It was a game of bold calls Friday when Spring Valley visited South Aiken, and they paid off for the Thoroughbreds in a 49-42 victory.
With the score tied at 42 and facing fourth-and-3 from their own 30-yard line, South Aiken quarterback Bowen Smith told his coach he wanted to try to draw the Vikings offside.
The play not only worked, but turned out better than Smith and Hamilton expected. After drawing the Vikings offside, there was an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty called on the Spring Valley coaches for coming out near the hash mark to argue the call. South Aiken took the momentum and marched down the field on a drive that resulted in a 4-yard touchdown run by Reid Bolen to give the T-Breds the deciding score.
“I said we’re going to punt it if this don’t work. I’m risky, but I ain’t that risky,” SA coach Chris Hamilton said. “I’ll be honest with you, Bowen said ‘Hey coach can we do the thing where I get under center,’ and it worked”
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The defense handle it from there for South Aiken, continuing a dominant fourth-quarter performance slowing the triple-option attack.
The touchdown capped what was a quarter that was the exact opposite of the third period. After trailing 26-21 at halftime, Spring Valley came out and scored three touchdowns in the third.
Ty’Juan Fulton scored on runs of 35 and 27 yards. Shaun Moore added a run from 1 yard out, and the Vikings led 42-26 after the third quarter. The Vikings went cold from there. Fulton ran for 134 yards and three touchdowns. Lee added 51 yards and a touchdown.
How they scored
SV – Ryan Lee 25 run (Bacon kick) 9:23
SA – Richardson 90 kick return (kick failed) 9:10
SV – Spring Valley recovers fumble in end zone (Bacon kick)
SA – Roberts 6 run (Richardson run) 2:14
SA – Richardson 14 run (kick blocked) 10:14
SA – Richardson 7 run (run failed) 8:06
SV – Ty’Juan Fulton 36 run (Bacon kick) 2:39
SV-Fulton 35 run (Backon kick) 9:16
SV–Shaun Moore 1 run (Bacon kick) 4:49
SV- Fulton 27 run (Bacon kick) :49
SA– Richardson 3 run (Smith run) 11:07
SA– Richardson 5 run (pass good) 9:00
SA – Bolen 4 run (pass failed)
Rushing: SA – Richardson 19-137-4, Roberts 9-48-1, Bowen Smith 11-48, Reid Bolen 2-14-1. ; SV – Fulton 8-134-3, Lee 12-51-1 Terell Jackson 6-47, Kadarius Bunch 11-46, Moore 1-1-1. Totals 38-279-4.
Passing: SA – Bowen Smith 11-15-158.; SV – Ryan Lee 3-8-26.
Receiving: SA – Richardson 2-11, Brandon Carter 5-43, Zalair Knowles 4-104. Totals 11-158. SV – Justin Haynes 2-25, Bunch 1-1. Totals 3-26