6 Highlight Reel-Worthy Moments from Game Night Live 2016

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Tonight, November 4th, is the final Game Night Live broadcast of LIVE, local high school football on MeTV / WJBF app for the 2016 season.  It has been a tremendous season; one that saw some outstanding games, and great individual and team performances.  Here’s a look at the top Six Highlight Reel-Worthy Moments from Game Night Live 2016:

Aquinas LaneyDramatic Finishes

In what may be the most dramatic finish in Game Night Live history, Aquinas High School’s Crimmins Hankinson hit a 44-yard field goal as time expired to defeat Laney High School, 19-18!  What a tremendous ending to a great game.

Hurricane MatthewThe Weather

We had two Game Night Live games that had to be moved up to Thursday nights due to weather. On September 1st, Fox Creek High School and Silver Bluff High School made a game-day decision to move their game up a day due to concerns of impending Hurricane Hermine. Silver Bluff won the game 41-14, and the rain held off until both teams had left the field and the stands were nearly empty…just then the heavens opened up and the storm was on!

On October 6th,Westminster and Augusta Prep moved their game to Thursday due to the fast approaching Hurricane Matthew. Augusta Prep prevailed 35-14, and Hurricane Matthew hung close to the coast and caused minimal damage to inland Georgia.

Overtime

Game Night Live saw two games go to overtime this season in back to back weeks!  In Week 7, Washington-Wilkes and Lincoln County renewed their rivalry in Lincolnton and it was a fight to the finish! With the score tied 14-14 after regulation, Lincoln County drove the ball to the two yard line but the Washington-Wilkes defense stood up and forced the Red Devils to try a game winning field goal which the Red Devils nailed for the victory, 17-14.

The very next week, North Augusta and Strom Thurmond met in Edgefield County for their annual matchup.  The Yellow Jackets and Rebels defenses were the story, as the teams battled back and forth during regulation to a 14-14 tie; and in what turned out to the longest game in Game Night Live history, North Augusta prevailed in the 4th overtime to win it, 41-38.

Burke County at ThomsonSold Out Games

Over 6,000 people attended the Game Night Live contest in Thomson as the Bulldogs took on the Burke County Bears.   Thomson came in ranked #2 in the state, while Burke County was ranked 8th.  Thomson came out on top 20-7, but their high powered offense was held in check for most of the game by a strong Bears defense.

2016-game-night-live-schedule-redoAll of the CSRA got in on the Action

This year, our Game Night Live schedule showcased 19 different schools, so we were able to really show off what the CSRA is made of when it comes to football.

Offensive Standouts

The most outstanding offensive performance on Game Night Live this season has to go to Strom Thurmond High School senior QB Tyrese Nick who rushed for 232 yards and five touchdowns in Strom Thurmond’s Week 4 matchup with Midland Valley.

Other outstanding individual performances that stood out were Strom Thurmond’s WR Rashad Bryant’s four receiving TD’s against North Augusta in their overtime thriller in week 6.

Evans’ Corey Watkins rushed for 150 yards and 2 TD’s in Evans Week 9 win over Grovetown; while in that same game Grovetown’s senior linebacker Shahin O’Neal had 13 tackles and two forced fumbles against the Knights.

In Thomson’s Week 11 win over Burke County Michael Thomas ran for a Game Night Live season high of 240 yards on 32 carries and had one touchdown.

 

2016 was a GREAT year for Game Night Live, and just think, the Border Bowl is just two months away!