Knights draw unbeaten Hartsville in 4A opener

BY DANNY KELLY
danny@theitem.com
Posted 11/8/18

The Crestwood High School football team won its final two games of the season after losing the first eight to clinch a spot in the 4A state playoffs.

For their trouble, the Knights get to face the top-ranked 4A team in the S.C. Prep Media …

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Knights draw unbeaten Hartsville in 4A opener

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The Crestwood High School football team won its final two games of the season after losing the first eight to clinch a spot in the 4A state playoffs.

For their trouble, the Knights get to face the top-ranked 4A team in the S.C. Prep Media Football Poll in the first round. Crestwood will travel to Kelleytown on Friday to take on Hartsville at 7:30 p.m.

Crestwood finished 2-8 on the season and used a 47-7 win over Darlington last Thursday to clinch an at-large berth in the lower state portion of the bracket.

Hartsville is 9-0 and is coming off of a 70-34 win over previously undefeated Myrtle Beach.

"I feel good about it," Knights head coach Roosevelt Nelson said. "They're (Hartsville) a very good team and one of the better programs in the state. We have the work cut out for ourselves."

Nelson knows what his team must accomplish offensively if they want to have a shot.

"We can't turn the ball over," he said. "We have to sustain drives with first downs and take advantage of what the defense gives us. (It's about) execution."

For the Crestwood offense, senior wide receiver Joshua Simon, who also filled in at quarterback this season, has recorded 1,500 all-purpose yards and 10 total touchdowns. In three games since returning from a suspension, senior quarterback Anthony Bradley has 470 yards through the air for six touchdowns and 250 yards rushing for seven scores.

Junior running back Damontae Furman has 1,200 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on the year, and junior wide receiver Montrell White has 350 yards and five touchdowns.

Crestwood must play well on defense to stop a Hartsville team that scores a lot of points out of its Wing-T offense

"(We need to focus on) alignment, tackling and blocks," Nelson said. "That's what we've got to do to give us an opportunity."

For the Red Foxes, senior quarterback Tiyon Evans has completed 52 of his 84 passes for 1,005 yards and 10 touchdowns with no interceptions. He's also run the ball 65 times for 826 yards and 14 scores.

Sophomore running back Dariyan Pendergrass has rushed 54 times for 646 yards and seven scores, and senior running back June Bishop has recorded 73 rush attempts for 476 yards and nine scores. Senior wide receiver JD Pendergrass has 32 receptions on the year for 554 yards and seven touchdowns.