2007-11-14 / Sports

SGA ends season with win over Valwood, loss to Brookwood

By Paul Bridges Sports Writer

Sentiments of Warrior cheerleaders and fans welcomed the Warriors to the field Friday night in the last regular season game for 2007. The Warriors ended the season 6-4. Sentiments of Warrior cheerleaders and fans welcomed the Warriors to the field Friday night in the last regular season game for 2007. The Warriors ended the season 6-4. The SGA Warriors traveled to Valdosta to play the Valwood Valiants in a crucial region game Friday Nov. 2.

Bridges had the best passing game of his career and possibly in school history completing 28 of 42 passes for 367 yards and three touchdowns as the Warriors came from behind in the fourth quarter to defeat Valwood 32-27.

Lee was Bridges' favorite target catching 8 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Fincher had 6 receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown and Beau Clenney added 5 receptions for 68 yards. Blake Shepard, Will Brown,Wilson, and Lee anchored a rugged SGA defense.

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The Brookwood Warriors came to Damascus Friday Nov. 9 with a perfect 9-0 record and holding the No. 1 spot in the state coaches' poll. Brookwood proved they well deserved the accolades as they used their superior speed to break big play after big play on their way to defeating SGA 63-42.

Brookwood received the opening kickoff and drove 80 yards in 12 plays to take an early 7-0 lead. After holding SGA to a 3-and-out, Brookwood upped their lead to 14-0 on a 52-yard touchdown run.

SGA answered with a 17- play, 75-yard drive to cut into Brookwood's lead. Drew Bridges completed a 10-yard pass to Miles Lee and a 20-yarder to Michael Fincher before Alex Wilson powered it in from 2 yards out. Chandler Ray kicked the extra point making it a 14-7 ballgame at the 8:21 mark of the second quarter.

The Warriors could not stop Brookwood's big play offense and Brookwood extended their lead to 21-7 on their next play, a 65-yard touchdown pass.

The Warriors answered with a nice drive. Bridges completed a 27-yard pass to Beau Clenney as SGA drove deep into Brookwood territory. SGA could not punch it in and Ray came in and kicked a 28-yard field goal to make the score 21-10.

Brookwood exploded for 3 more touchdowns in the final 5:23 of the second quarter and went into halftime leading 42-10.

SGA received the kickoff to start the second half and put together an 11-play, 69- yard scoring drive. Big plays on the drive were pass completions from Bridges to Lee and Clenney for 10- and 14- yards and a 15-yard run by Wilson. Lee scored the touchdown from three yards out making the score 42-16.

SGA tried an onside kick and Blake Shepard recovered it for the Warriors giving SGA the football at the 48-yard line.

On first down, Drew Bridges passed to the real Bobbie Miles, Michael Fincher, who made a nice catch and outraced the Brookwood defenders to the end zone cutting Brookwood's lead to 42-22 at the 8:58 mark of the third quarter. That was as close as SGA could get though.

Brookwood got lucky scooping up their own fumbles on the next two possessions running them in for touchdowns to extend their lead back out to 56-22, but the Warriors never quit and kept fighting back.

Will Brown scored a touchdown running it in from three yards out to complete a 70-yard, 7-play drive with 5:11 left in the third quarter.

Brookwood busted another long run making it a 63- 28 ballgame.

Andrew Stone scored SGA's next touchdown from three yards out making the score 63-36. On the ensuing kickoff, Troope Tabb recovered the pooch kick for SGA giving the Warriors the ball at the Brookwood 35-yard line. Six plays later Taylor Tabb ran it in from 8 yards out making the final score 63-42.

Drew Bridges completed 19 of 37 passes for 235 yards and a touchdown. Michael Fincher was the leading receiver with four receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown. Alex Wilson rushed for 74 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown.

With the loss, SGA drops to 6-4 on the year and into a 3-way tie for second place in the region with Tiftarea and Valwood.

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The SGA Warriors traveled to Thomasville to play Tiftarea and Valwood to determine the final playoff team.

SGA played Tiftarea first. The Warriors were on offense first and took possession at the 25-yard line. SGA scored as Michael Fincher recovered a fumble in the end zone. The extra point failed and SGA led 6- 0. Tiftarea scored on their possession and kicked the extra point to win the game 7-6.

SGA played Valwood next and were on offense first again. SGA drove the ball to about the 8-yard line and were facing fourth down. The Warriors' Chandler Ray booted a 25-yard field goal to put SGA up 3-0.

Valwood was able to score a touchdown on their possession bringing the Warriors' season to a close. SGA finished the year with a 6-4 record. Tiftarea defeated Valwood and will be the No. 2 seed.

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