Fox Creek cruises to win over Branchville
FOX CREEK 41, BRANCHVILLE 7
By Scott Rodgers
The Fox Creek High School football team went on the road for the third straight time to open the year. After Friday night, the team came home victors once again.
The Predators (2-1) demolished Branchville (1-1) with 343 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Ike El led the way with 141 of those yards and one of the scores.
“Ike learned how to get downhill quick,” head coach Russ Schneider said. “First couple of games he was a load, but he’d get the ball and be slow and look for holes. On Friday night he looked like he was shot out of a cannon. When the fullback has 141 yards, you know you’re doing something right.”
Schneider said that the team has nicknamed El “The Night Train” for his punishing run style.
Jaquan Williams, who had a big game last week, rushed just four times but averaged 18.3 yards a carry on his way to 73 yards and a touchdown. He also lost a fumble that didn’t come back to bite the Predators.
Deondre Baskett picked off his third pass in three games and did a little bit of everything on offense. He rushed six times for 57 yards and a touchdown and completed two of four passes. Those two completions were touchdowns, with Darshon Broadwater having a 50 yard score and Brett Butler having a 23 yard touchdown.
Though the skill players have played well in the early going, Schneider was also quick to point out his offensive line.
“What I’ve never seen us do is drive people off the ball,” Schneider said. “Even though our backs are doing well, our offensive line deserves the credit.”
Schneider said that the Predator defense, though it gave up yards, “clamped down” when it mattered most.
Coming up the Predators will be on a bye, before a big home showdown against Augusta Christian at home. The ‘Battle for the Paddle’ looks to be more competitive than in recent years.
“We’re looking forward to seeing our crowd,” Schneider said. “The past few games our crowd has traveled and outshone the home teams. That home feel is going to be exciting.”
Scott Rodgers is the news editor at the North Augusta Star.