A first-round playoff victory for the third consecutive season is in the books for Aynor.
The Blue Jackets received little resistance from fellow Region VIII-AA foe Marion in a 52-26 win at home in the opening round of the Class AA Division I playoffs on Friday night.
“We’ve changed the culture in Aynor, like coach [Jody Jenerette] said, and turned the program around with a bunch of hard work,” said senior DQ Nash.
Aynor (7-4) now faces the more daunting challenge of advancing past the second round in the all-inclusive Class AA Division I playoffs for the first time in these three years. The team will travel to Region VII-AA champion Timberland (8-2) next Friday.
“You’ve got to learn how to take the next step as a football program,” Jenerette said. “We’ve got to go to Timberland and they’re very good, but if we come up with a good game plan I think we’ve got a shot if we play well.”
Aynor ran roughshod over a Marion team that finished the season 1-10, particularly early. By the end of the first quarter, Aynor had a 24-0 lead and 231 yards rushing in its shotgun double wing offense, including 108 yards and two touchdowns by Adam Doyle, who scored on a 60-yard run on the game’s first offensive play. “Our kids were ready for [Marion’s defense],” Jenerette said.
By halftime, the Blue Jackets had a 40-6 lead and 350 yard rushing on 26 carries for a 13.5-yard average per carry, and finished with 466 rushing yards.
Three Blue Jackets eclipsed the century mark rushing as Doyle finished with 157 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries, Kamron Johnson had 114 yards and three TDs on nine carries, and Daquan Smith gained 115 yards on eight carries. Quin Prosser added a 44-yard touchdown run, and the offensive starters were done by the end of the third quarter.
“We blocked real well and ran the ball real well, so I’m real happy to get the win,” Jenerette said.
Aynor defeated Marion 42-16 in the eighth week of the season and rushed for nearly 500 yards in that game.
“They do what they do well, that’s what their team does,” said Marion coach Leonard Johnson, whose young team played few seniors. “Any time that thing gets rolling, it’s tough for anybody to stop.”
The Blue Jackets did allow 209 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 27 carries to elusive Marion sophomore Janarick Reed, who accounted for all but 58 yards of the Swamp Foxes’ production on offense.
“We knew what we had to do tonight, and I think what we did tonight will rub off next week,” said Nash, who is in his fourth varsity season. “We have to come Monday prepared to work hard to stop [Timberland’s] offense and pound the ball.”
A-Adam Doyle 60 run (Kamron Johnson rush)
A-Doyle 6 run (Doyle rush)
A-Quin Prosser 44 run (Johnson rush)
A-Johnson 9 run (Prosser rush)
A-Johnson 3 run (Johnson rush)
M-Janarick Reed 55 run (rush failed)
M-Reed 65 run (rush failed)
A-Johnson 55 run (rush failed)
A-Doyle 7 run (rush failed)
M-Reed 5 run (Reed rush)
M-Corey Wright 7 run (rush failed)