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Tigers roll to 49-14 district win over Newberry

Union center Charlie Watkins (left) prepares to tangle with Newberry’s Montana Terrell after the snap.

Union center Charlie Watkins (left) prepares to tangle with Newberry’s Montana Terrell after the snap.



BY CLIFF SMELLEY

Regional News/Sports Editor

Daquin Edwards and Phillip Lillie each had two rushing touchdowns, while the defense held visiting Newberry to 90 yards in a 49-14 District 7-1A victory for the Union County High School football team on Oct. 18.

Though its defense did not give up a score, Union (6-1) found itself down 14-6 when Newberry’s Monte Seabrook scored on a 79-yard kickoff return and a 23-yard fumble return.

Union head coach Ronny Pruitt said his players don’t seem to worry about such situations.

“These kids expect to win,” he said. “They don’t get rattled easily.”

The Tigers tied the score at 14-all when Geordyn Green returned a blocked punt—the Tigers’ second of the night—25 yards for a touchdown.

The Tigers never looked back in evening their district record to 1-1.

“They did a great job,” Pruitt said. “I’m really proud of both sides of the ball.”

Edwards rushed for 99 yards on 12 carries, scoring on runs of 8 and 31 yards, while Lillie had 85 yards on seven carries, scoring on runs of 5 and 21 yards.

Isaiah Johnson had a 60-yard touchdown run to finish with 70 yards on seven carries.

Quarterback Caleb Cox completed 5-of-7 passes for 116 yards. He threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Princeton Alexander, who finished the game with three catches for 63 yards.

The Union defense held Newberry to four first downs, while Jacquez Warren had a fumble recovery.

Alden McClellon and Josh Smith each had a blocked punt.

Union defensive players Austin Dukes (center) and Joshua Hedman tackle Newberry’s Jaquez Jernigan.

Union defensive players Austin Dukes (center) and Joshua Hedman tackle Newberry’s Jaquez Jernigan.


Union quarterback Caleb Cox rolls out to pass.

Union quarterback Caleb Cox rolls out to pass.

Quarterback Caleb Cox scrambles out of the pocket.

Quarterback Caleb Cox scrambles out of the pocket.

Union offensive linemen Brandon Archer (left) and Austin Dukes prepare to take on defenders along the line of scrimmage.

Union offensive linemen Brandon Archer (left) and Austin Dukes prepare to take on defenders along the line of scrimmage.

Union center Charlie Watkins (left) prepares to tangle with Newberry’s Montana Terrell after the snap.

Union center Charlie Watkins (left) prepares to tangle with Newberry’s Montana Terrell after the snap.

Phillip Lillie (second from right) brings down Newberry’s Monte Seabrook as Union players (l-r) Alden McClellon, Daquin Edwards and Casey Driggers help to finish off the play.

Phillip Lillie (second from right) brings down Newberry’s Monte Seabrook as Union players (l-r) Alden McClellon, Daquin Edwards and Casey Driggers help to finish off the play.

Union’s Phillip Lillie (right) heads upfield after taking a handoff from quarterback Caleb Cox.

Union’s Phillip Lillie (right) heads upfield after taking a handoff from quarterback Caleb Cox.

Phillip Lillie scores on a 5-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

Phillip Lillie scores on a 5-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

Isaiah Johnson looks to avoid a tackle by Newberry’s Monte Seabrook.

Isaiah Johnson looks to avoid a tackle by Newberry’s Monte Seabrook.

Union’s Isaiah Johnson keeps his balance along the sideline.

Union’s Isaiah Johnson keeps his balance along the sideline.

Isaiah Johnson gets loose for a 60-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Isaiah Johnson gets loose for a 60-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Union’s Geordyn Green scores a touchdown after teammate Josh Smith blocked a punt.

Union’s Geordyn Green scores a touchdown after teammate Josh Smith blocked a punt.

Geordyn Green (far left) follows the block of Brenan Clyatt.

Geordyn Green (far left) follows the block of Brenan Clyatt.

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Union defensive players Austin Dukes (center) and Joshua Hedman tackle Newberry’s Jaquez Jernigan.

Union defensive players Austin Dukes (center) and Joshua Hedman tackle Newberry’s Jaquez Jernigan.

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