Rebels roll to first round win
STROM THURMOND 52, BISHOP ENGLAND 0
JOHNSTON — Prior to Friday night’s game against Bishop England, Strom Thurmond hadn’t played a football game in 21 days.
That didn’t result in any rust, however. The Rebels returned to the field with an eagerness and intensity that helped them cruise to a 52-0 victory to open the Class 3A playoffs.
Strom Thurmond will host Wade Hampton in the second round.
The Rebels’ defense swarmed the Bishops from the start. From there, the offense took advantage of the good field position, scoring three touchdowns in the first quarter to put Strom Thurmond ahead 19-0.
“We’re going to keep playing off our defense. The more our defense performs the longer we’re going to play,” Strom Thurmond head coach Antwaun Hillary said. “That’s just how it goes. I’ve been doing this 13 years, and I’ve never seen a team go far with a bad defense. I’m proud of those guys.”
It was the defense’s turn to get in on the scoring in the second half. Willie Bonds scooped up a snap that went over the punter’s head and ran it in for a touchdown. Robert West intercepted a pass on the following drive and returned it for a touchdown to stretch the lead to 31. Hill capped off the first half scoring with his second touchdown of the game on a 2-yard run.
Hill finished the game with 76 yards and the two touchdowns on 10 carries. Jequan Harris passed for 91 and ran for another 85.
Patrick Westbrook connected with Devontae Ellis on a 31-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Antorion Nerulus closed out the scoring with a 72-yard touchdown run. He finished with 104 yards on six carries.
Bishop England was held to 57 yards of offense in the shutout.