Whale Branch rushed for more than 300 yards and built a big first-half lead before hanging on for a 30-28 win at Oceanside Collegiate in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs Friday.
The Warriors ran out to a 24-0 lead on C.J. Brown’s touchdown pass to Trevaughn Hipp, scoring runs by Irvin Mulligan and Brown, and the first of Henry Tome’s three field goals.
The Landsharks got on the board with a touchdown pass just before halftime to pull within 24-7 and set the stage for a big second-half comeback. Another TD pass pulled OCA within 24-14 early in the third, and after Tome’s second field goal, the Landsharks connected for another touchdown pass to get within 27-21.
Tome’s third field goal made it a two-score game and proved to be the difference, as the Landsharks threw another touchdown pass but saw their rally fall short.
The Warriors (7-4) will travel to Carvers Bay for a second-round game Friday.
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