No matter the opponent, the problems for the Clover Blue Eagles remain the same: too many mistakes on offense and too many big plays given up by the defense. Both cost them in their 44-17 loss to Fort Mill Friday night.
The big plays started right away for Fort Mill, as Rylan Wells found Josh Lafoe wide open down the middle from 66 yards to make it 7-0. Clover tied the game when Scott Jackson capped an 18-play, 80-yard drive with a 4-yard run.
A bad pitch by the Blue Eagles and a blocked punt set up the Yellow Jackets’ next two scores: a 28-yard field goal by Wells and a 13-yard run by Deryan Sanders. When Breshaun Simpson scored on a 2-yard run, Fort Mill had gained control of the game and a 24-7 lead.
Clover managed a 23-yard Evan Edmunds field goal as the first half expired.
The second half for Fort Mill was the Deryan Sanders show. He scored on receptions of 25 and 67 yards from Wells and on a 57-yard touchdown run. Sanders rushed for 97 yards on eight carries and had four catches for 144 yards.
Rylan Wells and Josh Lafoe also had big games for the Yellow Jackets. Wells was 7 of 9 for 245 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Lafoe pulled in three passes for 101 yards.
Fort Mill 44, Clover 17
FM-- Josh Lafoe from Rylan Wells 66 yds (Rylan Wells kick)
C-- Scott Jackson 4 yd run (Evan Edmunds kick)
FM-- Deryan Sanders kick 13 yd run (Wells kick)
FM-- Breshaun Simpson 2 yd run (Wells kick)
C-- Evan Edmunds 23 yd fg
FM-- Deryan Sanders from Wells 25 yds (Wells kick)
FM-- Sanders from Wells 67 yds (Wells kick)
FM-- Sanders 57 yd run (kick failed)
C-- Chris Rodriguez 1 yd run (Edmunds kick)
Rushing-- Clover. Ladarius Adams 18-90, Kevis Adams 15-77, Scott Jackson 9-41, Chris Rodriguez 11-33, Sean Anderson 3-14. Fort Mill-- Deryan Sanders 8-97, Breshaun Simpson 2-10, Rylan Wells 4-20, Josh Lafoe 1-7, Malik Long 8-31, Nick Chambers 1-5, Chandler Kryst 2-6, Matt Somjak 1-0.
Passing Clover Scott Jackson 5-7-106-0-0, Fort Mill Rylan Wells 7-9-244
Receiving Clover. Landon Harkey 2-73, Kevis Adams 1-23, Ladarius Adams 1-14. Fort Mill-- Sanders 4-144, Lafoe 3-101.