Twelve was the magic number Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium.
That was the number that Hartsville Red Fox defensive backs saw streak by them twice for touchdown receptions that just happened to each be twelve yards in length. That number-twelve jersey belonged to South Pointe Stallion junior receiver Quay Brown. He hauled in the first two of junior quarterback Greg Ruff’s three touchdown passes in the Stallions’ 21-7 AAA state championship victory.
The first catch opened up the scoring with 9 minutes, 39 seconds remaining in the first half. Brown beat the coverage and caught a perfectly thrown pass over his defender in the left corner of the end zone to put South Pointe up 7-0.
Lightning struck for the second time a little less than six minutes later as Ruff found Brown streaking right up the middle of the field to make it 14-0.
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Brown’s performance isn’t exactly a first for him as he also caught two of Ruff’s school-record six touchdown passes in last week’s 40-21 Upper State championship at A.C. Flora. The touchdown catches may not have been a surprise, but Brown admitted even he did not think the Stallions would be in this position after they lost three straight games to start September and sat at 2-3.
“No,” Brown said flatly, when asked if he expected this. “We had to fight through adversity this whole season. Switching quarterbacks, receivers in and out ... it was hard. Nobody would have ever thought South Pointe would start 2-3. But this feels great.”
Brown said there was not anything in particular that stood out on film that the Stallions thought they could exploit in the secondary. Several different variables contributed to the results.
“Our scout team helped us a lot on both sides of the ball,” Brown said. “In a college environment like this, our fans coming, and a quarterback like Greg throwing me the ball and giving me a chance. It was great.”
Brown totaled five catches for 59 yards on the day, and the two touchdown catches gave him ten on the season. Maybe next year, he’ll have twelve.