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BA eliminated by Deerfield-Windsor

Box Score
DWS    3    7    7    14 — 31
BA    0    7    0     0  —  7

First Quarter
DWS_Harry Vildibill 23 FG, 1:23.
Second Quarter
BA_Lanier Olliff 71 run (Tatum Blitch kick), 5:51.
DWS_Chris Boswell 14 run (Vildibill kick), 1:58.
Third Quarter
DWS_Steven Williams 1 run (Vildibill kick), 5:50.
Fourth Quarter
DWS_Williams 2 run (Vildibill kick), 10:49.
DWS_Howell Logan 30 interception return (Vildibill kick), 1:42.

    DWS    BA
First Downs    20    7
Total Yards    347    183
Rushes-Yards    43-310    28-131
Passing    37    52
Comp-Att-Int    4-11-1    6-13-1
Turnovers    3    3
Penalties-Yards    5-45    4-20

RUSHING_BA, Olliff 3-75, Andrew Howell 12-29. DWS, Williams 16-109.
PASSING_BA, Olliff 6-13-1-0, 52. DWS, Tyler Lowe 4-11-1-0, 37.
RECEIVING_BA, Dylan Stuckey 2-24. DWS, Aaron McNutt 2-22.

Deerfield-Windsor tailback Steven Williams didn't enter Friday night's GISA Class AAA first-round playoff game against Bulloch Academy until late in the second quarter.

But the big sophomore turned out to the difference in contest, leading the Knights' to a 31-7 victory and ending the Gators' season.

Bulloch (7-4) had held the powerful Knights to just a field goal in the first quarter and took a 7-3 lead midway through the second. Junior quarterback Lanier Olliff raced 71 yards on an option keeper at the 5:51 mark for the lead. Gator Alley was awash in dreams of upsetting the 2012 state champions, beating the perennial powerhouse for the first time in five tries and advancing to the second round of the playoffs.

But enter Williams.

He proceeded to help jump-start a stagnant DWS offense and rushed for 109 yards and two scores to lead the Knights into the second round of the playoffs. Williams had scoring plunges of 1 and 2 yards as the offensive line took control of the line of scrimmage in the second half. Deerfield-Windsor (8-3) had 347 total yards while holding the Gators to just 183.

Bulloch's defense forced a DWS punt on the Knights' opening series. On their second series, senior linebacker Will Rushing broke up a fourth-down pass in the end zone, forcing DWS to settle for a 23-yarder by senior Harry Vildibill with 1:23 left.

The Gators had an 11-play drive that spanned two quarters. In the series, BA converted one fourth-down try with a 5-yard vault from senior Andrew Howell but came up short on a pass from Olliff to Rushing. The senior running back was hurt while surging for extra yardage and did not re-enter the game.

After forcing the Knights into another punting situation, the Gators caught a break.

On BA's fourth offensive series, Olliff ran the option to his right, faking to fullback Dylan Stuckey and keeping the ball. He turned the corner and found a seam in the DWS defense, racing 71 yards for the score. Tatum Blitch booted the PAT for a 7-3 lead.

In the ensuing series, the DWS offensive line opened up massive holes for Williams, who had 34 yards on the Knights' 70-yard scoring drive. Chris Boswell ripped off a 14-yard run with 1:58 left in the half for a 10-7 lead.

Deerfield took the third-quarter kickoff and proceeded to jam the ball down the Gators' throats. A time-consuming 13-play, 84-yard drive ended when Williams walked in from the one at the 5:50 mark. Vildibill's PAT gave DWS a 17-7 advantage.

The Knight defense took its cue from the offense and rose to the challenge, holding the Gators to just 26 yards in the second half.

Williams added a 1-yard plunge at the beginning of the fourth quarter for a 24-7 lead. Howell Logan had a 30-yard interception return for a score with 1:42 to put the icing on the cake.