JOHNSTON — Jakayus Leaphart opened the second half of Friday’s game against Strom Thurmond with an 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, giving his Gilbert squad a two-point lead. The play, following a strong first-half performance from Indians quarterback Mitch Spires, had Rebels coach Lee Sawyer thinking his team was going to be in a shootout.
“It was the worst-case scenario, we give up the lead,” Sawyer said. “It kind of felt like we were going to have to score every possession the rest of the way.”
Sawyers’ squad did its part, posting 21-second half points. But Gilbert (4-5, 1-3) was shut out the rest of the way, as Strom Thurmond (8-1, 4-0) tightened up its defense, forced a critical turnover and rode a methodical running game to a 42-32 victory that ensures the Rebels at least a tie for the Region 5-3A title.
ST–Delonte Bates 1 run (Cole Fell kick good) 10:10.
ST–Bates 12 run (Fell kick good) 7:15.
GIL–Mitch Spires 47 pass to Raymond Padgett (Zach Kilgore kick good) 8:31.
ST–Jauveer Hammond 4 run (Fell kick good) 5:49.
GIL–Spires 25 pass to Jakayus Leaphart (Kilgore kick blocked) 1:43.
GIL–Kilgore 31 Field Goal 0:00.
GIL–Leaphart 88 kickoff return (Kilgore kick good) 11:44.
ST–Bates 7 run (Fell kick good) 8:28.
ST–Bates 12 run (Fell kick good) 9:36.
ST–Bates 1 run (Fell kick good) 4:51.
BLYTHEWOOD 52, LUGOFF-ELGIN 14
Shon Belton had 15 carries for 121 rushing yards, and Lynard Jamison added 165 receiving yards as Blythewood crushed Lugoff-Elgin, 52-14, on Friday night in Blythewood.
Blythewood (6-3, 2-1) hosts Irmo next. Lugoff-Elgin falls to 1-8, 0-3.
B—Jacob Rabon 40 pass from David Israel (Greg Huegel kick)
L—A. Wells 4 run (Shon Belton rush)
B—Lynard Jamison 13 run (Huegel kick)
B—D. Fletcher 8 pass from Israel (Huegel kick)
L—Wells 23 run (kick failed)
B—Jamison 33 pass from Israel (Huegel kick)
B—Rabon 21 pass (Huegel kick)
B—Trae Churn 11 pass from Israel (Huegel kick)
B—Jamison 43 pass from Israel (Huegel kick)
B—Huegel 25 field goal
FAIRFIELD CENTRAL 33, PELION 16
At Pelion, quarterback DeAndre Belton ran for a score and passed for another to lead the Griffins.
Fairfield Central improves to 9-0, 4-0. Pelion is 5-4, 3-1.
F—Joseph Young 21 run (Compton Walker kick)
P—-Ervin Green 33 run (Freddie Phillips kick)
P—Zach Hawkins 25 run (Dan Hawkins pass)
F—Kewaun Squirewell 40 pass from DeAndre Belton (run failed)
F—Walker 52 punt return (Walker kick)
F—Belton 33 run (Walker kick)
F—Markel Whitaker 25 pass from Belton (run failed)
NINETY SIX 28, SALUDA 25
At Ninety Six, Peyton Hite scored two touchdowns as Ninety Six held off a rally by Saluda (5-4, 2-2).
The Wildcats (7-2, 3-1) take on Abbeville next week.
N—Rod Johnson 15 run (Grant Dickey kick)
S—Juwan Foulks 7 run (Aldo Pineda kick)
N—Peyton Hite 27 pass from Hunter Watson (Dickey kick)
S—Pineda 32 field goal
S—Malik Brooks 5 run (Jamarion Mathis pass from Maurice Howard)
N—Hite 8 pass from Watson (Dickey kick)
S—Mathis 15 pass from Howard (Pineda kick)
BATESBURG-LEESVILLE 39, NEWBERRY 19
At Newberry, Yafari Werts rushed for 102 yards, and Omar Sims added 80 on the ground, but it was not enough to lift Newberry.
Terrance Wilson led Batesburg-Leesville with 195 rushing yards while Ricky Smith chipped in with 110.
Batesburg-Leesville is now 7-2; Newberry is 6-3.
N—Omar Sims 6 run (Jose Lozano kick)
B—Terrance Wilson 60 run (kick failed)
B—Wilson 24 pass from Jacquiel Chandler (Ricky Smith run)
N—Sims 46 run (kick failed)
N—Yafari Werts 7 run (kick failed)
B—Wilson 28 run (kick failed)
B—Wilson 4 run (kick failed)
B—Wilson 42 run (Alexander Caughman kick)
B—Smith 10 run (kick failed)
HAMMOND 41, PINEWOOD PREP 22
At Summerville, T.J. Brady rushed for 100 yards and four touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass to lead Hammond.
Skyhawks quarterback Davis King passed for 220 yards and two scores.
Hammond (7-3) plays host to Heathwood Hall next week. Pinewood Prep falls to 0-8.