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.

Heat is biggest opponent as football practice begins

It’s almost time for high school football again, but before we get a chance to kickoff “Friday Night Lights”, players must go through weeks of preparation.

That preparation - better known as practice time - officially began Friday, July 28 across the state as teams started workouts amid a recent heat wave added with humidity that has kept temperatures in the triple digits.

JDA coach completes HELPS program

A member of the staff at a local independent school spent part of the summer attending a health care provider workshop sponsored by the South Carolina Independent School Association.

SCISA Executive Director Larry Watt said Michael Tindall, a coach at Jefferson Davis Academy, Blackville, completed the HELPS program.

“HELPS’ main areas of focus were hazards, emergencies, links, procedures, and safety,” Watt said. The topics covered included;

• Treatment of injuries and illnesses as seen in the office and by coaches

Barnwell Soccer Club concludes camp, looks forward to fall season

A native of England led an eight-week soccer camp for Barnwell Soccer Club.

The soccer performance camp was held in partnership with Coerver Coaching at Barnwell Soccer Club’s field in Snelling for youth between the ages of 8-16.

“This was a great way to learn the technical way of playing soccer, which is much more than kicking a ball around. They got a lot of soccer in this summer,” said Jerry Hodge, president of the Barnwell Soccer Club board.

Barnwell Recreation Dept. holds four camps

More than 50 youth participated in sports camps hosted by the City of Barnwell’s Parks and Recreation Department this summer.

Camps were held for tennis (ages 7 and up), basketball (ages 7-18), volleyball (age 7 and up) and football (ages 7-14). This year the city partnered with Barnwell High School for three of the four week-long camps as varsity coaches led the football, tennis and volleyball camps.

WEHS holds camps to inspire future athletes

Williston-Elko High School offered several athletic camps this summer to inspire future Blue Devils.

Camps were held throughout June and July for volleyball, cheerleading, football, girls and boys basketball, baseball and softball. The camps were aimed at younger children between the ages of 5 and 12.

“We wanted to give the kids something to do in the summer and spark an interest in sports in our school,” said WEHS Athletic Director Derek Youngblood. “My biggest thing is I wanted them to have a good time.”

Local softball teams battle in adult league play

The Elko Swamp Gators softball team amassed a season-high number of runs and hits in a dominating 23-5 win over Ehrhardt on Saturday in Elko.

The Elko Swamp Gators had fireworks throughout the batting lineup with five players delivering multi-hit performances.

Brandon Williams led the 18-hit barrage with two doubles, a single and three runs scored. Jimmy Dunbar and Simeon Rhodes Jr. also had a good day at the plate. Dunbar went 2 for 3 with two runs scored and Rhodes had three hits, including a two-run homer.

NFL player comes home to host football camp

A National Football League (NFL) player returned home to Blackville over the weekend to inspire more than 150 youth.

Joe Thomas Jr., a 2009 graduate of Blackville-Hilda High School who is now a linebacker for the Green Bay Packers, hosted a youth football camp through USA Football on July 15 at his alma mater’s practice field.

“Growing up here I never had anything like this,” he said of working alongside professional football players. “I want to try to give back and inspire.”

Bell hired as BHS varsity baseball coach

Chase Bell has been hired as the new Barnwell High School (BHS) Varsity Baseball Coach.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education Mathematics from USC-Aiken in 2013. He has three and half years teaching experience.

“Coach Bell is a life-long student of the game of baseball and has a passion for Warhorse Baseball. His energy level, coupled with a tremendous work ethic, is contagious to the people around him,” said BHS Principal Franklin McCormack,


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