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Rolling on for Sumter: Gamecocks continue dominating play with 58-6 rout of L-E in region opener

By DENNIS BRUNSON
dennis@theitem.com
Posted 10/6/19

The Sumter High School Gamecocks got off to a slow start - for them - in their football game against Lugoff-Elgin on Friday at Memorial Stadium's Freddie Solomon Field.

After scoring 42 points in the first quarter of its 70-21 victory over …

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Rolling on for Sumter: Gamecocks continue dominating play with 58-6 rout of L-E in region opener

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The Sumter High School Gamecocks got off to a slow start - for them - in their football game against Lugoff-Elgin on Friday at Memorial Stadium's Freddie Solomon Field.

After scoring 42 points in the first quarter of its 70-21 victory over Bluffton last week, SHS only had a 16-0 lead after the quarter against the Demons. That quickly changed in the second quarter as Sumter took a 44-6 into halftime on the way to a 58-6 victory in its Region IV-5A opener.

Gamecock head coach Mark Barnes had no issues however with how his team performed.

"This might have been our best all-around game this season when it comes to both offense and defense," said Barnes, whose team improved to 6-0 on the season. "We played really well on both sides of the football.

"We wanted to see how we would do against a physical team, especially one that tries to be physical on offense like Lugoff," he added. "Our defense really stepped up to the challenge."

SHS limited the Demons, who fell to 2-4 overall and 0-1 in region play, to 143 yards of total offense. They finished with 56 yards rushing and 87 passing to go with five first downs. Three of those came in the fourth quarter.

Sumter finished the game with 364 yards of total offense, 174 on the ground and 190 passing. It also had 19 first downs.

While the Gamecocks had some explosive plays, they seemed to focus on running the football more this week.

"We were looking to establish our running game a little bit more," Barnes said. "Our offensive line has gotten better every week."

Tony Dinkins-McCall ran for 117 yards and a touchdown on just eight carries. One of those was a 63-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to give Sumter its first touchdown of the game.

Nathan Harris-Waynick had 75 yards and three TDs on 14 carries with two of those scores coming on direct snaps.

SHS' first points of the game actually came on a safety. Lugoff was punting from deep in its territory when the ball was snapped out of the back of the end zone.

Dinkins-McCall's long run made it 9-0 and Waynick-Harris had a 4-yard run late in the first quarter to make it 16-0.

L-E got its only points on a 9-play, 65-yard drive that ended on a 2-yard run by Scotty Dean to make it 16-6 with 9:22 left in the second quarter.

Any hopes the Demons had of staying in the contest were quickly dashed though. Sumter's Tylee Craft picked up the kickoff off the ground at the SHS 15-yard line on the visitor's side of the field, ran all the way back to the Sumter sideline, turned the corner and went 85 yards for the touchdown to make it 23-6.

"We knew they were going to try and kick it to that side," Barnes said. "We called the play to that side the first time and it didn't work. We called it the other way that time, and Tylee made a great play. We've got great athletes who can make plays on special teams."

The Gamecocks began to pour it on from there. Harris-Waynick had another 4-yard scoring run, quarterback Hayden Vasquez ran in from 15 yards out following a 47-yard interception return by safety Jabari Tiller, and Vasquez threw a 14-yard scoring pass to Craft with just 40 seconds left in the first half.

Vasquez completed 15 of 18 passes for 180 yards and the score, while Craft had four catches for 96 yards.