By Chris Sokoloski
The 2012 high school football season came to a disappointing end last week as all four Georgetown County teams lost in the first round of the playoffs.
A Jaleel Filmore kick return for a touchdown was the only points the Yellow Jackets could muster in an 18-7 loss to Mullins.
Filmore's 85 yards on the return was more than the Andrews offense compiled in the game. The Yellow Jackets had 22 yards rushing and 35 yards passing.
Filmore led the Andrews defense with eight tackles, two interceptions and one fumble recovery. Quandre Green had 13 tackles, Monte McCrea had 11 tackles, Colton Fulton had 10, and Johnel Grant and Antonio McCutchen had eight each, and Victor Mention had an interception.
Andrews finished the season 2-9 with wins over C.E. Murray (42-14) and Kingstree (27-12), and losses to St. James (34-21), Georgetown (44-0), Carvers Bay (21-3), Stall (26-23), Lee Central (26-21), Lake City 35-12), Timberland (40-0), Lake Marion (26-6) and Mullins (18-7).
The Bears, the No. 1 seed in Class A in the Lower State, were upset by region rival Hemingway 20-14.
The Tigers got on the board first with a 3-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
Carvers Bay took the 8-7 lead on a 1-yard run by Da'Shaun Aiken and extended it to 14-7 on a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown by Shaquan Durrand.
Hemingway then tied the game with a two-yard touchdown in the third quarter and won it with a 39-yard touchdown pass with less than a minute left in the game.
Carvers Bay's offense struggled all night, managing only 118 yards passing and 20 yards rushing.
The Bears finished the season 9-2, with wins over St. John's (49-6), Andrews (21-3), Georgetown (20-14), St. James (21-13), C.E. Murray (47-0), Scott's Branch (42-8), Hemingway (32-7), East Clarendon (46-8), and Timmonsville (26-20), and losses to Johnsonville (23-18) and Hemingway (20-14).
A 40-yard field goal by Josh Huneault was all the points the Bulldogs could manage in a 37-3 loss to Marlboro County.
Marlboro County's defense held Georgetown to just 53 yards rushing and 52 yards passing and nine first downs.
Julian Lunsford led the Bulldogs' offense with 49 yards rushing. Michael Billings added 14.
Caleb Hughes was 9-for-18 passing for 52 yards and threw four interceptions.
Marquez Drayton was the leading receiver with 25 yards. Chris Gamble had 17 and A.J. Walker added 11.
Dominick Wigfall and Jordan Ward led the Georgetown defense with 12 tackles each. Anthony Blair had 11, Gerald German had nine, Denzell Archie had seven, and Zaquan Collins forced a fumble that was recovered by Billings. Wigfall also blocked an extra point and teamed up with Leon Ford on a sack.
Georgetown finished the season 6-5 with wins over Andrews (44-0), James Island (14-8), Loris (39-16), St. James (35-20), North Myrtle Beach (34-7) and Wilson (49-42), and losses to Conway (42-27), Carvers Bay (20-14), Socastee (44-14), Myrtle Beach (18-0) and Marlboro County (37-3).
The Warriors got to within eight points of Battery Creek in the third quarter but couldn't complete the comeback in a 21-13 loss to Battery Creek.
The Dolphins took the lead halfway through the first quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run. Waccamaw then tied the score when Scott Hiler hit Rob Ferraro from 10 yards out in the second quarter.
After Battery Creek extended the lead to 21-7 with two touchdowns before halftime, J.J. Sherman wrapped up the scoring with a 36-yard touchdown for Waccamaw in the third.
Kelton Grant led Waccamaw in rushing with 69 yards. Ferraro had 57, Sherman had 41, and Justin Holmes had 36.
Waccamaw finished the season 3-8, with wins over Green Sea-Floyds (7-0), Creek Bridge (22-0) and Hannah-Pamplico (33-27), and losses to North Myrtle Beach (50-14), Timmonsville (50-0), Mullins (40-8), Loris (49-0), Aynor (38-21), Marion (30-0), Dillon (43-7) and Battery Creek (21-13).