Though the passing game behind quarterback Terry Robinson made the more noticeable impression on the stat sheet, it was the Hephzibah defense that made just as much a difference in the second half in Friday's 39-34 victory over Greenbrier.
In the opening 24 minutes, Greenbrier scored 27 points while showcasing a balanced attack that had a habit of making huge gains like the 69- and 71-yard pass plays from quarterback Scott Reeder and running back Trey Lawhorn .
But when Reeder went down with a broken collarbone (coach Brian Smith said after the game the quarterback would have an X-ray on Saturday) the Wolfpack offense struggled.
With Jordan Hunt under center, Greenbrier had just five first downs in the second half and had just two huge gains, one of which was a Hunt touchdown pass to Lawhorn.
With the defense making stops, Hephzibah outscored the Wolfpack 26-7 in the second half.
THE SMALL THINGS: If the five turnovers weren't bad enough, Glenn Hills got penalized 12 times for 125 yards in Friday's loss to Evans.
Five penalties were for 15 yards each. And one of them was easily avoidable.
Kendrick Armstrong tossed a 58-yard touchdown pass to Eric Leverett . As he crossed the goal line, Leverett performed a forward flip. The excessive celebration penalty forced the Spartans to kick off from their 25 instead of the 40-yard line.
Evans' Will Scott took the kickoff at the 21 and returned it 30 yards. giving the Knights possession on the Glenn Hills 49. Two plays later, Jamerson Turner scored on a 44-yard run.
"Those small things," Glenn Hills coach Andrew Young said, "those are things we're trying to fix."
STAYING POSITIVE: South Aiken coach Jeremy West is showing optimism despite an 0-3 start.
Up next for the Thoroughbreds? A road game at Strom Thurmond, which has already beaten Laney and Williston-Elko.
"The way I see it is it's a challenging schedule," West said Friday night after his team lost to Silver Bluff, 26-0. "There's no holes in it. We're going to build our character.
"You get better by playing great competition and hopefully this will help us later on down the road."
After Strom Thurmond, the Thoroughbreds play at Airport and Spartanburg before beginning their Region 5-AAAA schedule.
Staff writers John Boyette and Chris Gay contributed to this story.