In Week One, a few area teams picked up big victories for their programs.
Two of them, Aiken and North Augusta, won rivalry matchups, and it was Aiken’s first win over South Aiken since 2011. Williston-Elko earned head coach Derek Youngblood’s first win, and Wagener-Salley started its season off with a victory.
All those winning teams, and a couple that came up short, had performances worthy of Game Ball recognition.
Antawn Chandler, WR Aiken
With his team trailing 10-0 in the fourth quarter, Chandler caught a 51-yard touchdown pass that turned the momentum in the Hornets’ favor on the way to a 14-10 victory.
Rasool Clemons, LB South Aiken
Clemons showed why he received attention from multiple Division I programs before choosing Virginia, racking up two sacks and recovering a pair of fumbles.
Romero Lindley, DB North Augusta
Lindley actually started the scoring on the defensive side of the ball in a game against Midland Valley that became an offensive battle. His fumble recovery in the end zone started the show, and his late interception helped finish the 44-21 win.
Daniel Carr, QB Midland Valley
As usual, the Mustangs’ loss wasn’t without a few highlights from Carr. He completed 9 of 22 passes for 109 yards and one touchdown and also ran for 95 yards with two scores, one a 75-yard breakaway.
Justice Wallace, TE/DE Williston-Elko
Always a presence on the defensive side of the ball, Wallace came up huge on offense in the Blue Devils’ 7-6 win over Silver Bluff. His 52-yard touchdown catch on a contested ball in traffic became the game-winning score.
Ke’Aunri Holmes, RB Wagener-Salley
The War Eagles got off to a winning start in a 27-24 victory over Bethune-Bowman, and Holmes was a consistent producer. He racked up 106 yards on 13 carries and had a 65-yard touchdown run.
Craig Burton, RB Ridge Spring-Monetta
The Trojans lost to Saluda 47-20, but Burton carried his share of the load. He ran for 146 yards and a touchdown in 13 carries.
Jeremy Timmerman has a journalism degree from Mercer University. Follow him on Twitter @ASJTimm.