Carolina Forest rebounded from last week's loss to Myrtle Beach by overpowering Loris in a 49-6 rout Friday.
“We had to have our kids have a big bounce back win after a big loss last week,” said Carolina Forest coach Marc Morris. “We prepared all week and our kids came out ready to play.”
Quarterback Mason Garcia opened the scoring for the Panthers with a 29-yard touchdown run within the first two minutes of the opening quarter. The Panthers found the end zone again less than three minutes later when running back David Legette scored from 17 yards out to put his team up 14-0.
Carolina Forest added a third touchdown in the first quarter when Garcia found Trevor Lavallee from 14 yards out with 4:21 left in the quarter.
Garcia finished the night with 263 yards on 17 of 23 passing with one touchdown to go with 68 yards rushing on four carries.
“We are going to play however he plays and we needed him to have a good night tonight,” Morris said. “Loris did some things that made us throw the ball tonight and he did well out there.”
Legette scored his second touchdown of the night with less than five minutes left in the second quarter. Legette finished the night with seven carries and 44 yards.
The Panthers tacked on a fifth touchdown in the first half when Connor Meehan returned a blocked punt 46 yards to the end zone with 1:46 left in the half.
Carolina Forest possessed the ball throughout most of the third quarter and racked up another touchdown with 2:01 left in third to make it 42-0.
The Panthers scored their final touchdown of the night midway through the fourth quarter when backup QB Kyle Watkins found DJ Admill on a 15-yard dime to make it 49-0.
Loris finally got on the scoreboard with under 70 seconds to go in the game. Gage Conner hit Brice Faircloth for a 43-yard touchdown pass.
Loris saw the extra point miss as the ball bounced off the top of the crossbar and fell in front of the goal post.
“We were battle tested from the word go,” said Loris coach Jamie Snider. “I think the thing I was most happy about tonight was our effort. They fought and they never gave up. You saw that as the found a way to score with just over a minute to go in the game.”
Loris now sets their eyes on region play next week as Lake City comes to town.
“I’ve told our kids that this is the season that matters,” Snider said. “We have to have a front windshield view. The past is behind us. We need to learn from our mistakes and look forward because what we do within the next five weeks determines where we go.”
Carolina Forest returns home next week to take on Socastee, who ended their three-game scoreless streak with a 14-13 win over Georgetown Friday.
“What they have been doing up to this point doesn’t matter. It’s the first conference game next week,” Morris said. “All this non-conference stuff is just practice to get to conference play, so Socastee will be a good opponent for us. Our kids just need to be ready to play.”
Loris and Lake City kickoff next week at 7:30 p.m. in Loris. Carolina Forest gets their game underway against Socastee at 7:30 p.m. as well.