Warriors pound Cuthbertson, improve to 7-1

Oct. 19, 2013 @ 12:11 PM

Weddington's offense on Friday night was at times determined, at times dazzling. Its defense, as usual, was defiant.

That combination allowed the Warriors to overcome a rare two-score deficit in the first quarter and rally past Cuthbertson, 35-9, in a Southern Carolina 3A Conference matchup.

Weddington senior quarterback Jeff Welch had a big night, throwing for 271 yards and four touchdowns, three of them to senior wide receiver Ryan Black. All of Black's scores came in the first half, and he finished with a six-catch, 176-yard night.

A 21-point barrage in the second quarter put Weddington up to stay. The Warriors (7-1, 2-0) rolled to a 21-9 halftime advantage on the strength of a handful of big plays and a grinding ground game that seemed to re-instill confidence in an offense that was stagnant early on.

Shawn Dashti, who rushed for 62 yards, rolled to a couple of first downs for the Warriors in the second quarter, setting up big-play passes to Black. His three second-quarter TDs covered 8, 40 and 43 yards.

Zach Goins added a 39-yard TD reception for the Warriors and Dashti scored from 9 yards out; both of those touchdowns came in the fourth quarter.

Cuthbertson (3-5, 1-1) scored on its second drive when quarterback Steven Fusco connected with Matt Allen on an 8-yard touchdown pass on a third-and-goal play. Ryan Kendall added a 32-yard field goal later in the quarter.

BJ Muckelvene had 55 receiving yards and Byron Gaymon II added 48 rushing yards for the Cavaliers, who were held to 23 offensive yards in the second half.

The Warriors host Sun Valley next week in a matchup between the lone teams still unbeaten in SCC play. Cuthbertson returns home to play Anson County.