With its first state playoff since 2003 just one win away, Metter found itself in a 13-0 hole against McIntosh County Academy.
Rallying his troops, senior linebacker Conner West and the Tiger defense dug in and didn’t allow another point as Metter stormed back to take a 20-13 victory.
“It was a big game for us,” West said. “Things didn’t start out great, but we knew we were still in it. The defense just knew we had to do our part.”
West carried more than his share of the load to put a stop to the Buccaneer offense. He recorded 16 total tackles, including a pair of sacks and three tackles for a loss.
More importantly, West made two stops on fourth down to get McIntosh’s attack off the field and allow Metter’s offense to rally.
With the win, the Tigers clinched a berth in the Class AA state playoffs. This week, they face a tough test against Bryan County that could improve their seeding in the postseason.
“It’s great to be able to make the playoffs in my last year,” West said. “Our first season in double-A was tough last year. It’s good to be able to put together a better season in our senior year.”
Winning an individual region title as a sophomore is pretty impressive.
Backing it up with another title as a junior is even better.
Last week, Screven County’s Kenbreyana "KB" Scruggs chalked up her second straight Region 3-AA cross country championship, running a time of 22:21 to best last season’s winning time by exactly one second.
“KB is a gamer,” Screven coach Anna Canetto said. “She definitely knows how to show up when she’s facing competition. That’s why she’s been our number one runner going on three years now.”
Scruggs wasn’t alone in her achievements. Laura Stuart, Rebekah Woods, Jancy Durrence, and Allie Bazemore combined to give the Lady Gamecocks their second consecutive team region title to go along with Scruggs’ individual accolades.
“It was definitely a little tougher this season,” Canetto said. “We had to overcome some injuries. All of our region competitors also knew the course that they were running this time. They did their homework and made things tough for us.”
Next up for Scruggs and the Gamecocks is the state meet, scheduled for Nov. 9 in Carrolton.