Devils, Hawks battle in jamboree

  • Keshawn Toney, left, of the Blue Devils out-battles a Hawks defender on a 37-yard touchdown reception.

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.

Meanwhile across town, the Class A Region IV jamboree, hosted by Williston-Elko High, went on as planned Friday night in the Devils’ Den.

The eight-team field consisted of Blackville-Hilda High, Denmark-Olar High, Estill High, Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High, North High, Ridge Spring-Monetta High and Wagener-Salley High.

The jamboree rules allowed each team to play one 24-minute quarter.

In the opening game, Estill High rolled to a 20-0 win over North High. The second game saw Wagener-Salley cruising over Denmark-Olar High by a score of 14-0. Ridge Spring-Monetta defeated Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High 8-0 in the third contest.

The final game turned into the most entertaining of the evening with in-county rivals Williston-Elko High and Blackville-Hilda High facing off.

The contest started off with an offensive show of fireworks before the Blue Devils pulled away in the final eight minutes for a 22-8 victory.

“I thought we got some good work in tonight under the lights,” WEHS Coach Derek Youngblood said. “We executed well in our passing game and we also ran the ball well. Defensively, we missed on a few plays, but for the most part we were pretty steady.”

Blackville-Hilda High coach David Berry said the team made mistakes, but there were some things that were very encouraging.

“You’re gonna have mistakes in the first game and we made our share tonight,” Berry said. “Right now, the biggest thing is our conditioning where we need to improve on. I thought at times we got a little tired out there tonight. As far as ground game went, I thought our backs ran really hard.”

In the contest, the Blue Devils started off hot. On the first play from scrimmage, quarterback Tyran Parker completed a screen pass to Demarkiis Doe, who raced up field for an 18-yard gain. Two plays later, the Blue Devils went back to the air with Parker hooking up with Noah Wootten on a 12-yard reception.

Moments later, Parker capped the five-play march with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Doe. Parker’s two-point run made the score 8-0.

On the ensuing possession it was the Hawks’ offense time to shine and the unit produced.

It started when John Williams jetted around the left end for 10 yards on a third down and 11 play. After converting on a fourth down and one, Derrick Faust burst off tackle and scampered 32 yards down to the Blue Devils’ 13-yard line.

Two plays later, the Hawks were seemingly on the scoreboard on a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tyreus Byars to Ja’Quavian James. The score, however, was nullified due to a penalty.

Moments later, the Hawks made good on their second attempt to reach the end zone. This time, Byars rolled right, then threw back left to Juwahn Isaac. Isaac then eluded a couple of would-be tacklers to find the end zone. Derrick Faust ran for the two-point conversion to tie the game at 8-8.

After the Hawks’ score, the Blue Devils responded with a 70-yard march. Behind the running of Parker, Jarius Tobin and Fabian Bing, the Blue Devils drove deep into Hawks’ territory.

The team then capped the seven-play march when Keshawn Toney out-leaped a defender to bring in a 37-yard scoring pass from Parker.

The Blue Devils’ final scoring drive ended with Parker tossing a 33-yard touchdown pass to Doe. Bing ran for the two-point conversion.

Defensively, the Blue Devils were led by Evander Tyler, Meddikis Priester, Terrell Young and Da’Quan Cuthbertson.