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Speake's Zach Taylor runs past Donoho's Jarrod McMichael (61) and David Matson (55) for the Bobcats' first touchdown Friday night. Speake won in the opening round of the playoffs.
Speake continues to get better
Bobcats execute, walk to second round of playoffs
By Ashley Hargrove
sportsdecaturdaily.com · 340-2460
SPEAKE — Since the prep football season began 11 weeks ago, Speake High's goal this season has been to get better every week — even if the Bobcats are winning big.
And Friday night seemed no different.
Bobcats head coach Heath Grimes reminded his team after breaking out to an early first quarter lead not to let up and to play to get better. The team apparently took those words to heart and came out on top with a 56-6 victory over Donoho.
"They played their hearts out," Grimes said. "Our goal is to get better every week, and tonight they did that. They came out and got a big lead to begin with. It's not a matter of how many points you score — it's about getting better."
Speake (10-1) will face Sulligent (10-1) in the second round. Sulligent advanced with a 36-6 win over Gaylesville.
The Bobcats jumped out to a 35-6 lead by halftime over Donoho.
Zach Taylor's 18-yard run got Speake on the board early. Dez Polk found the end zone again shortly after on a 44-yard run with 5:08 remaining in the first quarter. The extra point by Cary Logan was good for a 14-0 lead.
Donoho's only score of the game came with 34 seconds left in the first quarter on a 70-yard pass from Alexander Christen to Parrish McMichael. The extra point was blocked.
By then, however, Speake was on a roll.
"It's always great to play at home in front of your home crowd, your friends and your family," Grimes said. "We were able to host the first round last year, and these guys wanted to live up to that again. They wanted the same thing this year. It's just great to be able to get the community involved."
In the second quarter, Polk scored on a 21-yard run, and K.C. Orr returned an interception 4 yards for another score.
Logan kicked two more extra points, giving the Bobcats their 29-point lead at halftime.
Speake scored on its first offensive series of the second half on a 13-yard run by Taylor with 10:28 remaining. The Bobcats managed to score twice more after that on runs by Josh Cooper and Joe Hyde.
Polk had 11 carries on the night for 202 yards and two touchdowns. The Bobcats
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finished with 463 yards of offense.
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