CORDOVA - The Edisto Cougars opened the 2019 season and the Preston Deaver' coaching era with a 40-26 home win against Hunter-Kinard-Tyler on Friday.
After the game, EHS principal Brad Coleman presented Deaver with a game ball for his first win as a varsity head football coach. Deaver, who came to Edisto this past offseason from Airport High School, had been an assistant coach at Columbia-area high schools for 12 years.
The Cougars posted 14 points in the opening quarter and 13 points in the fourth quarter, as they scored in each quarter to secure the win.
Senior quarterback Dawn Muller completed 4 of his 5 passes for 82 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for 62 yards and a touchdown on 8 carries, and making a 50-yard reception on a pass from fellow senior quarterback J.J. Nimmons. Nimmons completed 3 passes for 67 yards and rushed 6 times for 32 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Senior wide receiver Jalen Green had receptions on both passes thrown his way, collecting 45 yards and a touchdown. Senior running back Marquis Farrison added 15 yards rushing and a touchdown.
Farrison, Green and senior defensive back Xavier Govan led Edisto with 3 tackles apiece. Muller added 2 tackles.
Edisto (1-0) plays host to the Class A Timmonsville Whirlwinds for Military Appreciation Night next Friday at 7:30 p.m. Timmonsville (0-1) opened the season with a 28-6 home loss to East Clarendon.
Calhoun Academy 54,
Northside Christian 14
ST. MATTHEWS - The Calhoun Academy Cavaliers opened the 2019 season with a 54-14 home win against Northside Christian School from Lexington, in the Crusaders' first season moving from Class A 11-man to the 8-man ranks.
CA got on the board first, with a Matt Layton' 3-yard TD run in the first quarter. Seth Tyson ran in the 2-point conversion.
Tyson then scored on an 18-yard TD run, followed by an Evan Inabinet' 2-point conversion run to make the score 16-0 in the first quarter.
NCS connected on a 40-yard TD pass, but the two-point conversion failed.
Hunter Warren then scored on a 40-yard fumble recovery return. Tyson added the 2-point conversion, for a 24-6 lead late in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Inabinet scored on a one-yard run. Tyson added the 2-point conversion for a 32-6 lead by the home team.
CA scored another TD before the half, with a 14-yard scoring pass from Tyson to Inabinet. Tyson added the 2-point conversion for a 40-6 lead at the half.
In the 3rd quarter, Noble Moore scored on a 2-yard run. Andrew Tucker added the 2-point conversion Mason Polin scored on a 1 yard run in the 3rd quarter and the conversion failed to round out the scoring for the Cavaliers.
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Northside added a late touchdown in the 4th and converted the 2-point attempt for the final of 54-14.
Kade Strickland and Blake Edmunds each had 7 tackles to lead the Cavaliers.
Polin added an interception.
Warren and Moore each had 2 fumble recoveries and Edmunds, Cale Quattlebaum, and Fowler Stabler each recovered a fumble.
CA is 1-0 on the season and plays host to Patrick Henry next Friday at 7:30 p.m.
ROWESVILLE - The reigning Region 5A champion Mohawks of Bethune-Bowman lost their season-opening game at home on Friday, 36-14 to Blackville-Hilda.
Bethune-Bowman was led offensively by senior running back Jesus Benjamin, who rushed 27 times for 211 yards, scoring a touchdown on an 81-yard carry. He added a 2-point conversion, after Mohawks quarterback TyNathan Luckett rushed for a late 1-yard score in the final minutes of the game.
Defensively, the Mohawks were led by Omar Goodwin with 9 tackles, Carlos Ramos with 8 tackles and a forced fumble.
Bethune-Bowman (0-1) plays at Denmark-Olar next Friday at 7:30 p.m. It will be the season-opener for the Vikings.
OTHER T&D REGION FOOTBALL SCORES
Branchville 23, Colleton Prep 7 (played Thursday)
Dorchester Academy 54, The King's Academy 0
Military Magnet at Lake Marion (CANCELED DUE TO STORM)
Orangeburg Prep 3,
Dorchester Academy 2
ST. GEORGE - The Orangeburg Prep Lady Indians picked up their first win of the season on the road Thursday at Dorchester Academy.
It took a comeback late in the contest for OP (1-1) to secure the victory, winning by scores of 25-18, 18-25, 17-25, 29-27 and 15-10.
Leading the way for OP was Avery Tucker with 18 assists and 7 aces, Charlotte Laird with 2 blocks, Karlee Stoller with 7 kills, Ashlyn Smith with 17 digs, and Ryn Grubbs with 12 digs.
The two teams will meet again on the court on Monday at Orangeburg Prep, with the junior varsity match at 5 p.m. and varsity to follow.