AUGUSTA -- As he found space near the sideline, Ruben Garnett understandably looked a little tired.
On his 30th rushing attempt of the night, Garnett decided to step out of bounds. But he earned a loud cheer.
Garnett, despite slightly tiring, still rushed for 60 yards on the play.
Garnett’s 271 rushing yards and three touchdowns worked with a clutch defense as Aquinas won at home Friday night, beating Tattnall Square 21-6 in the Class A private state quarterfinals. The Irish have their final home game of the season in the semifinals against Mount Paran Christian. The two met in the quarterfinals a year ago, with Aquinas winning by three points.
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Ranked No. 1 but seeded second in the 16-team bracket, Aquinas (12-0) beat Tattnall Square 49-21 to win the Region 7-A championship Nov. 7.
“My side was hurting, and the game was done, so I said, ‘We gotta bounce, take a knee and go home,’” Garnett said. “I was hurt the whole game. Before the game, the whole day, I had my music in and I was just vibing it, no matter where I was. I knew (Friday) was going to be big.”
In two games against Tattnall Square, Garnett ran for 443 yards and six touchdowns.