Conway upends Socastee in final minute for first win

The Conway High football team had to wait until October to get its first win of the season, and even then the Tigers almost waited too long before pulling out a thrilling 27-26 victory over visiting Socastee.

Conway quarterback Daquinton Grady, returning from a shoulder injury and a month-long layoff due to Hurricane Florence, scored the game-tying touchdown on a 5-yard run with 29 seconds left, and Will Smith followed with the game-winning PAT to lift the Tigers (1-4) past the Braves (1-3) in the Region 5-5A opener for both teams.

Conway trailed nearly the entire game – by as many two touchdowns and as late as the fourth quarter – before Grady got the Tigers rolling. He connected on TD passes to Chris DeWitt and Quancey Bennett in the final period cut the deficit to 26-20 with 7 minutes remaining, but the Tigers’ ensuing drive stalled and Socastee was poised to milk the clock and steal the win.

Instead the Braves were forced to punt and the Tigers took over with less than 3 minutes remaining. Grady led the Tigers down the field and put the finishing touches on the winning drive with a well executed RPO keeper. Conway sealed the deal on Smith’s PAT and a late interception of Socastee QB Seth McKinney, who had three TD passes on the night.

McKinney hit Carson Stout for a TD pass to open the scoring in the second quarter, and Christian Inman’s TD dive put the Braves up 14-0 at halftime. Conway cut the deficit in half with a TD run by Michael James in the third period, setting the scene for a wild fourth quarter that saw 32 points scored in the final period. McKinney connected with Stout again to go up 20-7 before the Tigers took control.

Socastee plays host to West Florence on Friday. Conway travels to South Florence.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

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