Socastee drops comeback defeat to West Brunswick

Socastee saw a two-touchdown advantage turn into a two-TD deficit during a 15-minute stretch in the middle of the game to suffer a 36-29 defeat at West Brunswick (NC) in Friday’s season opener.

The Braves (0-1) built an early 22-7 lead over the Trojans (1-0) behind a strong offensive start, including a 96-yard touchdown drive to open the contest. Seth McKinney threw a pair of TD passes – a 37-yarder to to JJ Jones and a 49-yarder to Carson Stout – and Christian Inman broke a 65-yard TD run early in the second quarter to give the Braves their biggest lead of the night at 22-7.

But West Brunswick took control after Austin Simmons scored his second of three rushing TDs, and the Trojans defense made a big stop before halftime. Socastee ran out of time of the West Brunswick 2-yard line to settle for a 22-14 halftime lead. The Trojans started the second half with an interception for a TD to tie it up, and De’Andre Clarida ran for a 1-yard TD to give West Brunswick a 36-22 lead late in the third quarter.

Socastee made a late charge as McKinney connected with Kenney Solomon for a 61-yard TD strike to cut the deficit in half, but the Braves’ fell short on a pair of late drives that could have leveled the score. McKinney threw three TD passes but was unable to lead the Braves in the end as the Trojans’ ground game dominated.

Socastee plays its home opener next Friday against North Brunswick (NC).

Photo by Chuck Silvey

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