Hornets' defense slows Mustangs

Aiken 23, Midland Valley 3

PLAY OF THE GAME: Aiken's Devon Johnson made the play of the night. With 5:41 left in the first half, he hauled in a long pass that went for 57 yards to put the Hornets up 13-3 at the half.

STAR OF THE GAME: Devontai Pope ran the ball hard all night for Aiken. He finished with 132 yards and two touchdowns.

WHY AIKEN WON: The Hornets have a solid running game that Midland Valley couldn't slow down.

WHY MIDLAND VALLEY LOST: The Mustangs didn't take advantage of a few Aiken miscues and were too predictable on offense. Midland Valley could muster only 128 yards rushing and 35 passing.

QUOTABLE: "Midland Valley gave a good effort out here tonight. I'm proud of the way we played and I'm glad to get the win." -- Aiken coach Carey Johnson

NEXT: Aiken at Richland Northeast, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Silver Bluff at Midland Valley, Friday, 7:30.

-- Jake Miniard, correspondent

Box Score

Midland Valley 0 3 0 0 - 3
Aiken 7 6 3 7 - 23

First Quarter
A-Devontai Pope 3 run ( kick good), 6:59

Second Quarter
MV-Manny Medina 35 FG, 11:06
A-Devon Johnson 57 pass from Demarcus Chestnut (kick failed ), 5:41

Third Quarter
A-Robert Holmes 27 FG, 8:09
A-Pope 6 run , 5:27

 AMV
Rushes-Yards43-20827-128
Passing Yards5735
Comp.-Att.-Int1-7-15-13-1
Fumbles-Lost2-11-1
Punts-Yards2-674-121
Penalties-Yards7-654-40

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING-Aiken: Devontai Pope 23-132, Tyson Mckevie 5-19, Demarcus Chestnut 4-1, Brian Gaines 3-23, Royal Purnell 3-19, Ryan Leaverette 2-5, John Griffin 1-4, Aaron Griffin 1-4, Quinton Smith 1-1. Midland Valley: Trey Walker 19-123 .

PASSING- Aiken: Demarcus Chestnut 1-7 . Midland Valley: Shaquille Hightower 5-13 -1.

RECEIVING-Aiken: Devon Johnson 1-57. Midland Valley: Brad Enlow 2-3, Chris Johnson 1-6, Jaylin Welles 1-26 .

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