Carolina Forest closes out season by beating Conway

cf-22catchBoth teams were eliminated from the playoffs before the opening kickoff, but you couldn’t tell it from the intensity of this Highway 501 rivalry.

Carolina Forest quarterback Will Brunson threw the final touchdown pass of his illustrious career for the game-winner in the Panthers (3-8) to a 35-28 victory over visiting Conway (2-9). Carolina Forest added a late interception to stop Conway’s final attempt to tie it up.

The Tigers got on the board first on Jah/Maine Martin’s 11-yard touchdown run but the Panthers scored three unanswered touchdowns – two on runs by Dyverse Simmons and another on a 53-yard run by Brunson – to put Carolina Forest ahead 20-7.

Conway got touchdown passes from Peyton Derrick to Bryan Edwards and Deandre Hickman to cut the deficit to 27-21 at halftime, and Martin’s 50-yard TD run in the third quarter put the Tigers back on top at 28-27. But they couldn’t stop Brunson and the Panthers in the season finale for both teams.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

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