Houston County rolls again – leaves South Paulding in its wake

It’s safe to say, Houston County has found its offense.

Not that it was completely missing. It’s just that the Bears, in the last six games of the regular season, couldn’t get past 21 (also going 1-5 as a result).

Now, in the two games they’ve played in the Class AAAAAA state tournament they’ve put up 30-plus.

The latest came at South Paulding, a 38-22 win, in a game that wasn’t nearly as close as the score (the defense has obviously been plenty visible all year).

Houston County, improving to 7-5 – the Spartans end their year 9-3 – will next play Harrison. The Bears, the No. 4 seed out of Region 1, will have to again take to the road – which obviously hasn’t mattered – as Harrison is the No. 1 seed out of Region 6. It beat Brunswick 51-19. (And, oh by the way, four of the teams in the Elite Eight are from Region 1-AAAAAA – Coffee, Lee County, Valdosta and Houston County.)

As far as the game, Houston County scored on its first three possessions. The first, aided by a 40-yard kickoff return by Simeon Askew, came on an eight-yard pass from Max Rigby to Isaia Harris. The second, this one aided by a 30-yard pass from Rigby to Gage Harrelson, also came on an eight-yard pass from Rigby to Harris.

Corey Chaisson’s 68-yard touchdown run made it 21-0 with the game just three minutes into the second quarter.

South Paulding, taking advantage of a fumble recovery, made it 21-7, but Eric Williams’ 48-yard run made it 28-7, which is where it stood at the half.

Rigby found Harris again in the third quarter on a 59-yard strike in the third quarter to make it 35-7.

The Spartans cut it to 35-14 before finally, Luke Rigby hit a 29-yard field goal.

South Paulding, recovering an onside kick, scored again with 1:20 left to make it the final, 38-22.