By Brackin Lambert
After a brutal region schedule saw Battery Creek suffer three consecutive losses, the Dolphins got back in the win column Friday night, hammering region foe North Charleston 40-0 to celebrate Homecoming.
Jaeon Allen returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and added a 35-yard rushing TD, and Dreshaun Brown took a fumble and a blocked punt back for scores as the Dolphins dominated every aspect of the game.
“It feels great. I’m just happy for our kids to get another win this season, especially at home in front of the home crowd,” first-year coach Terrance Ashe said. “Definitely a great win. We’re going to celebrate tonight, and tomorrow we’re going to get ready for Whale Branch.”
Allen took the opening kickoff 63 yards to give the Dolphins the early 7-0 lead. The defense came up big, forcing the Cougars to punt from deep in their own territory, and the snap went out the back of the end zone, resulting in a safety.
The offense picked up the pace on the next possession, as Allen ripped off a 35-yard end around and raced in for the score. The Dolphins’ defense got in on the scoring when Brown sacked the quarterback, picked up the fumble, and took it to the house for the scoop and score, increasing Creek’s lead to 23-0. An Ivan Huerta field goal made it 26-0 at halftime.
Following a scoreless third quarter, the Dolphins opened the fourth in the red zone. Jeremiah Dillbert took the handoff and went to the house from 12 yards out. On the ensuing possession, Brown again made a big play on the defensive side of the ball, picking up a blocked punt out of the air and rushing it in from 13 yards out for the touchdown, putting the Dolphins up 40-0.
“We talked a lot about effort, challenging our guys all week,” Ashe said. “It was fun to watch those guys fly around and have some fun and compete.”
Photo by Darby Kinsey