The Stall Warriors were their own worst enemy Friday night against Wade Hampton.
Corinthian Williams rushed for 101 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead Wade Hampton past Stall, 21-0, in the opening round of the Class AA Division-I playoffs before a crowd of about 350 at Stall Stadium.
Wade Hampton, which improved 5-6 on the season, will face Swansea next Friday night in the second round of the playoffs. Stall finished the season with a 7-4 mark.
Every time Stall put together anything resembling a scoring drive, a turnover or costly penalty would stop the Warriors in their tracks.
"We couldn't seem to get over the hump and get that one play that would get us into the end zone," said Stall head coach Johnny Boykin. "We played with great effort all game, but it just seemed like every time we'd start to get something going, we'd have a penalty or a turnover. We just couldn't get out of our own way."
Three times the Warriors drove the ball inside the Wade Hampton 35-yard line and three times they failed to come away with any points.
"We didn't execute at times, and you've got to give Wade Hampton's defense credit," Boykin said. "We had some breakdowns in some protections, but that's football, those things are going to happen. We were probably our own worst enemy."
The Red Devils' defense limited the Warriors to 153 yards of total offense and picked off three passes.
"They did a good job of not letting us get into any rhythm offensively," Boykin said. "They came in here, pretty far away from their home, and played a great defensive football game."
After Wade Hampton's Marvin Fennell picked off a Ron Gant pass, the Red Devils drove the ball 46-yards in four plays to take a 7-0 lead on Williams' 13-yard run with 1:38 left in the opening quarter. Ahmad Keyes' 23-yard run highlighted the drive.
Wade Hampton pushed its advantage to 14-0 on Williams' 2-yard TD run with 1:50 left in the second half. Williams' TD run capped a 16-play, 68-yard drive for the Red Devils.
Stall showed some signs of life to start the third quarter. Freddie Thorne returned a punt 39 yards to the Wade Hampton 34, but the Warriors failed to picked up a first down on a 4th-and-5 play at the Red Devils' 29.
"We got a big play on special teams, but couldn't capitalize," Boykin said. "Kind of the story of the night for us."
Wade Hampton put the game out of reach on Dondre Brown's 13-yard run to give the Red Devils a 21-0 lead with 2:06 left in the third quarter.
WH--Corinthian Williams 13 run (Michael Hazel kick)
WH--Corinthian Williams 2 run (Michael Hazel kick)
WH--Dondre Brown 14 run (Michael Hazel kick)