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Herald No. 1 Seminole rolls in Class A state playoff opener, 62-21

Seminole QB Antwan Buggs rushed for a career-high 168 yards on 22 carries, scoring three TDs on Friday during a 62-21 romp against Bacon County in the first round of the GHSA Class A state playoffs.

Seminole QB Antwan Buggs rushed for a career-high 168 yards on 22 carries, scoring three TDs on Friday during a 62-21 romp against Bacon County in the first round of the GHSA Class A state playoffs.

DONALSONVILLE -- Next.

If this is the postseason, it sure didn't bother Seminole County's Indians, who looked and felt right at home Friday night as they treated Bacon County like a warmup team.

And if this was a warmup game, imagine what's ahead for these Indians, who looked unstoppable in their 62-21 win in the first round of the Class A state playoffs Friday.

They didn't just look at home, this was sit-back-in-the-recliner-chair-and-order-a-pizza stuff.

Remember the NFL sponsored "Punt, Pass and Play'' program? Well, the Indians didn't punt. They didn't pass. But they sure did play.

Or as Seminole County coach Alan Ingram would say, "They dang sure played.''

Ingram's full of country-smart football and dangs for whoever wants to listen, and maybe now that high school football has reached the postseason, someone will want to listen to him about his Indians.

His kids wanted to send a message in these playoffs.

"People say a little town like us can't do it, but we're going to show them we can,'' said Seminole quarterback Antwan Buggs, who had a career night. "We're here to make changes.''

Buggs, Ingram and the kids from Donalsonville are trying to change what the rest of the state thinks of Seminole County, which was unranked for half the season and never climbed higher than No. 8 in the AP sports writer's state Top 10 poll.

Before the opening round of the playoffs, Ingram said: "The sports writers in Atlanta don't know a dang thing about Seminole County.''

Maybe not, but Bacon County (7-4) does.

This was a brutal lesson in controlling the football -- and the game -- with a run, run and run-the-ball-some-more offense that was ignited by Buggs, who rushed for a career-high 168 yards on 22 carries. But he was only part of a trio of backs who all gained more than 100 yards and bolted and bruised and bullied their way into the end zone for eight touchdowns.

"That's our kids,'' Ingram said of his running game. "We line up, look at what they're going to give us and run it. They've been that way the whole dad-blasted year. Anybody who thinks we ran it up (Friday night) ... well, we didn't throw the ball all night. That's just what we do. We run the ball.''

Buggs scored three touchdowns and Barren Rambo, who gained 118 yards on 15 carries, scored four times. Chris Brown, Seminole's high-voltage back and a Herald Dynamite Dozen

selection, carried the ball just three times in the second half, but finished with 102 yards on 10 carries. His only touchdown came in the first quarter when he broke free for a 39-yard run on a fourth-and-6 play.

Brown praised Buggs afterward.

"He had an awesome game -- the best he's ever had,'' Brown said. "He played smart, smart football.''

Buggs said he just took what was in front of him.

"I just wanted to keep the ball moving," the QB said. "I just read the defense and took what they gave me.''

Seminole's offensive line took everything else.

"When we were in the huddle at the beginning of the game, the offensive line told us to just count on them. They all said, 'Count on us tonight,' " Rambo said. "We did, and the line had a great game.''

Rambo said he felt like the Indians were unstoppable.

"I didn't think it would be like this. I thought it would be a real close game,'' he said. "But once we get crunked up, it's hard to turn it off.''

The three backs combined to gain 388 yards on the ground.

That's right, 388 yards.

Dee Virgin, one of the top defensive backs in Georgia, scored Seminole's final TD on a 23-yard run in the fourth quarter. Virgin finished with 39 yards on two carries. That's 427 yards on the ground, if anyone's counting.

And they're all counting in Donalsonville, where it was standing-room-only on a cold night full of green balloons and celebration.

It was Seminole's 10th win in a row -- and none of them have been close.

But now the Indians (10-1) move to the second round of the playoffs back home next Friday against Wilkinson County.

"It was easy (on Friday),'' Brown said. "It was easy because I had faith in my team and because of the way we worked in practice this week before this game. This is the playoffs and everything is different. We're working harder now. And we will work even harder next week.''

Seminole has never been past the second round of the playoffs, so these kids -- the ones folks in Donalsonville say are the best group of football players in the school's history -- can make a little history next week.

"It was unbelievable what we did in this game,'' Buggs said. "We were ready. We wanted to be ready for the next level, and we want to go further than any Seminole County team has ever gone. We want to show people who we are.''