Pelion Wins Season-Opener 47-22 Behind Luke New's 6 Touchdowns

Posted 8/17/22

Success in Orangeburg County is nothing new for Pelion head coach Dann Holland.

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Pelion Wins Season-Opener 47-22 Behind Luke New's 6 Touchdowns

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Success in Orangeburg County is nothing new for Pelion head coach Dann Holland.

In three seasons at Hunter-Kinard-Tyler in Neeses, he led the Trojans to back-to-back Class A Division II titles.

Opening his sixth season with Pelion in the town of Rowesville, Holland earned another victory in the county. The Panthers rolled past Bethune-Bowman 47-22 in their season opener.

Pelion was led by quarterback Luke New who rushed for 211 yards and had six touchdowns, five rushing and one passing.

Bethune-Bowman fumbled on two of its first three offensive plays, the second resulting in a safety by the Pelion defense. The Mohawks lost four fumbles total, and had several big plays called back due to holding penalties.

Pelion built an early 6-0 lead on a New two-yard touchddown run. Following the safety, the Panthers scored on the ensuing possession to extend the lead to 15-0.

Pelion made it 22-0 early in the second quarter after New rushed for 15 yards on fourth down.

Mykai Void's 10-yard touchdown run cut the lead to 22-8, but Pelion's New answered right back with another touchdown of his own.

Right before the half, New connected on a 35-yard touchdown pass in the endzone to give the Panthers a 34-8 halftime lead.

The Mohawks scored to open the second half, but the Panthers added two more touchdowns to stretch their lead to 47-14.

Bethune-Bowman added a final touchdown and two-point conversion to close out the scoring.

Pelion (1-0) next plays its home opener Aug. 26 against Columbia.

Travis Boland of the Times and Democrat contributed to this report.

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