Union County Beats Broome
By: Brian Whitmore
Sports Editor - Union Daily Times
It was a game of defense and Union County's pitched a shutout for a 14-0 win over Broome on a rainy Friday night.
"You can see they're excited about getting the win," said coach David Lipsey, about his team. "They needed it and worked real hard. It wasn't easy. It wasn't the prettiest thing. It was painful at times, but we gutted it out, came through and got the win."
The first score came with seconds left in the third quarter, as a snap sailed over Broome quarterback Chase Henry's head and was recovered by Drell Smith in the endzone.
"That was a good play," said Lipsey. "After the ball was on the ground, I thought we showed great hustle and quickness to pounce on it and take advantage of that opportunity."
Union's offense switched to the Double Wing and came alive, going 73 yards in nine running plays and eating clock as Lamont Edney scored on a 37-yard run.
The Jackets finished with 215 yards total offense, 148 yards on the ground.
Edney rushed 20 times for 104 yards.
Alex Tucker made both his kicks and the Jackets got the win after three straight losses.
"We moved the football (with the Double Wing)," said Lipsey. "If we could get to where we could do both (spread also) well, we'd be hard to prepare for. We have to keep plugging, get these guys some experience and keep going."
The UCHS defense held Broome on downs twice in the the second half, Desmond Floyd had a fumble recovery, Kyle Trantham and Robert Littlejohn each had an interception.
Broome had just 37 yards total offense in the first half and 149 yards for the game.
"Our defense played well," said Lipsey. "Hats off to coach (Chip) Bailey and the defensive staff. They did a great job."
So did Broome's defense, as both offenses struggled for much of the game, partly due to the rain, but mostly due to great defense.
"Hats off to Broome's defense," said Lipsey. "They are very good on defense. Our offense kept chugging and chugging. The first half, we'd get something good going and have a penalty or something like that, but we kept chugging and kind of came to life there in the fourth quarter."
UCHS (2-3) travels to Greer next Friday.
"Greer has a good football team," said Lipsey. "They
went through some growing pains last year with some young people, they got
experience and are a much better football team this year. It will be a tough
place to play, but I think wešll be ready."
Union County 14, Broome 0
UCHS 0 0 7 7 - 14
BHS 0 0 0 0 - 0
U - fumble recovery (Tucker kick)
U - Edney 37 run (Tucker kick)
Total offense: U 215, B 149
Rushing: U 148, B 75
Passing: U 67, B 74
First downs: B 8, U 8
Turnovers: B 3, U 2
Penalties: B 5-25, U 5-25
Rushing: Edney 20-104
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