Derrick hurls seven TDs in Tigers’ return to Graveyard

confoot-huddleDespite the excitement surrounding Conway’s return to The Graveyard, it took the Tigers a little time to awaken the spirits of their old haunt. But quarterback Peyton Derrick’s seven touchdown passes led Conway to a 60-28 victory over West Florence at CCU’s Brooks Stadium on Friday night.

Recent flooding forced the Tigers to move their Region 6-4A opener down Highway 501 to the CCU campus, where Conway played its home games until 2000. Unlike the Tigers’ old ground-and-pound days, this time they did it through the air with Derrick throwing for 462 yards on the night.

But the Tigers (6-1 overall, 1-0 region) had to answer an early wake-up call after the Knights (1-6, 0-1) jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead. Conway quickly cut the lead in half on Jah’Maine Martin’s 2-yard TD run, but the rest was all Derrick and his deep corp of receivers.

Malachi Miller and Darren Stanley caught TD passes to put Conway up 20-14 by the end of the first quarter, but West Florence briefly regained the lead at 21-20 on Donte McElveen’s second TD. But Miller and Stanley again caught TD passes in the second quarter, and Derrick went on to throw two TDs to Martin and one to Bryan Edwards. Daiquawn Clark added a late TD to cap the scoring.

Conway travels to Socastee next Friday.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

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