Week Seven confirmed a lot of what we knew about this area’s high school football teams.
Strom Thurmond is still the strongest team in our area, and the Rebels are probably among the strongest in the state. Williston-Elko is the class of Region 4-A until someone proves otherwise, as is Silver Bluff in Region 5-AA.
After a surprising loss to Sumter a couple weeks back, North Augusta established itself at the top of Region 5-AAA with a resounding win over Lexington. Fox Creek reminded us all how good its offense can look and how bad North can look. Aiken lost, but the Hornets showed some fire by coming from behind to send their game against White Knoll into two overtimes.
With all the teams moving into the crucial region portions of their schedules, seven players stepped up to claim a portion of the spotlight.
TREY MORGAN, ATH North Augusta
Morgan did a little bit of everything in the Yellow Jackets’ 44-6 win over Lexington. He ran for two touchdowns, threw for 33 yards and another score and caught three passes for 42 yards while also starting in the secondary.
TRIB REECE, QB North Augusta
The sophomore continued to show his brilliance with a rushing touchdown to go with a 9-for-11 passing night for 255 yards and two touchdowns, one for 45 yards and the other for 81 yards.
AARON COOK, OLB Strom Thurmond
Cook was dominant in the Rebels’ 41-6 win over region foe Airport. The senior made several tackles, broke up a few passes and returned an interception 8 yards for a touchdown.
SHAQUEZ WRIGHT, RB Silver Bluff
Wright has proven to be one of the backs in our area capable of monster rushing nights, and he had one in Friday’s 35-7 win over Wade Hampton. The junior had 191 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.
JARIUS JENKINS, RB Williston-Elko
Jenkins maintained his spot among the area’s top performers in the Blue Devils’ 50-0 win over H-K-T Friday, rushing for 174 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. He also went over the 1,000-yard mark and is nearing 20 rushing touchdowns for the year.
BRANDON GLADNEY, WR Fox Creek
The Predators ran away with a 48-12 win over North, and Gladney was a driving force in that. He had 29 rushing yards and a touchdown on three carries, caught a pass for 12 yards and returned a punt 50 yards for another score.
NAKEEM SPANN, QB Aiken
The Hornets lost 28-27 in two overtimes to White Knoll, but not before they put on a spirited comeback. In his first start at quarterback, Spann completed three of his 11 pass attempts for 20 yards, but he ran 17 times for 72 yards and three touchdowns in the game.
Jeremy Timmermanhas a journalism degree from Mercer University and has been at the Aiken Standard since June 2010.