With deadline calling Friday night, I had several quotes from South Warren’s 38-10 win over Adair County that didn’t make Saturday’s paper.
The Spartans punched their ticket to the playoffs in their first varsity season with the victory, their third in the last four games.
“For a first-year varsity program to get to go to the playoffs, and to see where these kids came from, I’m proud of them,” South Warren coach Mark Nelson said. “They’ve worked and bought in, and they’ve done a great job of doing whatever we ask. I’m proud of their accomplishment, because it’s all them. They’re a great group.”
The Spartans’ offense has continued to improve, as sophomore quarterback Jay Eblen totaled four touchdowns Friday night. Senior kicker Clay Nelson also booted his county-best seventh field goal of the season.
South Warren also got some help from Adair County, as the Indians had 19 penalties and two players ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct in the fourth quarter.
One of those penalties was for kicking a South Warren player on the ground, and the other was for a player jawing at a referee. Must have been some strong words.
That second incident brought about three unsportsmanlike conduct flags, which actually advanced the Spartans 46 yards in one play.
“That’s all about them losing their head,” Eblen said. “But to their credit, it’s a big game. We’re trying to get to the playoffs, so it was a really intense game.”
The win did indeed secure South Warren the No. 3 seed in Class 3A, District 2, while sending Adair to fifth place. The Spartans will visit Fort Campbell in the first week of the postseason.
“We started with our first goal, saying we wanted to go to the playoffs,” senior Heath Holloman said. “We knew we had to come out here and execute. Adair County gave us a fight, and we came out and got the job done. We’ve got one more game to take care of, and then we’re headed to the playoffs.”
That last game is South Warren’s Senior Night against Todd County Central. Nelson emphasized to his players after the game that making the playoffs made the final game of the regular season even more important for momentum purposes.
Holloman and the Spartans took notice.
“We want to do what we do every game,” Holloman said. “They’re a good team too. You can’t come out thinking you’re going to whip them. You come out and play like you do every week.”
Just a couple of other notes from Friday:
How about the two thrillers in the area? Edmonson County wins its first district title in 25 years with a wild double-overtime win over Monroe County, and Franklin-Simpson wins its district outright by edging Allen County-Scottsville, 35-34.
Undefeated Bowling Green also blew the doors off of Greenwood, 62-12.
According to BG coach Kevin Wallace, Purples senior quarterback Scooter Hollis is now just the second player in school history to pass for 3,500 career yards and rush for 1,000 more.
The first play to do that was current Army quarterback Trent Steelman, who suffered a leg injury against Vanderbilt on Saturday. Hollis now has a 61-percent career pass completion rate and 56 total touchdowns.