Originally created 10/15/00

Week's best in prep football



A recap of Friday night's high school action in the Aiken-Augusta area. Highlighting the week's best.

THE RUSHERS

Washington-Wilkes' Daccus Turman rushed for 382 yards and scored seven touchdowns to lead the Tigers past Commerce 49-27.

Augusta Christian's Joel Whinghter scored three touchdowns, a two-point conversion and finished with 345 yards in a 34-12 victory over Brentwood. The senior now has 1,723 yards in eight games this season.

Burke County's Miquel Payne rushed for 243 yards on 30 carries in the Bears' overtime loss to Greenbrier.

Richmond Academy's Larry Albert rushed for 134 yards on 18 carries in the Musketeers' 21-7 loss to Westside.

Lakeside's Russell Gambrell rushed for 104 yards on 10 carries, 100 of his total coming in the first half, to lead the Panthers to a 36-8 victory over Josey.

Midland Valley senior rushed 23 times for 237 yards to lead the Mustangs to a 28-21 win over White Knoll. His 68-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter proved to be the game winner.

North Augusta junior Reggie Merriweather had 252 yards and three touchdowns on 34 carries in the Yellow Jackets' 45-25 loss to Hillcrest.

Marcus Lawrence ran 11 times for 107 yards and a touchdown to lead Silver Bluff to a 35-3 victory over Bamberg-Ehrhardt.

Antwaun Carter carried 33 times for 123 yards and a touchdown in South Aiken's 31-7 loss to Orangeburg-Wilkinson.

Williston-Elko's Steve Brown led the Blue Devils to a 40-20 win over Hunter-Kinard-Tyler with 146 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries.

THE PASSERS

Greenbrier's Will Caywood threw four touchdown passes and finished with 313 yards in the Wolfpack's overtime victory over Burke County.

Aquinas' Michael Johnson finished with 234 yards passing on 10-of-30 and had two touchdowns in a losing effort as the Irish fell to Social Circle 32-14.

Hephzibah's Thomas Payton threw a touchdown pass, ran for another and finished with 194 yards passing in the Rebels' 28-14 loss to Thomson.

Lincoln County's Andrew Smalley passed for 157 yards to help get the Red Devils back on track in a 27-7 victory over Athens Academy.

Swainsboro's Jason Samples scored three rushing touchdowns and had a touchdown pass in the Tigers' 57-0 shutout of Tattnall County. Samples finished with 106 yards and completed 6-of-8 passes.

Silver Bluff's Jamie Williamson was 4-for-5 for 113 yards and a 25-yard touchdown throw in the Bulldogs' victory over Bamberg-Ehrhardt. Williamson also rushed for a score.

Eric Priester had his biggest game of the season, completing 12 of 16 passes for 276 yards, including touchdown passes of 15, 55, 53 and 7 yards, in Allendale-Fairfax's 32-0 win over Jasper County.

Strom Thurmond's Cliff Lowe passed for three touchdowns and rushed for 89 yards in the Rebels' 38-27 loss to Dreher.

THE RECEIVERS

Ryan McArdle hauled in eight passes for 124 yards in Aquinas' loss to Social Circle. Teammate Taylor Turnage caught three passes for 78 yards.

Rick Stokes of Lincoln County caught eight passes for 78 yards in the Red Devils' victory over Athens Academy.

Greenbrier's Matt Jackson finished with 112 yards on six catches, including touchdown passes of 5 and 54 yards as the Wolfpack beat Burke County in overtime.

Kent Adcox caught six passes for 64 yards, including a 9-yard catch on the game's final play to give Greenbrier deeper penetration than Burke County, allowing the Wolfpack to gain a 26-25 win. Nick Wandless also added four catches for 54 yards and a touchdown.

Hephzibah's B.J. Gibson caught five passes for 107 yards and a touchdown in the Rebels' loss to Thomson. Teammate Raphael Brooks finished with four catches for 52 yards.

Glascock County's Matt Milburn had four catches for 67 yards in the Panthers' loss to Athens Christian. One of his catches was an 18-yard touchdown pass.

Allendale-Fairfax's Kamario Garvin reeled in three catches for 95 yards with two touchdowns in the Tigers' win over Jasper County. The senior also rushed for a touchdown.

Silver Bluff receiving tandem Troy Williamson and Deangelo Bryant proved deadly again. Bryant had one catch for 30 yards and returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown. Williamson had two catches for 66 yards, including a 25-yard scoring catch.

