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Region champs
Pinewood tops BA
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Pinewood's Blake Shuman heads upfield despite the efforts of Bulloch Academy's Tyce Lovett during the third quarter Friday.

Box Score
PCA    7    0    14    6 — 27
BA     7    7     0    0 — 14

First Quarter
BA_Will Rushing 20 run (Tatum Blitch kick), 8:03
PCA_Preston Campbell 2 run (Campbell kick), 4:32   

Second Quarter
BA_Lanier Olliff 9 run (Blitch kick), 10:53

Third Quarter
PCA_Campbell 6 run (kick failed), 8:55
PCA_Will Sheffield 32 pass from Brenley Hagan (Cameron Dutton run), 6:06

Fourth Quarter
PCA_Kaleb Shuman 42 run (pass failed), 3:49

    PCA    BA
First Downs    17    22
Total Yards    337    409
Rushes-Yards    35-213    53-311
Passing    124    98
Comp-Att-Int    8-20-1    9-22-2
Turnovers    5    4
Penalties-Yards    2-20    7-73

RUSHING_BA, Lanier Olliff 16-107, Will Rushing 11-71, Andrew Howell 10-63, Dylan Stuckey 11-58. PCA, Preston Campbell 16-123, Kaleb Shuman 7-73.
PASSING_BA, Lanier Olliff 9-22-2-0, 98. PCA, Brenley Hagan 8-20-1-1, 124.
RECEIVING_BA, Hunter Perry 2-41, Dylan Stuckey 2-25. PCA, John Michael Thompson 4-51.

Pinewood scored 20 unanswered points in the second half to upend Bulloch Academy on Senior Night and win the GISA Region 2-AAA crown at Gator Alley Friday night.

The Patriots (8-2 overall, 4-0 region) claimed the top seed as both teams enter the Class AAA playoffs next Friday night. Both Pinewood and Bulloch (8-3, 3-1) will host opening-round games against undetermined opponents.

The Gators dominated the ground game in the title tilt but BA had seven penalties, two interceptions and a lost fumble in key situations. Bulloch held a 14-7 halftime lead and looked to be in control until the tide began to turn midway through the third quarter on an odd turn of events.

Junior running back Preston Campbell rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries to lead Patriots. The hard-nosed runner was the driving force of the PCA offense. But when he was ejected from the game at the 6:15 mark of the third quarter, it looked like the Patriots were done for.

On the very next play, quarterback Brenley Hagan dumped a short pass over the heads of the Gator pass rushers to Will Sheffield. The 32-yard result, and Cameron Dutton's two-point conversion, gave Pinewood a 21-14 lead at the 6:06 mark of the third quarter.

Enter the PCA defense.

The Gators had powered their way through the Patriots for 257 yards in the first half and early in the third. But Campbell's departure from the game seemed to be the spark that lit the fuse of the Patriots' defense and momentum quickly shifted. PCA forced the Gators to punt three times, held on two fourth-down conversion attempts and had an interception.

Late in the third, Pinewood put the nail in Bulloch's coffin. Sophomore Kaleb Shuman squeezed through a crack in the Gator defensive line and turned on the jets to race for a 42-yard score with 3:49 left in the game. The two-point conversion failed but PCA had a 27-14 lead.

Bulloch tried to regroup, recover and retaliate but the PCA defense didn't let the Gators into the end zone.

BA opened the game on an almost picture-perfect 67-yard drive, forcefully ramming the ball down the Patriots' throats. Will Rushing picked his way through defenders for a 20-yard score. Tatum Blitch's PAT put Bulloch up 7-0 with 8:03 left.

But Hagan and Campbell marched the Patriots right back down the field.

After having a touchdown pass called back, Campbell punched in a 2-yard score with 4:32 remaining. His PAT knotted the score.

Bulloch had another time-consuming drive on its next possession, moving the ball from the 5-yard line to the PCA 15. But Lanier Olliff's potential touchdown pass into the end zone was broken up by John Michael Thompson.

The Gator defense forced another PCA punt. Bulloch's third drive began at the 12 and ended 15 plays later when Olliff snuck in for a 2-yard score with 10:53 left in the second quarter. Blitch's PAT gave the Gators the 14-7 lead that they took into the locker room.