Gators top Swamp Foxes in Week 1
Despite the Gators opening the season with a 56-28 win over Ashley Ridge, Goose Creek coach Chuck Reedy says his team has some work to do.
“We’ve got a long, long way to go,” Reedy said. “I was disappointed in the way we executed offensively and we gave up two big kick returns. You can’t do that. There were some good things about tonight but right now we aren’t a good football team. We will be; we just need to work on some things.”
Led by senior tailback Caleb Kinlaw, the Gators’ rushing attack was lethal. Kinlaw rushed for more than 100 yards and four touchdowns. Fullback Evan McField also had a 100-yard rushing night and scored on an 18 yard run.
The Swamp Foxes put up a better fight than they have in their past three meetings with the Gators. Goose Creek only out gained Ashley Ridge by 32 yards in the first half when they took a 14-7 lead.
“It took our offense a while to get going and we gave them a short field too much in the first half,” Ashley Ridge coach Kenny Walker said. “But our defense hung in there.”
However, the Gators held the Swamp Foxes to only 2 yards of offense in the third quarter. Goose Creek scored three touchdowns in the quarter while Ashley Ridge only managed a kick return for a TD.
“In the second half we kind of ran out of gas,” Walker said. “With Goose Creek, it’s all about them wearing you down so you have to play a full four quarters. We played maybe two-and-a-half quarters and turnovers killed us.”
Ashley Ridge 0 7 6 15–28
Goose Creek 6 8 21 21–56
GC – Caleb Kinlaw 7 run (kick failed)
GC – Caleb Kinlaw 2 run (Jordan Barnes pass from Dantez Bennamon)
AR – Dashaun Santiago 19 pass from Chandler Avenel (Matt Gable kick)
GC – Caleb Kinlaw 5 run (Jacobus kick)
GC – Caleb Kinlaw 16 run (Alex Jacobus kick)
AR – Santiago 85 kickoff return (kick blocked)
GC – Evan McField 18 run (Jacobus kick)
GC – Darin McNeal 7 run (Jacobus kick)
AR – Donavan Thompson 8 run (Gable kick)
GC – Omar McRae 60 kickoff return (Jacobus kick)
AR – Sean White 3 run (Avenel run)
GC – Tyrik Johnson 82 run (Jacobus kick)