Herald Dynamite Dozen selection Chris Brown (23) had a whale of a game Friday against Mitchell County, rushing for 157 yards and scoring four times during the Indians’ huge 49-21 win to put them in the driver’s seat in 1-A. (Larry G. Williams/Special to The Herald)
DONALSONVILLE -- Want to know Seminole County's secret to beating Mitchell County 49-21 on Friday night in game they waited a year to play?
You needed to be in coach Alan Ingram's classroom earlier in the day when his kids were resting before the biggest game of the year.
"They were laughing and cutting up," Ingram said. "I was walking (up and down) the floor, and then they stopped me and said: 'Chill, coach, we got this covered.' "
That may be Seminole's newest motto, a slogan to slap on this team that just seems unstoppable.
Chill, Region 1-A, the region that slipped away a year ago when Seminole had to forfeit its game to Mitchell, and then finished second in the region as the Eagles went unbeaten.
Chill, Georgia Class A state prep poll, which keeps ignoring Seminole, a team that puts up points like no one in Southwest Georgia. The Indians finally cracked the poll this week at No. 9 after beating Daleville, Ala., 73-28 last week.
Chill, anyone who doubts this team or its heart or its drive.
Yeah, chill, these kids got it covered.
"We just couldn't stop them,'' said Mitchell coach Dondrial Pinkins, whose Eagles may not lose another regular season game. "They remind me of the team I was on my senior year. They have a lot of kids who have been playing together for three, four years. They have mastered their craft."
Pinkins then added with a half smile: "They're pretty good. If they stay healthy they are going to have a hell of a season.''
The Indians are 5-1 now, and the only loss was on opening night when five kids were out, and it still took a last-second 60-yard TD pass for then-state-ranked Wesleyn to beat them. They have been rolling over everyone since, and they didn't slow down Friday at Seminole Stadium, where a standing-room-only crowd watched the Indians break a 14-14 tie and run (literally run, run and run) out to a 49-14 lead.
"They have an explosive offense,'' Pinkins said.
Led by Herald Dynamite Dozen selection Chris Brown, a senior who gained 157 yards on 17 carries and scored four touchdowns, the Indians just pounded the ball all night.
QB Antwan Buggs threw just four passes all game He connected one -- to Brown for 20 yards -- and then just handed the ball off and let Seminole's line do the rest.
"We wanted to run the ball,'' Ingram said. "We didn't want them to have the ball.''
Barren Rambo and Buggs both scored on short runs in the first half and Brown scored his second touchdown on a 1-yard run with 2:01 left in the half to give Seminole a 28-14 lead, and the Indians just kept running.
"We needed this game,'' said Rambo, who gained 71 yards on 13 carries. "They had been talking and we owed them this. We got this game and now we're going to win the region. But we want a lot more than the region. We're going all the way to the top.''
Seminole's defense was also impressive. The Indians held Mitchell to negative yards in the second half until the Eagles drove 60 yards and scored on their final drive with a 23-yard TD pass from Tevin Watkins to Yancey Burns with 58 seconds left.
Dee Virgin made a big hit to force a interception that led to a Virgin 15-yard TD run, and Seminole sacked QB Derrick Davis three times in the second half, and recovered a fumble to set up a short TD drive for Brown, who scored twice in the second half on runs of two and eight yards to build the lead to 42-14 before Virgin sprinted for his TD with 9:57 left in the game.
"Seminole made it happened,'' Virgin said. "We're going all the way.''
Ingram just wants to win next week.
"I guess Daleville doesn't look so bad,'' he said. "After we put up 73 points, people were saying they (Daleville) weren't that good, but (we scored 49 on Friday) against a real good Mitchell team). Hopefully, the best two teams in the region are us and them, but we can't sit around and get fat. We've got a lot to improve on, and we have to put this game behind us on Monday. We've got Pelham next week.''
Mitchell (1-1 and 2-3) has five games left, and PInkins knows his kids can win out and still make a strong run in the playoffs. And he talked about that after the loss.
After all, the Eagles looked good early when Desmond Jones scored two TDs, catching an 8-yard TD pass from Davis and running for a 24-yard score to knot things at 14-14 with 10:02 left in the half.
But Seminole just kept coming, and running ...
"Nobody can stop us,'' Brown said. "I think Mitchell was the best team in our region, and we proved that we could beat them (handily). Now we just have to keep going, and keep working hard.
"We have a long way to go.''