First Presbyterian Christian Academy has made history yet again, qualifying for the playoffs for the first time in its three-year program.
The Highlanders will seek to continue their historical season Friday when they face Southwest Georgia Academy in Damascus.
It will be a tall order, considering SGA claimed a 47-12 win earlier this season in a game that was cut short due to multiple Highlander injuries.
But offensive coordinator Jason Stewart said the team seems up to the challenge.
“Last time we played them, it was right after we had beat Crisp,” Stewart said, adding the boys might have gone into their first game against SGA a little overconfident than they should have been. “I think that had a lot to do with it … our heads were big … first win of the program … and I think this time it will be a lot different. Last time, it was a bad night, and a lot of these kids remember that and they are looking for a little payback.”
Last week in their 38-34 win against David Emanuel, the Highlanders tweaked their offensive scheme to utilize the run to their advantage.
Quarterback Dylan Stewart played more running back, while Bolden Crane took the snaps under center. Crane finished 13-for-22 passing for 216 yards. Stewart ran the ball 15 times for 173 yards.
“It was awesome,” coach Stewart said about their second win of the season. “These kids have worked real hard. When we first came in, it was that the kids didn’t know too much (about football) and now they are very knowledgeable about football. You can tell in how they work at practice.”
He added that they plan to try and run the same scheme at SGA.
Crane said he was fueled by seeing his father at the game. His dad, who lives out of state, made the trip to Stillmore to watch his son play last week.
“It was exciting … he doesn’t get to see me play too often, so it was pretty inspiring … it gave me a little extra drive,” Crane said.