Originally created 10/07/01

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

Edmund Burke's Ben Joiner rushed for 319 yards and five touchdowns in a 50-30 victory over Robert Toombs.

Aquinas' Walter Utley rushed for 270 yards and three touchdowns in a 30-26 loss to Pike County.

North Augusta's Reggie Merriweather scored two touchdowns and rushed for 242 yards on 44 carries in the Jackets' 42-21 victory over Airport.

South Aiken's Rashad Hunter rushed for 186 yards in the Thoroughbreds' 75-19 loss to Lexington.

Glascock County's Mark Walker scored a touchdown and finished with 171 yards in the Panthers' 55-0 victory over Our Lady of Mercy.

Silver Bluff's Eddie Bryant rushed for 146 yards on 15 carries in Silver Bluff's 49-20 victory over Wade Hampton.

Washington County's Prinsten Miller scored three touchdowns and finished with 143 yards in a 44-14 victory over Richmond Academy. Teammate Chris Irwin rushed for 103 yards and scored two touchdowns.

Barnwell's Alexis Walker finished with 141 yards and a touchdown in the Warhorses' 28-6 victory over Jasper County.

Burke County's Miquel Payne continued his streak of consecutive 100-yard performances, rushing for 126 yards in a 42-0 rout of Butler. Payne has rushed for more than 100 yards in four straight games. Teammate Josh Kirkland added two touchdown runs and caught a TD pass.

Westside's Aundra Ellison rushed for 122 yards, including 118 in the second half, to help the Patriots defeat Laney 13-2. Ellison's 4-yard run in the third quarter was the game's only touchdown.

Thomson's Demarco McNair rushed for 122 yards and three touchdowns and teammate Deon Palmer added 118 yards in a 30-21 victory over Greenbrier.

Blackville-Hilda's Domenico Banks rushed for 107 yards and three touchdowns in a 48-6 victory over Wagener-Salley.

Jefferson County's Gary Farmer rushed for 100 yards on 17 carries, scored three touchdowns and caught a 26-yard touchdown pass to help the Warriors to their first Region 3-AAA victory of the season.

In a loss to Stratford, Augusta Christian's Joel Whinghter still managed 105 yards.

Wardlaw's Kevin Molony rushed for 170 yards and scored two touchdowns and Tyler Lyons added a touchdowns and 130 yards rushing in a 56-0 victory over Jefferson Davis.

THE PASSERS

Greenbrier's Cam Griffin had two touchdowns passes and finished with 229 yards in a loss to Thomson.

Lakeside's Klay Koester passed for 162 yards in a 46-3 loss to Statesboro.

South Aiken's Jeremy Johnson passed for 143 yards in a 75-19 loss to Lexington.

Evans' Travis Clark threw a touchdown pass and finished with 112 yards in a 49-14 loss to East Coweta.

Burke County's Rameriz Crumbley completed two touchdown passes and finished with 111 yards passing on 9-of-11 in the Bears 42-0 victory over Butler.

THE RECEIVERS

Greenbrier receiver Russell Carter had five catches for 84 yards, including two touchdown passes, in a loss to Thomson. Teammate Nick Wandless caught five passes for 64 yards.

Richmond Academy's Marcus Bennett caught five passes for 77 yards in a loss to Washington County.

Lakeside's Steven Rogers caught five passes for 75 yards in a 46-3 loss.

South Aiken's Roman Hicks caught six passes for 59 yards and Chris Roberts added 67 yards on three catches in the Thoroughbreds' 75-19 loss to Lexington.

Silver Bluff's Terrence Crawford caught two passes, both for touchdowns, totaling 31 yards in a 49-20 victory over Wade Hampton.

THE DEFENSES

Swainsboro allowed just 73 yards in a 28-0 rout of Richmond Hill.

Glenn Hills held Josey to 79 yards but lost 6-0.

Westside's defense allowed Laney 162 yards of total offense in a 13-2 victory, 23 of that total in the second half when the Patriots outscored the Wildcats 10-0. Westside forced four turnovers, including interceptions by Bernard Scherer, Tony LeZotte and David Bullard.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Westside's Obi Egekeze booted two field goals - a 38-yarder and a 39-yarder - in the Patriots 13-2 victory over Laney.

Evans' Osmond Brinson returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown in a 49-14 loss to East Coweta.

Josey's Calvin Pryor returned a blocked field goal 80 yards for a touchdown, the only points in a game the Eagles won over Glenn Hills.

THE QUOTES

"We could make 1,000 excuses, but the bottom line is, they just lined up and whipped our butts tonight." - Laney coach Eric Parker after a 13-2 loss to Westside.

"It just definitely blew up in our face. If anything could go bad it did." - Lakeside coach Ed Koester after a 46-3 loss to Statesboro.