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Sports: Mullins holds off Waccamaw for midnight win

By Roger Greene
Coastal Observer

With a better start, the Waccamaw High football team might have upset visiting Mullins on Friday night. Unfortunately, the Warriors found themselves facing a 19-point deficit after eight minutes of play, and the Auctioneers did the rest, holding on for a 31-20 victory at Warrior Field.

Despite the loss, there were several bright spots for Waccamaw (1-5, 0-1 Region VIII-AA), particularly on defense and punt coverage.

After a Rembert Timmons' 44-yard touchdown run in the first quarter put Mullins (4-2, 1-0) ahead 19-0, the Warrior defense stiffened, and kept the Auctioneer offense out of the end zone the rest of the way.

And the Warriors' punt coverage unit was a factor on special teams throughout the night. The Warriors recorded a safety on a muffed punt early in the second quarter and Malcolm Gibbs returned a blocked punt for a touchdown before halftime to get Waccamaw within 26-12 at the break.

Taking over at quarterback in the second half, A.J. Grant provided the highlight for the offense, turning a potential loss into a 74-yard touchdown run and trimming Mullins' lead to 29-20 with 8:08 remaining in the game. But that was as close as the Warriors would get.

The game was not even two minutes old when lightning and a brief thunderstorm hit the area and caused a delay of more than two hours. The game did not resume until 10:15 p.m. and ended shortly after 12:30 a.m.

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