With over 2,000 yards of offense sitting on the sideline, one would have thought that the Peach County Trojans may have been in for a struggle moving the football on Friday night in their GHSA 3A state playoffs quarterfinals game against Westminster.
The Trojans, however, rolled from the start, putting up 577 yards of total offense without Chris Gibson and Kearis Jackson in the game to cruise to an easy 45-15 win.
Peach County moves to the semifinals next weekend when they meet Greater Atlanta Christian, the team who knocked them out of the state playoffs last year.
Four who mattered
Trevon Woolfolk: The senior running back for Peach County had a career game with 245 yards rushing and three touchdowns. The huge game put him well over 1,000 yards for the season.
Antonio Gilbert: The senior quarterback for Peach County had another turnover-free game, and he ran for one touchdown and threw for another. He ended the game with 170 yards passing to go with 42 yards rushing.
Shamarcus Redding: The senior safety for Peach County had two interceptions in the game.
Millard Thomas: The junior receiver for Peach County had 72 yards receiving on five catches and scored on a 30 yard pass from Gilbert.
Westminster had the ball first and Joe Egan took a hand-off and ran 25 yards rather easily, but the Peach County defense forced a fumble which was recovered by Jalyn Thomas. Eight plays later Gilbert scored from 27 yards out on a scramble to give Peach County the early lead.
Turning point 2
Westminster regained its composure in the second quarter and cut the lead to 14-6 on two Charlie Ham field goals. Peach County got the ball back and penalties put them in a second down needing 30 yards for a first down. But Gilbert hit Terkel Jefferson for 12 yards and Sergio Allen for 20 more yards to get them out of the hole. Six plays later Woolfolk scored from 20 yards out to give Peach a comfortable 21-6 lead and after a Redding interception scored late in the half on a Mitchell Fineran 41 yard field goal.
Peach County did not turn over the ball and forced three turnovers, all of which led to scores.
They said it
Peach County head coach Chad Campbell on the win: “I am just extremely proud of this team and the way we played. Westminster made it a game in the second quarter but we were able to answer right away and I thought that was a big part of the game.”
Woolfolk on his performance: “I knew I was going to get the ball more when Chris Gibson got hurt and I knew I had to pick up my game. I think the entire offense got into a groove and I was just running through big holes that my offensive line gave me.”
Woolfolk on their next game: “I played linebacker last year against them and didn’t carry the ball much, so I am definitely looking forward to it.”
Campbell on playing the team that put them out last year: “GAC is a very good football team and we will have to be at our best to beat them, but we feel like we can do that. It’s a great feeling to still be playing football at this time of year and we feel like we will be ready for the challenge.”