Social Circle football wins first-round overtime battle
After playing two of the best games of his illustrious career, in which he passed for over 600 yards and eight touchdowns, Social Circle senior quarterback Logan Cross had one of his worst in the first round of Class A, Division I playoffs Friday night at Redskins. Stadium.
But he was still celebrating at the end, after recovering a high snap seconds earlier and putting it in for second-year kicker Preston Guy, who threw a game-winning field goal 38 yards in overtime, giving his team a win. of 10-7 on the 10th. -Ranked Whitefield Academy.
With the game deadlocked at seven after settlement, the Redskins won the coin toss and opted to switch to defense. On the second play, Social Circle linebacker Amon Johnson fired Wolfpack freshman quarterback Travis Burgess and forced a fumble, which was recovered by Phillip Baynes.
Taking their shot from the 15, the Redskins rushed the ball three times to set up the game-winning kick, which was made more difficult after being flagged for illegal movement.
Friday night’s dramatic victory was the first playoff win on campus and only the second in school history. The last playoff win was in 2005 when the Redskins played their home games at the former South Walton Sports Complex. They opened their new stadium in 2014.
The Redskins also won eight games for the second time in franchise history and can match the school record of nine wins, set in 1986, next week when they travel to Tiger to face third-placed Rabun County. second turn.
Cross will certainly relish the chance to atone for a brutal night in which he was limited to just 167 passing yards and was intercepted three times after being knocked out just four times during the regular season.
The Redskins offense could never get going against a tenacious Wolfpack team that blitzed all night and kept Cross from getting comfortable in the pocket.
Social Circle ran just eight plays in the first quarter and eight in the second while compiling just 46 yards before Cross made his biggest play of the night.
Taking over at his own 22 after a punt from Whitefield, Cross made a perfect pass to hit sophomore receiver Jude Nelson in stride running down the right sideline for 78 yards.
In the second half, they went three times three times. They managed to get to Wolfpack 28 before Cross was abducted.
As the attack struggled, the defense continued to bail them out, forcing two fumbles and pulling out two passes while keeping Whitefield just 35 yards on the ground.
The Wolfpack finally broke through late in the third quarter after a short Redskins punt outside their end zone and a personal foul penalty put them at Social Circle 24.
Burgess completed a 16-yard pass to Conlon Walker, then saved the ball after a fake and sprinted down the right side for a 12-yard touchdown.
The freshman was playing only his third game after replacing injured quarterback Ayden Duncanson, who led the Wolfpack in rushing and passing. He finished with 171 passing yards.