MT. PLEASANT — Richard Winn Academy traveled around three hours to Mt. Pleasant on Friday to begin their playoff journey against Coastal Christian.
“There’s nothing but travel in eight-man football. The big thing was I was a little bit concerned about the cumulative effect. We drove two and a half hours on Monday and turned around and traveled three hours on Friday,” Coach Dan Dickerson said.
The travel did not seem to affect the Eagles: They took the lead on a 26-yard Webb Yongue run and did not look back.
Led by Gunnar Hensley’s three touchdowns, Richard Winn put 29 points on the board in the first quarter. Hensley tossed a 19-yard touchdown, a 21-yard touchdown and ran for an eight-yard score in a stellar first quarter performance.
“It’s what we needed to do. Their defense played a four-man front, and they were really flying outside when we went in motion which gave us a little bit of problems, but they opened the short passing game up to us, and we were able to take advantage of that,” Dickerson said of the effectiveness of the passing game.
Richard Winn went on a tear during the game, going on a 42-0 run, that stretched the entire the first half.
Coastal Christian, the number one seed, did not find their way onto the scoreboard until mid-way through the third quarter. By the time the clock hit zero, the Eagles were on top 56-14.
The Cougars’ offense appeared anemic, averaging just 1.8 yards on the ground, which is troublesome for a team whose primary strength is the run game.
Bryant Carvalho, junior receiver/linebacker, was the player of the week with four receptions for 184 yards, four touchdowns, a fumble recovery and five tackles.
B Walters chipped in with five tackles and a fumble recovery. Chris Christianson had eight tackles as well, and Yongue had an interception.
“Defensively, we held them to less than a hundred yards rushing, and that’s been their big thing that they’ve done. They run the zone-read much the same as Greenwood Christian does, so we knew we needed to get a good game out of our defensive ends to stop the quarterback on the read and we did,” Dickerson said.
With the win, the Eagles will take on Greenwood Christian, a familiar foe, in the first playoff game.
Timothy Wooten is a mass communications major at Winthrop University. He is from Winnsboro.