PREP FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Scott-Wesley closes out prep career, looks ahead to UGA

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

CAMILLA -- It's been a fun -- yet frustrating -- season for Justin Scott-Wesley.

The speedy receiver saw his Mitchell County squad improve from a 3-7 record last year to this season's 9-2 mark, but has had to deal with double- and triple-teams all season long.

That didn't change Friday night as Savannah Christian (10-1) used the same strategy on Scott-Wesley and the Eagles in a 17-7 victory during what ended up being the senior's last high school football game.

"It's frustrating, but I know every time I pull two or three guys out, it opens up someone else or helps the running game," said Scott-Wesley, who has already committed to Georgia. "So I'm just doing my part to help my team."

He finished with only three catches for 24 yards, but remained optimistic about the season overall and his future on the gridiron.

"(It was my) last high school game and I made a lot of memories, but I have to move on and prepare for the next level and learn as much as I can right now so I can make an impact at the college level," Scott-Wesley said. "I want to (contribute) my freshman year."

Eagles head coach Dondrial Pinkins said he's sad to see contributing seniors like Scott-Wesley and quarterback Jesse Atkins go, but knows the team will improve this offseason despite losing them.

"In my opinion, this is the most talented group of seniors I've ever seen," Pinkins said. "We had guys that could play multiple positions and again I go back and think the thing that hurt us the most (this season) is lack of size and lack of physical strength. We just have to get back to the drawing board -- get bigger, stronger, faster -- and continue to work."


DEFENSIVE DOMINANCE: For the third straight year, Terrell Academy eliminated Thomas Jefferson from the playoffs and each year the defense has made the stops when it needed to.

The Eagles put a stop to the Jags' lethal combo of Austin Dressel and Michael Bridges, who combined to run for more than 3,200 yards this season. Dressel, who averaged 126 yards per game, finished with 129 and Bridges, who averaged 146 yards per game, had just 43 yards. Adam O'Hearn had a sack and helped lead the Eagles' defense in Friday's 30-25 win.

They'll have to come up big again in the GISA Class A quarterfinals next week against Memorial Day (9-2), the No. 1 seed from Region 1-A ranked No. 2 at the end of the season.

Memorial Day beat Windsor, 40-23, on Saturday night in the first round of the playoffs, which means the Eagles will have to travel to Savannah in the quarters.

Memorial Day beat Thomas Jefferson, 48-20, in October and averaged 47 points per game during the regular season, including two losses to Class AAA schools. Memorial Day has not lost to a Class A team this season.

"I think Memorial Day is the top team," Thomas Jefferson head coach Chuck Wimberly said. "They've got unbelievable speed. I think Terrell has a good defense. Offensively, I don't know. You've got to score with (Memorial Day)."

Memorial Day won the GISA Class AA state title last season and then dropped down to Class A this year, dominating opponents in the smaller classification. They scored 79, 69 and 63 points in blowout region wins, easily winning their region. Blue Thunder junior running back Lamir Cohens may be the fastest back in GISA this season.