Fitzgerald destroys Model 48-14

Fitzgerald – On a cool Friday night in Fitzgerald at Jaycee Stadium, the Fitzgerald Purple Hurricanes played host to the Model Blue Devils in the second round of the AA state playoffs. Model is located in Rome so the Blue Devils and their fans had about a 250 mile one way trip down south. The home team made sure it would be a long trip back to Rome as they cruised to a dominating 48-14.

Defense sealed Model's fate, as the Hurricanes  ' Diesuel Stycr tackled Nakyle Watkins in the backfield. Photo: Eddie Senkbeil/SGSN

Defense sealed Model’s fate, as the Hurricanes ‘ Diesuel Stycr tackled Nakyle Watkins in the backfield. Photo: Eddie Senkbeil/SGSN

Fitzgerald head coach Jason Strickland, who is now in the state quarterfinals for the second time in three years as head coach in Fitzgerald, had his team scoring early and often. Thanks to a turnover on downs on its own 40, the Model offense put their defense in an early hole and Fitzgerald capitalized, going 40 yards in four plays to get on the board with 5:55 left in the first quarter. The Blue Devils then gave it right back to Fitzgerald on a fumbled pitch. The very next play, Fitzgerald quarterback Gerald Morgan raced 20 yards behind his lead blockers for a quick score and a 13-0 lead after the missed extra point.

The second quarter was more of the same with Morgan and sophomore running back J.D. King seemingly running at a different speed than the Blue Devil defense. The duo came into the game both averaging over 100 yards rushing per game and they added to that tonight.  The only highlight for the Blue Devils in the first half was an interception that was returned to the Fitzgerald two yard line which set up their only first half score. The Purple Hurricanes led 27-6 at the half behind over 300 yards of offense.

 

Gerald Morgan (31) runs around the right side in the 1st Quarter. Morgan finished with  193 yards on 20 carries. (9.7 yards per carry). Photo: Eddie Senkbeil/SGSN

Gerald Morgan (31) runs around the right side in the 1st Quarter. Morgan finished with 193 yards on 20 carries. (9.7 yards per carry). Photo: Eddie Senkbeil/SGSN

The second half saw the Purple Hurricanes against capitalize on a Blue Devil turnover. King scored from 20 yards out and the rout was on.

For the game, Fitzgerald finished with just under 600 total yards, including over 450 on the ground. Model finished with well under 150 total yards. Unofficially, Morgan finished with 193 yards rushing on 20 carries and a touchdown while King finished with 159 yards on 17 carries and four touchdowns.

With the victory, the Purple Hurricanes will be welcoming the Pace Academy Knights to town next Friday night in quarterfinal action. The Knights (7-5) have won their first two playoff games on the road, including a thrilling 57-50 victory over Jefferson County in Louisville Friday night.  The Knights are the fourth seed out of Region 6-AA. The winner will be one step closer to playing for a state championship in mid-December.

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