PLAY OF THE GAME: Clinging to a 3-point lead late in the fourth quarter, Strom Thurmond extended its advantage to 27-17 when sophomore Deandre Ryan scored on an eight yard end-around with 4:13 remaining in regulation. With the win, Strom Thurmond advances to the quarterfinals for the eighth time in 10 seasons under head coach Lee Sawyer.
STAR OF THE GAME: Jauveer Hammond. The Rebels senior quarterback combined for 260 total yards (139 rushing, 121 passing) and two scores.
WHY STROM THURMOND WON: With the game’s outcome in doubt, Rebels defensive lineman Lyndon Lowery and linebacker Kenyatta Dunbar sealed the victory by forcing a pair of crucial fourth-quarter turnovers.
WHY NORTH MYRTLE BEACH LOST: The Chiefs fumbled on its own 8-yard line with 4:24 remaining in the fourth quarter. On the ensuing play, Strom Thurmond scored to increase its lead to two possessions.
QUOTABLE: “In terms of enrollment, we’re the smallest school in 3-A, so it says a lot about our coaching staff and players to be able to make it this far,” Sawyer said.
NEXT: Strom Thurmond (11-1) plays host to Myrtle Beach in the 3-A quarterfinals, Friday.