High School Football

Aynor grinds out win over Green Sea Floyds

Aynor is simply running wild.

For the third consecutive week, the Blue Jackets took advantage of their stable of running backs and beat another Class A school. This time, it was Green Sea Floyds' turn to succumb to that running game.

Aynor ran for 386 yards en route to a 49-13.

"If a team's a little better than you, it gives you a chance," Aynor coach Jody Jenerette said of his team's rushing attack.

"Winning the turnover battle's the biggest thing right now."

A pair of Trojan first-half fumbles led to 15 Aynor points. Those fumbles were crucial in multiple ways. First, it killed two Green Sea Floyds' drives and Aynor converted them into two touchdowns. But maybe most important was that the Blue Jackets were able to chew up valuable clock.

The Trojans, who are a run-oriented team, simply didn't have the passing game to make up for the mistakes early, especially after Green Sea Floyds coughed up the ball again on its first two possessions of the second half.

Meanwhile, Aynor - a team that averaged about 275 yards per game on the ground heading into the game - made sure to stick to what has got it this far. The Blue Jackets had 224 rushing yards in the first half and finished the game with that big-time total.

That first half tally pushed Aynor to a 29-7 lead at the break. The ground game in the second half then preserved the win.

With the victory, Aynor moved to 3-0 for the first time since the mid-1990s.

"We're going for 4-0," Jenerette said. "I could care less. We don't live in the past at Aynor. We're going to keep rolling."

Moving past last year's frustrating 2-8 season is now a bit easier. And on Friday, the Blue Jackets were able to do that because of a successful rushing scheme from the get go.

Aynor struck first in the game, finishing off a 65-yard drive in just under 5 minutes with a 3-yard Hunter Windham touchdown run. On the series, Aynor showed it wouldn't deviate from the run, carrying the ball 12 times and attempting just one pass - a halfback option.

As it turned out, that opening drive was just the beginning of another stellar night on the ground for the Blue Jackets.

"We have a lot of big guys on the line, and we're way more physical than last year," tailback Blair Fleming said after contributing a team-high 100 yards on 11 carries. "We've got some fast runners. ... Just doing your job. You don't have to worry about coach getting down your throat."