Jackets shine on both sides
By John Boyette | Sports Editor
Saturday, October 17, 2009

NORTH AUGUSTA --- North Augusta's high-powered offense doesn't need much help finding the end zone.

Give them the ball consistently in enemy territory and be prepared to watch the scoreboard light up.

The Yellow Jackets took advantage of great field position -- set up by four interceptions -- and cruised to a 41-7 victory over Orangeburg-Wilkinson on Friday night.

After scoring on its opening possession, North Augusta's next five touchdown drives began on Orangeburg-Wilkinson's side of the field. The first three covered 45, 41 and 42 yards, while the final two scores were one-play drives of 22 and 1 that followed interceptions.

"One-yard drives are really easy to score on," North Augusta coach Dan Pippin said.

Pippin credited his defense for making the interceptions and then making lengthy returns to set up the offense.

"It hits them right in the chest because the kids are in the right spot. They're coached to be in right spot," he said. "We've got 31 seniors, we kind of hoped they would take charge and get us through. I'm really proud of them."

The homecoming victory helped the Yellow Jackets (7-1, 3-1 in Region 5-AAAA) put behind a bitter loss to Irmo the week before.

North Augusta took command on the opening kickoff and didn't let up. Orangeburg-Wilkinson (2-6, 0-4 region) did not score until the waning moments of the game.

Quarterback Loranzo Hammonds led the Yellow Jackets with four touchdown passes -- two apiece to Jessie Pernell and Matt Hazel -- and Demarcus Rouse rushed for two scores.

"We tried to take advantage of what our defense gives us," Pernell said. "We made some plays and put some points on the board."

Pernell said North Augusta is gearing up for the postseason.

"We're trying to get ready for the playoffs," he said. "We learned a lot from Irmo, from our mistakes and everything."

Reach John Boyette at (706) 823-3337 or john.boyette@augustachronicle.com.

NORTH AUGUSTA 41, O.-WILKINSON 7

PLAY OF THE GAME: Loranzo Hammonds found Jessie Pernell on fourth down for a 23-yard touchdown. The score gave North Augusta a commanding 27-0 lead before halftime.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Hammonds threw four touchdown passes.

WHY NORTH AUGUSTA WON: The Yellow Jackets had too many weapons for Orangeburg-Wilkinson to defend. They could run or throw almost at will.

WHY ORANGEBURG-WILKINSON LOST: The Bruins had a healthy passing attack, but they turned the ball over four times when they tried to bite off too much.

NEXT: North Augusta at Richland Northeast, 7:30 p.m., Friday; Orangeburg-Wilkinson at Aiken, 8 p.m., Friday.

From the Saturday, October 17, 2009 edition of the Augusta Chronicle
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