SOUTH CHARLESTON -- South Charleston broke open a defensive struggle Friday night with two fourth-quarter touchdowns in a 21-7 victory over Huntington.
South Charleston (7-2) kept its Class AAA playoff hopes alive while Huntington slipped to
2-7. Both teams have one game remaining. South Charleston plays Friday at home against Capital. Huntington finishes at home against St. Albans.
Tyrone Lang's 1-yard touchdown run put South Charleston ahead 14-7 with 5:26 left in the game. The score was on the first play following a botched punt attempt by the Highlanders.
Huntington lost a fumble on its next possession and South Charleston took advantage.
On the first snap after the fumble recovery Tommy Spurlock charged through the Huntington defense on a 55-yard touchdown run and 21-7 lead with 3:46 to go.
The Black Eagles gave the football back on a fumble, putting Huntington on offense at the SC 29, and the Highlanders turned it back over on an interception.
South Charleston's Deion Spurlock returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and a quick lead.
The Highlanders played tough on defense, keeping the Black Eagles from scoring again until the fourth quarter, but the offense struggled.
A first-quarter Huntington drive ended with a Dominique Green interception.
Huntington generated some offense on a second quarter possession. Tarryn Page ripped off a 21-yard run into Black Eagles' territory before the drive stalled.
Quarterback Heath Thomas moved the Highlanders downfield quickly after receiving the second half kickoff. Michael Taylor caught a pass from Thomas for an 18-yard gain to the SC 1. Thomas scored on a sneak and Aaron Burns kicked the extra point to tie the game, 7-7, at 5:49 of the third quarter.
HUNTINGTON0 0 7 0 -- 7
SOUTH CHARLESTON7 0 0 14 -- 21
SC -- D. Spurlock 85 kickoff return (Ford kick)
H -- Thomas 1 run (Burns kick)
SC -- Lang 1 run (Ford kick)
SC -- T. Spurlock 55 run (Ford kick)