Rebels rebound after sluggish start to rout Keenan



PLAY OF THE GAME: After a frustrating opening quarter that saw Strom Thurmond run only one offensive play, running back Darius Hammond scored a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter, including a nifty 30-yarder that left several defenders grabbing at air.

STARS OF THE GAME: Senior Rebels quarterback Raleigh Yeldell was a steadying force for the top seed, especially after Hammond went down with an ankle injury in the second half, passing for 161 yards and two scores while rushing for 55 yards. Jamal Jackson and Cody Griffith had interceptions in the second half.

WHY STROM THURMOND WON: The Rebels struggled on defense early as the Raiders ran off 20 plays and nearly the entire first quarter clock before taking the lead, but they buckled down after halftime. Offensively, the Rebels never punted the football and scored on all but one possession.

WHY KEENAN LOST: The Raiders used a ball-control offense and an efficient play-action passing attack to keep things close in the first half as it was a dropped pass away from being tied at the break. Unfortunately, that same game plan failed to work against an adjusted Rebels defense in the second half.

QUOTABLE: “We didn’t have a good week of practice, but I didn’t think we’d play this bad for the first half. We just didn’t play very well on defense, but we did on offense. Raleigh made some great throws, had good leadership and was in charge of the offense. I thought he played really well.” Strom Thurmond head coach Lee Sawyer.

NEXT: Strom Thurmond (11-0) vs. Emerald (7-5), 7:30 p.m. next Friday.


Keenan 7 0 0 0 – 7

Strom Thurmond 0 14 7 21 – 42

First Quarter

K–Joshua McCord 4 pass from Titus Hopkins (Aaron Cook kick), :23.2

Second Quarter

ST–Darius Hammond 13 run (Trent Miller kick), 10:42

ST–Hammond 30 run (Miller kick), 7:56

Third Quarter

ST–Shaq Dobbs 5 pass from Raleigh Yeldell (Miller kick), 7:12

Fourth Quarter

ST–Malcolm Watkins 3 run (Miller kick), 8:12

ST–Ty Brooks 35 pass from Yeldell (Miller kick), 6:08

ST–Watkins 3 run (Miller kick), 4:48


First Downs 13 12

Rushes-Yards 28-90 22-171

Passing Yards 156 161

Comp.-Att.-Int. 21-30-2 12-14

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0

Penalties-Yards 10-77 6-50


RUSHING–Strom Thurmond: Darius Hammond 6-86, Malcolm Watkins 10-30, Raleigh Yeldell 6-55. Keenan: David Michael Clark 15-57, Titus Hopkins 4-7, Daetron Hyman 9-26.

PASSING–Strom Thurmond: Raleigh Yeldell 12-14 161. Keenan: Titus Hopkins 14-27-2 130, Joshua McCord 2-2 26.

RECEIVING–Strom Thurmond: Shaq Dobbs 1-5, Ty Brooks 4-76, Darius Hammond 3-49, Marquez Mathis 3-27, Javoris Gray 1-4. Keenan: Joshua McCord 7-64, David Michael Clark 1-0, Tyler Smith 5-54, Elderick McCullough 2-(-5), Matrick Belton 3-35, Tyler George 1-8.


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