In the span of 8 minutes and 32 seconds, four turnovers turned a very competitive game into a rout as visiting Ashley Ridge scored 21 unanswered points to defeat James Island, 56-21, in high school football.
"We were able to force some turnovers but the key was converting them into points," said Ashley Ridge head coach Kenny Walker.
Ironically, it was an Ashley Ridge turnover that started the Trojans' free fall.
After the Swamp Foxes stopped the Trojans on at their own 23-yard line, quarterback Steven Duncan hit Matt Linton for a 32-yard gain to the James Island 46 with 43 seconds to go in the first half.
After two incompletions, on third down Duncan threw into the end zone and his pass was picked off by the Trojans' Ryan Braswell.
Braswell brought it out of the end zone and appeared to have running room down the right side. Then he was hit and fumbled the ball, which was picked up by the Swamp Foxes' Tyler Garland. He returned it for a touchdown with one second left on the clock. The score made it 28-14 in favor of Ashley Ridge.
James Island was driving the ball downfield in the third quarter when on third down, Trojans quarterback Buss Hamilton threw the ball in the flat. Ashley Ridge's Jamal King-Smalls stepped in front of the pass and returned it 62 yards for a touchdown and the lead was 35-14.
The Trojans fumbled the ball at their own 10-yard line, setting up Duncan for a 12-yard TD pass to Mitch Nixon and a 42-21 lead.
The Swamp Foxes added a couple more scores while the Trojans crossed the goal line once more for the 56-21 final.
Ashley Ridge moves to 2-0, while James Island falls to 1-1.
Editor's Note: Due to an incorrect roster used by a Post and Courier stringer, the original version of this story had four incorrect names for Ashley Ridge players.
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