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Athlete of the Week: Waters powers BA into playoffs
Bulloch Academy junior quarterback Loy Waters - photo by Special to the Herald

    Things weren’t looking great for Bulloch Academy during last week’s game. With all-important playoff seeding on the line, the Gators trailed rival Pinewood Christian, 21-14, with just over 10 minutes to play.
    Digging deep, Bulloch junior quarterback Loy Waters lifted up his team. A 62-yard touchdown run tied the game and started a run of 28 unanswered points, and Waters capped the scoring with a 68-yard scamper to give the Gators a 42-21 victory.
    With the win, the Gators notched the No. 3 seed out of Region 1-AAA and now advance into the state playoffs.
    “We’re all pretty excited,” said Waters, who is in his first year as the starting quarterback. “I think we have a good shot, but we just have to keep taking it one game at a time.”
    Waters has been an integral part of the Gators’ success this season on both sides of the ball. I addition to his spot under center, Waters also heads up the BA linebacking corps. His running ability spurred the Gator offense to a win last week and his leaping pass deflection with no time remaining preserved a 39-38 win over Bethesda Day last month.
    “It can get a little tiring playing both ways,” said Waters. “But it’s also fun. When you’re in the middle of a big game, you’ve got to suck it up and keep playing hard.”
    Waters and the rest of the Gators travel to Macon Friday for their playoff game against Stratford Academy.