Week 11 is sort of a strange week for high school football in South Carolina. Some teams are starting their playoff runs, others are trying to secure their places in the postseason and still others are sitting at home with either a first-round bye or their seasons already completed.
One thing is for certain in all those scenarios: Anyone still playing has something to play for, whether it’s a playoff spot or simply pride.
Six players stood above the rest in Friday’s crucial action.
Trib Reece, QB North Augusta
The Yellow Jackets vastly improved their postseason outlook with a comeback 33-24 win over Dutch Fork, and Reece was at the helm. He completed 21 of 32 passes for 292 yards and three touchdowns and one interception.
Will Holbrook, LB/TE South Aiken
The T-Breds won their second straight Battle of Aiken over the rival Hornets, and Holbrook led a stingy defensive effort. He had 14 tackles, including 2½ for loss and a hand in quarterback pressure, but his biggest play was a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Travious Wigfall, RB Ridge Spring-Monetta
The Trojans avenged last week’s loss to Wagener-Salley with a 34-13 win over the War Eagles in the first round of the Class A, Division II playoffs, and Wigfall had 119 yards on the ground with three touchdowns.
Chad Gilchrist, RB Strom Thurmond
Gilchrist was part of a second-quarter surge to carry the Rebels to a 35-6 win over Darlington in the Class AAA playoffs. The sophomore ran for 96 yards and a score.
Antonio Coleman, RB Williston-Elko
There would be no first-round disappointment for the Blue Devils this year, as Coleman’s 198 yards and a touchdown were part of a 58-6 win over C.A. Johnson in the Class A, Division I playoffs.
Devon Fagans, RB Williston-Elko
Poor Fagans could only manage 184 yards against the Hornets, but he made up for it with four touchdowns in a dominating rushing effort for the Blue Devils.
Jeremy Timmerman has a journalism degree from Mercer University and has been at the Aiken Standard since June 2010.