First Baptist, Porter-Gaud Roll; Coastal Falls     


By Frankie Mansfield, Moultrie News.  fmansfield@moultrie

Mark White (24) returned a blocked punt for a touchdown in First Baptist's win over Burke Friday in West Ashley.

For all the attention First Baptist's offense receives, it was the Hurricanes' defense that led the way Friday.

First Baptist shut down Burke, 55-12, in the Hurricanes' first in-state game of the season.

"I know what it looks like when you score 55 points but really our defense got us there," First Baptist coach Johnny Waters said.  "Definitely, we played very, very well.  Our offense was better but we're still working on some things out to get to where we can be."

Burke botched a punt attempt on its opening series, setting First Baptist up at the Bulldogs' 1-yard line.  Canes junior running back Michel Dukes needed just one carry to find the end zone.  First Baptist then blocked the Bulldogs' next punt attempt, leading to a recovery and 15-yard score from Mark White.  "All of a sudden we're ahead and our offense hadn't really even been on the field yet," Waters said.

After the Hurricanes defense set the tone, the offense broke the game open.  Junior quarterback Tremez Brown finished with 338 yards and four touchdowns to four different receivers on 12 of 14 passing.  Dukes totaled 150 yards and two touchdowns.  Tylan Major caught two passes for 98 yards and a touchdown and returned a punt 60 yards for another score.  Timmy Campbell led the Canes defense with 20 tackles and an interception.

First Baptist (1-1) hosts Pinewood Prep (1-1) in its home opener this week.  Pinewood dealt the defending state champion Hurricanes one if its three losses last season.

Porter Gaud 35, Charleston Math and Science 0

Porter-Gaud shut down Charleston Math and Science, 35-0, in its home opener Friday in Charleston.  The Cyclones defense forced four turnovers with two interceptions from freshman Matt Kelly, one from Baker Reese and a forced fumble and recovery from Parks Cochrane.  Porter-Gaud has forced nine turnovers through two games this season.  Andrew Thomas led the Cyclones offense with 210 total yards and four touchdowns.  The junior quarterback threw for 169 and two scores, completing 67 percent of his attempts.  He ran for another 41 and two more touchdowns, averaging 8.2 yards per carry.  Cyclones freshman Legend Waring pulled down three catches for 81 yards and two touchdowns.  Kicker Jonathan Weitz made all three of this field goal attempts with a long of 38 yards.  Porter-Gaud (2-0) hosts Wilson Hall (1-0) on Friday.  The Cyclones snapped a five-game losing streak in the series with a 38-point shutout last season.

St. Johns Christian 60, Coastal Christian 44

Coastal Christian suffered its first loss of the season, 60-44, Friday in Mount Pleasant.   Senior quarterback Robert Crates led the Cougars with 426 total yards and five touchdowns.  Crates threw for 261 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another 165 and two scores.  Crates connected with senior  receiver Ashton Wood nine times for 224 yards and three touchdowns, averaging24.9 yards per completion.  Gage Andrews returned a kickoff 60 yards for a touchdown.  Coastal Christian (1-1) travels to Richard Winn (0-1) Friday.


Week 1 Scores

West Ashley 35, Bishop England 27

St. John's Christian 60, Coastal 44

First Baptist 55, Burke 12

Christian 48, Palmetto Christian 14

Porter-Gaud 35, CCMS 0

Conway 17, Wando 7

Oceanside 46, Academic Magnet 7