Green Sea Floyds em­phat­i­cally punches ticket to ti­tle game

The Sun News (Sunday) - - Sports - BY ALEX LANG [email protected]­sun­

Green Sea Floyds’ dream foot­ball sea­son will con­tinue — now one step from a state ti­tle.

“I told our play­ers and coaches, no­body in the state would have been will­ing to bet $10 that Green Sea Floyds would have been play­ing in the state cham­pi­onship game,” Green Sea Floyds head coach Don­nie Kiefer said. “That would have been too big of a risk.”

Af­ter see­ing the fi­nal 47-7 score of Green Sea Floyds’ Lower State fi­nal vic­tory over Hem­ing­way, a few prob­a­bly wish they made that bet.

The Trojans dom­i­nated from the open­ing kick­off in Fri­day’s game at Luther En­zor Memo­rial Sta­dium. Green Sea Floyds will next face La­mar on Fri­day in Columbia for the Class A ti­tle. It’s the far­thest Green Sea has ever ad­vanced in the state play­offs.

Hun­dreds of Green Sea Floyds sup­port­ers packed the stands – with only a few stand­ing spots left – for the fi­nal home game of the year.

“I’m just real proud of th­ese kids and ev­ery­body in the com­mu­nity for what they’ve done. We’ve had great sup­port,” Kief- er said.

Green Sea Floyds over­pow­ered Hem­ing­way with its rush­ing at­tack led by Sopho­more Jaquan Dixon, who had 21 car­ries for 260 yards. Ju­nior An­wain Gra­ham had 13 car­ries for 122 yards as the Trojans had a to­tal of 436 yards of of­fense.

Green Sea scored on its first pos­ses­sion then held Hem­ing­way to a three-and-out. As Hem­ing­way tried to punt from its end­zone, the kick went di­rectly into the back of a Tigers player. Green Sea Floyds re­cov­ered and ran it back for the quick score.

And the blowout be­gan. “We prac­ticed hard all week,” said Gra­ham, a ju­nior. “We gave it ev­ery­thing we got.”

Kiefer said the team started the sea­son slow, then missed four weeks be­cause of Hur­ri­cane Florence. But a win over ri­val Loris High School seemed to turn things around and the team got better each week.

One of the more un­usual, and amus­ing, plays of Fri­day’s game hap­pened as Green Sea was driv­ing for a sec­ond-quar­ter score.

A Tro­jan run­ning back fum­bled and an­other Green Sea player re­cov­ered. He promptly fum­bled, which was re­cov­ered

by Hem­ing­way – which fum­bled, al­low­ing a Green Sea Floyds line­man Tan­ner Cox to re­cover. The net re­sult was about a 40-yard gain.

Cox, a ju­nior, said he was block­ing down­field, looked down and saw the ball at his feet. He tried to scoop it and score, but a de­fender brought him down by the legs.

He ad­mit­ted it was one of the cra­zi­est plays he’s seen.

Many of the breaks went the Trojans’ way through­out the game. By the time the sec­ond half con­cluded, Green Sea Floyds eas­ily won, without at­tempt­ing a for­ward pass.

The Trojans de­fense held Hem­ing­way to a to­tal of 75 yards of of­fense.

While people in at­ten­dance were left say­ing things such as “We made his­tory,” Green Sea Floyds hopes its sea­son isn’t com­plete without a state ti­tle.

“We want to go up there with the in­tent of win­ning that foot­ball game,” Kiefer said, “just fin­ish the sea­son strong.”

JA­SON LEE [email protected]­sun­

Green Sea Floyd’s Jaquan Dixon (9) drives past Hem­ing­way de­fend­ers in the Lower State Cham­pi­onship. Green Sea Floyds won the Class A Lower State Cham­pi­onship against Hem­ing­way Fri­day night with a score of 47-7.

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