Tigers tripped up by Sumter

After the Tigers used a pair of fourth-quarter rushing touchdowns for a comeback victory over South Florence last week, Conway saw the Gamecocks turn the tables and rally behind a pair of rushing TDs in the fourth quarter for the win.

In a see-saw affair that saw Conway carry a 28-25 lead into the final period, Sumter flexed its muscle on the ground to take control of the game.

Sumter’s Rashad Bennett scored on a 14-yard run around the end to put the Gamecocks on top for good. After Conway fumbled near midfield with just under 5 minutes remaining, Sumter ran out the clock and scored on a 1-yard dive by Jevon Dozier in the final seconds to put the nail in the coffin.

Last week it was Conway quarterback Mykal Moody’s legs that carried the Tigers to victory. His touchdown runs of 84 and 54 yards in the fourth period sealed a victory over South Florence that put them back in contention for the region crown.

On Friday night it was Moody’s arm that helped the Tigers keep pace with Sumter’s potent running game. Moody threw two interceptions, but also tossed TD passes to Jamie Gilbert, Cole Watson and Nate Nesbitt, and he ran one in for a go-ahead touchdown late in the third, 28-25.

But Sumter got a kickoff return for a touchdown by Antonio Rembert for a 10-7 lead then got two rushing TDs by Reginald Jones and the fourth-quarter scores by Bennett and Dozier to put the game away and give the Tigers a tougher road to the playoffs.

Conway (7-3, 2-2 Region VIII-AAAA) faces Carolina Forest next week in a game that will go a long way toward determining postseason positioning.

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