Landsharks shut down Whale Branch

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Whale Branch’s season came to an end Friday with a 28-0 home loss to Oceanside Collegiate in the second round of the Class 2A playoffs.

The wet, blustery weather took Oceanside Collegiate out of its usual offensive gameplan, as the Landsharks scrapped their typical spread attack and hit the Warriors with a steady diet of runs, but the Warriors couldn’t stop Oceanside workhorse Keegan Williams, who rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Sean Cooney threw a 46-yard touchdown pass tp Walker Rhue and ran for another score.

Whale Branch couldn’t get its offense going on the sloppy track. After rolling up 438 rushing yards in last week’s win at Philip Simmons, the Warriors were held to 129 yards Friday. Quarterback Jaylen Reeves led the way with 55 yards on 16 carries.

The Warriors finish with a 7-4 mark, and three of the four teams they lost to are among the final four teams left in the Lower State bracket.

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