Jody Jenerette’s Aynor football team finished off the first half of the regular season with style on Friday night, rolling to a 54-12 win over visiting Hannah-Pamplico.
The 4-1 start is the best since for Aynor since Jenerette took over in 2005, and his team has five more chances to win five games in a season for the first time in his tenure.
Now comes the biggest challenge yet.
Aynor opens Region VIII-AA play next week against perennial powerhouse Dillon, which saw a 29-game regular-season win streak end to Marlboro County on Friday.
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“We thought we’d come out of the gate and play well early [this season] but anytime you play Dillon, you got to come ready to play,” Jenerette said. “In years past it might have kind of been a throw-away game, be we are going to prepare to play best game we’ve ever played since I’ve been here, so we’ll see.”
After a slow start that saw both sides trade early touchdowns, Aynor erupted with four scores in the second quarter, to take a 34-12 lead into the locker room.
Aynor was a little more sluggish in the scoreless third quarter, but added on a trio of touchdowns in the fourth.
“We kind of came out in the second half and thought we were great, but we just got to play well next week,” Jenerette said.
Hunter Windham rushed for 136 yards on 16 carries and a pair of touchdowns, and Ronique Smith ran for three more scores and 90 yards on 23 carries.
The 54 points were a season high for the Blue Jackets’ high-powered offense, which is averaging nearly 45 points per game this season.
A-Ronique Smith 2 run (Smith run failed) 6:15
H-#2 6 run (kick blocked by D.Q. Nash) 8:05
A-Ronique Smith 1 run (Smith run good) 11:57
Hunter Windham 9 run (Windham run failed) 7:39
Hunter Windham 33 run (Windham run good) 3:32
Ronique Smith 1 run (Ronique Smith pas from Hunter Windham) 0:00
H- #10 53 reception from #2 (#2 run failed) 11:48 Fourth quarter
A-Ronique Smith 45 pass from Nathan Peeples (Ronique Smith run failed) 11:03
A-Chris Hall 6 run (Hall run failed) 4:55
A-Daquan Smith 18 run (Smith run failed) :41
RUSHING—AYN: Windham 19-148 2 TDs, Riggins 16-122, R. Smith 17-86, Peeples 3-10, Hall 5-22, Scruggs 1-1, Doyle 2-11, D. Smith 3-41, Richardson 1-0, Johnson 1-8.
PASSING—AYN: Peeples 6-8-107 INT Sack.
RECEIVING—Aynor: Windham 1-5, R. Smith 2-70, Nash 3-32.