MIDLAND VALLEY 19 AIRPORT 14
Despite losing starting quarterback Daniel Carr in the first quarter to an apparent shoulder injury, Midland Valley (6-3, 3-1 Region 5-AAA) pulled off a thrilling win over Airport (1-8, 0-4).
Backup quarterback and starting wide receiver Trenton Baughman threw what would be the 25-yard game-winning touchdown pass to Kameron Brown with 31 seconds left in the game, but the Eagles weren’t done. They marched downfield in that short time frame and even threw the winning pass with three seconds left, but a holding penalty negated the score and their final effort fell incomplete.
Airport multipurpose athlete Kadarius Jackson ran for 153 yards and a score while throwing for 114 more yards, but also threw three interceptions – two by Brown and one by Justin Mealing. Two were in the end zone, and one was picked off at the Mustangs’ 1-yard line by Brown, who returned it 39 yards.
Dre Carr led the Mustangs with 91 yards on 17 carries and also briefly left the game with an injury before returning. Baughman completed 11 of 23 passes for 124 yards, and Brown caught five passes for 73 yards.
Midland Valley will next host Strom Thurmond (8-1, 4-0) with a chance to force a tie atop the region.
LEXINGTON 50 AIKEN 40
Aiken (1-8, 0-3 Region 5-AAAA) put up a fight but couldn’t overcome a 20-point second quarter by Lexington (8-1, 3-0).
The Hornets bounced back from an early safety followed by a Keelo Norris touchdown for the Wildcats with scores by Dramel Coleman on a 15-yard run and Mike Mitchell on a 21-yard fumble recovery. That gave the Hornets a 13-9 lead, but the Wildcats scored three times to take a 29-20 lead into the break despite a 43-yard touchdown pass from Aiken’s Caleb Heath to Antwan Chandler.
Dramel Coleman scored two more times for the Hornets to finish the night with 10 carries for 117 yards and three touchdowns, and Bryson Jones found Stacey Toole for a 69-yard score. The Wildcats were able to outscore them, though, on the strength of 182 rushing yards and a touchdown by Garvin Jackson and four touchdown passes by Will Hunter. Jordan Carr also picked off three passes for the Wildcats.
Aiken will next host North Augusta (8-1, 2-1).
RSM 42, NORTH 26
Ridge Spring-Monetta bounced back from last week’s loss with a thrashing of North. Head coach Heath Corley said his Trojans (5-4, 2-3 Region 4-A) got off to a slow start, because of a strong effort from North (2-7, 0-6).
“They gave us fits early,” he said, applauding the effort of his players, many of whom were reserves that had to step up this week because of injuries and other off-the-field issues. “The kids stepped up, played impressive and gave us quality reps.”
One regular who had a strong game was star running back Travious Wigfall. Although he didn’t have a lot of touches, Wigfall made the most of them. He had 10 carries for 104 yards and three touchdowns, while gaining 55 more yards on two catches.
Samuel Bedenbaugh, in his second start in place of the injured Reggie Prston, had an efficient night, completing 7 of 11 passes for 162 yards while rushing for 31 yards and a touchdown. Johnathan Gibson got in on the action, contributing in a number of ways. He had a 45-yard reception, scored on a 10-yard touchdown run and found the end zone again, returning an interception 32 yards for a TD. RS-M will close out the regular season next Friday when it plays host to Wagener-Salley.
“It’s a good rivalry game and we’ll try to hold up our end of the bargain,” Corley said.
FOX CREEK 39 BLACKVILLE-HILDA 13
Deondre Baskett threw for 186 yards and connected with Darshon Broadwater twice for touchdowns in Fox Creek’s (6-3, 3-2 Region 4-A) 39-13 win over Blackville-Hilda (3-6,1-4).
The Predators jumped out to a 27-0 lead in the game before Blackville-Hilda got on the board. Broadwater finished with 114 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Malik Hightower pitched in 60 receiving yards on the night.
Terrance Hillary was the leading rusher with 57 yards for Fox Creek, who will take on H-K-T next Friday.