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
Midland Valley 0 3 0 0 - 3
Aiken 7 6 3 7 - 23
A-Devontai Pope 3 run ( kick good), 6:59
MV-Manny Medina 35 FG, 11:06
A-Devon Johnson 57 pass from Demarcus Chestnut (kick failed ), 5:41
A-Robert Holmes 27 FG, 8:09
A-Pope 6 run , 5:27
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 .