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Last-Second Heroics Win SC for Wando

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Last-Second Heroics Win SC for Wando

Wando won the South Carolina Boys HS championship in dramatic fashion, beating South Greenville 25-24 on the final play of the game.

In a tense game where neither team was able to really break free, Wando got some excellent work from the center pairing of Jon and Josh Cummings, who held South Greenville's effective midfield in check much of the day.

With the score 24-18 in favor of South Greenville, Wando had a shot at moving ahead. They got a penalty close to the South Greenville line, and opted to kick for the lineout. However, Wando kicked the ball dead, and South Greenville, still pinned in their 22, had a chance to clear. But they couldn't clear for long, and from an attacking scrum, Wando scrumhalf Charlie van Vliet  shipped the ball to flyhalf Kane Waterbury, who saw space out wide and sent a skip pass to fullback Chris Baltimore, who was galloping into the line. Baltimore tok the pass and was in at the corner.

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That made it 24-23. There was still the matter of the conversion kick. Kicking left-footed, van Vliet was kicking from the less-favored left touchline, meaning he couldn't hook the ball through the posts. Adding to his problem was an unfavorable wind. And yet, the scrumhalf put the kick through perfectly, and the game ended with Wando up 25-24.

"It was a phenomenal rugby game," said Wando Head Coach Tod Shepherd. "South Greenville is a really, really good team, well-coached, and great guys. I was really impressed. But I am also proud of what our guys were able to do. It was nuts. Our forwards were unebelievable."

The game was played in hot temperatures - in the high 80s - and Wando's fitness helped them finish the game off ... just in time.