GOOSE CREEK — Fort Dorchester controlled the ball. Goose Creek scored the points.
Fort Dorchester had the ball for nearly 12 of the game’s first 17 minutes, but Goose Creek led where it counted — on the scoreboard. The Gators cashed in on three big plays and took a 21-7 lead on their way to a 49-28 victory Friday night in front of about 5,000 fans at Fulmer Field.
By the time the stat man had it all figured out, the Gators gained 552 yards in total offense to Fort Dorchester’s 390. Five of the Gators’ touchdowns accounted for 273 yards. Fort Dorchester had the ball for nearly 29 minutes to Goose Creek’s 19 minutes.
“That’s football. You can’t give up the big play and expect to win,” Fort Dorchester coach Steve LaPrad said. “The kids played hard. It was like the Stratford game, we just couldn’t come up with the big plays or stops when we needed to.”
Goose Creek quarterback Dantez Bennamon scored on a 57-yard run. Fullback Evan McField blasted up the middle for a 50-yard score and Bennamon dazzled again on a 63-yard keeper as the No. 3 Gators jumped out to the early lead and remained perfect with a 4-0 record.
The Gators, who have won 30 straight games on the field, host Dutch Fork in a battle of top 10 teams next week.
Fort Dorchester dropped its second straight game and fell to 2-2.
“We came in with the idea that we could run the option,” Goose Creek coach Chuck Reedy said. “Basically, that’s where the big plays came from. It was a good win. They played hard.”
The Gators continued to come up with big plays after the opening salvo. Caleb Kinlaw scored his 11th touchdown of the season with a 46-yard TD run late in the second quarter to push the lead to 28-7.
But the Patriots kept up the fight. Quarterback Kobe Garrett scored on a 4-yard run on the final play of the first half to slice the lead to 28-14.
The Patriots chewed up six minutes on the opening drive of the third quarter and cut the lead to seven points when Garrett scored his second TD of the game on a 9-yard run.
But the Gators wore down the Patriots, outscoring them 21-7 in the final quarter.
McField led the Gators with 145 yards on 17 carries, while Bennamon rushed for 129 and added 84 yards in the air.
Kinlaw added 70 yards on the ground while Tyrik Johnson’s only carry went for a 57-yard TD run.
Fort Dorchester’s Matt Murray, who scored two TDs, led all runners with 166 yards on 33 carries. Garrett rushed for 103 yards and added 78 yards passing.
“The defense has got to get better,” Reedy said. “We’re not dominant on defense like our teams in the past. We’re getting better. We still have a way to go.”
Fort Dorchester 7 7 7 7—28
Goose Creek 7 21 0 21—49
FD — Matt Murray 3 run (Riley Rozanski kick)
GC — Dantez Bennamon 57 run (Alex Jacobus kick)
GC — Evan McField 50 run (Jacobus kick)
GC — Bennamon 63 run (Jacobus kick)
GC — Caleb Kinlaw 46 run (Jacobus kick)
FD — Kobe Garrett 4 run (Rozanski kick)
FD — Kobe Garrett 9 run (Rozanski kick)
GC — McField 7 run (run failed)
GC — Darin McNeil 15 run (Dijon Profit pass from Bennamon)
FD — Murray 25 run (Rozanksi kick)
GC — Tyrik Johnson 57 run (Jacobus kick)