WARNER ROBINS -- The Houston County Bears are playoff bound for the first time since 2006 thanks to a dominant performance in a 38-0 GHSA Region 2-AAAAA victory over Jones County on Thursday night.
Head coach Von Lassiter has turned around a program that won just five games total the previous two years in just his first season on the sideline for the Bears.
We just praise God for the chance to play another week and a chance to coach these kids, Lassiter said. We had a great atmosphere (Thursday), and its just an unbelievable experience coaching these guys. The assistant coaches work their tail off and theyre just unbelievable. I praise God for everybody.
Both teams entered the game with playoff aspirations, but Houston County took a lead early and never looked back.
I promise you that this game right here was as big of a game as Ive ever coached in, Lassiter said. I was scared to death of (Jones County), and we worked our butts off trying to find a way to beat them.
The Bears defense has steadily improved during the course of the season. The Bears held Evans to just seven points on the road a week ago, and their performance Thursday ended with their first shutout of the season.
(The shutout) was awesome, Lassiter said. Jones County runs up and down the field, and they have really good backs. Theyre really good.
Both Houston County quarterbacks were effective. Freshman Jake Fromm threw a pair of touchdowns, and senior Taylor Boyett added a 9-yard touchdown run and a 35-yard pass to Jaylen Searcy as the Bears built a 24-0 halftime lead.
They always do a great job, Lassiter said. They know what to do, and they learn, and they study. Both of them are really good players.
Jones County falls to 4-5 overall and 2-4 in Region 2-AAAAA.
The Bears improve to 6-3 and 4-2 in Region 2-AAAAA. They could potentially rise all the way to a No. 2 seed in the playoffs with a win over Greenbrier next week and some help.
Our guys just wanted to get better every week, and they did that, Lassiter said. Theyre just a special group that really wanted this, and they did it.