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AJA puts 47-game winning streak on line against Clarendon Hall

By Billy G. Baker

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EhrhardtAndrew Jackson (10-0) will gets its’ toughest test of the season in the SCISA 8-man semi-finals hosting Clarendon Hall (9-1) this week (November 9th) in a rematch of the semi-finals game from last year won by the Confederates.

Andrew Jackson is the only undefeated team in SCISA 8-man this season and they come into the game with a 47-game win streak under the tutelage of veteran head coach Allen Sitterle. No doubt Coach Sitterle will have his team ready to play. AJA will be vying for their fourth straight state title if they can get past the Saints.   

The two schools met in a jamboree hosted by Jefferson Davis Academy in August and with a several players out with injuries the Saints managed to win by a touchdown in the scrimmage.  AJA will come into the game missing the services of 6-4 defensive back/linebacker Connor Gleaton (shoulder) and quarterback Colyn Peek (knee). Gleaton is hoping to join the basketball team by early December where he is an all-state candidate.

Last week AJA got a scare when Wardlaw played their best game of the season in taking the game into overtime before losing 26-20.  After that hard-fought win Coach Sitterle told a reporter with the Orangeburg Times & Democrat, “We came out and we didn’t play well tonight," Sitterle said. "We turned the ball over, which we haven’t done in eight weeks probably. We freelanced on defense, which we haven’t been doing in the past.

Against Wardlaw AJA built a 14-0 halftime lead and then had to hang on to win in overtime. Tucker Cook scored twice in the first half on a six- and one-yard run. A two-point pass play from quarterback Bug Brunson to Kevin Barnes accounted for the 14 first half points.

After the Wardlaw win Coach Sitterle told a reporter covering the game for the Orangeburg Times & Democrat, “We came out and we didn’t play well tonight," Sitterle said. "We turned the ball over, which we haven’t done in eight weeks probably. We freelanced on defense, which we haven’t been doing in the past.

Against Wardlaw AJA built a 14-0 halftime lead and then had to hang on to win in overtime. Tucker Cook scored twice in the first half on a six- and one-yard runs. A two- point pass play from quarterback Bug Brunson to Kevin Barnes accounted for the 14 first half points.

In the third period AJA scored on a seven- yard run by Trey Pulaski. Wardlaw battled back in the second half to send the game into over-time tied at 20-20. The difference in the game was a Brunson quarterback one-yard sneak following a hard run by Pulaski to the five and a penalty moved the ball just outside the one-yard line setting up Brunson for the winning touchdown.     

Coach Sitterle says he is coaching up his team for a hard- fought physical match-up with the Saints, a physical team also.

On October 5th the HSSR covered AJA’s huge 40-28 win over Beaufort Academy.

“This is the first time all season we have had to play our first string into the fourth quarter (until the game with Wardlaw) and we got a little tired tonight and they were running the ball well with number six (Epps),” said Coach Sitterle. “Other than getting a little tired I thought we had a good team effort.

“Like all season we had our running game by committee once again and all six runners had good carries tonight,” said Coach Sitterle. “We are a little banged up tonight, but we will be okay. We had to move a few people around for this game and the adjustments worked out well. Beaufort Academy and JDA are the only two winning teams we have played so far this season. This has been a concern of mine all season.

“We expect teams to come in here and challenge us and I remind our kids all the time that teams are coming after us, so I am proud of the entire team effort tonight,” said Coach Sitterle.  “We had our concerns about them coming in tonight because they do have some talented players.”

With a cohesive well-conditioned offensive line that broke huddle and got on to line in mere seconds after breaking the huddle, Leading the onslaught of a potent running game were freshman fullback Jon Schaffer who gained 129 yards on 17 carries before leaving with a tender ankle near the end of the third period. Brunson, a freshman quarterback gained around 93 yards on 25 carries. Brunson also hooked up with Schaffer on a 49-yard scoring pass.   Speedy Tykel Hoover gained 69 yards on 11 carries and he leads the team in rushing coming into the Clarendon Hall game. Junior Trey Pulaski had 16 second half carries for 93 yards.  Sophomore Tucker Cook had 6 carries for 35 yards

The defense against Beaufort Academy was led by Banks Wallace who had 9 tackles, Wallace is also a very good center on offense. Schaffer had seven tackles Gleaton had seven tackles playing in his first full game on defense this season having missed contact due to hip surgery after the season last year.  Nick Faile had five tackles and played well in the offensive line. Hoover also played well in the secondary and he had seven total tackles. Tucker Cook had five tackles also. Drake Mathias had two tackles and recovered two on-sides kicks in the fourth quarter also.

On their first possession of the game against Beaufort Academy AJA took 12 plays scoring on a well-executed screen pass from Brunson to Schaffer with 3:27 left in the first period. Schaffer scored on a two- point conversion to make the score 8-0. Then with 10:23 left in the second period Brunson burst up the middle breaking several tackles on a 41-yard score.  Hoover ran in the two-point conversion to put AJA up 16-0 at this point.

Then AJA put together one of their patented well executed 53-yard 12 play drive with Hoover scoring on an 11-yard run with 2:09 left in the third period to make the score 24-6 after Hoover also ran in a two-point conversion. The score at the half was 24-6. AJA scored on their second possession of the third period putting together an 8 play 71-yard drive capped off by a three-yard keeper by Brunson and a two-point conversion by Connor Gleaton to make the score 32 to 6.

For the season AJA has dominated teams 562 to 109 while Clarendon Hall has out-scored teams 457-109. This game should be a classic this week and you can on the Confederates being well prepared to play.

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