Michael Young

Blue Devils peaking at right time

It certainly seems the Williston-Elko High varsity football team is peaking at the right time of the season.

The Blue Devils are riding a five-game winning streak and coming off their most dominant win of the season Friday night in a 53-0 homecoming rout over North High.

With the victory, Williston-Elko High improves to 6-2 overall and 4-0 in region play. The win also gave the Blue Devils their second straight region crown and third in the last four years.

Lady Hawks qualify for playoffs

The Blackville-Hilda High volleyball team is playoff-bound.

The Lady Hawks punched their ticket last Tuesday by dominating Estill High in a three-set victory.

In the match, the Lady Hawks made quick work of the Lady Gators by scores of 25-8, 25-8 and 25-7.

For the Lady Hawks, Nyla Jenkins had the hot hand throughout the match on the offensive end. Jenkins finished with 15 total points, including six kills and eight serving points. She also added seven assists and four digs.

#1 Warhorses rally for win

The Batesburg-Leesville Panthers played spoiler to Barnwell High’s title hopes last year with a 20-17 victory in the Lower State Finals at W.W.Carter Field.

The teams met in a rematch Friday night in Batesburg-Leesville and, for at least the first half, it looked like it would be another repeat performance by the Panthers.

Trailing 27-6 in the second quarter, the Warhorses found a way to circle the wagons. Sparked by a swarming defense and a punishing ground attack, the Warhorses stampeded back for a thrilling 44-41 win.

Blue Devils torch Trojans, 36-12

The much anticipated battle between Region 4A powers Williston-Elko High and Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High turned into a one-sided affair Friday night in Norway.

The Blue Devils struck early and often as they handled their adversaries with ease in a 36-12 decision.

After taking a 14-6 lead late in the second quarter, the Blue Devils pulled away from the Trojans with three straight touchdowns.

With the win, Williston-Elko High improves to 5-2 overall and 4-0 in region play.

Williston-Elko High coach Derek Youngblood said it was another big road win for his team.

JDA Raiders hammer Crusaders, 48-6

The Jefferson Davis Academy varsity football team is gaining momentum at the right time of the season.

A week after resurrecting its season with a homecoming win over W.W. King Academy, Jefferson Davis Academy resurrected a little swagger on the road Friday by routing Laurens Academy by a score of 48-6.

With the win, JDA moves to 5-3 overall and 2-0 in region play.

Barnwell girls tennis on a roll

The Barnwell High girls tennis team is picking up steam after a slow start to the season.

Coach Jeff Miller’s young squad has performed at a high level over the last couple of weeks with the team netting victories over Williston-Elko High, Pelion High and Wade Hampton High.

“We’re gaining confidence and it’s starting to show on the court,” Miller said. “I’m very pleased with our performance in the last few matches. We’ve come and played very competitively in every match.”

Blue Devils run through War Eagles in showdown

The Wagener-Salley High War Eagles are a good football team. However, they are not yet in the class with the Williston-Elko High Blue Devils.

The Blue Devils jumped on the War Eagles early and never let up as they rolled to a convincing 29-10 win Sept. 29.

With the win, Williston-Elko High improves to 4-2 overall and 3-0 in region play.

The loss was the first of the season for Wagener-Salley High which falls to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in region play.

Warhorses take care of business

Coming off a bye week, it was business as usual for the class 2A No.1 ranked Barnwell High Warhorses Friday night in St. Matthews.

The Warhorses displayed no rust from a week off as they piled up 49 first-half points enroute to a 55-0 blowout win over Calhoun County.

With the victory, Barnwell High improves to 6-0 overall and 1-0 in region play. The Warhorses, who were ranked No. 2 through the first five weeks of the season, move into the No. 1 spot after a loss by Abbeville High which was previously No. 1 ranked.

JDA beats Clarendon Hall

The Jefferson Davis Academy varsity girls volleyball team came from behind to beat Clarendon Hall Academy in five sets on Sept. 19 in Blackville.

After a ragged start, the Lady Raiders came together to score wins in three of the final sets. For the Lady Raiders the match scoring went 17-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-19 and 15-15.

JDA coach Bart Owens said his young group pulled out a big victory.

“I thought we played really well today. I was very pleased to see some of our young players step up and make plays in a very close match,” Owens said.

JDA pulls away for homecoming win

Jefferson Davis Academy head coach Michael Tindall delivered a few motivational words to his team during Friday’s homecoming game against W.W. King Academy.

It probably wasn’t the words one might use during a Sunday school lesson, given the way his team played in the first half. But, nonetheless, Tindall’s message was well-received.

Whatever Tindall said worked. The Raiders came into the second half and executed well on both sides of the ball on their way to a convincing 40-16 victory.

