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Warhorses survive Red Devils again

Barnwell High head coach Dwayne Garrick didn’t necessarily have a look of satisfaction on his face following Friday’s 23-20 win over Wade Hampton High.

It was more of a look of relief. Or more accurately, it was the look of a coach whose team for the third year in a row pulled out a nail-bitter against Wade Hampton.

Blue Devils fall in overtime

After stopping Williston-Elko High on its two-point attempt in overtime, the Woodland High players spilled onto the field to celebrate a 27-26 win.

Meanwhile, the Blue Devils coaches and players could only watch the celebration in disgust with a sickening feeling in their stomachs.

The Blue Devils once again let a prime opportunity to beat a division 2A team slip through their fingers.

Unlike their loss to Barnwell High, the Blue Devils had the Wolverines in check for most of the game.

Warhorses punish Panthers, 51-0

The Class AA No. 2 ranked Barnwell High Warhorses appear to be getting stronger with each passing week.

The Warhorses, who struggled at times in a 24-6 season-opening win over Williston-Elko High, have now eclipsed the 40-point mark for the second straight week.

The Pelion High Panthers were their latest victims Thursday, Aug. 31 in a 51-0 rout.

This was a train wreck from the beginning as the Warhorses steamrolled over the Panthers in the first half for a 36-0 commanding lead.

Defense carries JDA Raiders to win

The Jefferson Davis Academy Raiders may have limped off the field Friday, Sept. 1 against St. Johns Academy, but they did it with a victory in hand.

After last week’s tough loss to Andrew Jackson Academy, Jefferson Davis Academy took care of business against the Cavaliers thanks to an incredible defensive performance.

With two of their offensive stars sidelined with injuries, the defense provided the fireworks as they held one of the top-scoring offenses in SCISA to a single touchdown in a 8-6 victory.

A-F is own worst enemy in loss

As the showers passed away Thursday evening at Allendale-Fairfax High, there were moments for the Tigers to shine on a rain soaked field.

Unfortunately for Allendale-Fairfax High, they were unable to improve their chances as the team let opportunity after opportunity slip away.

In the end, the Tigers simply weren’t able to overcome the damage done by their own mistakes in a 20-12 loss to Ridgeland-Hardeeville High.

The loss puts Allendale-Fairfax High at 1-2 in the standings.

Allendale-Fairfax High coach Glynn Darby said mistakes continue to plague the team.

WEHS wins tennis opener

On Aug. 24 in their season opener at Pelion High, the Williston-Elko High girls tennis team rolled to a 5-1 victory.

Williston-Elko High coach Bernard Walters said it was an outstanding outing for the team.

“There is no better way to start the season than with a win,” Walters said. “Many of our players responded well to pressure situations on the court. We did a good job of making the most of our opportunities.”

Warhorses gallop past Hawks, 42-0

The large crowd at W.W.Carter Field Friday night was surprisingly quiet as the final seconds ticked away in the first half of the game between class 2A No. 2-ranked Barnwell High and Blackville-Hilda High.

It wasn’t that the Warhorse faithful weren’t pleased. They were just taken back by what they saw during the first 24 minutes - a commanding 42-0 lead.

For Barnwell High, that was all the scoring needed on the night as they claimed their 11th straight victory over their in-county rivals.

WE rebounds with win over Bulldogs

After a disappointing loss last week to in-county rival Barnwell High, many thought Williston-Elko High might have a little trouble with Silver Bluff High.

That, however, was not the case in the Devils Den Friday night.

The Williston-Elko football team found redemption in a 22-6 victory over the Bulldogs.

With the win, Williston-Elko High evens its record at 1-1 in the standings.

Williston-Elko High coach Derek Youngblood said the team picked up a big win.

Andrew Jackson proves to be too much for JDA

It’s not secret that Jefferson Davis Academy is a better football team than last year.

The Raiders looked extremely good in the SCISA jamboree and in their opening season blow-out win over Providence Home School.

Despite the early optimism, the Raiders haven’t yet reached the level of Andrew Jackson Academy.

The team found out that lesson the hard way Friday night against the two-time defending SCISA champions.

Plagued by mistakes and turnovers, the Raiders were pounded by the Confederates by a score of 26-6.

Tigers claw back before late turnover

At the end, after the Allendale-Fairfax High Tigers had committed its third turnover of the game - an interception that killed a last-ditch rally - head coach Glynn Darby looked on with frustration as his offense returned to the sideline.

Allendale-Fairfax High lost 41-24 to archrival Wade Hampton Friday night in the Tigers’ Den.

