By Joshua Ford | Waccamaw Contributor
After securing their second victory in a row, Waccamaw finally can say they’re on a roll. The Warriors beat the North Charleston Cougars 42-0 on Friday, their second shut out of the season to improve their overall record to 3-1.
The Warriors began the game with great field position after a botched punt by the Cougars. Running back Javion Simmons then took a jet sweep and juked his way into the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown to put Waccamaw ahead 7-0 with 8:29 to go in the first quarter.
The Warriors finally recorded their first sack of the season on the ensuing possession senior defense captain Walker Parler chased down the North Charleston quarterback from his middle linebacker spot for a big loss to force a punt.
“It really helped our team out and I feel like that’s where we got most of our momentum from,” Parler said.
Parler was second on the team in tackles with seven, but three of them were for lost yardage. Tyler Fico lead the Warriors with eight tackles.
Waccamaw added their next touchdown later in the first quarter when Kaimon Skinner scored from 12 yards out to grow push Waccamaw’s lead to 13-0. Skinner finished with 16 carries for 111 yards and three touchdowns.
“It feels great but I didn’t get those touchdowns alone,” Skinner said. “The whole offense worked together and we got it together.”
Waccamaw’s next offensive drive was a doozy.
After a 30-yard pass from junior quarterback Denson Crisler to a leaping Tyree Funnye, a pass interference call on the next play put the Warriors at at the 20 yard line.
Skinner then took a handoff and ran to the left, running back behind the line of scrimmage about 20 yards where he circled around and dashed to the six yard line. Skinner then notched his second touchdown of the game on third and goal from the one yard line. The Warriors stretched the lead to 21-0 with a faked point after attempt where holder Zachary Taylor found Phillips in the endzone.
The Cougars turned the ball over on their next drive, when Waccamaw safety Scott Stephens snagged his third interception of the season, returning it back for a touchdown. However, a holding call took away the score and the Warrior offense was set up at the 15 of the Cougars.
“We made a mistake in the second quarter: we had the free safety get in the wrong place, but he fixes it, intercepts it and returns it to the house but it gets called back,” head Coach Shane Fidler said of the sequence. “That’s what made me happy: to see kids correct their mistakes.”
Waccamaw was forced to kick, but a roughing the kicker call set them up again, and they took advantage with a 9-yard touchdown pass from Crisler to Funnye where the senior leapt above the defensive back for the catch, making it 28-0.
Skinner added his third touchdown in the third quarter, a 19-yard touchdown run that put the game out of reach at 35-0.
The Warriors added their final score when Parler came in at quarterback and threw a 9-yard touchdown to Grate in the fourth quarter.
“Defense played amazing,” Fidler said. “They rallied to the football, which is what we asked them, and they tackled well. They brought physicality to the game.”
“Ever since Aynor put up some points, we’ve just gotten more physical and we don’t ever wanna get embarrassed like that again,” Parler said. “Everyone just does their jobs and whenever you do your jobs it just works out better.”
Now Waccamaw wants to handle this success and keep it going through their next game at St. John’s and into region play.
“It gives us more confidence but we still made mistakes tonight,” Skinner said of the success. “We just gotta fix those and when we fix those, we’ll be an even better team … We’re gonna celebrate but we’re gonna get back to it Monday.”
“We just feel like since we’ve been winning, we feel way more special as a school than what we were last year,” Parler said. “Everytime we win, we just feel like we’re not going to be looked down on like last year.”
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