Region 6-4A: Braves down Panthers; Tigers fall to WF

Socastee HS defeats Carolina Forrest HS 30 to 14New region, same result for the Socastee High football team. After winning back-to-back Region 7-3A titles, the Braves moved up to Region 6-4A this season and opened league play against intra-county rival Carolina Forest, surging to a 30-14 victory at The Reservation.

Leading just 16-14 in the third period, the Braves (6-1 overall, 1-0 region) scored a pair of touchdowns and held the Panthers scoreless the rest of the way to preserve the win. Quarterback Jordan Hodge, who spearheads the Socastee triple-option attack, threw two touchdowns to help the Braves beat the Panthers (2-5, 0-1) at their own game.

Hodge’s first TD pass, a 12-yarder to Taylor Karnap, gave Socastee a 16-7 lead going into halftime. Carolina Forest’s Dyverse Simmons scored his second rushing TD on the opening drive, capped by his impressive 21-yard scamper and cutting the deficit to 16-14.

But the Braves answered with a nice drive of their own as Hodge hit tight end Max Kjosa with a one-handed grab to the 2-yard line. he and Kjosa connected again on the next play to make it a 23-14 lead, and Buck Bacot added an insurance TD on an 11-yard dash in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring and put Socastee on course for a region title.

Next week Socastee travels to Conway, which suffered a 27-13 defeat to West Florence. The Tigers (1-6, 0-1) jumped out to an early 10-0 lead but were outscored by the Knights 27-3 the rest of the way.

Photo by Bill Grammer

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