Whale Branch rolls past Battery Creek, moves on to state playoffs

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Whale Branch rolled past visiting Battery Creek 44-7 on Senior Night last Friday night, Oct. 31.

The game served as a regular-season finale for each South Carolina high school football team.

Whale Branch Warrior defense was too much to handle for the Battery Creek Dolphins last Friday at Whale Branch. Photos by Bob Sofaly.
Whale Branch Warrior defense was too much to handle for the Battery Creek Dolphins last Friday at Whale Branch. Photos by Bob Sofaly.

The Warriors notched their sixth straight win and concluded the regular-season on a six-game winning streak.

With the win, Whale Branch improved to 6-4 overall and 5-0 in Region 6-AA.

Whale Branch set the tone early, outscoring Battery Creek 21-0 in the opening quarter. The determined Warriors controlled the regular-season finale, carrying a commanding 37-0 lead into halftime.

The two prep football teams swapped touchdowns in the third quarter.

Stephon Eugene, who went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark, paced Whale Branch with two touchdowns. DJ Davis, Amagee Stephens and Ezekiel Carter added rushing touchdowns for the Warriors in the win.

Averaging 20 yards per carry, Eugene rushed 10 times for a game-high 205 yards. Braxton Bowers added 57 rushing yards on four carries for the Warriors.

Also effective on the ground, Carter rushed twice for 50 yards in the triumph.

Contributing on special teams, Whale Branch kicker Ben Wallace connected on a 34-yard field goal.

The Whale Branch defensive unit produced a touchdown when Jamar Scott returned a fumble recovery to the endzone.

Battery Creek’s Justin Cochran, right, closes in on Whale Branch’s Stephon Eugene
Battery Creek’s Justin Cochran, right, closes in on Whale Branch’s Stephon Eugene

Damonte Blackshear scored Battery Creek’s only touchdown on a one-yard run in the third quarter.

Tyrone Dilbert led Battery Creek in rushing, gaining 89 yards via 19 carries. Another Battery Creek running back, De’Marquis Gadson, rushed four times for 83 yards in the short effort.

Whale Branch will have home field advantage when they host Barnwell in the opening round of the Class 2-A State Playoffs on Friday, Nov. 7.

With lots of key blocking, Whale Branch’s Stephon Eugene gains good yardage. Photos by Bob Sofaly.
With lots of key blocking, Whale Branch’s Stephon Eugene gains good yardage. Photos by Bob Sofaly.

 

 

 

 

 

Battery Creek’s Porter Mahan gets wrapped up behind the line of scrimmage against Whale Branch
Battery Creek’s Porter Mahan gets wrapped up behind the line of scrimmage against Whale Branch