Championship slips through Raiders’ fingers

Despite being plagued by injuries, the Jefferson Davis Academy eight-man football team’s dream of winning its first title since 2010 shifted from a fleeting hope at the beginning of the game to a realistic possibility with seven minutes left in Saturday’s SCISA Finals.

Jefferson Davis Academy led the two-time defending champions of Andrew Jackson Academy 30-22 and appeared to be on the way to victory.

And just like that, the bottom fell out from beneath the Raiders.

Warhorses prevail over Panthers

It’s become apparent over the past couple of years that anytime Barnwell High and Batesburg-Leesville High play each other in football, expect a battle.

The teams have played three times during the stretch with Barnwell High prevailing twice in games that were decided by a touchdown or less.

That was pretty much the case again Friday night at W.W. Carter Field with the region rivals meeting in the third round of the class AA playoffs.

Blue Devils fall to Silver Foxes

Friday’s third round playoff game in the Devils’ Den between top seeded Williston-Elko High and Lamar High was supposed to be a closely-contested game.

However, from an early point it became clear it wasn’t going to be Williston-Elko High’s night.

A nightmarish start put Williston-Elko High in a 20-0 hole.

From there, Lamar High continued to benefit from Williston-Elko High miscues on its way to a convincing 48-14 win.

With the loss, Williston-Elko High completes the season at 9-3 overall and 1-1 in the playoffs.

JDA Raiders punch ticket to state finals

After a six year absence, the Jefferson Davis Academy Raiders will play for the state championship in SCISA 1A football again.

Jefferson Davis Academy punched its ticket Friday night with a convincing 30-6 win over rival Patrick Henry Academy in the semifinals at Blackville.

The Raiders took the fire out of the Patriots early as they scored on their first three possessions for a commanding 22-0 lead.

The Patriots never recovered after that initial blow. They went scoreless for three straight quarters before adding a touchdown late to close out their season.

Williston-Elko overcomes slow start for playoff win

The Williston-Elko High football team didn’t exactly light up the scoreboard during the first half of Friday’s second-round playoff game against Dixie High.

The top-seeded Blue Devils led the Dixie High Hornets by only 6-3 at halftime and left a lot to be desired after a sputtering first-half offensive performance.

However, in the second half, the Blue Devils’ offense made up for their miscues. Sparked by senior quarterback Tyran Parker, the Blue Devils rolled up 231 yards of offense and scored two touchdowns to pull out an 18-3 win.

Warhorses advance with win over Andrews

Coming off a bye week in the opening round of the playoffs, there might have been fear of a little rust by the Barnwell High players as they went into their second round game.

There, however, was no evidence of that in the team’s performance Friday night at Andrews High.

Two weeks after trampling Silver Bluff Highf in the season finale, the Warhorses advanced in the playoffs by taking the sting out of the Yellowjackets of Andrews by a score of 28-16.

Local athletes selected to Border Bowl Classic

The fifth annual Border Bowl football game is less than two months away and there will be several local athletes seeing action in the talented senior clash between South Carolina and Georgia players.

Area high schools will be well represented at the event with two coaches and 13 athletes, including two cheerleaders, being named from Allendale-Fairfax High, Barnwell High, Bamberg-Ehrhardt High, Blackville-Hilda High and Williston-Elko High.

B-E Red Raiders crush Jaguars

Any whispers Kingstree High School might have had of a potential upset against Bamberg-Ehrhardt High were quickly shushed in the first quarter of Friday’s opening round playoff game.

The Red Raiders scored practically at will, erupting for three first-quarter touchdowns en route to a 51-13 thumping of the Jaguars.

The game was never in doubt as the Red Raiders dominated the Jaguars from the opening kickoff.

The Red Raiders more than tripled the Jaguars yards-wise (430-to-90) and had over twice as many first downs.

Blue Devils heat up after slow start

Williston-Elko High coach Derek Youngblood wasn’t left discouraged by several early glitches in a 48-6 blowout win over Denmark-Olar High Friday night.

Youngblood came away fairly pleased overall despite a couple of first-half turnovers on offense.

“We started a little slow, but sometimes there’s going to be some sloppy play now and then. However, I have to give my players credit how they responded after a tough start. We cleaned up our play in a hurry to take control of the game,” Youngblood said.

