SHS Tigers lose their 4th consecutive game
by Emanuel County Live | October 30, 2012 5:10 pm
by TROUP BRINSON
The Swainsboro Tigers couldn’t overcome a poor 1st half, losing on homecoming to Wilcox County by a score of 40-24. This was the Tigers’ fourth consecutive defeat, albeit against their fourth straight game against top 10 teams. Fortunately, this game was not against region competition and the Tigers still have the most important games in front of them as Jefferson County and Dodge County are next up.
Wilcox County is a single A school, but one that competes for state championships year in and year out. They also can boast one of the top QB-WR tandems in the state in Mikail Grace and Jonathan Howard. Grace is a strong-armed QB who can get out of the pocket and scramble for big yards. He has averaged over 300 passing yards per game on the season. This game was no different as he went to work immediately and had his team up 20-0 at the half. On the game, Grace was 22-36 for 333 yards and rushed for 84 more. Ten of those completions were to Howard who accounted 193 receiving yards. Howard is tall and lanky and one of the most dangerous receivers in the state of Georgia.
Swainsboro seemed to adjust their chin straps at half time and came out determined to make a run. The Tigers put three touchdowns on the board, one on a 70 yard pass to WR Jemerico Bell, to make a game of it, but the Patriots always seemed to have an answer and never moved any closer than 16 points. QB Deantae Johnson had a sensational second half, where he accounted for nearly all of his 194 rushing yards and 92 passing yards.
Around the region, the only game played was the most hyped game of the season in region 3AAA and it lived up to expectations. Sandersville was host as the #2 ranked Thomson Bulldogs overcame injuries and what most would have considered as underdog status coming in as they beat the #3 ranked Washington County Golden Hawks 28-14 to grab the #1 seed in the region. Swainsboro’s next two opponents were both off for the week. The Tigers will travel to Jefferson County this week for a very important region showdown that has playoff implications.