Despite heroic play on both sides of the ball from Juwan Biggers, Grovetown High School fell to 0-3 Thursday night to a high-powered, hurry-up North Augusta team.
With the Yellow Jackets (4-2) romping toward a 42-7 route, Biggers briefly reversed the momentum late in the second quarter when he picked off a pass from North Augusta quarterback Trib Reece and on the next play scampered 50 yards for a touchdown.
It would be the only score of the evening for the Warriors, however, as the Yellow Jackets used a combination of short passes and a dominant rushing attack to score five touchdowns in the first half of the televised game.
The Yellow Jackets (4-2) scored on their first four possessions en route to the blowout win.
“I kept thinking, ‘Oh boy, we did that last week. I hope we keep doing it again,’ ” Yellow Jackets coach Dan Pippin said. “They did and we got a bunch of points. The kids worked hard.”
Making his first start at quarterback, Trib Reece used short passes – many coming on screens – to give balance to DeVonte Pressley and the dominant rushing attack.
On one of the possessions, the Yellow Jackets marched 73 yards in about 2½ minutes as Pressley’s cutting and Devin Grimes’ catching kept the Warriors defense chasing. Pressley got 120 of his 157 rushing yards in the opening half; Grimes had all 99 of his receiving yards before the third quarter.
Grovetown’s Biggers finished with a team-best 102 rushing yards and scored the sole Warriors touchdown in the game.
With a large gap on the scoreboard through two quarters, both teams focused on the ground game in the second half. But Reece, who threw for 185 yards, threw another scoring strike in the third quarter.
“It just made it super easy,” Reece said about his offense. “I felt so comfortable in the pocket.”