North Augusta's defense shines
Yellow Jackets use speed to slow down foe
By Matt Middleton | Staff Writer
Sunday, September 20, 2009
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North Augusta's defense held Richmond Academy more than three touchdowns below its season average in a 30-6 win Friday night.

The Yellow Jackets did this mostly because they were able to stop the run and limit big plays. Richmond Academy had only two plays longer than 20 yards: great, athletic catches by wide receiver Don Quarles and running back Jerrel Anderson .

North Augusta had the Musketeers' ground attack well-scouted and always seemed to be in the right place. They also had something else going.

The defense "runs real fast, and that makes us look good," North Augusta coach Dan Pippin said.

GOOD BOOT: North Augusta had failed to convert two extra-point kicks when Stephen Stuberfield lined up for a 37-yard field goal. Stuberfield blistered the attempt through the uprights, an encouraging sign for the Yellow Jackets' kicking game.

"We're going to need Stephen to kick something like that to win a game later in the year," Pippin said.

NICE TIMING: Richmond Academy is off next week, which comes at a good time.

Quarterback Mar-Quon Medlock left the game in the third quarter with a back injury and will have two weeks to get ready to play Harlem. The Musketeers struggled to move the ball with him ailing.

"We'll get him straight before we go to Harlem," Richmond Academy coach Chris Hughes said. "Most people wouldn't have even tried to play (against North Augusta). It was a courageous thing."

FOR THE RECORD: With its 18-0 win over Glenn Hills, Lakeside set a school record for consecutive shutouts and tied the mark for most shutouts in a season -- and the Panthers have only played three games.

In 1993, the Panthers held Josey and Laney scoreless in back-to-back weeks before shutting out Thomson two games later.

Lakeside overwhelmed Glenn Hills by blitzing on most plays and containing the Spartans' playmakers.

Glenn Hills averaged just 2.6 yards per play on 44 plays (29 pass, 15 run).

"The kids have really responded to everything we've asked them to do," Panthers coach Jody Grooms said. "They've executed gameplans. They've played hard. Everything is just falling into place right now.

"Now we just have to focus on Harlem."

HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE: There was no exact count of fans at the Lakeside-Glenn Hills game, but Panthers fans filled more than half the opposing stands.

With such a large group in attendance, Lakeside had more fans at "The Pit" than the Spartans.

"Our fans are awesome. If we wouldn't have had the bad weather we would've had even more," Grooms said.

"The student body is real excited. The teachers are excited. They're proud of what these kids have accomplished."

BULLDOGS CLOSE: Butler showed resolve by scoring two fourth-quarter touchdowns to nearly beat Cross Creek and snap its 34-game losing streak.

The Razorbacks won 21-14. It was a strong defensive effort for the Bulldogs, led by Michael Francois' two sacks and Yasheem Coleman's fumble return to the 3-yard line.

The 21 points were the fewest Butler has allowed in its long losing skid.

Staff writer Chris Gay contributed to this story.

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From the Sunday, September 20, 2009 edition of the Augusta Chronicle


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