CSRA News and Updates Week of August 30th

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    Thr hornets suffered a setback in their 24-7 win over Laurens Friday night as senior RB/DB Kenyata Smith went down with a serious ankle injury that could sideline him for most if not all of the 2002 season. Smith, the Aiken county
Player of the Week for August 19th, is out indefinitely with a broken ankle.
    The load for Smith will have to be picked up by a commitee of talented hornet's, led by this week's
Player of the Week Jeff Simpkins.
    In other Hornet injury news, Aiken looks to finally get touted receiver
Jermaine Martin back after a lengthy bout with an abdominal injury that has kept him sidelined virtually the entire preseason. The hornet may well need Martin's explosiveness, as a highly anticipated match-up with the rebels of Byrnes High School awaits them Friday night. The game should be a true test of where the Hornet's stand in reguards to the state's elite early in the season. It has been listed as the Aiken County Game of the Week by this website.

    The warhorses are hoping to rebound from a disappointing showing in the Region 5-AA jamboree last weekend against the blue-devils of Williston-Elko in the season opener for both teams. The youthful Barnwell squad will look to get off to a solid start as the schedule gets no easier in the coming wekks with games against Hanahan, Blackville-Hilda, and Midland Valley looming in what should be a trial by fire for a rebuilding ballclub.

North Augusta
    The jackets open this week in somewhat of a rivalry game against neighbor Strom Thurmond. The jackets are looking for a good start on the road against the revamped and dangerous rebel squad. It promises to be an exciting opener and perhaps a more competitive contest that in years past. The jacket are looking as well to send a message and exorcise any lingering doubts from a 10-0 loss to Midlnad Valley in the Aiken county jamboree a week and a half ago. And by the way, that rematch opportunity should come next week. Also this week, senior transfer Walter Utley was honored by the Augusta Chronicle as a member of the
Dream 16 all-star team. He and fellow senior Rb Martise Quiller will look to provide a dynamic 1-2 punch on offense in Friday's season opener in Johnston.

Midland Valley
    All the waiting is over for the mustangs as they finally take the feild this Friday night for their season opener against South Aiken in the stomping grounds. The mustangs are coming off of a recent workout against Silver Bluff in 102 degree heat last week down in Petticoat junction. The mustangs showcased a power running game in that contest but don't be surprised if they showcase a lot more come Friday night against the thoroughbreds. On the injury front, senior all county offensive lineman Eddie Fulghum is back from a knee injury with a new custom fitted brace and should see significant playing time Friday night.

Ridge-Spring Monetta
    The Trojans will do battle this week in their opener against Highway 39 rival Wagener-Salley in their annual contest to determine the Aiken county class A champion. Coach Mark Rogers will look for a similar performance to their August 16th triumph in the Aiken county jamboree, when QB Chamus Morris scored the decisive touchdown with 15 second left in a 14-8 RSM win. The team is looking to get off to a good start and improve upon last year's 2-8 record.

Silver Bluff
    The bulldogs have a big build-up this week against Newberry high school in what promises to be one of the premier games in South Carolina in the first full week of pigskin action. Bob Rutland at
www.silverblufffootball.com is there to cover it all, with daily updates and breakdowns leading up to the bulldog opener. Be sure to check his site for comprehensive Silver Bluff coverage. In other news, the bulldogs recently had two members of their squad, Keion Hazel and DeAngelo Bryant get named to the Augusta Chronicle's Dream 16 all-star listing for the CSRA. Both will look to lead the bulldogs against a tough Newberry squad on Friday night in Newberry

South Aiken
    The thoroughbreds kick off their 2002 campaign this Friday night at home against the Midland Valley mustangs in what promises to be a hotly contested and close match-up for both squads. There's rumors that Coach Dan Pippin may have a few offensive tricks up his sleeve in store for the mustangs. He certainly has plenty of weapons at his disposal to do so. Seniors Rashad Hunter and Jerome Dunbar were both named to the Augusta Chronicle's
Dream 16 squad this week, marking the first time two South Aiken stars have ever made the team. They'll look to anchor an offense that will look to improve on their 20+ppg output from a year ago. On the injury front, junior quarterback Byron Bush appears to show no ill effects from a concusion last week sufferred at the hands of Irmo in a scrimmage. He should be at 100% Friday night as the thoroughbreds look to kick of one of their most anticipated seasons in school history and erase a six year playoff drought.

Strom Thurmond
    The Rebels have established themselves in the pre-season as the suprise favorites to unsear Midland Valley atop the Region 5-AAA mountain. That quest begins Friday night with a daunting task against North Augusta in Johnston. That task should be taken up by senior Quarterback Cliff Lowe on offense and senior defensive back Marcus Marber on defense. Marber was among seven area players named to the Augusta Chronicle's
Dream 16 all-star team. The rebels could certainly use some of that star power as the attempt to break a long streak of futility against the yellow jackets.

Wardlaw Academy
    Fresh off of a 68-14 pounding of Claredon Hall, the Patriots travel to Andrew Jackson this week to continue in their quest for SCISA eight man glory. Running back Andrew Doran was a shining star for Wardlaw in their opener, and for his feats had been named this website's
Breakout Player of the Week fo

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