Originally created 09/13/98

Georgia's penetration rule deciding games assailed



Thomson coach Butch Jacobs could deal with losing to Burke County on the football field Friday night.

What Jacobs and Johnson County coach Bill Bonds didn't like was the way their teams lost during the opening week of the Georgia prep season. On Sept. 4, Wheeler County defeated Johnson County, 1-0, on penetration and the next day, Stone Mountain edged Thomson, 14-13. om penetration.

"I wish we would go to something like a shootout, like South Carolina does," said Bonds, after his team lost because Wheeler County penetrated to the Johnson County 39-yard line and his team penetrated to the Wheeler County 42 in overtime and neither team scored.

In Georgia if two teams are tied after regulation and tied after two five-minute overtime periods, the team that penetrates the deepest toward the opponents' goal line in the overtime period is declared the winner.

This method really irks Jacobs, who has been involved in two penetration games since coming to Thomson six years ago. In South Carolina-- Jacobs used to coach at Columbia's Keenan High School and at Silver Bluff -- and that state uses a shootout format for overtime in which each team gets the ball at the 20 yard line with four downs to score until someone scores.

"It bothers me to lose a game when someone doesn't score on me," Jacobs said. "That's why we play the game. You have to cross that line (pointing toward the goal line) or kick the ball through those goal posts in order to score. The officials don't like it and I don't like it either."

FINDING HIS MANClass AAA No. 4 Burke County may have found a reliable fullback in sophmore Diamond Carter.

The sophmore rushed 22 times for 120 yards as Burke County ammassed 424 yards of total rushing, including 328 yards rushing, in its 22-0 win over Thomson on Friday night.

"He's a sophmore who doesn't play as a ninth grader," Bears' coach said. "He's going to allow us not to play so many people both ways. I think we found our fullback tonight."

BORDER WORN:Georgia swept through the three games pitting schools from each side of the Savannah River Friday night.

Lakeside defeated South Aiken 28-6 and Butler clobbered North Augusta 24-10, but the most dramatic victory for Georgia came in Lincoln County's 38-28 comeback victory over McCormick. The red Devils, No. 1 Class A , rallied from a 28-6 deficit to hand the No. 1 Class A team in South Carolina its first loss of the season.

The chiefs floundered their chance to end a 24-year drought to the Chiefs.

Lincoln County qiuarterback Kenn Barnett ran for two touchdowns and passed for 247 yards and a touchdown. He said his scoring runs were the result ore from determination that athletic ability.

"It was mostly pride," Barnett said.