Prep football update
RESULTS: PLAYOFFS SECOND ROUND
NORTHSIDE 45, THOMAS COUNTY CENTRAL 17
Linebacker Trey Payne returned a fumble 70 yards midway through the third quarter which extended Northsides lead to 31-10. Operating out of the spread option, quarterback Glenn Smith ran for 110 yards and a touchdown. Running back Keshun Hill added 111 yards and two scores. Smith also connected with Justin Burnam on a 30-yard pass play that went for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
Thomas County Central showed signs of life with several long runs. Quarterback Adam Choice led the team with 132 yards rushing, but his only touchdown of the night came too late to matter. The Eagles forced four fumbles total. A.J. Banks and Austin Roberts combined for a sack.
PEACH COUNTY 43, PIERCE COUNTY 15
Keyshawn Lowe rushed for 184 yards and two touchdowns. Receiver Demarcus Robinson had six catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns. The Trojans scored 36 unanswered points after spotting Pierce County a 7-0 lead. Peach County lost two first-half fumbles deep in Pierce County territory, slowing its offensive momentum early. The Trojans ran 14 more plays than their opponent. They had 30 more running plays than did Pierce and won the rushing battle 331 yards to five.
Peach County advanced to the quarterfinals for the fourth consecutive season and the ninth time in 11 seasons.
HARRIS COUNTY 31, WARNER ROBINS 21
Turnovers and uncharacteristic mistakes on special teams sent the Demons from the playoffs. Warner Robins lost three fumbles and threw three interceptions. The miscues contributed directly to 14 first-quarter points for Harris County. The Tigers, making their first-ever appearance in the second round of the playoffs, were never headed. Warner Robins entered the game with a plus-14 turnover margin.
Esaias Chapman carried 30 times for 181 yards and three touchdowns for the Tigers, who led 31-7 after three quarters. The Demons scored twice in a 10-second span of the fourth quarter, however, and made a game of it late. Warner Robins quarterback Caden Johnston ran for a score then, after his teammates recovered an onside kick, he threw a long scoring pass to DeAnthony Mack. Sophomore Reggie Gordon also had 92-yard touchdown run for the Demons.
HERITAGE 42, WESTFIELD 10
The Hornets season ended in the semifinals of the GISA playoffs for the third consecutive season. Westfield never led and struggled to get its ground attack moving against a stout Heritage defense. The Hornets managed just 76 yards rushing as a team. Tom Tuggle led the club with 53 yards on eight carries.
Heritages Chandler Rich was the offensive story of the night. He produced 375 yards of offense from scrimmage and scored four touchdowns.
PREVIEWS FOR PLAYOFFS, THIRD ROUND
TUCKER (10-2) at NORTHSIDE (12-0), Fri., 7:30 p.m. Another season apparently means another key playoff matchup between these two powerhouses. Northside won in dramatic fashion in the 2007 semifinals at the Georgia Dome. Last year at McConnell-Talbert Stadium, the Tigers turned the tables, scoring a shocking fourth-quarter defensive touchdown that covered the length of the field.
Tucker lost twice in competitive Region 6-AAAAA under first-year head coach Bryan Lamar. Its still a Wing-T team on offense, led by senior quarterback Juwaan Williams, but scored an average of 41 points in its first two playoff games.
PEACH COUNTY (11-1) at NORTH HALL (10-2), Fri., 7:30 p.m. Contrary Northside and Tucker, theres no history between these two teams. Fridays contest will be the first between the two schools that have played more than 1,000 games between them. North Halls two losses came to teams (Buford and Jefferson) that are still alive in the postseason. Likewise, the Trojans only loss came to Carver-Columbus, which plays Buford this weekend. North Hall advanced to the quarterfinals with a 13-9 win over Morgan County. Andrew Smith (No. 14) scored both touchdowns for North Hall. He also intercepted a pass. Bob Christmas is the North Hall head coach. He began his coaching career at Bainbridge.