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Wilson Hall rolls over TSA 44-0

By J. SCOTT SEWELL jscott@theitem.com
Posted 10/26/19
DALZELL - Wilson Hall's varsity football team picked up its second victory of the season on Friday, defeating Thomas Sumter Academy 44-0 at General Field. The win put an end to the Barons' 3-game losing streak as they improved their overall …

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Wilson Hall rolls over TSA 44-0

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DALZELL - Wilson Hall's varsity football team picked up its second victory of the season on Friday, defeating Thomas Sumter Academy 44-0 at General Field.

The win put an end to the Barons' 3-game losing streak as they improved their overall record to 2-6 on the season.

They'll wrap up their regular season against SCISA 3A foe Laurence Manning Academy next Friday.

"It was a good night for us and hats off to Thomas Sumter -- they played hard," said Wilson Hall head coach Adam Jarecki. "We finished drives and we got a shutout. That's the first time all year we've been able to do that, so I'm happy for our seniors to accomplish that."

Thomas Sumter fell to 1-9 overall, losing its fifth straight game. The Generals close out their season on the road next Friday against Dillon Christian School.

Wilson Hall's defense held the Generals to just 43 total yards in the game. Campbell deHoll led the Barons defensive unit with 12 tackles, while Jagger Hebert added nine tackles and two fumble recoveries.

Senior running back Emory Moore was the story offensively, racking up 127 yards and two touchdowns on the ground while adding one reception for 41 yards.

The Barons finished with 202 yards rushing on just 24 carries.

"Emory had some nice runs tonight," said Jarecki. "All year we've been kinda anchored behind those three guys (Moore, Doc Walker and Graham VanPatten), and what they do, and they had a good night."

The Barons wasted no time scoring. Sophomore quarterback Tate Sistare scored from five yard out less than two minutes into the game to take an early 7-0 lead.

They struck even more quickly on their second score after recovering an onside kick and marching down the field in just 90 seconds. VanPatten punched the ball into the end zone with a 4-yard run to push the Barons' advantage to 14-0.

Moore took his turn six minutes later, posting the longest play of the game when he busted loose for a 63-yard rushing touchdown with 3:25 remaining, stretching the lead to 21-0.

The second quarter began much the same as the first with Moore adding his second touchdown of the game; this one a bruising 11-yard rushing touchdown with 10:05 remaining in the half.

The Barons added a field goal after an Alex McLeod interception, and went to the half with a 30-0 lead.

"We executed pretty good on offense, and on defense we didn't let them get any big plays," said Jarecki. "I'm just happy that we could have some success, it's been a tough year. The whole bunch just needed some success."

Wilson Hall added a pair of touchdowns in the second half. Sistare scored his second touchdown of the game early in the fourth quarter, and Hebert added an 11-yard rushing touchdown in the final minutes to complete the scoring.

Now the Barons will turn their attention to next week's big season finale against Laurence Manning Academy. It's a game where records and past results simply don't matter.

"That's always a big rivalry," said Jarecki. "I think that game has gone down to overtime the last three years. They've had a super year and their new staff is doing a wonderful job. They've got some special players. We've got our hands full for next week, but we want to come out and finish strong."