PROSPERITY — A new tradition began this year with a long time rival of Mid-Carolina’s.
The annual football competition between the Chapin Eagles and Mid-Carolina Rebels now has a pawn that the victorious school will retain until they meet again.
Chapin’s principal, Akil Ross and Mid-Carolina’s principal, Ray Cooper joined forces in beginning the tradition.
The history behind it is that well before there was a Lake Murray, Chapin and Prosperity were just simple stops on a railway line and as the train passed the bell was rang by the conductor.
That bell is now the trophy of the “Battle of the Bell” and Friday night began the beginning of a new tradition befitting for two great schools and two growing communities.
Because of the win for the Rebels, the antique bell will be proudly displayed at Mid-Carolina High School for the inaugural year of the tradition that we hope will continue for years. Thanks to Ross and Cooper for researching and deciding to start this tradition.
Now for the how the Rebels won the battle, Chapin began the battle with their first possession and was on top early in the first quarter, but Mid-Carolina answered with a touchdown of their own, but failed at the point after, putting the Rebels in a one point deficit.
The Eagles struck again in the first quarter and successfully got the two point conversion, putting the score 15-6 at the end of the first quarter, with the Eagles on top.
With several good runs by the Rebels Khalil Kennedy and Nick Sims-Metts the Rebels cut the lead to one after the score and two point conversion.
In the second quarter, both teams turned the ball over, and the Eagles capitalized on a recovered fumble and scored again. The Rebels were bound to stop the Eagles and they did just that with blocking the point after on the score. With 2:18 left in the half the Eagles were up now by seven.
The last two minutes of the half proved to be exciting as Sims-Metts took a 45 yard run to the house and with Dillon Pelton’s point after, the score was now tied at 21, with 22 seconds left in the half.
What a way to celebrate homecoming, and exciting end to the half and a tied score.
Mid-Carolina enjoyed the homecoming presentation of 20 very lovely young ladies, with Mary Kathryn Moore winning Homecoming queen for 2012. Moore was representing Jaye Stuck. The runner ups were Lyndsay Gilliam, first runner up, representing Alex Attaway and Carli Ruff, second runner up, representing Josh Schneider.
In addition to being the homecoming queen, Moore is the student trainer for the football team and quickly changed to get back to her duties while wearing her crown for the second half.
Now for the second half of play, which the third quarter proved to be uneventful for scoring for either one, but both teams had a fumble, turning over to the other and it was a strong defensive battle on both sides.
The momentum made a big shift when Chapin fumbled and MC’s Jay White recovered on Chapin’s 30 yard line.
The offense was able to drive it a little closer and MC’s Dillon Pelton put it through the uprights from 25 yards to put MC on top with 24 and Chapin, 21.
On the drive following the kickoff from the field goal, MC’s Alex Attaway made a big sack putting the Eagles inside their own 5 yard line and forcing them to punt the ball to the Rebels with 6:25 left in the game.
The Rebels were successful in slowly traveling down the field from the punt, using as much time as they could; holding on to the ball with the offense taking a knee with seconds left to begin the victory celebration.
Again we had an exciting game with the special teams showing their strength again, making the past 2 weeks games victorious for the Rebels, thanks to the special teams, especially senior Pelton.
The fans hope the momentum can continue to flow as the Rebels meet Ninety-Six at Ninety-Six next week in the first week of region play.