Socastee defense comes up big for sixth-ranked Braves

The Socastee High offense hit the ground running this season, but the defense has been the biggest question mark for the No. 6-ranked Braves.

The Socastee defense answered that question Friday night with a 41-6 road victory over Lake City. After sacrificing 25 points per game so far this season, the Braves (3-0) allowed only one TD against the Panthers (0-2).

The Socastee offense was firing on all cylinders from the start, with running back Delano Walters’ scoring the first of three touchdowns on the night with a 66-yard run to put the Braves on top early.
But it was the defense that set the table Socastee’s early scores.

The Braves made a pair of interceptions that the offense converted to touchdowns on the next plays – 11-yard run by Walters and  a Hunter Renfrow-to-Kyle Smith TD pass of 36 yards. Walters added a 45-yard TD run for a 27-0 halftime lead.

The Braves finally gave up a TD in the third quarter despite a strong stand, but it was all the offense Lake City could muster. Quarterback Hunter Renfrow scored on a 22-yard Td run in the third period before the Braves called off the dogs but backup quarterback Jordan Hodge added a 1-yard dive for his first career TD.

Socastee travels to Conway next week.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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