The New Brockton Gamecocks needed to defeat the Calhoun Tigers last Friday to earn a spot in the Class 3A playoffs and they did just that with a 48-0 shutout victory.
New Brockton was led by a punishing running game and a defense that smothered the Tigers all night long.
The Gamecocks jumped out to an early 6-0 lead after Dalton Adkison scored on a 47-yard touchdown run with 9:58 left in the first quarter. A missed PAT meant New Brockton led 6-0.
“I thought our kids played hard,” New Brockton coach Justin Jones said. “I thought we moved the ball pretty well offensively and I think the defense did a good job of playing assignment football.”
Adkison extended the Gamecocks lead with a 33-yard touchdown run with 6:44 left in the opening period. The extra point gave New Brockton a 13-0 lead.
New Brockton quarterback Caleb Griffin found running back Hunter Gordy for an 11-yard touchdown pass with 4:10 left in the first quarter to extend the Gamecock
lead to 20-0. A 4-yard Drew Simon touchdown run with 2:15 left in the first quarter extended the lead to 27-0.
With 8:28 left in the second quarter, Lukas Perdue scored on a 4-yard touchdown run. The Gamecocks failed to convert a 2-point attempt and led 33-0.
Griffin found Jy’shan Nelson for a 10-yard touchdown pass with 5:29 left in the first half to extend the Gamecock lead to 40-0.
New Brockton scored again with 2:56 left in the first half on a 3-yard touchdown run by Drew Simon to extend the lead to 46-0 following another missed PAT.
Both teams were scoreless in the second half until a Calhoun snap went over the head of its quarterback and through the end zone with 52 seconds remaining to give the Gamecocks a safety and a 48-0 win.
Simon led the Gamecocks ground game with 10 carries for 117 yards and two touchdowns, while Dalton Adkison added 86 yards and two touchdowns on just five attempts. Griffin completed 2-of-4 passes for 21 yards and two touchdowns.
Lukas Perdue who had two tackles, a pass defense and a fumble recovery led the dominating Gamecock defense. Chase Cardwell had five tackles, as well.
The Gamecock defense held Calhoun to a total of 7 yards in the game. The Tigers did not make a single yard rushing in the game.
The win secured the Gamecocks a spot in the Class 2A playoffs, which is the fourth consecutive time in a row. The Gamecocks have not earned that many playoff berths in a row since the late 1980s.
“I think that says a lot about the kids here and what we want to establish as a program,” Jones said of the playoff run. “It has to be bigger than that, though. We don’t just want to be a program that continuously makes the playoffs, but rather a team that does something when we get there.
“We’re proud to be in the playoffs but we want to continue to get better. That’s the biggest thing for us. We still haven’t played our best football, which is good because we have the next weeks to get there.”
Stats by Michael Jerkins