Monday, September 9, 2013
From 14 points in a losing effort at Beaufort to 45 points in a win against Ashley Ridge, the Wando football team hopes the bigger offensive numbers are here to stay.
The Warriors (2-1) played unfriendly hosts this past Friday night, defeating Ashley Ridge 45-26, paced by junior tailback Kenny Waring’s 17 carries for 250 yards and three touchdowns.
“He doesn’t need much of a scene,” coach Jimmy Noonan said of Waring, “but our offensive line absolutely took control of the game...They really set the tone tonight.”
The former All-American track star with the Mount Pleasant Track Club scored on Wando’s first offensive series on a 63-yard run that covered many more yards than that. He found a hole through the middle, cut to the left and then outran an Ashley Ridge (0-2) safety to the right corner of the end zone.
Wando used senior quarterback Dalton Stubbs and sophomore quarterback Bailey Hart throughout the game to keep the Swamp Foxes guessing. The result was 524 yards of total offense with six different players running the ball and six different players recording receptions.
Stubbs had 12 carries for 55 yards and a score. Hart gained 19 yards on five carries, and he threw for 132 more on 10-of-14 passing and a touchdown.
“It’s a two-headed monster. Dalton is very, very comfortable running the football. He’s a very physical runner,” Noonan said. “Bailey is doing a good job of seeing the field. They’re both team players...We’re going to utilize all of our talents.”
But, Noonan also left open the possibility for one of those players to grab a full-time role. “Certainly,” he said. “The results we see out here on the grass is all that counts.”
On the defensive side, Matt Norman set up Waring’s second touchdown of the night with an interception. Tyler Ragsdale continues his stellar start with eight solo tackles, one assist and one sack. He’s the team leader in tackles so far with 24 solo and six assists.
Wando travels to Colleton County on Friday. Although the Cougars are 0-2 this season, they’ve lost to formidable opponents Woodland and Goose Creek.