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Grovetown bests Lakeside, gets home playoff game

Posted: November 8, 2017 - 2:51am

D'Angelo Durham slipped through the line and sprinted past several would-be tacklers before reaching the end zone.

Grovetown (6-4) had broken the Class AAAAAA game open against Lakeside in the third quarter, allowing the Warriors to win their second in a row and five out of six.

Durham put Grovetown up early - the game's first touchdown in the first quarter - and scored the game's second touchdown in the third quarter, but Shamar Cofield put the icing on the cake with a touchdown of his own in the middle of the fourth, participating in a 24-7 drubbing Friday night over Lakeside (2-8) in a Salute to Service football game at Grovetown High School.

Durham finished with 45 yards rushing on 13 carries, while Cofield recorded 105 yards rushing on just seven carries. These exceptional efforts - along with an Evans 42-35 win over Heritage - assisted in Grovetown solidifying a No. 2 seed in the state playoffs. Lakeside is the No. 4 seed and will travel to play Tucker on Friday.

Grovetown coach Damien Postell said he was ecstatic about the win and the chance to compete in the state playoffs. The Warriors will play host to Lovejoy at 7:30 p.m. Friday night.

"I'm very excited," said Postell, who is now in the playoffs for the second year in a row. "We've got a home playoff game next week with a team in Lovejoy, so we have to get prepared for that. If we can just keep this rolling, we will be good to go. We are looking to sustain this and keep things rolling in the playoffs."

Although Grovetown scored early in the first quarter, both teams had a hard time scoring up until the third quarter. Still, Grovetown had the lead and was able to control the trenches.

The defensive line, of course, had a large say in the outcome of the game. On disparate occasions, the Grovetown defensive line was able to force Lakeside into third and long. Grovetown defensive tackle Cornelius McCord said his coaches preached physicality.

"It starts with the D-line," he said, "so we just have to get pressure and let the linebackers make plays."

With the score 7-0 in favor of Grovetown, Warrior quarterback Jahmar Bingham heaved a 32-yard pass that found Lamar Price on the left sideline. This put Grovetown at the 2-yard line, setting up the second touchdown of the evening.

There has been trustworthiness in the Grovetown receiving core all season, Bingham said.

"I trust my receivers one thousand percent," he said. "I know that when I throw it up there, they are going to get it. Whether it's a good ball or a bad ball, they are going to make the play."

After Donavan McClean field goal made the score 17-0 late in the third quarter, Grovetown stamped the exclamation point on the contest. Following a double-set formation with two wide receivers on both sides, Cofield carried the ball for 47 yards. This set up his 4-yard touchdown run.

Lakeside scored its lone points when Will Childers tossed a 32-yard touchdown pass to Graham Tulowitzky.

 

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