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Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 10:12 am | Updated: 10:15 am, Wed Nov 7, 2018.

With the playoffs still up in the air, the New Brockton Gamecocks (6-4, 5-2) traveled to Samson (4-6, 3-4) with the goal of securing their playoff spot and did just that with a 34-6 win.

Had the Gamecocks lost then there was a chance they could have been left out of the playoffs completely but with a win nothing else mattered. New Brockton came into the final regular season of the matchup looking to make a statement.

“I thought our kids played really well,” New Brockton coach Justin Jones said. “In a situation like that you want to see how your kids respond and see if they really want it.

“To be relevant in the playoffs, you have to get there first and we had the opportunity to show that we belong there. Our kids did that and it’s an exciting time for us right now. We’re playing better and more consistent and now is the time you need to be doing that.”

The Gamecock defense made that statement all night, holding Samson to just 99 total yards and by allowing the Tigers to cross midfield just once all night.

This was the second week in a row that New Brockton held its opponent to less than 100 yards of offense.

“I think a lot of that is a hat’s off to our assistant coaches on the defensive side of the ball,” Jones said. “They do a tremendous job of getting our kids ready and our kids have done a great job of executing, knowing what to do and getting comfortable in our scheme.”

The Gamecock defense started the game forcing a three-and-out on Samson’s first drive, but the Gamecocks muffed the punt and gave Samson the ball inside the New Brockton 35-yard line.

Samson quarterback Haden McCoy dove into the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown run with 5:39 remaining in the first quarter. After the Tigers missed the PAT, they led 6-0.

Samson would hold that lead for just 51 seconds.

With 4:30 remaining in the first quarter, New Brockton quarterback Kaden Cupp found tight end Russell Weeks on a 52-yard touchdown pass, and after the PAT the Gamecocks led 7-6. New Brockton wouldn’t trail again.

After another Samson three-and-out, New Brockton closed out the first quarter by driving inside the Samson 5-yard line.

As the second quarter began, New Brockton running back Drew Simon scored on a 1-yard touchdown run with 11:50 to go in the period to put New Brockton ahead 14-6.

Cupp extended the lead to 20-6 after a 4-yard touchdown pass to Colton Marsh and a missed PAT with 9:25 remaining in the first half.

After another long New Brockton drive, Simon scored his second touchdown – on a 6-yard run – with 1:20 left in the half. After the PAT, New Brockton led 27-6.

New Brockton capped off the domination with a 1-yard touchdown run from Simon with 7:10 remaining in the third quarter to go up 34-6.

The two sides played with a shortened and running clock in the fourth quarter.

Cupp ended the game 8-of-12 for 167 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. That performance gave Cupp 1,562 yards and 16 touchdowns on the season, which are both Gamecock records.

“That’s an individual (record) but it’s also a team (record) at the same time,” Jones said. “As a quarterback, sometimes you just have to get the ball in your playmaker’s hands and let them do their thing. Kaden has done a great job with that.

“He’s been getting the ball to the right players and making timely throws and done a great job of executing things. He’s done a really good job of that.”

Simon rushed for 112 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries, while Kyan Horne rushed for 78 yards on 10 carries.

Russell Weeks hauled in two passes for 63 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, Josh Cardwell led the way with five tackles, a tackle-for-loss and sack.

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