By Jackson Hoshour | Sumter Contributor
The Sumter Gamecocks improved to 3-0 on the season with a huge 61-0 victory over rival Lakewood on Friday night.
After playing Crestwood last game and winning 63-2, the Gamecocks have outscored both of their crosstown rivals 124-2. The 7th ranked team in the state is continuing to show why they are the best team in the county and they’re making an argument to move up in the this week’s rankings.
The Gamecocks established their dominance in the first half, scoring 40 points before halftime. A lot of those scoring opportunities came from great field position from Sumter’s special teams unit, but starting quarterback Hayden Vasquez and the rest of the Gamecock offense ensured that field position wouldn’t go to waste by putting points on the board early and often.
Nathan Harris-Waynick opened up the scoring for the Gamecocks with a tough 11-yard rushing touchdown. Harris-Waynick would then rush for a another 2-yard rushing touchdown on the very next possession. Harris-Waynick finished with seven carries for 92 yards and three touchdowns.
Georgia Southern commit Anthony Dinkins-McCall then found a huge hole in the middle of the field and breakout for a 27-yard rushing touchdown to put the Gamecocks ahead 20-0. Dinkins-McCall led the team in rushing yards with eleven carries for 110 yards and two touchdowns.
On the first play of the very next possession Hayden Vasquez connected with North Carolina commit Tylee Craft on a deep shot for a 60-yard touchdown pass to extend Sumter’s lead to 27-0.
Vasquez then connected with Craft again, this time for a 6-yard touchdown pass, and also with Lodaine Redwood for a 67-yard touchdown just before the half.
Craft finished with two receptions for 66 yards and two touchdowns. Marcus Lane led the team in receiving yards with five receptions for 93 yards.
The Gamecocks defense yet again showed up in a big way, allowing the Gators just 37 yards on the night.
South Carolina commit O’Donnell Fortune made a phenomenal defensive play with a one-handed interception that he returned back to the 1-yard line after a touchdown-saving tackle from Lakewood quarterback Cody Windham.
Fortune finished with four tackles, two tackles for loss and that interception. Blayne Aycock led the gamecocks in tackles with ten tackles, a tackle for loss and a sack.
“The defense and I feel like we have proven ourselves and showed that we can lineup against anyone and we are confident heading into region play,” said Aycock after his stellar performance.
The Gamecocks look to continue their winning streak next Friday at home against Northwestern.
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