Warhorses feast on Tigers, 36-14, at homecoming

  • Mikal Lee, #3 of the Warhorses, bounces off of a Tiger defender in Friday’s homecoming blowout.

On Friday night at W.W. Carter Field, the No. 2 ranked Barnwell High Warhorses overcame a slow start for a convincing 36-14 homecoming win over Swansea High.

The Warhorses, who trailed 7-0 after one quarter, quickly circled the wagons and outscored the Tigers 36-7 the rest of the way.

The key to victory for Barnwell High has been a familiar pattern through the first five weeks of the season.

The Warhorses first feel out the opposition. Secondly, they let them hang around for a half or so. Lastly, they pull away and pound them into submission with their wishbone rushing attack.

Barnwell’s rout of Swansea High was the latest version of the theme as they used a suffocating second-half performance to strangle the life out of the Tigers.

After the victory, Barnwell High coach Dwayne Garrick talked about his 5-0 team heading into the bye week.

“We struggled a bit in the first half against a good, very talented Swansea team. After making a few adjustments at halftime, I thought we executed much better on both sides of the ball in the second half,” Garrick said.

After a shaky first quarter performance, senior Mikal Lee helped jumpstart the Warhorses on offense in the second quarter. Lee ran around and through defenders in the quarter for 87 yards and a touchdown. He finished the game with 148 yards on 16 carries.

When Lee wasn’t causing problems, it was Brandon Harvey who gave the Tiger defenders fits with his quickness and speed.

Harvey, who rushed for a game-high 169 yards, sped away from defenders in a 67-yard scoring run with 2:19 left in the third quarter. He also scored on a five-yard run early in the third quarter.

Senior quarterback Pete Elmore had an efficient night passing. Elmore completed four of six passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Both of Elmore’s scoring throws went to Julius Arnold, including a 73-yard strike in the third quarter.

Other offensive stars included Lionel Mason, Pete Elmore and Julius Arnold. Mason, who played well against Wade Hampton, turned in another solid performance against Swansea with 50 yards on eight carries.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Warhorses were led by Dallyon Creech with eight tackles. Markel Corey and Michael Cuty had six stops. Earneast Smith had his best game of the season with six tackles and two sacks. Griffin Corley and Ryan Harper each had five tackles.

“We had a short week of practice because of the hurricane, but we’re not going to use that as an excuse for the penalties and turnovers we committed tonight. We have to find a way to play cleaner football” Garrick said.