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KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson, in a stifling defensive effort, limited St.John’s of Charleston to 65 yards of total offense en route to a 30-6 shellacking of the Islanders in a non-conference game at Volunteer Stadium on Friday night.
The 3-1 Volunteers used a “lights outs” defense to record their third consecutive win after an opening game loss to Class AAAA rival Lancaster.
“Our defense saved us tonight,” said AJ coach David Moore. “It seems that it takes us about a quarter to get going. We try different combinations of players and it has taken us some time to find our rhythm.”
The first half was a series of missed opportunities for the Vols. Two missed field goals and a fumble at the Islanders one-yard line kept the score from being a complete runaway.
Late in the first quarter, D.J. McIlwain tackled Islander QB Dominique Robinson in the end zone for a safety.
Midway in the second period, AJ defensive tackle Jonathan Brevard blocked Islander punter Brandon Dickerson’s punt to set up the AJ’s first scoring drive.
A four-play, 22-yard drive resulted in a 30-yard Ryan Phillips to Quincy Grier touchdown pass. Tyler Denkins added the extra point to up the AJ lead to 9-0.
On the next SJHS possesion, Phillips tackled Dickerson in the backfield on fourth down at the Islanders 26-yard line.
AJ was flagged for holding on three consecutive plays, nullifying two touchdown passes.
With under a minute left in the half, AJ junior quarterback Gavin Clyburn rolled left and threw a strike to Bobby Delly at the five.
Delly’s extra effort resulted in a AJ touchdown with 12 seconds left in the half. Brett Lucas converted the extra point for a 16-0 halftime lead.
“I have never seen a team score three times in one series,” Moore said. “Gavin made a good throw and Bobby just made a play to get into the end zone. That TD was very big for us going into the half.”
Brevard was not through making big plays. On the Islanders’ first series, Brevard blocked his second punt of the night and recovered it at the SJHS 14 yard line.
AJ needed only one play as wingback Chris White dashed 14 yards untouched for the touchdown. Denkins’ kick made the score 23-0 with 9:01 left in the third period.
AJ, which gave up only three first downs, got great field position at the Islander 43 after a punt. Seven plays later, Brevard smashed into the end zone from the SJHS one. Lucas drilled the PAT and AJ led 30-0 at the 5:16 mark in the third.
Early in the fourth quarter, St. John’s recovered a fumble at the AJ 39. Nine plays later, Akeem Pinkney knifed his way into the end zone from the AJ one. The two-point conversion failed.
Gavin Clyburn was 3 of 7 in passing for 30 yards, including an eight-yard TD pass to Bobby Delly. Ryan Phillips was one of five passing, but completed a 30 yard fade to Quincy Grier.
Grier had two receptions for 34 yards and Delly caught two passes for 26 yards.
Chris White led the AJ rushing attack with 47 yards on 10 attempts, including a 14-yard TD. Jonathon Brevard rushed for 46 yards on 12 carries and had a one-yard TD run. Quay Perry gained 38 yards on four carries. Javaris Clyburn rushed for 16 yards on four carries. Gavin Clyburn netted one yard on six carries.
Islander quarterback Dominique Robinson was 5 of 12 passing for 53 yards to pace the SJHS offense. Robinson suffered an interception at the hands of Ryan Phillips.
Defensive Coach Danny Wright extolled the play of the AJ defense.
“We played very hard tonight on the defensive side of the ball,” said Wright. “I am really proud of the tremendous play by the defense.”
AJ, 3-1 travels to Camden next Friday to complete its non-conference schedule.
The CHS Bulldogs, 1-3, fell to Camden area rival Lugoff-Elgin, 35-20.
Contact sports editor Robert Howey at 283-1157