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Gators playing better as region slate arrives

By Rob Gantt
Special to the HSSR

Goose Creek - The Goose Creek Gators have been playing better of late under first-year coach Jason Winstead. 
The Gators host non-region opponent Stall for homecoming on Oct. 5 when they should be able to get their second win of the season but they’re not looking ahead.
“We’re not in a position where we can overlook anybody,” Winstead said. “We have to prepare like you’re playing West Ashley or anybody else. Stall has some good athletes.”
The Gators (1-4) earned their first victory of the season on Sept. 7, taking advantage of seven turnovers to defeat West Ashley 28-7.
“Their effort was outstanding,” Winstead said of the Gators defense after the win. “They got tired and relaxed toward the end of the game a little bit but it’s hard for me to complain about much. Those kids really stepped up. That is about as good as it gets.”
Defensive back Travelle Simmons made two interceptions and recovered a blocked kick in the end zone.
They were competitive against state power Fort Dorchester on Sept. 21, falling 33-13. The Gators lost two fumbles and were just 1 of 3 in the red zone. They also allowed a safety and jumped offside to give Fort Dorchester another shot after missing a field goal.
Winstead’s crew was also close to breaking into the win column in the Region 7-AAAAA opener on Sept. 28, taking Cane Bay to overtime before falling 27-24.
It looks like they’re rounding into form as some winnable games in region play arrive.
Gators quarterback Emmanuel Mukuamu scored on runs of 5 and 3 yards and threw a 14-yard pass to leading receiver Damon Mouzon against Cane Bay.
Mukuamu passed for 140 and ran for 43 more against Cane Bay.
In the loss to Fort Dorchester, Mukuamu was 15 of 25 for 168 yards and hooked up with receiver Corey Lucas on a 47-yard touchdown pass. Backup quarterback DJ Matthews came on to toss a 9-yard touchdown to Vernon Jefferson in the fourth quarter.
More contributors offensively are running backs Dante Smith, Maurice Mazyck and Amaru Shepherd, and receiver Dijion Singleton.
After Stall, the Gators host Wando (Oct. 12) and James Island (Oct. 26) before traveling to Stratford (Oct. 26) and Berkeley (Nov. 2).

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