COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF) - On the back of a dominant first-half performance, the Green Sea Floyds Trojans smothered the Trojans from Ridge Spring-Monetta 48-12, claiming their second straight SCHSL Class A football title.
GSF led wire-to-wire Friday at Charlie W. Johnson Stadium, pulling away from Ridge Spring-Monetta on the back of quarterback Bubba Elliott, who tallied 122 yards rushing and two touchdowns, and junior tailback Jaquan Dixon, who churned out 132 yards and three TDs.
“We just want to be known as a program that’s going to work hard and do things the right way,” said Trojans head coach Donnie Kiefer, still drenched from a celebratory Gatorade bath.
“Coach Kiefer came in here and changed a lot of things around,” said senior wide receiver Ethan Damron.
Consider the culture at GSF shifted; the same Trojan program went a winless (0-10) in 2014. Now, they’re champions in back-to-back seasons.
“At first it was hard to understand and comprehend what he wanted to do. But the product showed,” Damron said. “And we showed them. Now we’re back-to-back state champs.”
Inexperience surely plagued Ridge Spring-Monetta, with Friday’s game at Benedict College being the Trojans’ first state championship in 56 years. GSF smothered RSM from start to finish, only allowing 262 yards.
The Trojans’ first time touching the ball came in plus territory after a turnover on downs from Ridge Spring. Elliott knew exactly what to do with the head start, scampering up the friendly-side bleachers for a 14-yard touchdown run, to give the champs an early 7-0 lead.
The miscues continued to pile up on the very next drive for Ridge Spring-Monetta. GSF’s Aaron Graham stepped in front of a Rem Leaphart pass, intercepting the 5-yard throw and returning it 53 yards for another score.
Trailing 14 to nothing, RSM would mount its best offensive drive of the first quarter. Any hope of a scoring opportunity was stamped out on a Nick Clemons sack.
The timely defensive plays continued in the second quarter for GSF. With RSM mounting its best offensive drive of the game, Dan Johnson stepped in front of the red zone pass and intercepted it, his first of two first-half takeaways.
“We knew they were a good football team coming in and they had some weapons,” said Kiefer. “So for our guys to go out there and play the type of defense they did, it’s a testament to their hard work.”
Kiefer’s Trojans capitalized on their second takeaway, driving 68 yards in 6 plays capped off by a 28-yard TD rush by Dixon. It was his 30th of the season.
In true blue collar fashion, Green Sea Floyds’ head man shrugged off any notion of a party Friday night.
“We’ve got a long bus ride ahead of us,” Kiefer said jokingly.