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Trying to pick a health insurance plan can be a chore for anyone. For many people, just mentioning the word "open enrollment" sends shivers down the spine. It seems like there's always a nagging feeling that you're wasting money, choosing a plan with poor in-network care, or both. One would think that health insurance gets easier as you approach retirement age, but the truth is that picking an initial Medicare coverage plan can be daunting.

Unfortunately, the confusing process of signing up for Medicare causes many seniors to forego healthcare coverage altogether. After all, Medicare enrollment can involve several federal agencies, including the Social Security Administration (or SSA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (or CMS).

At Senior Medicare Insurance Services, our passion is guiding seniors through the confusion of Medicare. That way, they can enjoy retirement with peace of mind knowing they are protected and ready for life after 65. We work with dozens of insurance companies, giving our clients the chance to choose a plan that best fits their lifestyle.

We choose to design our senior insurance plans with a focus on optimal benefits structure, lower costs, and personalized service. Some independent insurance agencies see their aging customers as nothing more than a financial transaction waiting to happen. In contrast, we treat each of our clients with respect and dignity as we help them navigate the confusing waters of Medicare. Combined with individualized service, we help older Americans make well-informed decisions about insurance. Whether you're in need of senior Medicare Supplement Plan insurance in Aiken or simply have questions about signing up for Medicare, our team is here to help.

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What is Medicare?

If you're approaching the golden years of your life, it's important you understand what Medicare is if you don't already.

Medicare is a federal health insurance program reserved for people older than 65 who have worked full-time for at least ten years. The Medicare program is paid for by a combination of worker payroll tax, premiums paid by Medicare enrollees, and the U.S. government.

There are four parts of Medicare:

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This type of Medicare is free for most U.S. citizens. Medicare Part A helps older adults pay for care in a nursing facility, hospital visits, and some forms of in-home senior care.

This tier costs around $100 per month. It covers different outpatient services like lab tests, preventative care, doctor's visits, mental health care, clinical trials, and some forms of surgery.

This type of Medicare is most often called Medicare Advantage. This tier of Medicare allows seniors to choose health plans provided by insurance companies like Senior Medicare Insurance Services. Individuals who use Medicare Advantage commonly use Medicare supplement plan insurance to help pay for health care costs that Original Medicare won't cover, like coinsurance, deductibles, and copayments.

Sometimes called "PDPs," these plans add drug coverage to standard Medicare, some Medicare Private Fee-for-Service Plans (PFFS), some Medicare Cost Plans, and Medicare Medical Savings Account Plans (MSA).

The amount of money you pay for your health care depends on several factors, including:

At Senior Medicare Insurance Services, we offer a number of health insurance solutions for seniors. Two of our most used services include Medicare Advantage plan insurance and Medicare supplement plan insurance.

Senior Medicare Supplement Plan Insurance in Aiken

Sometimes called Medigap, the purpose of Medicare Supplement Insurance is to help fill in "gaps" that might not be covered by Original Medicare. You can think of a Medigap policy as a supplement for your Original Medicare benefits.

Private companies like Senior Medicare Insurance Services sell this type of insurance right here in South Carolina. While Original Medicare will pay for much of the cost associated with health care services you need, it may not cover all of your expenses. Generally, Medigap policies do not cover costs stemming from eyeglasses, private-duty nurses, dental care, hearing aids, or long-term care.

Depending on the Medicare Supplement Plan that you choose, it may cover out-of-the-country medical services when you travel abroad. Assuming you have Original Medicare coverage, your policy will cover its share of Medicare-approved health care costs. Once your Original Medicare coverage reaches its limit, your Medigap policy will pay its share of the fees.

Our Medigap policies are drafted to meet your specific needs, and can help cover remaining health care costs such as:

Deductibles

Copayments

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Important Information About Senior Supplement Plan Insurance

To dispel some confusion, you should know that a Medigap policy is not the same as a Medicare Advantage Plan. The latter helps you receive Medicare benefits, while the former supplements the benefits you obtain through your Original Medicare plan. As you begin to explore Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans, keep the following important information in mind:

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As you begin to explore Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans, keep the following important information in mind:

