North Augusta crushes South Aiken

AIKEN — DeVonte Pressley rushed for 244 yards and three touchdowns as North Augusta rolled to a 42-14 win over South Aiken on Friday night.


Pressley ran for two scores in the first half and one more in the second.

Emotions ran high in the first half as the teams combined for several penalties, including a pair that cost North Augusta touchdowns. But that didn’t keep the Yellow Jackets from racking up a 28-0 lead at halftime.

DeVonte Pressley scored on runs of 15 and 8, and quarterback Trib Reece sneaked in from the 1. But the backbreaker came early in the second quarter.

South Aiken had recovered a fumble in North Augusta territory and had a chance to cut a 14-0 deficit in half. But Bo Baldwin’s pass was tipped, and Robbie Morgan caught the batted ball at his 20 and took off for the Thoroughbreds’ end zone.

Another Baldwin interception set up North Augusta’s final score of the half.

North Augusta improved to 7-2 and 3-0 in Region 5-AAAA. South Aiken dropped to 1-8 and 1-2 in Region 5-AAAA.


North Augusta 42, South Aiken 14

Play of the game: North Augusta’s Robbie Morgan returned an interception 80 yards for a touchdown.

Star of the game: DeVonte Pressley, who ran at will for 244 yards and scored three touchdowns for North Augusta.

Why North Augusta won: Jackets’ offensive line opened up gaping holes for their rushing attack.

Why South Aiken lost: Turnovers. Thoroughbreds lost the ball three times in the first half and dug a hole they couldn’t get out of.

Next: Aiken at North Augusta, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; South Aiken at White Knoll, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

North Augusta 42, South Aiken 14

North Augusta 14 14 7 7 – 42

South Aiken 0 0 7 7 – 14

First Quarter

NA–Trib Reece 1 run (Dylan Davis kick), 2:29

NA–DeVonte Pressley 15 run (Davis kick), :41

Second Quarter

NA–Robbie Morgan 80 interception return (Davis kick), 8:50

NA–Pressley 8 run (Davis kick), 1:14

Third Quarter

NA–Pressley 24 run (Davis kick), 10:40

SA–Adam Allen 4 run (Owen Myers kick), 5:40

Fourth Quarter

NA–Willie McCloud 2 run (Blake Busbee kick), 3:50

SA–Allen 1 run (Myers kick), :18

First Downs189
Passing Yards26182


RUSHING–North Augusta: DeVonte Pressley 22-244, Willie McCloud 13-40, Trib Reece 2-(-6), Trey Morgan 2-13, Devin Grimes 1-27, Deshawn Barnes 5-28. South Aiken: Adam Allen 14-42, Bo Baldwin 4-1, Damion Brown 4-5, Will Holbrook 2-(-8), Matt Albertson 1-(-2), DeAndre Schoultz 1-(-4), Teddrick Steadman 1-2.

PASSING–North Augusta: Trib Reece 4-14-0 26. South Aiken: Bo Baldwin 8-18-3 for 92 yards, Will Holbrook 6-7-0 for 90 yards, DeAndre Schoultz 0-1-0.

RECEIVING–North Augusta: Trey Morgan 2-24, DeVonte Pressley 2-2. South Aiken: DeAndre Schoultz 9-138, Teddrick Steadman 1-8, Trent Williams 1-3, Ryan McNutt 1-5, Matt Albertson 1-13, Will Holbrook 1-15.