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Sumter shuts out second straight opponent in 40-0 victory over Northwestern

By Jackson Hoshour | Sumter Contributor

Sumter extended their winning streak to four games on Friday night, crushing Northwestern 40-0. Making their overall record to open the season 4-0.

The last three games for the Gamecocks have been nothing short of dominant, outscoring their opponents 164-2. The Gamecocks are ranked seventh in the state, and are making a strong case to be looked at as one of the favorites to take part in the state championship game played at Williams Brice Stadium.

Sumter opened up the scoring early in the first quarter behind a 2-yard touchdown run by Nathan Harris-Waynick. On the next drive Sumter decided to use some trickery as Hayden Vasquez pitched the ball behind him to Anthony Dinkins-McCall who then proceeded to lob a pass to senior fullback Jordan McGee for a 20-yard touchdown pass to end the first quarter leading 14-0. 

Jordan McGee would then catch another touchdown to open up the scoring in the second quarter, this time an 18-yard reception from quarterback Hayden Vasquez. McGee finished the night with those two receptions for 38 yards and two touchdowns. Dyson Roberts followed up the touchdown with a 42-yard field goal to take a 24-0 lead into the half. Senior kicker Dyson Roberts was perfect on the night, going 2-2 in the field goal department and 4-4 for extra points.

The second half was much of the same for the Gamecocks, outscoring the Trojans 16-0 behind two rushing touchdowns from Nathan Harris-Waynick. Harris-Waynick scored on a 26-yard run and then on a 1-yard run late in the fourth quarter, finishing with 14 carries for 79 yards and three touchdowns.

The Gamecock defense stepped up once again, as it has all season long, only allowing 86 total yards on the night. The defense was fueled by five interceptions. Jabari Tiller lead the team with two interceptions, followed by O’Donnell Fortune, Kameron Pearson and Davin Jackson with one a piece. Blayne Aycock led the team with eight tackles, followed by Devon Jackson with 7 tackles.

Georgia Southern commit Anthony Dinkins-McCall lead the Gamecocks in rushing with 15 carries for 150 yards, while North Carolina Commit Tylee Craft lead the Gamecocks in receiving with 5 receptions for 75 yards.

The Gamecock defense is allowing just 5.75 points per game, while the offense is averaging 48 points per game. If you are having trouble figuring out how many touchdowns per game that is, that is slightly under seven touchdowns a game. 

“Our mindset was to go out there and play Sumter football, like we have been all season. We wanted to play fast, smart and physical,” said McGee after his two touchdown performance.

Sumter looks to continue their hot start to the season next friday on the road against Bluffton.

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