2009-08-21 / Sports

The 49th Annual Richland Sertoma Club Sportsarama kicks off area football season

Story and Photos by Mike Maddock

C.A. Johnson quarterback Jonathan Goodman runs for yardage against Swansea in the 2009 Sportsarama. C.A. Johnson quarterback Jonathan Goodman runs for yardage against Swansea in the 2009 Sportsarama. Richland Sertoma Club's Sportsarama 2009 kicked off the start of the high school football season for eight area schools. Teams from Swansea, C.A. Johnson, Lower Richland, Eau Claire, Dreher, A.C. Flora, Keenan, and Columbia took to the field on a slightly rainy night at Benedict College's Charlie Johnson Stadium Saturday, August 15. Each match- up consisted of two 10- minute halves. Kick- offs and punts were not allowed to be returned, and there was no rush allowed on field goals, point after attempts, or punts.

Green Hornets get by

Swansea with the long ball

In the opening contest of the night, the C.A. Johnson Green Hornets spotted the Swansea Tigers, coached by former Cardinal Newman head coach Van Lewis, a 6- 0 lead. The Tigers got possession of the ball at the C.A. Johnson 30- yard line at the 3:14 mark of the first half and marched into the end zone nine plays and three minutes later. The Green Hornets stuffed the two- point attempt.

Lower Richland's Matthew Smith (52) and Michael Bouknight (42) converge on an Eau Claire's running back. Lower Richland's Matthew Smith (52) and Michael Bouknight (42) converge on an Eau Claire's running back. Just 21 seconds into the second half on a third- and- five play, C.A. Johnson quarterback Jonathan Goodman launched a 65- yard bomb to #85 to tie the score at 6- 6. The Tigers stopped the two- point attempt.

Three plays later, on third- and- two from the Swansea 43- yard line, a shotgun snap went sailing by the Tiger quarterback. The Tigers recovered the loose ball, but lost 20 yards on the error. After the Swansea punt that followed, the Green Hornets took over at the 50- yard line. Goodman then found Kendele Wilson for a 38- yard pass play. Goodman then ran the ball to the Swansea one, and Wilson ran the last yard to give C.A. Johnson a 12- 0 lead with 4:54 remaining. Goodman extended the lead to 14- 6 by running in the two- point conversion.

The Tigers could not answer, and the contest concluded after the Green Hornets had driven to the Swansea 28- yard line.

Diamonds move forward,

while Shamrocks step back

Dreher's Kibwe Dixon (12) and Daniel Bethea (7) tackle A.C. Flora's Edward Taylor in the third game of the 2009 Sportsarama. Dreher's Kibwe Dixon (12) and Daniel Bethea (7) tackle A.C. Flora's Edward Taylor in the third game of the 2009 Sportsarama. The Lower Richland Diamond Hornets got nothing in their opening drive against the Eau Claire Shamrocks but scored in each of their next two possessions to beat Eau Claire 14- 0 in the second match- up of the night.

The Shamrocks got the ball at their own 45- yard line with 8:21 remaining in the first half and drove to the Lower Richland 31- yard line, but then things began to unravel. Two motion penalties, two runs that netted three yards, and an incomplete pass later, and they faced a fourth- and- 23.

After the punt, the Diamond Hornets didn't appear to be fending much better. Backed up to their 10- yard line and staring at a third- and- 14, quarterback John Worthy uncorked a bomb to Desmond Wallace streaking down the sidelines for a 71- yard gain. The Diamond Hornets were awarded another 15- yards for an Eau Claire horse- collar tackle. Two plays later, Worthy found Jaylin Scott in the end zone for a six- yard touchdown pass. William Medlin's extra point made it 7- 0 Lower Richland with 1:24 remaining in the opening half.

Dreher's Dominic Boyd was named Mr. Spor tsarama, and Lower Richland's Lauren Adams was named Miss Spor tsarama.  Dreher's Dominic Boyd was named Mr. Spor tsarama, and Lower Richland's Lauren Adams was named Miss Spor tsarama. The Shamrocks continued to go the wrong way on their next possession losing 11 yards on three runs. Meanwhile, on their next possession, the Diamond Hornets faced a third- and- seven from the Eau Claire 30- yard line when Worthy dumped a short pass to DeVante Wright. Wright cut across the middle of the field, made a few nifty moves, and waltzed into the end zone with 6:04 to play. Medlin's extra point gave Lower Richland a 14- 0 lead.

The Shamrocks were flagged for a delay of game and holding on their next possession that ended in a punt from their own 15- yard line. The Diamond Hornets then ran out the clock.

