By Courtney Hammett | Broome Contributor
Broome got a much needed win over Chesnee on Friday at Royal Stadium, leaving both teams 3-5 for the season.
Bryant Davis led the Centurions with 137 yards rushing, scoring one touchdown. CJ Littlejohn added 114 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
Littlejohn’s first touchdown opened the scoring when he crossed the end zone with 8:58 remaining in the first quarter to give Broome an early 7-0 lead.
It was the only score for either team in the quarter, as Chesnee’s kicker missed a field goal attempt later.
Littlejohn added to the lead with his second rushing touchdown coming early in the second quarter. Broome missed the extra point though, and the Centurions lead stood at 13-0.
Chesnee answered when Jacob Kimbrell’s fired a touchdown pass to Alijah Means to cut the deficit to 13-7.
Broome’s Davis pushed the lead to 21-7 with a 49-yard touchdown, and Littlejohn converted the 2-point conversion to help pick up the point the Centurions lost on the previous touchdown.
Chesnee turned the ball over after a sack and fumble that the Centurions were able to capitalize. KJ Morgan then scored on a 65-yard touchdown pass from Ramirez with just 34 seconds left in the half to give Broome a 28-7 lead.
However, Chesnee’s Jacob Aparis made a big play and the Eagles managed to sneak in the end zone on Means’ second touchdown reception of the half to close the gap to 28-14.
Jacob Aparis cut the deficit to just 28-20 when he scored on a 5-yard touchdown run, but the Eagles, crucially, didn’t convert on the extra point.
A late turnover by Broome set the Eagles with a chance to send the game into overtime. The Eagles managed to get in the end zone, but were hit with a penalty for spiking the football, effectively pushing the 2-point attempt out to the 17-yard line. Broome’s Harrison intercepted the attempt, sending the home crowd pouring onto the field.
“It feels good to finally get a win at home,” said junior running back Bryant Davis. “It felt good having the fans join in, too.”
Davis referring to the last few plays, where Broome players rallied fans to cheer with white towels.
Broome hopes for a repeat of Friday’s success when they host Southside with a chance at the postseason on the line for both teams.
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