Carolina Forest comes back behind McAfee’s three TDs

cffoot-21For the first time this season, the Carolina Forest football team found itself trailing at halftime and looking for someone to step up. The Panthers found him in two-way player Anthony McAfee, who ran for three touchdowns and helped the defense post a second-half shutout in a 28-16 comeback victory over host West Florence.

Trailing 16-7 at intermission and struggled to move the ball, the Panthers (6-1 overall, 2-0 Region 6-5A) turned to McAfee’s fleet feet to get them rolling. Having already scored on a 50-yard TD run in the first half, McAfee finally gave Carolina Forest the ground game it has been missing since the loss of star running back Dyverse Simmons in Week 2.

McAfee broke free for a 12-yard TD run to open the second half, but his biggest play came midway through the fourth quarter. Trailing 16-14, Carolina Forest defensive lineman Samson Torres recovered a fumble to kill a West Florence drive into Panthers’ territory. Two plays later, McAfee erupted for a 61-yard TD run for a 21-16 lead with 6:25 remaining in the game.

Richmond Collier, who shared snaps with starting quarterback Matt Beale to run the Wildcat formation, put the game on ice late with a 9-yard TD run. The comeback allowed the Panthers to remain tied atop the region standings with Sumter, which edged Conway in triple overtime. Carolina Forest plays host to Conway next Friday.

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