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The King's Academy tops Generals 34-14

By J.B BRUNSON
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 10/20/19

DALZELL - The Thomas Sumter Academy football team was looking to rebound from a 44-6 loss to Pee Dee Academy as it played host to The King's Academy for homecoming on Friday. After playing a tough first half of football, being tied at halftime …

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The King's Academy tops Generals 34-14

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DALZELL - The Thomas Sumter Academy football team was looking to rebound from a 44-6 loss to Pee Dee Academy as it played host to The King's Academy for homecoming on Friday. After playing a tough first half of football, being tied at halftime 14-14, the Generals slipped in the second half and lose to the Lions 34-14 at General Field.

When asked what changed in the second half, TSA head coach Stogner said, "They played better up front than they played all year. We weren't really able to move them. And penalties; every time we had something good happen, we'd come back and shoot ourselves in the leg. They played a good game, give them credit. We played as hard as we could."

Thomas Sumter would receive the ball to begin the game and started at its 23-yard line. The Generals would implement a strong rushing attack early behind running back Ayden Allen and fullback Graham Campbell, putting together a 10-play, 77-yard scoring drive that would be capped off by a 2-yard rushing touchdown from Campbell to give the Generals a 7-0 lead with 5:44 left in the first quarter.

The King's Academy responded quickly behind the passing of quarterback Garrison Fields, who would find wide receiver Mason Hunt for a huge 43-yard passing touchdown to tie the game 7-7 with 2:45 left in the first quarter.

Early in the second quarter, both teams would turn the ball over to each other, setting up the Lions with the ball on their 36-yard line with four minutes left in the second quarter. Fields would strike big once again with a 64-yard passing touchdown to wide receiver Trevor Milliken to give the Lions a 14-7 lead with 3:42 left in the second quarter.

Thomas Sumter's defense came up huge to set up the tying touchdown, stripping Fields of the football, and setting up the offense on The King's Academy 8 with 1:06 left in the second quarter. Back-to-back 4-yard rushes would find Allen in the end zone for the Generals, making it 14-14 going into halftime.

The Lions received the ball to begin the second half and began to drive. However, Fields would be intercepted by defensive back Matthew Daily, setting up the Generals at their 26. Daily would then substitute in at quarterback and throw an interception back to the Lions, putting them at TSA 34 with 7:44 left in the third quarter.

The King's needed five plays to score, ending with a 4-yard touchdown pass from Fields to wide receiver Tripp Lisenby to give the Lions a 21-14 lead with 5:33 left in the third quarter.

Three consecutive punts would end third quarter with King's Academy holding a 21-14 lead. The Lion's special teams unit would come up huge in the fourth quarter, blocking back-to-back Thomas Sumter punts, both times allowing their offense to start inside Generals territory.

A 3-yard rushing touchdown from running-back Ben Harris, and a 2-yard rushing touchdown from Josh McKenzie would seal the victory for the Lions.

TSA plays host to Wilson Hall next week, but Stogner is more concerned about his team.

"Right now our rival is ourselves," Stogner said. "We have to get everyone healed up. Adam (Jarecki) does a good job coaching over there at Wilson Hall. They've got good players, so we're just going to try to hold it together, heal up and be ready for Friday night."