This one had the makings of a heavyweight championship fight and spectators lucky enough to be in attendance were treated to nothing short of one of the best games in recent memory when it comes to South Carolina high school football.
Coming in to Saturday's matchup Greenville was #1 AAA team in the state and BHP #3 after suffering an upset loss to Berea just a week earlier. After a back and forth battle the fourth quarter saw Greenville's defense stand tall keeping the Bearcats out of the endzone from the 1 yard line three consecutive plays. The Red Raiders took over at the 1 yard line with 2:32 and the offense lead by Shrine Bowl QB Matt Lentz had a daunting task ahead of themselves. With 99 yards of real estate ahead of them and little time to spare Lentz rallied his team driving them down the field culminating in Lentz's 32 yard scamper to go up 41-38 with just 27 seconds to play in the game. The Red Raider fans were exuberant and Sirrine Stadium was as loud as we've ever seen it as it.
The phrase goes, "not so fast my friend." The ensuing kickoff saw Greenville kick it out of bounds and the Bearcats elected to have it rekicked which saw BHP's Jeremy Dial return it to the BHP 45 yard line. With BHP's starting quarterback Hykeng Paul suffering an injury in the third quarter coach Wayne Green turned to sophomore Matthew Moore who is usually the starter for the Bearcat JV team. Moore had already snared a pass as a receiver earlier in the game but the youngster was in the pressure cooker of having to try and move the Bearcats down the field and in to scoring position.
Calmly the sophomore quarterback showed tremendous heart and threw strikes of 14 and 24 yards to get BHP to the 17 yard line. It was then that Moore threw the pass of his career as he found Brandon Owen on a 17 yard touchdown pass with just 2.5 seconds showing on the game clock. Pandemonium ensued on the BHP side and the Red Raider nation was in disbelief.
Matt Lentz gave a Herculean effort once again for the Red Raiders as his team fell to (8-2, 6-1) on the year while BHP moves to (9-1, 6-1). The Shrine Bowl bound Lentz threw for 226 yards and had 200 yards rushing on the day from his quarterback position. He passed for 2 touchdowns and ran for 3 more in the game.
SCPrepNation.com will have more concerning these two powerhouses and their paths towards the AAA playoffs.