By Jay Tidwell/Special to the Journal
POTTS CAMP – Jamarquis Foster was only going to get two chances to find the 36 yards he needed for 1,000 yards rushing for the season.
One play was all it took.
Foster ran for a 65-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage and finished with 163 yards on 7 carries and two more touchdowns to boost Potts Camp to a 45-10 win against New Site on Friday at Potts Camp-Oakley Sportsplex.
Quarterback Jordon Harris also surpassed 1,000 yards on the ground, with 9 carries for 121 yards and four TDs in the season finale for both independents.
Foster, a senior, finished with 1,127 yards, while Harris, a sophomore, collected 1,020.
“Coach told me I was going to have two tries to make it to 1,000 yards,” Foster said. “I told him if he gave me two plays to run that, and I didn’t make it, it would be the end for me tonight.”
The win capped an impressive season for the Cardinals, whose only loss came at Class 6A Desoto Central on Aug. 24.
“This group of 10 seniors were freshman when we started football, and to go out with them like this is special,” said Potts Camp coach Shane Stone. “And we had two guys with over 1,000 yards rushing.”
An intentional grounding penalty in the end zone against Potts Camp (9-1) resulted in a safety midway through the first quarter, edging the Royals within 6-2.
Harris ran for two TDs in the second quarter to give the Cardinals an 18-2 lead at halftime.
New Site (0-7) committed five turnovers in the first half, but pulled with 24-10 on a 24-yard run by Jonathan Slack on the first play of the fourth quarter. Foster responded with a 51-yard TD run and Harris tacked on runs of 19 and 41 yards to add to the cushion.
“The first half, we made too many mental mistakes, then in the second half we had five guys who got hurt,” said New Site coach Ronnie Jackson. “(Potts Camp) played hard tonight.”