5A Roundup: Derrick helps Tigers top Panthers in 3OT

confoot-13runThe Conway High football team played a triple-overtime thriller for the second week in a row, but this time the extra work was well worth it.

Conway placekicker Will Smith booted an 18-yard field to give the Tigers (4-4 overall, 2-1 Region 6-5A) a 51-48 victory over host Carolina Forest (7-2, 2-1), surviving a rivalry game that saw eight lead changes and four ties.

After falling in triple OT to Sumter last week, Conway never stopped battling to beat the Panthers, recovering a fumble to start the third extra period and setting up Smith for the game-winner.

Conway quarterback Peyton Derrick rushed for five touchdowns, including TDs in the first and second OTs to keep the Tigers alive. He also scored the game-tying TD with 3 minutes left in regulation to level the score at 34-all.

This matchup was a seesaw contest from the start, with Carolina Forest recovering a fumble on the opening kickoff and drawing first blood on Richmond Collier’s TD run. Conway answered back with Derrick’s first rushing TD, and neither team led by more than seven points the rest of the way.

Derrick’s rushing TD in the final minute of overtime gave the Tigers their first lead at halftime, 21-20, and Deandre Huggins TD run to open the second half made it 27-20 Conway. But the Panthers responded with two TDs by Anthony McAfee and two more by Collier, whose 1-yard dive on fourth-and-goal at the end of the second overtime set up the finale.

Conway plays host to Socastee next week, while Carolina Forest welcomes South Florence.

* Sumter 37, Socastee 0: The Braves were shut out on the road by the first-place Gamecocks. Socastee travels to Conway next week.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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