Thursday, October 24, 2013
By JEREMY TIMMERMAN
After Wagener-Salley thrashed Fox Creek 38-6 on the Predators’ homecoming, Fox Creek head coach Russ Schneider didn’t mince words. Calling the game a “good old-fashioned tail-whipping,” Schneider said that the game came down to a combination of the War Eagles’ (6-2, 3-1 Region 4-A) execution and the Predators perhaps (5-3, 2-2) being distracted by the week’s festivities.
“Coach (Ken) Tucker, they played a flawless game. Nothing went wrong,” he said of Wagener-Salley’s coach. “We didn’t tackle. We didn’t show up to play. I didn’t show up to coach, apparently, because it didn’t work out. All credit goes to them.”
After the War Eagles forced the Predators into a turnover on downs in Wagener-Salley territory in the game’s opening possession, the visitors marched down the field on a drive capped by a 19-yard touchdown run by Eric Corley. That was the senior’s only score in the rout, but he had 163 yards on 22 carries, 11 of them for 6 yards or more.
“Corley just kept ... it seemed like he’d get stopped at the line, but he’d pick up 6, 7, 8 yards just about every carry,” Tucker said.
The War Eagle defense stood tall for a three-and-out as the quarter changed, and then senior quarterback Malcolm Stroman backpedaled to receive a punt and returned it 74 yards for a touchdown. His two-point conversion pass to Bobby Chavis made it 14-0 Wagener-Salley, and the visitors had all the points they’d need but not all they’d get.
“I thought our defense played really well,” Tucker said, pointing to solid assignment football as the key. “They came out and basically controlled the game, and we were able to get turnovers when we needed to.”
Wagener-Salley turned the interception into a long drive that ended with a 1-yard touchdown run by Stroman, but Darshon Broadwater gave the home crowd a charge when he returned the ensuing kickoff 89 yards for a score to cut the lead to 21-6.
With the game already in their control, the War Eagles put it in a chokehold after the break. They rolled off a 16-play, eight-minute drive that ended in a 1-yard run by Stroman to put Wagener-Salley up 31-6 and essentially deflate any comeback hopes.
With Stroman’s 90 rushing yards, 113 passing yards and punt return score, he and Corley combined for more than 430 multipurpose yards and four scores.
“The two of them, they’ve been here for a while, and they’ve worked hard for four years, and they’ve earned every thing that they’re getting,” Scheider said.
Both teams will continue their Region 4-A slates next with, with Wagener-Salley hosting Hunter-Kinard-Tyler (6-2, 3-1) and Fox Creek traveling to play Blackville-Hilda (3-5, 1-3).
Jeremy Timmerman has a journalism degree from Mercer University and has been at the Aiken Standard since June 2010.
Deondre Baskett, 6-17, 65 yards, 1 INT
Dalton Swires, 5 rushes, 21 yards
Ikel El, 3 rushes, 9 yards
Jaquan Williams, 3 rushes, 8 yards
KJ Green, 1 rush, 4 yards
Deondre Baskett, 4 rushes, 3 yards
Terrance Hillary, 3 catches, 58 yards
Brett Butler, 1 catch, 5 yards
Darshon Broadwater, 2 catches, 2 yards
Cody Bishop, 12 tackles, 0.5 TFL
Cory Lucas, 10.5 tackles, 2 TFL
Caleb Charlton, 8 tackles, 1 TFL
Ty Yarbrough, 4.5 tackles, 2.5 TFL
Andrew Crytzer, 3.5 tackles, 1 TFL
Zach Davis, 3 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL
KJ Green, 2 tackles
Dalton Swires, 2 tackles
Deondre Baskett, 2 tackles, 0.5 TFL
Jaquan Williams, 1.5 tackles
Alan Randall, 1 tackle
Ben Langdale, 0.5 tackle
Jarius Byrd, 0.5 tackle