The East Union Urchins played its last home game and next to last game of the season against the Potts Camp Cardinals on Friday night, suffering a 41-20 loss.
The Urchins made plays defensively, but where never able to get much going on the offensive side and were unable to capitalize on mistakes by the Cardinals.
East Union head coach Scott Duley said his team struggled offensively and gives credit to the Potts Camp team.
“The only team they’ve lost to is a 6A team,” Duley said. “Potts camp is one of the best teams in 2A in the state, in my opinion, and they had a great game plan.”
The Cardinals started things by recovering an onside kick on the opening kickoff, but then fumbled the ball for an East Union recovery just two plays later.
The Urchins could not capitalize, and shortly after, the Cardinals scored their first touchdown three minutes into the first quarter.
A second Cardinal touchdown off of an 80-yard punt return was called back due to a penalty.
East Union got on the board early in the second quarter with a touchdown run by Jacob Elder, but the Urchins missed the two-point conversion bringing the score to 7-6.
Potts Camp scored two more touchdowns in the second quarter, missing the extra point on one, bringing the score to 20-6 at the half.
“If we make a catch down here in the end zone right before halftime, it’s 20-14 going in, and my kid drops the ball,” Duley said. “You can’t miss plays against Potts Camp.”
The Cardinals scored two unanswered touchdowns in the third quarter, and another halfway through the fourth bringing the score to 41-6.
The Urchins came alive in the final minutes of the game with a touchdown run by Broderick Montgomery and a successful two-point conversion from Elder.
East Union got one last touchdown with 0.7 seconds left in the game on run from quarterback D.J. Armstrong, leading to the final score of 41-20.
“Defensively I thought we played much better, (though) the scoreboard doesn’t reflect it,” Duley said. “I thought we tackled well, we hit well, we were aggressive.”
“We had some pushing and shoving at the end of the game but that’s ok, it’s football,” Duley said.
Though the Urchins lost, Duley said he was proud of how they played.
“We got better tonight, and that’s all I ever ask of them,” he said.
Next week East Union will travel down south to McLaurin for its final game of the season.
Story by Josh Presley