South Aiken set for Upper State Final showdown with South Pointe

AIKEN, S.C. (WJBF) — South Aiken continued its historic season with a 50-17 rout of Ridge View in the quarterfinals.

The Thoroughbreds (12-1) will play in their second ever state semifinal game, first since 1991, when they travel to South Pointe (12-1) on Friday. The T-Breds are trying to become the first team in South Aiken history to ever play in a state championship.

“It would be great for our seniors, this school and our community,” junior wide receiver Deshun Kitchings said. “When we walk out of here we could say 2016 football team, we went to state.”

Second-year head coach Chris Hamilton said this is what makes the hard work worth it.

“It’s the state championship,” Hamilton said. “That’s what we do this for. Nobody signs up to go in the weight room in the summer time and everything like that to go to the upper state championship and that would be it. You sign up to win a state championship. That’s what you want. That’s the ultimate goal. That’s the only one we have left on our goal sheet, so hopefully we get it.”

The 4A Upper State Championship between the Thoroughbreds and Stallions will kick off at 7:30 p.m.

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