Timberland and Dillon both took care of business Friday night to set up yet another rematch for the Class AA Division I Lower State Championship on Nov. 27.
The Wolves dispatched Loris, 34-12, behind 27 first-half points, and Dillon downed Lake Marion by a 45-6 margin.
Daniel Robinson and Bernard V.A. Harmon each scored a pair of touchdowns, and quarterback Matt Gabel improved to 7-0 since taking over at quarterback after Timberland’s loss to Berkeley to pace the Wolves’ offense.
“We have shown a lot of resiliency this season and our defense stepped it up big tonight,” said coach Art Craig. “We scored to build up a nice lead and our defense shut them down.”
Shut down is an understatement as the Timberland defense intercepted a pair of passes and recovered three Loris fumbles to stymie the Lions’ offense.
Robinson scored the game’s first touchdown on a five-yard run on the Wolves’ opening drive.
After Za’Von Whitaker recovered a fumble, quarterback Matt Gabel hit Robinson over the middle with a 55-yard touchdown pass to put Timberland up 14-0 with 3:42 left in the first quarter.
“Daniel Robinson reminds me of a young Bruce Ellington,” Craig said. “He’s just a sophomore with unbelievable breakaway speed.”
Harmon put the Wolves up 21-0 on a four-yard run early in the second quarter, and Ezekiel Padgett followed with another four-yard TD run five minutes later to give the Wolves a 27-0 lead late into the first half.
Loris broke the ice with just over three minutes remaining in the half on a Levi Moody 17-yard touchdown run to close the gap to 27-6 at the half.
Loris showed some life in the third quarter when Bennett Winslow connected with Desmond Dozier on a 23-yard scoring strike to make the score 27-12.
The Lions would draw no closer as Harmon scored his second TD of the night on a five-yard run early in the fourth quarter.
Kickoff at Dillon for the Lower State Championship on Nov. 27 is at 7:30 p.m.
T – Daniel Robinson 5 run (Michael Smith kick)
T – Matt Gabel 55 pass to Robinson (Smith kick)
T – Bernard Harmon 4 run (Smith kick)
T – Ezekiel Padgett 4 run (kick failed)
L – Levi Moody 17 run (kick failed)
L – Bennett Winslow 23 pass to Desmond Dozier (kick failed)
T – Harmon 5 run (Smith kick)
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