By: Brian Rauf
The Weekend of Champions concluded Saturday night, and five high schools emerged with the right to call themselves state champions. Dillon, Bishop England, Greenwood, Gaffney, and Hartsville all came away with victories to cap off tremendous seasons.
The Class 2A-Division I championship got things underway Friday night at Benedict College as Dillon came out strong and defeated Fairfield Central by a final score of 21-6 behind freshmen quarterback Avery McCall’s three touchdown passes.
That game was followed by the Class 2A-Division II matchup that featured Bishop England, the defending champ, and Abbeville, who was the two-time defending 1A state champ. Quarterback Kevin Herbst ran for two scores and the Bishop defense pitched a shutout, pulling out a 21-0 win.
Saturday’s games at Williams-Brice Stadium was kicked off with the Class 4A-Division II championship clash between Greenwood and Northwestern. The game went into overtime tied at 24 before Greenwood was able to break through a get a stop, holding on for the 31-24 victory.
That was followed by the Big 16 championship featuring Gaffney and Dutch Fork. Gaffney quarterback Shaq Davidson accounted for four touchdowns (two passing, two rushing) as he led the Indians to a 34-22 win and Gaffney’s 16th state championship.
Saturday’s finale highlighted Hartsville and Union County in the Class 3A championship. Hartsville had played most of the year having to deal with the loss of fallen teammate Ronald Rouse, who collapsed on the field early in early October. Saturday the Red Foxes put the cap on an undefeated season, coming up with a 62-27 win with running back Trey Rogers running for five touchdowns.
To listen to the full Weekend of Champions recap, including words from the five victorious coaches, click on the link below.
AUDIO: Weekend of Champions recap [4:03]