CAYCE, S.C. — They thrashed across the field, those sheets of rain and waves of Brookland-Cayce ballcarriers.
It was more than what the visiting Wilson Tigers could take as they fell behind 20-0 in the first quarter and lost 40-6 Friday in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs.
“It was kind of the perfect storm, no pun intended,” said coach Derek Howard, whose Wilson team ends the season at 9-3. “The weather, along with that caliber of team, that type of team and what they do is not conducive to us being able to do what we do well.”
Wilson quarterback Zayshaun Rice was also injured during a tackle near game’s end and did not return.
“We think he has a mild concussion,” Howard said. “So we’re just going to monitor him. He’s going to ride home with his mom, and I’ll give her a call a little later on to see how he’s doing.”
From the start of the game, Brookland-Cayce attacked with its Wing-T offense with three first-half rushing touchdowns. At game’s end, the Bearcats had rushed for 389 yards.
Meanwhile, Wilson stumbled.
So much so, the Bearcats’ Malachi Brown recovered a Yavin Smith fumble and raced 21 yards into the end zone less than four minutes into the game. A few minutes later, Will Way returned a punt 75 yards for a score to make it 13-0.
“Those are big-time plays that kind of make it hard for you to come back from,” Howard said. “We’re still learning how to win here. When we don’t start fast, it’s hard to get going from there.”
Then, after Wilson failed to convert on fourth-and-2, Latrell Jamison scored from the 36 to give Brookland-Cayce its 20-0 lead.
Even before Smith’s fumble on a catch from quarterback Zayshaun Rice, the Tigers’ early offense appeared out of sync.
But all the while, Brookland-Cayce’s Wing-T could not be stopped as Way finished the first half with 133 yards (141 for the game).
“(Brookland-Cayce) is a physical football team,” Howard said. “If you look at our two worst losses (Hartsville and Brookland-Cayce), we played against teams that are just able to line up toe to toe and run it down the middle. Those are the teams that we didn’t do well against. We’re not a big team.
“That’s not saying we’re not tough or we’re not physical. But we’re just not built for that. We need to continue to build in the weight room. That’s the most important thing. We’ve just got to get back at it, and that’s what I’m here for.”
Once Wilson scored early in the second quarter because of a fake field goal, resulting in Rice’s 8-yard score, the Bearcats returned to their offensive fireworks with Way runs of 4 and 51 yards to give his team a 33-6 halftime lead.
It only got worse for Wilson once the game resumed, as Bearcats running back Deonte Baker scored from the 2 to make it 40-6. He finished Friday’s with 148 yards.
Things became even worse when Rice was injured with four minutes left in the game. Receiver Jakobe Rice took over in the series and lost a fumble a couple of plays later.
The season is over, but Wilson does own the city championship for a second time in three years. Also, Zayshaun Rice will return for his senior year.
“I think if you look at what we did (in Howard’s first season in 2017), earning a winning season,” Howard said. “And then last year winning a playoff game and this year, ending the regular season at 8-2, winning city and competing against (No. 1 Myrtle Beach) very well, we’ve just got to continue to build on that and develop these young men for the game and beyond the game. That’s what it’s really all about.”
W 0 6 0 0 — 6
B-C 20 13 7 0 — 40
B-C — Malachi Brown 21 fumble return (Eric Young kick), 8:28
B-C — Will Way 75 punt return (kick failed), 4:52
B-C — Latrell Jamison 36 run (Young kick), 2:07
W — Zayshaun Rice 8 run (kick failed), 9:35
B-C — Way 4 run (Young kick), 3:53
B-C — Way 51 run (Young kick), 1:19
B-C — Deonte Baker 2 run (Young kick), 8:55
RUSHING — B-C: Will Way 19-141, Jordan Wise 4-10, Deonte Baker 9-148, Latrell Jamison 3-56, Peyton Whitten 2-2, Kwalie Hall 1-32.
W: Zayshaun Rice 19-85, Yavin Smith 8-29, Chris Austin 1-8, Taveon Johnson 2-(2), Jakobe Quillen 2-(-4).
PASSING — B-C: Way 0-2-0-0.
W: Rice 6-18-1-41.
RECEIVING — W: Smith 1-(-9), Quillen 2-24, Johnson 1-6, Ismail Moses 1-7, Jabori Eagleton 1-13.