Chad Campbell is quite clear when asked about playing Pierce County, a team with a 5-5 record, in the round of 16 in the GHSA 3A state playoffs.
“The coaches don’t look at records, and we preach to the players not to look at records,” said Campbell, whose team comes into the game at 10-1. “We take every opponent very seriously, and all that really matters is that if we lose, our season is over. Pierce County is not coming to Peach County with the thoughts of losing to us.”
Peach County is coming off of a 45-0 thrashing of Savannah, a game it led 38-0 at the half. The Trojans had huge performances from Trevon Woolfolk, who rushed for three touchdowns, and Antonio Gilbert and Kearis Jackson, who hooked up for two passing touchdowns.
“We played pretty good and were able to get up on them early, but Savannah never quit,” Campbell said. “They were a little bit outmanned and we hit them with some big plays, but we still made way too many mistakes, and we have a long way to go as a football team. We just have to get to work and clean up some things.”
Pierce County defeated Monroe 28-21 last week behind 164 yards rushing by junior running back John Jones. After a 1-3 start to the season, Pierce County has turned it around with a 4-2 record over its last six games.
“They have a guy who has gained 1,000 yards in the backfield, and they can throw it around a little bit too. If we go to sleep, they have the ability to hurt us with big plays,” Campbell said. “Defensively, they want to pressure you and they will bring five or six guys at you, which has given teams problems. They have played their best football over the last few weeks, and they will be ready for us.”
The Peach County offense will be difficult for anyone to stop. The team’s lowest point total during a game this season is 35, which it has done three times this year (The Trojans average 48 points a game.) The defense, led by Georgia Tech commit Jacquez Jackson, is giving up only 11 points per game for the year. Over the last eight games, Peach County has outscored its opponents 407-56.