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Boiling Springs Wins 7-on-7 National Championship

Boiling Springs (8-3) became the lowest seeded team ever and first team from South Carolina to win the USA Football 7-on-7 National Championship in Hoover, AL over the weekend.

The Bulldogs rallied from a 1-3 start in pool play to finish 3-3 earning the 25th seed. In tournament play Boiling Springs picked up where it left off in pool by ripping off five consecutive wins to claim the championship to end the event on an overall seven game winning streak.

In the finals against host and third-seeded Hoover (9-1-1), the Bulldogs trailed 17-0 before rallying with 29 unanswered points to win 29-17. Boiling Springs took the lead for good 19-17 after the successful PAT on a 40-yard touchdown pass from Dawson Taylor to Najee Thompson.

Boilings Springs defense proved to be instrumental in the victory by recording two interceptions (3 points each) and a turnover on downs (2 points each). The offense did not waste any of those opportunities as they scored touchdowns off of each defensive set up.

The come-from-behind victory capped an impressive tournament run by the Bulldogs who defeated four single-digit seeded teams. Including the victory over Hoover, Boiling Springs defeated top-seeded Walton (GA) in the quarterfinals, defending tournament champion and fifth-seeded McGill-Toolen (AL) in the semifinals and eighth-seeded Spain Park (AL) in the first round. The Bulldogs defeated 24-seed Baldwin County (AL) in the second round after Baldwin County upset ninth-seeded Gadsden City (AL) in the first round.

Coming off of a state runner-up finish in class 5A in 2016 Boiling Springs will open the 2017 season August 25th at Ashley Ridge.

Notes:

Dutch Fork was the only other team in the event from South Carolina. The Silver Foxes went 6-0 in pool play and were the 2-seed entering the tournament. Dutch Fork finished with an overall record of 7-1 after being eliminated in the second round by 15-seed Har-Ber (AR).

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South Carolina Thursday HSFB Update

Mother nature effects us all whenever she wants and so with Hurricane Matthew bearing down on the eastern coasts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, a number high school football games where bumped up to Thursday.

South Carolina had a pair of region 3-5A games moved up to Thursday and both lived up to the expected billing even if they were played a day earlier.

Host Byrnes (1-6; 0-2) took a 28-17 lead early in the third quarter on a Rahjai Harris seven-yard touchdown run after recovering an onside kick to begin the half. From there Boiling Springs (6-1; 1-1) ripped off 25 unanswered points to defeat Byrnes for the first time since 1998 (also at Nixon Field).

Donavan Anderson broke a 28-28 tie in the fourth quarter returning an interception 42 yards for a touchdown with just under five minutes left. The Bulldogs sealed the victory when KJ Rogers raced 42 yards for a touchdown with just over a minute remaining for the final 42-28 margin.

Rogers finished with over 125 yards rushing and two touchdowns while quarterback Mason Streater passed for over 150 yards and had a rushing touchdown for Boiling Springs.

Brock Carroll finished with over 250 yards passing and two touchdowns passing while Quez Mays and Harris each rushed for a touchdown for Byrnes.

Byrnes will host non-region opponent Nation Ford (5-2) next week.Nation Ford fell 70-28 to Rock Hill (2-5) Thursday night.

Gaffney (5-2; 0-1) jumped out to a 21-0 lead on visiting Dorman (5-2; 2-0) as DJ Logan rushed for a touchdown, caught a touchdown and Tyshun Sarrat hooked up with Dennis Smith on a touchdown pass.

Dorman hit the comeback trail behind quarterback Jalen Fowler. Fowler accounted for seven touchdowns (six rushing, one passing) while passing for over 300 yards and rushing for over 60 yards.

Fowler gave Dorman its first lead (34-31) of the night on a 3-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter as the teams exchanged blows down to the very last play.

Gaffney went back in front 38-34 when Cameron Rice scored from fourteen yards out. Dorman answered with a 66-yard touchdown pass from Fowler to Chase Tinsley to go up 41-38.

