SUMMERVILLE — It’s the kind of outcome one might expect when one of the top teams in the state takes on a school that is still searching for its first win of the season.
Evan McField rushed for 123 yards and scored three touchdowns and Tyrik Johnson added 148 yards and two TDs to lead Goose Creek past Cane Bay, 55-7, Friday night at Cane Bay Stadium.
The Gators, who improved to 8-0 on the season, have not lost a game to a South Carolina high school team in almost three seasons. Cane Bay fell to 0-7.
The Gators, who played mostly their second-team players in the second half, rolled up 568 yards of total offense, including 409 yards on the ground. Quarterback Dantez Bennamon completed seven of 10 passes for 117 yards.
“It was a little sloppy in the first quarter, but I thought as the game went on we got a little bit sharper,” said Goose Creek coach Chuck Reedy. “This is the time of season when we need to get better and get challenged each week and obviously that wasn’t the case tonight. Cane Bay played hard all night, give them credit for that, but they’re just a little undermanned. We did what we had to do to win the game and we came out healthy.”
The Gators defense was just as impressive as the offense. Cane Bay managed just 162 yards of total offense.
“The defense played well all game,” Reedy said. “We had some issues with our kickoff coverage, but overall our defense played well.”
After a sluggish first quarter, the Gators got a 78-yard TD run from McField early in the second quarter that gave the Gators a 14-0 lead. Bennamon capped another long drive with a 3-yard TD run to give the Gators a 21-0 lead.
After an interception by Cane Bay, the Cobras made things interesting when Devin Gilmore threw a 3-yard TD pass to Matt Rudy on a fourth-and-goal play with 2:31 to play before halftime.
But any hopes of a Cobras comeback were ended when Bennamon found Deondre Daniels for a 61-yard gain down to the Cane Bay 5-yard line. Two plays later, McField scored from a yard out to give the Gators a 28-7 halftime lead.
“Evan McField is a heck of a football player,” Reedy said. “We’ve had good fullbacks here and he’s right up there with the best of them. He has good speed, he blocks and he can catch the ball. He’s a complete player.”
The Gators scored on their first three possessions of the second half to extend their advantage to 48-7 going into the final quarter.
Johnson replaced Caleb Kinlaw at running back in the second half and ripped off 148 yards in a quarter of action on just nine carries. Johnson came into the game averaging more than 20 yards per carry.
“Caleb has been hurt and we wanted to get Tyrik a few more carries,” Reedy said. “He’s a very intriguing player when he has the ball in his hands.”
Goose Creek 7 21 20 7—55
Cane Bay 0 7 0 0 — 7
GC — Caleb Kinlaw 28 run (Alex Jacobus kick)
GC — Evan McField 78 run (Jacobus kick)
GC — Dantez Bennamon 3 run (Jacobus kick)
CB — Matt Rudy 35 pass from Devin Kilgore (Juan Merallious kick)
GC — Evan McField 1 run (Jacobus kick)
GC — Evan McField 2 run (kick failed)
GC — Tyrik Johnson 56 run (Jacobus kick)
GC — Tyrik Johnson 14 run (Jacobus kick)
GC — Stephen Wood 23 run (Cody Jones kick)