Swainsboro ready for ‘gauntlet’ that awaits

by | October 12, 2017 11:19 am

by TROUP BRINSON

   The Swainsboro Tigers (5-1) are coming off of their bye week with all eyes focused on the challenge in front them for the stretch run of the season. The next four games will decide whether the Tigers make the playoffs and, more specifically, where they land once the playoffs arrive. Bacon County, Vidalia, Jeff Davis, and Toombs County will present a difficult challenge as Swainsboro tries to keep the momentum and confidence they’ve established as the season has progressed.

   “It’s going to be a tough gauntlet, the last four games, with everybody fighting for their playoff lives and seeding,” said head coach Scott Roberts. “Vidalia and Toombs have shown themselves to be top contenders in the region, but all of our focus is on Bacon County because they are dangerous, and it’s a must-win game for them if they’re going to get in. We have to be ready to match their intensity.”

   Bacon County started the season 4-0, and the Red Raider faithful could be heard talking playoffs and knocking out one of the four favorites. They defeated a fellow playoff hopeful, the resurgent Jeff Davis Yellow Jackets, in their first region game in a battle of unbeatens, but lost to Toombs County 20-14 and Vidalia 10-7 to give them very little margin for error going forward. Beating Swainsboro would be necessary for Bacon County to keep that hope alive. Swainsboro narrowly escaped against the Red Raiders last year, 30-29.

   The Tigers boast the region’s leading rusher and…

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