Three Ridge View turnovers led to Sumter taking a 21-0 lead in the first five minutes of their game at Richland District 2 Stadium.
Even so, the Gamecocks needed another turnover – Jordan Gregg’s interception with 1:39 left – to close out a 28-21 victory over the Blazers on Friday night.
Ridge View fumbled on its first play from scrimmage. Gregg scooped up the ball and rumbled 17 yards to the end zone for the score. The Blazers fumbled the next kickoff away, which set up Dajon Butts’ 3-yard TD run.
Later, Melvin Lundy picked off a JaVon Anderson pass and returned it 68 yards to put Sumter up 21-0 by the 7:54 mark of the first.
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Ridge View’s Treyvon Bouknight recovered a fumble in the end zone to start the second quarter, and Anderson found Walyn Napper for an 11-yard TD pass to cut Sumter’s lead to 21-14 by the half.
Treshad Jett scored on a 42-yard on a fake punt at the 5:26 mark of the third, but Zaykiem Jackson’s 1-yard dive in the fourth quarter put Sumter in the lead for good.
Treshad Jett: The Ridge View special teams player ran 42 yards for a game-tying touchdown on a fake punt play in the third.
Jordan Gregg: The Sumter defender returned a fumble for a touchdown to open the game, and closed it with an interception to seal the win.
4: Scores that came off of turnovers in the first quarter.
5: Turnovers Ridge View incurred, two fumbles and three interceptions.
THEY SAID IT
“We spotted them 21 points, and that was pretty tough. But the kids fought back. Late in the game we still had chances to score, we just gotta coach ’em up.” – Ridge View coach Perry Parks
“Not only did we cause some turnovers, we scored on turnovers. It was a case of the right guy getting the right ball.” – Sumter coach Mark Barnes
HOW THEY SCORED
S – Jordan Gregg 17 fumble return (Roman Childers kick) 11:39
S – Dajon Butts 3 run (Childers kick) 10:45
S – Melvin Lundy 68 interception return (Childers kick) 7:54
R – Treyvon Bouknight fumble recovery in end zone (Nick Lawyer kick) 11:40
R – Walyn Napper 11 pass from JaVon Andedrson (Lawyer kick) 8:18
R – Treshad Jett 42 run (Lawyer kick) 5:26
S – Jackson 1 run (Childers kick) 6:24
Rushing: Sumter – Dajon Butts 2-8, Jonathan Henry 12-54, Zakiem Jackson 15-69, Justice Wells 1-(-1), Jalen Rouse 2-(-6), Quron Vaughn 1-(-6). Ridge View – Tyler Mitchell 19-59, Treshad Jett 1-42, Javon Anderson 7-25.
Passing: Sumter – Zaykiem Jackson 9-6-1. Ridge View – JaVon Anderson 20-9-2.
Receiving: Sumter – Jalen Rouse 3-35, Randall Wilson 1-1, James Harris 1-22. Ridge View – Bernard Porter 4-60, Walyn Napper 5-69.