Braves shut out Sharks to cap first unbeaten season

Socastee had never experienced an undefeated regular season in the football program’s history. This year’s Braves (10-0 overall, 5-0 Region 7-3A) couldn’t wait to get there.

Socastee scored before its offense even took the field and the Braves rolled to a 35-0 victory over rival St. James (3-7, 2-3). Socastee will carry a No. 1 seed into next week’s Class 3A playoffs for the first time.

After fumbling the opening kickoff and the first play from scrimmage, the Sharks managed to maintain possession until the second play – an ill-fated pass that was picked off by Socastee’s Erick Mortel and returned 12 yards for a touchdown just 1 1/2 minutes into the game.

Once Socastee’s offense did take the field, it was all but over. Adam Crane capped an impressive frst drive with a 5-yard TD run and quarterback Hunter Renfrow went 54 yards untouched to make it 21-0 at the end of the first quarter. Crane scored his second TD on a 46-yarder and Daquon Brown added a 2-yard TD dive for a commanding 35-0 halftime lead.

The Braves called off the dogs in the second half, cruising the rest of the way to the win. They will find out their playoff opponent on Saturday, although it appears they will play host to Crestwood. Socastee can host through the first three rounds if it continues to win.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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