After a 19-0 shutout on Friday night in a game that was not even as close as the final score might indicate, the Peach County Trojans are once again envisioning a deep playoff run, while the Warner Robins Demons have been left searching for answers.
The outlook in Fort Valley couldn’t be brighter.
Peach County was dominant on both sides of the ball. Tailback Keyshawn Lowe is a force in the Trojan backfield, and his play keyed long drives for Peach County all night long that wore down the Demons. Lowe’s physical rushing style is the kind that pays dividends late in games and that proved true Friday night.
While Lowe is more than capable of carrying the load, he doesn’t have to for the Trojans. Sophomore James Jackson showed glimpses of why he’s one of the fastest players in Middle Georgia with some electrifying touches against Warner Robins.
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Quarterback Robert Allen was steady and effective for the most part in his first start for head coach Chad Campbell. Allen can extend plays with his feet and he found standout receiver Saire Davis for several long third-down conversions that led to points for Peach County.
The defense, with nine returning starters, looked much improved on its way to delivering the shutout and forcing three turnovers along the way. Peach County held the Demons’ star receiver Marquez Callaway without a catch in the first half.
Looking ahead, the schedule sets up very well for the Trojans. They will play only three more opponents that finished 2013 with a winning record in Rutland (6-5), Kendrick (7-5) and Westside-Macon (7-4).
Westside figures to pose the biggest threat. The Seminoles finished third in GHSA Region 2-AAAA a season ago and rolled easily to a 49-14 victory over Rutland in week one. They will visit Fort Valley on Halloween night to close out the regular season in a game that could potentially decide the region championship.
Things across the Houston County line in Warner Robins are clearly not as optimistic right now, but the Demons certainly have the potential to turn things around.
Skill players such as Danny Hite III, Terry Harris and Jacquan Burns are all quality weapons, but Warner Robins is still desperately looking for a replacement at quarterback for departed senior Caden Johnston.
Junior Connor Shaw started against Peach County but gave way to senior Robbie Leever in the first half after finishing 0-for-2 with an interception. Leever finished the game, but also threw an interception of his own in the fourth quarter as the Demon passing attack was ineffective all night long.
Shaw and Leever should have a chance to gain some confidence over the next two weeks against region opponents Greenbrier and Cross Creek before an all important matchup with the Houston County Bears on Sept. 19. Those two programs finished a combined 3-16 last season.