Fort Mill's dramatic double-overtime win, a 41-35 thriller against Broome, gave the Yellow Jackets more wins this year - three - than the past two seasons combined.
This potential program-changer started with an amazing catch by Trent Butler on the first play from scrimmage. It included a jaw-dropping snag by center Cameron Kilpatrick--yep, as in the guy who snaps the ball to the quarterback--off a fumble in the end zone in the first overtime. And featured, as Broome coach Todd Staley put it, "just way too much of No. 5 for Fort Mill. He's just an incredible player."
That incredible player is Asa Kryst, the 5-foot-8 senior who compiled 343 yards of total offense for the Yellow Jackets. Kryst had 222 yards rushing, 83 yards on kickoff returns and 38 yards receiving. He scored four touchdowns in the contest.
Kryst, as is his nature, deflected the praise to his teammates and coaches and even those outside the locker room.
"This past week our moms gave us a little paper that said 'Believe' on it," Kryst said. "That's all we were thinking about, believing, at that point. We believed we could win, and that's what we did."
They believed the first play of the game could be special, and it was.
"Trent's our best receiver, and we thought with a little play-action we could take a shot over the top," Fort Mill coach Ed Susi said. "And it was there."
The senior wideout was all alone, streaking toward the landing point of Preston Fry's high-arcing rainbow. Well, almost all alone. The deep man wearing the black-and-white striped shirt--the referee--was there, too. Butler was forced to sidestep him breaking stride for about a half-second.
As the Yellow Jackets' crowd let out an audible gasp, Butler adjusted and stuck out his left hand. The point of Fry's spiral landed in the pocket of Butler's gloved fingers, and his final couple yards racing into the end zone sparked the celebration.
Fort Mill had to believe they had something left in the tank after they watched a 21-7 third-quarter lead turn into a 28-21 deficit with less than six minutes remaining in regulation. Broome was pounding the ball up the middle, taking advantage of the Yellow Jackets' efforts to contain their outside running game by splitting the linebackers and defensive ends out a little wider.
FORT MILL 41
BROOME 35 (2OT)
FM - Trent Butler 64 pass from Preston Fry (Rylan Wells kick)
B - Chase Henry 1 run (LJ Wannamaker kick)
FM - Asa Kryst 14 pass from Fry (Wells kick)
FM - Kryst 13 run (Wells kick)
B - Chris Corry 9 run (kick failed)
B - Henry 3 run (Bryant Foster pass from Henry)
B - Henry 1 run (Wannamaker kick)
FM - Kryst 10 run (Wells kick)
FM - Cameron Kilpatrick fumble recovery in end zone (Wells kick)
B - Henry 2 run (Wannamaker kick)
FM -Kryst 7 run
RUSHING - Broome: Chris Corry 19-142, Chase Henry 16-51, Nick Crocker 8-64, Eli Gist 2-20, Cameron Lipscomb 3-(-9). Fort Mill: Asa Kryst 22-222, Tony Godbolt 4-15, Nick Raszeja 3-11, Worth Gregory 1-2, Preston Fry 5-(-8).
PASSING- Broome: Henry 12-22-1-164. Fort Mill: Fry 11-22-1-164
RECEIVING - Broome: Crocker 5-42, Bryant Foster 3-54, Corry 2-36, Lipscomb 1-23, Gist 1-9. Fort Mill: Trent Butler 3-80, Kryst 3-38, Godbolt 2-15, Raszeja 2-19, Tyler Klipa 1-12.
RECORDS: Broome 3-2; Fort Mill 3-2.