Swainsboro football season wrap up

by | November 29, 2018 5:00 pm

Last Updated: November 28, 2018 at 3:09 pm

by TROUP BRINSON

The Swainsboro Tigers closed out their season with a second round exit from the state playoffs but in many ways this was a season worthy of note. Injuries, adversity, and players emerging and producing historic numbers painted this football campaign as one to remember.

With injuries and lack of depth in their rushing game, the Tigers faced the need to adapt on the fly early in the season or see their goal of a region title fall by the wayside. Already blessed with a tremendous defense and some margin of error because of that strength, the offense would need to take chances with an unproven quarterback and inexperienced wide receiver group to allow this team to be truly dangerous.

In game number 4 against Washington County, the Tigers unveiled an offense that put up passing numbers at an unprecedented fashion for the black and gold. Junior QB Kade Youmans, though not efficiently at first, showed the potential to move the ball through the air downfield and change the score rapidly. Youmans led the team to 45 points and 457 yards passing, including 5 touchdowns in that game, and the dye was cast. Senior WR RJ Phillips caught 4 of those TDs and 313 yards receiving as the only receiver with much experience heading into that game, but that unit would evolve as the season progressed into one of the most potent receiver units in the state.

The Washington County game put everyone on notice. To be really good, the…

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