VIDEO - Tigers top Baldwin, 21-16

Fri, 11/16/2007 - 11:02pm
By: Michael Boylan
The Fayette County Tigers (11-0) are just good.

Eventually, you simply run out of superlatives.

What can you say when the quarterback rushes for a touchdown, the running back passes for a touchdown, both have interceptions on defense - one of which was a bona fide season saver - and another running back and receiver score huge touchdowns, one of which comes on a fourth down play?

Sixth-ranked Fayette County’s opening-round state playoff game with the Baldwin Braves, ranked fourth in the state, was a battle from start to finish, but Fayette County kept their heads when they got behind and made plays, including some huge defensive stops in the second half, to get the win.

“We were holding on for dear life,” said head coach Tommy Webb. “Baldwin is a very good team. We just made some really big plays and I’m proud of everyone on the team.”

The game was scoreless after the first quarter, but quarterback Brandon Boykin scrambled 29 yards on a fourth-and-4 play for the first points of the game. Baldwin scored two touchdowns in the span of three minutes to answer, but the Tigers would have another drive in the half, thanks to a Boykin interception 52 seconds left. Andrew Prosser found Matt Daniels for a 30-yard reception and Daniels threw a 18-yard touchdown pass on an option play to Terrow Davis. Luis Martinez kicked the extra point and because of an earlier Baldwin miss, the Tigers had a lead.

Tim Pettaway ran 37 yards after a pass from Boykin for the third and final touchdown in the third quarter. With Baldwin driving late, Daniels saved the game with a goal-line interception.

Other huge plays came from Jervai McConnico, who recovered a fumble for a first down, Shemar Fletcher, who had a big fumble recovery early in the game and a key sack late, William Hood, Evan Reid, Ed Bexley, Travis Mihalik and Devontae Partridge, among others.

Fayette finished with 292 yards of total offense (185 rushing, 107 passing). Daniels led Fayette with 93 yards rushing on 24 carries, and Boykin ran for 81 yards on 13 carries and was 3-of-6 passing for 53 yards. login to post comments

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Submitted by GA Red Bug on Sat, 11/17/2007 - 11:00am.

The "Bear" wanted lean and mean men on the line of scrimage, Fayette County has the lean and mean, but I am thinking the Bear wanted BIG lean and mean men; FCHS comes up a touch short, and a touch slight of build to be called a "BIG" lean and mean line. People in the know, people experienced with these kind of things, predicted that would be the "Achilles Heel" for Fayetteville in the Play Offs.

"Not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the Dog"?

The "Very Big" Baldwin Braves defensive line stayed in Fayetteville's backfield. Hard to run a Wing T when the closest person to option off to is a defensive player from the other team, and all too often the QB keeper saw Brandon's famous spin move done in the arms of three Baldwin tacklers, behind the line of scrimmage; and Matt D's powerful runs up the middle right into a host of linemen with line backers pilling on.

Baldwin's line was big, the secondary big and fast. "NO CONTEST" would be the immediate impression. Baldwins offensive line was opening holes that allowed the "Braves" talented, fast and shifty Number 3 to tear off chunks of lanscape we are use to seeing our number 3 tear off. Their defensive line was smothering us. What do you do, how can our small (in comparison) offensive and defensive line fend off the inevitable? How?

Play smart, play hard, bend but don't breal, try to direct their attack into our secondary, slow down and direct their attack into our back field, and wait for, set up for, our big play players to make those big plays. Hats off to a fantastic job by the offensive and defensive lines! Hats off the some brilliant play calling that set up the big plays, hats off the those making the big plays.

In the end, the biggest and most important muscle is the brain, and we had the biggest and strongest brain.

For example ... Braves with the ball and down by five, two minutes to play, first and goal on our ten, Our defense weary and it beginning to show ... appears Baldwin can shove it into the end zone on three hard hitting plays, pass only if necessary, like fourth down and say four yards to go. Run out the clock as you score the winning touch down. It is a no brainer, and a no brainer is what they did. First down they throw the ball right to Matt Daniels.

