Airport defeats Brookland-Cayce for share of Region 5-4A title
Airport completed an improbable season Sunday with a 38-27 win over rival Brookland-Cayce.
With the victory, the Eagles (7-3, 4-1) earned a share of the Region 5-4A title with North Augusta.
Because of the head-to-head tiebreaker, the Yellow Jackets won the regular-season meeting 28-10 on Oct. 5 in West Columbia, Airport will have the second seed for the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs which start Nov. 8.
Airport overcame a lower back injury to quarterback Brandon Caughman in the third quarter of a tightly contested game. Caughman was 14/20 for 136 yards and a touchdown before leaving with his back injury.
And yet again, Airport’s young defense proved to be the difference. Airport forced an interception by Izaiah Walker-Warren with just over two minutes remaining to ice the game.
It was the fourth turnover by Brookland-Cayce (7-4, 3-2), who finished tied with South Aiken for third place in the region and will enter the playoffs a fourth seed.
Airport trailed 14-0 midway through the first quarter and rallied to take the lead behind four takeaways defensively and over 200 yards on the ground.
Backup quarterback Marco Gilmore, who played some quarterback early in the season, along with the legs of Nanders Lawrence, was able to keep the Eagles offense rolling in the second half
The win snapped Airport’s three game losing streak to Brookland-Cayce. Read an extended story on the contest in this week's Lexington Chronicle in locations around Lexington County this Thursday.