  • To qualify for a Medigap policy, you must first have Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B.
  • Payments on your Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan will be made to the private insurance company that you choose, like Senior Medicare Insurance Services. These payments are made every month and are paid in addition to the monthly payment you make for Medicare Part B.
  • If you are the holder of a Medicare Advantage Plan, it is illegal for an insurance company to sell you a senior Medicare Supplement Policy. If you plan on switching back to an Original Medicare plan, you may be able to purchase a Medigap policy.
  • If you have health problems as you age, your standardized Medigap policy is guaranteed to be renewable. So long as you pay your monthly premium, your insurance provider cannot cancel your policy.
  • Medigap policies only cover one person. If you have a spouse or family member that would like coverage, they must purchase a separate policy.
  • You may only buy a Senior Medicare Supplement Plan from an insurance agent that is licensed to sell them in your state. Senior Medicare Insurance Services has been licensed to sell Medigap policies in South Carolina for years. We have helped countless seniors get the Medicare coverage they need and continue to do so to this day.
  • In the past, Medigap policies were able to cover costs related to prescription drugs. As of January 1st, 2006, prescription drug coverage is not available on Medicare Supplement Plans. The best way to get coverage for your prescription drugs is to join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, often called Part D. Contact our office today to learn more about paying premiums on Medigap and Medicare plans.

For many people, the best time to buy senior Medicare Supplement Plan Insurance in Aiken is during the 7 months Medigap Open Enrollment Period. This period starts the day you turn 65 years old, so long as you hold Medical Insurance (Medicare Part B). Generally, during the enrollment period, you get more policy choices and better pricing. Once the enrollment period is over, you may not be able to purchase a Medigap policy. Contact Senior Medicare Insurance Services today to determine if you qualify for a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan.

Senior Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance in Aiken, SC

A Medicare Advantage Plan is a kind of Medicare health coverage designed to provide seniors with all their Part A and Part B Medicare benefits. Many Medicare Advantage Plans will often include coverage of the following:

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In addition, most Medicare Advantage Plans give seniors coverage for their prescription drug needs. When you enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan through Senior Medicare Insurance Services, your Medicare benefits are covered through your plan and will not be paid for by traditional Medicare.

How Medicare Advantage Plans Work

Sometimes called "MA Plans" or "Part C," Medicare Advantage Plans are considered an "all in one" solution to Original Medicare. Senior Medicare Advantage Plans are only offered by private companies that are approved, like Senior Medicare Insurance Services. Seniors who enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan are still on Medicare. However, these individuals enjoy bundled plans that give seniors the benefits of hospital insurance (Medicare Part A), medical insurance (Medicare Part B), and sometimes drug coverage (Part D).

Medicare Advantage Plans are very popular because they cover all Medicare services and make life a little easier for seniors who have trouble understanding the nuances of Medicare.

When you contact Senior Medicare Insurance Services to choose your Medicare Advantage Plan, ask your agent about Medicare prescription drug coverage. Unless you already have drug coverage (Part D), you should seriously consider Part D coverage to help reduce costs associated with prescription drugs. You may also want to consider a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan to help fill gaps in coverage that Original Medicare will not cover.

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Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance Rules

Medicare works by paying a set amount of money to the companies that offer senior Medicare Advantage Plan insurance in Aiken. That money is used to pay for the care services that you need. Because Medicare Advantage Plans are different, you should expect out-of-pocket costs to vary depending on the plan you choose.

Different plans have different rules for how you receive services, such as:

  • If you must go to facilities, suppliers, or doctors that belong to your Advantage Plan for non-urgent and non-emergency care.
  • Whether you must get a referral to see a specialized doctor
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Companies that offer Medicare Advantage Plans must follow strict rules, which are set by Medicare and can change every year.

Paying for Your Senior Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance

How much you pay for your Medicare Advantage Plan varies and depends on a few different factors. In most cases, if you need a kind of medical service, you will need to rely on the doctors and providers in your plan's service area and network to pay the lowest amounts. In some cases, if you choose to use a service outside of your plan's network of coverage, you may have to pay out-of-pocket.

We encourage you to contact our office today to learn more about Medicare Advantage Plans, how they work, what your options are, and how often you will have to pay out-of-pocket, if at all.

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The Senior Medicare Insurance Services Commitment

Since our company was founded, we have led the insurance industry by providing our clients with the most valuable, helpful insurance solutions available. We are fully committed to our current and prospective clients by:

  • Choosing to focus on personalized, one-on-one service. When you work with our team, know that we will always design your health insurance plan with your best interests in mind.
  • Listening to your specific needs.
  • Responding to all inquiries and questions promptly and with a friendly attitude.
  • Providing you with the best customer service in the senior health insurance industry, whether you have questions or are ready to move forward with a Medicare plan.
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Our mission is to help give seniors the best Medicare assistance available so that they may understand the Medicare process and make an informed health coverage decision. We have the knowledge, skills, and experience to assist anyone interested in Medicare. Our personal goal is to become a lifetime resource for our clients and give them greater confidence in choosing their insurance plans.

