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Harris County relies on the run

It will be a dual of strong running attacks Friday night when coach Ed Pilcher’s Bainbridge High School Bearcats and coach Tommy Parks’ Harris County Tigers square off in a 7:30 p.m. Region 1AAAA game at Centennial Field.

The Bearcats operate out of the run-oriented, split-back veer attack, and the Tigers operate out of a Georgia Southern University option-style attack with a slotback.

The Tigers, who are 2-1 overall and 1-0 in Region 1AAAA play, defeated the Jones County High School Greyhounds 34-27 last Friday night in their Region 1AAAA opener in Hamilton. They were led by quarterback Detaviis Buggs, whose 91-yard, third-quarter touchdown run enabled them to tie the score 27-27 in the third quarter.

The bulk of the Tigers running attack is shouldered by junior Calvin Franklin and senior Sean Jeppesen, who had third quarter touchdown runs of 87 and 48 yards to help seal Friday night’s victory over Jones County.

The Tigers attack, much like the Bearcats, will use the run to set up the pass. When they do throw they have a pair of excellent receivers in senior Atreze Burgess and junior Felix Shirley.

They have a senior-dominated defensive unit led by linemen Cody Milner and Scott Doolittle, linebacker Joh Patrick Riley and defensive backs Ben Klar and Khalli Harper.

“Harris County uses an eight-man front on defense and really gets after you,” Pilcher said. “How well we are able to run and control the ball against them will be a key.”