Jackets pick up road win against Gamecocks
NORTH AUGUSTA 42, SUMTER 14
By Scott Rodgers
Last year, North Augusta High School’s football team suffered an unexpected loss at home against Sumter.
This year, however, the Jackets (5-0) returned the favor – beating the Gamecocks (1-3) on their home turf 42-14.
Trib Reece once again led the way, accounting for five total touchdowns. Three came with his arm – two to Dre Dunbar and one to Jaleel Bryant.
It was what Reece did with his legs, however, that caused a lot of chatter. The junior had a 98-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. He later added another score from three yards out.
Head coach Dan Pippin stated his team played well, but needed to work on some aspects.
“I thought the kids made plays when they had to,” he said. “We still dropped some passes and stuff, and we didn’t block real well up front. Our defense played very well. It was probably our best effort and maybe our best game. I thought our coaches had an excellent game plan and the plays executed it very well.”
Though his team was able to pay back last year’s loss, one thing Pippin stressed was the win simply was the next game on the schedule.
“Just winning felt good – we didn’t talk about revenge and I don’t think you need to do that kind of stuff in high school sports,” he said. “I don’t think you get revenge, that’s not something we talk about ever. We did, however, talk about how big of a game it was.”
Next up for the Jackets is a home date with Strom Thurmond. The “Rivalry Renewed,” as it is being billed, will feature two undefeated teams. It may also be the only chance to see these two games play each other – Strom Thurmond is slated to move down to AA, which impacts the points system that dictates playoff seeding.
Though it is a big game for both communities, Pippin has refused to get caught up in the buzz and isn’t letting his players get too focused on the spectacle rather than what’s on the field.
“They’re the best team we play this week, but it isn’t anything more than any other week,” Pippin said. “It’s no bigger than the Lexington game in three weeks and no smaller than that game. We don’t get extra points for Strom Thurmond. If we win we get four and if we lose we get three. You don’t get a bonus – we’re not making it any bigger of a deal than any other game.”
Scott Rodgers is the news editor at the North Augusta Star and has been with the paper since January 2013 after previously working at the Aiken Standard. He is a graduate of Alvernia University and currently attends Drexel University.
Trib Reece, 14-24, 188 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT
Willie McCloud, 22 rushes, 108 yards, 1 TD
Dashawn Barnes, 17 rushes, 79 yards
Trib Reece, 6 rushes, 98 yards, 2 TDs
Keyon West, 6 catches, 53 yards
Jaleel Bryant, 2 catches, 57 yards, 1 TD
Dre Dunbar, 2 catches, 37 yards, 2 TDs
Antuan Andrews, 2 catches, 31 yards
Willie McCloud, 2 catches, 10 yards
Ronald Williams, 15 tackles
Jordan Blocker, 13 tackles
Brandon Thomas, 9 tackles
Kyle Saverance, 9 tackles, 1 TFL
Brandon Maddox, 9 tackles, 1 sack
DJ Young, 5 tackles
Jesse Owusu, 5 tackles
Colton Johnson, 5 tackles
Sebastian Hernandez, 4 tackles
Luke Smith, 3 tackles
Mike Chavous, 1 tackle, 2 INT