DUTCH FORK 43, AIKEN 13
Aiken (1-7, 0-2 Region 5-AAAA) couldn’t overcome mistakes or the Dutch Fork (6-2, 2-0) ground game in the blowout home loss.
“They were good on offense, running the ball,” said Aiken head coach Brian Neal.
Neal added that his team got a few opportunities to make it at least a closer game – set up by the running of fullback Terrell Lewis – but the Hornets couldn’t get out of their own way.
Aiken quarterback Caleb Heath had one of the home team’s scores with a 68-yard run, and Dramel Coleman returned an interception 40 yards for the other Aiken touchdown.
“He’s a playmaker,” Neal said of Coleman, also a running back. “He can do it on both sides of the ball.”
The Hornets will try to end their skid next week on the road against Lexington (7-1, 2-0).
LEXINGTON 31, SOUTH AIKEN 17
It was all too familiar for South Aiken head coach Jeremy West. He saw his team fall behind early against a tough opponent, only to stage a rally that fell just short. It has happened several times this season and it was the case again in the 31-17 loss to Lexington.
“We didn’t start fast,” West said of his squad which trailed the Wildcats 17-3 at the half before pulling within a single touchdown in the fourth quarter. “We got in a hole, fought back and fell short. … We’ve got to start faster and take advantage of opportunities when we have them.”
That was a big reason the Thoroughbreds (1-7, 0-2 Region 5-AAAA) fell behind. They moved the ball well in the first half, getting into the red zone three times. But they only scored a total of three points from those three trips.
South Aiken ran the ball well as Damian Brown had 15 carries for 86 yards and Adam Allen returned to the lineup with nine carries for 81 yards and caught five passes for 74 yards.
Quarterback Bo Baldwin had a busy night. He completed 15 of 26 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns – one to Allen and the other to Skyler Lightbody, who had eight receptions for 123 yards. But he also threw two interceptions.
“We can’t make one or two mistakes against a good team,” West said of Lexington, which improved to 7-1 (2-0 in region).
The Wildcats were led by an outstanding effort from running back Garvin Jackson, who had 35 carries for 229 yards and two touchdowns.
WARDLAW 60 RICHARD WINN ACADEMY 24
Malik Lee scored touchdowns on four of his six carries in Wardlaw’s (8-0) 60-26 victory over Richard Winn Academy. The Patriots had 416 total rushing yards on the night.
Ed Williams also eclipsed the 100 yard mark with 111 yards on two carries.
He also had a touchdown. Spencer Moor carried the ball 11 times for 50 yards and a touchdown.
The Patriots’ defense held Richard Winn to 247 yards of total offense.
Wardlaw will take on unbeaten King Academy next week.
The winner will lock up the 8-man region II title.