The Orangeburg-Wilkinson Bruins lost a tightly-contested Region 5-4A match-up against the Dreher Blue Devils, 14-12, on Friday night during homecoming.
The Bruins (3-5 overall, 1-1 in region) trailed most of the way, but kept the game close and scored with 4:41 seconds left in the game to pull within two points.
But the defense could not get one more stop to give the offense a chance to win the game late.
Bruins head football coach Tommy Brown thought his team was in position to come away with the victory.
“We fought to the end, we had some chances," Brown said. "We did not play well offensively, but the defense made plays.
"We did not take advantage of the field position that we had.”
The Bruins defense did show up, only giving up 14 points. They shut out the Blue Devils (5-3 overall, 2-3 in region play) in the second half.
The score was 7-0 at the end of the first quarter, but the Bruin offense was able to get on the scoreboard with a 29-yard run by Theo Johnson with 10:22 left in the second quarter. The 2-point conversion try was no good, leaving the score 7-6.
The Blue Devils scored their final points of the game with 3:16 left in the second quarter.
The Bruins offense struggled to have success running and throwing the ball. At the half, Dreher led 14-6.
The Bruins defense played very well in the second half. They forced the Blue Devils to commit two turnovers, both on interceptions. Ptah Robinson intercepted a pass, which gave the Bruin offense good field position. But they were not able to capitalize.
Eleven plays later, the Bruins intercepted another pass. The offense was finally able to capitalize and put together a scoring drive late in the fourth quarter.
Nicholas Lawson scored on a one-yard run, but the Bruins failed to get the 2-point conversion in, leaving the score at 14-12.
The Bruin defense had one more opportunity to give the offense the ball back, in hopes that they could win the game. But that stop never came, and the Blue Devils were able to run the clock out.
Johnson led the Bruins in rushing with 44 yds on six carries and one touchdown. Lawson added 26 yds and a touchdown.
Coach Brown believes his team is headed in the right direction, despite the loss.
“We just have to continue to work hard, and continue to get focused,” Brown said.
O-W plays host to Chapin in another region game next Friday at 7:30 p.m.