It was that kind of a night for the Orangeburg-Wilkinson Bruins on Friday.
With just one touchdown scored through most of the game, even a deep pass play completed on the final snap of the game was stopped a yard short of the goal line.
Fort Mill (3-1) scored in each quarter and posted a 31-9 win against the Bruins, giving the Yellow Jackets a third straight victory and dropping O-W (2-2) to its second straight loss on its home field.
"We've got to look within ourselves; we are a young football team and, right now, we are making young mistakes," O-W head coach Tommy Brown said. "We've got to grow up and find consistency on both sides of the ball. We've got to keep grinding and working, and good things are going to happen.
"We've got injuries and people playing both ways, but we've got to get together as a team and play football. We played first half, but didn't play second half. It's tough to lose, but now is the time to lose and learn before region play."
The Yellow Jackets were led by junior quarterback J.T. Marr, who passed 13-for-23 for 200 yards and two touchdowns.
The Bruins were led by senior tailback Theo Johnson with 20 carries for 49 yards, and senior quarterback Jeff Bramblett, who passed 9-for-16 for 191 yards, a touchdown and and interception.
A penalty and an incomplete pass stalled Fort Mill's first drive, and O-W had back-to-back incomplete passes to end its first possession on the Yellow Jackets' 37-yard line.
From there, Fort Mill marched 63 yards in 11 plays to get a 5-yard touchdown pass on third-and-goal from Marr to Bartow Keller with 2:03 left in the first quarter. After a penalty on the visitors, Kyle Romenick's PAT kick sailed wide left, leaving the score 6-0 early.
O-W once again got a drive moving into Yellow Jackets' territory, but the seven-play drive stalled when Johnson was stopped for a 5-yard loss by linebacker Grant Stevens on third down. The Bruins punted and then held the visitors to a three-and-out series.
From the O-W 47-yard line, the Bruins needed just one play to take their only lead of the night. Bramblett threw a pass just over the defensive back's coverage to senior wideout Zach Felder for a 53-yard strike. The pass was 23 yards from the line of scrimmage, and Felder took it the final 30 yards untouched for the score. Bramblett added the PAT kick for a 7-6 Bruins' lead with 8:40 left in the second quarter.
Fort Mill's ensuing drive stalled before reaching midfield and resulted in another punt.
O-W then got a 59-yard pass play from Bramblett to senior wideout Trayvon Shivers for a first-and-goal at the 4-yard line. But two stops for minus-4 yards by the Yellow Jackets on run plays, and back-to-back incomplete passes from Bramblett, gave Fort Mill the ball right back.
From their own 8-yard line, Fort Mill went 92 yards in eight plays to score, highlighted by a 45-yard pass play from Marr to Stevens. After the big gainer, Marr tossed an incomplete pass before finding Jackson Randall in the left corner of the end zone for a score. Marr was stopped by Jelani Haigler and Kever Folk, denying the conversion run, leaving the score 12-7 just 15 seconds before the half.
O-W's opening drive stalled at midfield, forcing a punt. Fort Mill bounced back from an offensive penalty to mount a five-play scoring drive that covered 70 yards and was highlighted by a 54-yard pass play from Marr to Stevens. Stevens made the catch, rolled off of a pile of two Bruins' defenders and went another 18 yards to the 1-yard line. From there Ryan Heriot carried the ball in, and Romenick's PAT boot was low, for an 18-7 Fort Mill lead with 6:37 left in the third quarter.
O-W once again reached midfield before punting on their next drive. But the Bruins defense forced Fort Mill to punt on their following series. That ended play in the third quarter.
O-W was forced to punt without reaching midfield early in the fourth quarter, as Mel Plankenhorn made a stop on Johnson for a loss on third down. But the Bruins got points on the following possession by the Yellow Jackets. a snap for a punt eluded Romenick near the goal and he kicked it out the back of the end zone for a safety at the 9:21 mark. The score was 18-9.
The Bruins crossed midfield on their final drive with their starters, but a tipped pass reached junior cornerback Cameron Saunders, who took the interception back 69 yards for a defensive touchdown with 7:16 left to play. Romenick added the PAT for a 25-9 score.
O-W went three-and-out on the following series. After the punt, the Yellow Jackets went 63 yards on 8 plays, with Randall carrying it in from 15 yards out for the final score. Romenick's PAT attempt was wide left, leaving the score 31-9.
Devontre Crum connected with Terrian Glover on the final play of the game for a 40-yard gain that was stopped by two Fort Mill tacklers, ending the game without another score.
O-W plays next at Airport on Friday at 7:30 p.m.