Thursday, November 7, 2013
Kyle Saverance made a play to break open North Augusta’s blowout win over Aiken.
The Jackets (9-1) defeated Aiken 55-13, but Saverance’s blocked punt for a touchdown came when North Augusta was only up by two possessions, and the game was still within reach.
“Kyle, I think he turned the game around, with that blocked punt,” Derrick Quinn, North Augusta defensive coordinator, said. “We were up by two scores, but he turned the momentum of the game and we kept it going. That was a huge play.”
Saverance was happy to come up with his first touchdown for his team.
“I did pretty good. I had a blocked punt and my first touchdown, which was exciting,” he said. “My team was awesome, we played well and stopped all the runs. They had one big play, but our offense was able to score every time. This is a team sport, it’s not about me, and our team played really well.”
Saverance also had six tackles, one tackle for loss and two fumble recoveries against the Hornets.
“Our coaches did a good job, scheme wise, because we were able to stop what they wanted to do,” he said. “They put us in position to stop everything the offense did and we were able to do that.”
Quinn said the defense was “basic,” but requires precision from the players.
“We’re pretty basic in what we do on defense,”he said. “We preach for our guys to be perfect in their alignment, know where you’re supposed to be and do your assignment. Kyle is a great example of somebody who does those things. He studies, he’s always in the right spot and does what he’s supposed to do.”
For the Jackets, a home game against Dutch Fork – for a share of the region title – looms on Friday.
“We’re just going to play every play hard,” Saverance said. “If it’s a bad play, make the next one. Just stay focused on what’s ahead.”
T.J. Lundeen is a reporter for the North Augusta Star. Follow him on Twitter @lundeentj for more updates.