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May River tops Whale Branch

  • Barb Farley/For Beaufort Today - Whale Branch running back Irvin Mulligan is wrapped up by a May River defender in the first half.

May River used a two-headed running tandem to pull away from Whale Branch Friday, defeating the Warriors 22-6 for the team’s first win of the 2017 season.

Freshman quarterback Ahmad Green went 6-for-13 passing for 57 yards, but did the most damage on the ground along with junior running back Cam Adams.

Green rushed for 149 yards on quarterback keepers and had two touchdowns, while Adams complimented his young quarterback by compiling 149 rushing yards and a score of his own, thanks in part to effective blocking upfront that won the battle in the trenches.

“It feels very good, we’re very excited to get this one and we’re all happy about it,” Green said.

“It all starts with the o-line. Without the o-line we could not do anything. They should get player of the game.”

Delayed already by 30 minutes due to weather, May River began the opening drive at its own 44 yard line and needed just six plays to march down to the Warriors’ five yard line, before a lightning warning halted play just three minutes into the game.

After an hour delay and just two plays after the restart, Green put the first points on the board with a short, three-yard run to give the Sharks a 6-0 lead following a missed extra point.

The Warriors quickly answered back when, on first and fifteen, star running back Irvin Mulligan blasted off from the right side and shed several May River tacklers for a 67-yard touchdown run to make it even at six a piece following a failed point after try.

May River settled in however, and did not allow Mulligan to break out again. He would run for 108 yards total and had just a handful of rushing attempts in the second half.

“Like I told the guys, I feel like the defense played outstanding,” coach Rodney Summers said. “We gave up that one run, settled in to our own. We had a good game plan, we felt. They came out and we were able to run the ball really well.”

Green scored again to give the Sharks a 13-6 lead later in the first, and three plays after May River hauled in an interception midway through the second quarter, Adams rushed up the middle for three yards and a touchdown to give the Sharks their first double-digit lead in program history.

May River scored late in the third quarter on a safety following a bad snap from Whale Branch that tumbled into the end zone while deep in Warriors territory.

The Sharks also left some points on the board in two missed field goals

“I felt like offensively, though, we left a lot of points out there,” Summers added. “So, there is room for improvement.”

“As an offensive-minded guy you’re just never satisfied when you come down there and don’t come away with some points. Happy with the outcome tonight, of course, and proud of the guys and the way they hung with it.”

May River (1-2) will face off against Hilton Head next Friday at 7:30 p.m. Whale Branch will host Beaufort.

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