The Appling County Pirates (6-1-1 overall, 4-1 Region 1-AAA) traveled to Savannah on Friday, October 19 to face the Beach Bulldogs (1-6, 1-3) at Grayson Stadium, home of the Savannah Sand Gnats. The Pirates were able to get the win 49-14 in the first matchup ever between the two teams.
The Pirates will host the Tattnall County Battle Creek Warriors (4-3, 3-1) on Senior Night at Jimmy Swain Stadium on Friday, October 26 with the game scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.
Tattnall is coming off a bye week after defeating Beach 58-6 on October 12. The Warriors lone region loss came to Pierce County (7-1, 5-0), 36-67 on September 28. The Pirates defeated the Warriors 32-23 last season.
Pirate Justin Moore was able to get the Pirate’s first score on a 61-yard touchdown run with 50 seconds remaining in the first quarter to make the score, with the extra point by Israel Jaramillo, 7-0.
Pirate Vernon Dasher, in his first game back after a leg injury, scored the Pirate’s second touchdown on a seven-yard run to make the score, with Jaramillo adding the extra point, 14-0 with 9:19 left in the second quarter.
The Pirates next score came on a nine-yard touchdown run by Maurice Paulk to make the score 21-0 with 3:53 left in the second quarter.
Pirate Trey Newkirk intercepted a Bulldog pass and returned it 70-yards for a touchdown to make the score 28-0 with nine seconds remaining in the second quarter.
Pirate Brandon Horton recovered a Bulldog fumble on the ensuing kickoff to set up a 39-yard touchdown pass from Dasher to Newkirk to make the score at halftime 35-0.
The Pirate’s next score came on a 71-yard touchdown pass from Dasher to Jordan Vann to make the score 42-0 with 11:33 remaining in the third quarter.
Pirate Jason Dhaliwal added the Pirate’s next score on a 10-yard touchdown run to make the score 49-0 with 3:12 remaining in the third quarter.
The Bulldogs added two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, a one-yard run and a 30-yard pass, and a two-point conversion against the Pirate backups to make the final score 49-14.
Leading rushers for the Pirates were Justin Moore 122 yards on five carries one touchdown, Vernon Dasher 93 yards on 10 rushes one touchdown, Jordan Vann 46 yards on five rushes, Jason Dhaliwal 45 yards on three rushes one touchdown, Maurice Paulk 31 yards on three carries one touchdown, Cassius Fedrick 11 yards on five rushes, Thad Russell five yards on three rushes.
Leading receivers were Jordan Vann one catch for 71-yards and one touchdown, Trey Newkirk one catch for 39 yards and one touchdown, Anthony Rayner one catch for 29 yards, Connor Wilkerson one catch for 12 yards.
Quarterback Vernon Dasher had four completions on seven attempts for 151 yards andtwo touchdowns.
Leading tacklers were Connor Wilkerson 10 tackles and one sack, Dennis Williams five tackles, Dasha Carter five tackles, Derrix Henry four tackles, Devontae Wilkerson four tackles, Brandon Jones three tackles, Steven Newkirk three tackles, Joey Diaz two tackles, Michael Byrd two tackles, Blake Spell two tackles, Samuel Ryan two tackles, Trey Newkirk one tackle, one interception, one caused fumble, and one fumble recovery, Marcus Eason one tackle, Cassius Fedrick one tackle, Kaleb Robinson one tackle, Wyatt Wright one tackle, Brandon Carver one tackle, Justin Young one tackle, Campbell O’Steen one tackle, Larry Griner one tackle, Brandon Horton one fumble recovery.