Forcing Lee County into six turnovers, Thomas County Central made the Trojans pay for every misstep at Thomas County Stadium on Friday night.
The Yellow Jackets scored off five of the six turnovers, outscoring the Trojans 31-0 in points off turnovers. That was the difference in Central’s 45-14 Region 1-AAAAA triumph.
“Offense was a grind and we knew it was going to be a grind because of the defense they run,” Central coach Bill Shaver said as the No. 6 Jackets improved to 7-1 and 3-0 in the region. Lee, ranked No. 8, fell to 6-1 and 1-1.
“It’s a huge win to beat an undefeat team like that, coming in here with a lot of confidence. They felt like this was their time to maybe get one up on us, but our guys did a great job of focusing this week.”
Capitalizing off those miscues not only boosted Central’s chances of success against a Trojans team that has beaten the Jackets just one time in 22 meetings. But it also provided a burst to the Central defensive effort.
“That took a lot of pressure off us on defense,” junior defensive end Austin Bryant said. “That made us not have to be on the field as much as we thought we were going to be.
“Forcing a turnover and letting them do what they do, it was great.”
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