It was a contest that saw the Tigers fight back from a two-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter. The Tigers actually had a chance to narrow the lead to four points with 3:29 left to play before the late turnover.

Lady Warhorses fall to WHHS

Although Barnwell High (2A) and Wade Hampton High (3A) are not in the same region anymore, they’re still considered rivals.

On Thursday in Hampton, the Barnwell and Wade Hampton volleyball teams renewed their rivalry and, just like in past games, the teams fought hard for bragging rights.

Unfortnately for the Barnwell High Lady Warhorses, round one of the rivalry went to Wade Hampton as the Lady Red Devils scored a four-set victory.

Warhorses take down Blue Devils, 24-6

High school football teams typically show the most improvement between their second and third games.

The good news for the Barnwell High Warhorses and the Williston-Elko High Blue Devils is they’ve shown they have plenty of room for improvement.

The in-county rivals met Friday night in Williston in the season opener. Both teams showed early rust as they battled through offensive and defensive miscues.

In the end, however, it was Barnwell High that made the most of its opportunities to come away with a 24-6 win.

JDA cruises in season opener

The only thing that seemed to stop the Jefferson Davis Academy football team in Friday night’s season opener against Providence Home School was a steady downpour of rain at the start of the fourth quarter.

The rain seemingly cooled off a sizzling Jefferson Davis Academy squad that overwhelmed the Panthers in all phases of the game in a 42-8 rout.

The Panthers actually led 2-0 in this game after a safety. The Panthers’ early momentum was short-lived though. The Raiders quickly overcame a sluggish start by outscoring the Panthers 32-6 over the next two quarters.

A-F Tigers beat Estill in debut

The Allendale-Fairfax High varsity football team hasn’t changed a bit under Glynn Darby.

In their first game in seven years with a new coach, the Tigers looked the same Friday night as they easily dismantled the Estill Gators by a score of 22-0.

Darby had his first win all but locked up after the first half when the Tigers took advantage of mistakes by Estill High to open up a 14-0 lead.

Darby said it was a big win for the team.

Devils, Hawks battle in jamboree

Area high school football teams got a final tune-up for the regular season with the regional jamborees last weekend.

The class 2A Region V jamboree was scheduled to be played at Barnwell High. However, due to the threat of inclement weather, the jamboree was cancelled, leaving Allendale-Fairfax High, Barnwell High and Bamberg-Ehrhardt High without a final dress rehearsal for the season.

“We just had too much rain and with the threat of more rain in the forecast the coaches felt it was best to call it off,” Barnwell head coach Dwayne Garrick said.

JDA Raiders play to tie in SCISA jamboree

SCISA 8-man football officially got underway Friday night with Jefferson Davis Academy hosting the jamboree in Blackville.

Eight teams played in the contest. Playing were Patrick Henry Academy, Northside Christian Academy, PAC Panthers, Clarendon Hall Academy, St. John’s Christian Academy, Wardlaw Academy and Cathedral Academy.

The rules for the event allowed each team to play two 10-minute quarters and one eight-minute quarter with a running clock.

Local softball teams split doubleheader

On Saturday in adult league softball action, the D&D Sluggers of Barnwell split a doubleheader with the St. Mark Warriors in Kline.

In game one, the Warriors outlasted the Sluggers 9-7 in seven innings.

The Warriors struck first in the game. Sparked by Robert Washington’s two-run RBI double, the Warriors churned out five runs.

Others stepping up at the plate in the inning included Charlie Jenkins, Ron Bostic and Logan Witherspoon.

Trailing by five runs, the Sluggers fought back in the third inning on runs by Mike Barker, Cliff Youmans and Curtis Seabrook.

Local teams square off in pre-season scrimmages

Area high school football coaches got their first glimpse of what to expect from their squads as teams participated in their first scrimmages last Friday.

Allendale-Fairfax High, Williston-Elko High and Cross High engaged in a three-team scrimmage in Williston.

Both Allendale-Fairfax High coach Glynn Darby and Williston-Elko High coach Derek Youngblood agree that there’s plenty of room for improvement before the season opener.

“We definitely made our share of mistakes, but overall I have to say it was encouraging being our first time out,” Youngblood said.

High school football players sprint back into action

The countdown to the high school football season officially started Friday when teams across the state began workouts.

The familiar sounds of players huffing and puffing, whistles blowing, coaches barking orders and helmets clashing were heard as players went through conditioning drills.

Several area teams have been active all summer competing in passing leagues and camps. Still, the first day of practice is special.

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