Foxes hold off Bulldogs
By Coach Jimmy White
On a perfect night for football, the Hartsville Red Foxes and the Marlboro County Bulldogs battled each other with the Foxes coming out on top 21-14 at Kellytown Stadium. While it was not always pretty, both teams played with tremendous heart and effort.
After kicking off to the Bulldogs, the defense of the Foxes forced a punt out to midfield. The Foxes moved down to Marlboro County’s 18yd line, where Tiyon Evans scored an apparent touchdown. The Foxes were called for a penalty negating the score. Marlboro then moved down the field, aided by penalties, when QB Elijah Blair ran it from 18yds out. After the PAT, the Bulldogs led 7-0. After a good kickoff return, the Foxes drove 60yds, capped off by a 4yd TD run by Zavaric Hines. The extra point by Caleb Caldwell was good, making it 7-7.
After a Keyshawn McDonald interception, the Foxes struck quickly on a Tiyon Evans 23yd TD run. Caldwell’s PAT was good, and suddenly the Foxes led 14-7 with 11:36 before halftime. on Marlboro’s next possession, the defense forced a punt. The snap was bad and Hartsville took over on the MC 30yd line. They moved to the 1yd line, where Evans took it in. The PAT made the score 21-7 at the half.
Up by 14, the Foxes took the 2nd half kickoff with a chance to open up a big lead. But, on the 2nd play, the Foxes fumbled and the Bulldogs scooped it up and took it 48 yds to the endzone making the score 21-14 with 11:01 remaining in the quarter. After that both teams struggled to sustain a drive, keeping them off the scoreboard.
In the 4th quarter, both teams were unable to put points on the board, as defense, penalties, and turnovers ruled. With under three minutes to go in the game, the Foxes were able to pick up a key first down on a pass from AJ Joyner to Zy Sanders. The first down enabled the Foxes to run out the clock and claim the 14-7 victory. This ran the Foxes record to 4-1 on the season. The Foxes are off next week, and then travel to Newberry College the following week to play the defending 2-A State Champion Abbeville Panthers.
The Bizzell’s Offensive Player of the Game was Collins Bishop who gained 67 yards on 12 carries, most of which, tough yards inside that kept drives going.
The Bizzell’s Defensive Player of the Game was Keyshawn McDonald whose interception led to the go ahead TD in the second quarter. Continue to support the Foxes as they work hard to get to the playoffs.