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'Nobody made the appointment': Aiken gym owner responds to Mark Wahlberg's mockery

Oscar-nominated actor Mark Wahlberg shocked and confused many Augusta area residents when he posted an inflammatory video on Instagram from in front of an Aiken gym. But no one was more confused and angered than the gym's owner Lou Puleo."Someone sent me a link to the Instagram page on Sunday after he had posted it," said the Workout Anytime Aiken owner. "At first, I thought someone was spamming me. I was like, 'That's not true!'"In the video recorded at about 3 a.m. Sunday, Wahlberg was stand...

Oscar-nominated actor Mark Wahlberg shocked and confused many Augusta area residents when he posted an inflammatory video on Instagram from in front of an Aiken gym. But no one was more confused and angered than the gym's owner Lou Puleo.

"Someone sent me a link to the Instagram page on Sunday after he had posted it," said the Workout Anytime Aiken owner. "At first, I thought someone was spamming me. I was like, 'That's not true!'"

In the video recorded at about 3 a.m. Sunday, Wahlberg was standing outside Workout Anytime Aiken. He said they had called earlier to arrange for them to workout, but nobody was there to let them in. He also scolded the business for not having staff on site 24/7.

"This is not 'anytime fitness.' This is 'part-time, no-time,'" Wahlberg said.

In the post's description, the actor said he was able to find another gym, but did not indicate which gym it was or even if it was in the area.

When The Augusta Chronicle spoke to Puleo on Tuesday, he repeatedly said, "Nobody made the appointment."

So where was the confusion?

Puleo said they received a call Saturday that went to voicemail from a man who was not Wahlberg saying he and some other guys wanted to come for a late night workout and left a phone number to call back. After seeing Wahlberg's video, Puleo's manager looked, found that message, called the number, and the man on the other line identified himself as a member of Wahlberg's team.

The unidentified representative said they had talked to someone at Workout Anytime by the name of Ashley, but Ashley is not an employee. Ashley is the name of the pre-recorded voice that presents itself as part of the voicemail message, but is not a real person. Puleo said when they tried to explain this, the representative said Wahlberg wasn't interested and hung up.

Puleo said he and his manager also tried to direct message Wahlberg to sort this mess out, but they have not heard back.

Another point of confusion surrounding this story is that Wahlberg in his video called the business "Anytime Fitness." It's unclear if he simply misspoke or believed he was at an Anytime Fitness gym, though the closest Anytime Fitness to Aiken is in Martinez, about 30 miles away.

This entire incident has been deeply upsetting for Puleo and his employees.

When The Augusta Chronicle first reached out to them on Monday, he was hoping this would just go away. But as more people shared the video and reached out to his business, he had to speak up. He expressed how they take pride in having built a small, veteran-owned business, and how something like this is very serious for them.

"We've worked hard to build a good reputation, and in 30 seconds he tries to destroy it," Puleo said of Wahlberg. "That's just not right."

But the retired U.S. Marine colonel said the last thing he wants to do or is trying to do is start a social media fight, especially since there is no way he could win against someone with 20 million followers.

"I don't want to disparage Mark Wahlberg. I think he's a great guy. I enjoy his films," Puleo said. "But for him to go off like that, given his social media status, is rather unfair without stepping back and saying ... 'let me give them a chance to explain why I'm standing here at 3 a.m. and no one's here.'"

Workout Anytime Aiken is open 24/7 to members and is located at 1614 Richland Ave. West in Aiken, SC. For more information, go to workoutanytime.com/aiken.

Bettis Academy Road study results include plan to deal with increased traffic

GRANITEVILLE — By 2040, the number of vehicles per day on the already congested Bettis Academy Road is expected to more than double, from 12,700 currently on its busiest segment to nearly 30,000 in some sections.Those statistics were among the results of a study that were made available to the public Tuesday during a meeting at Byrd Elementary School.Also included was a plan to deal with the increase in traffic.Aiken County teamed up with Edgefield County to analyze the present and future conditions along approxima...

GRANITEVILLE — By 2040, the number of vehicles per day on the already congested Bettis Academy Road is expected to more than double, from 12,700 currently on its busiest segment to nearly 30,000 in some sections.

