White Knoll closed the regular season with a school-record eight wins, and bagged its first-ever postseason win last week – a 25-20 triumph in the Lowcountry against Wando.
The Timberwolves look to keep the magic going this week in the second round of the Class 4A Division I state playoffs against a team it has never beaten – the Irmo Yellow Jackets. The teams met eight times between 2002 and 2009, and White Knoll still does not know what it feels like to master Irmo.
Perhaps the mold-breaking will continue for Gordon Walters & Co.
White Knoll’s ground-centric attack was too much for the host Warriors. The Timberwolves had a 25-8 lead entering the fourth quarter before Wando’s vaunted passing attack got going. But it was too little, too late for the Warriors who produced a school-record 10 win this season under former Spring Valley coach Jimmy Noonan.
The T-Wolves put it away in the third quarter on two touchdowns by Quinn Jones – a n 86-yard scoring run a 46-yard scoring pass from Delvin Riley. The scoring pass came on Riley’s first attempt of the game.
Jones and Lamar Ray packed a one-two wallop. Jones finished with 134 yards rushing on 19 carries, while Ray produced 137 yards on 16 totes. Zach Weed chipped in 55 yards and one touchdown on nine carries.
The defensive leaders proved to be Zac Collins (12 tackles, 1 TFL), Malcolm Ford (6 tackles, 1 interception), Julian Johnson (6 tackles, 4 TFL, 1 sack), Jordan LeMay (5 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 fumble recovery) and Jacob Poston (6 tackles, 3 TFL).
To date, Jones has 1,459 yards and 12 TDs on 205 carries, while Ray, who missed three games with an ankle injury, stands at 1,099 yards and 14 scores on 155 attempts.
Collins (109 tackles, 9 TFL, 1 interception), Reggie Gilliam (96 tackles, 7 TFL, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception), Julian Johnson (89 tackles, 22 TFL, 6 sacks), LeMay (89 tackles, 28 TFL, 7 sacks), Tyler Johnson (85 tackles, 13 TFL, 3 sacks), Poston (97 tackles, 11 TFL, 1 sack), Milael Green (72 tackles, 4 interceptions) and Ford (54 tackles, 7 interceptions) have been at the defensive forefront all season.