Gators shine in spotlight

Goose Creek’s Caleb Kinlaw rushes for a touchdown against Cane Bay on Friday, night at Goose Creek High School in Goose Creek. Paul Zoeller/Special to the Post and Courier

GOOSE CREEK —ESPNU’s broadcast of the Cane Bay-Goose Creek football game turned out to be a 48-minute Gators highlight film.

Goose Creek’s talented junior running back Caleb Kinlaw ripped off of 73-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage Friday night and the Gators never slowed down en route to a 55-0 victory over the Cobras in front of about 5,000 fans at Fulmer Field.

“It was a great crowd, a great environment,” Goose Creek coach Chuck Reedy said. “They broadcast 27 games, and we were one of those teams in one of those 27 games. There are thousands, tens of thousands, of teams and to be picked to play on television says an awful lot about our program.”

The Gators entered the game No. 2 in the state and No. 15 in the country, and a national television audience got to see what makes the Gators so good. Their speed, strength and athleticism on both sides of the ball were too much for the Cobras. The Gators gained 354 yards in the first half and held the Cobras to 57 to take a 41-0 lead into the locker room. Goose Creek finished with a 530-106 advantage in total yards.

The Gators made big plays all night to improve to 8-0, including 2-0 in Region 7-AAAA. Cane Bay lost its second straight game and fell to 5-3, 0-2.

Tramel Terry, perhaps the top senior in the state, ripped off a 50-yard touchdown run and caught a 26-yard pass from Dantez Bennamon that set up Kinlaw’s 10-yard TD run with 34 seconds left in the first half. The Gators averaged 9.6 yards per play for the game.

The defense, led by major college prospects Gerald Turner, Jalen Stevens and Mike Myers, was just as impressive with five sacks, numerous tackles for a loss and a fumble recovery. The Gators held Cane Bay to 1.7 yards per play for the game.

The defense played well for four quarters,” Reedy said. “Our front four is very good and our secondary played well. The secondary will have to get the job done the next three weeks with Wando on the schedule next week and Stratford in the final game of the regular season. We will go to Wando and it will be a challenge. We won’t have a problem with motivation for that one. And the Stratford game could have region and state implications, as well.”

Kinlaw finished with 186 yards and 3 TDs on 14 carries to lead Goose Creek to its 38th victory in 40 games against teams from the Palmetto State.

Terry also added three touchdowns and finished with 150 all-purpose yards. He carried four times for 77 yards and caught six passes for 73 yards.

Rico Blanding also played well with 11 carries for 93 yards as did the quarterback Bennamon.

“We knew we had to play really well,” Reedy said. “For a lot of people watching on television, this will be the only time they will get to see us play. We wanted to make a statement.”

Cane Bay 0 0 0 0 — 0

Goose Creek 21 20 14 0—55

GC—Caleb Kinlaw 73 run (Masamitsu Ishibashi kick)

GC—Rico Blanding 7 run (Ishibashi kick)

GC—Tramel Terry 50 run (Ishibashi kick)

GC—Terry 12 run (Ishibashi kick)

GC—Caleb Holmes 7 pass from Dantez Bennamon (kick failed)

GC—Kinlaw 10 run (Ishibashi kick)

GC—Terry 13 pass from Bennamon (Ishibashi kick)

GC—Kinlaw 5 run (Ishibashi kick)