Sports: Bears hit Warriors for 23 quick points on way to 44-9 rout
By Roger Greene
The story of Waccamaw High's cross-county matchup with Carvers Bay was written in the last five minutes of the first half on Friday.
Down by just 5 points at the time, the Warriors surrendered 23 unanswered points in the waning minutes of the second quarter, allowing the visiting Bears to blow the game open. It was all the separation Carvers Bay would need in a 44-9 victory.
The Bears (1-2) started their outburst with a a 5-play, 55-yard march. Devin Cuttino capped the drive with a 32-yard touchdown run and Carvers Bay led 14-2 with 1:55 remaining before halftime.
From there, the onslaught began. The Bears Shaq Duran returned an interception 23 yards for a touchdown on Waccamaw's ensuing possession to increase the lead to 19 points.
Waccamaw gained just a yard on three plays on its next possession, moving the ball to its own 30-yard line, but they were able to run the clock down to just 16 seconds. Still, it was enough ticks for the Bears to do more damage.
A bad snap on Waccamaw's punt wound up in the endzone for a safety, giving the Bears a 23-2 advantage. They took over at Waccamaw's 41-yard line after the free kick that resulted from the safety and had time for just two snaps.
But they made the most of them. Cuttino's run on first down advanced the ball 11 yards, setting up a 30-yard scoring strike from quarterback Rollins Grier to Da'shawn Aiken on the final play of the first half.
Waccamaw (1-2) got on the board first, registering a safety on a botched Carvers Bay punt with 8:05 remaining in the first quarter. They would not score again until the fourth quarter, with Nick Davis crossing the goal-line from 5 yards out with 6:39 remaining in the game.