Thursday, September 12, 2013
By BILL BENGTSON
North Augusta High School racked up 21 points in the game’s first eight minutes on Friday evening, rocking Greenbrier on its heels and setting the pace for a 45-0 blowout on the road.
The visitors, in the process of improving their record to 3-0, relied on a rushing one-two punch that consisted of Willie McCloud (138 yards and one touchdown) and Dashawn Barnes (107 yards and three touchdowns).
The Wolfpack (0-2) received the opening kickoff and stalled immediately. McCloud’s punt return set the stage for the first of North Augusta quarterback Trib Reece’s two touchdown passes – the first one being a 23-yarder to Keyon West. The second was a 7-yarder to Antaun Andrews, and the end result was a mixed review from Dan Pippin, North Augusta’s coach.
“I thought we finished a little bit better tonight,” he said, adding that his second-stringers played a solid game but didn’t get much chance to play due to a continuously running clock in the second half.
Pippin’s defense overwhelmed the Wolfpack, enforcing a limit of 52 yards – 40 by ground and 12 by air.
“Any time you get a shutout, that’s pretty good, and any time you only give up nine points in three games, that’s not bad, either.”
Pippin described himself as “very happy” with his squad’s opening drive in the second half.
North Augusta’s next game is Friday at home against Grovetown (Ga.).
“We’ve got to practice all the time like we’re playing for the state championship, because if you don’t, I think it’s going to catch up with us, and I hope that’s a lesson we’ve learned,” Pippin said. “I don’t want to lose a game, like we had to last year, to learn that lesson.”
Pippin described the Barnes-McCloud situation as positive, in terms of the players pushing each other to improve.
This week’s coming game against Grovetown will feature a halftime ceremony for Jerry Priestley. He was the quarterback for the Jackets in the early 1960s. In addition to that, he was also a starting pitcher on the baseball team and starting forward on the basketball team in high school. He got a scholarship to Georgia Tech and while to playing all three sports, he also maintained a high GPA.