Gaffney scored again with just over a minute remaining on Rice’s 9-yard run for the 45-41 lead.

Eli Buckley returned the ensuing kickoff into Gaffney territory then fumbled it only to have teammate Addison Wilkins scoop it up and take it to the Gaffney fifteen. Fowler scored from three yards out moments later to put the Cavaliers ahead 48-45 with less than thirty seconds left. Gaffney’s Hail Mary attempt was complete however Myell White was stopped inside the ten giving Dorman the victory.

Gaffney racked up 666 yards of total offense to Dorman’s 423. Sarrat finished with over 400 yards passing while Rice finished with over 140 yards rushing and two touchdowns for Gaffney.

Gaffney will face Boiling Springs while Dorman will host Spartanburg (5-2; 1-0) next week.

Spartanburg (5-2; 1-0) is off this week.

 

South Carolina HSFB Sept 30

Spartanburg’s Coleman Rudolph recovered a block punt by Conner Shurgart for a touchdown for a 6-0 lead just before halftime. BJ Roseburgh capped the Vikings victory with a pick six touchdown in the fourth quarter to defeat Byrnes (1-5) 13-0. Byrnes was shutout for the first time since 2010 in a loss to Hoover, AL and did not score on four red zone opportunities.  Spartanburg (5-2) will have a bye week this week before taking on Dorman. Byrnes will host Boiling Springs this Friday.

Jermani Green got Myrtle Beach off to a fine start returning the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown. In the end it was Sessions closing the deal for the Seahawks as they withstood a furious rally from North Myrtle Beach to win the battle of the undefeated teams 42-23. Trailing 29-7 in the third, North Mytrle Beach scored on three straight possessions on an AJ Gore touchdown,  Andrew Smith field goal and touchdown run by Kered Class to pull within 29-23. Sessions then scored his third touchdown of the game from three yards out and Toronto King capped the scoring with a touchdown run moments later in the fourth quarter for Myrtle Beach.

Other games of Interest: 

Top-ranked Northwestern shutout Fort Mill 41-0

Fort Dorchester defeated Stratford 55-6

Dorman defeated Boiling Springs 28-14

South Carolina HSFB Update

Top-ranked 5A Dutch Fork (3-0) topped off its come-from-behind victory over Summerville with a Reese Nichols to Bobby Irby 17-yard touchdown pass with 1:28 remaining to defeat Summerville  30-28. Trailing 17-14 early in the fourth Summerville (1-2) scored 14 unanswered points on touchdowns by runs by DJ Hancock and Derrick White to go up a 28-17 with less than seven minutes remaining. Leading 28-24 with less than three minutes remaining, Summerville quarterback Jonathan Bennett fumbled in Green Wave territory which led to the Nichols to Irby eventual game-winning touchdown. Nichols finished with over 240 yards passing and three touchdowns for the Silver Foxes.

Northwestern (3-1) broke open a 6-all game against Byrnes inthe second half to win 34-12 at Nixon Field in Duncan. Trojan quarterback Gage Moloney passed for over 400 yards and four touchdowns while receiver Wally Wilmore finished with over 170 yards receiving and two touchdown as Northwestern won for the first time at Byrnes since 2001 and for the time against the Rebels since 2013. Byrnes (1-3) has had an interesting summer and early fall at the quarterback spot with as many as five guys vying for the starting job leading up to the season opener. Brock Carroll has gotten the lions share of the reps since being inserted in the Myrtle Beach game. Carroll rushed for a touchdown before leaving the game with an injury and did not return. Dylon Donnahoo-who started the season opener at Myrtle Beach, passed for a touchdown in relief when the game had been decided. The loss should drop Byrnes from the rankings which entered the game ranked ninth in 5A.

Spartanburg (3-1) bounced back from last weeks defeat in Georgia with a 38-7 victory over Union County (2-2).  Zy’Kamren Robinson rushed for two touchdowns, quarterback William Yex passed for two touchdowns and Orinthius Byrd had a pair of interceptions, returning one for a touchdown for Spartanburg.

