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High School Football Roundup – Norris’ 337 rushing yards power Lexington past Blythewood

Lexington High School’s big three of Jonah Norris, Taiden Mines and Kamadi Maxwell had big nights Friday as the Wildcats won their third straight game.

Norris rushed for 337 yards while Mines had the go-ahead touchdown pass to Maxwell in Lexington’s 35-14 victory over Blythewood.

It was Norris’ second 300-yard game of the season. He had 328 yards and five TDs in the 63-56 win over South Aiken on Aug. 26.

“First off, I got to give credit to my offensive line. They put in the work every day. They are a great group,” Norris said. “My coaches push me every day. I got to give credit to the Lord. He has given me these talents and I am trying to honor him.”

Norris had a big run that helped changed the momentum with the game tied in third quarter. After Blythewood (2-2) turned it over downs at the Lexington 22-yard line, Norris broke off a 67-yard run to the Blythewood 11. But penalties backed Lexington up and the Wildcats faced fourth-and-24 on the Bengals’ 25.

That’s when Mines hit Maxwell in the left corner of the end zone for a touchdown to make it 21-14 with 16 seconds left in the third quarter.

“When you are that close to the end zone, you got to take a shot,” Mines said. “And when you got a receiver like Kmadi, you got to trust him and put the ball where you know he can catch it.”

Lexington (3-1) added two more scores in the fourth quarter on a Norris run and a Mines TD pass to Jarrod Mewborn.

Mines was 8-of-14 passing for 157 yards and two TDs. He also ran for a TD. Maxwell had four catches for 65 yards. Lexington finished with 532 yards of offense.

Blythewood quarterback Harrison Collins was 12-of-23 passing for 124 yards and two touchdowns to Josh Gary and Nate Rabon. Collins’ TD pass to Gary tied it at 14 late in the second quarter.

Dutch Fork 64, Stratford 21

Backup quarterback Jon Hunt threw for 175 yards and a TD as Dutch Fork extended its regular-season winning streak to 42 games.

Hunt played in place of injured starter Aliam Appler, who missed his second straight game with a shoulder injury. The Silver Foxes (4-0) also played without starting running back Jarvis Green, who missed the game with an injury.

Jacob Hamilton had five receptions for 137 yards and a score. Landon Danley, Paul Taylor, Trenton Lodge and Maurice Anderson all ran for TDs.

Chandler Perry had an 80-yard kickoff for a touchdown and returned an interception for a score. Kicker Justin Welch hit three field goals.

AC Flora 72, Brookland-Cayce 43

Quarterback Carew Bates threw four touchdowns and ran for another in the Falcons’ victory. It is second straight game AC Flora (3-0) has scored more than 50 points.

Running back Markel Townsend led the Falcons on the ground with 193 yards and three TDs.

Naz Mays had two touchdown runs for Brookland-Cayce (1-3). Quarterback Tanner Staton ran for a score and threw for another before being ejected after two personal fouls late in the fourth quarter.

Gray Collegiate 22, Camden 7

Justin Pauling intercepted three passes and returned one for a touchdown as Gray Collegiate (1-3) defeated Camden (2-2) for the second straight year.

The War Eagles picked off four passes in the game. Caleb Ford and BJ Montgomery each had rushing TDs for the War Eagles.

Gilbert 56, Pelion 3

Jaden Allen-Hendrix ran for three touchdowns while Alias Graham-Woodberry and Jaylen Jay each rushed for 100 yards or more in the Indians’ win.

Gilbert (3-0) will travel to Lexington next week.

Graham-Woodberry finished with 139 yards and Jay had 100. Both running backs had two touchdowns. Allen-Hendrix finished with 58 yards on five carries.

Drake Braddock added a TD pass for Gilbert.

White Knoll 56, Westwood 20

Landon Sharpe threw for 205 yards and four touchdowns as the Timberwolves improved to 4-0 on the season.

Sharpe also ran for a TD. Austin Cunningham had three of Sharpe’s touchdowns and finished with six catches for 102 yards and three scores. Hasan Lee had four catches for a TD.

