CHRIST CHURCH 42, WILLISTON-ELKO 31
GREENVILLE — Quarterback Demetrius Anthony accounted for five touchdowns to lead Christ Church to a 42-31 victory over Williston-Elko in a second-round Class A, Division I playoff game at Carson Stadium.
“Williston-Elko was a very good football team,” Christ Church coach Don Frost said. “I’ve been coaching for 35 years, and this team laid it on the line more than any team I’ve ever coached in my life.”
Williston-Elko defeated Christ Church in the 2010 Upper State championship game. Since then, Christ Church put together a 37-game winning streak.
The Cavaliers extended their winning streak; it was not easy.
Christ Church (12-0) opened up the scoring when Anthony rushed 31 yards for a touchdown.
Williston-Elko (9-3) answered when running back Devon Fagans scored on a 4-yard run, but the Blue Devils’ two-point conversion attempt failed.
After Williston-Elko pounced on a fumble with 2:44 left in the half, Fagans scored on a 9-yard run to give Williston-Elko a 12-7 lead with 1:03 left in the half.
Christ Church answered in one play when Anthony passed down the sideline to Bobby Hudson for a 60-yard touchdown and a 14-12 halftime lead.
Anthony passed to Hudson for an 8-yard touchdown to give the Cavaliers a 20-12 lead early in the back-and-forth second half.
Christ Church increased its lead when Lee Cox rushed 26 yards for a touchdown, and Anthony passed to Cox for a two-point conversion to give the Cavaliers a 28-12 lead.
Williston-Elko cut the lead to 28-24 when Faheem Richburg rushed for touchdowns of 21 and 24 yards on back-to-back drives, and Richburg recovered a fumble in the end zone to give the Blue Devils a 31-28 lead with 5:01 left.
Anthony brought his team back and passed 34 yards to Quan White to give the Cavaliers a 35-31 lead with 3:31 to go.
After Williston-Elko turned the ball over on downs, it seemed as if the Cavaliers were content running out the clock.
On third down, Anthony took a sweep 80 yards, sealing the victory.
“It was a great game between two good football teams,” said Williston-Elko coach Dwayne Garrick. “I thought our kids played as hard as they could possibly play.”
The game marked the fourth time in the last six years that the two teams have met in the playoffs. Williston-Elko won the first two in 2008 and 2010, but the Cavaliers have now won the last two, with the first coming during their 2011 state championship run.
Christ Church, the No. 2 seed in the Upper State draw, will now travel to play top-seeded Lamar (10-2), which cruised to a 47-7 win over St. Joseph’s on Friday.