WAGENER — The last time the Wagener-Salley High School War Eagles defeated the Hawks of Blackville-Hilda High School, not a single player on either roster was born. That was 1994. This is 2013, and the War Eagles came out hungry for a statement win at home, as they have marched through the early part of the season to sit 4-1.

What started off as an offensive explosion turned into a defensive struggle late with the War Eagles standing firm to protect their home field with a 34-27 win on Military Appreciation Night.

“(This win) means a lot to our team, our program and especially our community,” said Wagener-Salley head coach Ken Tucker. “Coming into this season, we had high expectations and have looked forward to this game after losing to them in the playoffs last year. We didn’t really talk about it much, but you could sense the importance of this game in practice Monday through Thursday.”

Those energized practices paid off in a big way on Friday night as the War Eagles tallied 336 total yards on offense, including 247 rushing yards while the Hawks (1-3) only mustered 240 total yards, 140 on the ground. While the Wagener-Salley offense put up the points and impressive numbers, it was the War Eagles’ defense that won the game in the trenches late in the game with several three-and-outs.

Despite putting the ball on the ground on the opening kickoff, a mistake that allowed the Blackville-Hilda to jump out to an early 7-0 lead, Wagener-Salley was able to keep pace with a squad that out-scored them 55-49 between last season’s two meetings. Both teams offenses moved the ball up and down the field with ease in the first half, but things changed in a hurry in the second half when it became a defensive struggle – a struggle that the Wagener-Salley squad controlled to the final horn.

“In a game like this, your offensive and defensive lines have to come through for you,” stated Tucker. “We just needed to be more physical ... and step up and make plays ... Mostly it was playing just tough football.”

Senior running back Eric Corley finished with 145 yards on the ground and three rushing touchdowns, making up for his opening-possession fumble.

BHHS 14 6 7 0 27

WSHS 7 14 6 7 34

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

BHHS (11:36) - Trevin Rivers picks up fumble by WSHS Eric Corley at 25 yard line, returns 25 yards for TD (Joseph Staley PAT Good) 7-0

WSHS (3:45) - Santrale Moore falls on fumble in end zone by Corley after 10 yard run (12 PAT Good) 7-7

BHHS (0:00) - Javaris Washington rushes 9 yards up middle for TD (J. Staley PAT Good) 14-7

Second Quarter

WSHS (11:31) - E. Corley rushes 5 yards to the right for a TD (TC Rushton PAT Good) 14-14

BHHS (2:38) - Isaiah Harrison pass to Darren Ford for 42 yard TD down left sideline (J. Staley PAT No Good) 20-14

WSHS (0:54) - E. Corley rushes 10 yards up the middle for a TD (T. Rushton PAT Good) 21-20

Third Quarter

BHHS (11:44) - D. Ford returns opening kickoff 86 yards for TD (J. Staley PAT Good) 27-21

WSHS (4:01) - E. Corley 1 yard TD run to left (T. Rushton PAT Blocked) 27-27

Fourth Quarter

WSHS (4:07) - Malcolm Stroman 3 yard pass to Kyiian Miller in back-left corner of end zone for TD (T. Rushton PAT Good) 34-27

Individual Stats


WSHS – Malcolm Stroman (6-11, 89 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT)

BHHS Isaiah Harrison (4-9, 100 yards, 1 TD)


WSHS Eric Corley (25 carries, 145 yards, 3 TD, 1 FUM)

M. Stroman (14 carries, 84 yards)

Ke’Aunri Holmes (3 carries, 18 yards)

Henry Odom (1 carry, 0 yards)

BHHS Christian Sanders (11 carries, 52 yards)

Darren Ford (14 carries, 48 yards)

TrevinRivers (2 carries, -1 yards)

Javaris Washington (8 carries, 60 yards, 1 TD)

I. Harrison (2 carries, -19 yards)


WSHS E. Corley (1 rec, 10 yards)

Kyiian Miller (3 rec, 33 yards, 1 TD)

Jalonzio Tyler (1 rec, 21 yards)

R.J. Tyler (1 rec, 25 yards)

BHHS Barry Armstrong (1 rec, 16 yards)

D. Ford (1 rec, 42 yards, 1 TD)

J. Washington (1 rec, 26 yards)

Montreal Isaac (2 rec, -19 yards)


WSHS E. Corley (1 ret, 15 yards)

M. Stroman (4 ret, 136 yards)

BHHS T. Rivers (1 ret, 25 yards, 1 TD)

C. Sanders (2 ret, 47 yards, 1 INT)

Antonio Izlar (2 ret, 27 yards)

B. Armstrong (2 ret, 31 yards)

D. Ford (2 ret, 106 yards, 1 TD)