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Putnam secures second seed in 1st round of playoffs

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War Eagles to host first round for first time since 2011

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    Putnam County linebacker Kaden Corbitt (front, on stomach) assists on a tackle as defensive lineman Michael Crumbley (airborne) flies in to put a “Monster Mash” finish on the play for the War Eagle defense that pitched their fourth shutout of the year

The Putnam County War Eagles (8-1, 5-1) got back to their winning ways last Friday night at Al Reaves Field in a big way, dismantling Josey for a 49-0 region 4-AA victory. The shutout was the team’s fourth this season.

By virtue of the War Eagles victory and Westside of Augusta’s 42-20 loss to Jefferson County, Putnam secured the second seed in the region and will host Early County from region 1-AA in the first round of the 2020 state football playoffs. The War Eagles will be hosting a first round playoff game for the first time since 2011.

After a tough loss to Jefferson County on Nov. 6, the Putnam offense responded and scored 49 points while amassing 422 total yards. Junior Cedrion Brundage, slowed a bit by some minor woes recently, gashed Josey for 117 yards rushing on 11 carries, scoring two touchdowns. Quarterback Gerald Kilgore had a good effort, going 9 for 11 passing for 200 yards and four touchdowns. Jalon Kilgore caught four balls for 117 yards and three scores. Kendrico Ellison added a 22-yard touchdown catch.

“We were much better offensively all around,” said Putnam head coach Shaun Pope. “Our young men responded well this week as we scored on every possession except one. Cedrion is almost at 100 percent and the offensive line blocked and protected well.”

Putnam pulled away early and led 35-0 at halftime. The War Eagles will be on the road this Friday against Butler in the regular season finale in region 4-AA before the playoffs. Pope said he liked where his team is at this point of the season.

“I really like where we are at this point,” he said. “We’re taking it one game at a time. We are always looking to improve in every phase. I think we are pretty solid. What needs to happen before the first round is take care of practicing and get ready for Butler which is a very athletic team.

“We have to continue getting better every day which is what we strive for daily.”