In Week 11, the area saw a variety of high school football action, with results both expected and surprising.
Five teams started their playoff runs and only one came out of its first-round matchup with a win. That was Strom Thurmond, who lived up to the hype and throttled Hilton Head at home.
In Class A, Division I play, Williston-Elko lost a rare playoff home game in a barn-burner against Ware Shoals, and two more area teams fell in Class A, Division II. Midland Valley rounded out the group of teams making an exit with its loss to Berkeley.
Class AAAA was still in regular-season action, and South Aiken collected its first win over Aiken since 2007, while North Augusta lost a region title tilt at Dutch Fork.
With all those fates being decided, six players stepped up as noteworthy for Week 11.
DEANDRE SCHOULTZ, ATH South Aiken
Schoultz has been a leader for the T-Breds for a couple years, and he closed out his high school career in style in the team’s 28-21 rivalry win at Aiken. He racked up 95 yards on three kickoff returns and caught seven passes for 130 more.
LEON SIMMONS, ATH Aiken
The Hornets lost, but Simmons was phenomenal. Making a rare start at quarterback, Simmons was efficient, passing for 60 yards and a touchdown in a 6-for-9 performance while running for 131 yards and two more scores.
JAUVEER HAMMOND, QB Strom Thurmond
The junior didn’t have to carry the ball much in the Rebels’ 63-20 playoff win over Hilton Head to make a big impact. He ran five times for 192 yards and two scores and completed three passes for 58 yards and another score.
DARIUS HAMMOND, RB Strom Thurmond
Hammond had a “boring” night, rushing for 111 yards and a score on only nine carries. He also caught a 20-yard pass and gave the Rebels good field position in the return game when he got a chance.
TREY MORGAN, ATH North Augusta
The Yellow Jackets fell 28-21 at Dutch Fork, but Morgan didn’t disappoint. The do-it-all player caught five passes for 77 yards and a touchdown and ran for a 37-yard touchdown for the team’s only first-half points.
JARIUS JENKINS, RB Williston-Elko
The Blue Devils’ season ended a bit earlier than expected with a 42-35 loss to Ware Shoals, but Jenkins did his part. The sophomore had 262 yards and two touchdowns on 46 carries to push his total to close to 1,600 for the year.
Jeremy Timmerman has a journalism degree from Mercer University and has been at the Aiken Standard since June 2010.