Athlete of the Week: Braves get spark from QB Renfrow

It’s a fairly common scenario: Senior quarterback gets injured, head coach calls on backup, backup leads team to victories.

But now consider that the senior quarterback is your big brother, the coach is your father and you are Socastee High sophomore Hunter Renfrow.

It certainly adds a new dimension to the equation, just as Hunter Renfrow gave his team’s triple-option offense an added dimension in leading the Braves to back-to-back victories in their two biggest games of the season to earn the Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Week Award.

“Hunter had been the backup the whole year but he’s played a lot at other positions (wingback and wide receiver),” said Socastee coach Tim Renfrow. “He hadn’t played a lot at quarterback, but I knew he was ready. I felt he would do good job, and the coaches and players have a lot of confidence in him.”

And for good reason. In his first game as QB against St. James, which the Braves needed to win to make the postseason, Hunter rushed 10 times for 88 yards and completed all five of his passes for 110 yards and two TDs.

“That’s one of the great things about our offense. We don’t throw very much out of the option, but when you do it’s usually wide open,” said Hunter, who is usually on the receiving end of passes from his brother, Jordan.

“It was tough, but I really didn’t think about,” Hunter said of the transition to quarterback. “We have a great defense so I just wanted to do my job and try not to make mistakes and let our defense keep us in it.”

The Hunter-led offense put up 56 points against the Sharks, earning a No. 2 seed in the playoffs. Hunter got the nod again in the first round against Berkeley and helped the Braves roll to a 41-7 victory for the first home playoff win in school history.

Such a scenario seemed unlikely when the Braves were sitting 2-6, having lost four of their games by a touchdown or less. But Hunter said those hardships only made his team work harder to get where they are today – the second round of the Class AAA state playoffs.

“We played some really hard teams and some close games earlier in the year, and I knew it was going to pay off,” said Hunter, whose Braves will face top-seeded A.C. Flora on Friday. “We feel like we’re playing our best football at the right time.”

Jordan is close to making a comeback and Hunter will go back to his other positions until next season. But he doesn’t care where he lines up before the ball is snapped as long as his team is celebrating when the game is over.

“I’ve never been a backup to anyone except my brother, so it’s not a big deal to me,” he said. “I’ll play wherever they want me to play. I don’t care as long as we’re winning.”

Photo by Rancier Photography

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