Warhorses advance with win over Andrews
Coming off a bye week in the opening round of the playoffs, there might have been fear of a little rust by the Barnwell High players as they went into their second round game.
There, however, was no evidence of that in the team’s performance Friday night at Andrews High.
Two weeks after trampling Silver Bluff Highf in the season finale, the Warhorses advanced in the playoffs by taking the sting out of the Yellowjackets of Andrews by a score of 28-16.
With the win, Barnwell High moves to 11-1 overall and 2-0 in the playoffs. Barnwell High advances to the third round of the playoff for the second year in a row.
The Warhorses will play Batesburg-Leesville at home in a rematch Friday night at 7:30 p.m. The Warhorses defeated the Panthers 44-41 earlier in the season.
Barnwell High coach Dwayne Garrick said the team played really well.
“We defeated a very talented Andrew High squad tonight,” Garrick said. “Because of the success of our running game, we were able to jump on them early. Offensively we didn’t have a lot of mistakes. We played a pretty sound game on both sides of the ball.”
The biggest challenge for the Warhorses going into the contest was containing a Andrews High offense that averaged more than 350 yards and 35 points per game.
The Warhorses were able to do just that behind the plays of Deshawn Watson, Griffin Corley, Jackson Carter and Julius Arnold. The quartet led a charge that held the Yellowjackets to a season low 16 points.
“Andrew High is capable of putting a lot of points on the scoreboard. Defensively, we were disciplined. We contained them well on the corners and we didn’t give up many big plays down field,” Garrick said.
Offensively, the Warhorses controlled the tempo all the way through. Brandon Harvey found the end zone first when he scampered 51-yards with 9:29 left in the first quarter. Hunter Webb kicked the point after.
With 4:07 left in the first half, the Yellowjackets finally got on a scoreboard with a 17-yard field goal to narrow the lead at 7-3.
The Warhorses took the ensuing kickoff and drove seven plays for a score. Quarterback Pete Elmore threaded a 35-yard touchdown pass to Dallyon Creech with just over minute left in the first half. Webb’s kick made the score 14-3 at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Yellowjackets scored a touchdown to cut the lead at 14-10.
The Warhorses, however, answered with two touchdowns on runs by Mikal Lee in the fourth quarter to secure the win.
“This was a big win, but we have another tough one Friday night at home with a good Batesburg-Leesville team,” Garrick said.