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The Gutter Gorilla Difference

When it comes to gutter cleaning in Clover, SC, our philosophy is simple: provide our clients with quality, dependable gutter services at a fair price. Unlike some gutter cleaning companies, we believe in honesty, hard work, and helpful advice. At the end of the day, your satisfaction is our primary goal. Before we pull out of your driveway, we will take the extra time to educate you about the work we performed. That way, you can sleep with confidence, knowing that your gutters are working correctly. We genuinely take pride in our work and strive to treat your home like it was our own, so you can focus on your obligations while we handle the dirty work. Regardless of the gutter service you choose, you can rest easy knowing your home is in the hands of trained, insured professionals. Whether you need a simple gutter repair or a complete gutter installation, we have the skills to get the job done with a level of service and quality unmatched by our competition. No shortcuts. No compromises. Only efficient, trustworthy gutter services in Clover.

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Gutter Cleaning in Clover, SC

We treat every gutter project as a top priority. Attention to detail is the heart and soul of our business. We go far beyond providing simple gutter services, giving you incredible insight into your seamless gutters project. Your gutter installation will be handled by licensed and insured professionals. It all starts here, please begin below.

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Foundation Damage

The primary role of your gutter system is to channel water off of your roof and direct it away from your home’s foundation. Gutter blockages can result in water running over the sides of your gutters. That water will eventually settle around your foundation. With time, pooling water will affect the reliability of your home’s structure, causing cracks, mold growth, and even collapse.

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Wood Damage

Your home’s gutter system is held up by fascia boards, which are typically made of wood. When your clogged gutters overflow with water, your fascia boards will begin to rot. On top of that, your fascia boards must hold the increased weight of your clogged gutters. The combination of rot and weight can cause your gutter system to fail, resulting in expensive repairs.

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Landscaping Damage

If you want to maintain the beauty of your landscaping, having clog-free gutters is essential. When your gutters can’t do their job, overflowing water will pour down the sides of your home. Eventually, this water will damage the trees, shrubs, and flower beds close to the base of your home.

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Gutter Damage

When your gutters are full of leaves and other debris, rainwater, and other forms of precipitation have nowhere to go. This causes water to fill your gutters to the brim. Because each gallon of water weighs around eight pounds, this extra weight will cause your gutters to crack, bend, or even tear away from your roof. Your gutters are rendered completely useless at that point, and you’re looking at very expensive repairs.

If you don’t have the time and patience to commit to proper gutter cleaning, The Gutter Gorilla team is here to help. We have been cleaning gutters in Clover for years. With a fully trained team of gutter professionals on staff, we have the experience and resources to clean your gutters effectively and efficiently.

Common Signs of Clogged Gutters

One of the most common questions we get at The Gutter Gorilla centers around when homeowners need gutter cleaning in Clover, SC. The answer is nuanced, but generally speaking, your gutters need to be cleaned twice a year or whenever they become clogged. Unfortunately, it’s not exactly easy for the average homeowner to climb up on a ladder, get on their roof, and look to see if their gutters are full of debris.

Luckily, there are some common signs that you can look out for to save yourself from costly repairs:

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Sagging Gutters

When debris like pine needles and leaves begin to build up in your gutters, the increased weight can cause your gutters to bend and sag. When this happens, your gutters can’t do their job of directing water away from your home. If your gutters appear to be sagging, chances are they are clogged.

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Birds and Pests

Animals like birds find gutters a very appealing place to make a nest. If you notice birds or other critters scurrying around in your gutters, it can be a tell-tale sign that your gutters are clogged with nest-making materials.

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Stains on Your Siding

If you see stains on your siding, there is a good chance that your gutters are clogged, and standing water is overflowing onto your siding. This overflow of water can damage the fascia boards behind your gutters and can also affect your roof’s shingles.