Those statistics were among the results of a study that were made available to the public Tuesday during a meeting at Byrd Elementary School.

Also included was a plan to deal with the increase in traffic.

Aiken County teamed up with Edgefield County to analyze the present and future conditions along approximately 7.5 miles of Bettis Academy, from Ascauga Lake Road to Edgefield Highway (U.S. Route 25).

Kimley-Horn, an engineering consulting firm, conducted the study.

In addition to traffic volumes now and in the future, traffic accident data and further commercial, industrial and residential development along the corridor were among the factors considered.

During a May public information meeting , people concerned about Bettis Academy Road’s traffic congestion and safety made suggestions for improvements and learn about the study.

“If traffic continues to grow and the area develops as we expect, the entirety of Bettis Academy (in the study area) is going to need widening at some point,” said Joe Robertson, a transportation engineer with Kimley-Horn, on Tuesday.

“With the size of the that project and the cost associated with that project, that’s really not feasible any time soon,” he continued, “so what we’ve tried to accomplish with this study is to find smaller, bite-sized projects that can be more easily implemented.”

The projects are divided into four stages.

In the first two stages, the work would focus on intersection improvements, such as the addition of turn lanes and traffic signals, which would be the least expensive projects to complete.

“Those will cost around a couple hundred thousand dollars apiece,” said Robertson of the turn lane addition projects in Stage 1.

The more costly widening efforts, for the most part, are in Stage 3 and Stage 4.

Those projects would require the expenditure of “millions of dollars,” Robertson said.

Eventually, some parts of Bettis Academy Road could have as many as five lanes.

When asked what the cost would be if all the projects in all four stages were completed, Robertson said, “I don’t have that total, but it’s a lot.”

In Stage 1, 10 projects are ranked in order of priority.

First is adding northbound and southbound left turn lanes at the intersection of Bettis Academy and Whaley Pond Road.

No. 2 is adding a southbound left turn lane at the intersection of Bettis Academy and Sage Creek Boulevard.

No. 3 is adding an eastbound left turn lane at the intersection of Bettis Academy and Whaley Pond.

No. 4 is adding a southbound left turn lane at the intersection of Bettis Academy and Flat Rock Lane.

There were comment sheets for the attendees of Tuesday’s meeting to fill out and displays for them to view.

They also could talk to Robertson, who is the project manager for the study, and other members of his team.

“I agree with the project priorities. However, I’m going to ask for some other considerations,” said Tina Bevington, who lives on Bettis Academy Road. “That’s all because, actually, they’ve done some good things with this.”

Robertson expects the study to be finished early in 2023.

Discussing the study with the South Carolina Department of Transportation and seeking funding are the next steps in the process, Robertson said.

Written comments about the study will be accepted until Dec. 16.

They can be emailed to Planning@aikencountysc.gov or mailed to the Aiken County Planning and Development Department, 1930 University Parkway, Suite 2800, Aiken, S.C. 29801.

For more information, call 803-642-1520 or send an email to Planning@aikencountysc.gov.

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One Table returning to Aiken on Thanksgiving Day

With the help of a new partnership, One Table will be returning to Aiken on Thanksgiving Day.The event’s past organizers are teaming up with The Salvation Army of Aiken to bring back the free community dinner.After a two-year hiatus because of concerns about COVID-19, One Table will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 24.The site will be The Salvation Army’s headquarters at 322 Gayle Ave. instead of One Table’s traditional location in The Alley.As in the past, everyone is invited to attend and...

With the help of a new partnership, One Table will be returning to Aiken on Thanksgiving Day.

The event’s past organizers are teaming up with The Salvation Army of Aiken to bring back the free community dinner.

After a two-year hiatus because of concerns about COVID-19, One Table will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 24.

The site will be The Salvation Army’s headquarters at 322 Gayle Ave. instead of One Table’s traditional location in The Alley.

As in the past, everyone is invited to attend and enjoy a hearty meal and fellowship.

One Table Event Coordinator Kathryn Wade described the collaboration as “a great solution.”

For a while, she wasn’t sure it would be possible to revive the event in 2022 following the long break and the disbandment of the One Table Committee.

There also was another problem.

“Newberry Hall has been very gracious to us over the years, but because of some engagements they had, it was going to make it hard for us to use their kitchen facilities,” Wade said.

For The Salvation Army, getting involved in One Table was compatible with its charitable efforts such as operating a soup kitchen and providing various other services to those in need, Capt. April Tiller said.

