FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: Trojan train keeps on rolling, BHS sneaks into the playoffs
Tattnall – 21
John Milledge – 45
That Trojan train just keeps on rolling.
Tattnall's players fought hard, and they wanted the game badly, but it didn't matter. JMA had too much firepower and too many playmakers. Senior running back Javian Butts ran wild in the fourth quarter, when he scored two of his four touchdowns. He finished with more than 200 total yards and tormented the Macon Trojans all night long. To see more Butts' highlights, CLICK HERE.
Bud Veal also was a big play waiting to happen on Friday night...
In GISA/GIAA circles, Tattnall was always considered "one of the big Macon schools." During JMA's state titles in 2019, 2020 and 2021, however, Tattnall and Stratford and several other old GISA/GIAA powers were playing in the GHSA. JMA detractors would say, "oh yeah, but what if they still had to play Tattnall." Well, on Friday night, JMA did play Tattnall, and it wasn't a fair fight...
The victory ran JMA's state-record winning streak to 60 games in a row. After a fifth straight perfect regular season, the Trojans now get a bye next Friday night before opening GIAA Class AAA playoff action in two weeks on Log Cabin Road.
From a roster standpoint, this is the smallest JMA squad since their reign of terror began in 2019. JMA only dressed out 33 players on Friday night, a far cry from the 2019 and 2020 teams, which were closer to 60 players.
This JMA team, however, perhaps has more stalwarts and playmakers on defense than ever before, while the offense is as explosive as ever.
Head Coach J.T. Wall // Photo by Christian McKearney
Junior linebacker David Todd and senior defensive lineman Tyrecus Harrison catch their breath in
between series. // Photo by Christian McKearney
Brandon Watson (66) and Bradyn Jenkins (44) prepare for the start of the second half. // Photo by Christian McKearney
Coach Jay Bracewell rings in the fourth quarter by getting the crowd fired up. // Photo by Christian McKearney
Baldwin – 22
Griffin – 7
GRIFFIN –The good news is that the Braves earned a playoff berth on Friday night, while the bad news is that their first-round opponent will be the defending state champs and current No. 1 team Benedictine. In other words, the Braves will be one of the biggest underdogs in the state in the first round of the playoffs.
Baldwin (6-4, 3-3) played on Friday night without star tailback Micah Welch for a second straight game. Welch, a Colorado Buffaloes commit, continues to recover from a toe injury.