Originally created 11/30/02

Screven County stays alive



SYLVANIA, Ga. - All week long, Screven County coach Mark Daniel warned his team against looking past Peach County in the Class AAA playoffs.

Daniel doesn't have to worry about that any more.

The No. 2 Gamecocks will get their shot atNo. 1 LaGrange in next week's quarterfinals at home after a 42-7 second-round victory over Peach County at Kelly Memorial Stadium.

"They're a darn good team," Daniel said of LaGrange, which advanced with a 47-12 over Elbert County. "They're better than anybody in state right now. We've got to try to do something against them. That's going to be tough. It'll be the first time we've been underdogs all year."

Michael Scott rushed for 105 yards on 17 carries and scored four touchdowns as Screven County (12-0) advanced to the quarterfinals for the second straight year.

"Coach (Daniel) got on us all week about not looking ahead," Scott said. "He told us, 'This team's good enough to beat you.' So we had to stay focused all week. Everybody did a good job of that."

The Gamecocks also got record-setting performance from Scott and backfield mate James Howard and quarterback Willis McCorvey.

Scott and Howard both exceeded 1,000 yards rushing for the season with 1,074 and 1,086, respectively, the first time that's happened in school history. Howard rushed for 132 yards on 16 carries.

McCorvey completed eight of 14 passes for 135 yards and a touchdown to break the school record for most passing yards yards in a season with 1,157. Anthony Johnson set the previous record of 1,050 yards in 1993.

McCorvey's status for next week, however, is uncertain. The senior quarterback injured his right thumb with about five minutes left and had to leave the game.

Daniel said he doesn't think McCorvey's thumb is broken. "I think he just jammed it a little bit," Daniel said. "The trainer said it'll be fine. But we're going to have it looked at by a doctor (today) to make sure."

Screven County scored touchdowns in the first quarter to jump out to a 14-0 lead before Peach County ever touched the ball and led 28-0 at halftime.

Scott scored two touchdowns on runs of 4 and 29 yards to pace Screven in the first half. The other touchdowns for the Gamecocks came on an 11-yard run by Will Campbell and a 24-yard pass from McCorvey to Matthew Sheley.

Screven took the opening kickoff and drove 62 yards in seven plays to take a 6-0 lead, capped by Scott's 4-yard run. Tony Evans missed the extra point.

Peach County muffed the ensuing kickoff and Dusty Reddick recovered the ball for the Gamecocks at the Trojans' 26. Five plays later, Campbell scored on an 11-yard run around right end after McCorvey had faked a handoff to Howard going to the left. Scott then ran for the two-point conversion to make it 14-0.

The Trojans finally touched the ball for the first time with 6:30 in the first quarter at their own 20. The visitors got a 32-yard pass from Alonzo Bryant to Jairus Rump for a first down at the Screven 48, but the drive stalled at the 30 when Bryant's pass was incomplete on fourth-and-four.

Screven scored on its first possession of the second quarter on McCorvey's 24-yard touchdown pass to Sheley to go up 21-0. The Gamecocks completed their scoring in the first half on Scott's 29-yard touchdown run to take a 28-0 lead at halftime.

In the first half, Screven piled up 12 first downs and 251 yards in total offense, while holding Peach County to just five first downs and 111 yards in total offense. The Gamecocks ran 29 of 35 plays inside Peach County territory to only 9 of 34 for the Trojans.