Carolina For­est’s OT run among first-round wins

The Sun News (Sunday) - - Sports - BY T.J. LUNDEEN

Round one of the South Carolina High School League play­offs saw Carolina For­est go for broke in over­time, North Myr­tle Beach cruise to vic­tory on the road and Myr­tle Beach dom­i­nate at home. Aynor picked up its first play­off win for coach Ja­son Allen, while Con­way and Loris had their sea­sons come to an end.

North Myr­tle Beach 52, South Aiken 21: The Chiefs brought the thun­der on the road, run­ning off 35 straight points dur­ing a de­struc­tion of South Aiken at the Stomp­ing Grounds. The Chiefs will be re­warded in the sec­ond round by host­ing a strong Wil­son squad that got into the play­offs as an at-large par­tic­i­pant. Wil­son de­feated North Myr­tle Beach in the reg­u­lar sea­son.

Carolina For­est 36, Lex­ing­ton 35 (OT): When Perry Wool­bright’s Lex­ing­ton team picked off a Ma­son Gar­cia pass in the fourth quar­ter and tied the game at 28, all hope seemed lost for Carolina For­est. But, the Pan­thers pre­vailed thanks to the run­ning of Gar­cia, who pow­ered his way in for a de­ci­sive two-point con­ver­sion to ad­vance. A trip to Sum­merville will meet Carolina For­est in the sec­ond round of the Class 5A play­offs.

Myr­tle Beach 57, Dre­her 7: Luke Doty said his team’s reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale against Hartsville was “needed to re­fo­cus.” Nearly hang­ing 60 in the play­offs shows that Myr­tle Beach is at full power on of­fense and is a force to be reck­oned with in Class 4A. They’ll host Marl­boro County on Fri­day in the sec­ond round.

River Bluff 35, Con­way 19: An up-and-down sea­son for the Tigers came to a close against River Bluff, which won its first home play­off game in school his­tory on Fri­day. Four touch­down passes from Michael Rikard was too much for Con­way to over­come, but the Tigers re­turn a wealth of talent,

Aynor 55, Bat­tery Creek 26: The Blue Jack­ets were wor­ried about Bat­tery Creek’s size and speed go­ing into Fri­day’s con­test, but put all of that talk to bed with a dom­i­nant win in Ja­son Allen’s play­off opener as Aynor’s coach. His team will head to Hana­han in the sec­ond round to face a team that strug­gled with Pe­lion, win­ning 20-7 against the pesky Pan­thers.

Wade Hamp­ton 42, Loris 14: Loris ran out of steam against Wade Hamp­ton, fall­ing in the first round of the play­offs. For coach Jamie Snider, the play­off loss ends a tough sea­son in which the Lions strug­gled out of the gate but re­bounded in re­gion play.

Green Sea Floyds had a bye in the open­ing round and will travel to play C.E. Murray in the sec­ond round of the Class A play­offs.

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