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North Augusta easily beats Grovetown

North Augusta 42, Grovetown 7

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 9:57 PM
Last updated Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 12:43 AM
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GROVETOWN — With the hurry-to-the-line offense, Dan Pippin’s attack is used to scoring quickly.

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North Augusta defenders close in around Grovetown's Terrell Hughes.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
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North Augusta defenders close in around Grovetown's Terrell Hughes.

Only six days after losing despite an early touchdown, North Augusta again punched one in early. Only this time, the touchdowns and the defensive stops kept on coming.

North Augusta’s fast-paced offense got one score after another in the first half of a 42-7 rout on Thursday night.

The Yellow Jackets (4-2) scored on their first four possessions en route to the blowout win.

“I kept thinking, ‘Oh boy, we did that last week. I hope we keep doing it again,’ ” Yellow Jackets coach Pippin said. “They did and we got a bunch of points. The kids worked hard.”

Making his first start at quarterback, Trib Reece used short passes – many coming on screens – to give balance to DeVonte Pressley and the dominant rushing attack as North Augusta led 35-7 at the half.

Of North Augusta’s five first-half touchdown drives, all took less than 3 minutes and 3 seconds.

On one of the possessions, the Yellow Jackets marched 73 yards in about 2½ minutes as Pressley’s cutting and Devin Grimes’ catching kept the Warriors defense chasing. Pressley got 120 of his 157 rushing yards in the opening half; Grimes had all 99 of his receiving yards before the third quarter.

Grovetown’s Juwan Biggers attempted to keep it close with back-to-back great individual plays late in the second quarter, but he only delayed another North Augusta score. Still, after Biggers intercepted Reece – North Augusta’s first nonscoring possession of the game – he scored on the next play on a 50-yard run to make it 28-7.

Biggers finished with a team-best 102 rushing yards.

But the Yellow Jackets didn’t wait long to answer the lone Grovetown (0-3) score.

Getting the ball at its 35 with 31.2 seconds remaining, North Augusta easily found the end zone. Following a drop that would have been a huge gain, Grimes atoned for his miscue by grabbing a screen pass for 50 yards.

On the next play, Reece, starting for the injured Cody Turner, threw his first touchdown pass, finding Trey Morgan.

With a large gap on the scoreboard through two quarters, both teams focused on the ground game in the second half. But Reece, who threw for 185 yards, threw another scoring strike in the third quarter.

“It just made it super easy,” Reece said about his offense. “I felt so comfortable in the pocket.”

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NORTH AUGUSTA 42, GROVETOWN 7

PLAY OF THE GAME: North Augusta’s DeVonte Pressley broke free for a 20-yard gain on his first carry.

STARS OF THE GAME: Thanks to good all-around performances, the North Augusta offense put up almost 300 yards in the first half.

WHY NORTH AUGUSTA WON: The Yellow Jackets’ offense scored with ease in the opening two quarters.

WHY GROVETOWN LOST: The Warriors couldn’t make stops and didn’t find success on the ground until it was too late.

NEXT: North Augusta at Lexington, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5; Houston County at Grovetown, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28.

NORTH AUGUSTA 42, GROVETOWN 7

North Augusta 14 21 7 0 – 42

Grovetown 0 7 0 0 – 7

First Quarter

NA-Ronald Williams 1 run (Dylan Davis kick), 8:50

NA-Trey Morgan 3 run (Davis kick), 6:27

Second Quarter

NA-DeVonte Pressley 5 run (Davis kick), 10:24

NA-Pressley 3 run (Davis kick), 5:32

GT-Juwan Biggers 50 run (Corey Stone kick), 0:39

NA-Morgan 15 pass from Trib Reece (Davis kick), 0:11

Third Quarter

NA-Logan Woodward 14 pass from Reece (Davis kick), 2:38

 NAGT
First Downs239
Rushes-Yards37-25742-145
Passing Yards18522
Comp.-Att.-Int.10-17-14-5-0
Fumbles-Lost2-06-1
Punts-Yards1-365-46.2
Penalties-Yards6-356-45

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING–North Augusta: Pressley 20-157, Dashawn Barnes 5-60, Morgan 4-28, Willie McCloud 5-27, Williams 1-1, Reece 2-(-16); Grovetown: Biggers 17-102, Jamal Cummings 10-42, Linward Jackson 6-15, Terrell Hughes 3-10, Devin Bryant 1-(-5), Justin Dears 4-(-9), Hunter Peace 1-(-10).

PASSING–North Augusta: Reece 10-17-1 185; Grovetown: Dears 1-1-0 17, Peace 2-3-0 11, Biggers 1-1-0 -6.

RECEIVING–North Augusta: Devin Grimes 4-99, Antoine Andrews 1-31, Morgan 2-19, Woodward 1-14, Zach Wilson 1-13, Dre Dunbar 1-9; Grovetown: Reginald Cox 1-17, Biggers 1-10, Cummings 1-1, Jackson 1-(-6).


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