Brookland-Cayce stifles Aiken
BROOKLAND-CAYCE 27, AIKEN 13
Brookland-Cayce simply had too many answers for Aiken High on Friday night at Hagood Stadium.
Every time the Hornets appeared to be on the verge of a breakthrough, the Bearcats swiftly restored their previous advantage.
The expected shootout between the high-scoring Region 5-AAAA foes never materialized, and the game was defensive early as neither team could get its high-powered offense in sync.
Brookland-Cayce dealt the final crushing blow in the fourth quarter when Jo Pradubsri recovered a muffed punt near midfield. That took all of the air out of Aiken’s balloon after it looked as if the Hornets would have a chance to cut into the two-score deficit and rally late.
That’s how it went for much of the night.
Brookland-Cayce (6-3, 3-1) led 13-0 at halftime and had stifled the home crowd, which saw its first football-related excitement of the night when area youth football players scrimmaged during intermission.
Jeremiah Green had them on their feet moments later, though, returning the second-half kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown that made it a 13-7 game.
Less than 2 minutes after that, the Bearcats were back up 14. The key play came on a fourth-and-2, which was one of several fourth-down conversion attempts Friday. Bearcat senior quarterback Reed Charpia, whose father and head coach Rusty beat Aiken at Hagood Stadium in 1983 as Midland Valley’s quarterback, went straight up the gut for 52 yards to Aiken’s 8.
Pradubsri was in the end zone one snap later, and the Bearcats were back in control.
Sure enough, Aiken (1-7, 1-3) battled back. This time, the pass-happy Hornets got the run game chugging along, and quarterback Kory Wallace juked his way across the goal line from the 3 to make it a 20-13 game with 5:30 left in the third.
And sure enough, Brookland-Cayce had an answer. Tony Glenn, the Bearcats’ 5-foot-9, 215-pound junior bowling ball, powered in from the 4 to rebuild the lead in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter.
Aiken had its opportunities from there. Mistakes, self-inflicted and otherwise, put the potential rally to bed.
The Hornets’ normally potent passing game produced just 101 yards on 12-of-22 passing from Wallace. Green led the Hornets in rushing with 83 yards on 12 carries, and Deondre Bynum was Aiken’s leading receiver with 47 yards on five catches. Reigning Aiken Standard Player of the Week Charvis Jones was limited to two catches for 18 yards.
Charpia led the Bearcats offensively with 161 yards passing and 98 rushing. Will Way was everywhere for the Bearcats, breaking up a fourth-and-goal pass to go along with 139 yards of total offense. Pradusbri had 64 total yards, and Glenn finished the game with 60 yards on 10 carries.
With the win, Brookland-Cayce is now part of a three-way tie for first in Region 5-AAAA along with Airport and North Augusta. The Bearcats play Airport next week, and North Augusta hosts Aiken.
Brookland-Cayce 0 13 7 7 — 27
Aiken 0 0 13 0 — 13
BC — Caleb Hunnicutt 28 field goal 10:41
BC — Reed Charpia 1 run (Hunnicutt kick) 8:02
BC — Hunnicutt 28 field goal 1:15
A — Jeremiah Green 91 kickoff return (Austin McKay kick) 11:46
BC — Jo Pradusbri 8 run (Hunnicutt kick) 10:02
A — Kory Wallace 3 run (McKay kick) 5:30
BC — Tony Glenn 4 run (Hunnicutt kick) 11:28
BC — Reed Charpia 16-98-1, Will Way 12-76, Tony Glenn 10-60-1, Jo Pradubsri 7-43-1, Cam Morris 1-10. Totals 46-287-3.
A — Jeremiah Green 12-83, Kory Wallace 4-23-1, Brylon Jones 2-7. Totals 18-113-1.
BC — Reed Charpia 14-22-161-0-0.
A — Kory Wallace 12-22-101-0-0.
BC — Cam Morris 5-66, Will Way 3-63, Jo Pradusbri 3-21, Latrell Jamison 2-7, Malachi Brown 1-4. Totals 14-161.
A — Deondre Bynum 5-47, Stavon Porter 3-23, Charvis Jones 2-18, Jeremiah Green 1-9, Maison Hall 1-(-1). Totals 12-101.