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Plant Life

It might sound far-fetched, but if your gutters have enough dirt and debris buildup, seeds within that dirt can sprout, causing a garden to grow in your gutters. If you notice signs of plant growth in your gutters, they are most likely clogged and need to be cleaned ASAP.

In today’s fast-paced world, we understand that your time is precious. If you believe your gutters are clogged but don’t have the time to check, we would be happy to travel to your home for an initial gutter inspection.

During your inspection, our team will check your gutters for clogs and debris. While we are inspecting your gutters for clogs, we will also keep an eye out for signs of wear and tear and other issues that might cause damage to your home. When we’re done, we will go over what we found and provide you with a cost-effective solution for any problems that arise. That way, you can spend more time focusing on your family and your life and less time worrying about fixing your gutters by yourself.

Gutter Installation in Clover, SC

Buying a home is one of the largest financial investments that you will make as an adult. As a homeowner, you know that protecting that investment is a priority. While most homeowners do a good job of staying up to date with home maintenance, sometimes life happens, and things begin to slip through the cracks. For many homeowners, gutters and downspouts are often one of those overlooked items.

Whether you need gutters installed on your new home or your old gutter system is dilapidated and needs replacing, we’ve got your back.

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At The Gutter Gorilla, we specialize in custom gutter installation in Clover, SC. Because we have our own machinery, we are essentially cutting out middlemen manufacturers so that our customers benefit from lower prices and higher quality gutter systems. We strive to be friendly, affordable, and effective. We will always make your schedule a priority over our own.

When you trust The Gutter Gorilla with your new gutter installation, know that you are working with the best in the business.

Here are just a few reasons why we are the premier gutter installation company in Clover:

  • We only use premium materials and install seamless, 6” aluminum k-style gutters to hold more water.
  • Our installation methods are tried and tested.
  • Our gutter installation experts are knowledgeable, friendly, and ready to work hard for you.
  • We offer a warranty on all our products and services.
  • We are licensed and insured.
  • Your satisfaction is our #1 concern. We back that up with actions, not words.

When Should You Consider Gutter Installation?

Sometimes, it can be difficult to determine whether you need new gutter installation or gutter repairs. The most reliable answer will come after our team has had a chance to inspect your gutters in Clover. Before you call our office to schedule an inspection, consider the following symptoms of a failing gutter system:

  • Gutters are starting to pull apart and separate.
  • Gutter guards are starting to sag and pull away from the roof.
  • The gutter hangers have begun to break or bend.
  • Downspouts are starting to crease or are no longer straight.
  • Gutters show signs of rust or have visible holes.
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Quick, Reliable Gutter Repairs in Clover, SC

Cleaning and repairing gutters can be a tiresome task. We understand that the last thing you want to do with your free time is to try and figure out how to repair your damaged gutters. However, gutters that are left unrepaired can cause extensive damage to your home and lawn. If you see that your gutters are damaged, you must get them repaired by a professional as soon as possible. Gutter repairs range in complexity and can be as simple as patching a hole in one of your downspouts to re-securing gutters on your home’s fascia board. We recommend that you call our office to schedule a gutter inspection, so our team can get a full understanding of the repairs that need completing.

Here are a few signs that you should be aware of that usually require gutter repairs in Clover, SC:

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Pooling Water
Puddles of water accumulating near your home’s foundation
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The next time it rains, grab your umbrella and check your gutters for signs of drips or leaks.
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Displaced Hardware
If you notice gutter-hanging hardware laying on the ground under the edge of your roof, it’s time to call in The Gutter Gorilla. This is a sign that your gutters aren’t fastened securely. One strong gust of wind or heavy rainstorm could cause serious damage to your gutter system.
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Check your basement and your attic for signs of mold growth. If you see any mold or mildew, your gutters might not be doing their job of directing water away from your home.
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Peeling Paint
Have you noticed that paint is starting to peel down the side of your house? Is there rust beginning to form on your gutters? If so, you could be dealing with a leak. Usually, the result of rust or a puncture, this type of problem needs to be patched by a professional
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Uneven Gutters
If your gutters are uneven or starting to sag in the middle, it’s not a good sign. In situations like these, pooling water will not be able to drain towards your corner downspouts. Eventually, the entire gutter will pull away from your home. It is highly recommended that you hire our team of professionals to repair this problem before it gets even worse.

