Small fry stars earn state bid

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County team tops Simpsonville in 12-8

By Robert Howey



The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Commission small fry all-stars earned a bid to the state championship game with a comeback victory in Simpsonville.

Lancaster County small fry all-star Gavin Blackmon scored on a 25-yard run in the fourth quarter to lift his team to a 12-8 win over Western District champion Simpsonville on Saturday, Dec. 1. The Lancaster County stars’ four-point win sends them to Florence to play Florence for the state championship on Saturday, Dec. 8 at noon.

Alert Chase Dougherty put the Lancaster County small fry stars on top in the first half as he picked up a fumble and raced 50 yards for a 6-0 lead.

“Chase just picked it up and ran as hard as he could for the end zone,” said Lancaster County small fry coach Darrell Starnes.

Simpsonville came back to score in the third period, the first touchdown the Lancaster County stars have given up in four postseason games, to make it 8-6 with the two-point conversion.

The Lancaster stars answered as Blackmon ran 25 yards for what proved to be the winning touchdown in the final period.

“After they went up 8-6, we responded with the game on the line,” Starnes said. “This is a good group of players and they were determined.”

Starnes said the Lancaster County small fry stars’ defensive line, led by defensive tackle Joe Barrino, aided the defensive effort.

“We’ve given up a touchdown in four playoff games and we’ve proud of the effort,” Starnes said.

The Lancaster County small fry stars opened the playoffs with a 28-0 road win over Rock Hill Blue and then blanked Rock Hill Red, 16-0.

The Lancaster County stars then defeated Tega Cay, 12-0 at Lancaster Memorial Stadium to capture the Central District title and a bid to the Upper State championship game where it defeated Simpsonville, 12-8.

In four postseason games, the Lancaster County small fry stars have outscored their foes, 68-8.