Swainsboro to host Northeast Raiders in state playoffs

by | November 8, 2018 5:02 pm

by TROUP BRINSON

The Swainsboro Tigers completed a clean sweep of Region 2-AA last Friday by defeating the Toombs County Bulldogs 21-20 in a tightly contested road game to wrap up the regular season. Swainsboro moves to 8-2 overall after winning all six region games and will host the No. 4 seed Northeast Raiders (4-6) this Friday night at Tiger Field. (For ticket information, see page __).

Toombs County presented a welcome challenge for Swainsboro’s defense as a team equally dangerous through the air as on the ground. The Tigers boast one of the top defenses in the state but have rarely been tested by passing teams and the experience could pay off in the playoffs.

Swainsboro’s offense got off to a shaky start and put the defense in a couple of holes early on. QB Kade Youmans lofted a perfect pass to a streaking Javon Brown down the left sideline only to have the pass bounce off the receiver’s hands and into the hands of a diving defender for a turnover at the Tigers’ 42-yard line. Fortunately, Swainsboro’s defense held strong. Next, forced to punt from their own 21-yard line, Youmans shanked the punt badly for 12 yards and Toombs County set up shop at Swainsboro’s 33-yard line. But again, the Tigers’ defense kept the Bulldogs off the score board for a scoreless opening quarter.

The Tigers finally began to click in the second quarter as…

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