High School Football

Team SC rallies for Blitz Border Bowl victory

Thomas Heyward’s Trey Pusha was named MVP for the second annual Blitz Border Bowl on Jan. 12, 2019.
Thomas Heyward’s Trey Pusha was named MVP for the second annual Blitz Border Bowl on Jan. 12, 2019. Thomas Heyward Athletics Photo

Team South Carolina picked up it first Blitz Border Bowl victory in dramatic fashion.

Bluffton’s John Swinton scored on an 8-yard run with 33 seconds left to give Team SC a 35-34 win over the Coastal Empire in the second annual game at Memorial Stadium.

The Coastal Empire won last year’s game and was up 34-21 in the fourth quarter before Team SC’s comeback. Wade Hampton’s Pernell Maxwell scored to cut the lead to 34-28.

Whale Branch’s Keyshon Hipp got his second interception of the game to give Team SC the ball back with 3:01 left and set up the game-winning drive. The drive was helped by a Coastal Empire 15-yard penalty.

Maxwell broke free on a 28-yard run and Swinton scored three plays later.

Richmond Hill’s Antonio Salazar had a chance to give Coastal Empire the win but missed a 50-yard field goal.

Thomas Heyward’s Trey Pusha was the game’s MVP. Pusha caught three TD passes of 23, 60 and 64 yards in the game. He had only two TD catches all season for the state champion Rebels.

Pusha caught two TD passes from Battery Creek’s Jordan Gwyn. The second scoring strike was a 60-yarder in the third quarter to pull Team SC within 27-21 with 4:11 left. Whale Branch’s CJ Brown also threw a TD pass to Pusha.

Wade Hampton’s Sheldrick Gibbs also had an interception for Team SC.

Memorial Day’s Winston Wright caught seven passes for 123 yards and three TDs for Coastal Empire.

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