By Joshua Ford | Waccamaw Contributor
Waccamaw came out victorious in their rivalry game against Georgetown on Friday, winning 28-7. It was the first varsity win for Waccamaw over Georgetown since 1997. The Warriors are now 5-1 on the season while Georgetown drops to 1-4.
“It feels good,” junior safety Tyler Fico said who recorded an inception. “Since we only got one region win last year, we’re hoping for a few more this year.”
“It meant a lot because we haven’t beat Georgetown since I was in eighth grade (B-team),” senior tight end and punter Markell Strang said who had a 14 yard catch. “It meant a lot because last year they blew us out 41-0 last year, and this year we come back and beat ‘em 28-7 so it meant a lot.”
The game started off on the right track for the Bulldogs in their homecoming game. They sacked Waccamaw’s junior quarterback Denson Crisler on third down and 12 of Waccamaw’s opening drive, forcing a quick three-and-out.
The Bulldogs responded with a quick slant taken 36 yards to the end zone on their first offensive play giving Georgetown an early 7-0 advantage.
“They outplayed us on that first play, but we recovered really well,” Fico said.
After punts from both teams, Waccamaw took over at their own 37-yard line. The Warriors drove down the field utilizing their running game. Kaimon Skinner finished with 17 rushes for 133 yards and two touchdowns, while Kaisaun Grate notched 10 rushes for 45 yards. It was Jayvion Simmons who set Waccamaw up for their first score of the game though.Simmons came in at tailback, and took a toss from Crisler 28 yards to put the Warriors in the red zone. Two plays later, Simmons took a jet sweep six yards into the end zone, and the two point conversion from Crisler to Scott Stephens gave Waccamaw a 8-7 lead with 2:57 left in the first quarter.
“‘Just get behind us and let’s run it!’”head coach Shane Fidler recalled the offensive line saying to him. “‘Give it to Kaimon, give it to Kaisaun, give it to Jay and let’s go forward! They can’t handle us!’”
“They don’t just talk the talk, they walk the walk,” Fidler said.
The Warriors totaled 221 rushing yards.
Georgetown turned the ball over on their next possession. Their quarterback rolled to the left and threw downfield toward his receiver but Fico leapt in front for the pick.
“Really I just dropped back and do what I was coached to do,” Fico said of the play. “I played the ball right, the quarterback didn’t see me and I just made the play.”
Waccamaw’s passing game never got going, derailed by several drops by Warrior receivers. Crisler finished four of 13 for 79 yards. Green had three catches for 65 yards.
“We had some opportunities to throw the ball, we just didn’t execute,” Fidler said. “Quarterback might’ve thrown the ball too far inside or we didn’t catch the football or whatever it may be, we just didn’t execute well.”
Georgetown punted on their next drive and Waccamaw wanted another score. On a second down and long, Crisler stepped up in the pocket and found Green on a crossing route over the middle. Green took the ball 29 yards to the 24 of Georgetown.
On a fourth and five, Crisler once again found Green on a post and was brought down at the three yard line. Skinner took the toss on the next play and raced for the pylon, stretching the ball across the plane for the three yard score. Waccamaw’s lead grew to 14-7 with 18 seconds until the half. Waccamaw ended the half with a sack by Kweli Edwards.
Skinner added to the Warriors lead in the third quarter when he took a misdirection handoff to the outside where he broke a tackle, delivered a mean stiff arm, and outran two defenders for a 55-yard touchdown. Waccamaw’s lead was now 21-7 with 2:12 left in the third.
Senior Walker Parler came in at quarterback for the Warriors in the fourth quarter. He faked a jet sweep to Simmons and rumbled down to the 1-yard line. Parler got up and signaled for the offense to move to a hurry-up offense, and then took the snap from an empty backfield and easily found the end zone for the 1-yard score, the last of the game.
Waccamaw held on for the remaining 9 minutes and 55 seconds to win 28-7.
The Warriors continued to have play third down defense, with Georgetown only converting one of their 10 attempts. The bulldogs were held to 115 total yards.
“I’m really proud of coach Johnson, Williams, Growl, Davis and that defensive staff. They had those boys ready to play. Super prepared all week.”
Part of that preparation had Fidler playing scout team quarterback where he ended up sustaining a minor injury.
“It was worth it though to get the win over the cross-town rivals, the over the bridge guys,” Fidler said.
“Make no mistake about it though, that team is going to win some games this year,” Fidler said of Georgetown. “They’ve got a lot of talented players and a good coaching staff so I’m super proud of our guys defensively on how they handled adversity and how they tackled.”
With one more win needed to grab a playoff spot, the team is looking to do that Friday for their homecoming game against Bishop England.
“It’s a great win, they’re going to be super happy and excited,” Fidler said of their first region win. “But can we get over it fast because we got Bishop England coming this week … We owe them from last year for what happened (21-13 L) so we gotta flip the script fast and start flipping our attention because we got bigger goals than to just win one game. So we gotta flip fast.”
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