By Craig Brown
The Cavaliers of Robert E. Lee Academy Bishopville defeated the Warriors of Dillon Christian School 28-7 Friday night at Warrior Field. Warrior team statistician, Matt Adams had the Warriors with only 80 total yards on offense.
The Warriors defense allowed four touchdowns with two extra points with the offense giving up a safety.
The Warrior defense was not that bad holding the Cavaliers to 288 yards but spent way too much time on the field and played exhausted much of the game.
The Cavalier coach has never been known to have any sympathy for the Warriors and punched in the final touchdown with 1:15 left in the game when most teams would have taken a knee at this point and let the clock run out.
The first quarter ended at 0-0 with the Cavaliers deep inside Warrior territory. Early in the second quarter the Cavaliers tried to punch it in at the one foot line but were stopped by a determined Warrior defense that resulted in a fumble with the Warriors recovering at their own one foot line.
On his second rushing attempt to get the Warriors some breathing room, John Rourke was stopped for a safety giving the Cavaliers a 2-0 lead with 10:59 left in the second quarter.
The Warriors battled the Cavaliers through most of the second quarter but with 2:37 left in the first half the Cavaliers picked up a touchdown on a seven yard pass from Jet Smith to Blaine Hopkins. Smith added the point after kick to increase the Cavalier lead to 9-0 with the second quarter ending with this score. Jet Smith crossed the goal line on a two yard keeper.
The point after was off holding the Cavalier lead to 15-0 with 4:30 left in the third quarter with the quarter ending with this score. Dustin Kennedy added to the Cavalier lead on a seven yard touchdown run. Smith’s point after kick was good to put the Cavaliers up 22-0 with 9:35 left in the fourth quarter.
On their next offensive possession the Warriors mounted a good drive that ended with Warrior quarterback Trent Johnson connecting with Austin Heasley with a 19 yard touchdown pass. Gage Bazemore’s point after kick closed the Cavalier lead to 22-7 with 5:58 left in the fourth quarter.
The Cavaliers mounted one final drive against a worn out Warrior defense that ended with Billy McLaughlin crossing the goal from two yards out with 1:15 left. The point after failed giving the Cavaliers a 28-7 lead and win.
On offense for the Warriors, Trent Johnson passed for 39 yards and a touchdown. Austin Heasley caught two passes for 27 yards and a touchdown, Gage Bazemore had 20 yards on nine carries. Koby King had 19 yards on two carries, Caleb Boykin caught a pass for 14 yards, John Rourke had eight yards on six carries and Ryan Stephens added two yards.
On Defense, Jared Ivey had seven tackles, two assists with an interception, Storm Sanderson had six tackles, five assists with a quarterback sack, Caleb Boykin had six tackles, four assists with a quarterback sack and a fumble recovery, Walt Bailey had six tackles three assists, Jared Darmon had five tackles, two assists and a batted down pass, Cooper Lane and Jacob Dubose had four tackles with an assist each, Azeon Brown had three tackles, four assists, Ryan Stephens had three tackles with an assist, John Rourke, CJ McLaughlin, Barnes Causey and Gabe Bissel had two tackles with two assists each, Gage Bazemore, Mason Bailey, Austin Heasley, Connor Hamilton and Zane Caughill added a tackle and assist each.
The Warriors will be home Friday night to face The Trinity/Byrnes School with game time set for 7:30
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