LAKE WACCAMAW — Ever since a loss to West Bladen in the season opener, South Robeson has been hard to stop.
The Mustangs got their fifth-straight win on Friday night, beating East Columbus 26-6. It was the program’s first win against the Gators since 2003.
“They’re finally beating schools they’ve never beat,” said South Robeson coach Stephen Roberson.
The normally run-heavy Mustangs faced an eight- to nine-man front throughout the game and instead relied on Kalvis Chavis’ passing attack.
Chavis nearly doubled his season passing yardage, connecting of 6-of-9 throws for 185 yards and three touchdowns. He entered the game with 219 yards and three touchdowns.
His primary target was Michael Smith, who caught four passes, including two touchdowns.
“Kalvis Chavis did a great job executing,” Roberson said. “A lot of people think we can’t throw, but we have good receivers and a good quarterback.”
Chavis’ passing opened up the defense, which allowed the duo of Andrew Hill and Juan Ellerbe to find yardage. Hill had eight carries for 49 yards and Ellerbe had 10 carries for 112 yards and the only rushing touchdown.
The Mustangs are one win away from clinching a winning season for the first time since Mike Brill left the school in 2002, but will take on South Columbus next week in one of the team’s toughest tests yet.
“Until you start beating people you’re the W on the schedule,” Roberson said. “We’re fighting for respect every week.”
Fairmont bounces back
CERRO GORDO — Fairmont bounced back from its first loss of the season with a 36-0 victory at West Columbus on Friday night, posting its second shutout of the season behind a stellar effort from its veteran-led front seven.
Senior quarterback Jarrod Neal accounted for four touchdowns — three through the air including a pair to Shyheim Hines — to lead the Golden Tornadoes’ rout.
South Columbus 45, Red Springs 20
RECORDS — Red Springs 0-6, 0-2; South Columbus 4-2, 2-0.
Fairmont 36, West Columbus 0
RECORDS — Fairmont 4-1, 1-1; W. Columbus 2-4, 0-2.
South Robeson 26, East Columbus 6
S. Robeson 8 6 6 6 — 26
E. Columbus 6 0 0 0 — 6
South Robeson statistics
PASSING — Kalvis Chavis 6-9-1-185, 3 TD
RUSHING —Juan Ellerbe 10-112, TD; Andrew Hill 8-49 yards
RECEIVING — Michael Smith 4-44, 2 TDs; Daquinn Lindsay 1-21, TD.
RECORDS — South Robeson 5-1, 2-0; East Columbus 2-3, 0-1.