South falls short at Davie

Published 9:25 am Thursday, April 1, 2021

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South Davie’s football team missed a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter and lost 8-6 at Forbush on March 24.

The near-miss completed an 0-4 season for the Tigers. The silver lining: Two losses were by 8-6 scores, including the season opener against Ellis.

“We should have won,” offensive coordinator Germain Mayfield said. “We fumbled in the first half inside the (Forbush) 2. It was the best game we’ve played all year.”

Tyler Kilmer punched in a 2-yard touchdown, slicing the deficit to 8-6. The two-point try failed, but Jamarious Pelotte picked off a Forbush pass moments later.

Then came a big pass from Pelotte to Leon Bradshaw. South was going to be in the red zone with two minutes to go, only to see a holding penalty bring the play back. That was the climactic moment.

“That killed us right there,” Mayfield said.

South’s defense got two interceptions, including one from Dallas Simms.

Starmount 26, Ellis 0

Ellis got blitzed at Starmount on March 24. It finished 2-2 in a win-loss-win-loss season.

The Rams got the ball first and drove for a 6-0 lead. It was still 6-0 with 1:30 remaining in the first half. Starmount would regain possession. There were only 5.8 seconds on the clock, but that was enough time for a 34-yard touchdown pass that sapped Ellis’ spirits. Instead of a 6-0 half, it was 12-0.

All hope was gone early in the third when the Rams broke a 56-yard TD run.

“They were huge on the offensive and defensive lines,” assistant coach Mike Dinkins said. “They dominated the line of scrimmage.”

The day wasn’t a total loss. Quarterback Ethan Driver gave an inspiring effort on the ground.

“He had some tough runs,” Dinkins said. “He showed me his toughness this game. I mean they hit him several times – good, clean football hits – but he got back up every time. We just couldn’t give him time to throw the ball.”