Burke County and Laney won the deciding flips to get the right to play at home in the state quarterfinals. Only Washington County lost its toss.
Burke County and Washington County made the state quarterfinals in 2012. The Bears play Marist while the Golden Hawks visit Blessed Trinity.
But Laney has seen a larger gap. Thanks to the strong defense, the Wildcats are in the state quarterfinals for the first time since 2004. They will play host to Lovett.
BRIGHT FUTURE: When star back Shaquez Wright went down with an injury in the first quarter Friday, Silver Bluff didn’t panic.
The Bulldogs have relied on Wright and RJ Stallings, a pair of seniors, for much of their offense this year. But coach Al Lown has some able replacements in junior Myles Corbitt and sophomore DeAngilo Drayton, and turned to them when Wright went down.
Drayton finished with 158 yards and two TDs and Corbitt added 126 as the Bulldogs routed Woodland, 35-12. Stallings added 116 as
the Bulldogs rushed for 440 yards as a team.
The victory puts Silver Bluff in the Class AA Division II Lower State finals for the third consecutive year. The Bulldogs will play host to Bamberg-Ehrhardt on Friday.
PLAYING FOR IT ALL: It’s been a tough road for this batch of Curtis Baptist seniors. The team went from 3-8 three years ago to 4-6 and then 6-6 last year. This season, the team is 11-2 and seeking a 12th victory and a championship.
“I’m glad it went that way because you could see the process,” coach Nathan Duffie said. “You could see that you’re getting better every year.”
Curtis Baptist faces Robert Toombs Christian Academy on Saturday at Mercer University in Macon, Ga.
Staff writers John Boyette and Justin Williams contributed to this article.