chrilser for a 23-yard play. Two plays later, Funnye caught a 40-yard touchdown.
Funnye added another touchdown shortly thereafter, catching a short pass from Chrisler, and cutting up the right sideline past two defenders for an 80-yard score to extend the Warriors lead to 40-6.
Running back Javion Simmons opened the scoring the second half with a 12-yard run, breaking initial contact, to make the score 46-6 with 14 seconds left in the third.
“I thought we threw the ball pretty well tonight,” Fidler said. “They play man defense which is hard to throw the ball against, typically. What we saw on film was that teams had a tough time throwing the ball against them, but we were able to do that. Denson Chrisler is back on track, our passing game is back on track, we got all the guys involved so that’s a good thing … All we gotta do now is find those errors, ball security, tackling, etc., and fix it.”
Chrilser only played one and a half quarters until they pulled him out so freshman Jaret Yonker could get some action.
“I thought Denson Chrisler played very well,” Fidler said “He saw man coverage tonight, which is going to be more people attacking him from the defense so he’s got to get the ball out quicker and he has to be more on point and he was so hopefully he got that last game out of him. Now he’s back on the track that we know he can be.”
“Kam Green did a real good job catching the football and running with it,” Fidler added. “I thought he did a real good job, especially blocking in the run game. I’m super impressed with him. Thought the offensive line did a good job. They moved the pile and played great assignment football.”
With many backups playing throughout the game, the coaches got to see the potential of their roster.
“We have football players on our team, that are on our bench, that could start for other teams in our region,” Fidler said. “So we gotta start developing that depth, getting them some run, see what we got out of em so that way going forward, that allows us to do more packages and allow us to get more kids in the game at different spots and allows us to be creative.”
“This was a good week for us to get back on track defensively,” Fidler said. “Now we have to see if we’re gonna take the next step next week.”
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