South Aiken High School prepares to host first playoff game

South Aiken High School football.
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Monday, November 14, 2016

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Pretty much every school in Aiken County has had some level of football success in the past decade, every school except South Aiken.

That all changed this year, as the 9-1 Thoroughbreds have been off and running since week one. The last time South Aiken won the region was 1990. The Thoroughbreds didn't play their opening playoff game at the high school stadium that year, meaning this is the first time South Aiken High School will host a playoff game.

Coach Chris Hamilton's team is riding into the playoffs behind an underrated defense and an offense that has put up at least 50 points four times this season. Hamilton says, "This is something brand new, so we've just kind of made sure we understand this is do or die. If you lose one, then you're done. Turn up the intensity a little bit."

Cody Boynton, the team's junior quarterback, says, "Obviously,state. That's what our eyes are focused on and it's never been done here. this is the first time South Aiken has ever hosted a playoff game. We're going to focus on this game, but our eye is on state."

South Aiken hosts Blue Ridge this Friday. If the Thoroughbreds keep winning, they're guaranteed at least two home playoff games.