MIDLAND VALLEY 14 WAGENER-SALLEY 0
By JEREMY TIMMERMAN and Eric Russell
GRANITEVILLE — The final quarter of the Aiken County Jamboree held very little suspense, as host Midland Valley coasted to a 14-0 win over Wagener-Salley.
The Mustangs got the ball first, and forced their way down field without throwing a pass. Starting tailback Dré Carr had runs of 13, 15 and 12 yards before needing to head to the sidelines after his helmet came off.
Little brother Drekwon Carr took it from there, scampering for 21 yards to help set up his own 1-yard touchdown run.
That was the only drive the Mustangs' first unit got on offense.
“All we wanted to do was come out and play hard and hope no one gets hurt,” Midland Valley head coach Rick Knight said. “We let the first group go for one series and got out of there. (Wagener-Salley head coach) Ken (Tucker) is rebuilding that team and we just wanted to get some guys some playing time.”
Knight said his team will “dial it up a notch” when it opens the season against North Augusta on Aug. 29.
“The kids have been playing hard so far, the attitudes are good, so we'll see what will come of it,” Knight said. “We play good teams to open up our season.
Knight said his team accomplished its other goal of limiting the big yardage. He noted that it gave up a first down, which it also wanted to avoid.
There weren't many highlights for Wagener-Salley, but sophomore quarterback Cameron Schiffner went around the end for a 10-yard gain to give the War Eagles their lone first down. He also threw a strike on the run to receiver Kesean Hudson, but the pass bounced off Hudson's hands.
“Cameron, he's another one of our young guys,” said head coach Ken Tucker. “He can do some things well.”
While his team wasn't very competitive during the 18-minute exhibition, Tucker was glad the War Eagles got the chance to play with a full team across the line of scrimmage.
“We struggle right now with numbers,” he said. “It's good for our guys to play 11 on 11.”
Wagener-Salley will also have an off week in Week Zero. They will play Bethune-Bowman at home on Aug. 29.
MIDLAND VALLEY 14, WAGENER-SALLEY 0
MV–Drekwon Carr 1 run (Thomas McCord kick) 16:02.
MV–Carr 1 run (McCord kick) 9:57.
WS–Ke'Aunri Holmes 4-11, Cameron Shiffner 7-(-1), Al Bynem 1-3. Totals 12-13.
MV–Dré Carr 4-43, Drekwon Carr 9-51-2TD, D.J. Boyd 5-20, Devonte Perry 10-46, Randall Self 1-(-21). Totals 29-129-2TD.
Midland Valley's Drekwon Carr battles with Wagner's Nijae Jerry at the Aiken County High School Football Jamboree on Friday night. Mike Adams photo.×
Xavier Leaphart of Midland Valley knocks the ball loose from Wagner's Cameron Shiffner at the Aiken County High School Football Jamboree on Friday night. Mike Adams photo.×