The season-opener rematch between St. Joseph's Knights and the Barnwell High Warhorses produced a familiar outcome although the score turned out to be a bit one-sided.
Last year meeting turned into a thriller as the teams rolled up more than 600 yards of offense in a 27-26 win by the Knights.
This time, the Warhorses never got out of the stable, falling behind by 20 points enroute to a 40-14 defeat.
St. Joseph's head coach Joe Hyland said his team performed well against a good Barnwell squad.
"Barnwell has good athletes that are big and physical so this was a big challenge for our team tonight," Hyland said.
"Overall, I thought we did good job of controlling the line of scrimmage. Our goal is always to be more physical than our opponent."
The Knights controlled the tempo of the game behind the running of All-State tailback Andre Stoddard.
Stoddard, a bruising style runner, did most of his damage between the tackles, rushing for more than 150 yards and three touchdowns in the game.
Stoddard, who broke former Byrnes High and South Carolina tailback Marcus Lattimore's prep rushing record last season, said the team came prepared.
"We had a good game plan and we went out and executed," Stoddard said. "It's all about teamwork. I don't worry about rushing yards, I just try to go out and get better each game."
Barnwell High wasn't able to overcome a rocky start that saw the team sputtered on four of their first five drives.
Barnwell High coach Eddie Moore said changes are in store after a poor performance.
"Right now, we're not a very good football team," Moore said. "The effort wasn't there tonight on either side of the ball. This week we're going to change things up. I'm going to put the best 11 players on the field that wants to play football."
Despite the lopsided loss, there were a few bright spots for the Warhorses.
Sophomore tailback Shakur Chisolm ran for 145 yards and a touchdown.
Chisolm's biggest gain came in a 61-yard run on the last play of the third quarter.
Others who played well offensively were Jevonte Dunbar, Tyrin Williams and Detravain Johnson.
Dunbar, who was under constant pressure all game, finished with 43 yards rushing.
In the fourth quarter, Tyrin Williams had a 22-yard run for a first down on third down and 14. Johnson scored on a eight-yard run.
"We made a lot of mistakes tonight, but all of them are correctable," Moore said. "We have another big challenge Friday, so we have to do a better job of executing on both sides of the ball."
On defense, the Warhorses were led by Reagan Guest with 10 tackles. Shakur Chisolm had nine tackles.
Players with six tackles include Will Hair, Charles Williams and Dondre Akins.
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