CSRA Update Week of August 23rd

Here's the first of weekly updates coming from the CSRA by Ralph Morris, the webmaster at Aikencountyfootball.com. Look for weekly updates on all CSRA action and check www.aikencountyfootball.com for in-depth area news and coverage.

    The Hornets had a sucessful week of scrimmages leading up to Friday night's 13-0 win against South Aiken in the jamboree. Kenyata Smith became the first player to garner Player of the week honors and it appears that aiken may well get the honor of having the first two POTW as they are the only county team in action this week. Aiken host Laurens on Friday night to kick off local action in aiken county. On the injury front, WR/TE Jermaine Martin has indicated that he is fully recovered from the oblique injury that has kept him sidelined for a majority of the pre-season and will see significant action against Laurens.

    The Warhorses will be participating in the region 5-AA jamboree on Saturday the 24th before opening their season by hosting williston-Elko on the 30th. their match-up with Silver Bluff Saturday will be a tell-tale sign of where they stand this season in Region 5-AA.

Midland Valley
    The mustangs will look to finish up fine tuning tonight as they scrimmage Silver Bluff down in Petticoat junction in what is their last scrimmage before opening the season at South Aiken on the 30th. On the injury front, center Eddie Fulghum is recovering from an knee injury but could be available for tonight's scrimmage and will be back close to 100% for the opener with South Aiken.

North Augusta
    The Yellow Jackets are in preparation for their season opener against Strom Thurmond on the 30th in Johnston. Nothing much has came from the jacket camp since Friday's 10-0 jamboree setback against Midland Valley. they rebounded however, with a strong showing against Greenwood the following night and are gearing up for the opener.

Ridge Spring-Monetta
    The Trojans had an up and down week by defeating Wagener-Salley in the Aiken county jamboree 14-8 and then suffering a setback against Calhoun Falls 8-0 in the region 1A jamboree the following night. They are currently in preparation for their season opener against Wagener-Salley on the 30th.

Silver Bluff
    The bulldogs had their first of two scheduled scrimmages this week against Midland Valley Tuesday night at six in Petticoat junction. On Saturday, they will also participate in the region 5-AA jamboree at Allendale-Fairfax high school. This leads up to their gigantic tilt at AAA power Newberry to open the season on the 30th.

South Aiken
    The Thoroughbreds concluded their pre-season scrimmage schedule Tuesday night with a match-up against Irmo in Irmo. They are then going into preparation for their season opener against Midland Valley on the 30th at the Stomping Grounds.

Strom Thurmond
    The rebels are in preparation of hosting North Augusta to open the season on the 30th. Cliff Lowe is a returning offensive force for ST at quarterback.

    The trojans suffered a rough weekend scoreboard wise, but benifited well in experience by playing three tough game situation outings. On Friday, they lost a heart breaker in the Aiken county jamboree to rival RSM 14-8 on a last second TD plunge. The setback continued Saturday night in the region 5-A jamboree, as the War-Eagle came up on the short end against Denmark-Olar 8-0 and against Blackville-Hilda 21-7. The War Eagles will use that as rematch fuel in their season opener against Ridge-Spring on the road August 30th.

    The patriots open their return quest for the SCISA eight man title this week in Sumerton, SC as they take on Claredon Hall. Kevin Molony will be making his first start for the Patriots since having his junior season end early due to injury.

    The Blue Devils showed flashes of brilliance this week in both the Aiken county jamboree and in the region 5-A jamboree. Despite a 21-0 setback against Silver Bluff on Friday, many reguarded Williston as having showed very well against the returning AA champions. The next night, Williston had even more pleasing results, as they fought perrenial Class A power Blackville-Hilda to a scoreless tie and defeated Estill 7-0 in the region 5-A jamboree. The Blue Devils open their season with a game at Barnwell on August 30th that could tell a lot about the early season prognosis for both programs.

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