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Hartsville High School

Red Foxes ready for run; harriers contend for region titles

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Hartsville – With the regular season in the books, the Hartsville Red Fox football team are focused on another run at a state title.

Hartsville finished the regular season with a 9-1 record, cruising through region 6-AAAA with a perfect record. The Red Foxes reached the Class AAAA finals a year ago and hope to have enough in the tank for another run.

Hartsville opens the playoffs on November 3rd against Orangeburg-Wilkinson and would have home field advantage throughout the lower state should they continue to win.

The Red Foxes averaged 304 yards rushing per game during the regular season, led by junior Tiyon Evans, who gained 1,170 yards and scored 17 touchdowns. Evans averaged 11.1 yards per carry while adding 499 receiving yards and six touchdowns.

Quarterback AJ Joyner had 903 yards passing with 11 touchdowns and did not throw an interception in 89 attempts.

Collins Bishop added 640 yards rushing and scored four times while Donovan Lambert rushed for 343 yards and five scores. Both averaged better than six yards per carry.

The Red Foxes lost 20 fumbles in 10 games, something head coach Jeff Calabrese says needs to improve in the postseason.

Hartsville’s defense came up with 20 turnovers (11 fumble recoveries, nine interceptions). Hunter Weeks is the leading tackler with 68 total hits and four tackles for loss. Kevon Haigler had 57 tackles in the regular season while Demonte Capehart had 18 tackles for loss and four sacks.

Zay Peterson has 50 tackles and Curtis Thompson has 47 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks.

Keyshawn McDonald and Rod Gattison each have three interceptions while Keshari Porter has two. Jaquez Brockington (42 tackles), JD Pendergrass (50 tackles) and Montrez Williams (39 tackles) also play key roles defensively.

Girls cross country wins region

Hartsville’s girls cross country team won the region 6-AAAA championship this fall while the boys team finished as the region runner-ups.

Senior Elizabeth Ropp was the individual region champion with sophomore Katherine Askins finishing second. Junior Lauren Alvarez was sixth, sophomore Alexis Windham was seventh, and senior Rachel Moan was eighth.

 Freshman Clay Ewing was the top Hartsville finisher in the boys race, placing third. Sophomore West Driggers was seventh and senior Chris Beasley was 10th. Sophomore Josh West finished 13th overall and sophomore Jordan Lynch was 16th.

 

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