All season long, Great Falls has struggled to overcome mistakes.
Fortunately for it, McBee made a few more, including two fumbles that the Red Devils returned for touchdowns. Those two scores proved to be the difference in Great Falls' 35-24 win Friday night.
Early on, it appeared that it was going to be the Ernest Talford show for Great Falls. He scored on runs of 4 and 53 yards, and on a 50-yard fumble return. For the game Talford had 100 yards on 9 carries and four touchdowns.
McBee's only score in the first quarter was an 80-yard kick off return by Rashad Reed. Reed scored three times overall for McBee, the other two on a 32-yard run and a 44-yard pass from J.C. Steen.
Great Falls got a 23-yard fumble return by Xavier Holmes and a Talford 6-yard run to grow the Red Devils' lead to 33-12 at the half.
The game became a defensive struggle after the half, as both teams tried to overcome penalties and turnovers. Both teams had over 100 yards in penalties. Great Falls was flagged 11 times for 109 yards and McBee 14 for 126 yards.
Great Falls had opportunities to pad itslead, but fumbled twice inside McBee's 10. After the second fumble, Great Falls tackled the Panthers running back in the end zone for a safety and stretched their lead to 35-18.
McBee scored on a 21-yard pass from Steen to Lewis Hart that made the score 35-24 with a minute left in the game. McBee's onside kick bounced out of bounds and Great Falls ran out the clock for the win.
GREAT FALLS 35,
GF-Ernest Talford 4 yd. run (Mobley kick)
GF-Ernest Talford 5 yd. fumble return (Mobley kick)
McB-Rashad Reed 80yd. kick return (kick failed)
GF-Ernest Talford 53 yd. run (Mobley kick)
GF-Xavier Holmes 23 yd. fumble return (run failed)
McB-JC Steen 44 yd. pass to Rashad Reed (pass failed)
GF -Ernest Talford 6 yd. run (kick failed)
McB -Rashad Reed 32 yd. run (kick failed)
McB-JC Steen 21 yd. pass to Lewis Hart (run failed)
RUSHING-Great Falls: Ernest Talford 9-100, Jake Payseur 11-62, Shaquille Simpson 5-32, DC Caldwell 3-12, Devonta Cunnigham 1-14. McBee: Rashad Reed 6-79, John Hayes 12-63, Quadaruis Holloman 7-38, Zack Roary 5-8.
PASSING- Great Falls: Clark Schofield 5-13-77-0-0, Chris Culp 0-1-0-0-0. McBee: JC Steen 3-9-77-2-1.
RECEIVING-Great Falls: Xavier Holmes 3-48, Shaquille Simpson 1-15, Devonta Cunningham 1-14. McBee: Rashad Reed 1-44, Lewis Hart 1-21, John Hayes 1-12.
RECORDS-McBee 1-7, 0-3; Great Falls 5-3, 3-0.
SPARTANBURG 55, CLOVER 0
NATION FORD 13, CHESTER 12
YORK 24, FORT MILL 21
GREAT FALLS 35, MCBEE 24
GAFFNEY 72, ROCK HILL 13