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Screven dominates Metter
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    SYLVANIA —  Eight first quarter offensive plays netted three scores with the defense adding another as the SCHS Gamecocks scored 27 first stanza points enroute to a 54-7 victory over still-winless Metter’s Tigers.  With the win in the annual Hall of Fame game, the Gamecocks finished their regular season at Kelly Memorial Stadium at 5-0.
    A drizzle that on occasion turned into a blowing monsoon did not affect the Rooster rushing attack as it ground out 494 yards with 16 different backs carring the football. 

    “I am pleased with the way we handled the wet ball,” said Gamecock mentor Pat Collins.  “Our kids played with a sense of urgency and great intensity.  At this point in the season, every win is important.”
    Improving to 5-3 (3-2 in 3AA), SCHS will travel to Swainsboro to face the 7-1 (4-1 in 3AA) Tigers in a pivotal region contest that could go a long way in clearing up the crowded playoff picture.  
    For the Swainsboro contest to have any type of home-field playoff significance, Collins’ troops had to first dispose of Metter’s Tigers.  They quickly did.  Forcing a Metter punt after three plays, SCHS drove 61 yards in just four plays to take the lead at 6-0 when Travis Coles (8-160, 3TDs) raced in from six yards out with 8:44 on the first quarter clock.  Zane Powell added the first of six PATs, with only a bad snap preventing him from attempting another.  
    A fumble recovery by Rob Hollingsworth quickly set up a 20-yard scoring run by Todd Scott before Coles scored again from 46 yards out.  Defensive tackle Greg Williams finished the first quarter scoring by taking a screen pass into the end zone for a score.
    Things go no better for the Tigers in the second quarter as the Gamecocks scored two more times before the visitors netted a first down.  The final points for the SCHS first team offense came on the half’s final play with Coles scampering out from 36 yards out.  
    The second half saw the second and third team Gamecock offenses move the ball for 166 yards on the ground in three possessions, but fumble the ball away on two of the possessions.  Bobrica Cooper ended the scoring onslaught with a 24 yard run late in the third quarter.  
    “I liked the way the kids came out and did what they needed to do,” continued Collins.  “I am proud for our seniors to finish the regular season unbeaten at home.  Most importantly, we got the win and escaped injury free.  When you get into the eighth game of the season, and no one gets hurt, that is great.”
    Defensively the Gamecocks held Metter to a total of four first downs and 126 total yards, 54 of them coming on a scoring screen play from Blake Williams to Dexter Holloway.