Sports: Warriors beat Latta 54-21 in season opener
By Roger Greene
There was nothing fancy about Waccamaw’s game plan against Latta on Friday night. Knowing they had a sizable advantage in manpower, the Warriors’ strategy was simply to wear the Vikings out.
In the second half, that’s exactly what they did.
Daniel Poinsette ran for a pair of scores and Jalen Simmons, Brian Asbaty and Chapman Luquire each added touchdowns of their own as Waccamaw exploded for 33 points over the final 24 minutes. It was more than enough cushion to allow the Warriors to run away with a 54-21 season opening victory.
“The coaches really got after us at halftime,” said Poinsette, who totaled three touchdowns on the night. “It fired everybody up. We played much better in the second half.”
Though the third and fourth quarters proved to be the difference in the game, the Warriors built a significant amount of momentum in the final minutes of the first half. Trailing 14-13 with just under three minutes remaining in the second quarter, the Warriors put together a seven-play, 46-yard touchdown march to take control of the game.
The drive appeared to have stalled at the Waccamaw 35-yard line. But looking merely for a first down on a fourth-and-6 call, Nick Davis instead found the end zone. Jack Monroe then added a 2-point conversion run and the Warriors had a 21-14 advantage headed into the locker room.
“We’d been running left and we called a counter back right,” said Davis about his scoring run. “It was wide open in front of me.”
Latta’s first two drives in the second half resulted in turnovers, setting the Warriors up with first-and-goal situations each time. Simmons scored on a 2-yard run to build Waccamaw’s lead to 14 points and Poinsette followed with a 1-yard plunge that made it 35-14 with 8:38 left in the third quarter.
“You always want to have the short field,” Davis said. “Especially when you have the kind of running backs we do.”
Waccamaw built a comfortable advantage on its first two possessions, opening with scoring drives of 51 and 61 yards. Simmons 18-yard run capped the first drive and Poinsette’s 2-yard jaunt concluded the second march and gave the Warriors a 13-0 advantage with 4:07 remaining in the first quarter.