Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The Goose Creek Gators look every bit as dominant this fall as they were in 2011.
They head into this week’s Summerville matchup at John Fulmer Field on the heels of a 44-0 win over Colleton County in Walterboro.
The Gators used a big third quarter to pull away from the Cougars, erupting for 23 points to expand a two-touchdown lead to a 37-0 advantage. Durrell Timmons returned a blocked punt three yards for a score to ignite the sequence. The Gators later recorded a safety.
“I thought our defense was outstanding,” GCHS coach Chuck Reedy said. “I really think our defense has been the difference in both of our games this year.”
Offensively, Caleb Kinlaw rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns while Tramel Terry had seven catches for 114 yards and two scores. Rashard Alston, who had four TDs in Week 1, added a 1-yard touchdown plunge.?New quarterback Dantez Bennamon hit 9 of 10 passes for 132 yards for the Gators (2-0).?The Colleton County victory was the third straight by way of shutout against the Cougars and seventh overall in the series. The Gators won 63-0 in 2010 and 58-0 in 2011.
Their next foe figures to put up far more resistance.
Summerville (1-1) looked like the Summerville of old this past Friday, improving dramatically from Week 1 to Week 2. The Wave bounced back from a 10-3 loss to Cane Bay to whip Berkeley 36-12 on Friday.
“At Sertoma, I was very impressed with Summerville,” Reedy said. “They looked big and physical as always. And they've got two running backs that can fly. The thing with Cane Bay is that Summerville just turned the ball over too much.
“Over the last two years they've been as tough as anybody we've played. We better play our best football.”
Legendary Summerville coach John McKissick also had high praise for Goose Creek.
“Well, Goose Creek is sort of ruling the roost right now so we are expecting a tough game,” said McKissick, who needs just five more wins to reach 600 career victories. “They play with a lot of confidence and always seem to do what they have to in order to win. Their running backs are outstanding and they have tremendous size up front on both sides of the ball. I would say their four down linemen on defense are as good as anyone has in the state.”
In the win over Berkeley, freshman quarterback Sawyer Bridges threw a pair of touchdown passes and running back Davon Anderson topped the 100-yard mark, scoring twice, in the Summerville victory.
A year ago, the Wave provided a tough test for the Gators, losing just 19-7, very respectable considering the Gators’ average margin of victory in their 14 wins was 39.1 points. The Gators have won two in a row in the series.
After Summerville, the Gators are at Fort Dorchester and Dutch Fork before returning home Sept. 21 against Beaufort.