Anson’s first home game of the 2012 season was a close one, but at the end of the fourth quarter, the Pageland-Central Eagles took home the win, with a final score of 32-25.
The Eagles also scored the first touchdown in the first quarter of the more than three-hour game, but failed to make the extra point, making the score 6-0. Anson fought back, with Scott Kendall punting the ball deep in to the field, and the Bearcat defense doing its job to prevent Pageland-Central from scoring again before Anson’s next possession.
Quarterback Rodrick Evans launched the ball toward a Bearcat receiver late in the first quarter, but the pass was incomplete, and Kendall ended up punting the ball to the Eagles again. Pageland-Central started off the second quarter with another touchdown, bringing the score to 12-0. Again, the Eagles’ kicker nixed the extra point.
The Bearcats fired back, however, with a long gain on the return kick, for a 3rd and goal. After a couple of penalties that held up the Bearcat offense, the Bearcats fumbled the ball in the end zone. Anson Head Coach Luke Hyatt called a timeout and argued the call with officials, but the call stood.
On their next possession, the Eagles fumbled and Anson recovered the ball, almost making the touchdown before Pageland-Central made the tackle. It was then up to Anson to make some points on first and goal from the 6-yard line. After a false start penalty, Evans got the ball to wide receiver Bunyon Tyson for the Bearcats’ first touchdown of the game. Kicker Manuel Alonso’s kick was good for the extra point, making the score 12-7.
The touchdown ignited Anson’s defense, and a whole host of Bearcats were on the tackle and caused the Eagles to make two consecutive incomplete passes. Once it was the Bearcats’ possession again, the team fought until the very last minute to get more points onto the board. With 1:20 to go in the first half, Evans brought in the second touchdown of the game and put Anson in the lead, 13-12.
The Eagles tried to get something going in the final minute of the half, but were left scoreless, and the score at halftime remained 13-12.
Pageland-Central had possession of the ball at the start of the second half. After a fumble by one of the Eagles, Pageland-Central recovered the ball and drove it in for a touchdown, getting back the lead with 18-13 at 9:29 left in the third quarter. The extra-point kick was good and the score stood at 19-13.
Anson continued to pressure the Eagles defensively, and kept Pageland-Central scoreless until 2:49 left in the quarter, when the Eagles got another touchdown. With the two-point conversion no good, the score was 25-13 in favor of the Eagles.
Evans started off the fourth quarter with a quarterback sneak and got in Anson’s third touchdown, bringing the score to 25-19. Alonso’s kick was blocked, so there was no extra point.
The Bearcat defense again worked hard against the Eagles, and Evans lopped a throw to Tyson for Anson’s final touchdown of the game, with 6:04 left in the game. Alonso’s kick for the extra point was again no good, and the game was tied at 25-25.
With just 1:50 remaining in the game, the Eagles got another touchdown and an extra point, and took the lead for good. Anson tried to get something going to cap off the game but ran out of time, losing the first home game of the season, 32-25.
The Bearcats next face the Richmond Raiders this Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Richmond County Senior High School.