Baldwin County flexed its football muscle Friday night as all three local teams earned major victories at home.
Baldwin High School upset Peach County 35-21, John Milledge Academy surprised Tattnall 35-7 and Georgia Military Prep School stomped on Glascock County 28-7.
Baldwin smashes Peach County with dominate rushing
Kentavious “Pop” Thomas lived up to his name Friday. The bruising tailback rushed for 250 yards and three touchdowns against talented Peach County.
“We told him we would ride him all year. We went with two tight ends today,” Braves head coach Dexter Copeland said. “We wanted to see how physical they were. We said we are going to punch the bully in the mouth and see what he does.”
Baldwin’s offensive line handled the job against Peach allowing Thomas major output and quarterback Tajhea Chambers to rush for 92 yards and two touchdowns of his own.
Copeland said the crowd made the difference in a momentous win.
“Our kids fed off the crowd. The crowd guides us,” he said.
BHS sustained the lead late in the game when some kick-off team coverage errors allowed big returns for Peach.
Overall, beating a GHSA AAA state title contender leaves little complaining.
The offensive line did a great job bouncing back after an opening game loss to Jefferson County last week.
The big plays finally went Baldwin’s way this time.
A punt block in the first quarter and a recovery after Peach lost control of an arrant punt snap in the third gave Baldwin an insurmountable advantage.
Defensively, Quentin Barfield and Shelton Graves keep the pedal down even when big plays occurred.
“Our defensive didn’t drop their heads. They played wonderfully,” Copeland said.
Copeland wants to savor this win. Coaching staff and players deserve this one. Washington County prep can wait till Monday.
“As long as Baldwin gets better each week I’m happy. We are going to enjoy our win,” Copeland said.
Boyd led GMC on both sides in big win
GMC’s Jai’Veion Boyd was the Bulldogs all-purpose man in a 21-point victory over Glascock County.
Boyd scoring the game’s first touchdown up the middle in the second quarter and didn’t look back. The skill player had six carries for 92 yards and two scores, while leading the defense with 11 total tackles.
A 67-yard touchdown by GMC QB Rekarche Griffin during the third quarter opened the floodgates. Zach Whittle threw a key block down the sideline to lead Griffin home.
“That lit a fire under our guys,” GMC head coach Steven Simpson said. “From that point our guys really felt like they were in control.”
The Bulldogs went to work up 14-0.
Boyd added the final TD giving the Bulldogs a solid 28-point output.
GMC gave up the shutout with a minute or so left in the contest. The Bulldogs allowed only 200 yards to Glascock.
“I was pleased with the defense. I thought we were pretty physical up front,” Simpson said.
Colby Lawrence and Christian Burney led the effort inside and out on the defensive side.
“Christian had eight total tackles and an interception to really seal it right toward the end,” the GMC coach said.
Griffin had three carries for 84 yards. Lawrence posted 17 carries for 80 yards and a touchdown.
Overall, the Bulldogs had one turnover and 352 total offensive yards.
Georgia Military goes on the road to Riverside Military next Friday hoping to keep the Military Bowl in Milledgeville.
JMA Trojans earn historical back-to-back wins over Tattnall
“It’s big. We feel great for these guys. I never would have thought we’d beat them 35-7,” JMA head coach J.T. Wall said. “They are buying in. Whatever Kool-Aid we are giving them, they are drinking right now.”
The 2-1 Trojans still have plenty of cheap penalties to clean up. They could have run the score up more without the flags.
“We minimized penalties up until that second half then the flags started flying,” Wall said.
Tough conditioning is paying off for the Trojans. Players playing offense and defense aren’t slowing down as the game wears on, which was showcased Friday.
JMA is the first team to score on Tattnall this year. The defense set the home team up for success.
Tommy Pittman had 130 yards off 18 carries. Chris Williams rushed for 65 yards and two scores. Quarterback Colby McCommon was 5-for-6 for 86 yards with a passing and two rushing touchdowns.
The defense is rolling. Garrett Kitchens stepped up at safety and nabbed a major interception in the third quarter. Wall said the defensive line tore up Tattnall.
McCommon grew up in the win also.
“We are still going offense by committee right now. No. 7 is running the show. He checked us out of a bunch of bad plays tonight,” the Trojan coach said. “He’s getting it and maturing on the football field.”
JMA hosts Trinity Christian at home next week.