The teams may have changed a bit in terms of injured and improved players, but the final result was nearly identical. Lincoln County whipped Athens Academy 35-6 Friday night to advance to the Class A quarterfinals. The Red Devils will make their first visit ever to Metter next Friday to play the 11-1 Region 3-A champion Tigers, 34-14 winners over Atkinson County.
Travis Clark continued his extraordinary play, rushing for three touchdowns and passing for one TD and a PAT. Roncey Cummings had a great night with an interception to setup the Devils' first TD, and a 54-yard run on an inside reverse to retake the momentum after AA's TD and setup LC's second TD.
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Several of the second round Class A playoff games were close for a while before most ended in blowouts. Two were a big surprise. Click here for the full PROJECTED Class A bracket.
Calvary Baptist jumped out to a 9-0 lead early on defending state champ Clinch County, but the Panthers tied it and then took the lead 15-9. The folks from Savannah had a chance late to take the lead but Clinch held on for the win. Game coverage.
Landmark Christian cruised over Twiggs County 47-6 as Twiggs had one key player ineligible for the game, and two others were lost in the third quarter to injuries requiring hospital visits. Landmark also sent one player to the hospital, reportedly with a punctured kidney that may require surgery.
Miller County suffered one of its worst losses in a very long time in Hawkinsville, 45-0. Those other Red Devils are definitely for real.
Commerce overcame a pesky group of Blue Devils from Bremen, 28-14. Bremen blocked back-to-back punts in the second quarter to help tie the game. Game coverage.
Metter started slow, but the Tigers came on strong later with a 34-14 mauling of Atkinson County.
Trion soundly extinguished the fires of the Dragons from Jefferson, 35-0.
In what, on paper, was a huge upset, Dooly County defeated previously-unbeaten Pacelli 36-20 to end Pacelli's storybook season.
For other local teams in the second round, Thomson's Bulldogs fell behind early and lost to Thomas County Central 24-14. Washington County blasted Fitzgerald 42-0 in Class AAA. WaCo will host Westminster, 16-6 upset winners over #1 Gainesville, in the AAA quarterfinals.
(And a BIG THANK-YOU to Phil Tanner for providing the after-game barbeque for the team last Friday night!)