A look at Friday night’s high school football games
AIKEN 20, RICHLAND NORTHEAST 7
After weeks of encouraging improvements in losses, head coach Brian Neal and his Aiken Hornets broke into the win column for the first time in 2013. Aiken clamped down defensively on Richland Northeast on Friday night, earning a 20-7 Homecoming victory at Hagood Stadium.
“It feels good,” Neal said, cradling the game ball. “I hope we can make this a habit. The defense played great. The defense kept answering the call; we kept putting their backs against the wall. The next step is to continue to improve and learn how to finish ball games.”
SILVER BLUFF 53, MIDLAND VALLEY 33
PETTICOAT JUNCTION — Near the end of the third quarter, there was a scary moment in the high school football game between Silver Bluff and Midland Valley. RJ Stallings, the Bulldogs star wing was injured on a run up the middle, and the game was stopped for close to 20 minutes as he was taken off the field in a stretcher and taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center as a precaution.
That was about the only thing that could slow down the offense in Friday’s high-scoring game that Silver Bluff won 53-33.
STROM THURMOND 21, SOUTH AIKEN 7
Both sides made their share of mistakes in Friday’s game between South Aiken and Strom Thurmond at the T-Breds’ Stomping Ground.
The visiting Rebels capitalized on South Aiken’s gaffes and made up for their own in a 21-7 Strom Thurmond win.
“They never quit battling,” Strom Thurmond (4-0) head coach Lee Sawyer said specifically about his defense. “They make a big stop ... they just never quit. Awful proud of their effort.”
H-K-T 20, RIDGE SPRING-MONETTA 13
All the momentum seemed to be going Ridge Spring-Monetta’s way late in the first half and early in the second of its 20-13 loss in the homecoming game against Hunter-Kinard-Tyler. H-K-T was without its leading rusher Jarius Jenkins, who left the game early in the second quarter with what his coach said is a sprained ankle at halftime it was evident Jenkins wouldn’t return.
NORTH AUGUSTA 42, SUMTER 14
SUMTER — For the better part of a 1½ quarters, the Sumter High School football team was holding its own against undefeated North Augusta on Friday.
Then things quickly got away from the Gamecocks.
With the game tied 7-7, the high-powered Yellow Jackets (5-0) reeled off 21 points over the final six minutes of the first half and went on to a 42-14 victory at Sumter Memorial Stadium.
FOX CREEK 27, AUGUSTA CHRISTIAN 20
Fox Creek head coach Russ Schneider has waited seven years to get his sea legs.
The Predators were finally able to get in the win column against their rival, Augusta Christian, with a 27-20 win. Quarterback Deondre Baskett rushed for three touchdowns – from 79, 62 and 2 yards out.
WAGENER-SALLEY 34, BLACKVILLE-HILDA 27
WAGENER — The last time the Wagener-Salley High School War Eagles defeated the Hawks of Blackville-Hilda High School, not a single player on either roster was born. That was 1994. This is 2013, and the War Eagles came out hungry for a statement win at home, as they have marched through the early part of the season to sit 4-1.