Green Sea Floyds held off Loris in the final minute to secure a 28-27 victory Friday night.
Jaquan Dixon scored the go-ahead touchdown from 10 yards out with 2:48 left in the fourth.
Loris managed to to score a touchdown thanks to a Gage Conner run with under 30 seconds to go, Dixon would come up big on the defensive side of the ball, intercepting Connor on a two-point conversion that would’ve given Loris a 29-28 lead.
“[Dixon] is a blue chip player,” Green Sea head coach Donnie Kiefer said. “He’s going to make a coach very happy in the next level, but we’re just glad we have him for two more years.”
The Trojans did not have the best of starts as Loris’s Brice Faircloth made the defense pay on 3rd-and-6, going 79 yards to the end zone to give the Lions a 6-0 lead.
On the ensuing drive, Green Sea’s first offensive snap of the game was a fumble recovered by Loris with 10:02 in the first quarter.
The Trojan defense stood tall this time and forced a turnover on downs at their own 7.
GSF marched down the field and got on the scoreboard with 20 seconds left in the first thanks to Bubba Elliot running it in from 10 yard out. An extra point gave the Trojans a 7-6 lead.
“The problem I think we had on our opening drive was just the fact that we hadn’t played since Hannah-Pamplico two weeks ago,” Kiefer said. “Not to mention, almost every day this week we had heat that withheld us from practicing at normal schedule. We weren’t going to be in great game shape ahead of this game because that’s something you can’t simulate.”
After sharing punts through most of the second quarter, Conner found Chris Gilchrist in the end zone to make it 14-7 Loris with 13 seconds left in the half.
Green Sea Floyds responded with Dixon going 60 yards to tie things up between the two sides just before the half.
The Trojans opened the second half with a drive that lasted just under six minutes. The drive was filled with penalties on both sides and ended with a 41-yard touchdown strike from Bubba Elliot to Ethan Damron.
Green Sea would hold that 21-14 lead going into the final quarter of play.
Loris tied things back up midway through the fourth quarter when Conner found Jassir Sinclair from 29 yards out to keep the Lions alive.
The Trojans responded with a huge drive that was capped off by a touchdown run by Dixon to give the Trojans a 28-21 lead with 2:48 left in the game.
Once again, Conner led Loris down the field, converting third downs and eventually running in the touchdown that made it 28-27 with 28.4 seconds left.
Loris originally lined up for the extra point but called timeout before going for a two-point conversion.
“We knew that they would go for two,” Kiefer said. “I don’t blame him. I would have done the same thing.”
The two-point conversion would ultimately be intercepted by Dixon and seal the victory for Green Sea.
“We are not in this game if it’s not for Gage Conner,” said Loris head coach Jamie Snider. “He had pressure coming off the edge and was trying to make a play. That play will not define the kind of player he is because we wouldn’t have been in a situation to win the game if it wasn’t for the way he was playing tonight.”
Loris did have a game earlier this week on Monday. The Lions have a bye week next week before taking on Carolina Forest on Sep. 27.
“This one hurts, that’s for sure,” Snider said. “But they’re going to bounce back from this because that’s the kind of group of players that they are.”
The win tonight marks the first time since 2007 that the Trojans have won at home against Loris. It is also the first time ever that Green Sea Floyds has defeated Loris in back-to-back years.
“We know that we can beat any week,” Kiefer said. “We are going to stay humble. We’re not going to get arrogant.”
Green Sea Floyds now looks ahead to play Aynor next week, a week that was originally scheduled as a bye week for the Trojans.
The Trojans move to 3-0 on the year while Loris falls to 1-3.