Wolverines learn in Border Showcase

Published 9:50 am Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Polk County quarterback Alec Philpott runs down the sidelines for a first down in the Border Showcase Classic. Polk lost to Spartanburg 21-0 in the two-quarter scrimmage in Gaffney, S.C. on Saturday night. This was the seventh installment of the Border Showcase. (photo by Joey Millwood)

North and South Carolina had been thirsty for rain in recent months and on Saturday, the rains poured.

The storm clouds, however, faded just in time for another thirst to be quenched. Just an hour before the Border Showcase Classic kicked off in Gaffney, S.C., the storm clouds parted and the sun peeked through, and for the fans that had long been thirsty for high school football, the cup ran over.

The Classic was started by Polk County coach Bruce Ollis seven years ago and has become one of the more high profile scrimmage jamborees in the Carolinas. The seventh annual event hosted some of the toughest competition in the two states.

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The Wolverines kicked the night off against South Carolina 4A school Spartanburg. The Vikings jumped out early on the Wolverines.

Polk County head coach Bruce Ollis talks to his team after its two-quarter scrimmage at the Border Showcase Classic in Gaffney, S.C. Polk lost to Spartanburg 21-0 in the seventh installment of the competitive jamboree. (photo by Joey Millwood)

In the first possession of the first quarter, Viking quarterback Adrian Kollock ran in a touchdown in the first two minutes.

Four minutes later, Kollock hit wide receiver Ariand Woodruff for a second touchdown.

After a three and out on their first drive, the Wolverines finally settled down.

In their second possession, Polk quarterback Alec Philpott converted a third and 11 with his feet, scampering up the left sidelines before being knocked out of bounds after a 12-yard run. Jay Sutton pounded up the middle for a nine-yard run.

A delay then pushed the Wolverines back. Then on fourth down, the Vikings came up with an interception.

The Vikings added one more touchdown in the second quarter when Kollock handed the ball off to running back Deuntrelle Goudelock, who ran the ball into the endzone.

The most exciting moment of the night for Polk came in their final possession.

The Wolverines faced a fourth and 8 on the Viking side of the field. Ollis sent out the punt unit. Joel Booker awaited the snap and when it came, he took off up the right side of the field for a 14-yard carry and a first down.

When the buzzer sounded, however, the Vikings won the two-quarter scrimmage 21-0.

“It’s a scrimmage,” Ollis said. “We’re going to learn from it and move from there.”

The result from Saturday night’s contest was not a mandate on how his team will fare this season, Ollis said.

“That doesn’t mean we don’t have a good football team,” he said. “We have a good team that can compete for a conference title this season.”

Byrnes (S.C.) beat Asheville 21-7 in the next game. Gaffney (S.C.) won the late game 35-6 over T.C. Roberson.