GREENWOOD 28, SOUTH AIKEN 14
South Aiken weathered the storm early and shook off some of the mistakes that could be expected from a young team.
In the end, the youth caught up with them.
Greenwood pulled away in the second half for a 28-14 win and snapped South Aiken’s 15-game home win streak.
“We made a lot of stupid mistakes on offense, and just young stuff, but that’s an excuse. We don’t make excuses,” Hamilton said. “We’ve got to perform, and we didn’t do a very good job of making sure we were ready to perform and that’s on me and the coaches.”
Greenwood jumped out to an early 14-0 lead thanks in part to a costly fumble which set the Eagles up in the red zone and led to their first score, a 7-yard run by Rhett Lindler. Trequan Shabazz added a 5-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
“They did a good job. They had a good game plan, and we didn’t have an answer for their running quarterback,” Hamilton said.
South Aiken did answer with a pair of rushing touchdowns by Jesse Sanders in the second quarter to tie the game at 14 just before halftime. From there, it was all Greenwood.
“Offensively, I said, ‘look, if we perform and do what we’re supposed to do, we’re fine.’ We didn’t perform the second half on offense,” Hamilton said.
Part of the problem was the Thoroughbreds inability to sustain drives. Hamilton said the offense forced the defense to be out on the field for far to long. Eventually Greenwood started to pull away, starting with a 6½ minute drive to open the third quarter.
“I just (told them) that’s why we condition. I think at one time we had seven sophomores on defense playing. I just said ‘hey just keep playing’ and that’s all they did,” Greenwood head coach Dan Pippin said of the second half performance. “They did a good job.
The South Aiken offense sputtered from there, with a few crucial drops and not much going in the run game other than Sanders, who finished the game with 100 yards and both of the T-Breds touchdowns.
“We’ve just got to work and get better,” Hamilton said. “We’ll get it right. We’re just going to keep on working. It don’t matter how you start. It’s how you finish.”