Washington County 36, Lovett 33 (OT)

By Ricky Dimon

Score Atlanta

A battle of 5-0 teams saw Washington County beat Lovett in overtime on a 28-yard field goal by Jed May. The visiting Golden Hawks were led by running back Malik Jackson, who rushed 19 times for 204 yards and three touchdowns. They finished with 425 rushing yards, in part thanks to a 140-yard effort on 18 carries by A.J. Gray.

Playing with Jack Stevenson at quarterback filling in for injured starter Willie Candler, Lovett led most of the way. The Lions opened the scoring with a 21-yard run by Grant Haley early in the first quarter and Stevenson threw touchdowns to Jonathan Thomas and Will Geraghty en route to 33-31 fourth-quarter advantage. Washington County answered with scoring runs by Jackson, but both extra points failed—including the final attempt with the score tied 33-33 with 3:32 remaining. May’s first of those two extra points was blocked and the second bounced off an upright.

Lovett started the extra frame on offense but only moved backwards from the 15-yard line and was ultimately stopped on 4th-and-20. That set the stage for May’s game-winner. The Golden Hawks moved the ball just five yards in three plays, but it was enough to position May for the game’s final play.

The teams combined for 754 rushing yards, with the Lions racking up 329. Haley carried 10 times for 138 yards while adding his second of two touchdowns with a 76-yard jaunt late in the third quarter. Teammate Jay Harris had 17 attempts for 134 yards. Washington County, which passed for a mere 77 yards, scored all five of its touchdowns on the ground. Jackson got some support from A.J. Gray and Melvin Hill. Gray finished with 140 yards on 18 carries and Hill rushed nine times for 44 yards. Both scored touchdowns—Gray with a 44-yarder in the first quarter and Hill on a two-yard plunge just a few minutes later.

29 comments Add your comment

Big Fan

October 4th, 2013
10:24 pm

Wow what a game congrats to both teams. Good job WACO. I did not know Lovett’s starting QB was not playing. What a solid team Lovett. You should be proud.

Region 7-AAA

October 4th, 2013
10:24 pm

That sounds like it would have been a killer game to watch. Great job to WACO!!!

Crimson Hawk

October 4th, 2013
10:41 pm

DJ Sanders of Washington County was making plays all over the field! Congrats to WACO!

hamilton

October 4th, 2013
10:55 pm

Congrats to Lovett on a great run to start the season. Tough to see it end with your starting QB on the bench.

Congrats to WaCo.

I was really looking forward to teasing SoW this week.

Dr. Shorty R. Feldman MD Esq

October 4th, 2013
11:10 pm

Washington County turned the ball over five times and still managed to eke out the win. Lovett looked good and had some impressive passing plays that seemed to leave WACO’s secondary perplexed. Sorry Lovett’s homecoming aspirations were dashed, but GO, HAWKS!!!

Jay Lightfoot

October 5th, 2013
7:27 am

Way to go Hawks From a Golden Hawk Graduate from S.C.

Really

October 5th, 2013
8:24 am

So WACO needed overtime to beat a good 2A team playing without its starting QB? Got it.

ron

October 5th, 2013
8:41 am

Was it too much of a bye week for Waco. Hope they get re-focused defensively.

BPH

October 5th, 2013
9:04 am

Really….REALLY??? 2 weeks ago Lovett played the #2 ranked AAA team at that time – St. Pius. Lovett played without their Starting QB for 3 QTRS. Lovett won by 3 TDs…. 28-7.

Try to keep up…Bro.

Big T

October 5th, 2013
9:15 am

Come on Really, no excusses after a game like that. WACo for the most part suffered self inflicted wounds and still were able come out victorious.WACo has an AWESOME Team!!!

Really

October 5th, 2013
9:24 am

Against St. Pius, starter played most of first half. WACO is a fine team, but don’t pretend that Lovett not having its 3-year starter at QB did not matter to the outcome.

Really

October 5th, 2013
9:27 am

And I am not a Lovett fan; just making factual observations. Relax, Bro.

Son Of Waco

October 5th, 2013
10:16 am

@Really if you going to keep it “real” our 3rd string Rb put up the 204 3 td game… Our first year Qb in a big game struggled with 2 int 3 fumbles (2 lost) and we won… I mean they did go and beat down that ALB team without their Qb so yeah that’s a excuse…

AllDayWACO

October 5th, 2013
11:31 am

@Really!!!!! So if u gonna bring up Lovett situation y not Washington Co. situation?!! Yea u rite with Lovett QB they r a better team but WACO is a way better team then what u seen last nite. If it wasnt for the 5 crazy turnovers WACO had Lovett would have got blowed out cause WACO was moving the ball as well but just made mistakes while doin it. So talk about everything and not part of the story!!!