The Trusted Choice for All Your Gutter Needs in Clover

At The Gutter Gorilla, our commitment is to provide you with an easy, care-free, educational experience. When you give us the opportunity to earn your business, you can trust that we will provide you with the highest quality gutter repair services at the best prices in the Lowcountry. From the moment we first visit your home for an inspection to the time we do our final walk though, your satisfaction is our top priority.

Ready to get started? Start your free estimate right from our website, or give our office a call today to learn more about our exceptional gutter services in Clover. We will handle the heavy lifting while you spend your free time enjoying life!

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State bound: Beaufort football punches ticket to first title game since 2007

Bryce Lybrand tried to avoid it but there was no way around it.The Beaufort football coach got a pair of Gatorade showers, one from each side, as time ticked down Friday in the Class 4A Lower State championship game as the Eagles punched their ticket to the state title game with a 42-10 win over West Florence.“It was crazy. One of our offensive lineman John Asher Howell threw it on me from the back and when I turned around Eamon (Smalls) had it in the front,” Lybrand said. “It was cold. I can confirm that....

Bryce Lybrand tried to avoid it but there was no way around it.

The Beaufort football coach got a pair of Gatorade showers, one from each side, as time ticked down Friday in the Class 4A Lower State championship game as the Eagles punched their ticket to the state title game with a 42-10 win over West Florence.

“It was crazy. One of our offensive lineman John Asher Howell threw it on me from the back and when I turned around Eamon (Smalls) had it in the front,” Lybrand said. “It was cold. I can confirm that.

“It was special. This is such a good group. Like we said before, we kind of circled it three years ago saying this is a group that could win a state championship. But just because a team is good enough doesn’t always mean they will. It is a really neat thing that we actually made it to the state championship.”

Lybrand said the atmosphere around the stadium was electric from the team’s pre-game Eagle walk to when fans came on the field after the game was over.

Beaufort will face South Pointe, 24-14 winners over Greenville, at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Benedict’s Charlie W. Johnson Stadium. It is Beaufort’s state title appearance in school history. The Eagles lost to Clover in 2007. South Pointe is going for its sixth state championship since the school opened in 2005.

Former Beaufort coach DeVonte Holloman is the head coach at South Pointe and hired Lybrand on his staff before leaving to take a job at his alma mater in February of 2019. Lybrand said he will probably hear from his former colleague sometime this weekend.

“I’m happy for him. I think a lot of DaVonte,” Lybrand said. “Obviously, there is familiarity there. We are excited with the opportunity and we will see what happens.”

After winning in the final minute last week against Myrtle Beach, Beaufort dominated West Florence, who was making its first state semifinal berth since 2003 and got out to a 7-0 lead. Beaufort running back Amariee Morris ran for four touchdowns, including a pair in the first quarter as the Eagles led 14-7.

Sam Spence’s field goal cut Beaufort’s lead to 14-10 in the second quarter and West Florence recovered an onside kick. But the Eagles’ John Asher Howell picked off to Deuce Hudson and returned to West Florence 30.

The turnover set up a Tyler Haley 10-yard TD pass to McLeod Reichel to make it 21-10 with 3:51 left in the second quarter.

In the third, Haley set up Beaufort’s next score with a 35-yard run and Morris capped it off with a short run to make it 28-10. Morris’ final touchdown of the game came a minute into the fourth quarter to make it 35-10.

“When he gets down near the end zone, it is hard to keep him out,” Lybrand said of Morris. “He has such great balance and vision and is a tough one to deal with.”

Jack Sumner returned a block punt for a touchdown for the Eagles’ final score of the night.