In addition, while One Table was on hiatus, The Salvation Army had stepped up and offered free Thanksgiving meals, and the nonprofit was ready to serve holiday fare at no cost again.

“There’s no reason why we shouldn’t do this together,” said Tiller of the new One Table partnership.

Starting Nov. 1, people who want to donate prepared food – macaroni and cheese, rice and sweet potatoes – can sign up and pick up pans at the Life Choices Pregnancy Care Center at 130 East Pine Log Road. After being filled, the pans should be taken to The Salvation Army’s headquarters on Nov. 23 or by 10 a.m. on Nov. 24.

“We also are looking for people to donate desserts,” said Wade, who is Life Choices’ executive director. “They can bring to that food to The Salvation Army (on Gayle Avenue) on Nov. 22, Nov. 23, or by 10 a.m. on Nov. 24.”

Life Choices is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

“The turkeys have been taken care of,” Wade said. “Some of the same guys that we’ve had in the past will grill them the day before Thanksgiving.”

As for the future of One Table, “we are going to to work to rebuild the One Table Committee and, hopefully, get it back to normal,” Wade said.

The phone number for Life Choices is 803-649-9890.

For information about volunteering or donating money, call 803-641-4141.

Preliminary work begins on Olive Garden in Aiken

Preliminary work has begun on the future Olive Garden in Aiken.A truck from Columbia Sheet Metal, a commercial and industrial heating, ventilating and air conditioning company, was parked outside of the former Golden Corral that will be torn down to make way for the Olive Garden on Friday morning.Also, a construction worker at the adjacent ...

Preliminary work has begun on the future Olive Garden in Aiken.

A truck from Columbia Sheet Metal, a commercial and industrial heating, ventilating and air conditioning company, was parked outside of the former Golden Corral that will be torn down to make way for the Olive Garden on Friday morning.

Also, a construction worker at the adjacent Zaxby’s (also under construction) said Thursday afternoon he had seen people that morning working on the HVAC units and working inside the building located at 2265 Whiskey Road.

The Golden Corral buffet restaurant closed in early 2020.

The construction timeline for the restaurant is not currently known; however, the plans call for the demolition of the Golden Corral building and its replacement with a slightly smaller building and more landscaping. The existing building is 9,331 square feet, while the proposed Olive Garden would be 7,805 square feet.

The Aiken City Council gave its final approval for the plans – the property had to be rezoned from general business to planned commercial and a concept plan had to be submitted and approved – on May 9.

The city council voted to approve the first reading of an ordinance rezoning the property and approving the concept plan on April 25.

The Aiken Planning Commission recommended approval of the rezoning and the plans on April 12.

Plans to turn the former Golden Corral into an Olive Garden were submitted to the city in March.

“It’s something I know the residents have asked about for a number of years,” Aiken City Manager Stuart Bedenbaugh told the Aiken Standard in March.

The plan calls for the proposed Olive Garden to have 235 seats and 117 parking spaces.

The building’s exterior would consist of a stone veneer with elements of stone cladding and brick veneer, according to documents submitted to the city.

Bedenbaugh said Friday that he did not know of any changes to the plans to construct the Olive Garden.

The proposed Olive Garden site is near the busy Publix shopping center and an area slated for lots of redevelopment. The former home of Ruby Tuesday is slated to become a Zaxby’s, and the Chick-fil-A next door recently underwent a renovation to expand the kitchen and drive-thru areas.

Also, the heavily commercial area sits at one of the gateways to the Aiken Mall, whose developers recently showed updated concept plans. These plans showed proposed locations and layout of restaurant or retail space, apartments, a hotel, a park, amphitheater and walking trail.

The existing Aiken Mall is scheduled to be completely demolished this year, with construction of the new structures starting afterward.

Workers have been busy putting a new façade on the Belk department store at the site of the former Aiken Mall.

“We’re blocking in those old columns and we’re painting the entire exterior white, so it will have a fresh look,” said Jason Long, a senior vice president with Southeastern, in October. Southeastern is the Augusta-based company that is heading up the redevelopment of the Southside property.

On the side of the Belk building that used to be attached to the mall before nearly all of that structure was demolished, “there will be a new entrance,” Long said. “We’ll install a new wall, and it will have a brand new façade. That also will be painted white so it all ties in together.”

