Teams, players step up
Statements were made all over the area on Friday as seven of our teams collected big region wins.
Silver Bluff, Williston-Elko, North Augusta and Strom Thurmond all moved closer to region titles, and the Rebels claimed a spot as a Class AAA state title favorite. Wagener-Salley clinched a winning regular-season record for the first time since 1995, and Midland Valley moved a step closer to a surprising playoff spot in Class AAA.
South Aiken made a different statement at the Stomping Grounds, as the T-Breds showed they weren’t going down without a fight in Region 5-AAAA with their win over Lexington.
With so many teams coming through in Week Eight, the star performances were numerous.
DARIUS HAMMOND, RB Strom Thurmond
Hammond has showed his true capabilities more and more each week, and Friday was no different. In a 42-7 win over No. 3 Swansea. Hammond gave the Rebels 176 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries.
ISRAEL TALBERT, DB Strom Thurmond
Talbert collected his fourth and fifth interceptions of the year on Friday, returning one 41 yards for the Rebels’ first score of the game.
JARIUS JENKIS, RB Williston-Elko
Jenkins racked up 148 yards and three scores on the ground in the Blue Devils’ 55-14 win over Ridge Spring-Monetta, pushing his rushing total to more than 1,000 yards for his sophomore season.
DEVONTE PRESSLEY, RB North Augusta
North Augusta battered a fellow Region 5-AAAA contender in its 33-0 win over White Knoll, and Pressley had 211 yards and two touchdowns on the ground during the homecoming festivities.
BRANDON MADDOX, DT North Augusta
Defenders don’t make too many appearances here, but Maddox is one of three this week after his six tackles, forced fumble and fumble recovery in Friday’s shutout win.
ADAM ALLEN, RB South Aiken
The T-Breds hauled in their first win of the year, a 20-14 victory over Lexington, and Allen was spectacular. He had 181 rushing yards, 120 in the second half, and added a 1-yard touchdown run.
RASOOL CLEMMONS, DE South Aiken
The 6-foot-6, 176-pound sophomore had several key tackles on Friday and also got into the Wildcats’ backfield frequently. His biggest contribution was a pair of forced fumbles, one when Lexington was inside the T-Bred 10-yard line.
TREY DAVIS, RB Wagener-Salley
Davis has been great this season for the upstart War Eagles, and Friday’s 32-0 shutout of Fox Creek was no different. The senior had 16 carries for 172 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.
DANIEL CARR, QB Midland Valley
The Mustangs picked up a huge 28-21 win over Brookland-Cayce on the road, and the freshman quarterback led the way. He passed for 114 yards and a touchdown and ran for 109 yards and two scores, including a game-winning scoring run of 33 yards with 51 seconds remaining.
SHAQUEZ WRIGHT, RB Silver Bluff
The Bulldogs’ tightened their grip on Region 5-AA with a 35-19 win over Edisto, and the junior had 170 yards and two touchdowns in the road victory.
Jeremy Timmerman has a journalism degree from Mercer University and has been at the Aiken Standard since June 2010.