Panthers, Beale have too many weapons for Braves

In a rivalry that featured two of the area’s top senior quarterbacks, Carolina Forest’s Matt Beale had too many weapons for Socastee’s Hunter Illing in a 56-27 victory for the Panthers in the Region 6-5A opener for both teams.

Illing threw four touchdown passes, three of them to Devin Stamp, but the Panthers (4-2 overall, 1-0 region) offense used a balanced attack to beat the Braves (4-2, 0-1). Beale threw a pair of TD passes to Shawn Mallo and ran for a score, and running back Quasim Porter had three TD runs to overwhelm Socastee’s defense.

The game was a back-and-forth affair in the first half as Porter’s two and David Leggette’s one TD run were answered by Illing’s two TD passes to Stamp. But Beale connnected with Mallo for a 67-yard bomb just before halftime that put the Panthers up 28-14.

Illing hit Kenney Solomon for an 80-yard TD on the Braves’ first play of the second half to cut the deficit in half, but it was as close as they would get. Beale and Porter scored on TD runs, and Beale hooked up with Mallo from 50-yards out and Marquavious Collier ran for another score to put the finishing touches on the region win.

Carolina Forest travels to South Florence next Thursday, while Socastee hosts Conway next Friday.

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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