By KENTON MAKIN Staff writer For the second week in a row, Aiken High School's football team had to contend with a bunch of wild horses. After last week's setback to crosstown rival South Aiken High School, things didn't fare much better for Aiken's Hornets in Friday's 48-14 loss to South Pointe High School's Stallions in the first round of the Class AAAA Division II playoffs. Friday's loss was certainly a tough one for Aiken coach Carey Johnson, who also lost his father earlier in the day. "I'm proud of our guys, and I feel bad for our seniors," Johnson said. "I hope the underclassmen learn something from this." Adversity attacked Aiken (5-7) in spades at Hagood Stadium against South Pointe (10-2), and the Stallions' Stephon Gilmore was even more to the point in helping his team to a 27-0 halftime lead. That's when the horse theme continued to rise up again for the Hornets -- but this time working in Aiken's favor. Midland Valley High School transfer Jeremy Robinson -- whom Aiken players affectionately call 'Mustang' -- returned the opening kickoff of the second half 90 yards as he made a few Stallions miss, then darted toward the South Pointe sideline and gave the Hornet fans something to cheer about. Nigh-pandemonium came about almost a minute later, as South Pointe fumbled the subsequent kickoff return, which George Oakman recovered to give the Hornets first-and-10 at the Stallion 31. The Hornets were unable to capitalize, though, as a fourth-down trick play -- a pass from Robinson that hit grass in the end zone -- failed, and two plays later, Gilmore silenced Hagood with a 73-yard touchdown run, his second of the game. "They won the football game upfront," Johnson said. "They dominated our front line, and we missed tackles against a good football team." Gilmore terrorized the Hornets for 192 yards passing and 139 yards rushing. Most of his passes went to Charles Holmes, who caught eight passes for 151 yards and an 80-yard touchdown that started with a simple screen play and turned to moans from the Aiken sideline. Devin Wherry added 91 yards rushing on 13 carries for South Pointe, while teammate Sammie Gladden made the most of his few touches and looks with a touchdown reception and rushing touchdown. Aiken cut the lead to 41-14 after Quentin Woods' secured a pass from Marcel Harley and converted a 35-yard touchdown reception, but Aiken's season ended with a tough reminder of what hurt the Hornets' chances all season long. A blocked Aiken punt late in the fourth quarter ended up in the hands of Harold White, which was returned 19 yards to represent the final margin. Aiken fumbled the ensuing kickoff, giving South Pointe first-and-goal, but the Stallions didn't run a play as the final ticks ran off the clock. "(At halftime) we talked about making big plays, then we came out and ran the kickoff back, which was a big positive," Johnson said. "We still made a lot of mistakes tonight, and that's something we have to work on for next year." South Pointe will take on Berkeley High School, 37-6 winners over West Florence High School Friday, in Berkeley next Friday. S. Pointe 6 21 14 7 -- 48 Aiken 0 0 7 7 -- 14 SCORING SUMMARY SP -- Stephon Gilmore 38 run (kick failed) SP -- Devin Wherry 2 run (pass failed) SP -- Sammie Gladden 15 run (Bobby Hemphill run) SP -- Charles Holmes 80 pass from Gilmore (Graham Tuttle kick) AIK -- Jeremy Robinson 90 kickoff return (Desmond Reardon kick) SP -- Gilmore 73 run (Tuttle kick) SP -- Gladden 31 pass from Gilmore (Tuttle kick) AIK -- Quentin Woods 35 pass from Marcel Harley (Reardon kick) SP -- Harold White 19 fumble recovery (Tuttle kick) INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING South Pointe -- Stephon Gilmore 11-139, Devin Wherry 13-91, Sammie Gladden 1-15, Raphael Ratliff 4-9, Bobby Hemphill 2-5. Aiken -- Cortez Abney 14-39, Jeremy Robinson 8-29, Aubrey Johnson 5-13, Marcel Harley 5-13, Quentin Woods 4-5. PASSING South Pointe -- Stephon Gilmore 10-16-1 192, Corey Rawls 0-2-0 0. Aiken -- Marcel Harley 2-6-1 38, Jeremy Robinson 0-1-0 0. RECEIVING South Pointe -- Charles Holmes 8-151, Sammie Gladden 1-31, Breon Jackson 1-10. Aiken -- Quentin Woods 2-38.