Red Foxes fall to Abbeville
By Coach Jimmy White
The Hartsville Red Foxes lost their first game of the year losing 32-21 to the top ranked 2A Abbeville Panthers last Friday night. The game was played at Newberry College in front of an excited crowd for both teams.
The Foxes opened the scoring in the first quarter with a quick 3 play drive that ended with a 42 yard touchdown pass to Steve Joyner from quarterback AJ Joyner.
Both defenses settled down as teams exchanged punts the rest of the quarter. With 11:09 in the 2nd quarter, Abbeville's T. J. Rogers scored on a 51 yard run and the point after touchdown tied the score 7-7. Hartsville answered with a nice drive, ending with a 2 yard Collin Bishop run with 6:18 remaining before halftime.
Miller Braddock's point after touchdown gave the Foxes a 14-7 lead. After the Red Fox defense forced a 3 and out, Tiyon Evans exploded for a 62 yard touchdown run. Braddock's point after touchdown made it 21-7.
Little did Red Fox fans know that would end the scoring for the Red Fox fans know that would end the scoring for the Foxes for the night. In what would prove to be a momentum swing, Abbeville got on the scoreboard with 1:15 before halftime making it 21-13 at halftime. The second half began with Abbeville driving 52 yards, ending with a 12 yard touchdown pass.
The 2 point conversion attempt failed and the Foxes held on to a 21-19 lead. The Red Fox offense continued to struggle, and Abbeville began another drive as the quarter ended. The fourth quarter began with a Panther 17 yard touchdown pass, as Abbeville took a 25-21 lead.
The Panthers defense continued to dominate and Hartsville's last chance ended on a 4th down play that came up inches short of a first down. Abbeville then put the final nail in the coffin with a 47 yard touchdown run with 1:16 remaining in the game. The point after touchdown made the final score 32-21.
The Shug's Smokehouse offensive player of the game was Steve Joyner who had 3 catches for 71 yards and a touchdown. The Shug's Smokehouse defensive player of the game was Weidner Wilfong who played a strong game from his linebacker spot.
With the Foxes record falling to 5-1, they open the conference schedule Friday with a home game against Lakewood. Go out and help the Foxes get back on the winning track. See you at the game.