Foxes fall to Stallions in championship
By Coach Jimmy White
The Hartsville Red Foxes played their final game of the 2016 season in Williams Brice Stadium against the South Pointe Stallions. While every team starts the season with a goal of finishing the season at Williams Brice, one team leaves there with a bit of unhappiness.
The Red Foxes, in spite of giving a great effort, fell short with a 51-28 loss in the 4-A state championship game Friday night. Completing their season with a 13-2 record (both losses coming against state champion teams), the Foxes have nothing to be ashamed of. Going against the high powered offense of South Pointe they knew the margin of error was very small.
That proved true as 3 turnovers resulted in 21 points for the Stallions. In the opening quarter South Pointe moved inside the Foxes’ 10 yard line before settling for a 22 yard field goal, giving them a 3-0 lead at the 10:13 mark. On Hartsville’s third play Tiyon Evens scored on a 52 yard run. Miller Braddock’s point after was good and the Foxes took a 7-3 lead.
Both teams exchanged punts and the Red Foxes got to the South Pointe 22, but Braddock’s field goal attempt was wide right. The quarter ended with a 7-3 lead for Hartsville. The second quarter was all South Pointe as they converted 3 turnovers into touchdowns while outscoring the Foxes 27-7. The only score for Hartsville came after Evans had a 68 yard kickoff return to South Pointe’s 50 yard line setting up a drive to the 1 yard line where A.J. Joyner ran it in.
Braddock’s PAT made it 30-14. QB Derion Kendrick threw 4 TD passes in the quarter, 3 to receiver Steve Gilmore. The third quarter saw another Stallion TD that resulted from a turnover as a 37 yard fumble return made the score 37-14.The Foxes answered as Weidner Wilfong recovered an Evans fumble in the endzone at the end of a tremendous 69 yard run.
Braddock’s PAT made the score 37-21. Kendrick threw his fifth pass, a 4 yard pass to B.J. Davis giving the Stallions a 44-21 lead. The fourth quarter saw backup QB Tyleek Steel throw a 13 yard TD pass to Bo Taylor making the score 51-21. The Foxes continued to play hard and J.C. Clair scored from 1 yard out and the PAT made the final score 51-28.
The Foxes end their season as the runner-up in 4-A with the 13-2 record. With many returning players they have much to look forward to next season. The Shug’s Smokehouse Offensive Player of the Game was Tiyon Evans who rushed for 264 yards on 21 carries, 28 receiving yards, and 68 yards on a kickoff return. This gave him 360 yards of offense on 25 touches.
The Shug’s Smokehouse Defensive Player of the Game was Logan Carpenter who made plays all over the field including 6 tackles and a pass breakup. Congratulations to coaches and players on a great season and carrying on the Red Fox tradition. See you next season.