Last week’s season-opening loss to Class A power Lake View taught Aynor coach Jody Jenerette a couple of things – first, that his offense could score, and second, that his pass defense needed some work.
The Blue Jackets’ offense did it’s job, rolling up 28 first-quarter points and the defense was solid in a 36-6 win over visiting Creek Bridge on Friday night.
“We worked our tail off this week in practice,” Jenerette said. “The kids saw the mistakes we had last week, we had some terrible breakdowns in our secondary. They got better and I’m happy with them tonight.”
Aynor (1-1) was opportunistic, recovering a squib kick on the opening kickoff and scoring two plays later on a 33-yard run from Hunter Windham.
Damion Riggins, Ronique Smith and Nathan Peeples also added first-quarter scores for the Blue Jackets.
Riggins’ score came after Windham opened Aynor’s second possession with an 83-yard run capped by a late-hit flag against the Warriors (0-1). That gave the Blue Jackets a first-and-goal from the 8, and Riggins punched it in from there.
Windham finished with 132 rushing yards on just four carries.
Adam Doyle added a 22-yard touchdown run for Aynor in the second quarter.
Aynor rolled up 197 yards on the ground, mostly in the first half.
Jenerette said all his running backs played well in the win, and gave a nod to his offensive line for helping create that running room.
“We’ve got a good group up front. I’ve got some guys that have bought in and know what we want, and they do it right,” Jenerette said.
The most dangerous drive Creek Bridge could muster in the first half saw quarterback Ra’Shawn Rogers complete 4-of-5 attempts for 37 yards as the Warriors drove to the Jackets’ 20, but Smith came up with an interception at his own 10-yard line on a third-and-5 play to squash the threat.
“They came out with the quick stuff, and we made the decision that we weren’t going to get beat deep like we did last week,” Jenerette said. “We kinda let them have the underneath stuff…but I was pleased with what we did.”
The Warriors managed just 92 yards of total offense, led by Chavis Williamson with 55 yards on 12 rushes. Rogers was 5-for-11 for 49 yards and the interception.
Creek Bridge finally got on the board with 2:41 left to play in the game with an 11-yard scoring run from Rogers.
The game was played with a running clock in the second half and the fourth quarter was shortened to 10 minutes as rains that began just before halftime continued to soak the field in the second half.
A-Hunter Windham 33 run (run good), 11:17
A-Damion Riggins 8 run (run failed), 9:21
A-Ronique Smith 7 run (run failed), 4:33
A-Nathan Peeples 1 run (run good), 54.1
A-Adam Doyle 22 run (run good), 6:08
CB-Ra’Shawn Rogers 11 run (run failed), 2:41
RUSHING – Creek Bridge: Chavis Williamson 12-55, Ra’Shawn Williamson 8- -12, Rajohn Davis 1-0, Stanley Graves 2-5. Aynor: Hunter Windham 4-132, Damion Riggins 4-15, Lane Cooke , Adam Doyle 7-43, Ronique Smith 6-46, Nathan Peebles 2- -2, Andrew Scruggs 4-23, Louis Taylor 3-6, Landon Flowers 1-10, Quin Prosser 4-20.
PASSING – Creek Bridge: Williamson 5-11-1 0 49. Aynor: None.
RECEIVING – Creek Bridge: Khalil Reed 2-15, Marquis Thompson 1-20, Travis Buey 2-14. Aynor: None.