Illing’s five TD passes lead Braves’ blowout of Trojans

Everyone knew going into the 2017 season that the Socastee High football team wasn’t deep, but the Braves (1-0) are wide – as in wide open.

Socastee quarterback Hunter Illing threw five touchdown passes to lead the Braves to a 39-14 victory over visiting West Brunswick (NC) in Friday night’s season opener.

Opening the season with only 27 players on the roster, Socastee showed it has quality if not quantity on a senior-laden team led by Illing. He led the Braves on a 57-yard opening drive that was capped by a TD toss to Carson Stout for the early 8-0 lead.

West Brunswick answered with a TD drive of its own, but Illing connected with Devin Stamp for a pair of scores, including a 71-yard bomb for a 21-14 halftime lead.

Socastee pulled away in the second half on TD passes to Dashaun Myers and Bricen Nguyen, and Edward Tucker put the finishing touches on the win with a long touchdown run.

The Braves snapped a two-game losing streak to the West Brunswick and makes a trip above the state border next week to face North Brunswick.

Photo by Eric Walters

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