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Rebels Survive Shaky Second Half To Win

web posted September 14, 2018

SPORTS -  Strom Thurmond senior tight end, Robert Whitt caught a 20 yard pass from QB Jequan Harris about halfway through the 1st quarter to draw first blood in Thursday's match-up against the visiting Emerald Vikings. 

Like many South Carolina schools, varsity football was moved up to avoid the approaching bad weather associated with Hurricane Florence.
 
Shortly after the second quarter got underway, RB Charquez Booker caught a Harris pass, taking the ball to the endzone for a 34 yard touchdown.  The Rebels led 14-0 after kicker, Hunter Bledsoe's extra point went through the uprights.
 
The Vikings answered shortly afterward with a 36 yard touchdown pass from quarterback, Luke Deal to senior wide receiver Brayden Ridge.  The point after was no good and the score stood at 14-6.
 
With 5:08 remaining in the half, Harris connected with senior wide receiver, Devontae Ellis on a 52 yard pass to take the Rebels up 21-6, after Bledsoe's extra point.
 
About two minutes into the 3rd quarter, Thurmond quarterback, Harris capitalized on a 71 yard drive by running for a 38 yard touchdown with 10:17 left in the quarter.  The extra point was good.  The Rebels didn't have to wait long as the Vikings roared back with a Luke Deal, 50 yard touchdown pass to Brayden Ridge, just 1 minute and 21 seconds later.  The extra point failed and the score was 28-12.
 
After a faltered drive left the Rebel punter kicking from deep in his own territory, Emerald blocked the punt and managed to recover the ball on the Rebel 1 yard line.  Three plays later, Kedarren Dean toted the ball in for a Viking touchdown.  A two-point conversion attempt failed putting the score at 28-18.
 
Near the close of the third quarter, a Viking defensive lineman intercepted the ball at his own 15, and returned it to the Emerald 30 yard line.
 
A few plays into the 4th quarter, Kedarren Dean scored on a 39 yard run.  The kick was good and Emerald closed the gap 28-25.
 
A dismal drive left the Rebel punter kicking from the 1 yard line with about 5:30 remaining in Thurmond's desperate attempt to cling to their 3 point lead.  As luck would have it, the Emerald receiver mishandled the punt, dropping the ball.  The Rebels recovered.
 
Thurmond ran almost 4 minutes of the clock.  Failing to get a critical 1st down, the Rebels were forced to punt to the hungry Vikings, who mishandled the punt but retained possession.  On their first play from scrimmage, Emerald fumbled, and allowed the Rebels to recover with 1:36 remaining in the game.  Robert Whitt recovered the ball.
 
A few plays later, with about a minute remaining, Charquez Booker sealed Emerald's fate with a 4 yard touchdown run.  The extra point attempt failed leaving the final score at 34-25. 
 









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