Joshua Ford | Waccamaw Contributor
Waccamaw fell short in their homecoming game against Bishop England by a score of 33-17. The Warriors lost their first home game of the season and drop to 5-2 (1-1 in region) and the Battling Bishops advance to 4-2 (2-0) taking the top spot in the region.
“They had a great game plan, and we tried to make adjustments but we just couldn’t execute to get those adjustments rolling,” Warriors’ head coach Shane Fidler said. “I said all week that we win this game if we win the line of scrimmage, which we should’ve won the line of scrimmage from what we saw on film and how we’ve been playing, but tonight we didn’t. We got out-executed and it showed on the scoreboard it’s real simple.”
Waccamaw was held to just 152 total yards while the Bishops had 378. Waccamaw QB Denson Crisler went eight of 19 for 109 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Running back Kaimon Skinner was held to just 35 yards on 10 carries, by far his lowest on the season. Senior receiver Tyree Funnye lead in receiving with four catches for 104 yards and a TD.
Bishop England QB Cameron Costa had a big game, going 24 of 32 for 278 yards and a passing and rushing touchdown.
“We stopped the run and the only play that really worked on us was the little screen play to the left or right in the quick flats,” said linebacker Nick Nash who had eight tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. “We should’ve had that though. Other than that, I think we had ‘em.”
Waccamaw kicker Jackson Forrest got the Warriors on the board early, making a 26-yard field goal to give the Warriors a 3-0 lead with 3:11 left in the first quarter.
On the Bishop’s ensuing drive, Costa took the team down the field and once they reached the one yard line, he snuck it in to give BE a 7-3 lead two minutes into the quarter. Costa’s TD capped off a 13 play 69-yard drive.
Waccamaw’s offense immediately responded with a touchdown of their own.
On their first play from their own 24, Crisler took the snap from the gun and faked the handoff to Skinner. Crisler rolled to his right, made one defender miss and threw the ball down the right sideline to a leaping Tyree Funnye. Funnye then raced across the field, untouched, for the 76-yard score to get the lead back in Waccamaw’s favor 10-7.
BE charged right down the field on their next drive, occasionally speeding up the tempo. The 10-play 50-yard drive ended with a 3-yard rushing touchdown for running back Micael Long who finished the game with 113 yards on 28 carries. The Bishops took the lead back, 14-10.
Things began to look bad for the Warriors as the second half drew near. On a third-and-three, Crisler tried to throw a quick out to Funnye but linebacker Sammy Gress read it the entire play and jumped the route, taking it 30 yards for the score. Bishop England’s lead grew to 21-10 with 2:02 until intermission.
Crisler’s first pass on the very next drive was also intercepted, this time linebacker Drew Owens slid underneath the football as the pass was too high for running back Jayvion Simmons to catch.
On their first play after the interception, Costa faked the handoff to Long under center at the 28 of Waccamaw and fired over the middle to Charlie Michel who fought for extra yards but got the ball knocked out by Nash. Safety Tyler Fico made the recovery and the Warriors caught a break.
Three plays later, Crisler was brought down in the end zone for a safety. Bishop England went into the half with a 23-10 lead.
“Them boys … they really weren’t [playing around]. It was a couple of plays that they caught us on,” said sophomore cornerback Tre Blye. “I don’t want to say that we really weren’t 100 percent ready for it … we kicked it up a little bit in the second half, but they caught us lacking in the first half.”
Midway through the third, Bishop England had the ball in Waccamaw territory at the 46. Costa completed passes of 15, 19 and then a 12-yard touchdown pass to Sullivan Clair on a quick screen to increase their lead to 30-10.
Waccamaw responded with a 96-yard kickoff return touchdown by Jayvion Simmons to cut into the deficit to 30-17 with 5:03 left in the third.
Bishop England added a field goal with 2:19 left in the game to complete the scoring.
“Adversity hit and they got flustered. They’re not used to getting beat right down. They’ll pay the price on Monday for that,” Fidler said of his team. “That’s terrible and we just gotta learn to handle adversity better.”
It starts at practice for the Warriors as they prepare to hit the road to face a Manning team that is now 4-3 on the season and 2-0 in region play.
“I think we should have beat ‘em,” Nash said of the Bishops. “Just show up to practice Monday and get cracking again and run our butts off really. We just need to get more freaking [disciplined]. We’ll get back to it next week though.”
“Just focus more at practice you know,” Blye said. “Some days, since we were 5-1, we were taking it as if we were the best. But we’re not. We got better teams to play and prepare for.”
“This region is up for grabs,” Fidler said. “If we go out there and execute the way we have leading up to this game, we have a chance to win this one. … It’s a very important game. It gets us to 2-1 and them to 2-1 but it’s a chance for us to get back up there to where we wanna be.”
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