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Union County’s third season came to an end Friday night with the team taking a tough 49-30 loss into the offseason.
“Early on, we looked good, but then they made some adjustments defensively and we made some offensively, and it was a lot tougher offensively after,” UC coach Scott Duley said.
Broderick Montgomery scored the first of his three touchdowns giving UC an early 8-0 lead that was quickly answered by a run from Potts Camp’s Ben Bolden on the quarterback keeper.
Montgomery’s second score came early in the second, helping UC regain the lead at 14-8, but the Cardinals took the lead for good 11:17 mark, as Jordan Harris took the ensuing kickoff back for a touchdown. Potts Camp added one more touchdown before the half, scoring 35 points before UC scored again in the fourth quarter.
“Early in the season we had some problems with offensive penalties stopping us, and we took care of that the last two weeks, but again tonight, we had that problem,” Duley said of the offensive struggles.
“We had a good drive going; penalties. Out of the three or four times we didn’t score when having the ball, it was because of penalties hurting our drives or interceptions. We stopped ourselves tonight.”
Down 43-14, Montgomery took a kickoff return for a touchdown and Vadale Rucker added UC’s final score in the final two minutes of the game. For the Cardinals, Harris finished with three touchdowns and an interception, and Bolden threw for two scores and ran for two.
“These kids have never given up all season long, and there’s a lot they’re learning, so next year we’re going to tighten up more and the offense will keep growing up, and I felt they improved every week this season,” Duley said. “Defensively, I felt we had some bright spots, but we still have a lot of work to do.”
Union County finishes the season at 2-6, and Duley has high expectations for the coming offseason.
“I’d sum up the season by saying we learned how to give effort, and in the offseason, I’d say we have to learn how to be aggressive,” he said.
“We don’t yet know how to play with a chip on our shoulder, but we’re learning, and we’re getting there as a team.”