A look at Friday night’s high school football games
NORTH AUGUSTA 55, AIKEN 13
To knock off North Augusta, the Aiken High football team needed to play its best game of the season.
That didn’t happen. The Hornets hung close early but were undone by mistakes, injuries and – of course – the general excellence of the Yellow Jackets. North Augusta piled on the points in the second and third quarters for a 55-13 victory.
“It was a great win,” said North Augusta head coach Dan Pippin, who hit a milestone with the victory that sets up a significant game next week. “That’s our 60th win in six years. It puts us in line to play home (next Friday) for a share of the region championship.”
STROM THURMOND 34, MIDLAND VALLEY 27
GRANITEVILLE — The fans that braved the soggy conditions leading up to game time at L.L. Willis Stadium got to see their fair share of big plays between Strom Thurmond and Midland Valley, with the Region 5-AAA crown hanging in the balance.
In the end, the Rebels (9-1, 5-0) had the final answer and beat the Mustangs (6-4, 3-2) in a 34-27 road win.
SOUTH AIKEN 17, WHITE KNOLL 13
South Aiken seized momentum with an onside kick and a stellar stunt by the defensive front on a key fourth down propelled the home team to a 17-13 victory over White Knoll Friday evening in front of a raucous crowd despite the constant rain.
“It was a big win for us. Our team was resilient in the second half,” Thoroughbreds head coach Jeremy West said of his team, which squandered a lead in the second half of last year’s loss to the Timberwolves. “We fought back after trailing to a team that ended our season last year.”
SILVER BLUFF 33, BARNWELL 16
BARNWELL — The Silver Bluff Bulldogs pitched a soggy shutout for much of Friday night’s game at Barnwell, only yielding points late in the fourth quarter once the game was well out of reach. The Bulldogs won, 33-16, earning their ninth consecutive victory to close out the regular season.
Barnwell’s (2-8, 1-4 Region 5-AA) Jamari Dunbar scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to complement his game-high 165 rushing yards. By then, however, the damage had already been done.