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Indians Fall To Wildcats in Round of 16
Saturday, 23 November 2013


November 22---The Vidalia Indians came into Friday night’s Sweet 16 match-up with Laney on a roll, having won 7 games in a row following their only loss of the year to Benedictine. Since that night in Savannah when they were shutout, the Indians had racked up an average of 36 points a game. But Friday night in Augusta the Vidalia offense could only muster up 13 points against a stout Laney defense and fell to the home standing Wildcats 22-13.

The Indians got on the board first taking the opening kick and driving the ball 70 yards in 8 plays with Devin Johnson going the final five for the score and Vidalia led 7-0 with 8:25 left to go in the 1st quarter.

Laney would answer the Indian score with a drive of their own, which went 61 yards on 11 plays and was capped by a Javin Myers 5 yard run to make it 7-6. The Wildcats would then line-up in a swinging gate formation and Andre James took the snap straight from the center and ran to the corner of the end zone for the 2 point conversion to make it 8-7 with 3:15 left in the quarter.

Neither team could do anything on offense during their next possession, but Laney would get their second score of the night with 7:40 to go in the half, when Horatio Kellar hit Dayne Washington on a slant pass and Washington out ran Indian defenders 34 yards for the score to make it 15-7 at the half.

The Indian defense would get a stop on Laney’s first possession and that’s when the offense got it going again, driving the ball 62 yards in 7 plays behind the running of Devin Johnson and Zuaquon Gaffney who were playing in place of senior Tre Hardy who injured his ankle in the 2nd qtr. Hardy would return to get the score on a hard fought five yard run to make it 15-13 after a failed two point conversion try with 9 minutes left in the 3rd quarter.

The in the 4th quarter with 8:00 minutes to go in the game, Kellar would keep the ball on a 4th and 2 and following blockers took the ball around the left side for a 37 yard score to make it 22-13 following the PAT.

The Indians would have a couple more shots at the Wildcats, but the strong Wildcat defense came up with some big sacks and an interception to keep the Indians off the board. The Indians got one more chance with 1:20 to go in the game when Jermaine Morris blocked a Wildcat punt to give the ball to the Indians on the Laney 34. But the 15 yard line was as far as the Indians would get when a misplaced snap turned the ball over and Laney ran out the clock.

The Indians finished the year with a 10-2 record and over the last two years have produced an overall record of 21-3. The Indians will say goodbye to 17 seniors who have compiled a 35-13 record, winning one Region Championship and advancing to the Sweet 16 of the GHSA AA Play-off 3 out of 4 years.

Laney will now face Lovett next Friday in the AA Quarterfinals at Laney Stadium in Augusta.

(Picture By John Conner)


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