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AJA defense swarms CA

Andrew Jackson Academy defenders James Mingo (8), Jonathan Schaffer (15) and Adam Creswell (11) converge to make the tackle on Calhoun Academy fullback Evan Inabinet (50) during this past Friday's AJA home win.

The prep football season is only 3 weeks old.

As early as it is, though, there’s already a Fantastic 4 of teams who’ve remained perfect so far.

Leading the way are the 3-0 Edisto Cougars, who had their bye week last week. They remained undefeated with a 22-14 come-from-behind win over Timmonsville as Edisto rallied with 2, 4th quarter touchdowns.

Under first-year head coach Preston Deaver, the Cougars are off to the program's best start since 2001. 

Meanwhile, Bamberg County is the home of the 3 other undefeated T&D Region teams. Bamberg-Ehrhardt and Denmark-Olar are both 2-0 for the second straight year. Meanwhile, SCISA school Andrew Jackson Academy has continued its run of success in 8-man play, having won 50 of its last 51 games.

TEAM OF THE WEEK - Denmark-Olar

The Vikings, under first-year head coach Gregory Wright, handed Branchville its first loss of the season in a 41-30 victory. They will get tested this Thursday when they travel to Petticoat Junction to face Silver Bluff. 

WEEK 2 GRIDIRON GIANTS

Trey Pulaski (Andrew Jackson Academy) - 219 rushing yards, 3 TDs

Jonathan Schaffer (Andrew Jackson Academy) - 15 tackles

Kavion Tyler (Bamberg-Ehrhardt) - 133 rushing yards, 3 TDs

Quincy Bias (Bamberg-Ehrhardt) - 12 tackles, 2 sacks

Jesus Benjamin (Bethune-Bowman) - 241 rushing yards, 3 TDs

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Ashon Green (Bethune-Bowman) - 101 rushing yards, 2 TDs

Tyreek Jenkins (Bethune-Bowman) - 9 tackles, 2 sacks

Tre’Erion Thomas (Orangeburg-Wilkinson) - 80 rushing yards, TD

BY THE NUMBERS

Denmark-Olar is 1-10 all-time against Silver Bluff. It has lost the last 10 meetings, since winning for the first time 14-10 in 1982...North is seeking its first win since October 2014 this Friday at Whitmire …Hunter-Kinard-Tyler holds a 9-4 series advantage over Bethune-Bowman... Andrew Jackson Academy has won its first two games this season by a margin of 122-0.

SHRINE BOWL ANNOUNCEMENT

The annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas is scheduled for noon Dec. 21. The contest will feature the top seniors from North and South Carolina and has included future pro players like Alshon Jeffrey (Calhoun County), Ricky Sapp and Daquan Bowers (both of Bamberg-Ehrhardt), Tim Jennings and Alex Barron (both of Orangeburg-Wilkinson). The South Carolina Sandlappers’ team will be announced at 3 pm Sunday on Facebook Live.

S.C. PREP MEDIA FOOTBALL POLL

CLASS 2A - 1. Abbeville (12), 2. Barnwell, 3. Timberland, 4. Southside Christian, 5. Bamberg-Ehrhardt, 6. Saluda, 7. Oceanside Collegiate, 8. Gray Collegiate, 9. Whale Branch, 10. Andrew Jackson. Others receiving votes - Pageland Central, Woodland, East Clarendon.

CLASS A - 1. Green Sea Floyds (10), 2. Wagener-Salley (1), 3. Lamar (1), 4. Lake View, 5. Blackville-Hilda, 6. C.E. Murray, 7. Denmark-Olar, 8. Baptist Hill, 9. Ridge Spring-Monetta, 10. Branchville. Others receiving votes - Great Falls, Williston-Elko, St. John’s, Calhoun Falls Charter, McBee, Dixie, Hemingway.

SCISA FOOTBALL MEDIA POLL

8-man - T1. Clarendon Hall (2), T1. Andrew Jackson Academy (2), 3. Beaufort Academy, 4. Jefferson Davis, 5. St. John’s Christian.

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Thomas Grant Jr. reported on The T&D Region sports scene for two decades as a Times and Democrat staffer. In 2014, he became sports editor of The Lexington County Chronicle and The Dispatch-News in Lexington.

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