Now Fayette has the ball on their own Twenty, two minutes to go, Baldwin out of time outs. I can understand how an unsportsman like conduct penalty can be called on the Baldwin Coaching staff, they had to be hitting each other in the head, especially the guy who called the play. Branden takes two knees on our 35 and game over.

Baldwin is a bona fide number four; has a bona fide top ranked offensive and defensive line. The only State ranking I want for our Tigers is "CHAMPION"

Fayette has demonstrated they can handle a huge line, offensively and defensively. they have demonstrated their line and secondary can hold and not break against a big offensive line and fast, hard running backs. They have shown They have patience, a big brain, a bigger heart, and don't panic....

Lets see, Number one NS Warner Robins 14, Creekside 0? Hmmmm. OK ... I know, there stands Bainbridge and Tucker, but we know we belong here. Dome Dome De Dome Dome DOME!

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Submitted by Cyclist on Sun, 11/18/2007 - 3:31pm.

I know "Acey1" and "chippie" are too as their son is on the field. BTW, I wonder how the parents from Baldwin can afford to feed them boys. My gosh!!!!
Caution - The Surgeon General has determined that constant blogging is an addiction that can cause a sedentary life style.

Submitted by GA Red Bug on Mon, 11/19/2007 - 6:52am.

We all here are bursting with pride, not just in the victories, but the character it took to win them. Most of these games the Tigers have been not a tiger, but the fox against the hound. They had to fight twice as hard as the hound while keeping a cool enough head to think three times as fast.

This is heady stuff to handle for adults, our kids have shown a maturity beyond their years and a fight that doesn't quit. Are they satisfied? Heck NO! Not Now! Not Yet!

Will winning the Championship make them better kids, better adults? No, it is giving all you got to win the Championship that does that. It is not quitting, it is not running out of fight ( directed and cool headed intelligent fight, not blindly swinging) even if you run out of time. This team won't lose, may run out of time, but won't lose. As long as they play that way the Championship is possible.

You don't go into the Play-Offs simply to see how "deep into the play offs" you can get. I hear that too often. You go into the Play Off to win the Championship, to win game number five. The Tigers are not here to win a battle, They are here to win the War.

Too often the war is lost in the locker rooms and amongst those cheering them on, the overwhelming attention. Pressure and fear of losing because the stakes have grown so high it becomes too much for the weak of heart to handle, they can't think, and start looking for excuses to lose. OR, their head swells up so much they pay more attention to the adolatry and things being said praising them they begin to believe it, become so self-centered they can no longer see what is and what has to be done.

Our kids have to have eaten enough humble pie the past couple years to have developed what every great Champion, or person, has to have;
and that is honest humility, a knowledge of themselves that is on the mark, able to see through the fog of grandeur and follow the path, not get lost.

They have to have developed a heart big enough to carry the pressure that comes with herioc achievement and keep a clear head. Fear is crippling, I don't see it there. Opposite of that; Arrogance, egotism, and overconfidence will derail you too, and I haven't seen that. What I see is confidence and courage, what I see is fight, I see no excuses.

That is what I believe this team has. I don't believe you will hear any excuses, before of after this quest is complete ... and I like their chances.

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Submitted by hutch866 on Sun, 11/18/2007 - 12:10pm.

I talked to Mike Earwood {head coach at Starr's Mill} Friday night at the game and he told me how impressed they were with the Tigers in our game against them. He said not just with Boykin and Daniels because they get most of the press but with all the other kids too. Bring on Bainbridge, it's one game at a time till we reach our destination.

I yam what I yam...Popeye

Submitted by GA Red Bug on Sun, 11/18/2007 - 3:17pm.

My wife and I share Earwoods sentiments, and definately respect his opinions. The whole team played herioc.

My wife cracked up at one member of our defensive line hanging on to a huge Baldwin lineman ... number 71 I believe. It looked like he was pasted on number 71's belly, with 71 chasing after Brad. My wife asked, "Isn't that holding?" I answered No, it was hanging on, and ain't no penalty for hanging on in Fayette County. Lots of our offensive and defensive players looked like baby chimps being carried by their Moms.

