Lamar advances while Hartsville gets eliminated
By Drake Horton, Contributing Writer
The Lamar Silver Foxes made it back to the promise land this past Friday with its win over Ridge Spring-Monetta while the Hartsville Red Foxes perfect season came to an end with its heartbreaking defeat to Myrtle Beach.
Lamar 40, Ridge Spring-Monetta 14
Lamar – The Lamar Silver Foxes are advancing the division II, 1A state championship game against C.E. Murray after it defeated Ridge Spring-Monetta 40-14 this past Friday in Lamar.
Lamar struck first when Tre Ceasar busted off a 74-yard touchdown run at the 8:58 mark in the first quarter and from there it was all Silver Foxes.
Up 21-6 at the end of the first quarter, Lamar added one score each for the final three quarters all while holding Ridge-Spring Monetta scoreless in the second half.
As it has been for most of the season, Lamar dominated on the offensive side of the ball outgaining its opponent 423 to 214 with 371 of those yards coming on the ground.
Quarterback Decobie Durant was the leading rusher for the Silver Foxes, finishing the night with 115 yards on 10 carries and two touchdowns. Ceasar was the second leading rusher with 86 yards on four carries and that one touchdown in the first quarter.
Lamar is looking to win its first state title in football since the 2004 season when it completed its three-peat.
Hartsville 49, Myrtle Beach 52
Myrtle Beach – The Hartsville Red Foxes perfect season came to an end this past Friday, losing in shocking fashion to the Myrtle Beach Seahawks.
Up 42-28 going into the fourth quarter, Myrtle Beach outscored the Red Foxes 24-7 in the final period and advanced to the lower-state championship all while ending Hartsville’s season disappointedly.
Tied at 49 with less than a minute to go, Hartsville had a critical turnover that set the Seahawks up for the game-winning field goal.
The Red Foxes overall record finishes at 12-1.