Braves cap second straight 10-0 season against Sharks

The Socastee High football team didn’t score many style points in Friday night’s win over visiting rival St. James. But who needs style points when you are polishing off your second straight 10-0 campaign?

Despite undergoing an offseason coaching change, the Braves (10-0 overall, 5-0 Region 7-3A) capped another undefeated season with a 29-6 victory at the Reservation, giving key players some much-needed rest heading into next week’s Class 3A playoffs and first-year coach Doug Illing a perfect start to his new job.

Socastee quarterback Hunter Renfrow sprinted 31 yards for a touchdown on the Braves’ opening drive, and he added a 2-point pass for a quick 8-0 lead. But the Sharks (2-8, 0-5) stiffened the rest of the way to make the game interesting.

The Braves scored again just before halftime following a blocked punt. Buck Bacot ran it in from 5 yards out on the ensuing play to make it 15-0, and Renfrow picked off a late pass in the end zone to preserve the edge at halftime.

St. James finally got on the board on Jake Loud’s 1-yard dive, but a failed 2-point conversion kept it a two-possession game, 15-6. Renfrow and Devin Melko added late TD runs to put the game out of reach and set the stage for the playoffs.

Socastee will host a team to be determined while St. James misses the postseason for the third straight year.

Photo by Joel Beachum, Carolina Clicks Photos

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