Sports: Grant leads Warriors in first region win
By Roger Greene
Not much had gone right for the Waccamaw High football team since its season-opening win over Latta. During the six-game losing streak that followed, coach Tyronne Davis told his team that if they remained positive, good things would eventually happen.
On Friday night at Aynor, the Warriors made their coach look prophetic.
A.J. Grant rushed for 178 yards and three touchdowns and Nick Davis added a score on a fake punt as Waccamaw upended Aynor 26-14.
"It was a much-needed win," Davis said. "A few weeks ago, we might not have been able to win a game like this. We had some things go against us, but we kept battling. We made some plays and did what we needed to do."
Aynor led 14-6 before Davis' 60-yard scamper on the fake punt cut the deficit down to 2 points at halftime. It was all the momentum they'd need to take control of the contest in the second half.
"Nick's score gave us a lift," Davis said. "Being just a couple of points down, we knew we were still in the game. We were confident things were going to go our way. It was a game we felt like we could win."
Takeaways and improved play on the offensive and defensive fronts also played a part in the victory.
"We forced five turnovers," Davis said. "Anytime you can win the turnover battle, you're going like your chances. And the offensive and defensive lines did a great job. The offensive line blocked well and gave A.J. and Nick room to run. Defensively, we were able to get penetration up front and helped us shut them out in the second half."
Grant's 52-yard touchdown run put the Warriors (2-6, 1-2 Region VIII-AA) ahead 19-14 in the third quarter and he added a 70-yard score in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.
"When you win, its always going to give you a charge emotionally," Davis said. "I'm sure everyone will be excited when we get back to practice on Monday."
The Warriors play their final home game of the season Friday against Marion.