Redhawks clinch playoff bid

Deshawn Boyd (10) pivots past a would be South Aiken tackler. | Leroy Howard

BLYTHEWOOD – The Westwood Redhawks clinched their at-large berth into the 4A South Carolina High School League playoffs with 29-0 statement win over the South Aiken Thoroughbreds. The win improved the Redhawks final record to 6-4 and sets them up with a first round playoff match on the road against Belton-Honea Path on Nov. 9.

Cameron Maynard put the Redhawks on the board in the first quarter with a two-yard rushing score. Earlier in the week, Maynard and Safety TJ Blanding were named to the inaugural Columbia Metro Senior Bowl Roster. The game will be held on Dec. 22 at Irmo High School.

Later in the second quarter, David Strother put the Redhawks up 10-0 with his 28-yard field goal. Ahmon Green rang up Cortes Braham for a 66-yard touchdown before the halftime break. Green went 17 for 25 on the night with 213 yards, one touchdown pass and an interception. He also had 51 yards rushing on seven carries.

South Aiken only scrounged up a meager 110 yards of total offense and averaged below three yards a play. Westwood had 292 yards just on the ground and finished the night with 505 yards of total offense.

Cam Atkins added to the Redhawks lead in the fourth quarter after he found the end-zone on a three-yard rush. Jalen Briggman broke free from the defense for a 90-yard touchdown, and the final score of the game.

Scoring

WHS– 7-9-0-13–29

SA– 0-0-0-0-0

First Quarter

WHS – Cameron Maynard 2 run (David Strother III kick).

Second Quarter

WHS – David Strother III 28 field goal.

WHS – Cortes Braham 66 pass from Ahmon Green (D.Strother III kick no good).

Fourth Quarter

WHS – Cam Atkins 3 run (Two-point conversion no good).

WHS – Jalen Brigmann 90 run (D.Strother III kick).

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing: SA -Nequel Ryans 15-82, E.J. Hickson 4-20, Jesse Sanders 9-(-33) . WHS – Deshawn Boyd 24-118, Jalen Briggman 1-90, Ahmon Green 7-51, Kyrie Jamison 3-33 Cam Atkins 4-0.

Receiving:  SA – Ryan Mayes 2-28, Dallas McKeever 2-7, Jordan Clayton 1-5, E.J. Hickson 1-1. WHS – Cortes Braham 3-72, Cam Atkins 5-56, Cam Horn 4-36, Emmanuel Youmans 2-34, Daquan Wise 2-12.

Passing:  SA – Jesse Sanders 5-6, 29 yards. E.J Hickson 1-5, 12 yards.. WHS – Ahmon Green 17-25, 213 yards, one touchdown, one interception.