John Paul II couldn’t slow down Orangeburg Prep’s powerful ground game, as the Golden Warriors dug a big hole early and couldn’t overcome it in a 54-21 home loss to open the season.
Amir Tyler rushed for four touchdowns, and McCullough Mims ran for two scores and passed for another to lead the indians, who used a series of takeaways to build a 33-0 lead before JPII got on the board.
Mark Knight got the JPII offense going and racked up 120 yards on six carries, including a 75-yard TD run. He also snagged two passes for 38 yards. Jeremiah Young rushed for 48 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries and was 4-of-9 passing for 60 yards, and Jackson Ogden added a rushing touchdown for the Golden Warriors.
JPII (0-1, 0-1) travels to St. Andrew’s for a non-region game at 7:30 p.m. Friday.