Sumrall's season comes to end after loss to Greene County
SUMRALL – It was a tough way to end a good season, but the Sumrall Bobcats dropped their regular season finale to Greene County 63-41 to close the book on 2016.
It was a shootout for most of the game, but the Wildcats’ rushing attacked proved to be too much in tune for 471 yards on 45 carries and eight touchdowns. Freshman quarterback Jaden Walley led the way with 237 yards on 16 carries – a 14.8-yard per carry average – with five touchdowns.
Walley’s scores came from 8, 15, 12, 3 and he capped the night off with a 98-yard touchdown run to put the game on ice.
“We had a good game plan, we just didn’t tackle them,” Sumrall head coach Shannon White said. “The quarterback is phenomenal. They block it well and if he hits a seam he’s going to be gone. He’s got a lot of speed, he reads the play well, you know, the kid is very talented. He’s a ninth grader, so he has a great future.”
The teams traded touchdowns throughout the first half, as they went into the locker rooms 28-all, but the Wildcats used 28 straight points in the third and fourth quarters to grab control.
Greene County started the game with a touchdown midway through the first quarter, and it began with a balanced offense with an even mix of passes and runs.
It was clear the Wildcats didn’t have to throw the ball to see success, though. Senior running back Braxton Walker scored the first touchdown of the game from the 2-yard line to begin the scoring-fest.
Sumrall quickly matched the touchdown with one of its own. On a fourth-and-10, senior quarterback Rhett Harvey found sophomore Dannis Jackson wide-open over the middle for a 36-yard score.
Harvey and Jackson both had season-highs in the game, as Harvey passed for 407 yards and four touchdowns on 23-of-43 passing, and Jackson caught 12 of those balls for 218 yards and two touchdowns.
“(Jackson) is just a playmaker,” White said. “It’s not surprising. We have a good core of receivers here, and he makes a lot of things happen. He’s got vision, great running ability, so it’s just kind of how he plays.”
Sumrall’s sophomore running Ty’rek Preston added a touchdown on its next possession, which happened because of an interception by Nijewel Coleman, to give the Bobcats an early 14-7 lead.
Greene County scored the next two touchdowns, as Walley found paydirt from the 8, then senior Jared Woullard scored from the 6-yard line to give his team a 21-14 advantage late in the first half.
With less than a minute to go in the half, sophomore Billy Garrity caught a 12-yard pass for a touchdown, Greene County’s Walker scored 20 seconds later, then Jackson caught a short pass and sprinted to the end zone for a 61-yard score.
The 21-point final minute brought the game to 28-28.
Sophomore Zane Berry added a touchdown reception for Sumrall to open up the third quarter, but Greene County would get hot after that. In fact, the Wildcats didn’t throw a single pass in the second half, as they used the read option play to gain most of their yards.
Greene County traveled 70 yards on six plays to tie the game at 35, then it went 57 yards on four plays to take the 42-35 lead. It was a shorter field on the next possession, as the Wildcats went 40 yards on four plays, then they needed just one play to travel 98 yards.
Again, all of those came from running the ball and all four touchdowns were from Walley. The final score gave Greene County a 56-41 lead, putting the game away.
The visitors scored once more – a 60-yard pick-6 by senior Quent Watts.
“You hate to lose your last game,” White said. “We couldn’t stop them and it was obvious.”
Sumrall finished its season 5-6 overall and 1-4 in Region 7-4A, and Greene County claims the fourth seed and will travel to St. Stanislaus in the first round of the 4A playoffs next week.