Braves blast Bulldogs for first place in Region 7-3A

The undefeated Socastee High football team showed it knows how to handle success as well as its knows how to achieve it with Friday night’s 44-14 victory over visiting Georgetown.

Still on Cloud 9 over last week’s win over rival Myrtle Beach, the Braves (8-0 overall, 3-0 Region 7-3A) came back to earth and pounded the ground as well as the Bulldogs (6-2, 2-1) to take command of the region race.

Socastee did it with all three phases of the game – offense, defense and special teams. Tommy Lazaroff scored three touchdowns on the night and made a rambling kickoff return that set up another score. Quarterback Hunter Renfrow threw two touchdowns passes and also made a big punt return. The Braves defense picked off Georgetown quarterback Caleb Hughes four times after getting five interceptions in last week’s win.

The battle between the only remaining undefeated teams in region play proved to be an offensive shootout right from the starting gun, with the Braves taking the ball downfield for an 8-yard touchdown run by Lazaroff.

After Georgetown returned the favor with a TD drive capped by Julian Lunsford’s 7-yard run, the Braves turned to Lazaroff again, this time for a driving 3-yard TD run for a 14-7 lead. But it too was shortlived as the Bulldogs answered quickly on a 67-yard TD pass from Hughes to Alvin Walker.

But the Braves started to pull away in the second period, beginning with a 5-yard touchdown run by Daquon Brown. The Braves got a field goal by Ryan Sutton off a turnover, then used a rare pass play – a 32-yarder from Hunter Renfrow to Stephen Gursky – to make it 31-14 at halftime.

Lazaroff opened the second half with a long touchdown run and Dakota Morgan caught his first touchdown pass of the season on a TD toss from Renfrow to cap the scoring. The Braves play host to Wilson next week.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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