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Eagles soar in playoff opener

November 30, 2002

(Statesboro-AP) -- Chaz Williams, running Georgia Southern's option offense to perfection, rushed for 113 yards and three touchdowns as the Eagles beat Bethune-Cookman 34-to-0 in the first round of the Division One-Double-A playoffs this afternoon in Statesboro.

The Eagles (10-2) will host Maine in a quarterfinal game next week. The Eagles are 28-and-1 in post-season play at Paulson Stadium. Germaine Austin added 104 rushing yards, including a 17-yard T-D run, for the Eagles, who are seeking their seventh One-Double-A championship and third in the last four years.

It was the eighth time this season the Eagles have had at least two 100-yard rushers. Brad Lee rushed for 71 yards on ten carries for Bethune-Cookman (11-2) as the Wildcats fell to 0-and-6 against Georgia Southern. The Eagles finished with 401 total yards, holding Bethune-Cookman to 269 yards. Williams had a 24-yard run during the opening ten-play, 76-yard drive which he capped with a one-yard touchdown dive.

The closest Bethune-Cookman came to scoring in the one-sided first half was a missed field goal attempt from 42 yards by Daniel King midway through the first quarter. The rest of the half was all Georgia Southern as the Eagles exploded for 20 second-quarter points.

Scott Shelton, aided by a wind gusting to 25 miles per hour, kicked a career-best 51-yard field goal on the second snap of the second quarter. Austin broke his touchdown run on the Eagles' next possession, Williams had a 35-yard T-D run and Shelton added a 43-yard field goal for a 27-to-0 halftime lead.

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