High School Sports

Football: West Florence at Sumter

Site: Memorial Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.

West Florence notes: The Knights (4-3, 0-1) dropped a heartbreaking 27-21 decision to Conway in the Region 6-4A opener last week on a trick-play, Hail Mary pass as time expired … The visiting Tigers drew up a lateral to receiver Trevon Owens, whose desperation heave from the WF 41-yard line was hauled in as the final gun sounded by Jason Livingston, who burned the Knights for 15 catches and 172 yards … Quarterback Paul Pizzuti had a career high 179 yards rushing on 20 carries and scored all three Knights touchdowns. The tough senior has 387 yards rushing and four TDs, while completing 41 of 100 passes for 723 yards and five scores … The talented WF defense features linebacker Avery Murray (65 tackles) and ends Malliciah Goodman (45 tackles, 10.5 sacks) and Sydney Sarmiento (43 tackles, 5 sacks).

Sumter notes: The Gamecocks (6-1, 1-0) breezed by South Florence 38-10 in last week’s region opener for their fourth win in a row … Big plays netted four Sumter touchdowns in the first half and a 28-3 lead at the break. Roderick McDowell got things going with scoring runs of 42 and 32 yards in the first quarter, Stephen Curtis hit Tyler Smith with a 44-yard scoring pass and Cardell Scarborough had a 37-yard run … McDowell finished with 114 yards rushing on 10 carries, and played some at quarterback after Curtis suffered a mild shoulder injury. A 39-yard pass from McDowell to Danneil Duncan set up Scarborough’s scoring run late in the first half … Curtis is expected to start vs. West Florence … McDowell has 802 yards rushing and 10 TDs on 109 carries, as well as nine receptions for 138 yards and one score.

Series history: The Gamecocks have owned the Knights through the years, securing 13 wins in 15 tries since the first clash in 1971. Every game in the series has been a region outing. The lone WF successes came in 1972 (49-22) and 2005 (17-14). Sumter crushed the Knights 41-7 a year ago.

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