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Screven tops SEB
Gamecocks qualify for playoffs
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    BROOKLET —  The Screven County Gamecocks did their part Friday night to help their playoff hopes, using three second half touchdowns and a balanced offensive attack to overpower Southeast Bulloch 30-0 at Fred Shaver Field.
    "We did our part tonight," said SCHS head coach Pat Collins. "I'm awfully proud of our seniors and proud of the way they played tonight."
    Those seniors will get to play at least one more game, as the Gamecocks (6-4, 4-3) claimed the four-seed out of region 3-AA and will travel to Folkston to face Charlton County, the No. 1 seed from region 2-AA in the first round of the state playoffs. Westside-Augusta's loss to Jefferson County and Laney's win over Josey pushed SCHS into the region's final playoff spot.    
    Coming out of the locker room with a 10-0 lead Friday night, Screven went to it's ground game, putting together scoring drives of seven, six and 16 plays to pad its lead.
    After forcing an SEB three-and-out to start the half, the Gamecocks took the ball 39 yards to the SEB 30. From there, senior quarterback Chris Pye hit tight end Derek Fries on a play-action pass for a 30-yard score.
    The next Screven six came in almost the exact same fashion, with SCHS taking the ball seven plays over 50 yards, capped off by another play-action pass from Pye, this time to Bo Evans for 16 yards as the third quarter buzzer sounded. Pye's 251 yard's passing on the night put him over 1000 yards for the season.
    Senior fullback Bobrica Cooper ended the scoring with a 12-yard plunge with 1:02 left in the game. The score ended a 16-play, 6:56 drive in which tailback Travis Coles rushed eight times for 28 yards to put him over 1000 yards for the season. It's believed that Coles is just the second sophomore to ever rush for 1000 yards in one season at the Sylvania school.
    "Those are two fine players," said Collins of Pye and Coles. "I'm glad they're on our team."
    The win by the Gamecocks spoiled senior night at SEB, where 19 seniors played their final prep football game.
    "Probably the most complete game we've played all year," said SEB head coach Mike Ward. "I'm proud of these kids and I'm proud of these seniors. Nothing to hang their head about, we just got beat by a real good Screven County team tonight."
    The Yellow Jackets gave the run-oriented Gamecocks fits in the first half, forcing SCHS to go to the air.
    Pye threw for 176 yards in the first half, all of them going to junior Darion Carter. The junior caught six balls, one for a touchdown, all in the first half.
    Senior kicker Zane Powell got Screven on the board with a 40-yard field goal that just crossed the bar of the goal posts. The play was set up by a 43-yard pass from Pye to Carter.
    Pye connected to Carter for a 40-yard TD after an SEB four-and-out. Pye again went to play-action, hitting Carter in-stride down the sideline to make the score 10-0.
    Southeast Bulloch's (2-8, 1-6) inability to capitalize on offensive opportunities may have been the difference. The Pye-to-Carter touchdown came just one play after SEB went for it on fourth-and-two with a Tharon Davis reverse.
    "We had an opportunity in the first half," said Ward. "We knew we weren't going to the playoffs and we gambled a little bit. We had our opportunities and it could have made it a different ballgame."
    The Yellow Jackets next best chance came with 8:25 to go in the first half. SEB took over at Screven's 17 after a short punt and went with a halfback pass. Greg Wright unloaded towards the endzone, but Screven's junior DB Trent Roberts made a diving catch for an interception for a touchback.

    Chad Bishop can be reached at (912)-489-9404.