Hunter Windham had three rushing touchdowns and led Aynor in rushing as the Blue Jackets opened the Class AA Division II playoffs with a 44-36 win over Kingstree on Friday.
Windham had 191 yards rushing on 32 carries as Aynor rushed for well over 400 yards as a team.
“It felt good,” Blue Jackets coach Jody Jennerette said. “We are glad we got it. But, we better decide if we want to keep playing or not because we got to go on the road and play Lee Central next week.”
Aynor led 38-14 heading into the fourth quarter but three costly fumbles allowed Kingstree to get back into the game.
“We had three fumbles in the fourth quarter,” Jenerette said. “We didn’t fumble the ball all year until the playoffs. We should have had two more scores but we laid the ball down on the dirt.”
Ronique Smith had two rushing touchdowns and finished the game with 133 yards rushing on 16 carries and Damion Riggins added 127 yards rushing for the Blue Jackets. Andrew Scruggs came up big for Aynor’s defense on the night with two interceptions.
“They [Kingstree] played their tail off,” Jenerette said, “They out coached us. They were a lot better than we were but we found a way to win.”
Marlboro County jumped out to a early 6-0 lead late in the first quarter and added another score early in the second to go up 14-0. Georgetown got a field goal by Josh Huneault in the second quarter to get on the board, but Marlboro County matched it to take a 17-3 lead into the half.
Marlboro County pulled away with a pair of scores in the third, the first on a 46-yard scamper from Bright and the second on a 3-yard TD by SaQuan Ivory.
Hughes, who had 15 touchdowns versus nine interceptions entering the game, struggled. He finished 9-for-18 for 52 yards with a pick in the first, two in the third and another in the fourth quarter.
Georgetown finished the season at 6-5.
MC-Daryus Gillespie 1 run (Andrew Cook kick no good)
MC-Reggie Bright 4 run (Michael Brigman pass from London Johnson)
G-Josh Huneault 40 field goal
MC-Cook 34 field goal
MC-Bright 46 run (Cook kick)
MC-SaQuan Ivory 3 run (Cook kick)
MC-Jaquan Cole 10 pass from Johnson (Cook kick blocked)