The East Clarendon High School Wolverines and Lamar Silver Foxes put on a show in Turbeville Friday night until about four minutes left in the game when Lamar scored twice putting the game away.
Friday night’s Lamar defeat was a tough conference loss for East Clarendon, 42-28.
The loss moves East Clarendon to 5-4 on the season, 3-1 in conference play, while Lamar moves to 5-4 on the season and 4-0 in the conference.
“It was a great game for the fans but a heartbreaker for the players and coaches,” said ECHS football coach Dwayne Howell following the loss. “We were up 28-27 with about four minutes left when they scored. They got a big first down on a fourth down play. We thought we had the ball intercepted, but they scored. And they scored again with about 18 seconds left in the game.”
Howell said the game was back and forth between the Wolverines and Silver Foxes for much of the game.
ECHS lost their quarterback Carlos Hickson, who went out of the game with cramps in both legs.
Hickson left the game after scoring three times. Hickson rushed the ball for two touchdowns, one for 10 yards and the other from one yard out. Hickson also took a Lamar kickoff return 81 yards for a touchdown.
ECHS’s Rayvon Kearsay also scored on a four yard carry.
“We had the opportunities,” Howell said. “We had the ball, fourth down, we threw the deep ball and our receiver was behind everyone and dropped the ball.”
Howell said a win was “not meant to be” Friday night.
“We had every opportunity,” he said. “We just didn’t make the big play.”
Next Friday, the Wolverines take on the Hannah-Pamplico Raiders, who lost a conference game to Scott’s Branch on Oct. 21 dropping the Raiders to 3-6 on the season, 1-3 in conference play.
“We going to work on our trap and on our passing,” Howell said about preparations he plays for the upcoming game against Hannah-Pamplico. “Hopefully, we’ll regroup. He had the game (against Lamar). We lost it by a fingernail.”
Kickoff for Friday night’s game between East Clarendon and Hannah-Pamplico in Turbeville is 7:30.