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FCS Eagles get another shot at Trinity-Byrnes with title trip on the line

By Justin Driggers

Consulting Editor

Florence – The Florence Christian School football team lost just two games during the regular season – one to AAA Laurence Manning Academy and one to Region I-AA foe Trinity-Byrnes School.

The Eagles have the opportunity to avenge one of those defeats on Nov. 9 as they will travel to face the Titans once more.

Only this time there is even more at stake.

The winner of the semifinal matchup in Darlington will go on to face the victor between Robert E. Lee Academy and John Paul II on Nov. 17 at noon in Columbia for the state championship.

It will be a tall task for FCS given that the Titans won the opening matchup 56-14. Nick Jones had 85 yards rushing and 94 yards receiving for TBS with a touchdown. Reggion Bennett scored twice while quarterback Jordan Jones threw for 151 yards and a pair of scores.

For the Eagles, Robbie Jordan and Eli Brayboy were the only two players to score as both rushed for TDs. Brayboy finished with 71 yards on the ground.

The rushing attack has been what FCS has hung its hat on all season long as the Eagles are averaging over 230 yards a game. Brayboy had just under 1,000 yards rushing at the end of the regular season to go along with 14 scores. Marshall Brown had more than 650 yards and four scores.

In total, FCS gained over 2,000 yards and had 28 touchdowns via the rushing attack leading into a first-round playoff game against higher-seeded Hilton Head Christian Academy.

Brown and Brayboy led the charge again. Brayboy had 203 yards rushing on 15 carries with three touchdowns while Brown finished with 179 yards and three scores on 20 carries.

Phillip Hucks led the team defensively with nine tackles followed by Brown. George Rishmawi and Ethan Kelly each had an interception while Rishmawi, Brayboy and Timothy Smalls II recovered fumbles.

Hucks is among the team leaders in overall tackles and tackles for a loss while Jackson Gray is at the top of the list in sacks.

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