Socastee steamrolls Stags into Lower State semifinals

The Socastee freight train kept on rolling Friday night, blowing out visiting Berkeley 41-14 in the second round of the Class 3A state football playoffs.

The Braves (12-0) used its dominating triple-option offense to pile up 325 yards on the ground and score six rushing touchdowns and the Socastee defense stopped the Stags (5-7) on three fourth-down situations to remain undefeated on the season.

Socastee’s Delano Walters and Tommy Lazaroff rushed for a pair of TDs, and fullback Kyle Smith and quarterback Hunter Renfrow scored the book-end touchdowns to both start and cap the rout.

Smith’s 3-yard TD run opened the scoring and Walters followed with a 12-yard TD dash for an early 13-0 lead. Berkeley’s Ezekial Jenkins got the Stags on the scoreboard but Lazaroff answered with a 6-yard TD run. The Stags’ Asanti Dantzler returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown to cut the halftime deficit to 20-14.

But the Braves quickly snuffed out any comeback hopes, taking the opening drive of the second half downfield for a 5-yard TD by Walters. After forcing the Stags to punt, Lazaroff plowed into the end zone from 2 yards out to make it a 34-14 lead. Renfrow added a 22-yard touchdown scramble late to account for the final score.

The Braves will play host to Hartsville, which defeated Swansea 49-36 on Friday, in next week’s third round of the playoffs, the deepest Socastee has ever advanced in postseason play.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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