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Rebels roll North Charleston

Game Summary: Strom Thurmond downed North Charleston 49-14 at home last night to open its 2007 playoff run. Champ Merriweather began the defensive pounding with a opening drive interception to setup Oquendo Curry's 19 yard touchdown run. Star quarterback Aramis Hillary would deliver a pair of touchdown tosses within one minute of the second quarter to give the Rebels a 21-6 lead at the break. The Cougar offense appeared promising late in the half, but couldn't withstand the pressure and punishment from the Strom Thurmond defense. The Rebels would rack up 28 more points in the third quarter, with North Charleston only finding the endzone once more late in the fourth, and with the game out of reach. Key Performances: Senior standout Aramis Hillary delivered in what might have been his last home performance at Strom Thurmond. The quarterback tallied over 300 total yards and 4 scores to lead the Rebels to victory. On the other side of the ball, the Thurmond secondary absolutely punished anyone who entered their territory. The game was over when: After only 3 minutes of play in the second half, Hillary found senior Chris Glover in a post route for a 24 yard score to put the Rebels up 35-6. Another turnover immediately following ended any chance of a comeback for North Charleston. What they are saying: "Tonight was a good start. Our offense executed and the defense played at will. Coach fired us up in the locker room at half-time, and we were able to make some things happen in the second half. Next week will be a bit tougher at Marlboro County, but we've played in some fires this year." -Strom Thurmond quarterback Aramis Hillary What this means: Strom Thurmond advances to the second round of the Class AAA playoffs, traveling to Marlboro County next Friday. Game Statistics NC 0 6 0 8 -- 14 ST 7 14 28 0 -- 0 SCORING SUMMARY T -- Oquendo Curry 19 run (Cesar Navarro kick) T -- Pooh Willams 13 pass from Aramis Hillary (Navarro kick) T -- Jeremy Thomas 10 pass from Hillary (Navarro kick) NC -- Jawaun Wynn 49 pass from Jerome Jackson (pass failed) T -- Hillary 1 run (Navarro kick) T -- Chris Glover 13 pass from Hillary (Navarro kick) T -- Maurice Brown 13 run (Navarro kick) T -- Brown 50 run (Navarro kick) NC -- Denzel Myers 23 pass from Jackson (pass from Myers to Jackson) INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING N. Charleston -- 34-117. Strom Thurmond -- Aramis Hillary 13-102, Maurice Brown 5-97, Oquendo Curry 7-70, Anthony Hillary 5-52, Jerome Brown 4-14, No. 17 1-2. PASSING N. Charleston -- 15-29-3 183 . Strom Thurmond -- Aramis Hillary 12-18-1 215, Jerome Brown 2-4-1 25. RECEIVING Strom Thurmond -- Jeremy Thomas 8-109, Chris Glover 3-75, Josh Painter 1-33, Pooh Williams 2-23. Information compiled by Michael Houdasheldt

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