WHS football: Warriors win fourth straight win
By Roger Greene
Ignited by a fast start, the Waccamaw High football team notched its fourth consecutive win on Friday night. Quarterback Jalen Simmons tossed three touchdown passes and the Warriors escaped a brief scare in the second quarter to down visiting Timmonsville 27-6.
It's the first time since 2009 the Warriors (4-1) have won at least four games in a season. And the game marked a complete reversal from a season ago when Timmonsville dropped Waccamaw 50-0.
"I'm very happy with our effort," Waccamaw coach Tyronne Davis said. "We'll take a win. But it wasn't the game we wanted to have. There were too many mental mistakes and penalties. Overall, our focus wasn't what we wanted it to be. We'll keep working to correct that."
Simmons connected on scoring strikes with Kane Travis and Rob Ferraro in the opening quarter as the Warriors built a 14-0 advantage.
Lineman Jabbrell Drayton recovered a fumble for a score to increase the advantage to 20-0 before Timmonsville (1-4) staged a brief rally toward the end of the second quarter. Bernard Lewis' short touchdown run got the Whirlwinds on the board with just under two minutes left in the first half and when the Warriors fumbled the ensuing kickoff it appeared the margin would grown closer.
But Waccamaw's defense held from it's own 6-yard line, a goal-line stand the dictated the end result.
"We were proud of that," Davis said. "That was probably the turning point in the game."
Simmons added his last TD strike on the night in the third quarter, connecting vwith Jack Monroe to provide Wacccamaw with its final margin.