FORT MILL — After Broome quickly jumped ahead of Fort Mill 14-0 before fans even had a chance to get settled in, the Yellow Jackets roared back to score 27 consecutive points and held on for dear life topping the Centurions 27-21.
Late in the fourth quarter, the Centurions methodically moved the ball down the field to set up a first-and-goal from the Yellow Jackets 8-yard line, down by six.
Broome, which ran 41 plays in the second half compared to just 13 for the Yellow Jackets, seemed prepared to take the lead. But Fort Mills defense dug deep and stopped the Centurions on four straight plays. Chris Jones and Dan Marr tackled the Broome ball carrier on a forth-and-goal on a jet sweep play that had given the Jackets fits all game.
This was a great win, said Fort Mill head coach Ed Susi. Really we were just trying not to give up the big play on that last drive, but we really did a nice job of tackling them in bounds to keep the clock running. (Rrunning back) Malik Long had a tremendous game for us, but this was really a team effort. I am very proud of my team this evening.
The Centurions scored twice early in the first quarter as their double wing/triple-option offense clicked from the get go. A couple of long runs made it 14-0 and a Broome blowout seemed imminent. But the Jackets responded with 21 points before the end of the half.
From a statistical standpoint, the second half was dominated by the Centurions, after Fort Mill took a 21-14 lead into halftime. But the Yellow Jackets Long scampered for a 61-yard touchdown play on the Jackets first possession of the second half to help them extend their lead.
The run helped replace the points taken off the board after Fort Mills Brandon Plyler returned the opening kickoff of the second half 75 yards for a touchdown, only to have the play called back on a holding penalty.
After Broomes Travis Jeter punched the ball in from 1-yard out, the Centurions were within a possession of the lead. Both teams traded possessions and turnovers throughout the rest of the game and Broome took over on their own 25-yard line with under 5 minutes remaining but theyre drive ended in a failed fourth-and-goal conversion.
Fort Mill 27, Broome 21
BroomeBakeem Martin 17 run (Jessie Ramirez kick)
Broome Desmond Anderson 53 run (Ramirez kick)
Fort Mill Chandler Kryst 4 run (Kryst kick)
Fort Mill Rogan Wells 1 run (Kryst kick)
Fort Mill - Malik Long 14 pass from Rogan Wells (Kryst kick)
Fort Mill Long 61 run (kick blocked)
Broome Travis Jeter 1 run (Ramirez kick)
|First downs 16||21|
RUSHING FORT MILL: Malik Long 10-143, Kryst 6-29, Wells 9-16, DeRyan Sanders 4-29. BROOME;: Hunter Webber 9-35, Anderson 10-108, Martin 16-87, Kameron Dawkins 20-113, Travis Jeter 5-44, Bauvier Jackson 1-2.
PASSING FORT MILL: Wells 6-10-1-89. BROOME: Webber 1-4-0-24.
RECEIVING :FORT MILL: Brett Ferguson 1-7, Kryst 1-19, Brandon Plyler 3-62, Long 1-1. BROOME; Dawkins 1-24..
RECORDS FORT MILL 2-2 ; BROOME 3-2.