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Gamecocks dominate L-E, move to 6-0

By Jackson Hoshour | Sumter Contributor

Sumter extended their winning streak to six games on Friday night, dismantling Lugoff Elgin 58-6. The win pushes the Gamecocks overall record 6-0 and their region record to 1-0. 

The Gamecocks have been destroying the competition all year, outscoring their opponents 320-50. Sumter moved up in the 5A rankings from 7th to 5th this week and are making an argument to move up once again. 

Sumter scored the majority of their points in the first half starting with a safety when they tackled the Lugoff-Elgin running back in the endzone for a safety.

On the Gamecocks next possession, Georgia Southern commit Anthony Dinkins-McCall exploded for a 63-yard touchdown run. Nathan Harris-Waynick added another touchdown before the end of the quarter, this one a 5-yard rushing touchdown to stretch the lead to 16-0. Dinkins-McCall finished with 8 carries for 118 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Lugoff-Elgin scored their only points of the game to start the second quarter with a 3-yard touchdown run to cut the deficit to 16-6.

North Carolina commit Tylee Craft then returned the ensuing kickoff for an 85-yard touchdown. Sumter scored on their next three drives before heading into the locker room for halftime. Nathan Harris-Waynick ran for a 4-yard touchdown run, followed by the quarterback Hayden Vasquez rushing for a 15-yard touchdown then once again followed up by the only passing touchdown of the night by Hayden Vasquez to Tylee Craft for a 14-yard touchdown. Tylee Craft finished with four receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown.

Sumter took a 44-6 lead heading to heading to halftime. It was more of the same in the second half for the Gamecocks on both sides of the ball. Harris-Waynick added another rushing touchdown and Dinkins-McCall did as well, to finish out the scoring at 58-6.

Coming into the game, Sumter’s offense was averaging 52.4 points per game, after this game it would jump up just a bit to 53.3 points per game, which is quite a feat when you’re already averaging over 50 points per game.

The Gamecock defense was only giving up 8.8 points prior to this contest, after giving up just 6 points Friday night that will decrease just a hair as well to 8.1 points per game. 

Sumter goes into a bye week next week on a 6-game winning streak. Sumter’s next contest will be on October 18th vs Blythewood High School, an important region game for both teams.

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