This year’s Metter seniors began their high school football careers in Mike West’s first season as head coach of the Tigers. Tonight, they’ll all experience their first state playoff game as they take on Lamar County — No. 1 seed out of Region 4-AA and top-ranked Class AA team in the state.
“We’ve got some great leadership from our older guys on this team,” Metter coach Mike West said. “We’ve definitely got our work cut out for us though. There’s no doubt that Lamar County is the favorite, but we’ve got four quarters to play and I’m sure that we’re going to give it our best effort.”
The Tigers will make the long trip to Barnesville, but will take the field without 1,000 yard rusher Justin Parrish. Cornerback Malik Kelly will play both ways to try and pick up the slack.
Metter’s defense will face the toughest assignment as dual threat quarterback Lance Austin, Lawrence Austin and Quentin Frazer have all rushed for over 500 yards in the Trojans’ powerful attack.
Screven returns to playoffs
Screven County will play in its second consecutive postseason beginning tonight, but things won’t be easy for the No. 4 seed Gamecocks.
Screven rebounded nicely from a rocky start to the postseason to claw its way back into playoff contention. The Gamecocks were riding high after beating Josey at the beginning of November, but a loss to Dublin last week prevented Screven from climbing to the second spot in Region 3-AA and earning the right to host in the first round of the playoffs.
Instead, the Gamecocks will have to travel to Quitman to take on the top-seeded Trojans of Brooks County. The Trojans (9-1) ran roughshod over Region 1-AA and have been ranked as high as second in the state polls.
Screven’s offense seemed to spring back to life after switching back to the I-formation, run-heavy scheme that led it to a region title last season. Dublin shut down the attack last week, but the Gamecocks will hope for better luck against a Brooks County team that hasn’t had a run-in with Screven since 1998.
Bryan Co. looks for postseason success
The Bryan County Redskins will vie for the first postseason victory in school history tonight as they head up to Bleckley County for their first round game of the Class AA state playoffs.
After an 8-2 finish — good for third place in Region 2-AA — Bryan County has already tied the 1991 squad for the most wins in school history. Tonight, the Redskins will try to improve on the program’s 0-4 record in the state playoffs.
For years, the Redskins struggled to get out of the cellar of whichever region they were grouped into. Things started changing when head coach Mark Wilson came to town in 2010.
Nowadays, Bryan County features one of the most explosive and dynamic offenses in the area. Junior quarterback Jeremy McClendon has passed for 1,165 yards this season while posting an impressive 16:4 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Nick Scott sits just shy of the 1,500 yard mark in rushing yards and the Redskins boast three receivers with over 150 yards through the air.
Bleckley County (8-2) is in a similar situation of getting used to success. The Royals’ 8-win season was the second in as many tries for first-time head coach Tracy White.
Bleckley enters tonight’s matchup looking for its first playoff win since 2006.