High School Football

Battery Creek keeps Whale Branch winless, 22-0

Dolphins' Crittendon runs for 112 yards

sfastenau@beaufortgzette.comSeptember 6, 2013 

Similarities marked the second meeting between two schools separated by fewer than 10 miles.

The offenses of Battery Creek High School and Whale Branch Early College High School run split-back sets. Both will be Class 2-A schools next season.

Both played Friday night on Dolphin Field with significant injury losses.

And of course, Whale Branch opened in 2010 with hallways and classrooms filled with former Battery Creek students.

The football programs now can earn some distinction -- a tall trophy awarded the winner of the young rivalry. And the Dolphins, perhaps over all the talk from the first few seasons about what the program had lost to the schools' split, brought the trophy back to the offices at Battery Creek.

The Dolphins defeated the Warriors 22-0 Friday behind big plays from their running game.

"We preached all week that we needed to do what we do, that we've been a veer team and we need to get back to our bread and butter," Battery Creek coach Jim Shuman said.

The Warriors (0-3) surrendered the trophy at midfield. Battery Creek athletics director John Drafts lifted it overhead.

Whale Branch knew what to guard against. The plays Warriors defensive coaches ran during practice were the same their offense runs.

But Battery Creek (1-1) was able to run its veer option behind senior quarterback Zach Mahan, making his first start of the season.

Senior running back Yuneek Crittendon, who scored two touchdowns during the Dolphins' loss at Whale Branch in the inaugural game, scored on a 17-yard burst up the middle during the second quarter. Tyrone Dilbert took a pitch outside the right tackle and raced 29 yards for another score.

Mahan kept the ball for a 3-yard score in the third quarter.

"I told them if you hit them in the mouth early, we're going to win this game," Crittendon said.

Shuman wanted Mahan's senior leadership after starting quarterback Raekwon Smalls was lost for several weeks with a knee injury. Sophomore Malik Morgan received the start during a Week 1 loss to Estill.

Mahan spent the week working on his reads and studying how he thought Whale Branch defensive ends would react.

"The ends tend to run upfield on the veer," Mahan said. "If there is a guy in the hole, keep it and just go where the end was, right up the field."

Crittendon's shiftiness helped keep drives alive after he escaped initial contact. The senior rested in chunks to conserve energy for his spot at linebacker. The Dolphins used eight different running backs.

"He's a man of many talents," Shuman said. "We try to spot him as much as possible, but we still want to feed him the ball."

Whale Branch coach Jerry Hatcher said the Warriors switched to I-formation in attempt to better block the Dolphins, and threw the ball when that didn't work. He said the Warriors had not practiced passing enough to be effective in Week 2.

"We've got to get some consistency on offense," Hatcher said. "We've got to get points."

Battery Creek 22, Whale Branch 0

Whale Branch 0 0 0 0 -- 0

Battery Creek 0 15 7 0 -- 22

Second quarter

BC -- Tyrone Dilbert 29 run (Juan Carlos Negron kick) 6:30

BC -- Yuneek Crittendon 17 run (Brunson run) 1:10

Third quarter

BC -- Zach Mahan 3 run (Negron kick) 9:58

Team Stats

WB BC

First Downs 5 14

Rushes-Yards 23-41 45-217

Comp-Att-Int 3-14-0 3-7-0

Passing Yards 27 35

Punts-Avg 5-28.2 3-27.3

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-0

Penalties-Yards 3-31 7-45

Third-Down Conv 4-11 6-12

Fourth-Down Conv 0-2 0-1

Individual stats

PASSING: WB -- Devonta Glover 3-14-27. BC -- Zach Mahan 3-7-35.

RUSHING: WB -- Stephon Eugene 4-16, Malik Brown 3-16, Michael Dantzler 5-12, Braxton Bowers 2-8, J'son Campbell 1-1, Javon Gardner 2 - (-1), Glover 6 - (-11). BC -- Yuneek Crittendon 16-112, Tyrone Dilbert 7-43, Darrin Peeks 7-26, Mahan 9-24, Tion Brunson 2-4, Jason Green 1-3, De'Marquis Gadsen 1-3, Alterell Chatman 1-2, Raheem Cooper 1-0.

RECEIVING: WB -- David Lamb 1-17, Gardner 1-8, Jamar Scott 1-2. BC -- Isaiah Sloan 1-17, Eric Freeman 1-13, David Frazier 1-5.

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