By Jackson Hoshour | Sumter Contributor
Sumter closed out their regular season the same way they have closed out every game this year, with a victory. The Gamecocks extended their winning streak to nine games and secured another perfect record in the regular season by dismantling region foe Irmo 34-14.
The Gamecocks have not had many close games this year, outscoring their opponents in the regular season 412-99. They are still sitting comfortably in the 5A state rankings at the number 5 spot and go into the playoffs next week as the number 1 seed which grants them home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
The Gamecocks scored the majority of their points in the first quarter on Friday night. Hayden Vasquez opened up the scoring early with a 1-yard touchdown run followed by Vasquez then hitting Tylee Craft in stride for a 22-yard touchdown pass on the next possession. On the last possession of the first quarter Nathan Harris-Waynick found his way into the end zone with a 1-yard touchdown run right before time expired to give the Gamecocks a 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
That would be all of the scoring for the Gamecocks until the fourth quarter. After a 28-yard touchdown pass for Irmo in the second quarter, that would be all the scoring for them for them until the fourth quarter as well.
The Gamecocks had two rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter, both by Nathan Harris-Waynick. One a 42-yard touchdown run and the other a 1-yard touchdown run. Irmo capped off the scoring on the night with a 45-yard touchdown run to make the final score 34-14.
Sophomore quarterback Hayden Vasquez was 10-17 for 166 yards and a touchdown. Harris-Waynick lead the rushing attack for the Gamecocks with 20 rushes for 120 yards and 3 touchdowns. North Carolina Commit Tylee Craft led the way receiving with five receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown.
Sumter opens up the playoffs at home this Friday against Woodmont High School. The Gamecocks have struggled in the past in the playoffs, losing in the first two rounds in the last two years. They will look to ride the momentum of their second consecutive perfect regular season all the way to the 5A state championship game played at Williams Brice Stadium in Columbia.
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