Gators too explosive for Patriots
The Gators’ fullback and quarterback both rushed for more than 125 yards and a pair of scores Friday as Goose Creek defeated Fort Dorchester 49-28.
The Patriots (2-2) moved the ball, but the Gators (4-0) made too many big plays and capitalized on two Fort turnovers.
Goose Creek Fullback Evan McField rushed for 145 yards and scored on runs of 49 and 7 yards. Gator QB Dantez Bennamon scored on scampers covering 57 and 64 yards. He also completed 7 of 9 pass attempts for 84 yards.
“We don’t have a dominant defense, but some guys stepped up tonight and did a good job,” Goose Creek coach Chuck Reedy said. “Offensively, we went into the game with the idea of running a lot of option and all those big plays basically came off the option. It was a good win. Fort Dorchester is a good football team so we are glad to get this one behind us.”
Matt Murray was the workhorse for Fort Dorchester. He led all rushers with 164 yards and scored two TDs. Patriot QB Kobe Garrett rushed for 100 yards and two TDs and passed for approximately 90 yards.
Fort Dorchester only trailed by a score (28-21) entering the final quarter.
“We made some mistakes,” Fort Dorchester coach Steve LaPrad said. “Obviously we didn’t play good enough defense to win but we hung in there. We are not a bad ball club, but we have to stop making some of those stupid mistakes. … It was kind of like the Stratford game, I thought we were right there in it.”
The Patriots drove 63 yards to score on a Murray run on their opening drive to take the lead. They then held the Gators to a sole yard on their opening drive.
The Fort marched deep into Gator territory on its second drive, but then Goose Creek linebacker K.J. Wood recovered a Patriot fumble at the Gator 25.
Goose Creek scored on its next four possessions. Bennamon scored on runs of 57 and 64 yards while McField and tailback Caleb Kinlaw scored on runs of 49 and 46, respectively, to give the Gators a 28-7 lead.
Bennamon’s second TD was set up when a Fort pass was tipped and senior Shaquille Salley made a diving interception.
But the Patriots didn’t quit.
With 3:53 remaining in the first half, Fort Dorchester covered 69 yards to score. Key plays on the drive included an 8-yard run by Murray on a fourth-and-short, a 20-yard reception by Corey Rawlings and a 9-yard reception by D’Monte Bailey. Garrett capped the drive by rushing for 2 yards and then diving another yard to stretch the tip of the ball across the goal line for a TD with no time remaining in the half.
Goose Creek’s first possession of the third quarter was stopped by a fourth-down-and-5 Patriot stand.
Fort Dorchester then drove 68 yards to score and cut the lead to 7. Murray had some big carries on the possession, including another fourth-down-conversion run. Garrett then broke a pair of tackles on his way to a 9-yard TD run halfway through the third quarter.
But the fourth quarter belonged to the Gators. Bennamon completed three passes to receiver Jordan Barnes on a 53-yard drive that McField capped with a 7-yard TD run. Barnes finished the night with five receptions for 55 yards.
After forcing a Patriot punt, Goose Creek went 76 yards to score on a 15-yard run by Darin McNeal to take a 42-21 lead. McNeil also had a 45-yard run on the drive.
Fort Dorchester responded by driving 71 yards and scoring on a 25-yard run by Murray. Garrett completed two key passes on the drive, one Rawlings gained 9 yards on and another that Rashad Palmer took for a 19-yard gain.
But Goose Creek needed only one play cap the scoring with a 57-yard TD run by Tyrik Johnson on first down.
Fort Dorchester 7 7 7 7—28
Goose Creek 7 21 0 21—49
Fort Dorchester — Matt Murray 2 run (Riley Rozanski kick)
Goose Creek — Dantez Bennamon 57 run (Alex Jacobus kick)
Goose Creek — Evan McField 49 run (Jacobus kick)
Goose Creek — Bennamon 64 run (Jacobus kick)
Goose Creek — Caleb Kinlaw 46 run (Jacobus kick)
Fort Dorchester — Kobe Garrett 3 run (Rozanski kick)
Fort Dorchester — Kobe Garrett 9 run (Rozanski kick)
Goose Creek — McField 7 run (run failed)
Goose Creek — Darin McNeil 15 run (Dijon Profit pass from Bennamon)
Fort Dorchester — Murray 25 run (Rozanksi kick)
Goose Creek — Tyrik Johnson 57 run (Jacobus kick)
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