Originally created 12/17/00

Fortunes diverge for area teams

The Swainsboro Tigers proved to be Georgia's best road warriors of the season Saturday night in claiming their first state football title.

Swainsboro was forced to go on the road for the fourth consecutive week in the state playoffs and came away with the ultimate prize, a Class AAA state championship, with a 6-0 victory over Fitzgerald, which had reeled off 13 consecutive victories going into the game.

Brandon Andrews scored the game's lone touchdown.

Washington-Wilkes was not so fortunate. It had its unbeaten streak end at 14 games as Americus took a 14-0 victory in a Class AA title game that was suspended by a passing thunderstorm with about 7« minutes left in the game. Americus led at that time 7-0 and tacked on another touchdown when play resumed.

Daccus Turman, who needed 136 yards to break Herschel Walker's single-season rushing record, failed to outdo the legendary high school star. Bogged down by Americus' defense and the muddy conditions, he gained only yards.

Americus last won a state football title with back-to-back victories in 1974-75. Washington-Wilkes was seeking its first championship since 1967.


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