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SF’s Garmon good, but LC better

SF’s Garmon good, but LC better
SF’s Garmon good, but LC better | SF’s Garmon good, but LC better
Special to The Messenger
JaQuay Garmon had two touchdown passes and 264 of South Fulton’s 360 yards against Lake County Friday night.
However, it wouldn’t be enough as the Red Devils fell to the Falcons 35-21.
Despite the loss, SF head coach Kelly Spivey was pleased with his quarterback’s performance.
“He has a tremendously strong arm,” Spivey said. “Most people give up on the routes, and we tell ours to keep extending the route as long as he’s buying time with his legs. Some receivers don’t do it or just give up on it, but we have a few that do a good job and extend (the play).
Junior J.P. Fowler came in leading all South Fulton receivers and continued that trend against the Falcons. Fowler finished the game with six receptions for 155 yards, including a 62-yard reception for a touchdown.
Senior Cody Tatum led the rushing attack with 12 carries for 58 yards, including an eight-yard touchdown carry. Harrison Hawks contributed seven carries for 32 yards and two receptions for 81 yards, one being a 30-yard catch for a touchdown.
The Red Devil defense was able to force seven fumbles, recovering six of them. However, the offense was unable to capitalize.
Senior Ricky Boyd led Lake County’s offense with 18 carries for 179 yards, while Devon Jones added 143 yards rushing on 14 carries for a Falcon offense that totaled 432 yards.
Spivey knew coming into the game that the Falcons’ speed would play a big factor in the game.
“They have that big play potential, and we knew they’d break some,” said Spivey. “They have too many athletes not to break (run), we just wanted to limit it and make sure it wasn’t a scoring drive when they broke a big one. We did a good job in the first half, but just gave them too many snaps in the second half.”
Boyd started things off for the Falcons with a four-yard carry in the final minute of the third quarter. A failed two-point conversion attempt would leave the score at 6-0.
Garmon was able to answer right back with a 30-yard pass to Hawks that, combined with Tatum’s extra point kick, gave his team a 7-6 lead.
Garmon then added to the Red Devils’ lead with a 62-yard pass to Fowler.
Boyd had a 71-yard run, and Jones’ carry on the two-point conversion attempt tied it at 14-14.
Tatum gave the Red Devils back the lead, 21-14. However, that would be the last time South Fulton would reach the end zone.
Jones added touchdown carries of one yard and 71 yards. Boyd would add the final punch for the Falcons providing the final score.
Fowler led the Red Devils’ defense, which allowed 432 total yards, with eight tackles, including one for a loss. He also had a fumble recovery.
Willy Kneuppel added six tackles, one of those being for a loss, while Zack Vaughn had five stops. Hunter Wade had four tackles for South Fulton.
For the Falcons, Anthony Crawford totaled a game-high 11 tackles.
Ben Turner added five tackles.
With the final game of the regular season next week against Union City, Spivey hopes the home crowd can help give his team a much needed win for a chance to make it to the playoffs.
“We have to play physical,” said Spivey. “We have to take care of the ball and we have to get off the field on defense. It will be a good game and both teams need it for the playoffs. It’s our senior night and we’ll play for them, too, and hopefully we’ll have a win for the Red Devil family.” Published in The Messenger 10.17.11