KENNESAW, Ga. — After a heartbreaking setback against Commerce last week, Social Circle has hit the road in an attempt to right the ship against non-regional opponent Mount Paran Christian School.
The Redskins didn’t always have it easy, but were victorious in a 28-14 win over the Eagles on the home side’s comeback night.
Social Circle started scoring early, moving 63 yards on five plays, including a 48-yard pass from Logan Cross to Jude Nelson. Cross connected with DaShon Hyman from the six-yard line for a touchdown. Preston Guy’s kick was good for a 7-0 lead.
Cross would continue to dominate in the air, passing the ball to numerous receivers. The Redskins converted 4th and 7th of the Eagles’ 34 after penalty kicks nullified a failed conversion, then scored on a 13-yard touchdown pass from a scrambling Cross to Jameccus Hardge.
After a sloppy punt from the end zone gave the Eagles a short field at the Redskins’ 32, Mount Paran raced down the field before facing 4th and 6 of the 8. An offside penalty, however , made it 4th-and-1 and a point later the Eagles were on the board with a quarterback in the end zone.
After trading punts, Social Circle looked to sink him with 2 minutes left in halftime, only to fumble him to the Eagles’ 37.
The Eagles mounted their own drive, moving past midfield and converting a 4th-and-2 on a fake punt. But dips on long passes and a shrinking clock saw them attempt a 54-yard field goal that came short to end the half.
Social Circle were given the kickoff to start the second half and hung on to it for almost half a quarter, rushing for 73 yards on a mix of passes from Cross and runs from Hardge before finally scoring. on a 24-yard touchdown pass to Hyman.
Mount Paran swept down the pitch on the ensuing drive, aided by long passes of 24 and 36 yards to reach the 5.
But just as the Eagles were looking to cut the lead in half, the Redskins forced a fumble and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown and an end to the scoring threat.
Mount Paran had another shot after a Redskins punt but ended the drive in an interception by Grayson Jenkins at the Eagles 28.
Four games later, the Redskins groped up an eager Mount Paran side.
But the Eagles drive was short-circuited by an aggressive run from the Redskins, forcing a punt on Hyman, who then raced downfield for 67 yards to score another touchdown for the Skins.
Still, the Eagles needed less than a minute to respond, taking advantage of a soft pass defense to run down the field and score on a 35-yard touchdown pass.
It was too little, too late. Still up two scores, the Redskins went to the ground to burn the clock and the Eagles couldn’t connect in the passing game when they got the ball back.
The Eagles appeared to be on the cusp of another possession with 1:12 to go after the Skins faced fourth down, only to commit a personal foul that gave Social Circle a first down to run the remaining time and bringing home victory.
The Redskins will begin play in the area next week as they take on Jasper County on the road to Monticello.