Braves blast past Sharks, win Battle of Highway 707

The Socastee High football team showed it can rebound from a tough loss – and then some – in Friday night’s 65-14 victory over visiting rival St. James. In fact, the Braves (4-1) nearly rolled up more yardage than the 6 miles that separate the two schools in the Battle of Highway 707.

Following last week’s 41-7 defeat to North Myrtle Beach, Socastee’s offense got back on track, and the Braves got plenty of help from the defense and special teams, in a complete victory over the Sharks (2-4) at The Reservation.

Socastee quarterback Hunter Illing threw four touchdown passes and ran for another to lead the Braves’ attack. Devin Stamp caught a pair of TD passes, Nick Carnucci scored TDs through the air and on the ground, and Kenney Solomon caught a TD pass and returned a punt 70 yards to paydirt.

Solomon also had a big night on defense as the Socastee unit repeatedly set up the offense with big plays and stops. Justin Thornburg had a scoop-six from 40 yards out, and another turnover set the table for Christian Inman’s 1-yard dive that capped the scoring onslaught.

St. James tried to keep it close early, with Jacob Tyler’s 26-yard TD pass to Ames Fowble cutting the deficit to 15-7, and Chris Anderson’s big catch and ensuing TD run made it 29-14. But the Braves had too much fire power and pulled away in the second half.

Both teams open region play next week as St. James hosts Marlboro County and Socastee travels to Carolina Forest.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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