GOOSE GREEK -- It goes down in the books as an upset, and Wando coach Jimmy Noonan doesn't blame anybody for thinking that way.
"Considering the past three or four weeks, I'd have to agree," Noonan said after his team's 22-7 victory over Stratford on Friday night. "We had been reeling against some very good football teams, not executing very well and falling behind early and not being able to come back."
But the Warriors (6-5) saved one of their more resilient efforts for their final game of the regular season, snapping a three-game losing skid and forcing a three-way tie for second place in the final Region 7-AAAA standings behind Goose Creek.
The playoff seedings between the Warriors, Stratford and West Ashley -- all three are 2-2 in region play -- will be sorted out this morning.
"I'll let the important people worry about that," Noonan said.
The win also ended a 14-game losing streak in the series for Wando. Stratford fell to 8-3.
"I don't think our kids played very enthused, which isn't right for us," Stratford coach Ray Stackley said. "We had been playing real up-tempo."
After giving up an 80-yard scoring drive on Straford's opening series, the Warriors defense was lights out.
Wando picked off two passes, recovered a fumble and blocked a field goal in snapping Stratford's four-game win streak. It was the second lowest point total in a game this season for the Knights.
"Our guys could have gone into a shell, but they fought," Noonan said. "They had a good week of practice and this is attributed to their hard work."
Wando answered Stratford's opening drive. Cameron Rouse's 29-yard run on a fourth-down play set up a 2-yard touchdown run by quarterback Josh Walker. Rouse took a trick play around the left side for a surprise 2-point conversion, making it 8-7 with 3:36 left in the first quarter.
Walker's 25-yard touchdown pass to Rudder Brown with 13 seconds left in the opening quarter gave the Warriors a 15-7 lead.
Rouse capped Wando's third straight scoring drive with a 1-yard plunge after the Warriors' Mat Norman recovered a bad Stratford snap at the 6.
Rouse had 64 yards rushing and Walker added 58 yards on on the ground. Wando finished with just 182 yards, with 146 coming in the first half.
Devin Washington had 94 yards rushing for Stratford, which finished with 216 yards.
S -- Jacob Park 4 run (Cole Rymer kick)
W -- Josh Walker 2 run (Cameron Rouse run)
W -- Rudder Brown 25 pass from Walker (Casey Clawson kick)
W -- Rouse 1 run (Clawson kick)