The hometown kids didn't have quite enough to defeat the football factory.
That's the storyline anyway among those fans from Johnston, S.C., who watched their hometown Strom Thurmond (Johnston, S.C.)
drop a wild 39-35 game to Eastern Christian Academy (Elkton, Md.)
, a school formerly known as Red Lion Academy.
According to the Augusta Chronicle, Eastern Christian Academy (Elkton, Md.)
(ECA) boasts at least nine Division I players, including USC-bound quarterback David Sills
who not only threw for more then 300 yards and four scores, but he scored the game-winning touchdown on a 26-yard scramble with about four minutes remaining.
Strom Thurmond got big games from quarterback Jauveer Hammond
and tailback Darius Hammond
, but came up a little short.
"What a gutsy effort by our kids," Strom Thurmond head coach Lee Sawyer told the newspaper. "They've got nine D-I guys? What a gutsy effort."Northwestern (SC) swamps Gaffney
According to the Spartanburg Herald Journal, Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.)
piled up 449 yards in a surprising 49-19 win over host Gaffney (Gaffney, S.C.)
, a defending state finalist.
Northwestern took a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter on TD runs from Tori Adams and Lathomas Long and after Luke Lancaster
(278 yards passing) fired a touchdown pass from Gaffney, the visitors scored two more touchdowns to go up 28-13 on a pass from Mason Rudolph to Mustafia Love and a 47-yard run by Long.
The game was out of reach from there. Jordan (Sandy, Utah) 53, Fremont 12
The state's top-ranked team, led by sophomore quarterback Austin Kafentzis
, had little trouble in its season opener at Fremont. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Kafentzis threw for three touchdowns and rushed for two more. He was the MaxPreps national Freshman of the Year last season.