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Gamecocks to face Patriots at ‘The Battlefield’

Facing a team that ended a 13-game losing streak in convincing fashion last week with a 53-22 win over home-standing Josey, the third-ranked Screven County High School Gamecocks of Ron Duncan will travel to Augusta Friday to face the Westside Patriots in the stadium they call “The Battlefield.” 

SCHS stands at 5-0, 3-0 in Region 4AA play with Westside being 1-5, and 1-2.

Last Friday afternoon, Oct. 6, the Westside High School football team got on the bus and headed across town to White Road Stadium on the campus of Thomas Walter Josey as six-point underdogs and possibly looking backward to a 21-20 come-from-ahead loss to Laney the previous week. 

The Patriots had not won a game since defeating Hephzibah 12-6 on Sept. 3, 2016.

When Westside pulled back out onto 13th Street after 48 minutes of football, they had rushed for nearly 300 yards and five touchdowns, completed one pass for a 63-yard touchdown, and returned a pair of kickoffs (one of them of the on-sides variety) for scores.

Those eight touchdowns and five PATs added up to a 53-22 win. The point total came from a team with a total of 59 points in its first five games.

Short and to the point, Duncan was tight-lipped when asked about Westside, “They have improved a lot throughout the season,” he said. “It’s always a tough place to play.”

Though there were all of those points put on the board by Westside, the Gamecock defense, which leads all of AA in fewest points per game allowed, will not be nearly as easy to score on.

The Dirty Birds have been led by Kashawn Robinson (47 tackles); Kendrick Cox (34 tackles); Treston Jamison (26 tackles); and CJ Wright (23 tackles). 

Over the just concluded off week, Duncan did get bad news that Jamison, in on 11 tackles again Harlem, was lost for the season as a result of an automobile injury.

SCHS has shutout their last three region opponents.

On the other side of the ball, Westside has allowed no fewer than 21 points in any game this season while the Roosters are averaging better than 45 per game.

Few offenses are as balanced as the Red and White. 

Five SCHS backs have rushed for better than 166 yards. The three regulars -- quarterback Armani Bunbury (43-383); fullback CJ Wright (33-332); and tailback Kim Hunter (31-349), are each averaging at least nine yards per carry.

Bunbury is 42-78-3 passing for 699 yards and nine scores. Tyquan Johnson has 20 receptions for 361 yards and six scores, while Johnathan Roberts had eight receptions for 115 yards and a score. Eli Brodnex also has 115 receiving yards on seven catches.

The meeting on The Battlefield Friday will mark the 15th between SCHS and WHS in a series that dates back to 1974. While Westside was very successful in the early going, winning four of the first five, the Gamecocks have come to dominate of late, winning eight of the last nine. The last two have been by a combined score of 82-0.