Panthers taste other side of lopsided score over Braves

cffoot-lynchIt wasn’t too long ago that Carolina Forest frequently found itself on the losing end of lopsided scores. On Friday night, the Panthers got to experience the winning side of a blowout with a 55-6 victory over visiting Socastee in the Region 6-4A opener for both teams.

Carolina Forest running back Dyverse Simmons rushed for three touchdowns – all in the first quarter – and Socastee committed five turnovers to set the table for the Panthers offense. Simmons scored on runs of 1, 42 and 47 yards for a 20-0 lead after one quarter.

Carolina Forest quarterback Matt Beale scored on a 1-yard dive and hit Jason Craft in stride for a 62-yard TD. Drake Stone ran 6 yards to paydirt to make it 41-0 at halftime. Beale’s 54-yard TD pass to Xavier Lynch and Stone’s 44-yard jaunt in the third period capped the scoring for the Panthers.

Carolina Forest’s defense came within seconds of posting a shutout. Socastee’s lone touchdown came with 13.9 seconds left on the clock with a 4-yard TD run by Zach Shear.

The Braves (1-6 overall, 0-1 region) play host to Conway next Friday, while the Panthers (4-3, 1-0) travel to South Florence.

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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