JDA Raiders roll in season finale

Jefferson Davis Academy coach Michael Tindall watched another dominating win by his team Friday night in Blackville.

Two weeks ago it was a 60-point outing in a rout over Holly Hill Academy. This time, Jefferson Davis Academy lit up the scoreboard again in a 60-6 blowout over Newberry Academy.

The game was competitive for about six minutes. After the Newberry Academy Eagles scored on a five-yard run to tie the game at 6-6 in the opening quarter, the Raiders answered with 34 points over the next 14 minutes to take a commanding 40-6 hafltime lead.

B-H Hawks fly past Eagles with ease

The Blackville-Hilda High football team took a big step in securing a spot in the post season, while the North Eagles went in the opposite direction Friday night in North.

The Blackville-Hilda Hawks dominated from start to finish as they soared to a 32-0 halftime lead enroute to a convincing 48-0 win.

With the victory, Blackville-Hilda High improves to 4-6 overall and 3-4 in region play. Meanwhile, North High wraps up a winless season at 0-11.

Blackville-Hilda High will open the playoffs at Dixie High in Due West on Friday night at 7:30.

Warhorses take out frustrations on Bulldogs

This was not the plan Barnwell High had for its final regular season game.

Coming off a disappointing loss to Bamberg-Ehrhardt High was not how the Barnwell High players wanted to do Senior Night.

That, however, was the case Friday night at W.W. Carter Field with Barnwell High hosting Silver Bluff High.

Nonetheless, the Warhorses made sure their were no slip-ups this time as they dropped the hammer early on the Bulldogs on their way to a dominating 42-16 win.

With the victory, Barnwell High moves to 9-1 overall and 4-1 in region play.

Red Raiders pull away from Warhorses

For the previous top-ranked Barnwell High Warhorses, the formula for victory was all too familiar.

Big splash plays, a potent ground game and playing stout defense. It was Warhorse football that the hometown faithful have grown accustomed to seeing this season.

Unfortunately on Friday night at W.W. Carter Field, it wasn’t the Warhorses using that formula to perfection. It was the Red Raiders.

A Bamberg-Ehrhardt High team that had beaten Barnwell High in the past five meetings, continued its dominance in the rivalry with a 21-0 victory.

JDA Raiders capture region title

For the first time since 2010, the Jefferson Davis Academy Raiders are region champs in football.

On Friday night at Winnsboro, Jefferson Davis Academy ended its drought with a convincing 30-16 win over Richard Winn Academy.

A Richard Winn Academy team that came into the game with just one loss was overwhelmed by Jefferson Davis Academy.

Jefferson Davis Academy dominated the first three quarters of play, scoring on five of seven possessions for a commanding 22-0 advantage.

With the win, Jefferson Davis Academy improves to 7-2 overall and 4-0 in region play.

Blue Devils beat Hawks again

It was business as usual Friday night for Williston-Elko High as they took on region rival Blackville-Hilda High in the Hawks’ Nest.

Williston-Elko High, which hasn’t lost to Blackville-Hilda High since 2008, extended its winning streak over its in-county rival with a 32-10 victory.

A quick start was the key to victory for the Williston-Elko team which scored touchdowns on its first three possessions.

Warhorses cage A-F Tigers, 39-0

It was homecoming night for Allendale-Fairfax High Friday in the Tigers’ Den.

The class AA top ranked Barnwell High Warhorses, however, didn’t show their adversaries any love as they dispatched the Tigers in front of their home crowd by a score of 39-0.

With the win, Barnwell High remains unbeaten at 8-0 and 3-0 in region play. The victory sets up a region showdown with No. 8 ranked Bamberg-Ehrhardt High Friday at W.W. Carter field.

For Barnwell High, however, the victory over the Tigers was far from picture perfect.

Raiders continue late-season surge

Jefferson Davis Academy continued its late season run of smash-mouth football Friday night by pounding Holly Hill Academy by a score of 60-6 in Blackville.

The contest was never in doubt. Jefferson Davis Academy erupted for a season-high 24 third-quarter points, propelling the team to its third straight lopsided win.

With the victory, Jefferson Davis Academy moves to 6-3 overall and 2-0 in region play.

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.


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