Florence ends Purvis' playoff run
Florence’s ball-control rushing offense rolled over Purvis Friday night for a 28-7 victory to advance to the South State Class 4A championship game next Friday.
The Eagles (12-2) broke open a 7-7 halftime tie with a 17-play, 63-yard drive that ate up more than eight minutes of the third-quarter clock. After Purvis (9-4) lost the ball on a flair pass behind the line of scrimmage on its first offensive play of the second half, Florence took possession at the Tornadoes’ 24-yard line. Six plays later, Florence scored again and led 21-7 with 1:20 left in the third quarter.
Purvis head coach Perry Wheat said the flair pass-turned-fumble was the key play in the game.
“I thought our defense played hard,” he said. “But when we gave them that turnover in the third quarter, we found ourselves in a hole. I want to congratulate (Florence) on the victory.”
The only Purvis touchdown came in the second quarter when C.J. Bolar raced 84 yards down the left sideline on a reverse with 10:59 left in the first half.
“C.J. makes big plays for us,” Wheat said. “We struggled in the game. We planned to drive the ball, but we couldn’t make the plays that we needed to.”
Of the six Purvis possessions, one ended in a touchdown, three stopped on turnovers and two stalled when fourth downs weren’t converted. The Tornadoes managed only 224 yards of total offense – 159 rushing and 65 passing. Meanwhile, Florence rolled up 384 total yards on 273 yards rushing and 111 yards passing.
The Eagles ran the clock and controlled the football behind the rushing of Degerrick Lee, who piled up 146 yards with two touchdowns on 32 carries. Left-handed quarterback Brad Dennis followed closely behind with 22 carries for 103 yards and a score.
On the ground for Purvis behind Bolar’s scoring run, quarterback Mason Kendrick had one run for 33 yards and John Bolton rushed 14 times for 31 yards. Dylan Curtis followed with 17 yards on five totes.
With the season-ending loss, Wheat praised his team for fighting through adversity during the season.
“We had our ups and downs,” he said. “We had our starting quarterback get injured, but we had other kids who stepped up and played hard. I think we’ve got a great bunch of players.”
Score by Quarter
Florence 7 0 14 7—28
Purvis 0 7 0 0—7
F—Grantham, 21 pass from Dennis, (kick successful), 0:10.
P—Bolar, 84 run, (kick successful), 10:59.
F—Lee, 3 run, (kick successful), 3:35.
F—Lee, 1 run, (kick successful), 1:20.
F—Dennis, 6 run, (kick successful), 5:00.
First Downs 21 6
Rushes-Yards 58-273 21-159
Att-Comp-Int. 15-10-1 7-5-2
Passing Yards 111 65
Total Plays-Yards 72-384 28-224
Punts-Avg. 0-0 1-34.0
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-1
Penalties 5-35 4-20
Florence: Lee 32-146, 2 TDs; Dennis 22-103, TD; Lamb 3-15, Carey 1-9.
Purvis: Bolar 1-84, TD; Kendrick 1-33, Bolton 14-31, Curtis 5-17, Jaciuk 1-(-6). .
Florence: Dennis 10-of-15, 111 yds., INT.
Purvis: Kendrick 5-of-7, 65 yds., 2 INTs.
Florence: Lee 3-54, Grantham 4-38, TD; Lewis 3-19.
Purvis: Flatt 1-30, Bolar 2-25, Polk 1-8, Bolton 1-2.