TURBEVILLE -- The old football saying is that defense wins championships, and while that is open to debate there is no doubt defense helped the Scott’s Branch High School Eagles defeat the East …
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TURBEVILLE -- The old football saying is that defense wins championships, and while that is open to debate there is no doubt defense helped the Scott’s Branch High School Eagles defeat the East Clarendon Wolverines on Friday at Shad Hall Field.
Scott's Branch returned three interceptions for touchdowns in the 27-13 victory.
“We had three pick 6s, which is unreal,” said Scott’s Branch head coach Brian Smith, who picked up his first victory in charge of the Eagles. “Our defense was lights out.”
Two of those interceptions returned for touchdowns were by defensive back Amonte Brown, who also plays quarterback, for 17 and 22 yards, respectively. The other was from defensive back Treyshawn Moore, who also doubles as a wide receiver on offense, for 31 yards.
“It’s frustrating right now; we shot ourselves in the foot and we kept regressing,” East Clarendon head coach Scott Cook said. “We had six turnovers; two fumbles and four interceptions.”
However, the Wolverine defense only gave up one offensive touchdown, which occurred late in the fourth quarter.
“Our defense played well,” Cook said.
East Clarendon’s offense did turn the ball over six times, but it did shine at times. Quarterback Lane Robinson threw a 31-yard touchdown pass with 40 seconds to go before the half, and running back Garrick Powell ran for a 23-yard score six seconds into the fourth quarter.
However, there’s always room for improvement.
“We have to get back to fundamental stuff,” Cook said. “We had a snap hit the motion guy and a lot of penalties. These are all things we can correct. We just have to knock down the wall.”
Despite winning the game, Smith was not happy with the referees.
“It’s hard on the road, and it’s extra hard when the officials were the way they were tonight,” he said. “But I’m proud of our guys. We matched their physicality, played four quarters and fought through adversity.”
Speaking of adversity, a few fights broke out on the field that had to be broken up by officials.
“The game got out of control (at times),” Smith said.
The Wolverines look to get ready for Aynor High School on Friday, Sept. 7.
“We have a bye week this week, but we’re going to prepare for Aynor,” Cook said. “They’re a lot like Scott’s Branch. They line up and run the ball.”
Cook was happy with turnout for the game, and it was a special night because the Wolverines honored great players of the past before the game.
“We had a good crowd,” Cook said. “It was the Hall of Fame game.”
On the other side of things, Scott’s Branch will prepare for a home game against Bamberg-Ehrhardt on Friday, Aug. 31.