Sunday, December 2 2012 12:22 AM EST2012-12-02 05:22:34 GMT
COLUMBIA - The Hartsville Red Foxes completed a perfect season, finishing 15-0 after defeating Union County 62-27 in the SCHSL Class AAA state title game on Saturday night. It is the fourth state titleMore >>
Red Foxes trounce Union County 62-27 in SCHSL 3A state title game.More >>
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WIS) - Playing on the emotion of losing one of their teammates during a game this season, Hartsville finished an undefeated season and beat Union County 62-27 in the Class 3A state championship Saturday night.
Earlier in the season, Red Foxes lineman Ronald Rouse died after he collapsed on a field during a game.
Trey Rogers ran for 110 yards and scored five rushing touchdowns and Trey Samuel added 274 yards rushing and two scores. Rogers had scoring runs of 2, 6, 1, 1 and 10 yards while Samuel scored on runs of 55 and 14 yards to give the Red Foxes (15-0) their first state championship since 1988.
Hartsville finished with 452 yards rushing. The Red Foxes scored on their six first-half possessions and added a 91-yard interception return for a score by Fisher Payne with 10 seconds remaining in the first half to lead 48-20 at the break.
"These kids have been through so much," said Hartsville coach Jeff Calabrese after the game.
"And to bring the joy of a state championship, it's hard to find words. It's hard not to get emotional. I'll cry like a baby. This team is unbelievable. What a great story."
Keiston Smith threw for 264 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 102 yards and touchdowns of 11 and 9 yards for Union County (9-6). The Yellow Jackets won four playoff games on the road before falling in the final.
It was a return to Williams-Brice Stadium for Union County Coach Steve Tanneyhill, who played Quarterback for the University of South Carolina.
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