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Warhorses top Panthers in showdown

In Friday’s region showdown with Batesburg-Leesville High, Barnwell High didn’t force a lot of turnovers nor did the team’s offense set off a lot of fireworks.

What Barnwell High did to Batesburg-Leesville was much more subtle.

The Warhorses disrupted the the flow of the top-scoring offense in the region. They limited a Panther unit that averaged 39.7 points a game to just one trip into the endzone. The end result was an impressive 20-6 win.

Considering the competition, the Warhorses easily turned in their best defensive performance of the season.

Blue Devils’ domination of region continues

As the regular season winds down one question still remains in Region IV. Can anyone compete with Williston-Elko High?

So far, the answer is no.

On Friday night in the Devils’ Den, Williston-Elko High continued its road of destruction in the region by steamrolling Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High by a score of 55-20.

With the win, Williston-Elko High captures the region title for the second time in the last three years. The Blue Devils improve to 7-2 overall and 5-0 in region play.

Williston-Elko High coach Derek Youngblood praised his team after Friday’s win.

A-F Tigers rebound with win over Bulldogs

On Friday night Allendale-Fairfax High finally resembled the football team that was supposed to challenge for the Region V title this season.

After a four-week hiatus (four straight losses), the Allendale-Fairfax High Tigers rediscovered themselves with a 20-7 win over Silver Bluff High in Allendale.

With the win, Allendale-Fairfax High improves to 5-5 overall and clinches the last remaining playoff spot in the region.

Allendale-Fairfax High coach Eddie Ford said the team played with a sense of urgency.

Local runners compete in region cross country meet

The Barnwell High and Williston-Elko High cross country teams took to the course in the Oct. 19 Region V meet in Barnwell.

The four-team meet consisted of the host team Barnwell High along with region counterparts Bamberg-Ehrhardt High and Batesburg-Leesville. Williston-Elko High, which is not a member of the region, was allowed to compete.

The Barnwell High boys walked away region champs after having seven runners to place in the top 10.

Hawks finish second in the region

Even though the Blackville-Hilda Hawks stumbled on the road Friday in a 28-6 loss to Ridge Spring-Monetta High, they still have more football to play.

With the loss, Blackville-Hilda High falls to 7-3 overall and 3-2 in region play. Despite the setback, Blackville-Hilda High finishes second in the region.

Blackville-Hilda High will open the Class A playoffs at home Nov. 18 against a team to be announced.

Blackville-Hilda High coach David Berry said his team fell short in every phase of the game.

Hawks rebound with rout over Eagles

Blackville-Hilda High legendary coach David Berry didn’t shuffle his starting lineup in the aftermath of his team blowout loss to in-county rival Williston-Elko High.

Berry didn’t over-analyze or overreact after the 30-6 defeat.

Berry did, however, realize his team needed work after the collapse in the Devils’ Den.

“We made mistakes and simply didn’t play well in last week’s loss,” Berry said. “Offensively, we didn’t run the ball and defensively we didn’t stop them. That was just one loss. We can’t get down on ourselves. We have to keep playing.”

Blue Devils torch Vikings, 48-0

The Williston-Elko High Blue Devils were clicking on all cylinders Friday night in a 48-0 win over Denmark-Olar High.

It was almost fitting with just three days before Halloween the Blue Devils would put up some scary numbers on both sides of the ball.

Offensively, the Blue Devils torched the Vikings for 378 yards. The 48 points scored is the second most by the team this season.

Warhorses deliver beat-down on Bulldogs

A week after Bamberg-Ehrhardt High delivered a damaging blow to Barnwell High’s region title hopes, the Warhorses came back swinging.

On Friday night in Petticoat Junction, the Warhorses unloaded on the Silver Bluff Bulldogs with a series of punches.

At the end of regulation, the Warhorses were the only ones left standing in a unanimous 49-7 decision.

Barnwell High coach Dwayne Garrick said the win gives the team new life.

Red Raiders tame Tigers, 28-0

The Allendale-Fairfax High football team struggled on both sides of the ball Friday in a 28-0 loss to Bamberg-Ehrhardt High.

Mistakes came too early and often for an Allendale-Fairfax High team that was looking to snap a three-game losing streak.

They squandered a handful of scoring chances at crucial times and committed three turnovers.

With the loss, Allendale-Fairfax High falls to 4-5 overall and 0-4 in region play.

JDA football comes up short again

The Jefferson Davis Academy difficult times on the gridiron continued Friday night in a 28-20 loss at Newberry Academy.

