His­tory! Green Sea Floyds cap­tures school’s first state ti­tle

The State - - High Schools - BY AN­DREW RAMSPACHER [email protected]­tate.com

When the clocked ticked to zero in the first half, a group of Green Sea Floyds play­ers turned to the near-side bleach­ers at Bene­dict’s Charles W. John­son Sta­dium and be­gan jump­ing up and down on their way to the locker room. It wasn’t a full-on cel­e­bra­tion. Rather, a teaser by the Tro­jans to tell their fans the wait was al­most over.

Green Sea Floyds, a pro­gram that ex­pe­ri­enced a win­less sea­son four years ear­lier, cap­tured its first state cham­pi­onship in school his­tory Fri­day with a 26-20 win over La­mar.

A cou­ple de­fen­sive stands sealed the deal.

“I’m just so ec­static for th­ese kids to go out win­ners,” said GSF coach Don­nie Kiefer, “for this whole com­mu­nity. You saw the sup­port we had tonight. If you’ve ever been to Green Sea, there’s a con­ve­nience store and a Dol­lar Gen­eral — and there’s noth­ing else there.

“This is huge. ... Just a phe­nom­e­nal night.”

The Tro­jans (11-3) had never ad­vanced past the sec­ond round of the Class A play­offs be­fore this sea­son, but they proved they be­longed on the big­gest stage.

They held on late in the fourth quar­ter thanks to an An­wain Gra­ham in­ter­cep­tion at the GSF 2-yard line with 2:13 left and a Joseph Martin sack on fourth down with eight sec­onds left. The lat­ter came af­ter the Tro­jans couldn’t con­vert on fourth-and-1 at their own 14, lead­ing to plenty of ner­vous mo­ments.

“It the end it all worked out,” Kiefer said. “So we’ll take it.”

Af­ter fum­bling away its first posses­sion, GSF scored touch­downs on its next four, in­clud­ing a 42-yard run from Jaquan Dixon that evened the score at 6 with 8:04 left in the first quar­ter. Af­ter La­mar re­sponded with a 66-yard TD run from Jac’Quez Lu­cas, the Tro­jans scored 20 unan­swered points to take a 26-14 half­time lead.

Dixon ran 20 times for 247 yards and two TDs.

High-pow­ered of­fense has been a big part of GSF’s story this sea­son. It en­tered Fri­day on a sixgame win­ning streak in which it scored over 60 points three times. But when that unit was slowed in Fri­day’s sec­ond half, the Tro­jan de­fense stepped up.

GSF had three sec­ond half in­ter­cep­tions and twice turned La­mar over on downs.

La­mar, which was seek­ing its third state ti­tle in four years, cut the GSF lead to six with 3:34 left when quar­ter­back Jalen Lan­g­ley hooked up with Der­rick Hig­gins for a 37-yard score. It then re­cov­ered an on­side kick, but couldn’t cap­i­tal­ize.

JA­SON LEE [email protected]­sun­news.com

Jaquan Dixon is lifted by team­mates af­ter scor­ing against La­mar in first quar­ter of the S.C. Class A state cham­pi­onship game Fri­day at Bene­dict Col­lege in Columbia.

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