Sunshine ties R.C. Hatch in spring game

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 15, 2008

NEWBERN &8212; Soggy conditions took a toll on the game as Sunshine and R.C. Hatch traded fumbles down the stretch on the way to a 6-6 tie in their spring jamboree game.

Sunshine head coach Jonathan Jenkins viewed the unfavorable conditions as another indicator of where his team is.

Sunshine running back Shaun McCalpine scored the only touchdown of the game for the Tigers, reaching paydirt on an 11-yard scamper. The Tiger defense made that score stand up with the aid of a goal line interception by Vintez Woods with 3:07 remaining in the first half.

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R.C. Hatch broke through with 7:30 remaining in the third quarter when Quintin Essex hauled in a touchdown pass to tie the game. The teams then began to resemble fatigued prize fighters as they traded blow after blow, each proving incapable of mustering enough to land a knockout punch.

With 2:21 left in the third, the Bobcats were knocking on the red zone&8217;s door when Rodriguez Evans found the handle on a tipped ball, taking it the other way to give Sunshine control and end the R.C. Hatch threat.

The Tigers mounted their final march, advancing the ball to the Bobcat goal line before the turnover bug bit one final time, handing possession of the ball to R.C. Hatch with 19 seconds remaining in the game.

Jenkins was complimentary of his team&8217;s efforts, citing the double duty of John May and rushing prowess of Adrian Davis as morale-boosting bright spots in the game.