The Aquinas football team lost to George Walton Academy in the playoffs Friday night, but three seniors helped start a winning tradition for the Irish.
Brendan Douglas, Luke Fisher and Grey Klosinski took Aquinas to new heights, winning 28 games in four years and reaching the state quarterfinals in 2011.
“There was no program,” Irish coach Matt LeZotte said about the state of the program before the class. “Teams played good seasons, but (the seniors) tried to build it.”
SUCCESSFUL SEASON: Silver Bluff’s season didn’t end on a positive note, but that doesn’t take away from all the Bulldogs’ accomplishments this year.
The Bulldogs (11-2) lost to Bishop England 42-7 in the Class AA Division II Lower State championship game for the second year in a row.
On the bright side, Al Lown’s team won Region 5-AA again, knocked off Class AAAA teams Aiken and South Aiken, and won a pair of nail-biters against Bamberg-Ehrhardt.
The highlight might have come when the Bulldogs rallied from a big deficit against Barnwell to win in overtime. Two weeks later, Silver Bluff beat Barnwell again in the playoffs.
“We had a lot of good things happen to us this year, a lot of good breaks,” Lown said. “We can’t complain. We can’t complain at all.”
BACK IN THE FOLD? Thomson coach Milan Turner said he’s hopeful starting quarterback Chris Tutt will play in this week’s quarterfinal game against Cartersville. Tutt suffered an ankle injury in the Bulldogs’ postseason opener against Jackson and did not play against Johnson-Savannah.
With Tutt out, junior Quay Cummings led the Bulldog offense. Cummings was credited with one rush and completed two of three pass attempts.
“We’ll see about Tutt,” Turner said. “He’s day-to-day. We’ll just have to see how he does.”