That’s how close the Thomasville Bulldogs (1-5, 0-2) came to having a chance to notch a Region 1-AA upset at Veterans Memorial Stadium Friday night.
Brooks County (6-0, 2-0), ranked No. 2 in Class AA, scored two touchdowns in a 17-second span to break open a close game that was evenly matched most of the way. Malcolm Parrish tossed two of his four scoring passes during the decisive stretch that powered the Trojans to a 28-10 victory.
Leading 7-3 with 2:54 to go in the first half, the Trojans started a 75-yard drive that ended a little over a minute later with a 10-yard touchdown grab by Dejuan Miley.
After taking over at their 20 following the ensuing kickoff, the Bulldogs immediately gave the ball back to Brooks County on a shotgun snap miscue.
On the next play, Parrish put the ball into the end zone again when Parrish fired a 13-yard scoring strike to Damian Cobb.
Thomasville played solidly in the early going. It racked up four first downs on its opening possession before running out of downs at the Brooks County 39. It scored on its second possession, getting a 35-yard field goal from Alex Crowley.
Previously, Brooks County scored on its second possession after Parrish heaved back-to-back bombs to Atta Jenkins that covered 86 yards. The second one covered 40 yards and came with 15 seconds left in the opening period.
Parrish’s final scoring toss of 53 yards was hauled in by Deric Herring with 4:58 left in the third period. He completed 16 of 37 tosses for 290 yards and all four of the Trojans’ touchdowns.
Brooks County rushed for only 39 yards on 27 attempts.
Thomasville’s lone touchdown came on a 40-yard run by Payton Dixon with 42 seconds left in the game.
The Bulldogs netted just 175 total yards, included 53 on 5-of-20 passing.
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That wasn’t the case in the Late Model division, as Valdosta's Gene Ross drove to victory once again, but not without some close competition from Steven Roberts who came in second.
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The Blazers won their third South Region championship Saturday, beating Alabama-Huntsville 8-3 in game three of the best-of-three series at Steel’s Diamond at Blazer Park.
VSU baseball season comes to an end
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