Barren Rambo, the brother of UGA star Bacarri Rambo, was one of three Seminole players to rush for 100-plus yards in last week’s win. (Herald file photo)
DONALSONVILLE -- Seminole County quarterback Antwan Buggs had just had the game of his life last Friday -- and he was already putting it behind him.
"We've never been past the second round in the playoffs,'' Buggs said moments after Seminole County beat Bacon County, 62-21, last Friday in the opening round of the GHSA Class A state playoffs. "We want to get to the next level and go further than we ever have been before.''
That's what Friday's Class A playoff game means to Seminole County's kids, who meet Wilkinson County in the second round of the playoffs at Seminole County Stadium. It's what this season is all about -- going further than they have ever been before.
WHO: Wilkinson Co. (9-2) at Seminole Co. (10-1).
WHAT: Second round of the GHSA Class A state playoff playoffs; Seminole County going for 11th straight win.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
LIVE UPDATES: For quarter-by-quarter scores, go online and log on to: twitter.com/AlbHeraldSports.
IF WIN: Will play the winner of ELCA-Greenville on Nov. 25-26.
They wouldn't mind making a little history.
"Well, somebody is going to have to do it,'' said Seminole County coach Alan Ingram of being the first Seminole team to win a second-round game. "I'd rather it be us right now than somebody else later.''
Right now looks pretty good for a Seminole team that rolled up more than 400 yards on the ground last week, and had three players rush for more than 100 yards. Buggs (168), Barren Rambo (118) and Chris Brown (102) combined for 388 yards -- and eight TDs -- on the ground.
The Indians may need every yard and every point against a Wilkinson team (9-2) that can light up the scoreboard with a wide-open spread offense that's triggered by quarterback David Whipple.
"They get after it,'' Ingram said. "They run a no-huddle and try to get 75 to 80 snaps a game. They run a similar offense as Mitchell County. Their quarterback scrambles and throws the ball. He throws bullets. He's a great athlete.
Ingram then added: "He's a Whipple. They've had a lot of great Whipples at Wilkinson County over the years. We've got to whip a Whipple. Or as we say in South Georgia, we've got to whoop a Whipple.''
Wilkinson, which ripped George Walton Academy, 41-21, in the opening round last week, is hungry. The Warriors made it to the state semifinals a year ago and lost to eventual state champion Clinch County, 35-14, and feel they can make another run at a title with a team that includes nine seniors and 21 juniors.
"They've got 30 upper classmen,'' Ingram said. "We're sitting here with 12.''
Seminole might not have a lot of depth, but the Indians have run over the last 10 teams they've played with one of the most potent rushing attacks in Georgia.
The Indians (10-1) are averaging 55 points a game for the season, and 62.5 in their last two games.
Brown, a Herald Dynamite Dozen selection, has gained 1,308 yards on just 101 carries, averaging 12.9 yards every time he touches the ball. He carried the ball just 10 times last week, and touched it only three times in the second half. Rambo has gained 862 yards on the ground, and Buggs has rushed for 846 yards. Dee Virgin, whose future is at defensive back, has gained 341 yards on just 28 carries (that's 12.17 yards per carry).
Then there's the Tribe -- the members of the offensive line who make the running game go. Last week in the first huddle, members of the offensive line told Brown, Rambo and Buggs to just count on them. They did.
And they will be counting on them again. Call them the Tribe, the unknown workaholics who live in the trenches and who are at the heart of the Indians' rushing game.
The Tribe consists of Jeremy Hicks, Myron Perry, Andrew Ingram, Rommie Edwards, Eriq Pace, Howard Stephens and Alex Koonce.
"We do count on them,'' Rambo said.
Seminole can score with anyone, and if Wilkinson has a big night this could be a high-octane game with a ton of points and a shootout finish.
"It could be,'' Ingram said. "We're in the second round. There's no sleepers out there now. Those boys are packed up. You're facing class programs every week. You can't look ahead. You have to play your best game every week.''
Ingram's kids know it.
"The difference this year in the playoffs is that we are practicing harder,'' Buggs said. "And we will practice even harder to get ready for (Wilkinson County). We know how important this game is.''
Ingram has seen it all week.
"It's been an upbeat tempo at practice all week,'' he said. "Everything is going a lot faster and a lot smoother. They've got their ears open, listening and making adjustments. I call a play, and before I can think of what the next play is, they're standing there ready for the next play.''
The kids are ready, and so is Ingram.
"I'm just tickled to death,'' Ingram said of this year's success. "We just play. We'll line 'em up and see what they give us and go from there.''
And maybe make a little history.