Top athletes carry high school teams in playoffs
The playoffs are in full swing for the South Carolina High School League teams, and four area programs advanced on Friday.
Three won in blowouts, and another battled to stay alive for one more week, led by the efforts of its seniors. Those players and four others did enough to earn recognition in the form of a playoff Game Ball.
Keyon West, WR North Augusta
West has been the area’s top receiver throughout the regular season, and he came to play in the Jackets’ 42-11 win in their playoff opener. The senior had eight catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns, one from 87 yards away.
Willie McCloud, RB North Augusta
With backfield mate Dashawn Barnes limited by injury, McCloud took the full load and carried it up and down the field. He racked up 141 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries and also caught a pass for 19 yards.
Jauveer Hammond, QB Strom Thurmond
North Myrtle Beach was able to get to Hammond, but he kept moving the chains in a 27-17 Rebel victory. He led all rushers with 138 yards and a touchdowns on 22 rushes, and he completed his first seven passes on the way to an 11-for-17 night for 117 yards and a score through the air.
Kenyatta Dunbar, LB Strom Thurmond
The Rebels stood tall on three consecutive Chief possessions in the fourth quarter, and Dunbar, who totaled nine tackles, had a big role in that.
The first ended on a sack led by Dunbar and Chad Stevens, and after a Lyndon Lowery fumble recovery led to a Rebel score, Dunbar muscled away an interception to seal the victory.
Shaquez Wright, RB Silver Bluff
Silver Bluff shut out region foe Barnwell 28-0 after a first-round bye, and Wright made sure the game wasn’t close. He accumulated 193 yards and a pair of scores on 18 carries in the win.
Travious Wigfall, RB Ridge Spring-Monetta
Even for those expecting the Trojans to win, their 56-12 thrashing of Great Falls on the road was eye-opening.
As usual, Wigfall was at the forefront with more than 130 yards and a pair of rushing touchdowns on 17 carries to go with a 52-yard touchdown catch.
Faheem Richburg, ATH Williston-Elko
Richburg has done it all for the Blue Devils, and his efforts kept them in the ball game in a 42-31 loss to unbeaten Christ Church. He scored rushing touchdowns on back-to-back drives in the second half, and he recovered a fumble in the end zone to give his team a fourth-quarter lead.
Jeremy Timmerman has a journalism degree from Mercer University and has been at the Aiken Standard since June 2010.