Socastee’s season stopped by Stratford in first round

socfoot-10end run (2)Socastee’s game plan to protect the football, control the clock and keep Stratford quarterback Jamison Mobbs on the sidelines lasted less than 30 seconds into Friday night’s season-ending loss in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.

The Braves (7-5) fumbled the opening kickoff and Mobbs threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Van Harvey on the first play from scrimmage for a quick lead that the Knights would never surrender. Stratford rolled to a 34-19 victory over the Braves.

While Socastee’s offense was being held at bay, Mobbs went to work at putting the Braves away early. He scored on a pair of touchdown runs on the next two possessions and running back Xavier Young scored on a 9-yard touchdown run just before halftime to make it 28-0.

The Braves were finally forced to go to the air in the second half and they had some success behind quarterback Jordan Hodge. He connected with tight end Max Kjosa from 14 yards out to put Socastee on the board, and hooked up with Sam McKinney for a TD to cut the deficit to 31-13 with 3:45 left in the game. McKinney added a late 54-yard TD on a hook and lateral in the final seconds to make the score more respectable.

But Stratford’s ability to control the ball and clock prevented any chance of a comeback bid and ended Socastee’s season on a sour note. After starting the season with a 6-1 record and a top 10 ranking, the Braves lost four of their last five games.

Photo by Bill Grammer

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