An annual state title contender, the Blue Devils lost 42-35 to Ware Shoals in the first round of the state playoffs after they had been up 19-0 at the half.
Jarius Jenkins had 262 yards to lead a rushing attack that put up almost 400 yards, but Ware Shoals scored four touchdowns of at least 50 yards. However, only one came on offense. The others were on a kick return, fumble recovery and interception.
“It wasn’t a lack of effort. It was an execution thing at some points – we lost the turnover battle,” Williston-Elko coach Dwayne Garrick said. “But they’ve been on the good side more than the bad. I told them to remember all the good things.”
STRONG FINISH: South Aiken saw a tough early schedule pay dividends with its 28-21 win over crosstown rival Aiken on Friday night.
The Thoroughbreds won at Hagood Stadium for the first time in more than two decades.
Before the season, coach Jeremy West said playing big schools on the road would benefit his team.
“We’re going to see a lot of teams on our schedule win state championships,” he said. “It’s like a playoff atmosphere when we played them.”
Although South Aiken and Aiken both struggled this season – each finished with 2-9 records – West takes momentum into the off-season.
For Aiken coach Carey Johnson, the loss punctuated one of his most disappointing seasons.
“They’ve got to work harder, get bigger, faster and stronger,” Johnson said of his team.
JACKETS LEARN FOE: North Augusta will play host to Nation Ford this Friday night in the first round of the Class AAAA Division II playoffs.
The Jackets lost their regular-season final at Dutch Fork, 28-21, on Friday.
IRISH REBOUNDING: Aquinas has definitely returned to its winning ways after a tough two-week stretch.
Following back-to-back losses to Lincoln County and Wilkinson County, Aquinas has routed both Warren County and Georgia Military College.
The 105 total points scored the past two games is the best two-game
total since Aquinas scored 118 points
in consecutive September 2010 contests.