FLORENCE, S.C. – After a first half full of cheers for the Carolina Havoc, you could hear a pin drop at halftime at the Florence Center.
That’s because gamesmanship turned into respect.
And remembrance on Saturday’s “Salute to Heroes” night with the Havoc honoring the bravery and sacrifices of the Florence 7: Members of the Florence County Sheriff’s Office and Florence Police Department who were involved in the Oct. 3 shooting that killed Florence police Sgt. Terrence Carraway and Florence County Sheriff’s Office investigator Farrah Turner.
Five others were wounded in the attack: Officer Brian Hart, Officer Travis Scott, Officer Scott Williamson, Deputy Arie Davis and investigator Sarah Miller.
Their families were recognized at halftime to a standing ovation and even replica Havoc jerseys recognizing each member of the Florence 7. And before the game, members of the families ate with the team.
Before the game, local law enforcement, first responders as well as members of the armed forces were recognized.
When the game resumed after halftime, Carolina kept pummeling the Southern Steam. After leading 61-14 at halftime, coach Anson Yarborough’s Havoc kept rolling to what eventually became a final score of 91-20.
And the game wasn’t even over.
With 4:03 left in the fourth quarter, game officials simply walked off the field and did not return.
“The other coach forefeitted the game. He quit," Havoc coach Anson Yarborough said.
Havoc quarterback Jesse Scroggins passed for four touchdowns and ran for another before halftime. But halftime did not commence until Vaughn Cross returned an interception for a score at the horn.
But for the game’s first score, the Havoc channeled William Perry from his time with the Chicago Bears when 6-foot-3, 380-pound Michael Pitts burst through the line for a TD.
And in the second half, with Darryl Clark at quarterback, Carolina kept padding its lead. And after a Clark TD pass to Tre Long, and a two-point conversion made it 91-20, the Havoc kept pressing for 100 points.
But what would have been a second-pick-six by Cross was nullified by a penalty.
And that was it.