CAYCE, SC -- Senior quarterback Robert Wells scored from 13 yards out with 2:31 remaining in the game as host Brookland-Cayce snapped a three-game losing streak to down Columbia 10-6 at The Cage on Homecoming.
Played in extremely humid (79%) and hot (83 degrees) conditions that included several stints of rain, the Bearcats jumped on top early in the second quarter as junior placekicker Kyle James connected on a 28-yard field goal that capped off a 64-yard drive by B-C that consumed 8:20 of the clock and consisted of 14 plays.
But, Columbia took the lead at the 7:52 mark on a strange play that occurred on a fourth-and-one at the Brookland-Cayce 46-yard line. As senior quarterback Chris Hudgens began the option play to the left end, the ball was fumbled, but picked up by fellow classmate Ivory Haltiwanger, who broke a pair of tackles behind the line of scrimmage and raced 46 yards to the end zone. The extra point attempt was blocked and the Capitals held a 6-3 advantage at intermission.
Neither team could muster any points in the third quarter and the B-C heroics by Wells wrapped up a huge come-from-behind victory for Coach Brad Coleman's Bearcats as B-C has fallen in two games this year by a total of eight points -- Gilbert (20-19 OT) and Swansea (14-7). A key play in the game-winning drive was senior Rorey Garnett's eight-yard ramble on a fourth-and-three at the Columbia 34-yard line that kept the drive alive. For the game, Garnett rushed six times for 44 yards (7.3 average) to lead the B-C rushing attack.
The win was Brookland-Cayce's third consecutive Homecoming victory as B-C downed North HS the past two years (38-0 last year and 20-14 in 2000). The 2001 Homecoming Queen, Joycelyn McElveen, crowned Kim Vinson as this year's recipient and her court was made up of Second Runner-Up Kelsi Dunlap and First Runner-Up Hollie Griffin.
The win improves B-C to 2-3 overall and the Bearcats will begin Region 5-3A play next Friday at The Cage as they entertain Midland Valley (1-4). The loss drops the Capitals to 3-2 as Columbia will begin Region 5-2A action at Chesterfield (1-3) next Friday.
Score By Quarters -- 1, 2, 3, 4 = Total
Columbia -- 0, 6, 0, 0 = 6
Brookland-Cayce -- 3, 0, 0, 7 = 10
BC -- Kyle James 28 FG, 11:16 2nd Quarter
C -- Ivory Haltiwanger 46 Run, 7:52 2nd Quarter
BC -- Robert Wells 13 Run, 2:31 4th Quarter
Total Yards -- BC (56 ATT, 182 YDS), C (37 ATT, 184 YDS)
Rushing -- BC (41 ATT, 99 YDS), C (25 ATT, 138 YDS)
Passing -- BC (9 CMP, 15 ATT, 83 YDS), C (5 CMP, 12 ATT, 46 YDS, 2INT)
1st Downs -- BC (11 -- 6 Rushing, 4 Passing, 1 Penalty), C (7 -- 3 Rushing, 4 Passing)
Penalties-Yards -- BC (3-20), C (7-70)
Fumbles/Lost -- BC (4/0), C (4/1)
Fumbles Recovered Yards -- BC (5/0), C (3/46)
Interceptions Made -- BC (2), C (0)
Interceptions Yards -- BC (0), C (0)
3rd Down Conversions -- BC (3/12), C (2/7)
4th Down Conversions -- BC (3/3), C (1/3)
Red Zone Conversions -- BC (2/4 -- 1TD, 1FG), C (0/1)
Time of Possession -- BC (28:41), C (19:19)
Robert Wells -- 23 rushes, 33 yards, 4 FUM, 1 TD
Mikael Owens -- 12 rushes, 22 yards
Rorey Garnett -- 6 rushes, 44 yards
Robert Wells -- 9 completions, 15 attempts, 83 yards
Jamar Goodwin -- 5 receptions, 45 yards
Mikael Owens -- 2 receptions, 3 yards
Marquis Jones -- 1 reception, 32 yards
Rorey Garnett -- 1 reception, 3 yards
Jason Cothran -- 5 punts, 131 yards, 36.2 average, 1 block
KICKOFFS (3-0 TOUCHBACKS)
Senad Ademovic -- #1 52 yards to the 8-yard line (24 yard return), #2 45 yards to the 15-yard line (13 yard return), #3 58 yards to the 2-yard line (15 yard return)
Holding -- 1 (10)
Ineligible Receiver Down Field -- 1 (5)
Intentional Grounding -- 1 (5)
Made by Carson Casto
Made by Robert Wells
For more information, check out the Brookland-Cayce High School football web site at www.scsoccer.com/bcfootball.
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