No more Bacon bowl, but still pretty intense rivalry for

Blue Devils and Falcons

Dreher head coach Bill Bacon may have missed his brother being on the opposite sideline when he faced A.C. Flora in the third contest of the night, but he still had some fun opening with two onsides kicks. The first was called back due to the Sportsarama special rules and the second, even though the Blue Devils got possession, was given to the Falcons at the Dreher 44- yard line.

Keenan's Sterling Jenkins closes in on Columbia quarterback Kevin Davis. Keenan's Sterling Jenkins closes in on Columbia quarterback Kevin Davis. The Falcons under new headman Dean Howell, started a little shaky and were forced to punt after quarterback Stephen Cagle was sacked at midfield. Meanwhile, after the Falcon punt, the Blue Devils drove 82 yards, 43 of those coming from quarterback Jackson Edwards' pass to Leonard Kennedy. The drive stalled and on a fourth- and- 13 play from the A.C. Flora 14- yard line, Edwards was sacked ending the Dreher threat.

The Falcons then responded with a 13 play, 5:38 drive that started from their own 18- yard line. On third- and- five from the Flora 23- yard line, Cagle found Sam Caldera for a 15- yard gain. Then, two successive runs by Edward Taylor netted 11 yards and 15 yards respectively, and a Dreher personal foul tacked on another 15 yards to give A.C. Flora a first- and- ten at the Dreher 20- yard line.

The Falcons drove to the Dreher four- yard line, but facing third down called a time- out. Problem was, they had no time- outs and were penalized five yard for delay of game. After an incomplete pass, the Falcons were forced to settle for a Lee Knudson field goal, but with four minutes remaining it turned out to be enough.

Dreher's fake punt attempt with 1:14 remaining was stuffed by A.C. Flora, and the Falcons were able to run out the clock to take the 3- 0 win.

Capitals and Raiders

battle to the finish

They saved the best for last. The Capitals and Raiders battled to the final bell, but Columbia emerged with the 20- 14 victory in the exhibition's nightcap.

The game appeared it might be a snoozer as the Capitals ate up ten minutes and 37 seconds of clock on two touchdown- producing drives. The Capitals drove 80- yards to start the game with a mixture of runs and passes, none of which gained more than ten yards until quarterback Kevin Davis found Casey Gladney in the end zone for a 13- yard touchdown grab. McArtha Thompson's extra point made it 7- 0 Columbia with 2:21 remaining in the first half.

After a Keenan fourth down pass fell incomplete, the Capitals then went back to work on the ground. Davis's 34- yard run set Columbia up with a first and goal at the Keenan five- yard line. Three plays later, Davis scored on a perfectly executed one- yard naked bootleg to give the Capitals a 13- 0 lead with 7:02 remaining.

The Raiders looked done and faced a second- and- ten from their own 30 yard line, but Keenan quarterback Antonio Perry found Chad Jasper for a 37- yard gain. On the next play, Perry hit Alexander Evans for a 33- yard touchdown pass. William Moore's point after cut the lead to 13- 7

The Raider defense then responded by backing Columbia to it's own eight- yard line and forcing a punt. The Raider offense took over from the Columbia 39- yard line with 3:21 remaining. Facing a third- and- 12 from the Columbia 41, Perry scrambled right then tip- toed down the sidelines into the end zone. The extra point gave the Raiders a 14- 13 advantage with 2:23 remaining.

Starting from their own 13- yard line, the Capitals quickly found themselves facing a third- and- four, but Davis dropped a pass to Sergio Pyles down the right sideline that Pyles hauled in with one hand in traffic to sustain the drive and give Columbia new life at the Columbia 45- yard line. A roughing the passer call tacked on another 15 yards to put the ball at the Keenan 40- yard line. Two quick passes to Gladney and Christian Reed gave Columbia a first- and- goal at the Keenan seven- yard line with 16.6 seconds remaining. After Davis spiked the ball, 10.3 seconds remained. He then found Pyles on a perfect slant pass for the go- ahead touchdown. Thompson's extra point made it 20- 14 with 6.2 seconds remaining.

Starting from their own six- yard line, the Raiders had time for one more desperation play, and it nearly worked. Perry scrambled to the 35- yard line and just as he was being tackled pitched to Ryan Williams who sprinted to the 50- yard line, but he was eventually run down by the Capital defense to end the game.

Extra Points

Dreher's Dominic Boyd was named Mr. Sportsarmama, and Lower Richland's Lauren Adams was named Miss Sportsarama. Columbia High was awarded with Best Band and the Lower Richland Diamond Hornet cheerleaders got Best Cheerleading Squad. Keenan was awarded the Charlie Stuart School Spirit Award for best overall spirit.

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