DALZELL — The Thomas Sumter Academy football team’s defense has proven to be extremely susceptible to run-minded offenses. Friday was no different for the Generals.
Florence Christian …
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Florence Christian School’s rushing attack, led by the powerhouse combo of running backs Marshall Brown and Eli Brayboy, went for four touchdowns and 383 yards to lead the Eagles to a 35-20 victory at General Field.
“We took the bad end of the stick tonight.”, said TSA head coach Troy Kessinger, whose team fell to 2-5 overall and 1-2 in SCISA Region II-2A.
Thomas Sumter received the ball to start the game. A 40-yard pass from quarterback Eli Kessinger to wide receiver Richard Huntley moved the Generals to the Eagles’ 19-yard line. Four plays later though, they turned the ball over on downs at the 14.
The Eagles implemented their running game early by putting together a 15- play, 86-yard scoring drive that lasted nearly eight minutes and only featured running plays. Brayboy scored on a 4-yard run to cap off the drive. A successful 2-point conversion made it 8-0.
The second quarter resembled the first with Florence Christian steadily moving the ball on the ground. An 81-yard drive covering 13 plays was capped off by a 2-yard quarterback sneak from Nick Wood to make it 15-0 with 2:23 left in the first half.
FCS intercepted Eli Kessinger on the ensuing drive at the Florence Christian 41. On the next play, Brayboy broke loose for 59-yard touchdown run to make it 22-0 at halftime.
In the first half, Florence Christian had 220-yards of total offense without throwing the ball once.
The Generals showed some life offensively in the third quarter as Eli Kessinger connected with wide receiver Dante Linder for a 40-yard touchdown and Huntley rushed for a 22-yard touchdown of his own.
The Eagles’ offense would, however, prove to be too big of a problem for the Generals. Nick Wood found Marshall Brown for a 12-yard TD pass and then Brown would later take it into the end zone himself with a 5-yard rushing touchdown to give Florence Christian a 35-13 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Huntley found the end zone for the Generals one more time in the fourth quarter with a 4-yard run.
. Thomas Sumter’s defense has been vulnerable to teams with a decent offensive line and talented running backs. In a 50-34 loss to Spartanburg Christian earlier this season, the Generals gave up 531-yards rushing.
“We weren’t able to stop it.” Coach Kessinger said of the Eagles’ rushing attack.
“We’re not really physical. We have to get better physically.”
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