Tigers overcome turmoil, blast Bulldogs in opener

Wet field conditions forced the Conway High football team to wait nearly a half-hour before kicking off the 2017 season on Friday night. Apparently the Tigers couldn’t wait to get started.

The visiting Tigers (1-0) scored on their first four offensive possessions behind first-time starting quarterback D’Wuan Grainger en route to a 40-8 victory over Georgetown.

Playing for the first time in 35 years without suspended head coach Chuck Jordan, who was officially relieved of his duties just hours before kickoff, and without four-year starting Peyton Derrick behind center, Conway wasted little time answering any questions about the losses.

Grainger’s long bomb on his first pass set up the first of three short touchdown runs – two by Antonio Long and one by Daiquawn Clark – and he threw his first TD pass of the season by hooking up with Rakim Bellamy for a 26-0 halftime lead.

In the second half, Long got his third rushing touchdown and Grainger threw his second TD to Xavier Kinlaw. Grainger finished the game with more than 250 yards passing in his starting debut.

The Tigers travel to Wando next week looking to avenge last year’s loss to the Warriors.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

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