Hakeim Warren chalked up a 68-yard reception, three sacks and 13 tackles to lead Easley to a 17-7 victory against Woodmont at Whitt Memorial Field on Friday night.
“We challenged the kids to continue to stay in the race for the region,” Easley coach Grayson Howell said. “We moved to 3-1 in the region and are still in the hunt. I’m just proud of all of our guys.”
The Green Wave (4-4) got off to a fast start.
Linebacker Peddy Cleaves intercepted the Wildcats’ first pass. Four plays later, Scott Mode kicked a 35-yard field goal.
Green Wave quarterback Dalton Black passed to Warren on a slant route to start the next drive. Warren did the rest, dodging the first Wildcats defender en route to a 68-yard gain.
Two plays later, wide receiver Holden Martin took a handoff on a reverse Martin passed the ball four yards to tight end Thomas Bullard to give Easley a 10-0 lead late in the first quarter.
The Wildcats cut into the Green Wave’s lead with 1:50 left in the first half. Justin Johnson passed to A.Y. Robinson on the right sideline for a 66-yard touchdown.
The teams combined for just eight first downs in the first half — Easley collected two, while Woodmont collected six.
The Green Wave held a 10-7 lead at the half.
Running back Jawanza Adams broke off a 22-yard run on the Wildcats’ first play of the second half. However, Woodmont’s drive stalled. Four plays later the Wildcats punted.
Tanner Kohn got off a line drive punt, which hit an Easley defender. Woodmont’s Delvante Barton recovered the fumble at the Green Wave’s 16-yard line.
However, the Wildcats followed with their fourth bad snap of the game, moving them out of field goal range.
“We just keep shooting ourselves in the foot offensively,” Woodmont coach Jason Farmer said.
Easley running back Deequon Arnold chalked up the final score of the game on an 10-yard run. Chad Smith rushed for 108 yards.