By Bob Castello
The Greenville News
SIMPSONVILLE — Southside Christian kept on scoring Friday night, and now the Sabres get to keep on playing for another week.
Clayton Coulter threw for four touchdowns and Quintyn Reeder rushed for 202 yards and two scores, and Southside Christian beat Williston-Elko 56-32 in a Class A Division I second-round playoff game.
The Sabres (11-1), who had never won a playoff game before this season, will play host to McBee in the Upper State final Friday night.
Coulter, who completed 10 of 13 passes for 202 yards, threw touchdowns of 9 and 40 yards to Cooper Jackson, 71 yards to Connor Holden and 10 yards to Jon Taylor.
Reeder carried 13 times and scored on runs of 53 and 90 yards.
The Sabres’ offensive outburst enabled them to overcome a big effort by Williston-Elko running back Shakur Chisolm, who ran the ball 32 times for 287 yards and scored four touchdowns.
“We knew that we were going to have to put up a lot of points to beat those guys, because of how good that running back is and how good they controlled the ball,” Coulter said.
The teams traded blows in the first half, which ended with the Blue Devils ahead 26-21. But the Sabres did almost all of the scoring in the second half.
“Our defense really shut them down in the second half,” Coulter said.
“We talked about it at halftime, and we knew we had to step it up in the second half,” said senior linebacker Josh Tolbert.
Williston-Elko (8-4) didn’t score in the second half until Chisolm’s 28-yard touchdown run with 2:29 remaining in the game, and by then SCS led 56-32.
“That kid was a beast,” SCS coach Jason Kaiser said of Chisolm. “But they had 26 points in the first half, and they didn’t score again until that last drive with two minutes left. Give credit to the defense.
“But our offense, we got stopped once, and every other time we converted. And we had to. And we knew that.”
The Sabres also got an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Austin Greer.
“It was open, and my blockers did it all for me,” Greer said. “I just did the running part.”
He also returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown. And Jonathan Kissenberth made all eight of his point-after kicks.
“There’s something special about these kids,” Kaiser said. “There’s a no-die attitude. They’re hungry to continue. We always say, ‘It’s a lot of fun to practice during Thanksgiving,’ and we are.”