SPRING VALLEY 28, SOUTH AIKEN 16
COLUMBIA — A lethal combination of a sluggish South Aiken start and a strong Spring Valley rushing attack spelled doom for the visiting T-Breds Friday night at Harry Parone Stadium. Spring Valley built an early 28-3 lead and then held on to win 28-16.
South Aiken (1-5) struggled to get much going against Spring Valley’s defense early, which entered Friday night’s game surrendering just shy of 13 points per game. Most of the T-Breds’ difficulties were self-inflicted, with first-half penalties and fumbles killing early drives.
“We played about as bad of a first half as you could play,” South Aiken coach Jeremy West said. “We’ve got to overcome these mistakes early on and find a way to eliminate them.”
The T-Breds came out guns blazing after intermission. The defense pitched a second-half shutout, allowing South Aiken to close the deficit to 12 before the Vikings (5-0) ran out the clock. Quarterback Bo Baldwin responded well to a heavy pass rush, completing 12 of 17 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns.
Despite trailing throughout, the T-Breds hung tough. Three forced fumbles, all deep in South Aiken territory, kept the Vikings within reach. After the defense forced a three-and-out, Baldwin connected with Matt Albertson on a 93-yard touchdown pass, his second of the night, with 4:46 left in the game.
Unfortunately for South Aiken, there was too little time left after and too much running power on the opposite side of the field. Alec Koon shouldered the load late as Spring Valley closed the game out.
Dual-threat quarterback Chris Adams led the way for the Vikings, rushing for 115 yards on just nine carries and completing four of six passes for 59 yards. In all, Adams accounted for three touchdowns to help increase the Vikings’ season-opening winning streak.
Spring Valley dominated the field position battle throughout the night. South Aiken’s offense found itself frequently pinned deep in its own territory, while the defense was often tasked with stopping the Vikings on a short field.
“It’s tough, especially with that ground-oriented offense where they’re just going to get their 3, 4 yards,” said West. “It definitely put us behind the eight ball early on.”
Owen Myers’ 38-yard field goal put South Aiken on the board midway through the second quarter. Jordan Scott’s long kickoff return and timely runs by Adam Allen advanced the T-Breds into the red zone.
South Aiken scored just seconds before halftime to close the deficit to 18 points, again after starting a possession near midfield. Baldwin rolled to his right, eluding the Spring Valley pass rush, finding Allen streaking across the field. The 33-yard touchdown pass was the T-Breds’ longest play of the half.
South Aiken has a bye next week before traveling to Dutch Fork on Oct. 11.
SA 0 10 0
SV 14 14 0
SV – Chris Adams 23 pass to John Miller (Cooper Gresham kick) 5:22
SV – Adams 28 run (Gresham kick) 2:09
SA – Owen Myers 38 field goal 6:47
SV – Miller 4 run (Gresham kick) 2:50
SV – Adams 17 pass to LJ Mealing (Gresham kick) 1:09
SA – Bo Baldwin 33 pass to Adam Allen (Myers kick) 0:12
SA – Baldwin 93 pass to Matt Albertson (conversion failed) 4:46
SA – Adam Allen 11-39, Damien Brown 5-9, Ryan McNutt 1-1, Bo Baldwin 4-1. Totals 21-50.
SV – Chris Adams 9-115-1, John Miller 15-82-1, Alec Koon 15-75, Ryan Lee 5-33, Jawaun Wells 1-9, Jordan Williams 2-8, Kristion Glover 2-4, LJ Mealing 1-2. Totals 50-325-2.
SA – Bo Baldwin 12-17-211-2TD.
SV – Chris Adams 4-6-59-2TD.
SA – Matt Albertson 2-96-1, Skyler Lightbody 5-62, Adam Allen 3-43-1, Will Holbrook 1-6, Cameron Ladd 1-4. Totals 12-211-2.
SV – LJ Mealing 2-38-1, John Miller 1-23-1, Alec Koon 1-(-2). Totals 4-59-2.