MOUNT PLEASANT – Wando staked its claim to third place in Region 7-AAAA — and the ensuing playoff berth — with a 34-13 win over Cane Bay on Friday night.
Four different players scored touchdowns for the Warriors, who outgained the visiting Cobras 355-192 in total yardage.
Wando closed its region slate with a 2-2 record and will look to improve upon its 4-6 overall mark in the regular-season finale next week at Sumter.
“It’s going to be very important for us to prove that we can win on the road,” said Warriors coach Jimmy Noonan. “We know we’ll be on the road in the playoffs, and we have yet to win on the road this season. So, it’s a big challenge for our seniors and this group.”
Cane Bay (0-10, 0-3) whose playoff hopes were still alive entering Friday’s contest, will aim to avoid a winless campaign when it hosts West Ashley.
Turnovers played a major role in all three first-half scores.
Wando defensive lineman Will Lynch initiated the scoring with a 60-yard fumble recovery late in the first quarter.
The Cobras tied the game at 7-7 after Kevin Young recovered a fumble at the Warriors’ 9-yard line, setting the stage for Romonte Frazier’s 7-yard touchdown run.
The stalemate was short-lived, though, largely as a result of Chance Price’s interception with 44 seconds on the clock. Two plays later, quarterback Bailey Hart found Darius Wade across the middle for a 41-yard touchdown pass, and Wando took the 14-7 lead into halftime.
Kenny Waring, the Warriors’ leading rusher, was slowed by a minor ankle injury and did not play in the opening two quarters. With a tight game at halftime, though, Noonan inserted the junior to start the third quarter. Although Waring didn’t find the end zone, his presence impacted the contest.
“Having him in the ballgame obviously opens up some other things, and it enabled us to get the passing game going,” Noonan said.
Hart connected with Ben Jacques and Zola Davis for 12- and 5-yard touchdowns, respectively, in the second half as Wando increased its lead to 27-7. Hart, a sophomore, passed for 129 yards and three TDs in a 9-of-11 effort after taking over for starter Will Coleman, who sustained a collarbone injury.
Warrior freshman Oliver Michaud threw his first career touchdown pass — a 67-yarder to Wade — before Cane Bay’s Devin Dingle caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from Devin Kilgore.
Cane Bay 0 7 0 6—13
Wando 7 7 6 14—34
W — Will Lynch 60 fumble recovery (Clayton Rosenbaum kick)
C — Romonte Frazier 7 run (Juan Morales kick)
W — Darius Wade 41 pass from Bailey Hart (Rosenbaum kick)
W — Ben Jacques 12 pass from Hart (kick failed)
W — Zola Davis 5 pass from Hart (Bobby Fayssoux kick)
W — Wade 67 pass from Oliver Michaud (Rosenbaum kick)
C — Devin Dingle 38 pass from Devin Kilgore (kick failed)