Braves bulldoze Berkeley for first home playoff victory

There’s no place like home, unless it’s the home of the Braves. But Socastee changed that Friday night.

The Braves entered the game without ever winning a home playoff game in school history and walked off the muddy field heading into the second round of the Class AAA playoffs.

Daquan Brown rushed for a pair of touchdowns runs in the first half and Walker Darnell returned an interception 80 yards for a TD to pace Socastee to a 41-7 victory over visiting Berkeley.

The Braves (5-6), once considered all but out of the playoffs, have put together a three-game winning streak over quality opponents to not only make the postseason but also to make a little program history.

Making the feat even more impressive was the loss of starting quarterback Jordan Renfrow, who did not start for the second straight game. Younger brother Hunter once again took over the reins of the triple-option attack and Socastee controlled the ball and the outcome in difficult ball-handling conditions.

On a rain-soaked and breezy night, Berkeley committed five turnovers while the Braves lost the ball only once. The plus-four turnover margin allowed the Braves to grab the early lead and keep the ball  away from Berkeley for most of the night.

Next up for the Braves is a trip A.C. Flora, which is 10-1 on the season, next Friday.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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