Josey fans shouldn't read that much into the 37-7 thrashing from Glenn Hills on Friday night.
"Football is a game of endurance but emotion can carry you awhile," Glenn Hills coach Felix Curry said. "I told the kids not to be surprised if it was a flat-out dogfight for awhile. It was. Each team felt it had a right to win. We knew Josey was going to go hard at us early on. It was emotional."
The Eagles were worn down by cramps and little depth after leading 7-6 with under a minute left to play in the first half.
The Spartans surged after Ricky Young took a sweep to the short side of the field and found a cutback lane. He broke right, accelerated and finally muscled so hard past an Eagle at the goal-line pylon that the back judge was clipped in the collision.
The 42-yard score came on third-and-12 with 29 seconds left in the half.
The Spartans got it going on their next series. They averaged 12 yards per play on a 62-yard scoring drive to start the second half and averaged another seven yards per play across their final 16 offensive snaps.
We're way better than this," Josey's Lawrence Marsh said. "We stuck and stuck with them. Then our guys started dropping. Dehyrdation and cramping just took over. Everyone was sucking it up all night long."
SWEATING ONE OUT: Josey's Jatavious January ran 64 yards for a score on the second play of the game against Glenn Hills. Josey ran 33 offensive plays before calling on him again.
The reason was sweat.
Josey's coaching staff and players said January had sweat that ran into his eyes early in the game, stinging his eyes and blurring his vision.
A cause wasn't readily determined. Some guessed chemicals in his hair dripping into his eyes. It took a while for him to recover.
His next carry came with 9:09 to play in the fourth quarter went for 17 yards. He finished with three carries for 86 yards.
"He ran hard while he was in," Curry said. "Guess our 'Sweat Defense' came through."
An unidentified Josey player also briefly passed out after a collision.
The numerous stoppages of play to cramps didn't produce a final score until 10:14 p.m.
JACKET HURT: North Augusta lost one of its top players Thursday scrimmaging against Colleton County.
Senior Richard Bush, a two-way starter at cornerback and wide receiver, got tangled up on punt return.
"They were trying to tackle me and I made some moves to get by them and my foot got stuck in the ground and I twisted it the wrong way," Bush said. "I broke my fibula bone down by my right ankle."
His early prognosis is six to eight weeks of recovery, but Bush will seek another opinion Monday.
Junior Michael Gist will likely replace him at receiver. Junior Brandon Lewis is next in line at cornerback.
North Augusta opens the season Friday at home against Strom Thurmond.
ADJUSTMENT: Lakeside's triple-option offense clicked early in its 20-10 loss to Washington-Wilkes.
Quarterback Chris Drayton ran for 17 yards on the team's second drive, and got 15 more yards on a Tigers' penalty on the play.
Drayton ran for another 8 yards on a sweep. Travis Azar busted up the middle for 7 yards. The 47 yards in three plays gave the Panthers a first down at the Tigers' 25. Tigers coach Russell Morgan had seen enough. He called time with 8:39 left in the first quarter.
"We were just trying to get kids to play disciplined football," he said. "Against the option, you've got to play assignment football.
"After that, we played really well defensively."
Washington-Wilkes (1-0) allowed just 30 rushing yards on 27 attempts the rest of the way.
MEMORY JOGGER: South Aiken defensive end Dekoda Watson has earned Division I-A offers for his prowess at his position. But he showed his speed on offense with a 32-yard touchdown run against West Florence.
The play is easy for Watson to remember: Head coach Dan Pippin said the play is named "Johanna" after the senior's girlfriend.
"He's a heck of an athlete, and we've got to get him the ball,'' Pippin said.
Staff writers John Boyette and Chris Gay contributed to this report
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