BHS regains swagger, tops AFHS

Coming off a tough volleyball loss to Batesburg-Leesville High, Barnwell High was in need of a bounce-back game Thursday at home against region rival Allendale-Fairfax High.

For Barnwell High the mission was accomplished. Fueled by the plays of Makayla Anderson, Camryn Holloway and Kyra Shuler, the Lady Warhorses regained their swagger with a convincing three-set victory.

Blue Devils vault over Trojans in region clash

Williston-Elko High survived a scare from Ridge Spring-Monetta High Friday night in the Devils’ Den.

Behind a stout defensive performance and good special teams play, the Blue Devils were able to overcome inconsistencies on offense for a 21-7 win.

With the win, Williston-Elko moves to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in region play.

Williston-Elko High coach Derek Youngblood said the team was fortunate to come out on top.

BHS Volleyball ends drought

It took some time, but the Barnwell High girls varsity volleyball team finally lifted the “monkey” off their back - the monkey being the Silver Bluff High Lady Bulldogs.

The Lady Bulldogs have owned the series over the Lady Warhorses for the past five years with eight wins in 10 outings

That, however, changed Tuesday, Sept. 19 in Barnwell.

Not only did the Lady Warhorses defeat the Lady Bulldogs, they did it in dominating fashion in a four-set win.

BHHS splits with WEHS in region

For now, the Blackville-Hilda High and Williston-Elko High varsity girls will have to share the bragging rights in regional play.

The teams met Tuesday, Sept. 19 in the Devils’ Den. The contest turned into a barnburner with Blackville-Hilda High and Williston-Elko High breaking even in a dual match with a win apiece.

After losing the first match to Blackville-Hilda High, Williston-Elko High swung the momentum in its favor with a 25-13 win in the second set of the final match. The team then went on to stage a third set rally to even the match.

A-F Tigers fall to McCormick

The Allendale-Fairfax High Tigers didn’t have their most productive night Friday night at McCormick High.

The Tigers spotted the Chiefs 14 points in the first half, then tried to come back. Despite a strong second half performance, the Tigers were unable to slow down the Chiefs in a 28-12 loss.

Defensively, the Tigers didn’t have an answer for tailback Mataeo Durant and quarterback Dillon Waters of the Chiefs. Durant rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns. Walters had 158 total yards, including 97 yards passing and a touchdown.

Raiders can’t keep pace with Patriots

The Jefferson Davis Academy 8-man football stumbled on the road Friday in a 28-12 loss to Patrick Henry Academy.

The Raiders played one quarter of outstanding football, but it all unraveled after that as the Patriots outscored them 32-6 over the remaining three quarters.

With the loss, JDA falls to 3-3 in the standings.

JDA coach Michael Tindall said they played well in spurts.

“Offensively, we moved the ball well at times, but most of those drives ended with turnovers and mistakes,” Tindal said.

Hawks grounded by War Eagles

The Blackville-Hilda High Hawks weren’t able to get anyhing going on either side of the ball Friday night in a 28-0 loss to Wagener-Salley High.

With the loss, Blackville-Hilda High falls to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in region play.

Offensively, the Hawks weren’t able to get their normally dependable running game going, being held to a season-low 51 yards on 35 plays.

Plagued by mistakes and turnovers, the Hawks’ offense managed only one serious scoring threat and that came on the last drive of the game.

Hawks sink Vikings in 44-6 redemption

Blackville-Hilda High’s performance against Denmark-Olar High was probably what coach Chris Lark had in mind.

The Blackville-Hilda High coach wasn’t pleased with his team after last week’s fourth quarter meltdown in a 22-20 loss to McCormick High.

In that game, the Hawks squandered a two-touchdown lead in the final eight minutes of play.

On Friday night in the Hawks’ Nest, his players redeemed themselves by dominating the Vikings of Denmark-Olar High by a score of 44-6.

Warhorses feast on Tigers, 36-14, at homecoming

On Friday night at W.W. Carter Field, the No. 2 ranked Barnwell High Warhorses overcame a slow start for a convincing 36-14 homecoming win over Swansea High.

The Warhorses, who trailed 7-0 after one quarter, quickly circled the wagons and outscored the Tigers 36-7 the rest of the way.

The key to victory for Barnwell High has been a familiar pattern through the first five weeks of the season.

Blue Devils rebound in a big win

If you don’t believe an angry and focused football team is dangerous—just ask the Estill High Gators.

Coming off last week’s heartbreaking overtime loss to Woodland High, the Williston-Elko High Blue Devils traveled to Estill High Friday night with vengeance on their minds.

Unfortunately for the Gators, they just happeded to be the Blue Devils next opponent and they got hammered, 57-0.

There wasn’t much suspense in this one as the Blue Devils sizzled to a 32-0 halftime lead and never looked back.

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