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Goose Creek fell behind 7-0 on Friday night as Wando scored on its first possession of the game. But the state’s No. 1 team came up with big plays on offense, defense and special teams to roll to a 35-14 victory in a battle of Region 7-AAAA undefeated heavyweights.
“They probably have the best rushing attack in the state, and we wanted to see what a playoff contender looks like,” Wando coach Jimmy Noonan said after watching the Gators churn and burn for 218 yards on the ground. “We got our look. Now it’s back to work. Our kids played great for 48 minutes. They just wore us out.”
Tramel Terry, arguably the top senior football player in the state, was the playmaker and game-breaker. He rushed 16 times for 103 yards, caught five passes for 114 yards, and totaled three touchdowns.
“I told (Terry) earlier in the week that great players play great in big-time games,” Goose Creek coach Chuck Reedy said. “I told him we were going to put it on his back, and that’s what we did.”
The Gators won their 22nd straight game in front of about 7,000 fans at Wando Stadium. They improved to 9-0 on the season, including 2-0 in the region.
Goose Creek outgained Wando 372-323 in total yardage.
“The real story was the defense,” Reedy said. “They have a great offense, and other than that first drive, we did a great job of containing them.”
Wando quarterback Christian Hart passed for 221 yards, completing 24 of 41 attempts. Stevie Wilson accounted for both of Wando’s scores with a pair of 1-yard runs.
With the score tied 7-7 late in the second quarter, the Gators scored twice to take a 21-7 lead at halftime.
Terry scored on a 5-yard run with 4:49 left in the first half to make it 14-7.
Wando (8-1, 2-1) gambled with a fake punt on fourth-and long on its next possession. Goose Creek stuffed the play as Omar McRae made the tackle 12 yards from the first-down stick and Goose Creek took over on the Warriors’ 39.
Dantez Bennamon hit Terry for a 34-yard pass, and two plays later, Caleb Kinlaw scored on a 5-yard run, and just like that, it was 21-7.
“We didn’t really have a chance on the punt,” Noonan said. “We didn’t block Gerald Turner and he would have blocked the punt.”
The Gators made it 28-7 with a 69-yard scoring drive to begin the second half. Terry had the big plays with a 22-yard catch and another that covered 26 yards and put six more points on the scoreboard.
Wando threatened on its next possession, but McRae picked off his second pass of the game.
“This was a very big win for us,” Reedy said. “This was the biggest game in the Lowcountry in the last three or four years, I am very proud of the way we responded. It was a hostile environment, a great environment. We responded.”
Goose Creek 7 14 14 0—35
Wando 7 0 0 7—14
Wando — Stevie Wilson 1 run (Casey Clawson kick)
GC — Caleb Holmes 17 pass from Dantez Bennamon (Masamitsu Ishibashi kick)
GC — Tramel Terry 5 run (Ishibashi kick)
GC — Caleb Kinlaw 5 run (Ishibashi kick)
GC — Terry 26 pass from Bennamon (Ishibashi kick)
GC — Terry 8 run (Ishibashi kick)
W — Wilson 1 run (Clawson kick)