GOOSE CREEK — The musical selections blaring over the public address system prior to Friday’s Goose Creek-Wando game were predictable on a brisk, late October night: Halloween oldies but goodies.
It wasn’t until the Region 7-AAAA game started that Goose Creek got a scare.
Trailing 14-7 in the second quarter, Goose Creek quarterback Dantez Bennamon went down with an ankle injury and running back Caleb Kinlaw was shaken up when he was tackled on a run along the sideline. Both players eventually returned after their replacements, Dominique Jefferson and Tyrik Johnson, had impressive performances.
The third-ranked Gators proved to have more than enough firepower, rolling for 510 total yards en route to a 49-21 victory over the Warriors in front of about 4,000 fans at Fulmer Field.
Goose Creek improved to 9-0, 2-0 in the region. Wando fell to 3-6, 1-2.
Bennamon, who entered the game with 1,412 total yards, was injured midway through the second quarter and was taken to the locker room.
He came back in time for the third quarter and completed a 50-yard pass to set up the Gators’ sixth touchdown of the game.
Jefferson, a promising sophomore who has seen limited playing time, scored on a 16-yard run with 2:16 left in the second quarter and threw a 10-yard TD pass to Jordan Barnes with 27 seconds remaining that gave the Gators a 35-21 halftime lead. Also in the first half, Johnson scored on a 46-yard run.
“I was really impressed with our young quarterback,” Goose Creek coach Chuck Reedy said. “He did a heck of a job. He made some throws. He made some runs and he made some good decisions. The game was certainly on the line, and he stepped up and did a good job.”
Wando took a 14-7 lead at the end of one quarter as Trevor Behrens caught touchdown passes of 11 and 44 yards from William Coleman.
But the Gators broke open the game with four touchdowns in the second quarter to head into next week’s game against West Ashley with a 35-game winning streak on the field.
Kinlaw led the Gators with 135 yards on 10 carries. He scored on a 70-yard run. Bennamon passed for 106 yards and two TDs, and added 66 yards on the ground.
Wando finished with 261 total yards, 167 coming in the first half.
Trevor Pederson led the Warriors with 63 yards rushing, while William Coleman completed 6 of 8 passes for 88 yards and two TDs.
“Give Wando credit,” Reedy said. “Sometimes, you have to find ways to win when you’re not playing your best game.”
Wando 14 7 0 0—21
Goose Creek 7 28 14 0—49
W — Trevor Behrens 11 pass from William Coleman (Clayton Rosenbaum kick)
GC — Caleb Kinlaw 70 run (Alex Jacobus kick)
W — Trevor Behrens 44 pass from Coleman (Rosenbaum kick)
GC — Evan McField 1 run (Jacobus kick)
GC — Dominique Jefferson 16 run (kick failed)
W — Trevor Pederson 5 run (Rosenbaum kick)
GC — Tyrik Johnson 46 run (Deondre Daniels run)
GC — Jordan Barnes 10 pass from Jefferson (Jacobus kick)
GC — Dijon Profit 9 pass from Bennamon (Jacobus kick)
GC — Barnes 10 pass from Dantez Bennamon (Jacobus kick)