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Wade Hampton late defensive stand secures win over Bamberg Ehrhardt 35-28

Hampton – DeShareoh Williams rushed for 227 yards and four touchdowns to lead the 7th ranked AAA (HSSR) Red Devils of Wade Hampton to a 35-28 victory over the fourth ranked AA Bamberg-Ehrhardt Red Raiders at Red Devil Stadium Friday night but it was his play on defense that helped seal the win for the Red Devils.

            “I’m not a defensive player but when my team needs me, I have to step,” said Williams after the game.

            “DeShareoh is very good football player and he does whatever we ask of him. We don’t play him a lot on defense because we want him to stay fresh,” said Red Devil head coach Dr. Jerry Brown

            Bamberg had just cut the lead to 7 at 35-28 with 5:16 to go and then the Red Raiders Frank Hyland recovered the onside kick at the Red Devils 28-yardline setting up the offense in prime to position.

            After the Red Raiders moved the ball to the 14 on two carries by Quintin Banks. On first down the Red Raiders TJ Inabinet took the hand off and headed left and appeared to have a lot of day light in front of him when Williams came up from his free safety position and knocked Inabinet out of bounds after a two-yard gain. On third down, Inabinet ran the same play and again Williams came flying up to make the stop forcing a fourth and one.      

            On fourth down the Red Raiders went right but Banks was stopped cold by the Red Devils, and they took over at their five-yard line.

            “Give Wade Hampton all the credit they made a good play on a play we have run all year and is probably our best play,” said Bamberg head coach Robert Williams.

            The Red Devils would get one first down on a Williams run and when they punted the ball to the Red Raiders there were only 32 seconds left on the clock and the defense did the rest for the 35-28 win.

            “It was a great high school football. The fans should have to pay on the way in and the way out,” joked coach Brown. “The defense came up big when we needed them to and we were able to get the victory.”

            Wade Hampton opened the game by taking their opening drive 93 yards to pay dirt when Williams went 16 yards up the middle for the score and a 7-0 lead for the Red Devils. He gained 66 yards on the drive, but the big play was a fourth down pass completion for a 23-yard gain from Quayshon Williams to Jamir Busby.

            After the defense forced a punt by Bamberg-Ehrhardt, Williams would push the lead to 14-0 when he took the hand-off up the middle and then went 78 yards for the score.

            “My offensive line did a great job all night,” Williams said.

            The Red Raiders would cut the lead to 7 when they went 56 yards in 9-plays with Inabinet covering the final four yards.

            The Red Devils would answer with a 57-yard drive that took over 8 minutes off the clock when Williams scored from the four and the lead was back to 14 at 21-7.

            It was now the Red Raiders turn to answer and they did, with a 57-yard drive as Inabinet scored his second touchdown on the night from five yards out and the half ended with Red Devils on top 21-14.

            Bamberg would tie the game at 21 when after Dashanti Bank returned the second half kick-off 35-yards to the 45-yard line. From there they would use six plays to cover the 55 yards, when Hunter Bridges scored from the two.

            Williams would score his fourth touchdown on the night on a 7-yard run to cap a 10 play 78-yard drive. The lead was back to 7 at 28-21.

            The Red Devil defense would force the Red Raiders into the three and out.

            Wade Hampton went on their third drive of the game over 75 yards using 10 plays to cover 79 yards when quarterback Quayshon Williams scored from four yards out pushing the Red Devil lead back to 14 at 35-21.

            Bamberg would then go on a drive of their own and were ready to cut the lead to 7 when disaster struck as Kavion Tyler fumbled into the end zone where Wade Hampton’s Jonell Wright recovered and the Red Devils averted danger.

            The Red Raider defense would finally stop the Red Devil offense and force their first punt of the night with 6:09 to go in the game.      

            Taking over at their own 35-yardline the Red Raiders would need just three plays to move with in 7 points at 35-28 when Bridges lofted a perfect pass to Banks for a 44- yard touchdown.

            That set the stage for the exciting final 5:18 of the game.    

            The Red Devils moved to 6-1/ 1-0 with the win and after an off week they will travel to Lake Marion (0-6) for their second region contest while Bamberg (5-1) will travel to Allendale Fairfax (3-3) for there region opener.



Bamberg-Ehrhardt    7   7   7   7   28

Wade Hampton       14   7   7   7   35  

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