Strom Thurmond shuts out Eau Claire

Back shines in his return

STROM THURMOND 48, EAU CLAIRE 0

PLAY OF THE GAME: Early in the first quarter, Strom Thurmond running back Darius Hammond gave fans a taste of what they’d missed the past two weeks when he was sidelined by asthma-related health issues. Hammond took a handoff and quickly eluded two tacklers at the line of scrimmage before accelerating past two more and into the secondary, spinning off a few more defenders for a thrilling 24-yard gain. The run signaled Hammond’s return and what would be a long evening for the visiting Shamrocks.

STARS OF THE GAME: Hammond scored three times and rushed for 85 yards in mostly first-half action. Strom Thurmond quarterback Raleigh Yeldell passed for two scores and ran for another. Defensively, the Rebels didn’t allow a first down until the final minutes of the game.

WHY STROM THURMOND WON: The Rebels (8-0), ranked second in Class AA for most of the season, simply had too much speed and skill in the trenches on both sides of the ball.

WHY EAU CLAIRE LOST: The Shamrocks (0-8) had four turnovers on an interception and three fumbles, often handing an already potent Rebels offensive unit short fields to work with.

NEXT: Columbia at Eau Claire, 7:30 p.m., Friday; Gilbert at Strom Thurmond, 7:30, Friday.

STROM THURMOND 48, EAU CLAIRE 0

Eau Claire 0 0 0 0 - 0

S. Thurmond 21 21 6 0 - 48

First Quarter

ST-Ty Glover 17 pass from Raleigh Yeldell (Trent Miller kick), 8:57

ST-Raleigh Yeldell 14 run (Miller kick), 7:40

ST-Darius Hammond 18 run (Miller kick), 3:53

Second Quarter

ST-Hammond 19 run (Miller kick), 11:43

ST-Hammond 2 run (Miller kick), 7:0

ST-Shaq Dobbs 8 pass from Yeldell (Miller kick), 4:23

Third Quarter

ST-James McKie 8 run (Kick blocked), 8:58

 ECST
First Downs312
Rushes-Yards25-4833-235
Passing Yards5491
Comp.-Att.-Int.1-4-15-11-0
Fumbles-Lost3-30-0
Penalties-Yards3-153-25

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING-Strom Thurmond: Malcolm Watkins 9-48, Raleigh Yeldell 4-50, James McKie 5-23, Darius Hammond 7-85, Tyree Stidem 7-31, Deleonta Bates, 1- (-2). Eau Claire: Marquise Jones 8-(-7), Marquise Boyan 9-15, Kareem Jones 5-6, Marquise Taylor 2-26, Jordan Stuckey 1-8.

PASSING-Strom Thurmond: Raleigh Yeldell 4-7-0 91, Tyree Stidem 1-4 8. Eau Claire: Marquise Boyan 0-3-1 0, Darius Vanover 1-1 54.

RECEIVING-Strom Thurmond: Shaq Dobbs 1-9, Ty Brooks, 3-82, Brandon Gladney 1-8. Eau Claire: Jordan Stuckey 1-54.

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