Hornets turn their thoughts to future
By Billy Byler | Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 14, 2009

High school football records rarely survive 35 years, but one such milestone could be achieved Friday night when Aiken takes the field.

The Hornets don't want any part of this record.

Currently on a five-game losing streak, this year's squad could become the first Aiken team since 1974 to lose six consecutive games, according to scfootballhistory.com. Aiken lost the final five games of the 1973 season and the first three of the 1974 campaign for an eight-game losing streak.

But the talk at practice Tuesday centered around Aiken's remaining games. Coach Carey Johnson overheard the chatter.

"Yes, if you win the next four games, you're in the playoffs," he said.

The postseason isn't out of the question.

The Hornets will have to put together a late-season rally that will require wins against White Knoll (2-5), Orangeburg-Wilkinson (2-5), Dutch Fork (2-5) and North Augusta (6-1).

They'll have to do it with several veteran players on the sidelines.

"The injury bug has kicked in this year," Johnson said. "It happens about every four years. So we've got a lot of young guys in there, and they're getting some valuable experience for the future."

Adding to the misery of Aiken's losing streak is the loss of quarterback Billy Vickers , who suffered a neck strain in last week's game. Vickers missed the entire second half in a one-point loss to Richland Northeast, and he said Tuesday he'll have to sit out this Friday as well.

Johnson said DeMarcus Chestnut, a 5-foot-8, 145-pound sophomore, will take over at quarterback this Friday as Aiken tries to snap its losing streak at White Knoll, a region opponent who is winless at home with a 2-5 overall record.

REGION SHOWDOWN: Williston-Elko will face the only other undefeated team in Region 4-A this week when it plays host to C.A. Johnson. The Blue Devils have won six of their seven games this season by an average of 50.5 points. C.A. Johnson has a 4-0 region record, but has yet to play any of the top three teams in the region.

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: A pair of winless teams will meet Friday night with a chance to finally break into the win column.

Wagener-Salley will play host to Ridge Spring-Monetta in a matchup of two 0-7 teams battling at the bottom of the Region 4-A standings.

Wagener-Salley owns the second-longest losing streak in the Augusta area at 11 in a row dating back to Week 7 of last season.

Butler, of Augusta, which lost to previously winless Josey last week, has lost 37 in a row.

From the Wednesday, October 14, 2009 edition of the Augusta Chronicle
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