Gators extend streak to 33 games
For the second consecutive week, the Goose Creek Gators left The Swamp to meet another non-region opponent on the road.
And for the 33rd consecutive time overall, the Gators walked off the field winners, knocking off Carolina Forest 56-14 on Friday night in Myrtle Beach.
“I was very pleased by the way our players played,” Gators coach Chuck Reedy said. “We were very efficient on offense, scoring seven of the eight times we had the ball. Both tailbacks had well over 100 yards and we threw the ball effectively.
“Defensively, we had a couple breakdowns but did a good job against a very good quarterback.”
The Panthers go to battle with a productive quarterback in Wil Brunson but the junior gunslinger was no match for the consistently improving Gators defense.
With exception of two mental lapses in the secondary, the Panthers were held in check by the Gators defensive unit, which played a large role in helping Goose Creek improve to 7-0 heading into Friday’s Region 7-AAAA opener at Cane Bay.
The game was never in question after the Gators raced out to a 35-0 lead in the second quarter.
The defense was led by cornerback Omar McRae, who returned an interception 20 yards to start the second quarter and shut down a drive by the Panthers, who were threatening to cut a 14-0 deficit in half.
Safety Delonzo Prather also had an interception for the Gators, who limited the Panthers to 35 yards rushing and 307 yards passing. Many of Carolina Forest’s passing yards were on underneath routes.
The offensive stalwart was recent Shrine Bowl selection Caleb Kinlaw, who ignited the rout with a 6-yard touchdown run at the 8:18 mark of the first quarter. The Georgia Tech commitment had four touchdowns and finished the evening early, carrying 14 times for 137 yards.
Not to be outdone, junior tailback Tyrik Johnson continued to impress with his shifty running style. He carried it just four times for 160 yards and two touchdowns, including a 95-yard scamper.
Deondre’ Daniels caught a 20-yard scoring pass from senior Dantez Bennamon for a touchdown. Bennamon finished the night 6 of 13 for 152 yards and the touchdown.
Gators kicker Alex Jacobus was 8 for 8 on extra points and misfired on a 31-yard field goal attempt.
Cane Bay (0-8) will enter Friday’s game still seeking its first win of the season after losing 42-7 to Stratford.
But Reedy remembers the Gators’ last trip there in 2010. The Gators had to rally over the final two quarters to win 32-16.
“We fully expect Cane Bay to play very hard and know that we will have to play well to win the game,” he said. “The last time we played there, we had to come back in the second half to win the game.”