Trojans prevail in opener
RS-M 30, PELION 18
For the second year in a row, the Ridge Spring-Monetta High School football team won its season-opening game, beating Pelion 30-18 on Friday.
The Trojans overcame the physical play of a bigger Pelion squad and used a touchdown just before halftime to steal momentum and the lead. Senior quarterback Reggie Preston connected with Ralfael Leaphart on a touchdown pass that put RS-M ahead 14-12 at the break.
“It was not pretty, but anytime you win, you can take it,” said Heath Corley, who’s in his second year as RS-M’s head coach. “It was a typical first game. Kids had cramps, play was sloppy and it was very physical. Pelion smashed us, but we made a few adjustments.”
Preston completed 15 of 28 passes for 279 yards and two touchdowns. His other score was to slot receiver AJ Hopkins, who had a big game with four receptions for 129 yards.
Travious Wigfall had 14 carries for 154 yards and a touchdown, and Craig Burton punched in the other TD on the ground. Even Preston pitched in with more than 30 yards rushing. RS-M will have its home opener next Friday against Saluda.
DREHER 29, FOX CREEK 6
Fox Creek High School football coach Russ Schneider was pleased with his team’s performance in spite of a tough loss in the Predators’ season opener.
“The kids played hard. We played a close game,” Schneider said.
Schneider didn’t have many opportunities to call plays in the first half, estimating Fox Creek only lined up for five snaps with possession of the ball. That was the result of a dominating Dreher squad that controlled possession, a turnover and a 99-yard kickoff return by multi-sport star Darshon Broadwater for the Predators’ lone points.
Fox Creek will play next Friday at McCormick.
EDISTO 28, WILLISTON-ELKO 19
Williston-Elko couldn’t pick up the road win against Class AA competitor Edisto on Friday, falling 28-19.
The Blue Devils spread the ball around for 204 yards on the ground on 27 carries, with Faheem Richburg scoring a pair of touchdowns and Antonio Coleman scoring once. Quarterback Dalton Mundy went 3-for-11 for 42 yards through the air.
Edisto quarterback Tyrell Maxwell was as good as advertised, passing for 108 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 95 yards and two more scores.
The Blue Devils will host another Class AA team – Chesterfield – next Friday, while Edisto will play Orangeburg-Wilkinson.