A look at high school football games from around the area
STROM THURMOND 43, GILBERT 32
JOHNSTON — Jakayus Leaphart opened the second half of Friday’s high school football game against Strom Thurmond with an 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, giving his Gilbert squad a two-point lead. The play, following a strong first-half performance from Indians quarterback Mitch Spires, had Rebels head coach Lee Sawyer thinking his team was going to be in a shootout.
NORTH AUGUSTA 42, SOUTH AIKEN 6
NORTH AUGUSTA — Even though North Augusta put up plenty of points in a 42-6 win over region and county foe South Aiken on Friday, the Jacket defense perhaps had the best showing of the night.
The Jackets (8-1, 2-1 Region 5-AAAA) limited the T-Breds (1-8, 0-3) to 182 yards of offense, and the visitors didn’t score until less than three minutes remained in the game with the North Augusta backups in on defense.
Head coach Dan Pippin said that North Augusta’s defenders have been impressive all season, including the team’s only loss that came on a tipped pass against Lexington.
H-K-T 28, WAGENER-SALLEY 25
WAGENER — Hunter-Kinard-Tyler (7-2, 4-1 Region 4-A) and Wagener-Salley (6-3, 3-2) were vying for playoff position in a battle of the top two teams in Class A, Division 2 on Friday night. The War Eagles jumped out to an early lead and controlled the game well into the final five minutes of the fourth quarter when H-K-T scored 14 straight points to come out with a 28-25 victory.
SILVER BLUFF 34, CALHOUN COUNTY 6
JACKSON — Silver Bluff High School (8-1, 4-0) kept the winning tradition alive Friday night, clinching its second-straight Region 5-AA title as the Bulldogs routed the visiting Saints of Calhoun County High School (0-9, 0-4) 34-6 at home on a night when the school recognized all five state championship winning teams.
“We played pretty much mistake-free tonight,” said head coach Al Lown, who coached two of the previous state title-winning teams in 2000 and 2001. “We played a lot better than we did last week. We threw the ball better and Jaylen (Lawrence) had a much better week. We wanted to get his confidence up after he had a bit of a down week last time out.”
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