Other games of interest:

Gaffney took care of West Charlotte 43-7

T.L. Hanna (1-3) has played nothing but ranked foes to open the season and finally picked up its first win of the season with a 21-13 win over Belton-Honea Path (3-1).

Greenwood downed Goose Creek 21-14

Boiling Springs won its third game in a row outlasting Rock Hill 35-32.

Greenville got by Christ Church 41-7 to remain undefeated.

Greer snapped Daniel’s three game winning streak with a 42-28 victory

 

 

High School Football Update: South Carolina

The 5A poll will have a new number one as Dutch Fork toppled top-ranked Fort Dorchester 35-22 Thursday night. Silver Foxes’ wideout Bobby Irby racked up 170 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Ron Huff rushed for over a hundred yards and a touchdown. Justin Williams returned a kickoff for a touchdown for midway through the fourth for Fort Dorchester however Dutch Fork ran out the clock on the ensuing possession sealing the victory.

Sixth-ranked Spartanburg (2-1) fell 21-14 at Etowah (GA).  Ladarius Jones and Damyjai Foster each rushed for touchdowns. Midway through the fourth quarter Spartanburg was denied on fourth and goal from the one and William Yex was intercepted on their last two possessions. Etowah’s Tyray Devezin rushed for over 200 yards and three touchdowns for the Eagles.

Mallard Creek (3-0) scored 21 points off of Byrnes turnovers in a 21-14 victory. Mallard Creek jumped out to a 14-0 lead on touchdown runs by quarterback Chauncey Caldwell and running back Joel Gilmore. Brock Carroll connected with Demarcus Gregory for a touchdown to pull Byrnes (1-2) to within 14-7 at halftime. The Mavericks extended the lead to 21-7 in the third quarter when Larry Matkins returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown. Carroll connected with Quez Mays in the fourth quarter pulling Byrnes to within 21-14.  Later Mallard Creek got the ball back with just over six minutes left and ran out the clock for the victory. Darnell Walker rushed for over 130 yards for Mallard Creek.

 

Other Games of Interest:

South Pointe 30-23 over Rock Hill

Boiling Springs led 38-7 before winning 38-21 over T.L. Hanna

Spring Valley outlasted Richland Northeast in a shootout 49-48

Dorman withstood Hillcrest 37-34

 

 

High School Football: South Carolina

Spartanburg outlasted T.L. Hanna 14-7 in overtime at Gibbs Stadium. Da’mjai Foster scored the second of his two touchdown in overtime and Spartanburg made an open field tackle on the final play of the game denying the Yellow Jackets the end zone. Davi Dean rushed for over 100 yards and a touchdown for T. L Hanna.

Byrnes raced by Greer 45-7. Brock Carroll passed and rushed for a touchdown each. Quez Mayes and Rajee Harris rushed for touchdowns. Jaiquez Lyles returned a fumble for a touchdown and Noah Means returned an interception for a touchdown for the Rebels defense.

Fort Dorchester won it second straight game with another prolific offensive showing 63-7 over Colleton County. Fort Dorchester quarterback Dakereon Joyner passed for three touchdowns and rushed for another in the first half as the Patriots took a 34-3 halftime lead. Former Colleton County receiver Justin Williams scored three touchdowns in the game for Fort Dorchester.  Joyner finished with four touchdown passes.

Other noteable games:

Northwestern (1-1) returned to its winning ways with a 42-28 win over Dorman (0-2).

Myrtle Beach improved to 2-0 by upending New Hanover (NC) 34-13.

 

High School Football Returns: South Carolina

The 2016 regular season high school football kicked off around the southeast with a slate of games from Thursday night to the wee hours of Sunday morning in what has come to be known as Week Zero. Here is a look at some noteable games from the weekend.

