Worth steamrolls Locust Grove 35-0

Locust Grove – On a chilly football Friday night in Locust Grove, the Locust Grove Wildcats welcomed the Worth County Rams to the confines of their facilities. They had no idea how “at home” Worth would make themselves feel. Worth entered the contest with a 7-3 record (5-1 in region 1-AAAA), and faced a Locust Grove team that enjoyed a 9-1 record.  Locust Grove would not score in the contest,  stunned as they fell 35-0.

Worth County head coach Jason Tone couldn’t have drawn his offense up any better. They won the toss and deferred to the second half. After getting a 3 and out from his Ram defense, Tone tried to test the middle of the field with his wing-t offense and talented group of backs.  On third down, senior quarterback Gerome Williams Jr. found Horace Everson in the flats with a pass. That breath of new life in the drive allowed Chris McDaniel to get started. The Junior running back would garner several carries and set up a 2-yard run by Justin Hope.

Worth County's defense shutout Locust Grove. Pictured: Markees Jones (41) pressures Locust Grove quarterback Cameron Maddox. All Photos: Shine Rankin Jr/SGSN

Worth County’s defense shutout Locust Grove. Pictured: Markees Jones (41) pressures Locust Grove quarterback Cameron Maddox.
All Photos: Shine Rankin Jr/SGSN

Ahead 7-0, Worth weathered the offensive storm of the Wildcats, and kept their cool when Locust Grove lost theirs. Driving in the red zone, the Wildcats were hit with two separate unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on the same play. The 30- yard walk off gave the defense some confidence, and the Rams forced a punt.

The Rams would swap possession until Williams found McDaniel through the air, this time from 24 yards out. A Drew Bennett PAT would make it 14-0. McDaniel amassed 174 total yards in the first half, 150 of those on the ground.

With Hope and McDaniel already over 1000 yards rushing on the season, Dontavious Buford entered needing 120 to eclipse the century mark. He did, with 2 of those yards coming as the Rams capped another drive with a TD with halfway through the second.

Ahead 21-0, Williams went back to the air for another TD, this one from 13-yards to JaKwaveon Thomas.  Williams went 3 for 4 passing in the first half, with 2TDs and 74 yards through the air. Not a bad outing.

Dontavious Buford surpassed the 1000 yard rushing mark against Locust Grove. Pictured: 3rd quarter touchdown run from 34-yards out. All Photos: Shine Rankin Jr/SGSN

Dontavious Buford (30) surpassed the 1000 yard rushing mark against Locust Grove. Pictured: 3rd quarter touchdown run from 34-yards out.
All Photos: Shine Rankin Jr/SGSN

After a dominate first half for the Rams, a mishandled punt looked to set the Wildcats up to score on the Rams 5-yard line. But the Worth defense stood tall, and the Wildcats missed a chip shot field goal wide right.

Tone settled his squad, and went back to work from the 20.  Buford capped the drive with a 34-yard touchdown run.

Locust Grove had one opportunity to score in the closing moments of the contest, but the Ram defense again held on 4th down in the red zone.

Asked about McDaniel, Tone said “He’s been giving us great runs the last two games. Before that Hope was hot. ” Everson, who caught the pass early in the game to keep their first scoring drive alive, has seen action in many positions this season. “Horace has had to take snaps for us some with injuries, but is quick, and has given us good effort as an additional wing” Tone said after the contest.

The shutout was the first since 2013 for Locust Grove.

Worth County will load the buses again next Friday night as they travel to Buford. Buford defeated Fayette County 35-0. Game time is 7:30PM

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