Early on, it looked like South Aiken might go on the road and upset White Knoll, but it wasn’t in the cards, as the Timberwolves defeated the Thoroughbreds 28-10.
Both teams seemingly controlled the ball throughout the game, but it was the home team who capitalized on their possessions.
“It wasn’t pretty at times,” White Knoll (7-2, 3-0) coach Dean Howell said. “We’ll take a win any day. They’re a good football team, so I think it’s a good win for our football team.”
Down 3-0 early, the T-Wolves marched down the field quickly, largely on the back of E’mond Brown, who had five carries on the drive. Gary Shell was able to finish the drive with a 15 yard rush up the middle, giving his team a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
Though he didn’t end up on the score sheet, Brown was the go-to player for White Knoll. He finished with 25 carries for 163 yards.
“As long as the team can keep producing, it’s all good,” Brown said on his lack of touchdowns.
South Aiken (2-7, 0-3) appeared to have a touchdown drive brewing, but was halted when White Knoll’s Joe Beckett picked off a pass and returned the ball 41 yards to the opposing 37. The T-Wolves capitalized on the mistake.
The T-Breds answered quickly making it 14-10, but left too much time on the clock as White Knoll was able to put one more score on the board before the half when quarterback Calev Grubbs scampered in for a 5-yard score, making it 21-10.
It wasn’t until late in the third quarter that both teams had their first punts, showing how equal the matchup turned out to be.
South Aiken had its best scoring opportunity midway through the third quarter, driving to the White Knoll 5-yard line. Unfortunately for the road squad, a fumble turned the ball over to White Knoll, ending the drive.
They would have a similar drive in the fourth quarter with the ball on the T-Wolves 11, but could not find the end zone, turning the ball over on downs.
Although South Aiken held White Knoll to one second-half touchdown, mistakes never allowed them to have a chance to win the game.
“We’ve won seven in a row, but there have been some ugly wins,” Howell said. “We still have a long way to go as a team.”
The win puts White Knoll atop the Region 5-4A standings, with games against River Bluff and Lexington remaining.
SA – Owen Myers 28 kick, 5:41
WK – Gary Shell 15 run (Liberty kick) 2:25
WK – Bruce Wilkinson 36 pass from Calev Grubbs (Liberty kick) 5:48
SA – Harold Hilton 18 pass from Bowen Smith (Myers kick) 3:17
WK – Grubbs 5 run (Liberty kick) 0:32
WK – Grubbs 12 run (Liberty kick) 10:57
Passing— SA Bowen Smith 20-32-3 233 yards 1TD; WK Calev Grubbs 5-9-1 77 yards 1TD
Rushing— SA Tancey Richardson 8-54 ; WK Emond Brown 25-163
Receiving— SA Chance Holbrook 6-66; WK Bruce Wilkinson 1-36 1TD