WILLISTON — Williston Elko's Faheem Richburg was all over the field Friday night. The senior receiver and defensive back was a spark plug for many of the Blue Devils' big plays as Williston Elko picked up its first win of the season in a 30-9 blowout of Barnwell.
Head coach Dwayne Garrick credited Richburg's hustle with changing the momentum of the game. Barnwell was attempting a game-tying field goal in the second quarter when Richburg caught the deflected attempt and ran it back for a touchdown.
“That was real big,” Garrick said of the touchdown. “If they make that it's tied at six and instead we go up 14-3.”
Richburg was also big in the passing game. He gained 74 yards receiving. Senior quarterback Dalton Mundy completed seven of his eight pass attempts in the game, and four of those passes were hauled in by Richburg, including a 30 yard touchdown.
“He threw the ball really well,” Garrick said of Mundy, who finished the game with 129 passing yards.
Mundy's only incompletion came on an interception in the first half of the game.
His counterpart Jevonte Dunbar was giving the Blue Devils' defense some trouble before he left with a leg injury in the third quarter. Dunbar had 102 rushing yards prior to being helped off the field.
“I hope that kid is OK,” Garrick said. “That probably limited some of the things they were able to do on offense, but I thought our guys picked it up as well. They just kept fighting and playing hard and that is what we've been doing.”
The Warhorses offense sputtered with Dunbar on the sideline, and was held scoreless by Williston-Elko. Barnwell finished the game with, yards rushing, including a touchdown by Jamari Dunbar. The run defense is an area Garrick is hoping his team will improve in.
Nonetheless, he was happy with the win, which came at a good time for the Blue Devils. The team opened the season with back-to-back losses on the road. For Garrick, the victory over rival Barnwell served as reassurance.
“I don't think we've gotten down over the first two weeks,” he said. “We're going to be OK. We'll be a pretty good football team by the time it's all said and done.”
Next up for Williston Elko is a trip to Denmark to take on Denmark-Olar.
Eric Russell covers sports for the Aiken Standard. He graduated from USC Aiken in 2012 with a degree in communications.