Goose Creek Memorial was sluggish at times, but in terms of the big picture, mission accomplished.
Wisdom was willing but unable to keep up with the Patriots who locked down a homecoming celebration with a 61 to 3 win Thursday night. GCM jumped out to a 20-0 lead after the first quarter and led by a commanding 47-3 score at the half to all but cement the win.
Emerson Haywood had a standout first half, completing 14 of his 15 passes for 210 yards and four touchdowns. He also had three carries for 66 yards and two scores. GCM improved to 3-4 overall and 2-2 in district play.
“Every game, no matter the opponent, you want to judge yourself against yourself,” GCM head coach Shannon Carter said. “You want to clean football. We had too many procedure penalties but we had a lot of explosive plays. It is good to see our offense execute, do some things and get on track.”
As one-sided as the game was, the Patriots left plenty to review on film in a game plagued with penalties and sloppy special teams play. A 71-yard kickoff return by Farhan Tanvir set up a Daniel Canales 22-yard field goal for the first General points of the season in the second quarter.
Wisdom also suffered from shaky special teams play. The General inability to move the ball coupled with short punts kept GCM in great field position.
The Patriots struck first on a pass from Haywood to Peter Simien for a nine-yard touchdown pass and a 6-0 lead after a blocked extra point attempt. GCM added two more scores in the quarter on a three-yard pass from Haywood to Jaylon Thompson and an 18-yard run by Dylan Pitre.
The Patriots picked up where they left off in the second with Haywood scoring strikes of 26 and 78 yards to Jalen Davis. Haywood had a 20-yard run and Brice Lane scored from six yards to account for the first half scoring.
At this time of the year, people remember November and we are heading to that point and you want to play your best football then,” Carter said. “You have to come out, execute and work on things that hopefully will be beneficial to you as you get on down the road.
GCM jumped back into a flow in the second half with Pitre leading the attack. The junior capped the first drive with a 25-yard scoring run for a 54-3 advantage. Pitre dished a pass behind the line to Tim Smith who scored from three yards in the fourth.
Lane finished with 90 yards on eight carries to help pace GCM. Jeremiah Thomas also punished the Generals with 68 yards on four carries.
Davis led the receivers with 111 yards on three receptions for two touchdowns and Simien had seven receptions for 78 yards and a score.
Defensively, Jayson Gibson kick-started the sack attack with one in the first quarter. Amauri Norris had an interception and the defense also recovered a fumble.
“I thought the kids looked like they played with confidence, they played free instead of apprehensive which is something we have been preaching all week,” Carter said. “Practice is for thinking, get out here in the game and turn it loose and I thought they did that tonight.”