Gators rout Cane Bay; win streak at 34
The Goose Creek Gators won their 34th straight game with a type of dominating performance that has become their trademark during the streak.
The Gators approached 600 yards of total offense and rolled to a 55-7 victory at Cane Bay on Friday, improving to 8-0 overall and 1-0 in Region 7-AAAA. Every player they brought to CBHS saw action.
Cane Bay fell to 0-8. The Cobras travel to West Florence on Thursday.
“I was pleased with how we played,” Gators coach Chuck Reedy said. “We were physical on both sides of the ball and I thought our defense continued to show great improvement. We carried 85 players and all of them got to play.”
Fullback Evan McField had 123 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns on 15 carries, including a 78-yarder in the second quarter during a 21-0 start for the Gators. Tyrik Johnson added 148 yards on nine carries and scored twice, from 56 and 14 yards in the second half.
Quarterback Dantez Bennamon was 7 of 10 for 117 yards and ran for 52 yards, including a 3-yarder. Six of Bennamon’s tosses went to Deondre Daniels, who grabbed six passes for 103 yards.
Running back Caleb Kinlaw had 53 yards rushing and ignited the blowout with a 28-yard run in the first quarter.
McField’s long burst made it 14-0 and Bennamon’s touchdown gave the Gators a 21-0 lead.
Cane Bay’s lone touchdown, a 3-yard pass from Devin Kilgore to Matt Rudy cut its deficit to 21-7 in the second quarter.
McField’s second touchdown run, a 1-yard plunge, answered on Goose Creek’s next possession and the Gators took a 28-7 lead at halftime.
The Gators pulled away in the second half with 27 unanswered points.
Freshman Evan Ulery capped the scoring with a 22-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
On defense, linebacker Daylin Julius made 11 total stops and blocked a kick for the Gators. Defensive back Omar McRae made seven total tackles and broke up five passes.
The Gators are back home on Friday after three weeks on the road. They host Wando (3-5, 1-1 region), which is coming off a 35-7 loss to Stratford.
“Wando is another region game and we will have to play at a high level to beat them,” Reedy said. “They are well coached and have excellent size and a great back in (Kenny) Waring. It will be good to be back home.”