ABBEVILLE Greenville High’s attempt to offset a big second-half rally by Abbeville came up 3 yards short Friday night.
The Panthers scored three touchdowns after halftime to overcome a 17-point deficit and held on for a 28-24 victory over the Red Raiders at Hite Stadium in the season opener for both teams.
Abbeville, which won back-to-back Class A Division I state championships before moving back to Class AA this season, rushed for 405 yards, including 239 in the second half.
O’Bryan Wilson rushed for 148 yards and a touchdown, and Mike Bolden ran for 84 yards and two scores for the Panthers. Bolden scored on an 11-yard run with 1:33 remaining to give Abbeville a 28-24 lead.
Greenville quarterback Clark Scolamiero completed 4 of 6 passes, including one of 17 yards to Jackson Clark and then one of 19 yards to LeMarcus Martin. On the latter, Abbeville’s Joshua Martin made the stop at the 3-yard line as time ran out.
However, Greenville coach Phil Magdic disagreed with the official’s clock management at the end.
“We were out of bounds on two catches, and (the official) never stopped the clock,” Magdic said. “Then I’m hollering for a timeout on the last one, and he said, ‘No, it’s too late.’ We were out of bounds on both plays. My guys on the headphones up in the box could see it clearly.”
After collecting 263 yards and 15 first downs in the first half, Greenville had just two first downs and 30 yards in the second half until its final drive.
“That’s our fault we didn’t score a point in the second half,” Magdic said. “We’ve got to score points constantly, especially with a ground attack like these guys have got.
“It’s a team game. If we make more first downs and score in the second half, I don’t know if they could have run all the time. What’d they throw — three times?”
The Panthers threw the ball just five times in all, completing two for 19 yards. They threw once in the second half, and the pass was incomplete.
But Abbeville was able to run, keeping the ball for more than 14 minutes after halftime and making up ground all the while.
“That’s how you measure champions, by never quitting,” Abbeville coach Jamie Nickles said. “Don’t worry about the scoreboard. Just go on out there and play, and I’m proud of our kids.”
Abbeville’s Sylvester Harris ran the opening kickoff back 92 yards for a touchdown. Greenville was in charge the rest of the first half.
The Red Raiders scored on a 27-yard run by Scolamiero, an 8-yard run by Jamond Thomason, a 19-yard pass from Scolamiero to Corbin Singleton and a 34-yard field goal by Keith Karmilovich. The kick came as time expired and gave Greenville a 24-7 halftime lead.
“That’s two good football teams playing in a Week 0 atmosphere and trying to figure each other out,” Nickles said. “They did a good job of catching us off guard with some things in the first half, and we did a good job of catching them with some things in the second half.”
Abbeville 28, Greenville 24
A – Sylvester Harris 92 kickoff return (Luke White kick)
G – Clark Scolamiero 27 run (Keith Karmilovich kick)
G – Jamond Thomason 8 run (Karmilovich kick)
G – Corbin Singleton 19 pass from Scolamiero (Karmilovich kick)
G – Karmilovich 34 FG
A – O’Bryan Wilson 11 run (White kick)
A – Mike Bolden 1 run (White kick)
A – Bolden 11 run (White kick)
|Total Net Yards||368||374|
RUSHING–Greenville: Clark Scolamiero 16-97-1, Jamond Thomason 12-115-1, Uriah Oliver 5-10, Rashaad Washpon 1-5. Abbeville: O’Bryan Wilson 19-152-1, Josh Martin 11-72, Mike Bolden 11-75-2, C.J. Martin 11-53, Sylvester Harris 3-39.
PASSING–Greenville: Clark Scolamiero 17-36-0-171-1. Abbeville: Josh Martin 2-5-1-20-0.
RECEIVING–Greenville: Najee Bowens 5-35, LeMarcus Martin 3-45, Corbin Singleton 3-27-1, Caleb Franklin 2-15, Mike Ware 2-32, Cam Wakefield 1-8, Jackson Clark 1-9. Abbeville: O’Bryan Wilson 1-13, C.J. Martin 1-7.