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Goose Creek beats West Ashley, 31-16, with help of TDs on special teams, defense | FNR

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Special teams and defense were the difference Friday night, as Goose Creek scored more points than it had all year to beat West Ashley, 31-16, for the team’s first victory of the year.

After a back-and-forth 1st quarter, the Gators (1-3) rattled off three unanswered scores in the second quarter to take the lead for good. All of the Gators’ decisive second quarter points came from special teams and defensive scores.

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Brandon Taylor had a 66-yard kickoff return for a TD, Blake Ellington had a 36-yard field goal, and Julian Lawerence returned an interception for a TD to seal the win for Goose Creek before.

In the second half, the Gators would only give up 3 points as they held on for the win, holding the Wildcats to a 28-yard Sam Story field goal after a 17-play, 53-yard drive.

Goose Creek had TD runs of 20 yards and 5 yards Dante Smith and Tavion Major in the first quarter.

West Ashley (2-2) got TD runs of 11 and 5 yards from Yaphett Bienvenu and Kenyatta Jenkins, respectively, to account for their first half scoring.

Myles Jenkins also had a 73-yard kickoff return for West Ashley.

Goose Creek hosts Ashley Ridge in the next Friday Night Rivals Game of the Week, Sept. 29.

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BOX SCORE

  • GC: 14 – 17 – 0 – 0 [31]
  • WA: 7 – 6 – 3 – 0 [16]

Scoring Summary

1st quarter

  • GC – Dante Smith 20-yard TD run, 11:48
  • WA – Yaphett Bienvenu 11-yard TD run, 9:24
  • GC – Tavion Major 5-yard TD run, 4:29

2nd quarter

  • WA – Kenyatta Jenkins 5-yard TD run, 11:22 (PAT failed)
  • GC – Brandon Taylor 66-yard KO return TD, 11:11
  • GC – Blake Ellington 36-yard FG, 4:28
  • GC – Julian Lawrence 36-yard INT return TD, 3:53

3rd quarter

  • WA – Sam Story 28-yard field goal, 1:54

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