Cavs outlast First Baptist, 56-54
The last hurricane to blow this hard came back in 1989 when Hugo came to town.
On Friday night the First Baptist Hurricanes and St. John’s Cavaliers, two teams in search of their first win, went toe to toe for 48 minutes and stirred up a little dust of their own.
With just 20 seconds left in the game and the Cavaliers trailing by a touchdown, quarterback Dustin Parsons hit Byron Rodgers with a 16-yard touchdown strike to knot the score at 54-54.
Parsons, who stepped in from the wide receiver slot to take over snaps under center when quarterback Harun Scott went down with an injury and missed most of the second half, took the shotgun snap himself and ran right for the two-point conversion to give the Cavs a 56-54 win.
The Cavaliers had been besieged by turnovers in their first three games, but it was their defense that caused turnovers of their own, resulting in a pair of early Scott TDs to put SJCA on the board early, 14-0.
First Baptist came to life as the two teams traded scores over the next three quarters before the Cavs got the ball with 1:47 remaining in the game and down by six. Facing a fourth down and 20-yards to go for a first down from their own 10-yard line, Parsons hit Scott with a 60-yard catch and run pass to put the ball on the First Baptist 30.
Two plays later a costly First Baptist pass interference call gave SJCA a first down from the Hurricanes’ 16-yard line to set up the game-winning score.
Marcus Johnson and senior John Fondren both scored a pair of touchdowns in the winning effort.
SJCA hosts Coastal Christian on Friday in Moncks Corner. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.