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Aquinas dominating halfway through road stretch

Aquinas is in the middle of a four-game stretch of road trips, but the Irish have done nothing but win big.

Halfway through, Aquinas is 2-0 with a 49-0 win against Josey and a 52-21 rout at Twiggs County to open up region play.

The Irish, who were last home Sept. 6 and won’t play there again until Oct. 18, have Hancock Central and then Lincoln County over the next two weeks.

Ranked fourth in Class A, Aquinas (4-0) has scored at least 49 points in three of its four games.

SECOND SEASON STARTS: Midland Valley posted a winning record in the first half of its season against nonregion opponents.

Now it’s time for what Mustangs coach Rick Knight likes to call the “second season.”

Midland Valley (3-2) travels to Gilbert this week to begin Region 5-AAA play.

“I see where Gilbert is putting up a ton of points,” Knight said after his team shut out Baptist Hill 35-0 on Friday night. “It might be like Silver Bluff last week. Whoever gets the ball last.”

Defense has not been Midland Valley’s strong suit, but the Mustangs their game against Baptist Hill. Knight’s team will face several strong opponents in the region, including perennial power Strom Thurmond.

“It’s a pretty tough bunch of people we play,” Knight said. “But we ought to be ready for our region.”

DOWN, BUT NOT OUT: Richmond Academy coach Chris Hughes saw a lot of positives after his team fell down 28-0 to Wayne County after the first quarter. While the Musketeers eventually lost by 32, the team was only outscored 21-17 the final three quarters against a team Hughes called “one of the best in the state.”

Richmond Academy (2-3) will regroup in its bye week and focus its sights on its sub-region showdown, Oct. 11, at Burke County. The Musketeers are looking to avenge last year’s 38-7 defeat to the Bears. And one of the main things Richmond Academy needs to work on is an obvious one, senior lineman Willie Yarbary said.

“We’ve got to working on coming out of the chute playing hard,” Yarbary said. “We can’t let them push us around.”

The contest between Strom Thurmond and North Augusta lived up to the billing both on the field and by the atmosphere in the Yellow Jackets stadium.

The stands on both sides were overflowing with fans, and the intensity was high throughout the 27-20 North Augusta win.

“This is one of the best atmospheres we’ve been in,” North Augusta coach Dan Pippin said. “The crowds should be applauded. It was fantastic from both sides.”

Staff writers John Boyette, Chris Gay and David Lee contributed to this story.

WEEKLY LEADERS

RUSHING: Aquinas’ Ruben Garnett rushed for 201 yards in the Irish’s 52-21 win against Twiggs County.

PASSING: Trib Reece, of North Augusta, passed for 230 yards in the Yellow Jackets’ 27-20 win against Strom Thurmond.

RECEIVING: Strom Thurmond’s Kendall Hill had 143 receiving yards in the Rebels’ 27-20 loss to North Augusta.


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