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Strom Thurmond Football Season Ends

web posted November 17, 2018

SPORTS - The Red Devils of Wade Hampton came to Johnston last night to face the Strom Thurmond Rebels in 2nd round of the state AAA playoffs.  Both teams were well prepared and capable of winning, but in the end, penalties and miscues would decide the victor.

Wade Hampton received the opening kickoff and drove downfield for 61 yards in 90 seconds to score the first touchdown.  Senior fullback, Pernell Maxwell III highlighted the 4-play Red Devil drive with a long run, followed by a 7 yard touchdown trot.  The point after was good and the Red Devils were up 7-0.

In Thurmond's first drive, lasting 12 plays, the Rebels moved the ball well, but had a couple of penalties totaling 25 yards, costing them the opportunity to convert a first down.  The Rebel punt left Wade Hampton operating deep in their own territory.

The Thurmond defense contained Wade Hampton on the next series of downs, forcing the Red Devils to punt.  This left the Rebels with excellent field position at the Wade Hampton 35 yard line.  A few plays later, freshman running back, Charquez Booker fumbled the ball on the one yard line. The Red Devils recovered the ball and set about trying to move out of their own end zone.     

Unable to advance the ball against the gritty Rebel defense, Wade Hampton punted from the back of their own end zone.  Instead of receiving the ball with excellent field position, a "roughing the kicker" penalty put the football back in the hands of the Red Devils at the 20 yard line.

With 1:01 left in the first half, Thurmond quarterback, Jequan Harris connected with wide receiver, Jalen Hammonds on a 4th down, 18 yard touchdown reception.  The extra point attempt by kicker, Hunter Bledsoe sailed crisply through the uprights making the score 7-7, where it remained at intermission.

In the third quarter, Wade Hampton's Maxwell scampered for a long gain, and followed it up with a 1-yard run for a touchdown.  On the ensuing point after attempt, the place holder dropped the ball and was tackled while attempting to pass the recovered fumble.  This left the score at 13-7.

Later in the 3rd quarter, Red Devil quarterback, Quayshon Williams scored another touchdown.  This time, Wade Hampton attempted, and successfully executed a two-point conversion, bringing the score to 21-7

Hope was still alive in the 4th quarter, especially when the Red Devils fumbled at their own 32 yard line, and Thurmond capitalized with an 8 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver, Philip Merriweather.  With the score at 21-14, and several minutes left in regulation play, the Rebels, despite the penalties and bad breaks, seemed to have a shot at tying the game.

Those hopes soured after a 51 yard run by Wade Hampton's, Maxwell put the score in favor of the Red Devils 28-14 with 5:28 remaining.

After an unfruitful drive, Thurmond went on to recover a Wade Hampton fumble.  After being unable to obtain a first down, the Rebels relinquished the ball on downs, and the Red Devils ran the clock out on their possession.

Congratulations to the Strom Thurmond Rebels on their 9-3 season.

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