The Oct. 18 high school gridiron action featured a contest between a pair of SCISA cross-county rivals and multiple games with a whole lot of offense.
Northwood Academy hosted Pinewood Prep and earned a 35-12 non-region victory. On the Dorchester County side of the interstate, Summerville rolled over West Ashley 50-0 and Fort Dorchester topped Stall 56-30 in a pair of Region 8-AAAAA games.
Northwood leaned on a punishing ground attack to claim its third win of the season.
“We found our niche a little bit with the Single Wing,” Northwood Academy coach Ryan Leaver said. “We were a little immature as far as our football mindset last year and we feel we’ve grown. Being able to get in the Single Wing and run the football says a lot about our guys and how they are working together. Teamwork is one of those things coaches really try to push when it comes to a young team and they are trying to build that culture.”
Pinewood scored on its first possession of the game when quarterback Myron Wigfall broke free for an 80-yard touchdown run. However, the Panthers’ next score didn’t come until the third quarter.
Senior running back Tyler Gadsden and sophomore quarterback Gabe Johnson carried much of the load for the Northwood offense. The Chargers took a 14-6 lead into halftime and then relied heavily on its rushing attack to maintain possession and add three second-half TDs.
Gadsden scored on runs of 1 and 47 yards in the third quarter and Johnson added a 1-yard TD run to cap the scoring with 4:47 remaining in the fourth.
Jake Latham had a big run in the third quarter to energize the Panthers. QB TJ Hatchett followed with some completions to move the Panthers into the red zone and Latham capped the drive with a 2-yard scoring run to cut the Chargers’ lead to 21-12.
However, the Pinewood momentum was soon lost when Gadsden rushed up the middle for his 47-yard TD run. The Chargers’ defense, which had multiple interceptions in the game, then shut out the Panthers in the final quarter.
“Hats off to them for doing what they needed to in order to win the game,” Pinewood coach Michael Wright said. “It’s not going to get any easier for us because next we have to go LMA. I would like to see us be a little more physical. I mean we put everyone in the box, but they put everyone in the box and said I’m not going to let you beat me.”
The Chargers travel to Hilton Head Prep Oct. 25 while the Panthers travel to Laurence Manning Academy still looking for their first win of the season.
Summerville used a variety of its weapons during a 50-0 victory over West Ashley. The Wildcats made a goal-line stand to keep the Green Wave out of the end zone on its first possession of the game and forced a punt on Summerville’s second possession. However, the Green Wave surged in the second quarter.
Summerville took a 28-0 lead into the third quarter and added 22 second-half points. Sophomore quarterback Colby Shirey led the way, completing 6 of 11 pass attempts for 252 yards and two touchdowns. Shirey also rushed for 67 yards and a TD.
Antonio Robertson carried 12 times for 173 rushing yards and two TDs. Brody Hopkins had three receptions for 117 yards and a TD. Tyquan Murdock and Derrion Larry also had rushing TDs for the Green Wave and Brayden Gregory kicked a 42-yard field goal.
Summerville improved to 6-2 on the season with a 3-0 mark in Region 8-AAAAA to secure a home playoff berth for the playoffs. West Ashley dropped to 1-7, 0-3. The Green Wave has a bye week and then closes its schedule out Nov. 1 by hosting Fort Dorchester.
Fort Dorchester had a bit of a slow start and trailed Stall 23-22 at halftime. However, the Patriots looked more like themselves in the second half and cruised to a 56-30 victory.
Junior Dwayne Wright led the way, rushing for more than 200 yards and four TDs. Freshman QB Zolten Osborne passed for more than 150 yards and two TDs, one to running back Kalil Jenkins and another to receiver Keith Desaussure.
Fort Dorchester improved to 7-0 on the season with a 2-0 mark in the region. The Patriots host Ashley Ridge Oct. 25. The Swamp Foxes are 3-4 with a 1-1 mark in the region and are coming off a bye week.