The Lamar County Trojans have had a lot of success in recent years, and that helped this year’s senior class earn an historic win Friday night in the GHSA Class AA playoffs.
By beating Swainsboro 28-14, this year’s senior class became the winningest class in Trojans history with 46 wins. It also became the program’s first class to earn a playoff win in each of its four seasons.
“It’s definitely helpful because they have been through so much and have played so many games,” Lamar County head coach Jamie Abrams said about the seniors. “They have just about maximized the number of games they can play. They’ve been a great group.”
Lamar County (8-2-1) travels to Greater Atlanta Christian this week. GAC is 11-0 after beating Chattahoochee County 41-13 in the first round.
-- Daniel Shirley
Washington County really hasn’t had a close game all season. The Golden Hawks’ closest game was a 20-point win over Burke County, and they have had only two games decided by fewer than 30 points.
That season-long trend continued Friday as Washington County improved to 11-0 with a 72-28 win over Jackson-Atlanta. The game marked the third time this season Washington County has scored in the 70s.
The Golden Hawks remain at home this week in the Class AAA second round when they host Callaway. The Cavaliers are 7-4 after beating Ringgold 35-7 on Friday.
“We’ve got a veteran group, and I feel like they will be OK because I like how they approach the game,” Washington County head coach Joel Ingram said. “They’ve been in a lot of battles, and that doesn’t guarantee success, but it certainly helps. If you asked me to choose between guys who have been through it before and someone who hasn’t, I’d take those guys who have been through it.”
-- Daniel Shirley
DOOLY COUNTY BACK AT IT
Dooly County, which has reached the seven-win mark for the fifth straight season, opens Class A public school playoff action Friday at Claxton.
The Bobcats (7-3) are seeded 10th, having finished tied for third in Region 4-A behind Marion County and Hawkinsville. Claxton, seeded seventh, has lost two of its past three games, falling to Calvary Day and Savannah Christian before bouncing back for a 26-19 win over Johnson County.
The Dooly County-Claxton winner likely will face No. 2 seed Irwin County in the quarterfinals. Irwin County (8-1-1) hosts Atkinson County (6-4) in the first round.
-- Ron Seibel
Former Central standout Amie Wimberly earned Southern States Athletic Conference all-conference cross country honors recently, making the all-freshman team for Mobile.
Wimberly was 23rd in the conference meet with a time of 20:50.48. She was among the Rams’ top three finishers in every meet this season, winning the Azalea City Classic and Choctaw Open.
Former Westside quarterback Daniel Duhart is 52nd in the FCS in total offense with 205.7 yards PER game and 38th with 2,105 passing yards.
The 6-foot-1, 193-pound junior has helped Alabama State to a 6-5 record, 5-4 in the Southwest Athletic Conference.
Ivey Slaughter is showing some consistency as she begins her sophomore year at Florida State.
The former Tattnall Square standout had 16 points and nine rebounds plus four steals in the season-opening 92-62 win over UAB, and followed that up with the same scoring and rebounding numbers in one less minute of action in 103-34 romp over Bethune-Cookman.
Slaughter and the Seminoles won’t be in the Peach State until a Jan. 30 visit to Georgia Tech.
-- Michael A. Lough