I am still convincing myself the outcome was inevitable, that Fayetteville was in control all the way, and Santa is going to finally bring me that 58 Corvette. Hats off to whomever came up with the game plan and called the plays, they have ice in their veins. Never panicked, kept is as safe and cool as possible, hit the big ones, and let Baldwin continue to self destruct.

Submitted by RightOnTheMoney on Sun, 11/18/2007 - 5:24pm.

Fayette County should be able to continue with another win this Friday as they will be substantially favored against Bainbridge. The Bainbridge Bearcats came from behind (14-0 at half)to beat a 7-2 Statesboro team Friday night (28-14). The Tigers will have to stay focused but should be able to continue through the second round to the all important third round. If (when) Fayette wins, they will almost certainly be facing the Tucker Tigers in round three ....sounds like a major cat fight in the making!

The Whitewater Wildcats face a tough Thomas County Central Yellow Jackets team on the road in round two as they try to double their playoff win total. Thomas County central will be a slight favorite and the Wildcats will have to play error free football if they hope to advance to round three where they would then face an explosive Mays Raiders team or the unbeaten East Paulding Raiders.

Sandy Creek Patriots may have the toughest track of all as they face the High Powered and stingy (11-0) unbeaten North Hall Trojans. North Hall has scored over 500 points this year. Yes, 500 points. If Sandy Creek gets past the North Hall Trojans they will face the winner of the Worth County Vs. Perry game. It would by almost all accounts be an easier game than the North Hall contest.

Ether way, round three is where "the men are separated from the boys". Only one local football team, Starr's Mill, has ever made it to or beyond the third round of the state football playoffs. For a town know for it's academic prowess, I would say athletics are alive and well.

Good luck to all - get out and support your local football and band programs!

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Submitted by Fyt35 on Sat, 11/17/2007 - 10:46am.

Great job on your win last night guys, wow!
Good luck Friday!

P.S. hutch and Cy, you should have seen the show put on by the Lovejoy band at half, they had it "going on"!

Submitted by FCHS1fan on Sat, 11/17/2007 - 1:27am.

So as the reporter says we have run out of adjectives to describe the Fayette County football team. So let me say, "They are simply great"! All teams practice hard, all teams sacrifice, all teams play to win, so finally it starts to click and whoa betty have you got a team! This year FC has got their stuff together like never before. And this could not have happened to a better group of young men!! We have such a mixture of personalties, talent and athletic abilities, it boggles the mind. So congrats to you guys and your coaches for a great victory and lets keep it going.

Submitted by fernkids2 on Sat, 11/17/2007 - 9:07am.

Our son plays in the marching band - they are great, but I have to say what started out as support for the band turned into pure pleasure in watching the football team. I am so proud of the coaches and the the team - what a great season! The one thing I have to mention is how great the spirit has been from all the fans, families and the band. They have been respectful and totally supportive. I am very happy to say my son attends Fayette County High School. Look out next year will belong to the band!

Go Tigers!

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Submitted by BPR on Sat, 11/17/2007 - 8:17am.

CITIZEN- WHERE IS THE BOLD PRINT ABOUT SANDY CREEK WINNING LAST NIGHT!By the way - Way to go Fayette High and Whitewater I am PROUD of you.

CITIZEN PAPER- This is not fair not to print a seperate one for SANDY CREEK! THESE GUYS PLAYED THEIR HEARTS OUT!

The Marching Band was awesome- of course my Son is in the Band- played their best in the stands! PROUD OF THE BAND DIRECTOR AND ASST. BAND DIRECTOR AND ALL THE KID THAT ARE IN THE BAND1

Even one football player was getting into what the band was playing- he was dancing when they played and then a couple did it once together, the one did danced the entire game when the band played -now that is school spirit!

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Submitted by Michael Boylan on Sat, 11/17/2007 - 10:33am.


Sandy Creek story coming in the next hour - just got all the stats and we'll be talking about it on the Blitz which will be up by noon.

With two local games last night I decided to send myself and Kevin to the local games. One of us will be at a road game next week - probably Sandy creek's since its two hours closer.

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Submitted by BPR on Mon, 11/19/2007 - 2:40pm.

