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Sideline brawl taints Wando's win over James Island in TruMoo Friday Night Rivals Game

Three players were ejected from Friday night’s TruMoo Friday Night Rivals Game of the Week following a sideline brawl.

A sideline brawl tainted our TruMoo Friday Night Rivals Game of the Week matchup between Wando and James Island.

Wando (4-2) claimed a 31-14 victory after leading 31-0 early in the fourth. Quarterback Joseph Jenrette and running back Dakariee Alston each scored two touchdowns to lead Wando.

James Island (2-4) added two late scores on touchdown passes from quarterback DQ Vinson to Desmond Campbell and Fred Green, but the Trojans rally came too late.

“It wasn’t crisp and sharp, but we got the job done,” Wando head coach Jimmy Noonan said after the game. “Still, we played good solid defense the entire night.”

Tempers boiled over late in the third quarter when it appeared a James Island defender continued trying to take Alston down after the whistle out of bounds following a 25-yard run.

Players then began pushing and shoving, and a mass scrum formed. It took referees and coaches several minutes to regain order and sort out what happened.

Officials indicated one player from Wando and James Island’s Khalil Roper and Jordon Stanley were ejected after the dust settled.

Coaches kept their teams separated and did not have them shake hands after the game.

“I’m disappointed we lost our composure there. I know (James Island head coach Ike Allred) is, as well,” Noonan said about the fight. “We’ll work on those things, and that part of the game. We’re always in control of ourselves. We’ve got to remember that.”

Per S.C. High School League rules, players who are ejected must serve a mandatory one-game suspension. Both schools will have the chance to appeal the decision. The league could take further disciplinary action after reviewing video of the fight.

The Warriors led 17-0 at the time of the fight, with under a minute to play in the third quarter. Wando got there late in the first half on a 28-yard touchdown pass from Jenrette to John Vardzel.

That score came after a 38-yard field goal by Andrew Weil that made the score 10-0. The Warriors’ first score was a 3-yard touchdown run by Alston in the first quarter, which capped a 90-yard drive.

Jenrette and Alston each ran for a touchdown in the fourth quarter after the fight to account for the rest of the Warriors’ points.

Next week’s TruMoo Friday Night Rivals Game of the Week featuring Goose Creek (1-7) and Fort Dorchester (5-1) will be a nationally televised broadcast.

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