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East Columbuskeeps making history with rout


East Columbus running back Tarrin Manning runs against South Stanly in a second round playoff game in Lake Waccamaw Friday, November 9, 2012. (Photo by Star News photo by Matt Born)


LAKE WACCAMAW | East Columbus stormed through visiting South Stanly on Friday night in the second round of Class 1A state football playoffs, cruising to a 66-20 victory.

In the first second-round home playoff game in the Gators' history, running back Tarrin Manning led the charge with four touchdowns and 193 rushing yards on 12 carries.

East Columbus (9-4) will travel next week to unbeaten Albemarle in third round.

The East Columbus defense completely shut down the South Stanly offense in the first half. The visiting Rebel Bulls (9-3) wrapped up the first 24 minutes with only 9 rushing yards and 30 passing yards. The Gators' defense finished with nine sacks, five in the final period.

"The defense has played great all year," Gators coach Toby Kasell said. "We've got a few things we need to fix, but they've recommitted these past couple of games and they came out lights out tonight."

On the other side of the line, Manning and the Gators' offense spent much of the first half eating up real estate and working out the scoreboard operator.

Twelve minutes into the first half, Manning already had 126 rushing yards and touchdown runs of 57 and 53 yards. Nick McClure wrapped up the first quarter with a late 1-yard run and the Gators took a 21-0 lead into the second period. McClure finished with 92 rushing yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns.

"I got about three or four guys that I got to get over there and figure out which one I want to hand the ball to," Kasell said. "That offensive line ... those guys just created some creases and these guys can hit them and go."

And to put the finishing touches on the night, Derrick Young scored twice in the fourth quarter, the second time on an 85-yard run. He finished with 108 rushing yards.