LANCASTER — It's hard to imagine two more dramatic two-point conversions than the ones Shaq Williams turned in Friday night in Lancaster's stunning 29-28 overtime win against Rock Hill.
The first - midway through the fourth quarter - was the more jaw-dropping of the pair. Williams had just scored on a two-yard run to bring his Bruins within 21-19 after trailing 21-6 at halftime.
The Lancaster quarterback lined up under center to attempt the two-point conversion. He ran to his left, but Rock Hill's Syveon Howard blocked his path.
So Williams reversed field, scampering back almost to the 20-yard line to find a bit of room. He did just that and turned the corner down the opposite sideline.
"When I saw my running back (Brandon Reese) get the crackback block, there wasn't nobody else on that side because all the flow was the other way," Williams said. "I was on the sideline by myself, only was a corner there, and I just dived in."
Rock Hill scored on its first play in overtime. Kenterius Hinton lofted up a beautiful pass to his 6-foot-4 receiver, Jamel Jones, and an extra point put the Bearcats ahead 28-21. Lancaster answered with a touchdown pass from Williams to Reed on third down, and then coach Bennie McMurray made a bold decision to go for two points and the win.
"Why not? No need to prolong it," McMurray said. "Eventually it's going to come down to that. If you kick an extra point to tie, you've got to do it all over again. We rolled the dice."
It helps that McMurray had Williams to carry the ball. The Lancaster line led the push to the right side of the end zone, and Williams burst through to give the Bruins the dramatic comeback win.
"He wants to win," Williams said of his coach's decision. "I kind figured he'd go for two."
The result leaves both teams with identical 4-3 records. For Rock Hill coach Joe Montgomery, it was a difficult loss to take. The offense looked exceptional in the first half behind Hinton, who was back after serving a two-game suspension following the incident after the South Pointe game. "Night and day," Montgomery said of the difference with Hinton at quarterback.
Hinton's arm was huge on the Bearcats' first drive. On a third-and-11 from Rock Hill's own 19-yard line, Hinton lofted a long pass down the sideline, and Jamel Jones went high to pull down a nifty 34-yard reception. And just to keep the third-down theme going, Hinton scored on third-and-goal from the 6. He dropped back to pass, found nothing and cut back up to his left, juking a few defenders before barreling over Breshawn Reed at the goal line. And Hinton scored on two more short first-half runs to give the Bearcats a lead that seemed pretty safe.
Well, at the time, at least.
LANCASTER 29, ROCK HILL 28 (OT)
ROCK HILL -- Kenterius Hinton 6 run (John David Raad kick)
ROCK HILL -- Hinton 6 run (John David Raad kick)
LANCASTER -- Shaq Williams 6 run (kick failed)
ROCK HILL -- Hinton 1 run (Raad kick)
LANCASTER -- Williams 16 pass to Kaderrious Jackson (Brandon Reese kick)
LANCASTER -- Williams 2 run (Williams run)
ROCK HILL -- Hinton pass to Jamel Jones (Raad kick)
LANCASTER -- Williams 13 pass to Reese (Williams run)
RUSHING -- ROCK HILL: Kenterius Hinton 11-39, Jonathan Adams 14-85, Alec McCoy 18-117, Dre Williams 2-35. LANCASTER: Shaq Williams 20-56, Brandon Reese 4-32, Roy Watts 5-3, Kaderrious Jackson 1-3, Terrell White 1-10.
PASSING -- ROCK HILL: Kenterius Hinton 16-29-194. LANCASTER: Shaq Williams 18-32-231.
RECEIVING -- ROCK HILL: Jamel Jones 7-95, Jonathan Adams 2-7, Dre Williams 1-23, Jaleel Scott 6-79. LANCASTER C.D. Pelham 6-83, Michael Cooper 3-58, Tywon Anthony 1-12, Brandon Reese 2-1, Roy Watts 2-19, Kaderrious Jackson 4-58.
RECORDS: ROCK HILL 4-3