Thursday, October 31, 2013
By Scott Rodgers
The Fox Creek High School football team was able to get back on track on Friday night.
The Predators (6-3, 3-2 Region 4-A) took care of business on the road against Blackville-Hilda (6-3, 3-2 Region 4-A) to the tune of a 39-13 win. Deondre Baskett led the way with 186 yards and hit Darshon Broadwater with two scoring strikes.
“I think Deondre had his best game of the year,” Fox Creek head coach Russ Schneider said. “We threw for more yardage than we have. Darshon had 114 yards and the two scores. We gave Deondre a chance to audible on a couple of plays between the 20s and his checks were perfect, his throws were perfect and he made good decisions. He didn’t just roll out of the pocket and throw the ball – it was just the best game he’s had all year.”
Fox Creek went into halftime up 27-7 on the Hawks. Though Blackville is not as strong as in years past, the program is still one that is very proud. They have proven themselves to be a difficult foe to the Predators.
“It was just like two different teams,” Schneider said. “The way we played last Friday (a 38-6 homecoming loss to Wagener-Salley) and the way we played this week was like night and day. We came out, we played well and had a little more of an aggressive week of practice. I think the kids bounced back from it and I think the loss hurt them. They were determined to play well. That said, Blackville is always tough and they always have great athletes. You won’t find a better coach than Coach (David) Berry and no one that I have more respect for.”
Malik Hightower also added in 60 receiving yards of his own. Terrance Hillary was the leading rusher with 57 yards on the night.
“The week before nothing went our way and we got killed,” Schneider said. “This week it went our way, you just never know what’s going to happen. After a loss that the kids were kind of building up on – and that we, as coaches, felt responsible for – and Wagener is great anyway, but we should of played better. The kids could of folded up and quit, but they didn’t. They came back and they were ready to play a little bit more.”
Next up for the Predators will be another tough task against Hunter-Kinard-Tyler. The Trojans will also have a familiar foe in the backfield – former Willston-Elko running back Jarius Jenkins, who transferred in the offseason. If the Predators were to win they would force a three-way tie for second place with the Trojans and War Eagles. A loss would put them in fourth place, behind Williston-Elko, Hunter-Kinard-Tyler and Wagener-Salley.
“The good thing is that we’re going in there with nothing to lose,” Schneider said. “We’re not playing for first place in the region. The outcome won’t make a big difference in our part of the bracket one way or the other. When there’s no pressure you can kind of let loose and take chances you wouldn’t otherwise take if there was much more on the line.”
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. Follow him on Twitter @NAStarRodgers.