Football Roundup: Braves, Saints win; Panthers falter

The Socastee High offense had another big night to beat South Florence 37-27 at Florence Memorial Stadium and snap a three-game losing skid for their first region win of the season Friday.

Socastee running back Dashaun Myers ran for three touchdowns and Edward Tucker caught two touchdown passes and made an interception. Both TD passes came from Hunter Illing, who ran for a score to put the Braves on top 8-0 early in the second quarter. The Braves (5-4, 1-3) built the lead to 30-7 in the third quarter before the Bruins tried to put together a late comeback.

Socastee hosts Sumter next week.

* West Florence 41, Carolina Forest 24: The Knights scored the 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to shock the Panthers on their home field and damage their playoff positioning.

The Panthers (5-4, 2-2) were involved in a back-and-forth battle that saw seven lead changes before the Knights took command. Carolina Forest quarterback Matt Beale threw a pair of touchdown passes to Justin Weatherwax, then ran one in early in the fourth quarter to give the Panthers their final lead at 24-21. West Florence scored three unanswered TDs the rest of the way to seal the deal.

The Panthers travel to region champion Conway next week.

* Christian Academy 35, Pee Dee Academy 28: The Saints (5-4, 2-3) extended their school record win total to five games Friday night with a hard-fought road victory over Pee Dee Academy.

Christian Gaskins ran for two touchdowns and made an interception, and Braden McCauley rushed for a TD and returned an interception for a pick-six. Receivers Jaylen Johnson and Sam Woods added TDs to help the Saints secure the win.

The Saints return home next week looking to create another program first -claim a playoff berth.

Photo by Eric Walters

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