Now, Beaufort will have a short time to prepare for the title game. This year is the first year the SC High School League is playing the championships over a three-day span with Class 4A the lone game being played on Thursday.

Lybrand plans to bring the team in for a practice on Sunday and everything in a normal week will be moved up a day. He said the team will leave Thursday morning and do a walk-through somewhere in Columbia before the game.

“We will do everything we can to be as prepared as we can for Thursday night,” Lybrand said.

It’ll be time to vote Tuesday in York County. Here are the races residents will decide.

Dozens of candidates are up for election next week in York County.Voters from York, Tega Cay, Fort Mill, Clover and other parts of the county will cast ballots in various mayoral, city and town council races.Absentee voting for the municipal elections began on Oct. 4. The last chance to vote absentee in person is 5 p.m. on Nov. 1 at the York County elections office, 6 S. Congress St. All by-mail ballots must be returned ...

Dozens of candidates are up for election next week in York County.

Voters from York, Tega Cay, Fort Mill, Clover and other parts of the county will cast ballots in various mayoral, city and town council races.

Absentee voting for the municipal elections began on Oct. 4. The last chance to vote absentee in person is 5 p.m. on Nov. 1 at the York County elections office, 6 S. Congress St. All by-mail ballots must be returned to the office by Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.

Polls will open Tuesday at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Voters can find information on precinct locations on the county’s elections office site.

Here are the candidates on the ballot. Incumbents are marked by an (i).

MayorChris Gray and Heather Overman

City Council

At-large (two seats to fill) Liz Duda, Christoph Halverson, Thomas Hyslip and Scott Shirley

City Council

District 1Steve Love (i) and Matthew Hickey

District 5 — Denise Lowry (i) and Charles Brewer

District 6 — Kellie Wine Harrold

Town Council

Clover residents will vote to elect three candidates for four-year terms and one candidate to fill a vacant seat for a two-year term.

Those running for one of the three four-year term seats are Teresa Hurst (i), Tina Goodgame (i), Amy Moses, Bo Legg, Scott Shuler and Michael Walters.

Those running for the two-year term seat are Brittany Farr and Kitisa McDowell.

Town Council

Ward 1James Shirey (i), Allen Garrison and Chris Powers

At-largeMatt Vilardebo and Chris Wolfe

A run-off will be held on Nov. 16 if needed.

Mayor — Larry A. Earl (i)

Town Council

At-large (four seats to fill) — Ollie A. Bankhead (i), Kevin Faulkner (i), Harry J. Good (i), Kyle N. Wyatt (i)

Mayor — Agnes Love (i) and Bryan Jenkins

Town Council

At-large (four seats to fill) — Liz Frame Christenberry (i), Bill Covington (i), Bill Nance (i), John Nelson (i) and Lauren Shytle

Mayor — Tommy Childers and Nicole Perkins

Town Council

At-large (four seats to fill) — Nicole Perkins (i), Skylar Grant and Nickie Rimer

Mayor — William Chris Faulkner (i) and Robert Whitesides Faulkner

Town Council

At-large (four seats to fill) — Robert W. Faulkner (i), Robert P. Jackson (i) and Amy Myott (i)

Sciba Named Semifinalist for the Groza Award

From Wake Forest Athletic Communications:Sciba Named Semifinalist for the Groza AwardThis marks the third-consecutive season the junior has been named a semifinalist for the top kicker in college football.WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Wake Forest junior kicker Nick Sciba was named a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, as announced by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission on Thursday afternoon.This award, presented for a number of years by the Orange Bowl Committee, is given annually to the nation’s top c...

From Wake Forest Athletic Communications:

Sciba Named Semifinalist for the Groza Award

This marks the third-consecutive season the junior has been named a semifinalist for the top kicker in college football.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Wake Forest junior kicker Nick Sciba was named a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, as announced by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission on Thursday afternoon.

