South Carolina's teams won handily in the second annual Battle of the Border Football Jamboree at Fort Mill High on Friday night, beating their North Carolina peers 82-38.
The two-state jamboree consisted of Lancaster, Indian Land, Nation Ford and Fort Mill against three North Carolina teams, Forest Hills, Myers Park and Harding. Myers Park played twice against Lancaster and Nation Ford.
Fort Mill, which was 1-10 last season, played last and made a good impression with its 30-12 victory over Harding.
"That is huge for us," Fort Mill head coach Ed Susi said. "We need our confidence up. (Harding) is an athletic team and we took advantage of their turnovers."
Fort Mill wasted no time in getting a 12-yard touchdown run from quarterback Preston Fry 1 minute, 56 seconds into the final scrimmage.
The Yellow Jackets recovered a fumble on Hardin's 20 on the next series. Fry scrambled to the 2-yard line on the first play. Senior Asa Kryst scored two plays later.
Harding fumbled again on its second series, giving the ball back to the Jackets at the 24. Fry hit senior receiver Tyler Kilpa for a 10-yard scoring pass on the second play from scrimmage to put Fort Mill up by three touchdowns.
Harding fumbled on their third straight series and struggled to get past its own 35, and Fort Mill took over up 20-0 with a little less than 5:30 left in the first quarter.
Fort Mill scored three plays into the drive, with Fry running in from 15 yards out.
Harding finally put together a four-play drive, but had to punt on its first series without a turnover. Fort Mill's Trent Butler fumbled the punt deep in Yellow Jackets' territory and Harding recovered at the 10.
Harding scored on the next play to finally get on the board, but failed to make the extra point.
Harding finally held Fort Mill, and the Yellow Jackets were forced to punt for the first time with about 97 seconds left in the first quarter. But Fort Mill recovered a fourth Harding fumble at the 10 with about 25 seconds left in the quarter.
On the same drive, sustained into the second quarter, Fort Mill was able to convert a 25-yard field goal by junior Matt Vawter to go up 30-6.
Harding put together its best drive of the scrimmage and drove the field to Fort Mill's 10. But the penetration was pushed back because of a holding penalty.
Preston Earle caught a pass from quarterback Sam Smith on the next play that moved the ball to the 2. Smith ran the ball in on the next play and got Harding into double digits.
Harding turned some things about their game around as Fort Mill fumbled for the second time in Jackets' territory at the 32-yard line.
Fort Mill's defense held strong keeping Harding out of their end zone on the drive.
On the next Jacket possession, Harding forced Fort Mill to punt out of its end zone, but was called for roughing the kicker giving the Jackets a first down.
Although he was just 2-7 passing for 22-yards, Fry ran for 62 yards on six carries, including two scores. He also threw for a touchdown.
Kryst ran for 41 yards on six carries and a touchdown for the Jackets.