GREAT FALLS — The Great Falls Red Devils built a 21-point lead after three quarters and withstood a furious McBee rally in the fourth to claim a 29-22 win over the Panthers in the opening round of the Class A playoffs Friday night.
“This was a good win for us tonight,” said Great Falls coach Ken Schofield. “We jumped out to an early lead, and we knew they would not quit.”
The Red Devils led 22-0 at intermission, before the Panthers scored to make it 22-8. Great Falls answered to take a 21-point lead into the final period.
“We got a couple of players injured tonight, but I feel like we will be back near full-strength and as healthy as we can be next week,” Schofield said. “When you are limited by numbers, you can not afford to have injuries.”
The victory was the second of the year by Great Falls over McBee. The Red Devils beat the Panthers 34-20 in a regular season contest three weeks ago in McBee.
Great Falls improved to 6-5 with the win and moved to the second round next Friday night. The second-seeded Red Devils will host sixth-seeded Ridge Spring-Monetta, which upset Wagener-Salley 34-13.
Next Friday will mark the first time in three years that the Red Devils have advanced to the second round.
“Playing at home again next week will certainly help us,” Schofield said.
Compiled by Sam Copeland
Christ Church 66, Lewisville 0
Christ Church began its march toward a third consecutive state championship with a win against Lewisville in the first round of the Class A Division I playoffs.
“Our kids came out and performed against a very athletic team in Lewisville,” Christ Church coach Don Frost said. “We did a good job on offense and defense, and all phases of the game just came together.”
The win was the Cavaliers’ 37th consecutive, which ties Spartanburg for the second-longest streak in state football history, according to the South Carolina High School League. Summerville holds the state record with 41 consecutive wins from 1978 to 1980.
“We don’t count streaks,” Frost said. “Our goal is simple -- win the last game we play. If that happens, we’ve had a successful year.”
Quarterback Demetrius Anthony gave a stellar performance, starting with an 11-yard slant pass to Quan White to give Christ Church a 7-0 lead. On the next possession, he did the work rushing, faking a reverse and keeping for a 25-yard touchdown.
“Demetrius and Quan do a tremendous job, and the offensive line does a great job protecting and opening holes,” Frost said. “We’ve got a good situation, and those guys come to play.”
The Lions took the ball deep into Cavaliers’ territory but turned the ball over on downs, and Christ Church took advantage. Lee Cox capped a quick drive with a 35-yard touchdown run to push the lead to 21-0 late in the quarter.
“You can’t make mistakes against a team the caliber of Christ Church. We played about as poorly as I possibly could have imagined,” Lewisville coach Will Mitchell said. “It always ends badly except for one team, but they’re part of a special fraternity.”
Anthony added another score in the final seconds of the opening quarter on a 9-yard keeper, and he opened the second quarter with a 35-yard touchdown pass to Bobby Hudson.
Anthony passed to Rudy Johnstone on a 24-yard fade to the back corner of the end zone, and he added another 14-yard score on a keeper.
He contributed to his seventh score of the half with a 7-yard pass to Johnstone with no time remaining to extend margin to 56-0.
Anthony finished with 212 passing yards with four passing touchdowns and 118 rushing yards with three scores while playing only two quarters.
Mac McCall made a 32-yard field goal midway through the third quarter, and reserve quarterback Ian Miller completed a quick slant pass that Huw Staton took 51 yards late in the fourth period for the final 66-0 margin.