This award, presented for a number of years by the Orange Bowl Committee, is given annually to the nation’s top collegiate place-kicker as determined by a voting panel of Division I head coaches, sportswriters and sportscasters from across the county, conference representatives, professional kickers and previous winners.

Sciba has been named a semifinalist for the third-consecutive season, making him one of three members on the 2021 list to earn this honor three years in a row with Oklahoma junior Gabe Brkic and Nevada junior Brandon Talton being the other two.

Earlier this season, the Clover, S.C. native was named a unanimous Midseason First Team All-American, earning first-team honors from Associated Press, CBS Sports, The Athletic, ESPN and 247Sports.

The two-time ACC specialist of the week connected on his first 12 field goals this season and made a then FBS-best 24-consecutive field goals, dating back to the 2020 season. He currently is 13-of-14 on field goals this season.

The Clover, S.C. native ranks second in NCAA history for the highest field goal percentage in NCAA history at a clip of 89.7% (70-of-78).

Sciba, who broke the program record for career points in Week 4 at Virginia, increased his career point total to 378 in Week 10. The junior continues to rise on the ACC all-time scoring list as well, passing Xavier Beitia (Florida State) to move into 10th on the list.

ACC All-Time Scoring List

1. Travis Etienne* 468 Clemson (2017-2020)

2. Dustin Hopkins* 466 Florida State (2009-2012)

3. Ross Martin* 430 Duke (2012-15)

4. Roberto Aguayo* 405 Florida State (2013-2015)

5. Chandler Catanzaro* 404 Clemson (2010-2013)

T6. Michael Badgley* 403 Miami (FL) (2014-2017)

T6. Joey Slye* 403 Virginia Tech (2014-17)

8. Nick Novak* 393 Maryland (2001-04)

9. Greg Huegel* 380 Clemson (2015-18)

10. Nick Sciba* 378 Wake Forest (2018-21)

11. Xavier Beitia* 375 Florida State (2001-04)

12. Chris Blewitt* 363 Pitt (2013-16)

13. Casey Barth* 358 North Carolina (2008-12)

14. Alex Kessman* 341 Pitt (2017-20)

15. James Conner* 338 Pitt (2013-16)

COMMENTS

T16. Harrison Butker* 337 Georgia Tech (2013-16)

T16. Sam Swank* 337 Wake Forest (2005-08)

Bond referendum, COVID updates: 7 things Clover parents should know ahead of 2021-22

The first day of school is less than a week away. The Clover school officials have worked all summer to implement a plan that will bring students back for a year almost free of COVID concerns.Here are seven things Clover families should know ahead of the 2021-22 school year.The Clover School District calendar is available on the district’s webs...

The first day of school is less than a week away. The Clover school officials have worked all summer to implement a plan that will bring students back for a year almost free of COVID concerns.

Here are seven things Clover families should know ahead of the 2021-22 school year.

The Clover School District calendar is available on the district’s website.

The district’s first day of school is Aug. 16, and its last day is May 26. Winter break is scheduled from Dec. 22-Jan. 3, and spring break lasts from April 11-18.

By now, those who need to know the district’s mask policy likely already know, but here’s a reminder:

Masks are strongly recommended but not required, district spokesperson Bryan Dillon said.

While state law prohibits schools from mandating masks, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control this month released its school guidance for the 2021-22 school year, urging all individuals to wear masks in indoor school settings.

Vaccines are also encouraged for eligible students and staff but not required, Dillon said.

Other notable COVID details of the plan include:

The district’s COVID tracker will remain on its website throughout the 2021-22 year.

Chorus concerts. Field trips. Parent lunches. They’re all back.

“Students will have the full complement of things,” Dillon said. “They’ll be scheduled in a way that promotes less capacity at one time, not denying access, but spread out more by grade level rather than whole school.”

Parent lunch visits will be allowed after Labor Day. Seats will be limited using a sign-up procedure and will be on a first come-first served basis.

