Sat Mar 28, 2020

Monday Night Football unkind to Gators, Stallions

By Franklin Davis

Posted on: 09.10.2019 at 05:22 p.m. |

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Hurricane Dorian forced several schools to postpone last Friday’s football games. Monday, South Columbus traveled to Loris, SC for the “Border Battle”. East Columbus took a trip to Newton Grove to face Hobbton. Neither visiting team brought home a win.

Loris, SC 15, South Columbus 6
Loris’s defense scored its game’s first points with a safety. South’s Rajon Graham broke loose on a 65-yard touchdown run in the second quarter for the Stallions’ only score. Loris scored prior to halftime for an 8-6 lead at the break. South Columbus’s Jaquan Jordan picked off two passes in the first half, but other than Graham’s burst South had trouble moving the ball consistently.

The third quarter was scoreless. The Stallions drove the ball inside the Lions’ 20 with seven minutes remaining, eventually turning the ball over on downs at the Loris six-yard line. Lightning in the area brought on a 30-minute delay with 6:25 left in the game. Once play resuming, Loris moved the ball from the shadow of its goal line to near midfield. An excellent punt pinned South inside its 10-yard line.

The Stallions were unable to generate a first down and turned the ball over to Loris inside the SC 5. Loris scored on fourth down from seven yards out with 30 seconds remaining to make the final score 15-6.

South Columbus had won three consecutive games in the series. The Stallions still lead the overall  matchup 17-11. The teams have split the last dozen games.

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The Gators’ Max Lairemore (67) leads Curtis Watson around right end. Photo courtesy of John Lucas Sports Photography.

Hobbton 34, East Columbus 6
Hobbton’s Dacorris Morrison and Grayson Rogers combined for 367 yards rushing and the Wildcats’ defense forced five turnovers in Hobbton’s win over East Columbus Monday evening in Newton Grove.

After a scoreless first quarter, Hobbton broke the deadlock with a 25-yard pass from Rogers to Daniel Britt. A successful PAT made the score 7-0. The next Gators’ drive saw a short touchdown run by Monzelle Campbell negated due to a holding penalty. The drive ended when Morrison intercepted a pass at the Wildcats’ one-yard line.

Hobbton drove the length of the field, scoring on a three-yard run by Rogers. The kick was good for a 14-0 lead. East Columbus again moved inside the Wildcats’ 20-yard line (“red zone”) before Morrison came up with his second pick of the half. The teams went to halftime with Hobbton holding a 14-0 lead.

Morrison scored his first of three, second-half touchdowns on a nine-yard run in the third quarter. The PAT kick was no good. Campbell put East Columbus on the board with a one-yard scoring run to close the score to 20-6.

Hobbton pulled away from a fatigued East squad with Morrison scoring on a 31-yard run late in the third period. His two-yard blast late in the fourth quarter placed the final score at 34-6.

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