By Scott Rodgers
NORTH AUGUSTA — It was déjà vu at Lions Field on Friday night.
Fox Creek (6-5) knew going in it would face a tough test from Williston-Elko (8-3), and in particular, running back Shakur Chisolm. As he did earlier this year, Chisolm delivered, this time with four touchdowns and 197 yards on 18 carries in the Blue Devils’ 50-30 win over the Predators.
“He’s a kid that is extremely humble,” Williston-Elko head coach Derek Youngblood said. “He loves his teammates and he plays the game the way it’s supposed to be played. We have to get on to him sometimes for fighting for extra yards and stuff like that, but he’s a winner. He’s a gamer and he’s a kid that wants to see his teammates succeed. I’m glad he’s had the year that he’s had.”
On Williston-Elko’s first two drives of the game, they looked to have Fox Creek overpowered. Chisolm had a 38-yard score on the opening drive, and Tyshawn Allen capped the second with an 8-yard rush.
Fox Creek responded late in the first, with Caleb Charlton finding Matt Johnson on a 24-yard touchdown. Fox Creek would pull within two with Charlton connecting with Malik Hightower in the opening minutes of the second for a 13-yard score.
That’s as close as the Predators would get, as Chisolm scored his second touchdown of the night three drives later.
“I’m very proud of how we grew as a team,” Fox Creek head coach Derrick Quinn said. “We’ve got a lot of learning still to do. We’re not where I want to be. They played hard, and I’m very proud of them. We just got beat by a better team.”
The Blue Devils caught the Predators off guard at the end of the half. Quarterback Tyran Parker uncorked a 58-yard touchdown pass to Allen down the right side. It was the first Williston-Elko completion of the night.
“I learned a long time ago from a wise man that you’ve got to think players and not plays,” Youngblood said. “Tyshawn Allen is one of the best football players on this team. He’s one of the best offensive players we’ve got, and the best defensive player we’ve got. We’ve got to pick our poison, and I had been watching that corner all night long. I thought we had a chance to get over him and we took a shot right there and it worked out for us.”
Chisolm scored his third touchdown of the night in the third quarter and the Predators were shut out. Chisolm added his final score early on in the fourth quarter before ending his night for all intents and purposes.
Charlton and Hightower added another touchdown before Williston-Elko’s Dashawn Mayes scored from 67 yards out. Fox Creek responded in the final moments as running back Dalton Swires scored on his final high school play.
Swires, the heart and soul of the Predators, was held in check for the most part. He had 139 yards on 20 carries to go with his score.
“They’re just good,” Quinn said of Williston-Elko. “They’ve got a good team. That’s where we want to get.”
Quinn will end his first year as the Predators’ head coach as a region champion before the team bumps up into Class AA next year. When asked about his senior class, he said he couldn’t have asked for a better group.
“I’ve been really pleased with them,” he said. “They’re buying into the stuff we’re doing. They did really well for me and I’m proud of them.”
Youngblood’s team will now have a date with top seeded Southside Christian, who beat Wagener-Salley 63-14.
“We’ve got a great group of guys,” he said. “They fight and they practice hard every day. We’ve got a good bunch of coaches who love our kids and want them to be successful. It starts with our kids. The way they came out and started out of the gate; they played hard and there’s some things we knew we couldn’t do that we did in the first ballgame. I thought defensively, Coach (Tony) Flowers and that group had a great game plan they put together. You’ve got to take your hat off to Coach Quinn and his staff and the team that they put together this year.
“To completely change the culture of an offense, and for what they can do on the field athlete-for-athlete is unreal. He had a great year and I know they’re going to continue to be a good football team.”
Scott Rodgers is the news editor at The North Augusta Star and has been with the paper since 2013. Follow him on Twitter @TheScottRodgers.
WE 16 14 8 12 — 50
FC 6 8 0 16 — 30
WE – Shakur Chisolm 38 rush (Devon Fagans 2-point rush) 10:05
WE – Tyshawn Allen 8 rush (Tyshawn Allen 2-point rush) 6:43
FC – Matt Johnson 24 pass from Caleb Charlton (Kick failed) 4:29
FC – Malik Hightower 13 pass from Caleb Charlton (Dalton Swires 2-point rush) 10:49
WE – Shakur Chisolm 11 rush (Shakur Chisolm 2-point rush) 3:41
WE – Tyshawn Allen 58 pass from Tyran Parker (2-point rush failed) 1:23
WE – Shakur Chisolm 33 rush (Demarkiis Doe 2-point pass from Tyran Parker) 7:53
WE – Shakur Chisolm 44 rush (2-point rush failed) 11:47
FC – Malik Hightower 5 pass from Caleb Charlton (Malik Hightower 2-point rush) 5:54
WE – Dashawn Mayes 67 rush (2-point rush failed) 28.9
FC – Dalton Swires 7 rush (Caleb Charlton 2-point rush) 6.8
WE – Shakur Chisolm 18-197 4TD, Dashawn Mayes 9-139 TD, Tyshawn Allen 4-30 TD, Devon Fagans 7-24, Tyran Parker 3-27.
FC – Dalton Swires 20-139 TD, Caleb Charlton 10-50.
WE – Tyran Parker 3-6-92-1-0.
FC – Caleb Charlton 11-24-151-3-0.
WE – Tyshawn Allen 1-58 TD, Keyshawn Toney 1-24, Demarkiis Doe 1-10.
FC – Malik Hightower 8-108 2TD, Matt Johnson 1-24 TD, Keli Lovett 1-12, KJ Green 1-7.