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PCHS plows into bye week at 7-0

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    War Eagle defensive back Zac Mitchell brings down the Glenn Hills quarterback. ARELLA CASH/Staff
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    Tamarion Peters lunges for one of his three rushing touchdowns in the rout of Glenn Hills. ARELLA CASH/Staff
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    Malik Thornton (6) put on some moves to gain yards after his catches Friday in Putnam’s home football victory. ARELLA CASH/Staff

Glenn Hills may have ended a three-game long streak in scoring futility on the football field, but there was nothing stopping the Putnam County High machine from extending a season-long winning streak Friday at Al Reaves Field.

Senior quarterback Gerald Kilgore completed 10-of-14 passes for a season-high 269 yards and two touchdowns while adding two more rushing touchdowns, which brings his season total to eight. The only blemish on the War Eagle night was Glenn Hills’ 87-yard kickoff return into the end zone, but otherwise Shaun Pope’s club cruised to a 7-0 record (4-0 in Region 4-AA) with a 63-7 final.

The winless Spartans from Augusta, as an offensive unit, could only net around 30 yards with two first downs in the opening half. Kilgore got more than that on three of his completed passes. DJ Bland caught the two touchdown throws, and Malik Thornton and Jalen Kilgore each had three catches.

Tamarion Peters scored three rushing touchdowns for Putnam, which did not have its top two ground gainers on the season. Jayvien Eubanks and Rashod Daniel also scored in the game. The team accounted for 226 rushing yards.

Every Putnam County series of the first half either ended in a touchdown or a turnover (just one lost fumble). As the halftime score was 56-7, the clock ran for the entire second half. Pope kept most of his regulars on the field for only the first offensive series, and that resulted in more points.

Andrew Hildreth and Bryan Canales combined on the PAT kicking chores and never missed the mark.

Things began for the War Eagles in a series starting at the Spartan 41-yard-line. On the seventh play, Peters notched his first touchdown on a right-tackle run at 6:57.

Linemen Unique Reid and Blake Tiller along with linebacker Keonte Card were taking yards away from Glenn Hills and keeping the visitors on their side of the 50. The Putnam offense, operating next starting at the 47-yard line, used two plays to up the lead to 14-0. Gerald Kilgore was being chased but found Bland open for the 22-yard score at 4:24 of the opening quarter.

Lineman Michael Crumbley feasted on a mismatch up front, and cornerback Zac Mitchell cut things off at the edge. As the second quarter began, Putnam was on the move again from its own 39-yard line. Thornton put on some one-on-one moves after his catch to gain 43 yards to the Spartan 15. Two plays later Eubanks ran over the line from 7 yards out for 21-0.

Glenn Hills had several issues with personnel and formations. The first time it tried a Power-I set, the football came loose at the line of scrimmage. Jamarcus Evans recovered for the home team, and Gerald Kilgore ran in a play-fake that fooled everyone from 19 yards out.

The ensuing Spartan series was even more disastrous, but not for Evans. He recovered a second fumble, this one on the 6-yard line. One carry by Daniel later, and it was 35-0.

But Glenn Hills, shut out in three previous games, found some paydirt for only the third time all season as Davion Benjamin scored on the kickoff return with nine minutes still to go in the first half.

The Spartans couldn’t stop Putnam’s quick response, 53 yards covered in two plays. The Kilgore brothers connected on a 43-yard pass play to the 10-yard line, and Peters scored for the second time running off right tackle.

The score stayed 42-7 until 1:51 of the quarter when the quarterback Kilgore’s second touchdown run came on a play-fake keeper of 16 yards.

Putnam then worked on a one-minute drill to end the half with Kilgore completing 46 yards to Jalen and 22 to Bland for the touchdown at the buzzer.

The War Eagles drove 68 yards on four plays to start the second half, Peters scoring from 11 yards out.

With this coming Friday being the bye week, the focus is now on the other team in Region 4-AA sitting at 4-0, Jefferson County. Last weekend the Warriors improved to 5-2 overall beating Oglethorpe County 28-15. They host the War Eagles in Jefferson Oct. 22.