Josey beats Westside in coach's last game

Josey 14, Westside 7



They made sure John Noah didn’t get away.

The Josey players followed the coach around, getting him soaked with whatever they had – even if it was only with a water bottle.

The Eagles celebrated a victory in Noah’s last game, getting a 14-7 win over Westside on Friday night.

“They wanted to win on homecoming, and I think that maybe it was also for me a little bit,” said Noah, who was carried off the field.

The Patriots committed five turnovers in the loss, but are going to the Class AA state playoffs anyway.

Josey ended an eight-game losing streak and closed the season the same way it started it: with a win. The Eagles (2-8 overall, 1-5 Region 3-AA) got a big night from Parrish Jones, who had 100 rushing yards, and were opportunistic on defense.

Westside moved the ball on pass plays from quarterback Quinton Phillips, but it seemed whenever it threatened to score, something bad happened.

On two drives in the second half, the Patriots crossed the Josey 25, only to lose possession.

First, a big completion ended with a fumble early in the third quarter.

Later, on a fourth-down play late in the fourth quarter, Westside completed a pass but fumbled on the Josey 2. The Eagles recovered in the end zone.

The Patriots (5-5, 2-4) are going to the playoffs thanks to Screven County’s win against Dublin.

Westside and Dublin have the same region record, but the Patriots won the tiebreaker by virtue of a head-to-head victory.

Josey, which usually struggles on offense, was clutch on fourth down early on. Kejuan Turner came down with a toss for a touchdown for the game’s first score.

After Josey made another stop on its side of the field, the Eagles offense struck again.

Jones got a 16-yard reception on a screen pass and a 32-yard burst thanks to a perfect cut. Backfield mate Broderick Ross later powered through the heart of the Westside front for a 2-yard score on fourth down.

The first half was mostly a nightmare for Westside – at least until the last few seconds.

After several drives reached Josey territory, the Patriots finally came through.

Phillips led the drive to the Josey 10 with 9.2 seconds left in the half. He found a receiver just shy of the goal line when a personal foul call on Josey gave the Patriots an untimed play.

Phillips delivered with a short run, but the Patriots didn’t score again.

“It’s very disappointing,” Westside coach Steve Hibbitts said. “But I told them, “Now you get a second chance.’ ”


PLAY OF THE GAME: With Westside seemingly ready to score down 14-7 late, Josey knocked the ball loose at about its 2 and recovered the ball in the end zone.

STAR OF THE GAME: The Josey defense forced five turnovers, usually when Westside was driving.

WHY JOSEY WON: The Eagles defense made big plays and the Josey offense got 100 rushing yards from Parrish Jones.

WHY WESTSIDE LOST: The Patriots kept turning the ball over.

NEXT: Westside is in the Class AA state playoffs.


Westside 0 7 0 0 – 7

Josey 0 14 0 0 – 14

Second Quarter

J-Kejuan Turner 13 pass from Evan Ramsey (run failed), 7:01

J-Broderick Ross 2 run (Parrish Jones run), 0:58

W-Quinton Phillips 1 run (Keaton Craw kick), 0:00

First Downs812
Passing Yards16173


RUSHING–Westside: John Freeman 5-7, Damion Davis 3-6, Quinton Phillips 16-6, Aaron Commings 1-1, Brandon Hugee 1-0; Josey: Parrish Jones 16-100, Evan Ramsey 10-24, Broderick Ross 6-16, Tyquan Garrett 2-8, Kejuan Turner 1-(-8).

PASSING–Westside: Phillips 11-23-2 161; Josey: Ramsey 6-17-0 73.

RECEIVING–Westside: Hugee 4-60, Bryce Ford 2-52, Jeremiah Moss 3-49; Josey: Turner 2-23, Ross 1-19, Jones 1-16, Anthony Taylor 2-15.



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