The scoreboard wasn’t functioning Friday night for Aynor’s game at Green Sea Floyds, but the visiting Blue Jackets left no doubt as to who was in control of the matchup from start to finish.
Aynor scored the first 22 points and kept the host Trojans at a comfortable distance the rest of the way en route to a 44-12 win – the team’s second-straight lopsided victory after a 30-point rout of Creek Bridge last week.
Still, Blue Jackets coach Jody Jenerette doesn’t think his team is close to reaching its full potential yet.
“We’re doing a good job, but we fumbled the ball here and there, our center snap was terrible a couple times. I mean, we’ve got a long way to go,” he said afterward.
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Nonetheless, they were plenty good enough Friday night. And if there were any thoughts of a second-half comeback, Aynor senior Hunter Windham made certain they were quickly dashed.
After Green Sea Floyds (1-2) drew to within 30-12 in the third quarter, Windham put the visiting Blue Jackets (2-1) back in the end zone yet again two plays later with a 57-yard touchdown scamper as he took an inside draw, found a hole and raced past the defense quick enough he was able to jog the final stretch across the goal line.
That sapped the Trojans of any momentum.
“It really blew open the game. It kind of set everything down, it really sealed it up for us,” Windham said. “… It took a lot of energy, I think, out of Green Sea. They were kind of building a little bit of momentum, but I think we really proved it -- they had no answer for our power.”
Windham is one of the area’s top running backs, and after entering the night with 272 yards through the team’s first two games, he added 115 yards Friday in 16 carries.
“Hunter’s the kind of guy that’s got a chance to break it all the time,” Jenerette said. “He’s got great moves, he’s a great kid and just believes in what we’re doing.”
Senior Damion Riggins added 145 rushing yards in 11 carries, including a 53-yard touchdown for the final score of the night. Junior quarterback Nathan Peeples, meanwhile, accounted for three scores in the first half with a rushing touchdown and two more passing.
As for Green Sea Floyds, coach Tony Sullivan bemoaned the fact that his team had only three offensive plays in the first half as Aynor recovered its own squib kicks to keep the ball out of the Trojans’ hands. And overall, he said, they remain a work in progress.
“We really shot ourselves in the foot early. They don’t have a kicker, and we can’t catch a squib kick,” Sullivan said. “We’re just behind. We’re behind. There are no ifs, ands or buts about it. We’re behind in the weight room, we’re behind in experience. ... It’s going to take time. I think we’re doing the right things for the program, but it all starts in the weight room. Tonight I think we got beat physically because of that.”
|Green Sea Floyds||0||6||6||0||-||12|
A-Ronique Smith 3 yards from Nathan Peeples (run failed)
A-Peeples 1 run (run good)
A-DQ Nash 30 pass from Peeples (run good)
GS-Shaquawan McGill 48 run (run failed)
A-Smith 4 run (run good)
GS-Jamel Swinton 20 run (run failed)
A-Hunter Windham 57 run (run good)
A-Riggins 53 run (run failed)
RUSHING—Aynor: Riggins 11-145, Windham 16-115, Smith 8-45, Peeples 6-34. Green Sea Floyds: N/A
PASSING—Aynor: Peeples 3/6 for 47. Green Sea Floyds: N/A.
RECEIVING—Aynor: Nash 2=40. Green Sea Floyds: N/A .