HHS vs MBSH

Hartsville's Tiyon Evans turns the corner for one of his three touchdowns in the first half at Thursday's Hartsville vs Myrtle Beach football game at Kelleytown Stadium.

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – What began as top-ranked Hartsville’s senior night ended in another coronation.

The Red Foxes won their fourth consecutive region championship after one of their seniors – their star, actually – Tiyon Evans, set the tone with four first-half touchdowns in a 70-34 victory Thursday over No. 3 Myrtle Beach.

After winning the 6-3A crown in 2015, Hartsville has won the past three in 6-4A.

After Evans finished Thursday’s first half with 138 rushing yards, he returned the second half’s opening kick for 98 yards and a touchdown. Then, he completed a 75-yard pass to senior J.D. Pendergrass for another score and 49-7 lead.

Then, Myrtle Beach made things interesting – but only for a while.

After the Seahawks responded with two fumble returns for scores to get within 49-20, Hartsville lost another fumble. But Seahawks quarterback Luke Doty’s attempt for a TD pass was intercepted in the end zone by Pendergrass.

But before all that, special teams were what gave Hartsville the early spark. A snap that went under the punter led to Hartsville recovering it at the Seahawks’ 6. From there, Evans scored to make it 7-0.

Then, after a 57-yard punt by Caleb Caldwell put Myrtle Beach at its own 8, the Red Foxes recorded a safety for a 9-0 advantage.

Scoring runs by Evans and D.P. Pendergrass then made it 22-0 before Doty got Myrtle Beach on the board with a TD run of his own.

After Myrtle Beach got within 49-27, none other than Evans scampered 27 yards to the Seahawks’ 4 (he finished with 163 rushing yards and 157 passing for a total of six touchdowns). From there, fellow senior Collins Bishop Jr. scored to put Thursday’s game back out of reach. It was the first of three fourth-quarter TDs for Bishop, who finished with 112 rushing yards.

And then, the celebration was on.

Hartsville’s seniors finished their regular-season career not only perfect in region play, but also at home.

Now, as the Red Foxes prepare to host an at-large team in next week’s first round of the playoffs, they’ll enjoy Thursday’s jubilation.

For these Red Fox seniors at home, that’s all they’ve known.

MB 0 7 20 7 -- 34

H 16 20 13 21 -- 70

FIRST QUARTER

H -- Tiyon Evans 6 run (Caleb Caldwell kick), 10:43

H -- Safety, 5:23

H -- Evans 27 run (Caldwell kick), 4:46

SECOND QUARTER

H -- D.P. Pendergrass 12 run (kick blocked), 8:38

MB -- Luke Doty 9 run (Chad Toon kick), 6:45

H -- Evans 6 run (Caldwell kick), 4:17

H -- Evans 60 run (Caldwell kick), 2:05

THIRD QUARTER

H -- Evans 98 kick return (kick failed), 11:37

H -- J.D. Pendergrass 75 pass from Evans (Caldwell), 8:33

MB -- Shedrick Pointer 90 fumble return (kick blocked), 6:39

MB -- Xayvion Knox 25 fumble return (Toon kick), 6:17

MB -- Chunk Grissett 18 pass from Doty (Toon kick), :5.6

FOURTH QUARTER

H -- Collins Bishop Jr. 4 run (Caldwell kick), 11:11

MB -- Daron Finkley 8 pass from Doty (Toon kick), 8:20

H -- Bishop 14 run (Caldwell kick), 7:17

H -- Bishop 7 run (Caldwell kick), 3:17

RECORDS: MB 7-1 overall, 4-1 Region 6-4A; H 9-0, 5-0.

Prep Sports Writer

Scott covers prep sports, takes action photos and produces videos. An APSE award winner in sports writing, photography and videography, he played college tennis on scholarship and earned degrees from Young Harris College (Ga.) and Berry College (Ga.).

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