SHS loses to #1 ranked Washington County
by Emanuel County Live | August 31, 2005 12:00 am
/BYLINE BY TYLER EDENFIELD
“They are ranked #1 for a reason,” said Swainsboro High School Head Football Coach Shane Williamson after the Tigers’ tough loss Friday night. SHS played host to the Washington County Golden Hawks. The Hawks were ranked #1 by the Georgia Sports website, gavsv.com in AAA coming into Friday’s game. The Tigers fell to their Washington County opponents by a final score of 420.
On the opening kick-off, Swainsboro place kicker Marcus Foots kicked off to the Washington County kick returner who returned the kick 49 yards. On the ensuing play, Golden Hawk running back Rosco Walls scored a 43-yard touchdown on the ground. The extra point attempt by Washington County placekicker Jamie Rountree was good, making the score 7-0 with 11:41 left in the first quarter.
The Golden Hawks next possession was also successful. WCHS quarterback Eulas Taylor threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jordan Hooks. The extra point attempt by Rountree was no good. The score was 13-0 with 8:14 left in the first quarter.
On the Hawks’ third possession, running back Walls scored on a six-yard touchdown run. WCHS wanted to make the score 21-0, so they went for the two-point conversion. On the attempt, quarterback Taylor connected with receiver Darius Lee for the two point conversion. The score was 21-0 with 6:14 left in the first quarter.
In the second quarter the Tigers offense performed much better by gaining 2 first downs and 29 yards passing. “SHS punter Dustin Peebles did a great job punting,” according Head Coach Williamson. Peebles punted the ball twice in the second quarter for a total of 71 yards.
Even though SHS played better in the second period, Washington County played tougher. The Golden Hawks scored their fourth touchdown of the evening when running back Walls entered the end zone from 21 yards out. WCHS’s extra point attempt was good making the score 28-0 with 10:53 left in the second quarter.
The Golden Hawks scored their last touchdown of the first half, when running back Reginald Swint reached the happy zone from threeyards out. The extra point attempt split the uprights, making the score 35-0 with just a few minutes remaining in the half. The scored remained the same as the first set of quarters came to an end.
Both head coaches from the respective teams came to a mutual agreement to let the clock run continuously with the exception of injuries, time-outs, and scoring plays for the second half. Since that rule was put into action, the third quarter seemed to fly by. The Tigers’ defense was stellar in the third period allowing no points and giving up just eleven yards total.
WCHS scored one more time in the last quarter of the game. Tailback Bryant Jenkins reached the end zone on a seven yard touchdown run. Rountree’s extra point attempt was good.
Linebacker Derrick Smith led the Tiger defense with nine tackles and one assist. Safety Neal David ended the game with six tackles and one assist. Marcus Foots, Rick Holliman, Byron Foots, Terrance Foots, and Cornelius Brown all had three tackles each.
“They didn’t beat us on the football field, they beat us in the weight room,” said Swainsboro Head Coach Williamson. The WCHS squad was just bigger and stronger than the Tigers.
“We just have to realize that the sun will come up tomorrow and we have to go back to work,” said Coach Williamson. This game should give the Tigers the motivation they need to work harder in the weight room and give 110 percent in practice.
This Friday, Swainsboro will travel to play the gavsv.com AAAA #3 ranked Statesboro Blue Devils. Kick-off set for 7:30 p.m.
Statistics provided by Danny Henry, Ken Mercer, and Zack Denney.