Boyd and Ridgeland advance, Ooltewah falls in second round
Boyd-Buchanan survives scare from Rockwood
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- It wasn't pretty, but Boyd-Buchanan will take it.
On a night where the offense sputtered, the Bucs' defense and special teams came up huge in a 17-13 win over visiting Rockwood in the second round of the Class 2A playoffs on Friday night. John Hale's 86-yard kickoff return with three minutes to play proved to be the difference.
Friendship County upset Trousdale County 24-14 on the other half of the bracket, so the Bucs will get to host again in next week's state quarterfinals.
Trailing 10-0 at the half after just 84 yards of total offense, Boyd turned to its special teams for a turnover when Kyle Thomas crushed Cameron Webster as he caught a punt. The Bucs recovered the fumble and followed with a Chase Reed field goal to get on the board.
Thomas wasn't finished yet. Moments later he picked off a Matt Cofer pass to set the Bucs up in the Tigers' end. Jim Cardwell capped a short drive with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Austin Hall on fourth and six, tying the game at 10-10 through three quarters.
Despite being pinned deep in their own zone by a Chase Reed punt midway through the fourth quarter, Rockwood picked up a few first downs and nearly scored when Drake Long broke loose on a 67-yard run. Thomas tracked him down at the one-yard line, and the Bucs held the Tigers to just a field goal for a 13-10 lead.
Hale's kick followed, and Cofer was sacked on fourth down at his own 35-yard line to seal the Bucs' victory.
Boyd-Buchanan managed just 174 yards of offense on the night, with Reed leading the way with 46 yards rushing. The Bucs' three first half possessions ended with two turnovers on downs and one interception, all in Rockwood territory.
Ooltewah falls at top-ranked Powell
POWELL, Tenn. (WRCB) -- Dy'Shawn Mobley rushed for 303 yards and four touchdowns as top-seeded Powell eventually proved too much for visiting Ooltewah in a 42-21 victory in the second round of the Class 5A state playoffs on Friday night.
After holding Shelbyville to just 275 yards of offense last week, the Owls' defense was gashed for 463 yards by the Panthers, including 377 on the ground. Mobley scored on runs of 7, 1, 79 and 7. He also had a second 79-yarder called back by a penalty.
The Panthers (12-0) built up a 35-7 lead before the Ooltewah (8-4) offense could get rolling. Brad Stephens tossed touchdown passes to Mikhail Creech and T.J. Warren, but it was too little too late. Desmond Pittman scored the Owls' first touchdown on a short run in the second quarter.
Ridgeland overwhelms Monroe area for playoff win
ROSSVILLE, Ga. (WRCB) -- Darrell Bridges rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns and also threw for a score as Ridgeland ran over Monroe Area 35-21 in the opening round of the Georgia Class AAA playoffs on Friday night.
The Panthers' second playoff win in school history earns them a road trip to Peach County in next week's second round. Peach County (10-1) beat Worth County 36-7 on Friday.
Ridgeland (7-4) built up a 21-0 halftime lead on short scoring runs from Bridges and Vonn Bell and an 11-yard pass from Trevor Long to Bell just before the break. Bridges hit Elijah Cutts on a perfectly executed halfback pass just three plays into the second half for a 48-yard score and a 28-0 lead that put the game away.
Bell picked off Monroe Area's only two pass attempts and the Ridgeland defense held the Hurricanes to just 216 total yards.
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