Prep Capsules: State semifinal spots on line for area’s 3 remaining teams

Last time they playedStrom Thurmond defeated Saluda 6-3 on Oct. 7, 2022.Keys to the gameThe key for Strom Thurmond, and it’s what has been key during the Rebels’ current 10-game win streak, is to play with focus, effort and discipline. The Rebels want to control only the things they can control, especially in a game of this magnitude. It will be the biggest test the Rebels have faced this season on both offense and defense, and they have to treat Friday night as its own game ...

Last time they played

Strom Thurmond defeated Saluda 6-3 on Oct. 7, 2022.

Keys to the game

The key for Strom Thurmond, and it’s what has been key during the Rebels’ current 10-game win streak, is to play with focus, effort and discipline. The Rebels want to control only the things they can control, especially in a game of this magnitude. It will be the biggest test the Rebels have faced this season on both offense and defense, and they have to treat Friday night as its own game and only focus on what happens between the lines - what happened earlier this season doesn’t matter, and they can’t waste time focusing on that result (the Rebels’ win was the Tigers’ first of the season and knocked them from the No. 1 spot in the state rankings) or get too caught up in the emotion of this long-time rivalry.

The Rebels’ defense has been stout all season, racking up sacks (35.5) and turnovers (24) and not allowing more than 14 points in a game since their Sept. 16 win over Evans. They previously held the Tigers to just a single field goal, but that was the regular season. Now it’s win-or-go-home time, and the Rebels should expect to see as much of Tyleke Mathis as the Tigers can throw at them. As such, the big picture for Friday is for the Rebels’ defense to get 11 helmets to the football as quickly as they can. Mathis is a special talent that can go the distance whenever he touches the ball, so the Rebels can’t let him get free. The offense has run the ball better the last few weeks, and as a whole the team did a good job of bouncing back from a tough first half in last week’s 21-6 win over Keenan. Nate Nordeen’s two field goals in the previous meeting were enough to beat Saluda, but the Rebels know they’re going to have to score more this time.

Last time they played

This is the first meeting between the two teams.

Keys to the game

This is the time of year when teams just want to win and advance, no matter what it looks like. That was the case last week for Barnwell, which didn’t look much like the typical Warhorses but still got the stops and scores necessary to stay undefeated and extend the season. The Warhorses again relied on the run game with Tyler Smith, the state Mr. Football finalist who is now at 2,795 yards and 45 touchdowns on the ground for the season. Andrews committed as many bodies as possible to stopping him up the middle, and if Andrew Jackson does the same the Warhorses may again have success getting backs like Jordan Peeples to the edges. The Warhorses have run for 327 yards per game this season, but they still have playmakers at receiver like Clay Pender who make the most of their touches.

Across the field will be an Andrew Jackson team that is just about as run-heavy as Barnwell. The Volunteers run it on about 75% of their offensive snaps, averaging 8 yards per carry and 290 yards per game this season. They lean on highly-touted junior running back Trey Thompson, who at 5-foot-11 and 205 pounds has run the ball for 2,285 yards and 34 touchdowns this season. The Volunteers have attempted about 12 passes per game this season and have thrown 14 touchdowns to nine interceptions, so the Warhorses may have some opportunities to force turnovers should they stop Thompson enough to force the Volunteers into obvious passing situations. The Warhorses have given up some big passing plays this season, but the Volunteers would be wise to not let Pender and Shea Whitfield have too many opportunities to get their hands on the ball.

Last time they played

This is the first meeting between the two teams.

Keys to the game

There’s no secret about what either of these teams wants to do when on offense, so this will come down to how well each defense is equipped to stop it. For Wagener-Salley, that means stopping a St. Joseph’s offense that will line up in an option-based offense and dare the defense to stop it - or, basically the exact opposite of what the War Eagles faced last week against C.A. Johnson’s multi-formation attack. Structurally the War Eagles are built to stop the option, so it’s a matter of the defenders playing assignment football and making the right reads. They have reason to be confident after giving up two offensive touchdowns last week and turning in their best performance in several weeks.

The War Eagles’ ball-control offense did its job against C.A. Johnson and will need to again this week. The War Eagles have the ability to break off long scoring runs on any play, and throughout the season they also showed that they can be patient and grind out short gains to move the sticks before eventually breaking free. That’s been a big reason they’ve won eight consecutive games and are the last team standing from Aiken County and Region 4-A. Up now is a St. Joseph’s team that has fared much better against Class A public schools (which they’ve outscored 288-31) than their fellow private schools (which have outscored them 119-57).

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