The Wando Warriors, behind five touchdowns and 160 yards from junior tailback Kenny Waring, held on to defeat the West Ashley Wildcats, 38-32, Friday night at Warrior Stadium in the 7-AAAA opener for both teams.
Senior defensive back Tyler Egonut added two blocked punts that led directly to two of Waring’s scores.
Wando (3-4, 1-0 7-AAAA) scored first when Wildcats punter Tyler Pentz’s first blocked punt was recovered at the Wildcat 1. Waring’s first TD followed to put the Warriors up 7-0. Waring then capped off a seven-play, 44-yard drive with a 12-yard score to make it 14-0.
West Ashley then scored the next 24 points of the game. Wildcat QB Pedro Manigault hit Thomas Spigner from 9 yards, and then Manigault scored from 18 yards to tie the score with 3:36 left in the half.
Manigault finished with 143 yards on 26 carries and two touchdowns. Tailback Marquize Jenkins added 95 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown.
Caroline Cashion connected on a 22-yard field goal on the last play of the half to put the Wildcats up 17-14.
West Ashley (4-3, 0-1) continued its onslaught as the Wildcats scored on their first drive of the second half when Manigault scored from 20 yards to make it 24-14.
Waring then scored his next three TDs in four minutes. He answered the Wildcats’ score by going 52 yards on their next possession with 8:16 left in the third quarter, scored from 8 yards after a Manigault fumble with 6:24 left, and galloped 32 yards after Egonut’s second blocked punt. When the smoke cleared, the Warriors led 35-24 with 4:31 left.
The Wildcats then scored on Jenkins’ 11-yard run. The two-point conversion made it a three-point game, 35-32, with eight minutes left.
After a 40-yard Clayton Rosenbaum field goal pushed the lead to six, West Ashley set up in Wando territory after a long kick return and a 15-yard face-mask penalty. On the final play of the drive, on fourth down, Manigault barely missed an open receiver to end the Wildcats’ chances. The Warriors then ran out the final 52 seconds for the victory.
Marion bemoaned his team’s continued problem with turnovers that have made his team’s 4-0 start a distant memory. There were three fumbles as well as the two blocked punts.
WA 0 17 7 8- 32
WAN 14 0 21 3- 38
WAN- Kenny Waring 1 run (Clayton Rosenbaum kick)
WAN- Waring 12 run (Rosenbaum kick)
WA-Thomas Spigner 9 pass from Pedro Manigault (Caroline Cashion kick)
WA- Manigault 18 run (Cashion kick)
WA- Cashion 22 FG
WA- Manigault 20 run (Cashion kick)
WAN- Waring 52 run (Rosenbaum kick)
WAN-Waring 8 run (Trevor Pederson run)
WAN- Waring 32 run (pass failed)
WA- Marquize Jenkins 11 run (Manigault run)
WAN- Rosenbaum 40 FG