By Ricky Dimon
What had all the makings of a thrilling shootout turned into a one-horse race as visiting Peachtree Ridge pulled away from Lassiter in a Class AAAAAA first-round playoff game. A wild first quarter featured five touchdowns, with Peachtree Ridge recovering from a 14-7 deficit to lead 21-14.
The Trojans treated their fans to a quick start as Will Anderson hit Quincy Perdue with a 37-yard scoring strike to go ahead 7-0 just 23 seconds into the game. Anderson threw three touchdown passes in the first half, two of which went to Perdue. Blake Wilson hauled in the second one from 26 yards out on a fourth-down play. Anderson finished the night 26 of 54 through the air for 299 yards to go along with his three scores.
Success, however, was short-lived for Lassiter. Peachtree Ridge extended its advantage to 38-20 at halftime thanks in part to a streak of 24 unanswered points. Lions’ running back Jordan Ellis rushed for 250 yards and four touchdowns in the first two quarters. He shared the wealth enough for Malik Robinson to score on a 14-yard reverse, giving Peachtree Ridge a 28-14 lead early in the second quarter. Ellis’ third touchdown came in the form of a 78-yard jaunt to put the Lions ahead 38-14.
Before Ellis and other starters exited midway through the third quarter, he found the endzone on two other occasions to break his own school record and set a new mark of six rushing touchdowns. Ellis wrapped up his effort with 262 yards on 23 carries.
Tyler Campbell also got in on the action for the Lions, catching a swing pass from Chance Thrasher then taking it 65 yards to the endzone. Evan Pantels added a 44-yard field goal midway through the second quarter to extend Peachtree Ridge’s lead to 31-14.