December 13, 2003
(Atlanta-AP) -- There will be a new state champion in Class A this season. Hawkinsville held defending state champion Clinch County to 183 yards of total offense as the Red Devils rolled to a 25-to-seven victory today in the state semifinals at the Georgia Dome.
The Red Devils (14-and-oh) will host Lincoln County, who defeated Trion 28-to-24 yesterday, for the state title next weekend. Hawkinsville last won a title in 1959 as a Class C member.
Jeremy Marshall ran for two touchdowns and finished with 173 yards to pace Hawkinsville's offense. His last touchdown run, a 43-yarder with seven minutes and 25 seconds left, came a play after the Panthers (11-two-and-one) scored their only touchdown on B.J. Richardson's 29-yard catch from quarterback Joe Louis Mingo to cut the lead to 18-to-seven.
Red Devil quarterback Todd Coley tossed two touchdown passes, a 33-yard strike to Philanzee Lawson in the first quarter and a 27-yarder to Dedric Smith in the fourth quarter, to make it 18-to-zero. He finished with 122 yards on ten-of-15.
Hawkinsville, which led 6-oh at halftime, scored 19 points in the fourth quarter to turn the game into a rout. Clinch had the ball twice inside the Red Devils' 30-yard line in the third quarter but failed to score. The Red Devils defense sacked Mingo six times and much of Clinch's offensive yardage came in the final quarter.
The Panthers had just 51 yards through the first three quarters. Hawkinsville finished with 285 yards of total offense.
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