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MANNING -- Manning raced to a 21-0 halftime lead over Waccamaw and held off the Warriors down the stretch for a 47-22 Homecoming victory Friday at Ramsey Stadium.
With the win the Monarchs remained a perfect 3-0 in Region VIII-3A while improving to 4-3 overall. The loss dropped Waccamaw to 5-3 and 1-2.
The Monarchs' first half scores came on a 10-yard Don Hilton run, a 58-yard burst by Caleb Wright on a play where Wright was injured and did not return to the game, and an 8-yard Aaron Smith run. Place kicker Dontavious Tavley had a blocked kick before the first score and connected on the attempt after the third touchdown, with Jaleel Myers running for the conversion after the Wright run.
Manning's defense was bend-but-don't break through the first half as Waccamaw could move the ball between the 20s but struggled after that. Warrior first-half drives ended with a 19-yard punt that put Manning on the plus side of the field at the 37 to set up the first score, a missed field goal, a lost fumble, an Ernie Calloway interception and a turnover on downs.
The Monarchs took the opening kickoff of the second half and scored two plays later as Smith broke free for a 61-yard scoring scamper. The Warriors broke through to block a second Tavley kick, leaving the lead at 27-0.
Two plays later, Waccamaw fumbled the ball back to Manning, this time at the Warrior 20. Five plays later, Marlik Davis crossed the goal line from eight yards out, with punter Marquise Cubit coming on to nail the PAT kick for a 34-0 Monarch lead with 8:43 to go in the third quarter.
It took the Warriors just three plays to finally break on the board, with quarterback Denson Crisler finding Tyree Funnye for a 74-yard catch-and-run score. The Warrior defense then held Manning for a three-plays-and-out, setting up a 10-play, 73-yard drive that culminated in a 3-yard Kaisaun Grate touchdown run. A Crisler pass to Markell Strang cut the lead to 34-15 with with 2:47 to go in the third.
Manning took over at its 13 after the ensuing kickoff and made it to the end zone in seven plays. Key plays on the drive were a 16-yard pass from Justin Daniels to Cubit and a 20-yard Smith run, which was a precursor to a 48-yard Smith scoring run on the first play of the fourth quarter. Cubit's PAT kick pushed the Monarch lead to 41-15 just 12 seconds into the final period.
The teams would swap scores to close out the game, with Walker Parler taking it in from three yards out for the Warriors and Smith adding an 11-yard run, his fourth score of the night, with 2:14 remaining.
Waccamaw had one final possession, driving from its 41 to the Manning 16 in six plays. With :00.3 on the game clock, the Warriors' final snap resulted in a Treyon Harrison interception to put an exclamation mark on the Monarch win.
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