Football Wrapup: Tigers top MC; Sharks dominate H-P

confoot-30runConway couldn’t have picked a better time or opponent to get its first victory of the season as the Tigers (1-4) knocked off bitter rival Marlboro County 35-29 on Friday night at The Backyard.

Trailing 22-21 in the fourth quarter, the Tigers scored a pair of late touchdowns and held off a late charge by the Bulldogs (1-3) to celebrate their inaugural win of the year. The W comes just before another non-region rival, Myrtle Beach, before opening league play.

Conway took a 28-22 lead on Peyton Derrick’s 3-yard TD toss to Deande Hickman, and running back Jah’Maine Martin broke the game open with a 65-yard TD run with 3 minutes remaining. The Bulldogs answered with a 75-yard TD run by Jabari Hines but got no closer.

Conway’s Bryan Edwards caught a pair of touchdown passes to give the Tigers a 21-16 lead. Martin finished with 188 yards and two rushing TDs to help Conway defeat one of its longest-standing rivals. Same story next week against the Seahawks in the Battle for the Victory Bell at Doug Shaw Stadium.

* St. James 48, Hannah-Pamplico 6: The Sharks (2-2) bounced back from their tough 42-point loss to Carolina Forest by putting a similar sized beat-down on the visiting Red Raiders.

St. James took the opening drive for a touchdown on a run by quarterback Zach Werba, then blocked a punt on H-P’s first possession and turned it into a touchdown for a quick 14-0 lead.

St. James never looked back en route to their second win of the season. The Sharks will look for win No. 3 next week against visiting rival Socastee.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

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