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Sports: Aynor rally spoils WHS homecoming

By Roger Greene
Coastal Observer

Jalen Simmons carried 22 times for 114 yards, but it wasn’t enough to keep Waccamaw High ahead of Aynor, who rained 24 second-half points on the Warriors' homecoming game to hand the hosts a 38-21 loss.

Ronique Smith and Hunter Windham powered a bruising ground attack for Aynor. They combined for close to 250 yards rushing and totaled five scores as the Blue Jackets ran away from the Warriors in the second half

It was the sixth win in the last seven games for Aynor (6-2, 2-1 Region VIII-AA) and the fourth straight loss for Waccamaw (3-5, 0-3).

Simmons tallied 90 of his yards in the first half, including touchdown runs of 1, 6 and 2 yards.

Waccamaw coach Tyronne Davis had expressed concern about Aynor's ability to control the clock and rack up yardage on the ground and those concerns came to light during the second half. The Blue Jackets erupted for 24 unanswered points during the third and fourth quarters, their scoring drives averaging nine plays and close to 60 yards and each being capped by Smith TDs.

Down by seven at halftime, Aynor started its second-half surge after the break. The Blue Jackets moved 60 yards in 13 plays on their opening posession of the third quarter and went in front 22-21 on Smith's 6-yard TD run and subsequent 2-point conversion. Later in the half, Smith would add a 7-yard scoring reception and a 21-yard touchdown run.

Smith rushed for 100 yards on the night, but was outgained by Windham, who finished with 146 yards. Both had scoring runs in the first half.

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