BY BRIAN HAMILTON, Sports Correspondent
Pickens County advanced to the Class 1A state championship game in 2016 and 2017 and came up one game away from a third consecutive appearance, as the Tornadoes fell to Mars Hill Bible 20-12 in Florence Friday night. The Panthers led 20-6, but midway through the fourth quarter Pickens County scored a touchdown to make it a one-possession game. The Tornadoes were never able to get any closer, however, falling by one score.
“Turnovers were the biggest difference in the game,” Pickens County head coach Michael Williams said. “When you are playing someone the caliber of Mars Hill and have penalties and turnovers, you put yourself in a bad position. We had our chances tonight.”
Mars Hill came out and played well early, taking a 20-6 lead into halftime, however, Pickens County would kick their defense up a notch after halftime to shut the Panthers out in the second-half. The Tornadoes put together a solid drive early in the third quarter, driving to the Mars Hill 18-yard line. On third down, quarterback Aljaron Edwards would find Ta’Darien McIntosh, who looked to be headed for a score before the receiver fumbled the ball. The Panthers recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchback, thwarting the Pickens County scoring threat.
See complete story in the Pickens County Herald.