Conway claims region title with special win at Sumter

A bizarre special-teams turnaround proved to be very special for the Conway High football team, which clinched the Region 6-5A championship Friday night with a thrilling 14-13 victory over host Sumter.

The No. 7 Tigers (8-1 overall, 4-0 region) came out of the gate swinging to claim a 14-0 first-quarter lead on a touchdown run by Daiquawn Clark and a big touchdown pass from D’Wuan Grainger to Keimone Graham, but those would be the last time the Tigers would light up the scoreboard on the night. It turned out to be the point they prevented from being scored that one the game.

After Sumter’s Dajon Butts’ TD cut the Tigers deficit in half at the intermission, Conway came out in the second half and put together an impressive drive deep into Gamecocks’ territory. They settled for a Will Smith 22-yard field goal attempt, but the kick was blocked and Sumter took it to the house for a huge momentum swing.

But Conway responded with a big special teams play of its own by blocking the PAT to preserve a 14-13 lead. The rest was on the defense as the Tigers halted a late game-deciding drive and began a big celebration on the road. Next week the Tigers host Carolina Forest, which lost to West Florence to allow Conway to clinch.

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