In a game that featured five lead changes, Midland Valley scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to beat Brookland-Cayce 35-24 on Friday night.
But after the game, Brookland-Cayce coach Rusty Charpia said the result might have been the result of some home cooking.
Charpia was not pleased after his team’s momentum was halted on a crucial fourth-quarter drive. The Bearcats had a long pass play called back, and the drive resulted in one of two fourth quarter turnovers by Brookland-Cayce (6-2, 1-2 Region 5-3A).
“We got cheated,” Charpia said after the game. “I can’t wait to get the film and send it in to Bruce (Hulion, SCHSL commissioner of officials). The official on their side, obviously ... he’s from this area. He threw the flag after the play. We saw it. A long passing play puts us in scoring position, we’re going to win the game, and he throws a flag. It’s obvious.”
The drive ended with Kyle DeHayes putting a big hit on Brookland-Cayce quarterback Zeke Walker and jarring the ball loose. Michael Baynham recovered the fumble, and the Mustangs never looked back.
Charpia also took exception to one of Daniel Carr’s two rushing touchdowns.
“He called a touchdown even when they didn’t score,” Charpia said. “There really ain’t nothing else to say other than we got cheated.”
Both teams were trying not to lose ground in the region and make their road to the playoffs more difficult.
Midland Valley coach Rick Knight said he considered the game to be the Mustangs’ first playoff game.
“We had to win this one to have a shot,” Knight said. “Now if we can win next week, we can play Strom Thurmond for a region championship again.”
Carr was the catalyst for the Mustangs (5-3, 2-1) as he had a part in four of the Mustangs’ five touchdowns. Carr finished the game with 220 passing yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 112 rushing yards and two more touchdowns on the ground.
Carr’s counterpart, Walker, rushed for three touchdowns of his own, to keep Brookland-Cayce close. He seemed to be finding a rhythm before being knocked out of the game on the fumble.
Knight was hoping the defensive effort rolls over into the rest of the year.
“I’m hoping we can build on it for the rest of the season,” Knight said of the defense. “We’re going to have to stop some people in order to win and that’s been our Achilles heel so far. We’ve been having to outscore people so much that the offense never gets a break.”
The Mustangs now will turn their sights to Airport. Brookland-Cayce will travel to Swansea.
BC– Jacob Smoak 29 FG 5:01
MV– Dan. Carr 8 pass to Trenton Baughman (Padgett kick) 2:12
MV–Dan. Carr 1 run (Padgett kick) :54
BC–Zeke Walker 6 run (Smoak kick) 7:00
BC–Walker 1 run (Smoak kick) 2:36
MV–Dan. Carr. 23 pass to Kameron Brown (Padgett kick) 10:24
BC–Walker 1 run (Smoak kick) 5:52
MV–Dan. Carr 2 run (Padgett kick) 4:23
MV–Dre. Carr 14 run (Padgett kick 1:57