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Screven runs all over Metter

    METTER — The Screven County Gamecocks were riding high heading into their Friday night matchup with Metter. Locked up in a three way tie atop the Region 3-AA standings, SCHS made the most of its night. Travis Coles and the potent Screven rushing attack racked up 408 yards on the ground, running the Tigers off the field by the score of 48-7
    After allowing Metter to drive inside the Gamecock 40-yard line on the opening drive of the  game, the Screven County defense was able to clamp down. Safety Travis Sampson undercut a Tiger receiver on an underthrown deep ball, intercepting a Blake Williams pass and giving Screven great field position.
    The Screven offense stepped onto the field with its foot firmly planted on the gas. The Gamecocks rolled down the field, going 60 yards to give them the early 7-0 lead. Coles showed early on that he would be a factor, rushing seven times for 48 yards on the drive to set up Michael Johnson’s 1-yard touchdown plunge.
    The Gamecock rushing offense was repeatedly able to take advantage of the field position given to them by the defense, which shut down the Metter passing attack, allowing only four first downs and 59 total yards in the first half.
    Despite Metter’s troubles, Screven County head coach Pat Collins was very complimentary after the game.
    “I want to commend (MHS head) coach (Clay) Hill and his staff. They’ve had a tough run, but their team played extremely hard," said Collins. "They weren’t quite as deep as we were tonight, and they got a little tired, but they played very hard and they should be commended for that.”
    For all of its struggles in the first half, Metter’s fortunes only got worse in the third quarter.
    On their first play of the second half, a short pass was completed, but immediately put on the turf for a fumble, which Screven County quickly turned into a touchdown.
    On the very next snap for the Tigers, another completed pass — this time for a first down _ was jarred loose from the ball handler. Gamecock defensive back Edward Burns was able to corral the fumble and race 38 yards for a touchdown.     Another rushing score for Screven put the game far out of reach before the fourth quarter had even begun. Both teams exchanged scores in the final period amidst a running clock to bring the final tally to 48-7.
    “Any time that you can get a region win, it’s great,” said Collins after the game. “We’ve got to get better though, and we’ve got a lot of improving to do. We’re just really glad that we got a lot of boys an opportunity to play tonight and get a little experience.”
    With the win, the Gamecocks improve to 6-2 on the season and 4-1 in the region. Next week, they will host Swainsboro in a contest that could very well decide who pulls ahead in Region 3-AA. Metter falls to 0-8 and 0-5 in region play.


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