Myrtle Beach forced six turnovers, scoring 21 points off those turnovers and scored a special teams touchdown in a convincing yet surprising 35-19 victory over Byrnes. Seahawks’ Keyonte Sessions rushed for two touchdowns and Chris Weston returned an interception for a touchdown in the first half as Myrtle Beach jumped out to a 28-0 lead on the Rebels. Byrnes pulled to within two possessions in the fourth quarter however the Seahawks put the game away on a 84-yard touchdown pass from Lawson Cribb to Daron Finkley. Myrtle Beach dominated the line of scrimmage particularly on the defensive line causing issues for Byrnes multiple quarterbacks in starter Dylon Dunnahoo and backup Brock Carroll as the pair combined for three interceptions. Wide receiver Demarcus Gregory recorded over 120 yards receiving and a touchdown for the visiting Rebels. Myrtle Beach will host New Hanover (NC) this week while Byrnes will host Greer.

Speaking of turnovers, Spartanburg forced four Summerville turnovers, all in Viking territory, including three inside the 20 and two fumbles inside the Viking five by Green Wave quarterback Jonathan Bennett. Spartanburg quarterback William Yex passed for three touchdowns and rushed for another in his debut as the starting quarterback. Running back Ladarius Jones caught two touchdowns while receiver Romaine Kelly caught the other.Senior Eric Rice showed he’ll need to be accounted for by rushing for over 60 yards in the first half alone for the Vikings. Bennett hooked up twice for touchdowns with Shaq Davis and Darryl Hancock added a rushing touchdown for Summerville. Spartanburg will host TL Hanna (lost 45-35 to Gaffney) this week. Summerville is idle this week and will host Berkeley (lost 32-31 to Daniel) in two weeks.

South Pointe snapped its three-game losing streak to rival Northwestern with a 30-23 victory. South Pointe jumped out to a 9-0 lead behind three fields goals from B.T. Potter in the first half. The Stallions extended their lead to 15-0 on a Derion Kendrick touchdown run in the third quarter. Northwestern would fight back to take a 23-22 lead on a Jerry Howard touchdown run with just over three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. South Pointe would score the game-winning touchdown on a Geomni  Mayfield 5-yard touchdown run and successful two-point conversion reception. Mayfield’s touchdown was setup by a 75-yard run from starting running back Voshon St. Hill. Kendrick rushed for over 100 yards with two touchdowns and passed for over 100 yards for South Pointe. Howard rushed for two touchdowns while falling just shy of 100 yards rushing for Northwestern. South Pointe takes on Nation Ford this week while Northwestern travels to Dorman (lost 35-14 to Bob Jones, AL).

Fort Dorchester won its 16th straight game behind quarterback Dakereon Joyner’s 430-plus yards passing and five touchdowns. Joyner connected with Justin Williams on touchdowns of 72, 80 and 24 yards and Raquan Simmons on touchdowns of 77 and 79 yards as the Patriots from Fort Dorchester held off the Patriots from Sandy Creek (GA) 48-35 at Georgia Southern University. Sandy Creek running back Jaelen Green rushed for over 175 yards and touchdowns against the Fort Dorchester defense.  Fort Dorchester will host Colleton County (lost 46-14 to West Ashley) this week.

Dillon lost a hard fought defensive struggle to Mallard Creek (NC) 7-3 snapping its 37-game winning streak. Mallard Creek held Dillon out of the end zone from inside the ten four times in the second half. The game was marred by highly questionable officiating from start to finish.

Atlanta Phoenix Headed To WFA Playoffs

The Atlanta Phoenix professional women’s football team won their 2016 season finale 50-0 over the Fayetteville Fierce (2-4), sweeping the season series and winners of two of their last three games entering the playoffs.

The Phoenix jumped out to a 23-0 lead in the first three minutes of the first quarter with a touchdown run by Brittney Smith, a pick six by Paige Covington, a touchdown pass from Ranee Langiais to Chavala Jones and a safety on a kickoff return.

Langiais and Jones hooked up again later followed by a Dana Green touchdown run to lead 37-0 putting the game out of reach early in the second quarter.

