Sometimes, you learn more about your team after a loss than you do a victory.
Irmo coach Reggie Kennedy feels he did over the last week. The Yellow Jackets rebounded from a loss a week ago with a 28-14 victory over Brookland-Cayce on the road Friday night.
“We cleaned up a lot of weaknesses that Dutch Fork exposed last week,” Kennedy said. “We addressed those things during the week, and I thought the kids came out an executed the plan well.”
Omarion Dolleson, a starting wide receiver, had to fill in at running back and finished with 173 yards on 19 carries. He also added a 51-yard touchdown reception in the first half when Irmo raced to a 21-0 lead.
“We felt like we needed to get the ball into Dolleson’s hands,” Kennedy said. “We had a few plays on the perimeter that he was able to get loose and break a couple of long ones. When he touches it, he makes things happen.”
After punting on their first possession, the Yellow Jackets scored the next three times they touched the ball. Jansen McGahee scored the first of his two touchdowns on a 17-yard sprint at the end of the first quarter to get things rolling.
Dolleson then took a short pass from John Ragin and made a couple of people miss for the 51-yard score to make it 14-0.
McGahee capped a 12-play, 79-yard drive with a 5-yard scoring run with 25 seconds remaining in the half.
Irmo (2-2) finished with 380 yards rushing. The inability to get off the field has been a problem for the Bearcats the last two weeks.
Reed Charpia finished 21-of-32 for 278 yards but threw three interceptions for Brookland-Cayce (2-2).
“We had some things go against us that stopped a couple of drives, and that always hurts,” Brookland-Cayce coach Rusty Charpia said. “Defensively, we can’t seem to stop the run right now. People are just running it down our throats. We usually bend but don’t break, but right now we’re breaking.”
THREE THINGS WE LEARNED
1. Irmo found a weapon in Dolleson. He rushed for the majority of his 173 yards in the second half and will be a valuable asset when starting running back Kendrell Flowers returns from a high ankle sprain he suffered last week
2. Kennedy felt like his team was exposed in some areas a week ago but made adjustments to slow a high-scoring Bearcat attack. They will need to keep improving defensively to be able to compete in region play.
3. Brookland-Cayce, one of the smallest Class 4A teams in the state, has already faced three Class 5A teams. They dressed only 30 players against the Yellow Jackets, so if they can stay healthy, they have a chance to compete once they enter region play.
HOW THEY SCORED
I – Jansen McGahee 17 run (Angel Camarena kick) 1:06
I – Omarion Dolleson 51 pass from John Ragin (Camarena kick) 8:52
I – McGahee 5 run (Camarena kick) 0:25
BC – Jo Pradubsri 2 run (Caleb Hunnicutt kick) 3:32
I - Jayon Chambers 3 run (Camarena kick) 6:34
BC – Reed Charpia 7 run (Hunnicutt kick) 4:48
Rushing: I: Omarion Dolleson 19-173, Jansen McGahee 15-95, Jayon Chambers 11-51, John Ragin 8-61. BC: Will Way 12-41, Reed Charpia 7-41, Jo Pradubsri 3-20.
Passing: I: Ragin 11-15-1-136. BC: Charpia 21-32-3-278.
Receiving: I: Jayden Shepard 4-13, Omarion Dolleson 1-51, Oka Emmanworri 3-38, Diondre Shider 1-40, McGahee 1-3, Chambers 1-11. BC: Pradubsri ,8-106, Way 6-103, Malachi Brown 3-24, Cam Morris 1-17, Keon Middleton 3-28 .