Teams unhappy to get tie

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The decision to call the Jefferson County-Thomson contest a tie is open for debate.

Both teams can roll off all the political reasons for not playing the non-region game again. But that each team has an open date next week raises an eyebrow.

The teams could have played Saturday afternoon like Lincoln County and Washington-Wilkes did. There is not much of a distance factor involved. The teams only needed to play about 16 minutes of football.

With the open date, it would be logical to slide the game to next Friday night.

Coach J.B. Arnold said the right things but the decision was a hard sell to his players.

"They were all pretty upset," he said. "They wanted to play it out whenever they could."

None seemed any more upset than prospect A.J. Harmon.

"Both teams fought hard," Harmon said. "Both teams worked hard all week but we had them. We were on our way to beating them but Mother Nature said that was enough football."

Jefferson held almost a 3-to-1 edge in first downs and total yards. The Warriors (1-1-1) had played a very clean game with just two penalties to that point.

Thomson (2-0-1) had lost two fumbles and was not moving the ball. The only Bulldogs' score was set up by a special teams miscue by the Warriors.

"It hurts a lot," Harmon said. We wanted to stay out there and prove Jefferson County football was for real. We could've had a win against one of the best teams around. We worked too hard to come out of this with just a tie."

AIR MAIL: Any mail carrier would have been proud of the philosophy Evans and Lakeside held to on Friday. Neither wind, nor rain, nor lightning, nor gloom of night could keep these teams from throwing the ball.

"The weather hit both teams," Evans coach Marty Jackson said. "It hurt them because they like to throw, but we like to throw too."

The poor conditions didn't stop either team from taking to the air. There was a 30-minute lightning delay and rain that varied from light to heavy most of the night. The rain even blew sideways.

But the air show remained despite all that and a soggy field. The teams combined for 19 completions and 38 attempts.

Evans senior Kevin Millward completed his five passes for 182 yards and three scores.

"The weather definitely helped out the defenses more," he said. "It limits your plays and sometimes we couldn't cut as well on the wet field, but our guys did well on offense tonight all-around."

STANDING PAT: Westside's offense looked lethargic against Cross Creek in its 19-0 loss. The Patriots gained just 56 yards of offense after the half.

All senior playmaker Sanders Commings could do was watch from the sidelines propped up on his crutches in a rain poncho. He missed his second consecutive game with a left leg fracture.

LATE SURGE: Call it the Miracle at the Stomping Grounds.

It came when it looked like South Aiken was going to waste another fine effort by its defense. The Thoroughbreds trailed Strom Thurmond 16-6 before the big plays came in bunches to key a 18-16 comeback victory. South Aiken (3-2) scored a pair of touchdowns in the final 1:40 to secure the non-region win.

Senior quarterback Bucky Washington ran for one score and passed for the other.

"I guess it shows we're growing up," he said.

A year ago, South Aiken lost several close calls. Not this year.

Staff writers John Boyette, Billy Byler and Chris Gay contributed to this story.

FRIDAY'S BEST

The top individual performances from all reported totals from around the area


PASSING


Player, school Comp.-Att.-Int. Yds. TD


Kevin Millward, Evans 5-12-3 182 3


RUSHING


Player, school Att. Yds. Avg. TD


Patrick Province, Cross Creek 16 158 9.9 2


RECEIVING


Player, school Rec. Yds. Avg. TD

Jamal Davis, South Aiken 10 160 16.0 1

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High School Football Guru
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High School Football Guru 09/16/07 - 09:17 am
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Thomson even with the

Thomson even with the turnover should've been up 21-0. Forget the fumble on the opening drive where it was evedent they were going in for the Td. Thomson Dbacks dropped three interceptions, 2 of which would've been Td's. I think both teams played sloppy. If neither improve it will be early playoff exits again.

jk41381
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jk41381 09/16/07 - 09:26 pm
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I just love the confidence

I just love the confidence everybody on the JeffCo football team had considering it was just a tie when the game was called and all the chances they had to take the lead. The way I see it is you cannot let Thomson stay in a football game too long or good things will start to happen for them.

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johndrick 09/16/07 - 11:24 pm
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thomson just knew wat time it

thomson just knew wat time it was they was about to get whupped and dats dat

onmymind22
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onmymind22 09/17/07 - 06:48 am
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The stats prove it, Jefferson

The stats prove it, Jefferson County had 167 yards and Thompson only had 62. Jefferson County was able to get 12 first downs and Thomson only FOUR..............ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS

onmymind22
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onmymind22 09/17/07 - 11:12 pm
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At least you had guts enough

At least you had guts enough to admit that Jefferson County may have won. Your stats make it sound worse. 121 plus 63 equals 184 and 66 plus 4 equals 70. Yall didn't even get half of what they had. Still only 4 first downs for you all and 12 for Jefferson. Seems like their defense wouldn't let yall move the ball. Anyway I am not from Jefferson or Thomson. I am from Burke, I was only reading what was in the paper. Jefferson County is very good so is Thomson but I would definitely put my money on Jefferson County any day. Good luck to both teams

joy99us
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joy99us 09/18/07 - 09:08 pm
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they won't beat laney!!!it

they won't beat laney!!!it won't even be close!!!!

J Lo Martian
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J Lo Martian 09/18/07 - 10:12 pm
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Lets be realistic about this-

Lets be realistic about this- the stats speak for themselves, JCHS is undeniably the better team. I have been a JCHS supporter for several years and I can truly say this is the best team I have seen so far. I was at the Burke and Baldwin Counties games and they have the quickest and strongest Defense team I can recall. I saw a couple of kids I had never noticed out there, when checking the Roster I saw that one of the kids was a Senior. Why weren't these kidsplaying last season? just inquiring, I was just so impressed with these kids.
I think this team is going to go all the way. Good Luck!!!

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titanium1 09/19/07 - 03:45 pm
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go dawgs!!! all the way to

go dawgs!!! all the way to state!

toomuch2
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toomuch2 09/19/07 - 05:52 pm
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okay laney, lets stop

okay laney, lets stop bragging.....i'm a laney fan but i can not and will not say that jefferson county wont beat us, i'll just say that we will definitely give them a hard time

jk41381
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jk41381 09/19/07 - 10:51 pm
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Well If JeffCo is so good

Well If JeffCo is so good they should have won that game. They had many more attempts at scores than we did. When you can't produce in the redzone any better than they did you are not too good. 2 missed field goals means 2 drives that stalled deep in Thomson territory. Hmmm

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