ATLANTA – It was Brendan Douglas’ first taste of the in-state rivalry between Georgia and Georgia Tech, but he already has a good grasp of what’s at stake each season.
The freshman from Aquinas had a sideline view as the Bulldogs inched past the Yellow Jackets 41-34 in two overtimes at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday.
“It was a crazy game,” Douglas said. “(Georgia Tech) has a good team and they have a great defense. They played really good on defense today. You have to give it up to them.
“We pulled this one off. It’s been a crazy season with some crazy games. We found a way to win this one.”
The win was Georgia’s fifth consecutive victory and 12th in the past 13 years in the rivalry. It was the Bulldogs’ 64th overall win in the series.
Douglas had one carry for 6 yards in the game. Although he didn’t see much action on the field, he received first-hand experience in the atmosphere in his first game on The Flats.
“It was pretty loud, louder than I expected,” he said. “We had our fans there, too, and it’s nice to have them. It was louder than I thought it would be.”
Douglas said it was obvious it was rivalry week during practices leading up to Saturday’s game.
“I definitely noticed this week coming in,” he said. “It’s been crazy. As you could see, it’s definitely a good rivalry game.”
Georgia Tech’s Brandon Watts, a former Washington County standout, had seven tackles in the game.
In Watts’ final chance to beat Georgia as a senior, he put up his best effort out of the four games he experienced against the Bulldogs.
The game had an added Augusta-area touch when Watts tackled Douglas on the latter’s 6-yard carry.
Former Jefferson County star B.J. Bostic, a junior, had one carry for 1 yard for the Yellow Jackets.
Christopher Crenshaw joined Watts as a Georgia Tech senior experiencing his final rivalry game. The defensive end from Jefferson County was honored along with Watts prior to the game during a Senior Day ceremony.
That leaves Douglas and Bostic as the major Augusta-area products on the teams.
“It’s humbling to represent Augusta,” Douglas said. “I try to do the best I can to do that on and off the field.”