WHS sports: Warriors dominate in Monday Night Football
Appropriate for Labor Day, the Waccamaw High football team turned in a workmanlike effort against visiting Creek Bridge on Monday Night.
After a lackluster first half, the Warriors got going after the break, using a short touchdown jaunt by Jalen Simmons and Jeffron Smalls' breakaway run to provide themselves with the distance they needed in a 22-0 victory.
The contest was originally scheduled for Creek Bridge last Friday, but heavy rains left the school's field unplayable. Switching the game to a home affair on a holiday did Waccamaw coach Tyronne Davis and his staff no favors, but there wasn't any arguing with the final result.
"It was hard to get our kids fired up for a Monday game," Davis said. "Coming at the end of a holiday weekend, our focus wasn't there in the first half. We kind of went through the motions the first two quarters. But I thought we played much better in the second half."
Simmons' 21-yard scoring run gave Waccamaw (2-1) and 8-0 lead at halftime and his 5-yard burst made it 15-0 with 8:06 remaining in the third quarter. Rob Ferraro helped set up Simmons' second score, his 60-yard reception from quarterback Jack Monroe providing the Warriors with a first-and-goal.
Ferraro's reception came on a third-and-seven play from the Warriors own 35, as he took a short pass from Monroe and let his legs do the rest.
"We called the same play in the first half and didn't hit on it," Davis said. "We were fortunate to get back to it later. It definitely gave us a lift and changed the momentum."
Smalls put any hopes of a Creek Bridge rally to rest on Waccamaw's fist possession of the fourth quarter, rumbling into the end zone from 48 yards out to provide the final margin. Simmons led the Warriors with 87 yards rushing on 17 carries and Smalls added 64 yards on 7 carries.
Waccamaw will have this Friday off and will return to action on Sept. 14 at Hannah-Pamplico.
Week 1: WHS 7, Green Sea-Floyds 0
Week 0: WHS 14, N. Myrtle Beach 50