Braves defend region title with blowout win at Wilson

The Socastee High football team wrapped up its Region 7-3A title defense and ran its record to a perfect 9-0 Friday night with a 45-13 victory over Wilson in Florence.

But before the Braves could start celebrating the repeat feat, they had to get past the pesky Tigers and three guys named Ga’quan Maize.

At least it seemed like there were three of him to Socastee. There was the Ga’Quan Maize who returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for a quick 7-0 lead. There was the Ga’Quan Maize who caught a 76-yard touchdown pass to make it a one-point game in the second quarter. And there was the Ga’Quan Maize who was named Homecoming Queen during the halftime ceremonies at Memorial Stadium.

But the Braves had more than enough horses to overcome Maize. Kyle Smith scored three touchdowns – two on the ground and one through the air from quarterback Hunter Renfrow, who ran for one TD and passed for another. And Delano Walters matched Maize’s game-opening feat by returning the second half kickoff 88 yards to paydirt, giving Socastee a comfortable 35-13 lead. Jordan Hodge came on to throw a TD pass to Steven Gersky and Matt Trimby added a field goal to cap the scoring.

The victory allowed Socastee to wrap up the region title and assure itself home field through the Lower State Finals. But first the Braves wrap up the regular season next week against rival St. James.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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