By CAM HUFFMAN Sports Editor Tears streamed from the faces of players, coaches, parents and fans, helmets were raised high into the night sky and screams of exuberance could be heard all across Aiken on the first day of November after South Aiken High School ended a 13-year losing streak with a gridiron win over rival Aiken High School. A hungry South Aiken squad set the tone from the start, winning the coin toss and immediately driving 80 yards for the opening score. Bucky Washington's 34-yard pass to Quentin Sims in the front corner of the end zone on a third-and-eight play capped the drive, and South Aiken walked confidently off the field with momentum in its corner. Refusing to let Aiken have anything up the middle and keeping the pressure on Hornets' quarterback Marcel Harley when he dropped back to pass, the Thoroughbreds continually stopped the visitors' offense, and with just 42 seconds left before the half, Washington put his team up two scores with a quarterback keeper from the 2-yard line. A 43-yard run from Jeremy Alston helped set up the score, and after a final-second field goal off the leg of Aiken's Desmond Reardon from 32 yards away, the T-Breds took a 14-3 lead into the halftime break. A 21-3 lead was reduced to a 21-17 after a third-quarter charge from the Hornets, but the Thoroughbreds refused to be denied. Alston rushed for 180 yards and two touchdowns and South Aiken totaled 305 yards on the ground to put the game away and claim a 42-17 victory. "The monkey is off our back," South Aiken head coach Robert Wrightenberry exclaimed to his team at the game's conclusion. "I needed some Ivory soap, but that was the best bath I have ever had. I am just so proud of our kids. It was great for our team, our coaches, our school and this side of town. "I told our kids we couldn't do anything about the last 13 years," he continued. "We just had to line up and play football. Except for a couple plays, we played a great game." South Aiken would lose the next week in the opening round of the Class AAAA playoffs, but for that one fall evening the T-Breds were at the top of the football world.