THE DEFENSES

Laney allowed Harlem just 101 total yards and held the Bulldogs scoreless until late in the fourth quarter in a 46-6 victory.

Swainsboro's Charles Silas finished with 13 tackles, including seven solos in the Tigers' 57-0 whipping of Tattnall County.

Lincoln County stifled Athens Academy in its 27-7 victory, picking off three passes and holding the Spartans to 154 yards of total offense. Rick Stokes had one of the interceptions and returned it 45 yards for a TD.

Josey managed just 171 total yards in its 36-8 loss to Lakeside.

Westside held Richmond Academy to just 180 yards of total offense in a 21-7 victory.

Continuing to field the area's best defense, Silver Bluff shut down Bamberg-Ehrhardt in the Bulldogs' 35-3 win. The Red Raiders came in averaging 21 points a game. Silver Bluff has allowed only 25 points in eight games.

Barnwell notched its fourth shutout of the season, routing Wade Hampton 43-0. The Warhorses forced a safety. Wade Johnson returned a fumbled 70 yards for a touchdown. Wade Hampton managed just 82 yards total offense.

Orangeburg-Wilkinson held South Aiken quarterback Kyle Findley to under 100 yards passing for the first time this season. Findley was 8-for-20 for 45 yards.

Blackville-Hilda blanked Denmark-Olar 34-0, providing the second time this season the Hawks have stuffed the Vikings offense. The Hawks outscored the Vikings 63-6 in two games this season.

THE QUOTES

"It didn't bother me. We've got a great team, and I knew we could pull back together. I mean, we pull together when things are down, so I had faith in our team." -- Greenbrier's Will Caywood on missing the potential game-winning extra point, which could have the won the game in regulation for the Wolfpack.

"We don't have the answer to it. Our kids just play better in the second half. I don't know why it takes 'em that long to get it going. Undoubtedly, it does," -- Thomson coach Luther Welsh, whose team rolled up 238 yards and scored three touchdowns in the second half to beat Hephzibah.

"I heard some people calling him train, and he ran like a train tonight. I heard him grunting and chugging the whole time." -- Commerce all-state defensive back Michael Collins on Washington-Wilkes running back Daccus Turman, who finished with 382 yards rushing and scored seven touchdowns.

"I don't feel so good about coming back now. I've never lost to a Class AA team in this stadium before, but I can't say that anymore. Silver Bluff has a great football team. I don't see anyone in the lower state stopping them from getting to the state championship game." -- Bamberg-Ehrhardt coach Butch Jacobs after his team lost 35-3 to Silver Bluff. Jacobs coached the Bulldogs from 1989-92, winning back-to-back state titles in 1990-91.

This Week's Schedule

FRIDAY

Georgia

Glenn Hills at Greenbrier, 7:30

Lakeside at Butler, 7:30

Westside at Cross Creek, 7:30

Burke County at Hephzibah, 7:30

Lincoln County at Aquinas, 7:30

Swainsboro at Savannah Christian, 7:30

Screven County at Effingham County, 7:30

Statesboro at Josey, 7:30

Jefferson County at Laney, 7:30

Washington-Wilkes at Morgan County, 7:30

Pike Co. at Glascock County, 8

Warren County at Athens Academy, 7:30

Jenkins Co. at Telfair County, 8

Independent

Gatewood at John Hancock, 8

Augusta Christian at Mt. de Sales, 8

Thomas Jefferson at Nathanael Greene, 8

Brentwood at Trinity, 8

Twiggs at Edmund Burke, 8

Robert Toombs at Briarwood, 8

South Carolina

Hunter-Kinard-Tyler at Blackville-Hilda, 7:30 p.m.

South Aiken at Aiken, 8 p.m.

Allendale-Fairfax at Silver Bluff, 7:30 p.m.

Barnwell at Bamberg-Ehrhardt, 7:30 p.m.

Newberry at Midland Valley, 7:30

McCormick at Ridge Spring-Monetta, 8 p.m.

Irmo at North Augusta, 8 p.m.

McCormick at Ridge Spring-Monetta, 8 p.m.

White Knoll at Strom Thurmond, 8 p.m.

Williston-Elko at Wagener-Salley, 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY

Harlem at Richmond Academy, 7:30

Evans at Jonesboro, 7:30

Statistics

Georgia and South Carolina coaches are encouraged to send in their high school football statistics by Wednesday at noon. Georgia coaches should fax their statistics to Tim Morse at (706) 823-3408 while South Carolina coaches should fax their stats to Patrick Green in the Aiken bureau at (803) 642-0374.