With quarterback Jordan Mickleberry on the sidelines nursing a sprained ankle, Cheraw turned to Andropulus Miller and Josh Henderson to lead the offense. Neither could navigate the Swamp Fox defense throughout the first half, however, putting the Braves behind, 14-0, at the break.
Troubles started for Cheraw within the first five minutes of the game as the Braves' offense coughed up the ball twice. The second fumble led to a Marion touchdown and a 7-0 Swamp Fox lead.
A second-quarter pass from Anthony Samuels to D.J. Gause put the Swamp Foxes up by seven more points, amounting to the 14-0 halftime spread.
"After the way we played in the first half, I'm just proud of our team for not giving up," Cheraw head coach Johnny White said. "We talked to the guys at halftime about the importance of not quitting, and they really came back in the second half and tried to fight their way back into it."
White credited his defense for stepping up and playing tough the entire game.
For more information on this story, please read the Aug. 25, 2005 edition of the Cheraw Chronicle/Chesterfield Advertiser.