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Williston-Elko running back Antonio Coleman shines at Aiken County Jamboree

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AIKEN — Whether he kept his body low to squirt through or to get behind his lineman, Williston-Elko’s Antonio Coleman found a way to get yards.

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Williston-Elko's Antonio Coleman breaks a tackle as he runs for a first down during the Aiken County Jamboree on Friday.   JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
Williston-Elko's Antonio Coleman breaks a tackle as he runs for a first down during the Aiken County Jamboree on Friday.

The running back scored on a short touchdown run with just over two minutes remaining to help give Williston-Elko a 7-6 win over Ridge Spring-Monetta in the first matchup of Friday’s Aiken County Jamboree.

“He’s a pretty good back,” Blue Devils coach Dwayne Garrick said of Coleman. “And he’s going to get better.”

After last year’s jamboree was canceled because of weather concerns, an all-day rain preceded this year’s event. But the rain stayed away for most of the action.

The Blue Devils, who lost Jarius Jenkins after he transferred to Hunter-Kinard-Tyler, used a collection of backs that included Faheem Richburg, Andrew Milligan and Devon Fagans.

The night was mostly about giving players a chance to face opposition – and trying to
avoid injuries.

The jamboree featured four 18-minute quarters.

Silver Bluff defeated Wagener-Salley 27-7 in the second quarter.

During one three-play stretch, the Bulldogs’ McKenzie Wilson had a one-handed catch, R.J. Stallings juked away from two defenders on a 26-yard gain and Shaquez Wright cut to open space on a touchdown run.

North Augusta beat Aiken 21-0 in the third quarter.

Yellow Jackets quarterback Trib Reece was a force, displaying the ability to complete throws both short and long.

In the final quarter, South Aiken scored with 6.4 seconds left to top Midland Valley 7-0.

After the Mustangs lost a fumble, the Thoroughbreds got the ball at the Midland Valley 25 with less than 14 seconds to go. Quarterback Bo Baldwin threw a pass to Matt Albertson to get the winning score.

“Any time you step on the field, you want to win,” South Aiken coach Jeremy West said. “The kids didn’t give up and kept fighting.”

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