Any high school football head coach would like to make the statement Peach County’s Chad Campbell had about his team Thursday morning.
“We played our best game of the year in the 10th game,” Campbell said, discussing his 10-0 Trojans.
The problem is the Trojans had a week off in between that 10th game and the start of the GHSA Class AAA playoffs. And Campbell isn’t sure what that break will do to his team’s momentum.
Peach County opens the playoffs Friday night at home against Appling County, which is 7-3 and coming off a fourth-place finish in Region 1-AAA.
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“There’s no question our guys played really well for 10 straight weeks, and we had some injuries, nothing major, but things that kept guys out of two or three games, and other kids stepped up,” Campbell said. “That was good to see, and we’re proud of the way the kids played. Hopefully, we haven’t peaked already, but you just never know coming off an off week like that.
“We just have to stay healthy and play mistake-free, and we should be OK.”
Appling County won its final three games to get into the playoffs, and the Pirates had to work hard to do that. They won those three games by 15 combined points.
The Trojans beat Westside two weeks ago to clinch the Region 2-AAA title behind the combination of quarterback Robert Allen and running back Keshawn Lowe. Allen has thrown for 1,434 yards, while Lowe has rushed for 1,108 and 19 touchdowns.
Saire Davis (40-571) leads the receiving corps and gets plenty of help from Kearis Jackson (22-257) and Lowe (20-232).
“(The off week) was tough; we didn’t know who we were playing, so we just worked on ourselves,” Campbell said. “We just tried to get our legs under us to stay sharp. I don’t really know how to take it. But hopefully, the guys will come out and play well.”