Warhorses take out frustrations on Bulldogs
This was not the plan Barnwell High had for its final regular season game.
Coming off a disappointing loss to Bamberg-Ehrhardt High was not how the Barnwell High players wanted to do Senior Night.
That, however, was the case Friday night at W.W. Carter Field with Barnwell High hosting Silver Bluff High.
Nonetheless, the Warhorses made sure their were no slip-ups this time as they dropped the hammer early on the Bulldogs on their way to a dominating 42-16 win.
With the victory, Barnwell High moves to 9-1 overall and 4-1 in region play.
Barnwell High coach Dwayne Garrick said the team responded well after last week’s setback.
“We needed a game like this to get that sour taste out of our mouth after the loss to Bamberg,” Garrick said. “We came out aggressive and jumped on them early. I was very pleased with our offensive execution. We did a much better job of controlling the line-of-scrimmage and getting a few big runs in. Defensively, we did a good job of disrupting their offense.”
The Warhorses jumped on the Bulldogs from the get-go, thanks to an 85-yard kickoff return by Dallyon Creech to open the game.
For the Warhorses, two more touchdowns would follow in the opening quarter off the legs of Brandon Harvey.
Harvey’s first trip to pay dirt came on a six-yard run. Harvey then closed out the first quarter scoring with a nifty 14-yard run. Hunter Webb kicked all three extra points in the quarter.
In the second quarter, the onslaught continued.
This time, the defense came up big with Jackson Carter hauling in an interception. Carter returned the interception for a score, but it was called back due to a penalty.
The Warhorses, however, still managed to take advantage of the takeaway.
Mykal Lee got the team into the end zone for the fourth time in the half on three-yard run. Webb added the kick after.
With the team leading 28-0 late in the second period, quarterback Pete Elmore crossed up the Bulldogs on a second down and two.
Elmore went with the play-action pass and connected with Julius Arnold on a 60-yard scoring strike. Webb’s kick gave the team a commanding 35-0 halftime lead.
“Our special teams set the tempo with the big kick return. From there, our momentum just grew,” Garrick said.
Down 35-0, the Bulldogs finally got on the scoreboard on their opening drive of the third quarter on a two-yard run by Jamal Washington.
Leading 35-8 midway in the third quarter, the Warhorses answered. On second down and four, Dallyon Creech burst up the middle for 18 yards. Four plays later, Harvey scored his third touchdown of the game on a 19-yard run.
The Bulldogs came back with one last touchdown on a 31-yard pass from Washington to Trevion Green.
For the game, Dallyon Creech led all rushers with 72 yards. Harvey and Lee each ran for 65 yards.
Defensively, Jackson Carter and Cole Kearse highlighted the unit with nine tackles apiece. Deshawn Watson had seven stops while Dylan Walker added six tackles and two sacks.
Since Academy Magnet forfeited its opening round game to Barnwell High, the team will have a bye this Friday.
Barnwell High will now play the winner of the first round game between Garrett Tech and Andrews High.
The game will be played on Nov. 10. If Garrett Tech wins, Barnwell will be at home. If Andrews High wins, Barnwell will travel to Andrews.
“All we can do right now is sit back and see what happens this weekend. Playing home would be nice, but we’re very familiar with Andrew having played them two years ago in the post season,” Garrick said.