CHAPIN – Laurens and Spring Valley left town with a stalemate, but at least the teams got out before the lightning Saturday night.
The Raiders dominated the former quarter, particularly via penetration across the defensive front, but the Vikings got the best of the latter. Neither team could find the end zone from close range. Spring Valley missed a desperate field goal attempt on the final play of the scrimmage, and that was that.
Laurens 8, Spring Valley 8.
Spring Valley stopped the Raiders on downs at the 3-yard line. On the next play, the LDHS defense trapped the Viking quarterback in the end zone. As a result, Laurens led 2-0 at quarter’s end, and hiked the edge to 8-0 early in the next.
Quarterback Ryan Campbell, who was chosen as the top offensive player in the scrimmage, ran the offense adroitly, but LDHS missed that offense’s most powerful weapon because Duane Martin was out with injury. Several others, particularly senior Jordan Woodruff, sophomore Zy Todd and junior Jeremiah Fuller, provided speed and elusiveness, but Martin’s 6-foot-2, 250-pound frame would have come in handy near the Viking goal.
It was a fine night for green and gold. Both teams wore it.
By the end, lightning was flashing in the distance. The teams scheduled to end the jamboree never took the field, and Gray Collegiate was leading Mid-Carolina 7-3 when the threatening conditions delayed their fray and eventually shortened it.
Barnwell opened the Chapin High School affair with a 28-6 victory over Newberry.