Tigers turn table on Braves in rematch of region rivalry

confoot-4socConway turned the table on visiting Socastee on Friday night, avenging an earlier loss this season to the rival Braves with a 28-20 victory in The Backyard.

Behind hard-running back Jah’Maine Martin and explosive receiver Bryan Edwards, who returned a punt 71 yards to paydirt, the Tigers built a 21-0 halftime and held off a strong comeback bid by the Braves (6-2 overall, 1-1 Region 6-4A) in the second half to preserve the region win. The duo combined for all four touchdowns for Conway (2-6, 1-1), and the Tigers needed them all.

Socastee rallied in the second half and has a chance to tie it up in the final seconds. Quarterback Jordan Hodge threw an apparent TD pass with 5 seconds left but it was overturned by a penalty. The final play was intercepted by the Tigers to secure the win.

Conway quarterback Peyton Derrick was a perfect 12-for-12 in the first half while Martin was chewing up the yardage for the 21-0 lead, but the Braves took the ball downfield on their first possession of the second half, capped by a 1-yard TD plunge by Hodge. Conway answered with another Martin TD run for a 28-7 lead but the Braves didn’t fold.

On fourth-and-goal at the 1, Keyon Clora scored with 4 minutes remaining to make it a one-possession game, but Socastee missed on the 2-point conversion to keep it 28-20. After holding the Tigers to a three-and-out, the Braves drove deep into Conway territory before falling just shy of the potential game-tying TD.

The Braves defeated the Tigers at home just six weeks ago by a 23-13 score but that game did not count toward the region standings. Socastee returns home to face West Florence next week while Conway travels to South Florence.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

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