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.”