With Lowcountry heavyweight Fort Dorchester High School on deck, the Goose Creek Gators gained some needed confidence with a resounding victory in their homecoming game.
Gators quarterback Emmanuel Mukuamu was 14 of 20 for 274 yards and tossed six touchdown passes, hitting receiver Damon Mouzon with half of those, in Goose Creek’s 53-6 victory over visiting Stall High School on Friday.
Mouzon made six grabs for 119 yards and the three touchdowns.
“We did what I thought we could do,” Goose Creek coach Jason Winstead said. “It was good to be able to get up on somebody and then finish the deal. Some times we’ve lacked concentration at key moments.”
The Gators improved to 2-1 as they roll over to North Charleston to tangle with unbeaten Fort Dorchester (4-0) on Friday. The Patriots are coming off an impressive 44-0 lashing of Berkeley, their second shutout of the season. They’ve outscored opponents 175-16.
Winstead said Fort Dorchester is quite clearly, far and away, the best team in the area.
“I’m excited,” he said. “You want to play the best and see where you stand. I told the guys this is the type of game you either get really excited about or you shy away from. I’m interested to see who is excited and who is going to shy away. This one is going to show what we’re made of.”
The Patriots remind Winstead of the program he came from before taking the Goose Creek job before last season. He called Fort Dorchester a physically more impressive version of the South Pointe teams which won five state titles in seven seasons with Winstead as a defensive coordinator.
“The swagger and confidence they play with is almost identical to those South Pointe teams,” Winstead said. “They’re talented at every position. This is as good a football team as they’ve had since they won the state championship (in 2015). I don’t know if they’re not better all around.”
Goose Creek has lost five straight in the series, including 33-13 last season and 61-7 in 2017.
The Gators will be coming off their most complete effort of the season and have won two straight. A week earlier, the defense forced four turnovers and blocked two punts in a 28-10 win over West Ashley.
Winstead’s team needed little time to get control of Stall, which remained winless on the season. The Gators led 20-0 after one quarter and 47-6 at halftime.
Malachi Taylor added a pair of touchdown catches and DJ Matthews hauled in another one of Mukuamu’s touchdown passes.
The other offensive touchdown was a 10-yard run by Demetre Simmons.
Linebacker Nyhiem Simmons intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown.
The 53 points was the most since the Gators blanked Wade Hampton 76-0 in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs in 2013.
Philip Simmons 27 Hanahan 18
Hanahan High School dropped to 0-3 on the season with an nine-point loss to Philip Simmons on Sept. 20 at HHS.
Josh Shaw rushed for 94 yards on 11 carries and returned a fumble 40 yards for a score for the Hawks. Quarterback Mac Blakeney was 11 of 27 for 97 yards and a short touchdown pass. He also scored on a 2-yard run.
On defense, Alex Herriott recovered two fumbles.
Colleton Prep 27 Northwood 0
Northwood Academy dropped to 1-2 on the season with a shutout loss in Walterboro on Friday.
The Chargers host 4-0 Thomas Heyward on Friday. THS is coming off a 42-23 win over Pee Dee Academy.