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Abbeville romps to title

Class A State roundup

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COLUMBIA — Abbeville defeated Hemingway 20-0 on Friday to win its second consecutive Class A Division I state championship.

The Panthers limited the Tigers to 95 total yards to win their sixth state title overall.

Ashton Heard capped a 17-play, 92-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run to close the first half. Abbeville (13-1) extended the lead in the third quarter after recovering a Hemingway fumble at the Tigers 24-yard line.

Seven plays later, O’Bryan Wilson scored to make it 14-0. Heard scored his second touchdown in the fourth quarter to round out the scoring. The senior running back finished with 174 yards on 25 carries.

Hemingway (13-1) was playing in its first-ever state championship and ran 28 plays to Abbeville’s 66. The Panthers finished with 341 yards of total offense.

CHRIST CHURCH 35, LAKE VIEW 14

Hunter Townes threw for two touchdowns and ran for two to lead Christ Church to the Class A Division II state championship.

The Cavaliers (13-1) won their second championship in school history by winning 12 games in a row to close the season. The teams were tied at 8 at the half, but Christ Church (13-1) scored 27 unanswered points thanks to four Wild Gators turnovers.

Townes threw a 36-yard scoring pass to Bennett Nalley and a 42-yard touchdown pass to Davis Einstein. The senior quarterback also added two scoring runs.

Lake View (8-6) scored first to take an 8-0 lead in the second quarter on a 6-yard Kenneth Turner run. Brody Smith added a 70-yard return on a blocked field goal.


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