Week 11: Conway rips CF, secures No. 2 playoff seed

confoot-30diveWhat appeared on paper to be a tightly matched contest turned out to be a lopsided 33-0 victory by Conway over visiting rival Carolina Forest. The Tigers (9-2 overall, 4-1 Region 6-4A) clinched the No. 2 seed and a home game in next week’s Class 4A playoffs, while the Panthers (5-6, 2-3) finished with a losing record and are a long shot for a playoff berth.

Conway running back Jah’Maine Martin rushed for three touchdowns of 60, 30 and 5 yards, all in the first half, for a 21-0 halftime lead as the Panthers were turned away inside the red zone three times in the first half. Conway continued to roll in the second half as Conway quarterback Peyton Derrick and running back Tyrone Bennett made TD runs while Carolina Forest was stymied.

The Panthers’ final chance to avoid the shutout typified their night as a first-and-goal at the 2 turned into a fourth down fumble and recovery by the Tigers, who ran out the clock and punched their playoff ticket after missing the postseason in back-to-back 2-9 campaigns. This year’s turnaround has Conway hosting an opponent to be determined next Friday.

For Carolina Forest, it was a bitter end to a season that saw many high points, including wins over Myrtle Beach, Darlington and region foe South Florence, which rallied to defeat rival West Florence 35-28 and claim the No. 3 seed. Carolina Forest must wait until the dust settles Saturday to learn if it will earn an at-large bid.

* Sumter 41, Socastee 0: The Braves (2-9, 1-4) saw their season come to a disappointing finish Friday night with a shutout loss to the Region 6-4A champion Gamecocks.

Sumter quarterback threw two of his four touchdown passes in the first quarter and Quinten Anderson ran for a TD to give the Gamecocks an early 21-0 lead. Jackson threw TD number three in the final seconds of the second period for a 27-0 halftime lead. Colin Washington caught his second TD pass of the game and backup QB Malik Nelson ran in Sumter’s final TD.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

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