Warhorses take care of business

  • Brandon Harvey and the top-ranked Warhorses travel to Batesburg-Leesville High Friday night.

Coming off a bye week, it was business as usual for the class 2A No.1 ranked Barnwell High Warhorses Friday night in St. Matthews.

The Warhorses displayed no rust from a week off as they piled up 49 first-half points enroute to a 55-0 blowout win over Calhoun County.

With the victory, Barnwell High improves to 6-0 overall and 1-0 in region play. The Warhorses, who were ranked No. 2 through the first five weeks of the season, move into the No. 1 spot after a loss by Abbeville High which was previously No. 1 ranked.

Barnwell High coach Dwayne Garrick said a fast start was the key to victory.

“We were able to jump on them early and control the tempo of the game,” Garrick said. “Offensively, we controlled the clock with our ground game. Defensively, we did a good job of disrupting the flow of their offense.”

In the contest, the Warhorses amassed 403 yards on offense. Senior signal caller Pete Elmore highlighted the Warhorses on offense. Elmore had his best passing game of the season, going 5 for 6 for 125 yards and a touchdown. Elmore’s touchdown pass that covered 50 yards went to Tyreek Foust. He also ran for 35 yards and a touchdown.

In the backfield it was a night in which several players shined for the Warhorses.

Lionel Mason was one of those players. Mason, who has really elevated his play of late, turned in another solid performance with 71 yards on four carries.

Quay McKnight also ran well with a season-high 64 yards on six carries to lead all runners.

The Warhorses’ starting backfield of Brandon Harvey and Mykal Lee played sparingly in the rout. Harvey finished with 41 yards and a touchdown. Lee also had 41 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, the Saints’ offense never got on track because of a disruptive Warhorse defense that had seven sacks and three fumble recoveries, including one for a touchdown.

Dylan Walker led the unit with seven tackles and two sacks. Deshawn Watson registered seven stops, a sack, a forced fumble and fumble recovery. Griffin Corley continues to possess a nose for the football. Corley scored his third defensive touchdowns of the season on a fumble recovery.

Others enjoying a good game included Tyreek Foust, Tymarlin Dobson and Alvin Donaldson with six tackles each.

“This was a good team win, but now we’re getting into the meat of our schedule. We have a big challenge Friday night at Batesburg-Leesville. They’re a very good football team so we have to play our best football,” Garrick said.