Really

October 5th, 2013
1:06 pm

There is a big difference between missing a player and having turnovers. The Lovett QB being out had nothing to do with WACO, it just made Lovett a worse team. The WACO turnovers — how about giving some credit to Lovett for them — it was not just WACO dropping the ball on their own with nobody else on the field. That is the whole story. I don’t know who would win if both teams played their best; I just know that with Lovett missing their 3-year starting QB, the key to a passing offense, WACO needed OT to win. Fact.

NoDistrictLinesInDekalb

October 5th, 2013
1:26 pm

Good game ! Using we would of beat you more if we didn’t have 5 turnovers or we would of beat you by way more. Come on turnovers are a part of the game once you step on the field that is no excuse or a point you argue with. It is similar to saying if we didn”t give up those five 50 yd td passes we would of beat them. Come on when a player doesn’t step on the field that is a whole different arguement. Not making excuses for Lovett they are not my team.
By the way Pius QB last year was a first year starter they beat you and they made the finals. And this year year they have another 1st year starter. Last year Buford had two 1st year starters and they won it all. It is a good thing you have a first year starter who is that good.. My school has a first year starter this year too wish he was as good as Waco’s.
We all know there is only thng that matters is if you win your LAST GAME that you play…. Congrts to Waco on playing well enough to win. Son of Waco has the bragging rights for now.
The Atlanta Falcons if they had all their players they woul not have their sorry record. well at least I hope they wouldn’t.

brother of Waco

October 5th, 2013
3:09 pm

So Glad the hawks came our on top. Homecoming will be great!!!

AllDayWACO

October 5th, 2013
3:36 pm

Ok sayin if WACO didnt have 5 turnovers it would have been a blowout was a lil out the way. Its just reading comments sayin WACO wouldnt have won if Lovett had there startin QB that WACO would have lost. Ppl just wasnt givin WACO any credit on pullin out a hard win after 5 turnovers! Playin from behind in the 4th with Lovett leadin 33-21. Of course we would have loved to see both teams playin there best and at full force but like NoDistrictLinesInDekalb said “Its part of the game”!!!! Lovett is still a great team and played a great game and i wish them luck da rest of the way cause i still see them as the top team in AA but just a lil credit for WACO cause no one gave use a chance.

hamilton

October 5th, 2013
4:53 pm

If SPX didnt have 6 turnovers we would have won by 60 or 70 points. Yeah, right. But Lovett made two fine interceptions and stripped the ball three times.

In the first half, with their starting QB, Lovett put up 28 on us. The starting QB was injured with about a minute left in the first half. In the second half Lovett did not move the ball much and they did not score.

WaCo, maybe we will meet you again in the playoffs and see what is what. The game last year was a good one.

Son Of Waco

October 6th, 2013
12:13 am

Wasn’t he the Qb when we played them last year and beat Lovett???? But ok you win lol……..

Son Of Waco

October 6th, 2013
12:26 am

Also I heard that the RB that was making a great highlight tape for colleges wasn’t Malki Jackson it was indeed Melvin Hill the beast of WACO… So give our #26 the credit for willing us to that great win.. Also if we had 40 less students we would be a AA school, so do with that “FYI” whatever you want.. 5-0

WACO Representa

October 6th, 2013
10:48 am

That’s why the game is played…the better team won on that Friday is all it is…GO WACO!!! We came to a good team’s field and whooped arse!!!! Get’em, Got’em, Gone…#OnToTheNextOne

Uhh

October 6th, 2013
11:50 am

“whooped arse”? you won in OT

lovettlions

October 6th, 2013
3:43 pm

Congratulations on pulling out a hard fought win, WACO. Both teams played very well and I definitely give the WACO running game credit for stepping up after we shut down your passing attack. We’ll be looking forward to our bye heading in to region play where hopefully we’ll get right back on track to reach our number goal, getting a chance to play on December 14. Wishing all the best to WACO from Atlanta.

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October 6th, 2013
8:44 pm

Deff a good game. Hate I missed it!

Region 7-AAA

October 7th, 2013
2:27 am

LOL @ the whooped ass comment. Last I checked, an OT win is usually considered “barely” finishing the drill.

AllDayWACO

October 7th, 2013
3:02 am

Ok and win is a win so on to the next week smdh!

ron

October 7th, 2013
3:52 am

Okay WACO an undefeated Jefferson County team is coming to the “House of Pain” boasting of their defense. Can they stop the how powered offense of WACO’s ground game?

Son Of Waco

October 7th, 2013
12:57 pm

What’s funny is that @ron don’t even know the rivalry we have with Jefferson Co. I mean we have played them like 11 times in the many years and the record is like 9-1-1… So how much money would you be willing to bet that they will beat WACO at home on Homecoming …. Last year 57-14 at their home..