Sorry Michael,
Not to give you a hard time, but in the pictures you can buy of the bands on this site, all the schools have a individual section of just their school except Sandy Creek High School. Yes we are included with other school pictures, but every other school in the county has a section of their own- why is this? Thanks for your comments.

Submitted by RightOnTheMoney on Mon, 11/19/2007 - 5:43pm.

Why don't you stop your whining and sniveling and buy a camera so you can take some pictures for yourself.

You see, no one owes you a {{{EDITED}}} thing including Kevin, Michael or anyone else on the newspaper. Spend your own time and money photographing until your narcissistic heart is content.

Instead of being thankful for what you DO have available - you complain and want more. You are typical of the local ungrateful parents. You're pathetic.

Michael - don't waste your time - Thanks for all of your hard work and the extra effort of reaching out to include the band in the football and sports sections. No good deed goes unpunished. Waaaaaa ... what about MY kid??? Ugh. Ignore this nut-job.

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Submitted by BPR on Tue, 11/20/2007 - 10:14am.

Thanks for doing your job and taking care of it.- bpr

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Submitted by BPR on Tue, 11/20/2007 - 7:29am.

This ia a very nasty comment, if your child went to Sandy Creek you would say the same thing, buy the way I have my own camera, I just expect to be treated equal.

I am not ungrateful, seems like all the other schools got their pictures, ungrateful????


You just show how you feel about Sandy Creek, and by the way- I will make sure they are treated equal-

By the way Michael- do you think this comment is fair and called for- you messed up- admit it. Michael if it were your kid wouldn't you say the same?

Nut-job- if it were your kid you would say the same- your nasty comments show how you are. What do you have against Sandy Creek, I know this was not directed to me, Michael must have done a good picture of your child. Sorry, we are Fayette County you have to live with it. I am proud of this school, they are great!

BY THE WAY BEING NASTY GETS YOU NOWHERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Submitted by Tug13 on Tue, 11/20/2007 - 8:37am.

bpr, you're right! Being nasty will get you nowhere.
Who is Nut-job?

Michael B. and Kevin W., both of you do a great job.

(Ask Cal for a raise.)


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Submitted by BPR on Tue, 11/20/2007 - 9:51am.

I was not the one nasty, with the "d" word, I guess if it's acceptable in one's house then you don't think so. I just asked Michael a question. If things continue with "D" words I will have to ask Cal if it's acceptable?

Yeah- who is nut job- people who don't know enough words to express themself than to use the "D" word. I know you will disagree- I simply don't care- looking out for my kid and Sandy Creek High School.

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Submitted by Tug13 on Tue, 11/20/2007 - 3:51pm.

You know I will disagree?? How do you know that? You don't know me. Smiling

Have a safe and a happy Thanksgiving! Smiling

Good luck to Sandy Creek and Whitewater!

Go Tigers!

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Submitted by BPR on Tue, 11/20/2007 - 5:49pm.

Thank you, sorry- I just want the best for our kids! I know you do also. Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!

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Submitted by Michael Boylan on Mon, 11/19/2007 - 4:20pm.

I'm delving into the photo archives now and checking with photographers.

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Submitted by BPR on Mon, 11/19/2007 - 4:22pm.

Thank you and I am looking forward to hearing from you- we are proud band parents also. Thanks!

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Submitted by Michael Boylan on Mon, 11/19/2007 - 4:31pm.

No separate folders because they happened to be taken when other local bands were performing as well.

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Submitted by BPR on Mon, 11/19/2007 - 4:36pm.

AGAIN- I am not trying to be difficult- how did this happen- it did not happen with the other schools. Odd huh? This is a huge dissapointment with the Citizen. Do you think this is fair? I read earlier that you did not have favorites. We always seem to be last with football reviews and everything else, how are we suppose to take this as not being favorites?

Submitted by RightOnTheMoney on Mon, 11/19/2007 - 6:03pm.

It is a vast WHITE wing conspiracy. You were singled out. No one but you was left out. The paper hates sandy Creek. It's because you were from a school in Tyrone. You caught them! You are slighted. Call for an OCR investigation. He found what you were too lazy to find so do us all a favor and shut up about it.

Submitted by dutch4evr on Sat, 11/17/2007 - 12:15am.

It's even better live.

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