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Life returns to normal as Red Foxes chase region title

By David Shelton
Senior Writer

Hartsville – Hurricane Florence put a major damper on high school football in the Pee Dee and Grand Strand as many schools went at least three weeks without any action.
Hartsville High was one of those schools affected. Ranked number one in class AAAA, Hartsville opened the 2018 season with wins over South Florence (31-12), Camden (35-21) and Conway (35-0). Then Florence happened and Hartsville was one of many teams that sat around with no practice and no games for at least two weeks.
“It’s tough, really tough, but we’re all kind of in the same boat,” Hartsville head coach Jeff Calabrese said two weeks ago. “We can’t do anything with our kids. Some of the roads here are flooded. We can’t go to school and if we’re not in school, there is nothing we can do.”
Hartsville got back on the field on September 28th and posted a 57-7 win over Cheraw. Now, the Red Foxes hit the most important stretch of the season, region 6-AAAA play. The region, consisting of Wilson, Darlington, Marlboro County, North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach, us one of the most competitive in the state.
Hartsville opens region play against rival Marlboro County on October 5th. The Bulldogs are off to a 3-0 start.
The Red Foxes look to get their potent offense clicking again. Through four games, Hartsville is averaging 8.1 yards per rushing attempt and has accumulated nearly 1,500 total yards. Most of that, 1,051 yards, is on the ground.
Senior Tiyon Evans has thrown for 304 yards and rushed for 262 yards and five touchdowns. Dariyan Pendergrass leads Hartsville with 307 rushing yards on only 29 carries. June Bishop adds 201 yards on only 32 carries.
Jaivon Hough (7 rec, 175 yards) and JD Pendergrass (11 rec, 171 yards, 3 TD) are the primary threats in the passing game.
Defensively, the Red Foxes have allowed only 218 yards rushing through four games. Opponents, playing from behind, have managed 505 yards through the air.
Justin Abraham is Hartsville’s leading tackler with 41 total hits and four tackles for loss. Linebacker Kevon Haigler has 33 tackles and Zay Peterson has 28 tackles, three for negative yardage.
Junior end DeMonte Capehart, a Clemson commitment, has five tackles for loss and sack early on. Owen Taylor and Dejon Pinnacle each have 18 total tackles.
The volleyball team also had their schedule amended and missed several matches. The Red Foxes won six of their first eight events before the storm.
Leading the way are four seniors, including co-captain Caroline Warren, a setter. Mary Claire Buck, McLain Hood and McGallon Garrett are the other seniors.
The co-captain with Warren is junior outside hitter Madison Rhodes.


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