Socastee scratches 13-year itch with win over Conway

Thirteen years of frustration came to end Friday night as Socastee defeated rival Conway for the first time since 1998.

Trailing 21-20 in the fourth quarter, the Braves scored on back-to-back touchdowns drives on short runs by Tommy Lazaroff and Hunter Renfrow to claim a 35-21 victory and improve to 4-0 on the season.

Socastee has come close to knocking off the Tigers (1-3) in recent years but couldn’t close the deal. This time the Braves refused to lose, driving the ball at will against the Tigers’ defense.

The Braves took the opening kickoff on a long, ground and time-consuming drive that was capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by Kyle Smith.

The Tigers responded with a TD drive of their own on a 5-yard TD run by Mykal Moody, but the PAT was no good and the Braves held a 7-6 lead.

Socastee’s second drive saw Renfrow break loose for a 57-yard score. Conway tied it up with a TD and 2-point conversion, but the Braves took the lead going into halftime on a 2-yard TD run by Tommy Lazaroff.

The Tigers took their only lead of the game in the second half on another TD run by Moody, who added a 2-point conversion pass to give Conway a 21-20 advantage midway through the third period.

But the Braves failed to fold, marching on long scoring drives to end the long losing streak to Conway. Lazaroff’s 2-yard TD run and a 2-point conversion made it 28-21 and Renfrow added some insurance with his QB sneak in the final 2 minutes.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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