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Middle School Football: Hallsboro 28, Tar Heel 22

HALLSBORO – Hallsboro outlasted Tar Heel 28-22 Tuesday night in Waccamaw Middle School Conference football action.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Tigers scored on a touchdown pass and then completed a pass for the 2-point conversion.

Tar Heel answered by pounding out a drive that featured the running of Messyah Whitted. Whitted popped free off the left side and raced 30 yards for a Panther touchdown. The conversion attempt failed and Hallsboro held an 8-6 lead.

The Tigers ran a reverse on the final play of the half to score a touchdown then added the 2-point conversion for a 16-6 halftime lead.

Hallsboro recovered an on-side kick to start the second half and drove for another touchdown and a 22-6 lead. Tar Heel answered with a long drive that was stopped by a lost fumble at the Tiger 10 yardline.

Ke’Arean Ballard darted 50 yards around right end for a touchdown on the next Tar Heel possession. Whitted circled left end for the 2-point conversion that trimmed the lead to 22-14 early in the fourth quarter.

Hallsboro bounced back with a touchdown drive that padded their lead to 28-14.

The Panthers answered with a scoring drive that ended when Ballard bolted 13 yards up the middle for the touchdown. Ballard also ran the 2-point conversion that pulled Tar Heel to within 28-22 in the final minute.

Hallsboro was then able to gain a first down and run out the clock.

The Panthers played close games against all of their opponents this season. “This team has really been fun to coach,” said Tar Heel Coach Andy Clark. “They are a great group of kids.”

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