North Augusta's Jake Whitley sustained knee injury

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North Augusta senior offensive lineman Jake Whitley, who went down with a knee injury Friday night, said via text Saturday that he doesn’t know how long he will be out.

Whitley, who was selected for the Shrine Bowl, was injured late in the first half of North Augusta’s 18-14 loss to Lexington. It was the Yellow Jackets’ first setback of the season.

“Thanks everyone for the support, it means a lot,” Whitley added Saturday on his Twitter account.

Whitley, who has committed to Georgia Tech, was hit on the back of the knee, according to North Augusta coach Dan Pippin.

“He’s going to college; he’s got a lot more football left no matter what,” Pippin said after Friday’s game.

The Shrine Bowl pits the top players from South Carolina against North Carolina. The game will be played Dec. 21 in Spartanburg, S.C.

REGION ROUTS: In two region games, Laney has scored a total of 68 points. With their 35-2 win over Westside, the Wildcats scored 30
or more points for the fourth time this season.

Is it because of a veteran offense? Hardly.

After trading wins and losses its first four games, Laney (4-2 overall, 2-0 Region 3-AA) is starting to turn around its fortunes. And while senior quarterback Horatio Keller is leading the way, the young Wildcats also are beginning to grow.

“I don’t have a single skill player that’s above a sophomore, other than the quarterback,” Laney coach Lemuel Lackey said. “They’re special. More than talent, they just have a different feel.”

CLOSE AGAIN: Another year meant another thrilling game between two of the more evenly-matched teams in Region 2-AAAAA.

For the second consecutive season, Lakeside beat Houston County following a missed field goal by a Bears kicker in the final seconds.

“That Houston County program deserves a lot of credit,” Lakeside coach Jarrett Troxler said. “Coach (Von) Lassiter and his staff are doing a great job over there.”

Houston County has been dealt a couple blows early in the region schedule after losses to Lakeside and Northside Warner Robins, falling to 1-2 in the region.

Lakeside improved to 2-1 in the region with wins over Houston County and Grovetown. The Panthers continue region play on Friday by playing host to Greenbrier.

WEEKLY LEADERS

RUSHING: Aquinas’ Ruben Garnett ran for 284 yards in a 42-14 win against Lincoln County.

PASSING: Daniel Carr, of Midland Valley, threw for 278 yards in a 47-42 loss to Swansea.

RECEIVING: Midland Valley’s Kameron Brown had 137 yards against Swansea.


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