The value of Mykal Moody to the Conway football team was on clear display Friday night. Unfortunately, it was more telling when he left the game with an injury.
Moody sprained his ankle in the third quarter Friday night and did not return as the Tigers gave up a lead and eventually lost 50-26 to Summerville.
Conway led 26-21 when Moody went down but struggled mightily when he was on the sidelines.
"He twisted his ankle in the third quarter," Conway coach Chuck Jordan said. "I don't think it's too bad. It was enough that he couldn't go on it. But I don't think [it's anything serious]."
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His status for next week?
"I really won't know that until a little bit later," Jordan said. "I think hopefully he'll be OK. We'll just have to wait and see. We're a little banged up. But that's football."
Jordan said poor field position - resulting from a "poor job in the kicking game" - hampered the Tigers all night. He said the offense often had a long field in front of it.
"When you constantly play on a long field it wears you down," Jordan said. "I think that's what happened. They're a good football team. They outlasted us and outplayed us."
After Moody left, the Tigers struggled with turnovers. Overall, though, Jordan is confident in his team.
"We're definitely better than last year, no question about it," Jordan said. "We were terrible last year. I think we're going to be competitive when we line up. You just try to create breaks for yourself. Your goal is to be competitive and improve as the year goes on and be a good playoff team."
(At) Andrews 15, Mullins 0 | A week after using its powerful option offense to blow out Johnsonville, the Yellow Jackets turned to their defense in a win over the Auctioneers.
In a struggle of defenses on a wet field, it was Andrews that came up big when it counted most.
With Mullins in a first-and-goal situation from the Andrews 9-yard line in the first quarter, the Yellow Jackets were able to halt the Auctioneers attack at the 4-yard line on fourth down to regain possession and keep the game scoreless.
"That was huge in the first quarter not letting them score," Andrews coach Steve Blanchard said.
The game was scoreless until the third quarter, where the Yellow Jackets scored on a pair of runs - a 19-yarder by Larry Brown and 27-yarder by Ken Funnye. From there, the Andrews defense held strong to keep Mullins off the board.
"The defense played great," Blanchard said. "Mullins has the athletes and they have big size up there.
"The thing is you have to play defense to win. I'm a former defensive coordinator, so one thing we try to pride ourselves on at Andrews is playing defense."
It didn't hurt that the Auctioneers run an option similar to the Yellow Jackets' offensive attack.
"It's a lot easier to prepare for a team that runs a similar offense. Our scout team didn't have to scramble [to learn another team's offense]. One, we could imitate their offense. We know what stops us, so we used that to stop them."
Blanchard said the Yellow Jackets played a little more conservative offensively than they did in a 63-20 win over Johnsonville in Week 0. The size of Mullins played a big part in that.
"They have some humungous guys. They're huge," Blanchard said. "Running inside is almost nonexistent against them. We were wide open calling all kinds of stuff against Johnsonville, but tonight we made adjustments [to the conditions]."
(At) Aynor 28, Creek Bridge 14 | Hunter Windham made the play of the game - and it was on defense.
With the game tied at 14 in the fourth quarter, the Blue Jackets' quarterback stripped the ball from a Creek Bridge running back and recovered it, setting up what would be the go-ahead score for Aynor.
The Blue Jackets marched 60 yards down the field to go up 21-14 and later scored again to win despite trailing 14-7 in the fourth quarter.
"There was no doubt that was the turning point," Aynor coach Jody Jenerette said of Windham's play. "We [had] just tied it. They were driving on their end up the field. Hunter just made a huge play for us."
Devante Kinlaw had a big game on the ground for the Blue Jackets, gaining 214 yards on 12 carries.
"He's a track kid that we're trying to teach to play football. He can fly," Jenerette said. "He gets on the edge. A lot of people are playing inside to stop [Aynor running back] Tony Greene because he had a great week last week. [Kinlaw] was able to get outside."
The Blue Jackets are now 2-0, but Jenerette sees room for improvement.
"We ran the ball well, but made a bunch of bad penalties that cost us," he said. "We didn't capitalize early. We found a way to come back and win at the end of the game.
"It's great [being 2-0]. It's a lot better than being 0-2."