West Florence cruises to victory over Darlington
By Drake Horton
For the second time this year, the Darlington Falcons traveled to Florence to play on Thursday night, and for the second time this year, the Falcons left with a loss.
From start to finish, the West Florence Knights dominated the Falcons, winning 49-7.
From the start Darlington was never able to get into a rhythm as it was always playing catch-up. Two minutes into the game, the Falcons found themselves down 13-0.
“It was almost like five plays into the game we were down two scores,” Darlington head coach Raymond Jennings said after the game.
West Florence started the game off with the ball and on its third play from scrimmage the Knights connected for a 34-yard touchdown, but that was just the beginning.
It did not get any better from there. On Darlington’s ensuing drive the Falcons fumble on the first play and the Knights did a scope and score of 24 yards to increase their lead to 13-0 with 10:02 still left in the first quarter.
Darlington showed signs of life on its next drive. Behind quarterback Deuce Hudson, the Falcons put together a five-play drive that ended with Hudson connecting with Daniel Perkins in the corner of the endzone for a 17-yard touchdown.
With the score Darlington cut West Florence’s lead to just six, but that was as close as the Falcons would get as the Knights went on to score 36 unanswered points.
Up 20-7, West Florence added 22 more points in the second quarter and went into the half up 42-7 just totally controlling the Falcons. In the second half the Knights went to their second string and scored once more.
“We felt like we couldn’t go back and forth with a team that deep,” Jennings said.
Once again Darlington was plagued with low numbers as West Florence basically outnumbered the Falcons 2-1, but this is not a new problem.
“I know what my problems are, but it is hard to fix them during the season,” Jennings said.
In his second year as head coach Jennings has been trying desperately to get the numbers up for the football program, but right now that is just not happening and then when you add injuries and other factors it really puts the Falcons behind the eight ball.
It has been a tough season for Darlington so far as the Falcons head into their last game of the year, a home game against rival Hartsville still searching for that first win.
The Falcons are 0-5 on the year, giving up an average of 56 points on the year while scoring only an average of 7 points.
Other scores: The Hartsville Red Foxes defeated the Wilson Tigers 41-34 while the Lamar Silver Foxes did not play due to a COVID-19 issue.