Jaden Kinard

Georgetown Bulldogs receiver Jaden Kinard beats a Blue Jackets defender for a touchdown.

Georgetown traveled to Aynor last Friday night in the first round of the playoffs, losing to the Blue Jackets 43-13. The Bulldogs finished the season with a 3-7 overall record and 2-3 in Region 8-3A.

“Our kids came out and fought hard against Aynor,” Georgetown Head Coach Brian Coleman said. “I feel proud of the effort the boys gave tonight. Aynor is undefeated for a reason. We scrimmaged Aynor in the preseason so we had a good idea what to expect and how we matched up against them. We made significant adjustments to our offense and defense in regards to putting more players in the box. Aynor has a relentless and powerful rushing attack that we simply could not consistently stop.”

Aynor started off with a long offensive drive to open the game, capped off with a touchdown from fullback Drew Shelley at the 7:43 mark of the first quarter making it 7-0. After Georgetown couldn’t get anything going on offense, the Blue Jackets came back and scored again with 3:52 to go in the quarter on a 4-yard touchdown run by running back Deondre Ranson to make it 13-0. The two-point conversion failed.

Shelley scored his second touchdown for the Blue Jackets at the 10:19 mark of the second quarter, and after a successful two-point conversion, the score was 21-0. A majority of the second quarter saw both Georgetown and Aynor trading possessions before Georgetown scored with 2:30 to go until halftime when Bulldogs quarterback Pep Jordan threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to receiver Jaden Kinard to make it 21-7.

“On offense, we knew we would need to pass more to score against their stout defense,” Coleman said. “I thought Pep Jordan stepped up big time tonight throwing the ball.”

After the Georgetown touchdown, the Blue Jackets marched down the field and receiver Fred Pollard scored on a one-yard touchdown run, giving Aynor a 29-7 lead at the break.

With 8:37 to go in the third quarter, Jordan threw a pass that was tipped. Receiver LJ Creel caught it and ran for 15-yards to the end zone, making the score 29-13 after a missed extra point. Later the Bulldogs had another red zone opportunity but turned it over on downs.

With 3:25 to go in the third quarter, Pollard scored on a 62-yard touchdown run making it 36-13. It was Pollard’s second touchdown of the game. With 8:28 remaining in the game Shelley scored his third touchdown of the night on an 11-yard run, giving Aynor a 43-13 victory.

Jordan went 13-37 with 275 passing yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Running back Malaki Johnson had 11 rushes for 46 yards and Kinard had four receptions for 159 yards and a touchdown.

Coach Coleman thanked his seniors on the team for their leadership all season.

“Our seniors have helped advance this program to the next level,” Coleman said. “When I had the team vote on captains in the preseason, every single senior got several votes. I’ve never seen a captain’s vote that spread out. It speaks to their leadership as a group. On the field, our seniors also lead by example. In the tight moments or the big games, it was our seniors that always made that necessary big play. I’ve enjoyed this season more than any I’ve ever coached and I found myself loving these boys more than any other group in 20 years. That’s because they are special. This team was tough, played hard and stuck together. We call the group that finished the season “rope holders”, signifying that we can count on them and each other no matter what to never let go. They didn’t.”