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Huge pass play leads Thomas Jefferson past Westwood

Photo by Scott Chancey

Photo by Scott Chancey

The one stop Westwood needed most is the one they could not get. Ahead 24-21 with three minutes to go in the game, the Wildcats yielded a big pass play to Thomas Jefferson that put them in Westwood territory. A few plays later Thomas Jefferson would get the go-head touchdown and put the game into the hands of Westwood quarterback Mason Worsham.

Dropping back to pass, Worsham was hit and the ball sailed into the hands of a defender. Just like that, the Wildcats had endured another heartbreaking loss 28-24.

"We put ourselves in a position to win but just couldn't get it done," Westwood head coach Ross Worsham said. "The kids played great with a lot of heart and our defense did a good job but the turnovers hurt us in the end."

Stinging close-game defeats unfortunately have been Westwood's trademark this year.

"I am proud of the kids for everything they did this year, but to lose like this in the playoffs is really tough to swallow."

NORTH CLAYTON 19, BAINBRIDGE 7: Clarence Jackson rushed for 151 yards on 15 carries and ruined all hopes of Bainbridge winning Friday night against North Clayton. The 6-foot-2 bruiser scored two touchdowns in the second quarter.

Three turnovers in their opponent's territory, four total, put Bainbridge in too big a hole to climb out of. Thomas Smiley, who ran for 62 yards on the ground, scored the team's only touchdown in the second quarter.

North Clayton dominated the time of possession allowing only four plays in the first quarter to their 20. Jackson ripped off his first touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter. His second score came from 39 yards out.

Bainbridge's Jeremy Harper added 72 rushing yards off his 11 carries.

North Clayton advances to the next round for a matchup with Brunswick.

GREENVILLE 26, PELHAM 0: With a huge momentum shift thanks to a big goaline stop just before halftime, the Pelham Hornets looked to be in the driver's seat and on their way to a victory. But fatigue would set in and get the better of the Hornets as they fell to Greenville Friday night 26-0.

"We just ran out of gas and were not physical enough down in the trenches," Pelham head caoch Jim Morrell said. "We made some good plays but our guys just were not big enough to handle them."

The Hornets' defense did all they could to keep the team in the game but it was not enough to overcome their struggles on offense and Greenville's inside zone.

"I am proud of our guys for their effort and can walk away knowing we loss to a true champion," Morrell said about Greenville head coach and close friend Jeremy Williams. "During the game we wanted each other throats but afterward it was all love and they were just the better team."

SGA 52, BULLOCH ACADEMY 14: The Warriors advanced to the semifinals with what coach David Bell thought was an outstanding performance.

He went further than that, however.

"It was a great win, it was the best we've played all year as far as a complete game," Bell said.

Southwest Georgia led, 52-14, at the beginning of the fourth quarter and even totaled 320 yards by halftime.

"We just played really good on both ends," Bell said.

Nile Knapp led Southwest Georgia, rushing for 166 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown. Teammate Taylor Tabb had 117 yards on 13 carries and three touchdowns, and Danny Doster had three catches for 61 yards, and two of the catches accounted for touchdowns. Passing-wise, Andrew Stone accounted for 82 yards.

The Warriors play at Brentwood on Friday.

TERRELL ACACEMY 42, BEHTESDA 21: Cole Byrd rushed for 111 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Eagles to the GISA Class A semifinals. Coach Bill Murdock's Terrell Academy team now hosts Briarwood on Friday with an apperance in the state championship game on the line.

Terrell has homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.

"I thought we played really well early on, especially offensively," Murdock said.

Quarterback Cole Phillips passed for two touchdowns and finished with 127 yards through the air. Caleb White accounted for 96 yards receiving, and teammate Riley Davis had two interceptions.

The Eagles' defense also played a big role with its first-team unit allowing only seven points.

BRIARWOOD 49, RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 7: Randolph Southern coach Ottis Griggs could remember one main component from Friday night's loss.

"They just lined up and ran the ball at us and just ran it well," he said.

In doing so, Briarwood cruised to the easy victory in the GISA Class A playoffs.

"They were better than us," Griggs said. "But we wound up 9-4 and we did well. I was pleased with the kids' effort. I have really enjoyed coaching that group of kids, it was just a great bunch of kids, no problems whatsoever. It just wasn't meant for us to win (Friday)."