SOUTH AIKEN 24 RS-M 0
By ERIC RUSSELL
GRANITEVILLE— South Aiken's offense rolled in its Aiken County Jamboree session against Ridge Spring-Monetta, culminating in a 24-0 Thoroughbred victory.
The scoring got started with Bowen Smith connecting with Tancey Richardson on a short pass, which Richardson turned into a 42-yard touchdown to put South Aiken ahead by seven points after the first drive.
That answered the questions head coach Jeremy West had about his team's condition coming into the game after participating in a scrimmage on Tuesday.
“The biggest thing I saw was the way they responded,” West said. “We had a 180-play scrimmage on Tuesday and I was worried about how our legs would be. I was pleased with the way they came out.”
South Aiken struck again when transfer Malik Lee found the end zone on a 45-yard run up the middle. The T-Breds were successful all night running the ball as well as passing. The trio of Richardson, Lee and Tyler Reedy racked up 115 yards in the 18 minute quarter.
Smith finished the game with 121 yards and two touchdowns through the air. His second touchdown was on a 17-yard pass to Harold Hilton. Owen Myers connected on a 45-yard field goal to cap the scoring.
“We're playing as a unit. It's working for us now,” West said of the offense, cautioning that his team still has work to do before the Aug. 29 opener against rival Aiken. “We're going to have to build on that, because Aiken is good. We're going to have to be better in that game.”
As for the Trojans, head coach Heath Corley said despite the shutout he took away some positives from the scrimmage against the Class AAAA opponent. He said the most important thing for his team was the experience. RS-M used the game as an opportunity to give backup quarterbacks some reps with the offense.
“Tyson Bettis is a freshman, and I threw Johnathan Gibson out here in the lights two nights in a row,” Corley said. “Come Aug. 29, Bra'Quon Preston will be our starter.”
Gibson got injured early in the scrimmage and Bettis played the rest of the way at quarterback. He attempted one pass, which was picked off by Hilton.
Corley added that his offense was firing off the ball well, but still needed some work.
“Certain guys we're comfortable with, but right now they're still not able to adjust when the defense adjusts,” Corley said. “The scheme that we planned on blocking … they're still to young to adjust on the fly sometime. They hit us in the mouth a couple of times. Once they came to the side and we talked to them about the adjustments they got it, and we were able to move the ball a bit.”
The T-Breds and Trojans will both kick off their seasons on Aug. 29 after Week Zero byes. Ridge Spring Monetta will travel to Saluda, and South Aiken will play at Aiken.
SOUTH AIKEN 24, RS-M 0
SA – Bowen Smith 42 pass to Tancey Richardson (Owen Myers kick good)
SA – Malik Lee 45 run (Owen Myers kick good)
SA – Bowen Smith 17 pass to Harold Hilton (Owen Myers kick good)
SA – Owen Meyers 45 yard field goal.
SA–Malik Lee 4-65 TD, Tancey Richardson 5-33, Tyler Reedy 6-17.
RSM–Craig Burton 4-33, Corey Hopkins 4-18, Jacob Deloach 2-5, Ty'Quaz Smith 1-2, Johnathan Gibson 1-(-3), Tyson Bettis 2-(-20).
SA–Bowen Smith 5-5-127 2TDs.
RSM- Tyson Bettis 0-1-0 1INT.
SA- Harold Hilton 2-49, Richardson 1-42, Chance Holbrooks 2-36.