Foxes sneak past Knights
By Coach Jimmy White
The Hartsville Red Foxes survived a penalty and turnover plagued homecoming game by holding on to a 35-27 win over the Crestwood Knights. In spite of seven lost fumbles, the Foxes were able to run their record to 7-1, 2-0 in the region. Defense for both teams, controlled the majority of the first quarter. Tiyon Evans’ long touchdown run called back due to a penalty was the only big play.
Crestwood finally found a spark and, with 3:40 left in the first quarter quarterback Tylas Green threw a 23 yard touchdown pass to Joshua Simon to get on the board. The point after touchdown gave Crestwood a 7-0 lead. The Foxes’ offense was hampered by fumbles and penalties throughout the first half, which allowed Crestwood to get on the board again after a fumbled snap.
The Knights scored on a 7 yard pass from Green to Felder. The extra point made it 14-0 Crestwood with 2:56 left in the half. Immediately after another Red Fox turnover, Jaylen Evans picked off a pass from Green returning it 30 yards for the touchdown. Miller Braddock added the point after touchdown to make it 14-7 going into halftime.
The Foxes hoped to use the touchdown to get rolling in the second half, but staying with the turnover theme, they fumbled the second half kickoff. The defense held and after a big 29 yard run by Evans, the offense was energized. J. C. Clair finished the drive with a 22 yard touchdown run and the extra point tied the game 14-14 with 9:22 in the third quarter. On the next Knight possession J.D. Pendergrass had a 30 yard pick-six and Braddock’s point after touchdown gave the Foxes a 21-14 lead at the 8:28 mark.
The Foxes got the ball back and after moving down the field Tiyon Evans scored on a 39 yard touchdown run. The point after touchdown was good and Hartsville led 28-14. After a roughing the passer penalty kept a drive alive, Crestwood got back on the board with a Green to Evans 2 yard touchdown pass with 19.5 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Foxes fumbled the kickoff again and the fourth quarter began with Crestwood on the move once again. The Knights scored again on a Green to Gadson 5 yard touchdown pass. Jaylen Evans then made his second big play by blocking the extra point, leaving the Foxes ahead 28-27. The Foxes put together a good drive that ended with J.C. Clair scoring from 18 yards out. Braddock added the point after touchdown, making it 35-27.
The Foxes seemed to wrap the game up with Carlos Witherspoon’s interception, but Crestwood stripped the ball loose on the return, and the Knights had new life. Making the Fox fans nervous, the Knights got inside the Red Fox 10 yard line where Quise Huggins made a saving tackle as time ran out.
The Shug's Smokehouse Offensive Player of the Game was Collins Bishop, who rushed for 70 yards and more importantly no turnovers. The Shug’s Smokehouse Defensive Player of the Game was Jaylen Evans, who had an interception return for a touchdown and a blocked point after touchdown. Next week, the Foxes travel to Darlington to take on the Falcons at 7:30. See you there.