Foxes survive against Bruins
By Coach Jimmy White
The Red Fox football team hung on to win a 26-25 thriller against South Florence Thursday at Memorial Stadium in Florence. The win ran Hartsville’s record to 2-0 while the Bruins dropped their opener to fall to 0-1. While the game had a fantastic finish, both teams made it an ugly game to watch. Fumbles and penalties dominated the game to the point that the game never developed any rhythm.
South Florence received the opening kickoff and punted after a short drive. In the first of many mental mistakes, the Foxes caught the punt inside the one yard line. After moving the ball out for first down, the Bruins took over inside the Red Fox 35 yard line. South Florence finally settled for a 30 yard field goal giving the Bruins a 3-0 lead. On Hartsville’s next play the Foxes fumbled and the Bruin defender took it in for 6 points. The PAT gave South Florence an early 10-0 lead. When the Foxes took over on the 20 after the ensuing kickoff, Tiyon Evans broke an 80 yard touchdown run on the first play. The PAT made it a 10-7 game. After each team exchanged possessions, Evans exploded for an apparent 75 yard TD that was called back because of a penalty.
The second quarter saw both move the ball between the 20 yard lines, but no points were put on the board. Hartsville did attempt a 42 yard field goal that came up short and the half ended with the Foxes trailing 10-7.
The second half began with the two teams exchanging turnovers. The Foxes recovered the Bruins’ fumble on the 32 and AJ Joyner connected with Christopher Morris with a 68 yard TD pass on the first play. The PAT was blocked and the Foxes led 13-10. Both teams seemed to think it was “Christmas in August” as they exchanged gift turnovers until AJ Joyner connected again with Morris for a 30 yard TD pass with 1:04 left in the quarter. The point after attempt was no good and Hartsville led 19-10 as the quarter ended.
The fourth quarter turned into a mistake fest with each team having turnovers and numerous penalties. With 6:19 left in the game the Bruins scored on a 1 yard run, but missed the point after to make the score 19-16 in favor of Hartsville. The Foxes went 3 and out, punting the ball back to South Florence at midfield. The Bruins drove down to the Foxes’ 1 yard line before being driven back to the 16 yard line. Key play was a sack on 3rd down, forcing the 24 yard field goal making the score 19-19 with 2:11 left in the game. The Red Foxes moved down the field behind good running of Collins Bishop. Joyner then found Evans for a 35 yard TD pass with 36 seconds left in the game. The all important PAT was good by Mike Norris making the score 26-19. South Florence took advantage of an unsportsmanlike penalty after the previous touchdown and an offsides penalty on the kickoff forcing the Foxes to kick off from their 20 yard line. The Bruins combined some good plays and three costly penalties on Hartsville to score on a 4 yard run as time ran out. With the decision whether to go for two and the win or kick the extra point for a tie facing Coach Prince, the decision to kick the PAT did not work out as the bad snap resulted in the Foxes celebrating a 26-25 win.
The Bizzell’s Offensive Player of the game was Christopher Morris who had three catches for 101 yards and two TD’s, along with three carries for 43 yards.
The Bizzell’s Defensive Player of the game was Demonte Capehart whose constant pressure and hard hitting helped hold South Florence’s offense to a total of 203 yards offense for the game.
Next week the Foxes return home to play Camden in a rivalry game that is acknowledged as the longest continuous rivalry in South Carolina high school football. Game time is 7:30, so go out and support the Foxes. See you there.