Knights roll past Braves in battle of haves, have-nots

The haves and the have-nots became obvious in the first quarter.

After turning the ball over on an interception, Socastee watched as West Florence’s running game quickly churned down the field and finished a 50-yard drive with quarterback Cooper Wallace running into the end zone. That score, with just under 9 minutes to play in the opening quarter, was the first of nine touchdowns for West Florence (6-1, 2-0 region) Friday night. The Knights won 63-15.

“We’re still growing as a football team and we got beat by a really good football team tonight,” Socastee coach Doug Illing said. “I can’t say any more than that. They’re a very good football team. We’re not there yet.”

Although Socastee is inexperienced and West Florence was obviously superior, Illing pointed out that missing weeks of football because of Hurricane Florence has made the maturing process difficult.

“If you take three games away from them there in the heart of the season, this bunch isn’t ready to play regional football yet,” he said. “That’s what we needed to have. … You can’t fabricate it. You’ve got to take Monday. You’ve got to take Tuesday. You’ve got to take Wednesday. And you’ve got to take Thursday.  You’ve got to work at it. You take those days away, you can’t get that work in.”

Led by Wallace and star running back Ailym Ford, the Knights put up 21 points in the first quarter and 28 in the second quarter.

Socastee had few highlights to celebrate, with the exception of Kenney Solomon’s punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter. The Braves only other score came via a late touchdown run from back-up quarterback Darius Lewis.

Despite the lopsided loss, Illing expects his players to regroup.

“We’ve got a lot of pride,” he said. “Our kids will bounce back.”

The Braves will play at home next week against South Florence.

Photo by Janet Morgan/myhorrynews

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