High School Sports

Hawkinsville-Irwin County championship capsule

HAWKINSVILLE

Distance to Georgia Dome: 130 miles.

Head coach: David Daniell (25-11 in three seasons overall and at Hawkinsville).

Record: 12-1, 7-1 Region 4-A, No. 4 seed.

All-time record: 442-327-23.

State championships: 5 (1953, 1954, 1959, 2003, 2004).

Last championship game appearance: 2004.

Road to the championship: Beat Jenkins County 20-14, Charlton County 12-6, Marion County 15-13.

FYI: Hawkinsville has reached double digits in wins for the first time since the 2004 season.

2014 SEASON

Date Team Score

Aug. 29 Bleckley County 41-7

Sept. 5 at Wilcox County 28-0

Sept. 12 Taylor County 21-0

Sept. 19 at Brookstone 33-7

Sept. 26 Central-Talbotton 36-8

Oct. 3 at Greenville 16-6

Oct. 10 Dooly County 28-13

Oct. 17 at Marion County 6-13

Oct. 24 Schley County 28-2

Oct. 31 Pacelli 27-7

Nov. 21 Jenkins County 20-14

Nov. 28 Charlton County 12-6

Dec. 5 at Marion County 15-13

KEY GAME

Marion County, 15-13

The Red Devils beat Marion County during the regular season last year but then lost in the semifinals to the Eagles. Then the Eagles won the regular-season meeting this season, so the Red Devils were looking for some revenge last week in the semifinals, and they got it with a late field goal from Tyler Brown to win the game and earn a trip to the title game.

IRWIN COUNTY

Distance to Georgia Dome: 189 miles

Head coach: Buddy Nobles (11-1-1 in one season overall in Georgia and at Irwin County).

Record: 11-1-1.

All-time record: 393-275-16.

State championships: 1 (1975).

Last championship game appearance: 1997.

Road to the championship: Beat Atkinson County 28-0, Dooly County 40-29, Commerce 28-7.

FYI: Nobles was previously the offensive coordinator at Fitzgerald before replacing Jon Lindsey, who left the program after three seasons to take over at Cook.

2014 SEASON

Date Team Score

Aug. 22 Early County 7-7

Aug. 29 at Berrien 49-20

Sept. 5 at Fitzgerald 12-40

Sept. 19 at Clinch County 47-7

Sept. 26 at Telfair County 48-21

Oct. 3 Charlton County 41-14

Oct. 17 Lanier County 48-0

Oct. 24 at Wilcox County 40-0

Oct. 31 Atkinson County 21-14

Nov. 7 at Turner County 44-12

Nov. 21 Atkinson County 28-0

Nov. 28 Dooly County 40-29

Dec. 5 Commerce 28-7

KEY GAME

Charlton County, 41-14

The game was played in early October but it turned out to be the region championship game, and the Indians dominated throughout the game.

HAWKINSVILLE VS. IRWIN COUNTY

Series history/last meeting: Irwin County leads 7-6/Hawkinsville won 21-12 in 2009.

Common opponents: Hawkinsville beat Wilcox County 28-0; Irwin County beat Wilcox County 40-0 Hawkinsville beat Dooly County 28-13; Irwin County beat Dooly County 40-29 Hawkinsville beat Charlton County 12-6; Irwin County beat Charlton County 41-14.

WHEN HAWKINSVILLE HAS THE BALL

The Red Devils have been efficient, and their ball-control offense has worked well throughout the season. Hawkinsville has run 665 plays to just 562 for its opposition, and that has focused on a balanced rushing attack. Reginald McDonald leads the way with 623 yards, while there are six other players with at least 200 rushing yards. Quarterback Dakota Sloan is one of those and has 458 yards rushing and 651 yards passing.

Key stat: The Red Devils have 2,724 rushing yards on 571 carries (4.8 yards per attempt).

WHEN IRWIN COUNTY HAS THE BALL

The Indians run, run, run and then run some more. They have two players with more than 1,300 yards rushing. Jakyron Young has 133 carries for 1,563 yards (an average of 11.8 yards per carry) and 25 touchdowns, while Robert Moore has 1,342 yards on 195 carries, and he has 12 touchdowns.

Key stat: The Indians have rushed for 4,148 yards, averaging 7.8 yards per carry.

SCOUTING REPORT

Irwin County’s defense has been dominant throughout the season, allowing 96 total points (an average of 7.4 points per game) and just 1,650 yards (an average of 126.9), and they have surrendered only 13 total touchdowns. But the Indians’ powerhouse rushing attack might offer the toughest test yet for the Red Devils.

The Indians have scored at least 40 points eight times this season, and they have 53 rushing touchdowns. Hawkinsville will need to continue its trend of playing ball-control offense and getting turnovers to keep the Indians off the field.

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