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Pickens County anxious for rematch with Red Raiders


Marion County’s Sean Wallace tries to outrun Pickens County’s Rhaheem Curry during their regular-season game in October. The teams meet again tonight. (Photo by Erin Nelson)


Marion County’s offensive machine rolled into Reform on Oct. 19 and overwhelmed Pickens County, 45-27. The rematch is tonight in Guin with the winner advancing to the AHSAA Class 1A championship game in Auburn.

"This has been our goal," said Pickens County coach Patrick Plott. "It’s what we’ve been telling our guys all week. You can’t be the best until you can beat the best. We’re excited about this opportunity. Everybody’s healthy and ready to go."

Marion County, the defending Class 1A champion, rushed for 476 yards on 53 attempts in the first meeting. Quarterback Sean Wallace ran for 146 yards and two scores. Fullback Justin Sanderson ran for 133 yards and two touchdowns. Wallace threw a 77-yard touchdown pass to wingback Ready Swanigan, who rushed for 97 yards. Wingback DeShawn Riebesehl gained 100 yards.

"We’ve got to be disciplined on defense because of what they do on

offense," Plott said. "Everything revolves off their quarterback. He’s the one that makes their offense so tough to defend. He can hand it off or keep it and go 65 or 70 yards at any time. Both wingbacks are weapons along with the fullback and quarterback.

"They’re very good up front. With all the rushing yardage they’ve had, you can’t do that without having a good offensive line."

Plott said the defensive front will have to slow down the Red Raiders, who have scored 83, 47 and 41 points in their first three playoffs games.

Terrien Steele and William Stewart start at defensive tackle for the Tornadoes. JaMarcus Smith and Malek Steele are defensive ends. Chris Hill will man the middle linebacker spot with Rhaheem Curry and Justin Barton on the outside.

Terrien Steele has 10 sacks among his 134 total tackles. Hill has 123 tackles. Stewart has 115 tackles. Curry has 103 stops, including four sacks.

Pickens County, led by running back Jermarcus Brown and quarterback Devonte Simon, has scored 53, 34 and 52 points in the playoffs.

Brown leads the Tornadoes with 2,247 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns. Simon has run for 622 yards and nine touchdowns and has thrown for 1,553 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Brown had two touchdown runs and scored on an 87-yard kickoff return in the first game against Marion County. Simon threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Curry.

 

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