COLUMBIA — Coach Kemper Amick made the decision to insert experience over youth in an attempt to jump-start the Columbia Capitals, who faced a five-point deficit to Indian Land on Friday in the Class-AA playoffs.
That decision paid off for the Capitals, who put three second-half touchdowns on the board for an 18-5 victory at Memorial Stadium in Columbia.
Indian Land took advantage of good field position and inspired defense to gain a 5-0 lead early in the second quarter, thanks to a Shea Rogers 30-yard field goal and also, a sack of Capital freshman quarterback Mike Williams in the end zone for a safety.
The Warriors, who ended the season at 2-8, held Columbia to only 14 rushing yards in the first half.
Unable to generate an offensive flow, Amick made the decision to insert senior William Gossette under center.
Gossette responded by completing 6-of-10 passes for 149 yards, including a dazzling 81-yard scoring strike to receiver Darrius Richardson for a go-ahead points late in the third quarter.
“We knew that we could throw the football,” Amick said. “Our freshman quarterback had good games the last two weeks, but decided to go with the senior after the half.
“(Gossette) had a good second half; by throwing the football, we were able to get (Indian Land) from stacking up eight men in the box. That allowed us to run the football better.”
Quinn Carolina, the Capitals tailback, ran for 83 yards and a touchdown, with the bulk of the yardage coming in the second half.
“Our offensive line did a good job and defensively, we played well the entire contest.”
Columbia, 4-7, will travel to Cheraw in second round playoff action next week.
Columbia 18, Indian Land 5
IL — Shea Rogers 30-yard field goal
IL — Safety-Columbia quarterback Mike Williams sacked in endzone
C — Quinn Carolina 13-yard run (run failed)
C — William Gossette 81-yard pass to Darrius Richardson (pass failed)
C –Kimone Shaw 2-yard run (pass failed)
RECORDS Columbia 4-7, Indian Land 3-8.