PHOTO GALLERY: Florence Christian School Defeats Dillon Christian School
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By Craig Brown
The Dillon Christian School Warriors traveled to Florence Friday night for a game with the Eagles of Florence Christian School. The Warriors fell to the Eagles 39-12 but the game should have been much closer.
The inexperienced Warriors shot themselves in the foot several times with costly penalties that caused long gains to be called back. Assistant head coach Douglas Jackson stated that there were several players playing their first game of football Friday night. Coach Jackson added that he expects great progress to be made as they gain experience.
The Eagles’ Ethan Kelly had a big night scoring three touchdowns but the Warriors Hayden Hickman picked up a lot of yards for the Warriors but about half of his big runs were called back because of illegal blocks. Coach Wolfe stated that the illegal blocks were not intentional but due to inexperienced players getting out of position. The DCS Coaches will work on this before the next game.
The Eagles got on the board first with a 51-yard touchdown run from Kelly. The conversion failed but the Eagles were up 6-0 with 7:34 left in the first quarter. With time running out in the first quarter, Eagle tight end Emekah Johnson caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from Juw-el Huntley. The two came together for the two-point conversion to give the Eagles a 14-0 lead with 1:06 left in the first quarter. The quarter ended with this score. Eagle running back Harrison Forehand finished their first drive of the second quarter with a seven-yard touchdown run. The conversion failed holding the Eagle lead to 20-0 with 9:27 left in the second quarter. Following a good kick return that got by without a penalty, Warrior quarterback Tray Pelt scored on a 16-yard keeper. The conversion failed and with 9:03 left in the second quarter the Warriors trailed the Eagles 20-6.
It looked as if the Warriors had stopped the Eagles on their next drive until Juw-el Huntley broke free on fourth down and raced 45 yards for a touchdown. The point after kick hit the up-right holding the Eagle lead to 26-6 with 6:58 left in the second quarter. With 26 seconds left in the first half of play, Johnson hit Kelly with a screen pass that went 36 yards for the touchdown. Ethan Byrd kicked the point after to give the Eagles a 33-6 half-time lead. Midway in the third quarter Kelly picked up his third touchdown of the game on a 52-yard run. The point after kick was off but the Eagles were out front 39-6 with 6:13 left in the third quarter. The third quarter would end with this score.
The young Warrior team would not quit and 10:10 left in the fourth quarter, Warrior running back Jacob Gerald finished a long drive with a six-yard touchdown run. The conversion failed making the touchdown the final points of the game with the Eagles getting the 39-12 non-region win.
On offense for the Warriors Tray Pelt had 67 yards on 10 carries with a touchdown and was eight of 15 passing for 108 yards, Hayden Hickman had 63 yards on nine carries and caught three passes for 43 yards, Jacob Gerald had 27 yards on four carries with a touchdown, Logan Jones had three catches for 51 yards and had 3 yards rushing, Jackson Outlar caught three passes for 14 yard, and Avery Sherman had 10 yards on four carries.
The offense had several large gains nullified by penalties.
On defense, Jacob Gerald had 10 tackles and an interception with a big return; Logan Jones, Hayden Hickman, Kaleb Pulley, and Christopher Wilcox had five tackles each; Tray Pelt and Ron Bracey had four tackles each; Avery Sherman and Jacob English had two tackles each; Jackson Outlar, Ty Carrol, and Andrew Brown added a tackle each.
Warrior Statistician Rev. Matt Adams conferred with me on these statistics and if any exaggerations are found it is not the fault of the good Reverend.