SYLVESTER -- After only running 12 plays during the entire first half, the Westover High Patriots exploded for 35 third quarter points as they beat the Worth County Rams 48-14 here Friday night.
The Patriots advance to the GHSA Class AAA state playoffs as the number-four team from Region One. Cairo captured the region title over Crisp County and the Dougherty High Trojans are the number-three team.
"They didn't have a first half," said Worth County head football coach Harold Brantley of the Patriots. "But they just got the momentum and they were able to keep it."
Despite only leading 7-0 at the half, the Rams dominated the Patriots during the first two quarters of play.
"We had them on their heels, but we couldn't finish the job," said Brantley. In addition to the scoring drive that ended with a three-yard touchdown pass from Clayton Edwards to Wendell Martin, the Rams had two more ten-play drives that sputtered short of the goal.
"That's been our story all season," said Brantley.
Westover's Tony Reid was held to just ten first half yards on six carries as the Patriots only gained a total of 15 before the end of the second quarter.
But in the third quarter the Patriots came out hot as quarterback Jermelle Benton found Aairon Savage down the sideline for a 51-yard completion to the Worth 15. Two plays later Reid would score his first touchdown of the night going in from the 10.
Worth was then forced to punt and again it was Savage dealing the blow as he returned the kick 70 yards for the score.
Less than two minutes later is was Reid's turn as he swept around his right end and raced 70 yards for the touchdown. The Patriots went up 27-7 when Benton hit Savage for a 32-yard touchdown pass.
Next Westover was able to take advantage of an interception as Reid scored his third touchdown of the night, going in from 17-yards out.
The Westover reserves got in on the action in the fourth quarter as Mark Washington and sophomore backup quarterback Derrick Riggins each scored.
The Rams would finally add another touchdown when senior Daniel Lewis took a reverse handoff on the kickoff and raced 96 yards for the touchdown.
Reid finished the night with 137 yards on 17 carries. Benton completed four passes for 94 yards.
Worth's Edwards was six of 12 for 42 yards that included the touchdown and two interceptions.
Lewis was the leader on the ground for Worth rushing 15 times for 56 yards.
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