Several missed opportunities cost Rock Hill in a 7-6 loss to Lancaster on Friday night during the Chester County High School Football Jamboree, in which teams played two full quarters against each other.
Dre Bailey electrified the scrimmage with a 64-yard touchdown scamper down the right sideline, after it appeared a number of Rock Hill defenders had him corralled in the Lancaster backfield. That touchdown and extra point with 0.4 seconds left in the first quarter gave the Bruins a 7-6 lead.
Antonio Hardy had put Rock Hill in front earlier, when the Bearcats went for it on fourth and 2 at the Lancaster 27. Quarterback Cameron McKinney hit Hardy over the middle and the junior broke a tackle before sprinting into the end zone with 1 minute, 34 seconds left in the first quarter. The point-after flew wide right. It was Rock Hill’s second dangerous drive of the period, but Cameron Meadows intercepted McKinney’s pass on the goal line on the first threatening possession about seven minutes into the scrimmage. The missed PAT, red zone opportunity and tackles were all mentioned in Rock Hill coach Bubba Pittman’s post-game talk with his team. His Bearcats open the regular season at Blythewood on Friday.
Olympic (N.C.) 7, Chester 0: Both teams threw interceptions in the first two minutes of a very preseason-looking contest.
Olympic marched into the Chester red zone, with a first and goal at the Cyclones 3. But two fumbled snaps and a delay of game flag backed the Trojans up and Chester stuffed the visitors on fourth and goal from the 10, but went three and out and a short punt allowed Olympic to flip the field. The Trojans scored shortly thereafter, punching in a short run with 57 seconds left in the first quarter to claim a 7-0 lead.
Chester senior Earl Hinton took a short pass from Tommy Sanders and sped through a tackle for a 41-yard gain. Sanders then galloped for 14 on a broken play but the drive petered out for Anthony Sterling’s troops on a night when they were shut out.
Lewisville 12, Garinger (N.C.) 6: Lewisville and 4A Garinger (Charlotte) seemingly averaged a flag or a fumble every couple plays in their two quarters of action, but the Lions scored late for the win.
Garinger took a 6-0 lead with 5 minutes, 39 seconds left in the first quarter on an 80-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Lewisville’s offense sputtered but never really sparked. D.J. Robinson’s 28-yard catch and run and Mike Hill’s 22-yard catch on a Trey Keels pass were the first quarter highlights for Will Mitchell’s bunch, which opens the season next against Chester in Week Zero.
Lewisville finally strung some positive plays together in the second quarter and tied the game 6-6 on Christian Laws’ short catch and cutback into the end zone with 3 minutes, 49 seconds left in the scrimmage. And the Lions kept charging, Hill hauling in a 39-yard bomb from Keels, before catching the winning touchdown pass as time expired.
Great Falls 13, Alleghany (N.C.) 7: Shy Kelly was the star man for the Great Falls Red Devils, scoring a pair of touchdowns in the first of the two quarters. He bailed out quarterback Chris Culp on the first touchdown, snatching a jump ball from the Alleghany secondary and racing away for a 50-yard score, before taking a handoff on the first play of the next Great Falls possession and streaking 66 yards for another six points to put the Red Devils up 13-0. Alleghany answered with a plodding, patient scoring drive early in the second quarter to make it 13-7.
Kelly then made a 33-yard jump-ball grab to move the Red Devils deep into Alleghany territory but the Trojans recovered a fumble on the ensuing play to stymie Great Falls’ scoring chance. The Trojans marched down the field but on fourth and goal from the 8, Austin Sprinkle’s pass fell incomplete and Great Falls held on for the scrimmage win.