While the Raiders’ performance against Newberry Academy was a considerable improvement than in last week’s outing against Richard Winn, a defeat is a defeat and the Raiders have now lost three in a row.

For the Raiders, costly turnovers and penalties wiped out the team chance to score a road upset.

Blue Devils torch Hawks in rivalry game

The rivalry football game between Blackville-Hilda High and Williston-Elko used to be fierce.

But for nearly a decade now, Williston-Elko High has owned Blackville-Hilda High.

Not since 2008, when Blackville-Hilda defeated Williston-Elko 21-0, have they been able to match wits with their adversaries.

Proof couldn’t have been more evident Friday night in the Devils’ Den with Williston-Elko rolling to a 30-6 victory over Blackville-Hilda.

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

Warhorses get corralled in first loss of season

For the nearly two quarters on Friday night, it seemed the No. 2 ranked Barnwell High Warhorses were on the verge of pulling away from Bamberg-Ehrhardt High’s Red Raiders.

In the end, though, the Warhorses missed out on their chances as the Red Raiders stormed back in the second half to steal a 20-13 victory.

The setback was the first of the season for the Warhorses, who fall to 7-1 and 1-2 in region play.

Barnwell High coach Dwayne Garrick said untimely mistakes proved costly.

Tigers come up short in hard-fought game

The Allendale-Fairfax High Tigers continue to lose ground in the race for the Region V crown.

On Friday night at home against Calhoun County High, the Tigers fell for the third straight time in region play in a 34-26 loss to the Saints.

For the Tigers it was a terrific start as they ran to a 22-14 halftime lead.

In the second half, however, the Tigers slowed down while the Saints came marching back.

For the Saints, Terence Brunson scored three touchdowns in the second half and finished with 173 total yards to lead the comeback.

WEHS bested by BHS

The Barnwell High varsity volleyball team scored a four set win over Williston-Elko High Tuesday, Oct. 18 in the Devils Den.

The Lady Warhorses came out on top in the match with scores of 25-9, 23-25, 25-10 and 25-10.

Barnwell High coach Carol Massengale said a strong start was the key to winning the match.

“We came out with good intensity and from there our momentum grew,” Massengale said. “I thought we did good with our serving and we were also very aggressive around the net.”

JDA suffers loss to Richard Winn

The Jefferson Davis Academy Raiders stumbled at home Friday in a 36-14 loss to Richard Winn Academy.

Tied at 14-14 with possession of the ball to start the second quarter, the Raiders seemingly had the momentum against the Eagles.

But over the next two quarters, the teams’ roles were reversed as the Eagles quickly sucked the life out of the Raiders by scoring 14 unanswered points.

A 28-14 lead going into the fourth quarter was too much to overcome for a Raiders’ offense that was plagued by seven penalties in the second half.

Barnwell native plays ‘the fox’ at Carson-Newman University

JEFFERSON CITY, TENN. —When asking any student athlete competing at the collegiate level, consistency is one of the utmost important terms an athlete longs for when describing the pattern they take to complete all the tasks required in the classroom and on the athletic field.

For Carson-Newman hybrid defensive end Brandon Staton, consistency is something the senior has lacked at times during the duration of his collegiate career.

Warhorses cage Tigers, 31-0

Friday night’s football game between Allendale-Fairfax High and Barnwell High was a game fans and players had been awaiting for some time now.

After an eight-year break, the rivalry renewed at W.W. Carter field and the anticipated Region 5 showdown lived up to its billings, at least until halftime.

It was a defensive struggle throughout the first half and it appeared the contest wouldn’t be decided until the final quarter.

Instead, Barnwell High took control in the second half, scoring 21 points in an eight-minute period to run away with a 31-0 victory.

Hawks overcome sluggish start for homecoming win

For the Blackville-Hilda High varsity football team, Friday’s win over Estill wasn’t the team’s best performance of the season.

But, nonetheless, it was a victory. That was pretty much how Blackville-Hilda High coach David Berry summed up the team’s 16-0 win over the Gators on homecoming night.

“We made a lot of mistakes, but we kept fighting and fighting until the end,” Berry said. “Estill played us pretty tough, but we also made things tougher on us with mistakes and penalties.”

BHS girls tennis team continues winning ways

The Barnwell High girls tennis team turned in another strong performance last week in a 4-2 win over Williston-Elko High.

The match originally started on Sept. 13, but had to be postponed due to inclement weather.

With the victory, Barnwell High improves to 10-2 overall and will host the opening round playoff game on Oct. 31.

Barnwell High coach Jeff Miller said the team continues to play with focus.

“I’m very proud of the girls. They came out and played really well today,” Miller said.

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