Blue Devils complete 10-0 regular season
By Michael Young | Morris News Service
Saturday, October 31, 2009

BLACKVILLE, S.C. --- Unfortunately for Blackville-Hilda, what goes around comes around.

Fueled by the running of junior tailback Kendric Salley, Williston-Elko shut out the Hawks 30-0 on Friday night.

Salley was the workhorse for the Blue Devils on offense, carrying the ball 24 times for 188 yards. Salley was at this best running in the second half with 102 yards, including runs of 18, 14 and 38 yards.

"I've been waiting on this night for the last 365 days because I remember the hurt from last season's loss. Tonight, we finally got our revenge on them and it's really sweet," wideout Rokeem Williams said.

In 2008, the only team that stood between Williston-Elko and a perfect regular season was Blackville-Hilda.

Blackville-Hilda defeated Williston-Elko 21-0 in that game, ending the Blue Devils' hopes of a perfect season and region title.

Since then the Williston-Elko players were anxiously waiting for the rematch.

This time, the Blue Devils (10-0, 7-0 region) returned the favor and capped their perfect season with a win against their county rival.

The victory was icing on the cake for Williston-Elko's first Region 4-A title since 2000.

Williston-Elko coach Dwayne Garrick said it was a huge victory against a tough Blackville-Hilda (6-4, 4-3) team.

"It was a tremendous effort tonight," Garrick said.

"Defensively, I thought we played very well. We kept everything in front of us and didn't give up many big plays. Offensively, we made the plays we needed to win the game. We got the two long pass plays and we were also able to run the ball effectively."

WILLISTON-ELKO 30, BLACKVILLE-HILDA 0

PLAY OF THE GAME: Leading 14-0 six minutes into the third quarter, Rokeem Williams hauled in an 86-yard touchdown pass from Dexter Staley on third and 15.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Kendric Salley ran for 188 yards on 24 carries.

WHY WILLISTON-ELKO WON: Defensively, the Blue Devils held the Hawks' play-making quarterback, Chris Kearse , to only 31 yards on 10 carries. Offensively, the Blue Devils took advantage of big plays, scoring twice on fourth-down conversions.

W HY BLACKVILLE-HILDA LOST: Offensively, the Hawks never got into rhythm, suffering a shutout for the first time this season. The Hawks had only 119 yards of offense and six first downs. Defensively, the Hawks surrendered four plays that were more than 30 yards.

From the Saturday, October 31, 2009 edition of the Augusta Chronicle
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