AIKEN - When Dan Pippin prowled the sidelines at South Aiken, he had a penchant for rolling the dice and running fake punts and trick plays.
Pippin is now the coach at North Augusta, and his methods haven't changed.
He reached into his bag of tricks again Friday night, and a fake punt that went all the way for a touchdown was the catalyst in North Augusta's 35-12 thumping of South Aiken at the Stomping Grounds.
With the Yellow Jackets facing a fourth and 8 from its 27-yard line, Vinny Miller lined up in punt formation for North Augusta. But he didn't hesitate when he got the snap, and he raced toward the South Aiken sideline and followed his blockers into the end zone.
The 73-yard jaunt put North Augusta up 14-0, and when South Aiken fumbled the ensuing kickoff, the rout was on. Tyrell Hillary, who started because regular quarterback Loranzo Hammonds was serving a one-game suspension, scored from the 5 three plays later.
"We'd do something like that once a week," Pippin said of his days at South Aiken. "I'd gotten away from it, but I told the kids we've got to have more fun than we're having. We've got to enjoy being 7-1. That was our whole thing with the fake punt. If we get it we get it, if we don't we don't."
Miller scored again on a 9-yard run to put the Yellow Jackets up 28-0, and North Augusta (8-1, 3-0 Region 5-AAAA) punctuated a near-perfect first half when Hillary found Jordan Grantham in the end zone on fourth and 5 from the 24.
South Aiken (0-9, 0-3 Region 5-AAAA) scored twice in the third quarter, but with the game in hand Pippin substituted liberally and North Augusta was able to keep the Thoroughbreds out of the end zone in the final quarter.