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Green Sea Floyds runs past Ridge Spring-Monetta, 48-12, in Class A title game

Columbia – For the second consecutive year, the Green Sea Floyds Trojans proved to be the best team in Class A football in South Carolina. And they might stay on top for years to come.

Coach Donnie Kiefer guided his Trojans to a 48-12 win over Ridge Spring-Monetta on December 6 at Benedict College. Junior running back Jaquan Dixon rushed for 132 yards and three touchdowns while senior quarterback Bubba Elliott added 122 yards and two scores on the ground.

The only blemish on the record for Green Sea Floyds this season was to AAA Aynor. Among their Class A competition, there were no equals in 2019.

“We knew they were a good football team coming in and that they had some weapons so for our guys to go out and play the type of defense that we did was a real testament to our hard work,” Kiefer said. “We expected a 48-minute game. We expected nothing less.  We came in with a lot of respect for them and we leave with a lot of respect. None of these games are ever easy. I don’t care what the final score says, these are never easy.

“We were just trying to stick with the game plan and continue to do what we do. I think we were able to wear them down as time went on.”

The Trojans finished the game with 335 rushing yards, scoring all six of their touchdowns on the ground. The Green Sea Floyds defense limited Ridge Spring-Monetta to 262 total yards but only 106 on the ground. Nick Clemons had eight tackles, two for loss, and Tanner Cox had three sacks. Dan Johnson had two interceptions and the Trojans racked up nine sacks and 12 tackles for loss.

The Trojans used a short field to take the early lead. After Ridge Spring-Monetta failed on a fourth down attempt, Green Sea-Floyds took over on the RS-M 37-yard line. Five plays later, Elliott scampered in from 14 yards out, taking a 7-0 lead with 7:43 to play in the first quarter.

Less than two minutes later, Aaron Graham picked off Ridge Spring-Monetta’s Rem Leaphart and returned the pick 53 yards for a touchdown and a 13-0 lead.

Late in the second quarter, Dixon rumbled in from 27 yards with 3:57 remaining to give Green Sea a 21-0 halftime lead.

Dixon added a seven-yard run to open the third quarter and the Trojans led 28-0. RS-M got on the board late in the third on a five-yard pass from Leaphart to Daniel Harris.

Elliott pushed the lead to 34-6 on the second play of the final quarter with a three-yard run. After Leaphart and Harris combined on a 16-yard scoring pass, Dixon’s two-yard blast and Anwain Graham’s six-yard run provided the final margin.

“Hard work reaps great reward,” Kiefer said. “We want to be known as a program that’s going to work hard and do things the right way, and always give our young men an opportunity to be successful.”

Leaphart completed 12 of 21 passes for 142 yards but was intercepted three times and sacked six times.

Ridge Spring-Monetta lost several players to injury during the game and never could get any sustained offense.

“We were sitting there with no punter, no snapper and no running backs,” head coach Brian Smith. “I was disappointed that we didn’t play our best. We picked a bad night. But we will learn from this. Hate to lose but we’ll be okay. This is where we want to be every year. It stinks to lose but this is the goal every year.”

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