Atlanta (5-3) played in the Women’s Football Alliance’s Southeast Region-North Atlantic Division in 2016 finishing second behind the Alabama Fire (7-1). The Phoenix and Fire split their two regular season meetings.

Atlanta will travel to the Pittsburgh Passion (6-2) to open the playoffs Saturday June 11th. Pittsburgh won the Northeast Region- North Central Division, went 3-1 at home, 3-2 in non-division games and allowed only 15.2 points-per-game with a pair of shutouts this season but enter the playoffs losing two of their last three games.

Despite averaging 35 points-per-game this season, the Phoenix only averaged 13 points-per-game in losses this season. Defensively the Phoenix posted three shutouts and allowed 20 or more points three times twice (Alabama Fire and D.C. Divas). Atlanta allowed 34.3 points-per-games in losses yielding a season-high 52 to D.C. (7-1) this season.

 

 

Spartanburg Holds Off TL Hanna; Byrnes Wins

Spartanburg avoided the sting of an upset-minded TL Hanna Yellow Jacket nest 38-35 to advance to the semifinals. The Vikings played with standouts Tavien Feaster and Taravis Scott for the first time in the playoffs as each sat out last week with injuries.

Feaster finished with over 180 all-purpose yards and a touchdown. Scott caught nine passes for over 160 yards and three touchdowns.

Austin Scott passed for over 350 yards and four touchdowns for top-seeded Spartanburg.

In the end however it was about Louis Rodgers and the Viking defense. Rodgers recorded three straight sacks on TL Hanna’s last drive to seal the victory.

Spartanburg (12-1) host fourth-seeded Lexington next Friday in the 4A-DII semifinals. Lexington defeated Blythewood 30-13 to advance. The winner faces the winner of two-seed Northwestern (12-1) and eleventh-seeded Nation Ford (9-4). Northwestern won the regular season meeting over Nation Ford 48-25.

Byrnes pulled away from Sumter for a 35-14 victory. The Rebels scored 21 unanswered points after being tied 14-all in the third quarter. Micah Young passed for four touchdowns to Demarcus Gregory (2), Bouvier Howard and Chavis Dawkins.

Fifth-seeded Byrnes host ninth-seeded Dorman in the 4A-DI semifinals. Dorman manhandled top-seeded Dutch Fork 49-19. Byrnes (12-1) defeated Dorman in the regular season  31-7.

The bottom of the bracket held form as the winner faces the winner of two-seed Fort Dorchester (13-0) and third-seeded Goose Creek (9-3). Fort Dorchester won the regular season meeting 20-13.

 

Spartanburg Deals Byrnes First Loss

The meeting of rivals and top two teams in 4A South Carolina could not wait until it’s traditional Friday night. Due to concern of bad weather the schools agreed to move the game to Thursday Night. Top-ranked Spartanburg scored on their opening possession capping a 56-yard drive with an 8-yard Austin Scott to Pops Wilson touchdown pass. Byrnes answered on the ensuing possession. After a pass interference on the Vikings on fourth down, Micah Young scored from a yard out tying the game at 7.

The score remained 7-7 after a second quarter featuring multiple defensive stops and Spartanburg missing a field goal.

Tavien Feaster scored on an 11-yard touchdown run finishing the Vikings second-half opening possession for a 14-7 lead. Byrnes (5-1) failed on a fake punt when punter Thomas Cook was tackled while trying to pass. Spartanburg (6-0) added a 27-yard Will Lawson field goal to lead 17-7 later in the third quarter which stood for the final margin.

Feaster finished with 193 all-purpose yards (127 rush) while Scott finished 12-21 156 yards a touchdown and interception. Wilson and Tavaris Scott each recorded 50 yards receiving.

Micah Young spend most of game getting off the wet field after multiple sacks from the Vikings defensive unit combined for over six sacks in the game. When Young was able to pass he was efficient,  finishing 10-15 164 yards no touchdown or interceptions . Chavis Dawkins had 63 yards receiving while young sophomore Quez Mayes rushed for 43 yards- Spartanburg held Byrnes to 32 rushing yards.