Football: Tigers rip Knights; Bulldogs rally past Sharks

confoot-13snapThe Conway High football team got its offense back in gear after being stuck in the mud in back-to-back defeats, snapping the skid with an impressive 48-14 victory over host West Florence.

In the Region 6-5A opener for both teams, the Tigers (3-3 overall, 1-0 region) got three touchdown passes in the first half, three rushing touchdowns by Deandre Huggins in the second half, and a pair of field goals by Will Smith to blow out the Knights (2-4, 0-1) at Memorial Stadium in Florence.

Conway jumped out to a 17-0 lead on a pair of TD passes by Peyton Derrick to Daron Stanley, but West Florence got on the board shortly before half to threaten to make it a game. But the Tigers used their hurry-up offense to get into Knights territory and Conway coach Chuck Jordan reached into his bag of tricks to call a wide receiver pass that saw backup QB D’Wuan Grainger take a lateral pass and hit Stanley in stride for a 45-yard TD as time expired with a 24-7 halftime lead.

The Tigers turned Huggins loose in the second half as he scored TD runs of 2, 8 and 31 yards. Conway’s 48 points was a marked improvement over last week’s 13-8 loss to Myrtle Beach, giving the Tigers momentum in their region debut. Conway returns to The Backyard to host rival Socastee next week.

* Marlboro County 34, St. James 17: The Sharks (0-7, 0-1) had the Bulldogs on the ropes early in this Region 7-4A opener but couldn’t pull off a repeat of their playoff win last year in Bennettsville.

St. James jumped out to 10-0 lead on an early field goal and a 1-yard TD dive by quarterback Berkeley Young, but Marlboro County responded by taking the ensuing kickoff to the house. The Sharks got a 5-yard TD run by Jay-Mion Pressley to make it a 17-7 lead, but the Bulldogs scored 24 unanswered points to get revenge and the region win.

St. James plays host to Myrtle Beach next week.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

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