Midland Valley hangs on to top Gilbert
MIDLAND VALLEY 35, GILBERT 28
GILBERT — Midland Valley spoiled Gilbert's Homecoming on Friday night, outlasting their hosts, 35-28, in a thriller to open Region 5-AAA play.
Gilbert gashed the Mustangs' defense for much of the evening, but Midland Valley made stops when it counted. And on Friday night, it just needed one more stop than the Indians could make. Despite the win, Mustangs head coach Rick Knight called the defensive play “frustrating.”
Hammond, Rebels blast Brookland-Cayce
STROM THURMOND 42, BROOKLAND-CAYCE 13
JOHNSTON — By the time Strom Thurmond quarterback Jauveer Hammond threw an incomplete pass in Friday's 42-13 win over previously unbeaten Brookland-Cayce, he had already led the Rebels to a two-score lead.
That point came with 1:20 left in the first half, with the Rebels (5-1, 1-0 Region 5-AAA) driving to expand on a 21-7 lead over the Bearcats (5-1, 0-1).
“He had another good night,” head coach Lee Sawyer said of Hammond. “We're starting to get some confidence throwing the ball.”
War Eagles bounce back in blowout
WAGENER-SALLEY 42, NORTH 6
WAGENER — For the second week in a row, Wagener-Salley scored 40 points. This time it happened to be in a winning effort, as the War Eagles earned a 42-6 victory over North to move their record to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in Region 4-A.
For the first half, the game was much closer than the final score indicates. Wagener-Salley jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter before North's Josh Harley returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown.
Blue Devils still rule region
WILLISTON-ELKO 27, FOX CREEK 7
NORTH AUGUSTA — First place in Region 4-A was on the line Friday, when the high school football teams from Fox Creek and Williston-Elko faced of at Lions Field. The Predators came into the game riding high, on a four-game winning streak. Winless in their history against the Blue Devils, this game was likely the best chance they've ever had to knock off the kings of the region because of their ability to match power against power.
None of it mattered, as Williston-Elko remained undefeated in region play with a 27-7 win, maintaining a stranglehold over league opponents dating back to 2008 – the last time it lost a Region 4-A contest.
Turnovers cost Hornets chance to winBLYTHEWOOD 34, AIKEN 20
BLYTHEWOOD — Aiken High School (1-5) traveled to the Columbia area for the second week in a row, and similar to last week, the Hornets were unable to come away with the win. Turnovers hurt their chances of coming home with a needed victory. The Hornets out-gained the Bengals of Blythewood High School (4-2) 360-247 on offense, but five turnovers ultimately caused Aiken to fall 34-20.