Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Wando powered past Beaufort, 59-14, Tuesday in Mount Pleasant in the Warriors’ final preseason scrimmage before the Sertoma Football Classic.
Wando head coach Jimmy Noonan says his team is focused on improving offensive efficiency and defensive play as the preseason draws to a close. Tuesday, Noonan’s Warriors showed well on both sides.
Six different players scored for Wando’s offense, more than enough to supplement the Warriors’ defense that forced six turnovers and scored a touchdown of its own.
“At this point, we’re looking for solid execution on offense and good, tight defensive play, and I think we had that tonight,” Noonan said. “When you see guys who are new to the program, or even new to the sport, making plays, you’re happy for them. I’m proud of the way the kids came out and approached tonight. That’s what they work for.”
Wando opened the scrimmage with a four-minute, 70-yard drive capped with a 2-yard touchdown run from quarterback Bailey Hart.
Beaufort took advantage of a breakdown in the Warriors’ secondary with a 38-yard touchdown pass on the ensuing drive. Wando didn’t allow Beaufort a single point through the next 24 minutes, two quarters, of play.
Patrick Herns converted a 33-yard field goal; Kevin Brown broke loose for a 55-yard touchdown, and Kenny Waring scored from six yards out. Amp Moore reeled in a 35-yard touchdown pass to put the Warriors up 31-7 at halftime.
An interception at the Wando 10-yard line set up Beaufort for a 6-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-goal.
The Warriors countered with a 50-yard touchdown pass down the seam from sophomore Sam Willett to Moore.
Wando closed the game with fumble recoveries on the last three Beaufort drives, including a 25-yard rumble into the end zone by senior nose guard Brandon Neasley.
“They are getting more comfortable back there,” Noonan said about his defense. “You can see it. But we’re still having busts that we can not have when we get into AAAA football.”
Wando will meet Bishop England Aug. 22 at Johnson Hagood Stadium in the finale of the 2014 Sertoma Football Classic. The two teams last met at Sertoma in 2011, with the Warriors earning a 15-7 win.
“I know there’s going to be some emotion to it,” Noonan said. “It’s a neighborhood school. Our guys know an awful lot of guys on the other side of the ball. But we still have high expectations. We want to execute out there under those lights.”