Despite a slow start, Whitmire used a three-touchdown second quarter to notch its first win of the season, 26-16 over Great Falls.
The Wolverines, who played on their home field, are 1-1. The Red Devils fell to 0-1.
Whitmire opened the game with an onside kick. Great Falls recovered the ball. The Red Devils marched the ball to the Whitmire 44-yard line. The drive ended when Great Falls threw a pass on fourth down and Whitmire intercepted.
Both teams had little success moving the ball in the first quarter. Great Falls sustained a drive that died at the Whitmire 43 before the quarter ended with no score.
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On the first play on the second quarter, Whitmire scored on a 53-yard run. The point after attempt was blocked and Whitmire led 6-0.
Whitmire scored again with 7:20 left in the half on a 28-yard pass play. The Wolverines failed on a 2-point conversion but led 12-0.
Whitmire got the ball back on an onside kick and later scored on a six-yard run. The point after attempt failed. With 4:41 left in the half, the Wolverines led 18-0.
But with 1:57 left in the half Whitmire fumbled and Great Falls recovered. Kel Brown threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Kelton Talford and the Red Devils ran a 2-point conversion to make the score 18-8 with 51 seconds before the half.
Whitmire opened the second half with a long kick return and, aided by a penalty, marched to the Great Falls 1-yard line. Whitmire quickly scored and successfully added a 2-point conversion to make the score 26-8. That score stood through the third quarter.
With 3:42 left in the game, Brown scored from 4 yards out and threw to Talford for the 2-point conversion to make the score 26-16.
Whitmire blanked Great Falls 26-0 last season, but the Red Devils had handily beaten the Wolverines in three prior meetings.
The Red Devils at home next week, hosting Blackville-Hilda on Sept. 1.
Buford 34, Indian Land 31
The Buford Yellow Jackets used a 20-point outburst in the second quarter to propel them to a 34-31 win over the Indian Land Warriors in a non-region game at Buford Friday night.
Indian Land drew first blood with a touchdown in the first period for 7-0 lead.
Buford’s three scores in the second quarter gave the Yellow Jackets a 20-7 lead before the Warriors scored just before the half to cut it to 20-14.
Buford led 27-17 at the end of three quarters, and the Yellow Jackets held off an Indian Land charge in the final period to perserve the win.
Indian Land had won five of the last six against the Warriors’ former region rival.
Buford is 1-0 on the year, while Indian Land fell to 0-2.
Lewisville 18, Blacksburg 16
The second-ranked Lewisville Lions scored in the fourth quarter and claimed a come-from-behind 18-16 win over the Blacksburg Wildcats in a non-region game at Blacksburg Friday night.
Blacksburg took a 16-12 lead early in the final period when quarterback Tavon Peeler ran in from two yards out. Lewisville answered to pick up the win and improve to 2-0 on the year.
Blacksburg opened the scoring in the first quarter for an 8-0 lead when Ethan Watts scored. Lewisville countered in the second period to cut it to 8-6. Chase Yoder picked up a Blacksburg fumble and scampered 79 yards for the Lions’ touchdown.
The Lions took a 12-8 lead midway through the third stanza when Quentin Sanders powered through the Wildcats defense and raced 81 yards down the right sideline for the score.
Blacksburg countered to make it 16-12 before the Lions won it with a long drive.
Sanders carried the ball 10 times on the Lions’ 11-play 54-yard touchdown drive to make it 18-16.
Blacksburg scored an apparent touchdown in the last minute of the contest, but the officials ruled that Tavon Peeler’s pass to Jeremy Wright was incomplete.
Lewisville is known for its wide-open offense, but Lions head coach Will Mitchell said, “We take pride in being able to do both. We’re able to line up and pound it with the best of them.”
Lewisville faces Buford on the road next week.
Leon Russ, The Herald Journal of Spartanburg
Chester 70, Franklin Christian 0
The Chester Cyclones scored early and often and routed hapless Franklin Christian of Tennessee in a non-region game at Chester Friday night.
The Cyclones led 17-0 after one period and upped the count to 55-0 at halftime, before tacking on two more scores in the second half.
Chester is 1-1 on the year, while Franklin Christian is 0-2.