High School Football

Hard-hitting state line rivalry ends with South Columbus getting the best of Loris

South Columbus running back Trequan Bellamy (7) runs away from the Loris defense during his team's 20-12 victory over its rival.
South Columbus running back Trequan Bellamy (7) runs away from the Loris defense during his team's 20-12 victory over its rival. For The Sun News

A hard-fought rivalry matchup saw Loris fall to South Columbus 20-12 on a soggy Friday night.

The Lions (1-2) and Stallions (2-0) were set to move their game up from Friday to Thursday, but had to change the game back to Friday night after lightning caused the cancellation of the contest. By 7 p.m. on Friday, both teams were ready for a grueling, hard-hitting contest.

Loris began the game with a strong defensive stand, stopping South Columbus on downs in the red zone. The Lions would go three-and-out on their first drive, but a muffed punt return by South Columbus kept the home team’s offense on the field. They would make the most of their second chance, hitting on a 38 yard pass play from Levon Stevenson to Jahrique Isaiah, which set up a 5 yard touchdown strike from Stevenson to Travis Walters. South Columbus would take control of the game from this point, scoring two touchdowns in less than 1:30 of game time.

Turning point

South Columbus scored a touchdown near the end of the first quarter, then recovered a Loris fumble on the ensuing kickoff to set up a second touchdown on the first play of the second quarter. The Lions would not even the score in the game, scoring only 12 points on the night.

Key performers

Seth Buffkin: South Columbus would pound the ball all night, with Buffkin carrying the ball into the teeth of the Loris defense to the tune of 41 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Jahrique Isaiah: Loris leaned on the big play ability of Isaiah, who scored on a 41 yard reception and had a long punt return to put the Lions in good field position late in the game.

Trequan Bellamy: The top athlete for South Columbus led the Stallions in rushing and receiving yards, racking up nearly 100 yards and a touchdown in the contest.

By the numbers


Loris quarterback Levon Stevenson piled up 114 yards of offense between his arm and legs, throwing for both Lion touchdowns.


South Columbus has now beaten Loris two years in a row in the state line rivalry.


Loris held South Columbus quarterback Robby Spencer to 47 passing yards and no touchdowns, one week after he put up 192 yards and three touchdowns against Douglas Byrd (N.C.).

They said it

“We loaded up and came over here last night; then came back here tonight, not knowing if we would play, and we put it all on the line. We found a way to win this ballgame, it wasn’t pretty. A win is a win and we found a way to put a ‘W’ on the board.” – South Columbus head coach Russell Dove

“For us, we made too many penalties and had too many turnovers. You can talk about this or that, but committing penalties and turnovers like we did, you won’t win many games.” – Loris head coach Jamie Snider

“I like our effort … we’ve got a lot of work to do next week to get ready for Green Sea (Floyds). We’ve got to go back and play sound, smart football to have a chance to win.” – Snider

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First quarter

Lor – Levon Stevenson 5 yard throw to Travis Walters (2 point conversion failed) 5:12

SC – Trequan Bellamy 2 yard run (Adolfo Cardenas kick good) 1:01

Second quarter

SC – Seth Buffkin 1 yard run (Cardenas kick good) 11:54

Third quarter

Lor – Stevenson 41 yard pass to Jahrique Isaiah (2 point conversion failed) 9:13

Fourth quarter

SC – Buffkin 2 yard run (Cardenas kick failed) 10:04

Individual leaders

Individual leaders

Rushing: SC – Trequan Bellamy 11-46 TD. Lor – Tyrek Williams 9-56.

Passing: SC – Robby Spencer 1-8-47-0-0. Lor – Levon Stevenson 5-13-90-2-1.

Receiving: SC – Trequan Bellamy 1-47. Jahrique Isaiah 4-85 TD.