Field trips, activities and competitions will resume with pre-approval, which will be based on the level of spread with COVID-19 variants, according to the district’s plan.

The Clover School District is growing. Roughly five years ago, the district had around 6,000 students. Now, there’s just under 9,000, and district officials expect that number to keep going up.

With that, the district is working toward passing a bond referendum, totaling just under $197 million, to build a second high school and eighth elementary school, Dillon said. The bond also includes renovation projects to have a third middle school, he said.

There will be a vote on Sept. 18, Dillon said.

“It’s the largest bond that Clover School District has ever taken to the community,” Dillon said.

Clover families can find more information on the district’s website here.

The start of the school day may look a little different for some Clover students who got used to rolling out of bed at the last minute to sign on to Zoom.

With level one, the district’s start times for the 2021-22 year will return to the following times:

Elementary school students will end at 2:20 p.m. Middle and high school students will end at 3:30 p.m.

The start times could change if classes, grades or schools were to switch to level two, according to the district’s plan.

The district’s three level system gives school officials more adaptability if COVID numbers were to climb again, Dillon said.

Clover schools will start next week with in-person learning — or level one, which enforces similar precautions put in place at the end of last year, Dillon said. At level one, masks are encouraged, desks will be placed three feet apart where possible and the lunchroom will be at 50% capacity.

Any change to level two or three, which involve more protective measures, would be in response to virus spread at class, grade or school level, Dillon said. Level two is modified in-person learning and level three is intermittent remote learning.

“One of the things we learned from last year is that we’re able to make changes as needed,” Dillon said. “We don’t have to do it a full sweeping change. We can do it based on the information that we have within our district numbers.”

The three-level system allows the district to makes changes at a class, grade or school level if COVID cases were to rise, he said.

If needed, temporary remote learning — or level three — would be administered to:

“They’d be switched to remote learning for the time period needed to have those numbers come back down to within the parameters that are set,” Dillon said.

Fewer students will remain completely online this year, Dillon said.

Last year, about 1,700 of the district’s 8,950 students were virtual. This year, about 200 will remain at home, Dillon said.

The district plans to maintain a 20 students to one teacher ratio in most classrooms, but that will vary in different schools and grades because of varying populations, Dillon said.

The district has implemented several precautions if a class were to experience a COVID exposure.

At level one, students and staff with symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test will have to isolate for 10 days and participate in contact tracing, according to the district’s plan. Students and staff identified as close contacts will have to quarantine for 14 days.

“We still have to be cautious and have precautions,” Dillon said.

Led by unselfish, potent WRs, Northwestern scores 42 unanswered points to down Clover

When asked about his team’s receiving corps postgame — a group that broke open and fortified Northwestern’s huge win over York County 5A peer Clover on the road on Friday night — Trojan head coach Page Wofford didn’t know how to start his answer.So he shrugged and pointed to his side: “What, these three guys?”Wofford turned and witnessed a funny snapshot: The 6-foot-1, strong junior WR Elijah Caldwell was hunched over with his arms straight out in front of him. His 5-foot-9 senior teamm...

When asked about his team’s receiving corps postgame — a group that broke open and fortified Northwestern’s huge win over York County 5A peer Clover on the road on Friday night — Trojan head coach Page Wofford didn’t know how to start his answer.

So he shrugged and pointed to his side: “What, these three guys?”

Wofford turned and witnessed a funny snapshot: The 6-foot-1, strong junior WR Elijah Caldwell was hunched over with his arms straight out in front of him. His 5-foot-9 senior teammate and speedy slot foil, Gerrell Watkins, was trying to yank Caldwell’s shoulderpads over his head and off his chest. Senior playmaker and emotional leader Calique Cunningham stood off to the side, laughing at the goofy circumstance that was getting caught on camera in real time.

Wofford then chuckled, shook his head and gave a look that appeared to say, “They looked a lot more put together on the field.”

