High School Football

High school football roundup: Northwestern thumps Byrnes on the road

Byrnes played Northwestern in high school football at Byrnes High School on Sept. 9, 2016. Northwestern's Rodney Brown (22) with the play.
Byrnes played Northwestern in high school football at Byrnes High School on Sept. 9, 2016. Northwestern's Rodney Brown (22) with the play. Alex Hicks Jr/SpartanburgHeraldJournal

Northwestern 34, Byrnes 12: The Trojans exploded for 28 points in the second half and defeated the Rebels in Byrnes, in a non-region game.

“For any team in the state to win at Nixon Field is a big deal,” Trojans coach David Pierce said afterward. “Every game we’ve ever played here and lost, it’s always been one play, one tough decision and one dropped ball. This game has always been tight year in and year out. Tonight we had some success. Our guys had some laser like focus that we talked about all week and pulled it off.”

The Trojans got on the scoreboard with 1:09 remaining in the second quarter when quarterback Gage Moloney scampered in from four yards out.

After Byrnes scored in the third period to tie the game, Moloney tossed a pair of scoring passes to Wally Wilmore. The first covered 36 yards and second was good for 51 yards. With Thomas Getty’s two extra points, the Trojans led 20-6.

“We knew we were coming in to get a win,” Wilmore told the Spartanburg Herald-Journal. “(The touchdowns) eased us off a slow start. Our coach wants a fast pace and a play every seven seconds. We felt comfortable, but we wanted to keep it going. We weren’t letting off the gas.”

Moloney passed for two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter. He hit Rodney Brown on a 33-yard play, and found Jamario Holley on a 73-yard play.

The win improved Northwestern to 3-1 on the year, while Byrnes slipped to 1-3 for the first time since 1992.

“We played well for two and a half quarters,” Byrnes coach Brian Lane said. “We’ve got to put together four quarter games. We had a bit of communication and got behind on things. We’ve got learn how to play through those things.”

Box score

Northwestern 34, Byrnes 12

Northwestern;0;6;14;14 - 34

Byrnes;0;0;6;6 - 12

Scoring summary

First quarter


Second quarter

NHS - Gage Moloney 4 run (2-point failed), 1:09

Third quarter

JBHS - Brock Carroll 8 run (kick failed), 4:33

NHS - Wally Wilmore 36 pass from Moloney (Thomas Gettys kick), 2:11

NHS - Wally Wilmore 53 pass from Moloney (Gettys kick), 00:15

Fourth quarter

NHS - Rodney Brown 33 pass from Moloney (Gettys kick), 8:04

NHS - Jamario Holley 73 pass from Moloney (Gettys kick), 5:22

JBHS - Jake Childers 2 pass from Dylan Donahoo (2-point pass), 1:56



First downs;22;15



Passing yards;443;148




RUSHING NHS - Jerry Howard 14-58; Antonio Heath 3-17; Gage Moloney 9-2; Dequez Harris 1-(-1). JBHS - Quez Mayes 17-98; Brock Carroll 18-66; Rahjai Harris 8-17; Huron Palmer 3-0.

PASSING NHS - Moloney 39-29-1, 443 yards. JBHS - Carroll 24-9-0, 112 yards; Dylon Donahoo 4-4-0, 36 yards.

RECEIVING NHS - Jordan Starkes 7-63; Wally Wilmore 6-175; Howard 6-29; Harris 5-44; Rodney Brown 4-59; Jamario Holley 1-73. JBHS - Zy Young 6-123; Jake Childers 2-4; Harris 1-14; A.J. Rogers 1-8; David Pearson 1-4; Mayes 1-1; Demarcus Gregory 1-(-6).

RECORDS Northwestern 3-1; Byrnes 1-3.

Sam Copeland

Broome 28, Indian Land 21: Broome scored a touchdown in the final quarter in Indian Land, in a non-region game.

The loss dropped Indian Land to 1-3 on the year.

St. Frances (Md.) 28, South Pointe 23: St. Frances Academy scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter to take a come-from-behind win in Baltimore.

South Pointe jumped to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter when Derion Kendrick passed to J. P. Pendergrass on a 45-yard play.

After St. Frances scored and took an 8-7 lead, the Stallions answered. B. T. Potter’s 44-yard field goal gave South Point a 10-8 lead, which they carried for the remainder of the first half.

South Pointe went up 16-6 early in the third quarter when B. J Davis picked off a St. Frances pass and returned for a touchdown.

The Stallions added to the score when Kendrick passed to Jonathan Muhammad for 78 yards and a touchdown. St. Frances countered with a pair of touchdowns later in the quarter to cut it to 23-22 heading to the final period.

The loss drops South Pointe to 3-1 on the year.

Sam Copeland

Lewisville 62, Whitmire 8: Lewisville scored 24 points in the first quarter in Whitmire, in a non-region game.

The win improved Lewisville to 4-0 on the season.

Ware Shoals 72, Great Falls 22: Ware Shoals spotted Great Falls a 22-0 lead and came roaring back with 72 unanswered.

The loss dropped Great Falls to 0-4 on the year.

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