Two fourth-quarter interceptions by Tucker defensive back Dominick Sanders preserved a 16-11 win over Mays at Lakewood Stadium in Atlanta Friday night.
Sanders’ plays in the final minutes also brought home the Region 6 title for the 10-0 Tigers heading into the Class AAAAA playoffs next week.
The highly touted safety zig-zagged the field and returned the first interception 75 yards for a score, but the play was erased by an illegal block. Mays forced a Tucker punt and took the ball back with 1:10 to play, but Sanders made a nearly identical play in the game’s final minute.
Mays stood tall defensively against a running attack with five options, but fell short against Class AAAAA’s top squad.
The Raiders capitalized on one of four Tucker second-quarter turnovers and went ahead 8-7 with 5:30 to play before halftime on a halfback pass from Randercous Davis to Deparis Carter. Carter hauled in the 18-yard pass on second down after the Raiders defense forced two fumbles in less than a minute.
Tucker regained the lead just before halftime when Eric Webber hit a 34-yard field goal to close a 45-yard drive.
Elijah Sullivan scored the go-ahead touchdown from 16 yards away with 1:23 to go in the third quarter, after Mays quarterback Ayinde Russell was intercepted at the Raiders 37.
Mays (7-3) will enter the playoffs as the second seed in Region 6-AAAAA.
Tucker 7 3 0 6 16
Mays 0 8 3 0 11
T – Raquan Rush 1 run (Eric Webber`kick)
M – Randercous Davis 18 pass to Deparis Carter (Tyshawn Brown run)
T – Webber 34 FG
M – Jordan Goodlett 20 FG
T – Elijah Sullivan 16 run (pass failed)