“Put that on tape,” Wofford said and laughed. “But here’s what I’ll say about them: They’re unselfish. Unselfish. They don’t care who scores. They don’t care. They’re happy. Elijah’s happy if Calique scores, Calique’s happy if G-Watt scores and G-Watt’s happy if Elijah scores.”

The Trojans, a group now 2-1 and looking about as formidable on offense as any team in South Carolina this early in the season, scored 42 unanswered points on their first six possessions in Memorial Stadium in Clover to claim a 42-16 win on Friday night. They did so with the brawn of their special offensive line and with the brain of their senior quarterback, yes — but the receivers seemed to put it all together, furnishing steadiness and explosiveness and whatever else this Trojan offense needed whenever it needed it.

“The good teams we’ve had at Northwestern have had receivers that were unselfish and did what they were supposed to do,” Wofford added. “And I’m really proud of these guys and what they’ve accomplished so far.”

Here’s how Friday’s scoring went down, with a few of those scores narrated by the aforementioned talented and triumphant trio of Trojans.

The first Northwestern touchdown came after a turnover — a Clover fumble jarred loose by Northwestern’s Isaac McClellan and recovered by Northwestern’s William Monroe. Running back Qua Howard ran it in from 19 yards out. 7-0.

The next five touchdowns came via throws from Northwestern quarterback Will Mattison, who ended his night with an efficient 17-of-23 for 243 yards and five touchdowns and no interceptions.

With 3:59 remaining in the first quarter, Caldwell took a wide receiver screen down the middle of the field 52 yards, navigating through traffic near the line of scrimmage before breaking free. He then followed that up on the next possession with a 31-yard jump-ball he skied over a Clover defender to grab before crashing into paydirt: “Our quarterback threw a great ball,” Caldwell said postgame with a smile. “He threw it right where only I could get it. And that’s what we’re supposed to do as receivers.”

In the middle of the second quarter, Watkins finished off a long Northwestern drive with an eight-yard fingertip-catch on a slant in the end zone — his first touchdown catch of his senior season. He also then had his number called the next possession, a touchdown catch in the back-right corner of the end zone, where he had to drag his toes on the end zone grass before falling out the sideline: “It was great,” Watkins said of earning that first touchdown of the year. “I feel like I’m getting back in my mode. I just love being out here with my brothers. It’s fun.”

And then at the start of the third, Cunningham got in the mix, skying over his own Clover defender for an 11-yard score. (He’s had a fantastic senior season thus far, too — he’s accumulated 10 catches for three touchdowns, plus one touchdown on a kick return.) Cunningham on his Friday night score: “It’s been really good. But much credit to our quarterback, too. He’s been putting it all on the money. And then the coaches, too, they’ve been play calling and getting us open.”

That Cunningham score made it 42-0.

And, really, that was the game — if it hadn’t been decided already.

Watkins finished with six catches for 58 yards and two touchdowns. Caldwell finished with five catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns. Cunningham finished with one catch for 11 yards and a touchdown, and William Brooks added four catches for 54 yards, too.

But final stats? This receiving corps doesn’t care who makes the plays, the players say. They’re just glad they happen at all.

“We get happy for each other,” Caldwell said.

Watkins then interjects: “We know who we have on the team. We accept it. And we wanna win. We wanna win state. So it doesn’t matter who gets (the ball).”

The Blue Eagles didn’t quit, playing with conviction in the second half despite a score that very much could’ve but didn’t deflate the home sideline. They put together back-to-back scoring drives, scoring 16 points on two touchdowns and two 2-point conversions before their last two drives ended in turnovers on downs.

Watkins when asked about his toughness, which was on display after taking a few big hits but bouncing right back up on Friday night: “That’s just who I am. I love it. I eat it.” (Teammate Caldwell jumped in to succinctly augment what Watkins was saying: “He’s just a dog, man.”)

Clarification: Northwestern has several non-seniors starting on its offensive line.

This story was originally published September 4, 2021 12:07 AM.

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