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West forces six turnovers in loss to Socastee

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By Michael Paul, Sports Editor

 SOCASTEE, S.C. — The Socastee High School football team beat West Brunswick 44-30 Friday, Aug. 30, in a non-conference game in which Socastee threw two interceptions and lost four fumbles.

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In the first quarter, junior linebacker Sherm Fulwood recovered a fumble and Gary Darling intercepted a pass. In the second quarter, linebacker Zarie Hankins recovered a fumble. In the third quarter, Darling recovered a fumble and West forced a turnover in the end zone for a touchback. In the fourth quarter, junior defensive back Davonte Hewett intercepted a pass.

Unofficially, West quarterback Dylan Darguzas completed 10 of 28 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns. He threw one interception, in the final 60 seconds. He rushed 13 times for 36 yards. Junior running back Tavon Stanley gained 99 yards on 20 carries and scored twice. Sophomore receiver Quinlyn Moore caught four passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns. Erick Hill caught four passes for 84 yards. Hunter Ashburn kicked a 25-yard field goal.

Those turnovers helped give the Trojans (0-1) a chance for victory as they rallied from a 36-17 halftime deficit against Socastee (2-0), a team ranked No. 9 among class AAA teams in South Carolina.

Socastee was leading 36-23 with 60 seconds left in the third quarter but fumbled the ball in the end zone during an apparent 4-yard touchdown run. The touchback gave West possession at its 20 and the Trojans eventually scored on an 18-yard pass from Darguzas to Moore. A fake punt in which Daquane Burgess caught a pass at the West 46 and a personal foul by Socastee kept the drive alive. Ashburn’s extra point cut the lead to 36-30 with 10:24 left.

Socastee scored the victory-clinching points on its ensuing possession. Delano Walters cut left and sprinted along the left sideline on a 44-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion put Socastee ahead 44-30. Those were Socastee’s only points in the half.

West’s first score was set up by a Socastee fumble at its 17. Stanley scored on a 17-yard run. The two-point conversion pass from Hill to Nate Gilbert gave West an 8-0 lead 24 seconds into the game.

On Socastee’s first play after receiving the kickoff, Darling intercepted a pass at the West 6. West punted after three plays, and a short punt gave Socastee possession at the West 26. Five plays later, Socastee scored on a 4-yard run. The extra point cut the West lead to 8-7 with 7:09 left in the quarter.

West’s next possession ended on downs at the Socastee 30. On its possession, Socastee scored on second down on a 79-yard run by quarterback Hunter Renfrow. The two-point pass put Socastee ahead 15-8 with 2:22 left in the quarter.

West’s next possession end with a 25-yard field goal by Ashburn with 9:50 left in the half.

A long run by Walters gave Socastee possession at the West 8, and Socastee scored on the next play. The extra point extended Socastee’s lead to 22-11 with 8:30 left.

Socastee stopped West on a fourth down at the West 30, and on its first play after the change of possession Socastee scored on a touchdown pass and took a 29-11 lead with 6:30 left in the half.

West punted on its next possession and Socastee got possession at its 42. Four plays later, Socastee fumbled and Hankins recovered at the Socastee 37. On second down, Darguzas completed a 21-yard pass to Moore, and that cut the lead to 29-17 with 3:22 left in the half.

Socastee scored with 20 seconds left in the half. An unsportsmanlike penalty on West after a tackle at the 20 with 32 seconds left gave Socastee possession at the West 10. Socastee eventually scored on a 2-yard run, and the extra point put Socastee ahead 36-17 at the half.

West scored the first points of the second half, a score set up when Darguzas scrambled before completing a 42-yard pass to Erick Hill at the Socastee 8. Stanley scored on a 1.5-yard run, cutting the lead to 36-23 with 8 minutes left in the quarter.