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Eagles soar to clip Volunteers

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Central cruises by AJ, 34-0

By Kim Roberts

 

   

KERSHAW – Sixth-ranked Central High of Pageland continued its mastery of Andrew Jackson, posting a 34-0 shutout of the Volunteers at Volunteer Stadium on Friday night.

The Eagles are 30-1 against the Volunteers in the last 31 meetings.

With its fifth straight loss, Andrew Jackson fell to 3-6, 0-4.

The Central defense limited AJ to 24 yards in total offense and only one first down.

“Our defense played with some swagger tonight, but we could not get anything going on the offensive side tonight,” said AJ head coach David Moore. “I take full responsibility for the offensive showing tonight.

“Our defense put us in position to make some plays, but we could not take advantage,” said Moore. “I was pleased with our effort, we continue to play hard.”

After a scoreless first quarter, Central faced a fourth and 20 from the AJ 35.

CHS was granted a first down on a roughing the passer penalty against the Vols.

Two plays later, Josh Kelty bulled his way into the end zone from the two-yard line.

Joseph Rollings made the PAT and Central led 7-0 with 11:54 left in the half.

AJ fumbled on the its next possession and the Eagles took only four plays to move 53 yards, with Debias Tyson capping the drive with a one-yard scoring plunge.

Rollings added the PAT and Central led 14-0 at the half.

The Andrew Jackson defense put the Volunteers in business on their first possession in the second half when Gavin Clyburn returned a Ben Miller punt 20 yards to the Central 29.

Three plays later, the Vols turned the ball over to the Eagles with a fumble at the CHS 22.

The Vols would not cross midfield again.

Central then marched 78 yards in nine plays for a touchdown, with Tyson darting 13 yards for the score.

Rollings converted the kick and Central led 21-0 with 6:44 left in the third quarter.

The Vols fumbled the ensuing kickoff and CHS began a scoring drive at the AJHS 28-yard line. Seven plays later, Jalen Covington found Kelty from 10 yards out for a TD on fourth down. Rollings added the extra point and the Eagles led 28-0 with 4:09 in the third period.

Central mounted a five-minute scoring drive midway in the fourth quarter.

Keenan Rivens scampered in for a nine-yard touchdown.

Javaris Clyburn blocked the PAT to make the final score, 34-0.

Vols’ senior standout Bobby Delly led the AJ receiving corps with five catches for 18 yards. Chris White caught one pass for three yards.

Jonathan Brevard paced the Vols’ rushing attack with 20 yards on five rushes.

Chris White picked up nine yards on five carries. Quay Perry netted six yards on three tries. Javaris Clyburn gained two yards on two attempts.

(Quarterback sacks resulted in three total yards rushing)

Ryan Phillips completed three of 11 passes for 10 yards. AJ freshman Kolby Whitley was three of four passing for 11 yards.

Senior Quincy Grier led the Andrew Jackson defense with two interceptions.

The Vols, in their regular-season finale, host Lee Central High of Bishopville on AJ Vols Senior Night on Friday.

Lee Central improved to 5-4, 3-1 in region play, with a 51-41 win over Indian Land.

Central hosts Cheraw to decide the Region IV-AA title Friday night in Pageland.

The CHS Braves, 6-3, 4-0 in region play, notched a 41-14 league road win over Buford High School on Friday night.