Strom Thurmond Rebels get breakthrough win over Aiken HornetsSTROM THURMOND 17, AIKEN 10

Friday was Antwuan Hillary's first game as head coach of the Strom Thurmond High School football team. While there were labor pains in the Rebels' game against Aiken High at Hagood Stadium, the end result made up for the bumpy delivery – a 17-10 victory.

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Abbeville Panthers overwhelm Silver Bluff Bulldogs in openerABBEVILLE 21, SILVER BLUFF 0

PETTICOAT JUNCTION — Silver Bluff's first drive against Abbeville on Friday ended in an interception. The rest of the season opener didn't go any better as the Bulldogs fell 21-0.

The Panthers (1-0) were led on offense by Red Scott, who had 97 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. Joining him out of the Wishbone attack were Khalil Fuller, with 62 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries, and TJ Rogers, with 11 carries for 60 yards.

“They wore on us pretty good,” said Silver Bluff head coach Al Lown.

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Bamberg-Ehrhardt wins battle with Williston-Elko Blue Devils BAMBERG-EHRHARDT 7, WILLISTON-

BAMBERG — Williston-Elko was yards away from taking the lead in Friday night's week zero matchup with Region 5-A opponent Bamberg-Ehrhardt. Instead the Blue Devils came up just short on the 2-point conversion after Christian Sapp's third quarter touchdown pulled them within one point at 7-6 with. After a back-and-forth battle for the rest of the game the score didn't move and the Red Raiders denied first-year head coach Derek Youngblood his first victory as the leader of the Blue Devils.

“Well No. 1, I'm just proud of our kids and our coaches,” Youngblood said after the game. “I though we prepared well like we needed to. The kids stayed focused. We didn't make plays when we needed to. We made some mistakes, but we've got a young football team, and we fought.”

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Dreher Blue Devils throttle Fox Creek PredatorsDREHER 48, FOX CREEK 6

NORTH AUGUSTA — Donovan Ward was ready to start the regular season.

The senior running back for Dreher scored early and often for the Blue Devils, amassing 132 yards and four touchdowns on the night.

“He's a good back, but the offensive line did a good job, too,” Treigh Sulluvan, Dreher's head coach, said. “We did enough with the quarterback to keep them honest, too. It was a good job by the entire run game, when the quarterback ran it and Donovan – he's a good player.”

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Busby kicks North Augusta Jackets past Lakeside PanthersNORTH AUGUSTA 12. LAKESIDE (GA.) 10

NORTH AUGUSTA — Senior kicker Blake Busby knew that there was a chance his team could need him.

Down by one, and on a night where time became a factor, it was Busby's foot that made the difference.

As Trib Reece marched North Augusta down the field for a potential game winner, and not knowing how much time was on their side, Busby quickly took the field.

The senior drilled a 38-yarder down the middle to make head coach Brian Thomas a winner in his first game as Jacket coach.

“I just tried to tell myself I knew I could do it,” Busby said. “It's about longer than any one I've had in a game-time situation.”

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