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Ledger game of the week: Brookland-Cayce vs. Pelion

Brookland-Cayce rolls over Pelion Friday night to make their record 4-2 on the season, 1 and 0 in the conference contest

Pelion, SC (Paul Kirby) – The Brookland Cayce Bearcats rolled into Pelion Friday night with a record of 3-2 on the season and quickly put a W in the conference column easily knocking off the Panthers. As has been the case when they played other schools of equal size in 2017, the score was rather lopsided. When the final horn sounded, the board showed the Bearcats 42, Panthers 7.

Coach Rusty Charpia’s Bearcats had several key players on the bench due to suspensions from last week’s game. Charpia said in a post-game interview that the high school league had made it clear to all schools that they would be cracking down on un-sportsmanlike conduct this year, focusing a great deal on the language on field, among other infractions. Despite those key players being missing from his lines, Charpia’s boys played well. When they finally got everything perfected and rolled into the 4th quarter, they had no problem registering point after point in that final period.

The Bearcats started the game with # 14, Malachi Brown, at QB who took the first few minutes of the quarter to settle down and started connecting with his talented teammates. The first few possessions of both teams were a defensive back and forth, but once the Bearcats got a feel for the turf under their paws in Pelion, they quickly put 7 points on the board.

Malachi Brown connected to one of his multi-talented receivers, #7, Dominique Perry (WR & DB), to put BC out in front. A few plays later Brookland-Cayce’s senior running back #20, Rasheed Taylor took it across the line again and after the PAT was good, BC led Pelion 14-0 with just under 2:00 left in the first quarter.

The Panthers, the little team with the huge heart, didn’t go quietly into the night! Quarterback, defensive tackle, and everything but water boy, Dayrun Keith kept Pelion in the game. He was helped by #23, Jeremiah Green, a junior running back who moved the ball well, keeping Pelion in the game by making a few key first downs and keeping drives alive. Eventually, Keith connected with Pelion’s #20, Andrew Boozer, a junior who plays at CB and FS, to put PHS’ first and only TD on the board. Pelion’s kicker #45, Chris Goodyear made the PAT and that brought the score to Pelion 7, BC 14.

From that point forward the little Panther squad should be proud that the score wasn’t more lopsided at the end, because it could have been. BC’s talented team went to work and the Panthers fought their fight, but just couldn’t stop the skid. BC’s Rasheed Taylor scored again, the kicker put it through the uprights to make the score 21-7, and that took the game into the half.

As the second half started, Pelion star Dayrun Keith, who makes big plays on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball, came out of the locker-room with a noticeable limp, and the Pelion team looked gassed even after the rest period. The Panthers played a valiant game in the 3rd, holding the Bearcats with a defense running on fumes, but when the 4th quarter came, the Bearcats motored away. Of course, Bryce Whitten, the little kid who could, made a few key plays as did others, but they had no depth to match the Bearcats. BC was simply a superior team at this point in the season.

With 9:24 on the clock, BC’s Taylor took another one across the line for 6, followed by a PAT that was good to make the score BC 28, PHS 7. Just a few minutes later, BC’s QB Reed Charpia, a junior at 5’-11” and 165 lbs., connected with BC’s #7, Dominique Perry, for another TD. The PAT was good and the score was BC 35, PHS 7.

Finally, with less than 5:00 left in the game, a PHS fumble was recovered by BC. With 3:02 showing on the clock, the Bearcats capitalized on that, making the final score 42-7.

Coach Charpia said after the game that he has a lot of talented boys, but the Bearcats still have some work to do if they’re going to make a run at the championship this year. He said that his boys have to learn to control their emotions so that they avoid those unnecessary un-sportsmanlike penalties that force key kids to the bench for a game. Those occurred on both sides of the field Friday, and Charpia chalked it up in part to inappropriate communications between teammates, but in some cases language that would have to be quelled across the line of scrimmage.

When the Bearcats aren’t playing schools that are simply out of their league, literally class for class, they are winning and wining big. They’ve lost to Lexington Class (5-A), a much larger school in overtime, and to Chapin (Class 4-A) after a tough fight.

Next week, they face Gilbert, who has a current streak of 6 wins going into that game. That game should really show what Charpia and his boys are all about on the gridiron.

Kick-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 6th at Gilbert.

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