Socastee survives turnover battle to beat rival Conway

socfoot-fumble 1 (2)It wasn’t a thing of beauty, but there are no style points in this bitter rivalry.

Socastee survived a turnover-riddled showdown with Conway for a 23-13 victory in the first of two scheduled meetings this season. The two teams meet again Oct. 17 in a Region 6-4A clash, but this matchup is so nice the two teams decided to play twice.

Perhaps the two teams will have the kins worked out for Round 2 but both were guilty of some sloppy play Friday at The Reservation. Socastee fumbled on its first two possessions of the games before settling down in the second quarter. Angelo Sauter’s 5-yard touchdown and Max Kjosa’s 35-yard TD pass from Jordan Hodge gave the Braves (3-0) a 15-0 halftime edge.

Conway finally put together a mistake-free drive to open the second half, driving downfield for a 9-yard TD run by Ju’wan Jones. The Tigers (0-3) forced Socastee to punt and appeared poised to make it a game, but Bryan Edwards fumbled the punt and Socastee recovered deep in Conway territory. Devin Melko converted on an 8-yard TD run and Hodge scored his second 2-point conversion on a quick snap to make it 23-7.

Socastee’s third fumble of the game came in the fourth period and gave new life to Conway as quarterback Peyton Derrick connected on a 46-yard TD pass to Tyrone Bennett. The 2-pointer failed to make it 23-13, a two-possession game with 3 minutes remaining. The Braves were able to cover the onside kick attempt and run out the clock.

Photo by Bill Grammer

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