The Barnwell High Warhorses were roughed up at homecoming by the Edisto High Cougars, 41-20 Friday at W.W.Carter Field.
It was a competitive game with the Cougars clawing to a 12-7 lead with 9:39 left in the first half.
From that point, the game got away from the Warhorses as the Cougars scored 29 of the next 36 points for a commanding 41-14 lead with 5:29 left to play.
With the loss, Barnwell High falls to 1-6 overall and 0-2 in region play.
Barnwell High coach Eddie Moore said the team came out a little flat in the second half.
"We were in the game at halftime, then we just allow things get out of hand with a poor third quarter performance," Moore said.
Defensively, the Warhorses played against some talented players this season. But it's hard to imagine, the Warhorses have seen a player as fast and talented as Cougars' quarterback Tyrell Maxwell.
Maxwell was simply unstoppable at times, accounting for six touchdowns and more than 350 yards of total offense. Maxwell, who threw for five touchdown passes, led the Cougars with 203 yards on 12 carries.
"He's (Maxwell) a heck of a football player," Moore said.
"Not too many high school players can make the throws and runs he made against us tonight."
For Barnwell High, the offense played well in spurts. The team's first touchdown covered 73 yards with quarterback William Barnes, scoring on a one-yard dive.
Trailing 25-7 with 5:15 left in the second quarter, Jevonte Dunbar led the team on a scoring drive to close out the first half.
Dunbar, who ripped off runs of 27 and eight yards on the drive, completed a 16-yard touchdown pass to Charles Williams.
Nathan Toole kicked, adding the extra points on both touchdowns.
The Warhorses, however, were unable to build on the momentum gained before halftime.
In the third quarter, the team was overcome by a rash of mistakes.
First, the Cougars tackled the Barnwell's quarterback in the end zone for a safety. After a 47-yard return on the free kick by Maxwell, the Cougars added another score on a 19-yard pass by Maxwell for 34-14 lead with 3:15 left in the quarter.
"We didn't do a good job in pass coverage. Several times we were in position to make plays and didn't get it done," Moore said.
Trailing 41-14 late in the fourth quarter, the Warhorses managed to find the end zone one last time. Behind a heavy dose of running by Barnes and Keyshawn Jenkins, the Warhorses traveled 74 yards for a score. Jenkins capped the 10-play drive with a six-yard run.
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