Dylan O’Neal threw for 301 yards and three touchdowns for Westwood (0-4). Noah Jennings had 10 catches for 169 yards and two TDs.

Cardinal Newman 48, Northwood Academy 0

Quarterback Duncan Skehan threw for 220 yards and four touchdowns in Cardinal Newman’s second straight win.

Logan Busenlehner had two TD catches and finished with 98 yards receiving. Ja-Khaydin Kinard added an 87-yard TD run and AJ Reyes ran for two scores.

Cardinal Newman (2-1) faces Heathwood Hall next week.

River Bluff 35, South Aiken 28

Gray Herring had the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter as River Bluff moved to 4-0 on the season.

Herring scored on a 6-yard with 11:30 left.

River Bluff trailed 28-20 before Toriaun Leaphart scored on a 4-yard run with 3:17 left in the third quarter. Cooper Johns led River Bluff with 207 yards and two touchdowns, which put the Gators up 14-0 with 2:37 left in the first quarter.

Jevon Edwards had two TD runs and Terrance Smith ran for a score and threw for one for South Aiken.

Lugoff-Elgin 23, Airport 15

The Demons (2-2) picked up their second straight win on the road at Airport.

Running back Sky Harter ran for 130 yards while Jake Morris threw for 128 yards and a touchdown. Keith Carter and Alex Carraway each had TD runs for the Demons.

Kyle Chavis and Jesse Hoover each had TD passes for Airport (1-3).

Chapin 38, Newberry 0

Quarterback Brady Albro had three touchdown passes as the Eagles (3-1) won their third straight game.

Two of Albro’s touchdowns went to Clayton Sondegroth. It was Chapin’s second shutout in the last three games.

Hammond 36, Laurence Manning 7

Quarterback Dylan Richardson threw for two touchdowns and Aidan Canzater ran for two scores in Hammond’s win.

Canzater rushed for 91 yards while Richardson was 9-of-17 for 121 yards passing for the Skyhawk (2-2).

Keenan 58, North Central 28

The Raiders (2-2) picked up their second straight win with their highest output of the season. The 58 points were the most since scoring 66 in a 67-66 loss to Fairfield Central last season.

Saluda 21, Emerald 14

Quarterback Jonah McCary’s 1-yard run early in the fourth quarter was the difference as top-ranked Saluda (4-0) survived a scare from Emerald.

Saluda trailed 14-0 with 4:53 left in the second quarter but scored the game’s final 21 points.

Northside Christian 21, New Hope Leadership 0

JR Kinard, Sam Burks and Matt Diaz ran for touchdowns in the Crusaders’ victory. The Crusaders are 4-0.

Northside played without starting quarterback Jeff McCallum, who was injured during practice this week. Burks led Northside with 84 yards rushing

Heathwood Hall 30, Porter-Gaud 14

Grayson Hawn had two first-half touchdown runs in the Highlanders’ victory.

Dylan Lesane added a TD run and also caught one from Patrick Belk.

Hilton Head Christian 15, Ben Lippen 9

HHCA handed the Falcons their first loss of the season. Dylan Clark had two TD passes for Hilton Head.

Taevian Copney scored on a TD for Ben Lippen (3-1) run to cut it within 7-6 in the third quarter. HHCA blocked a punt for a safety to make it 15-6 in the third.

West Florence 47, Dreher 7

West Florence scored a pair of defensive touchdowns, and quarterback Deuce Hudson accounted for three scores in the win over the Blue Devils.

David Epps had the lone score for Dreher (1-3).

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Dwayne McLemore dmclemore@thestate.com

Lexington running back Jonah Norris gains yardage Friday night in the Wildcats’ win over Blythewood.

Dwayne McLemore dmclemore@thestate.com

Lexington running back Jonah Norris gains yardage Friday night in the Wildcats’ win over Blythewood.

September 11, 2022 | State, The (Columbia, SC)
Author/Byline: Lou Bezjak; Staff Writer | Page: 1B | Section: Sports

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