NORCROSS – The first round of Georgia-Florida heavyweights went to Florida, as Tallahassee’s Lincoln handled the South Gwinnett Comets, 34-21 at Blue Devils Stadium on Saturday.
Round two went to Florida also, as Booker T. Washington dominated Norcross, 55-0, in the night cap.
The Comets (0-1) came into the contest ranked No. 10 in Class AAAAAA in the Georgia High School Football Daily poll, but were outmatched by the Trojans (1-0), who finished 12-2 last season in Class A.
The Comets were led by quarterback Malik Brown, who was 16 for 23 passing for 145 yards and a touchdown, plus 46 rushing yards on 12 carries. Daivon Harris had two rushing scores of 1 and 3 yards and Ian Killian had 2 catches for 65 yards.
South Gwinnett scored first, 7:36 into the game on Harris’ 1 yard run but never saw the lead again.
Lincoln’s Darius Harvey launched a 47-yard pass to Larry Stevens as the first half expired, giving the Trojans a convincing 31-14 lead that would hold.
The Comets outscored Lincoln 7-3 in the second half, but it wasn’t enough.
“I was very proud of the resiliency and toughness our kids showed in the second half,” Comets coach John Small said. “They could have easily laid down right there, but they came back and fought their butts off. We’ve got a young football team.”
Comets athletic director said junior linebacker Chace Reid left the game in the second quarter and was taken to Scottish Rite Hospital for concussion tests as a precaution.
Lincoln 14 17 0 3 – 34
South Gwinnett 7 7 7 0 – 21
S – Daivon Harris 48 run (Roberto Lindsay kick)
L – Darius Harvey 1 run (Brian Crews kick)
L – John Burt 15 pass from Harvey (Crews kick)
S – Harris 3 run (Lindsay kick)
L – Crews 32 FG
L – Harvey 17 run (Crews kick)
L – Burt 47 pass from Harvey (Crews kick)
S – Antonio Woods 6 pass from Brown (Lindsay kick)
L – Crews 32 FG
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