The scoop and score. Kalvin Levett picked up a fumble and returned it 64 yards for a THS touchdown.
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Jeter's OT kick sends Tigers to 2nd round
By Gary Buchanan
Tallassee overcame four turnovers to pull out a dramatic 35-32 win over Thomasville in the first round of the playoffs on Friday night. The victory improved the Tigers’ season record to 10-1, a historical mark given that only two previous Tallassee teams have notched 10 wins in a season.
A back and forth game saw Kalvin Levett score two touchdowns, one on a three-yard reception and the other on a 64-yard fumble return. Jake Burton added two touchdowns of his own with catches of five of 42 yards. Markevious Matthews tallied an 84-yard touchdown run as well.
“We didn’t help ourselves by turning the ball over,” said Coach Mike Battles. “These are two good football teams and we were fortunate to get the win. We got a big stop from the defense there in overtime. Then Quinton came in and kicked it through for the win.”
After stopping Thomasville in the first overtime possession. Tallassee was unable to move the ball into the end zone. Junior placekicker Quinton Jeter came onto the field for a 25-yard field goal attempt, only his second field goal attempt of the season. His game winning kick earned him the Spectrum Player of the Game honors.
Tallassee now advances to the second round to take on Bibb County. Although the two teams have never met, there is some history between the two schools. Coach Battles was the head coach at Bibb County before coming to Tallassee.
Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. at Choctaw Stadium in Centreville. 1300 WTLS/106.5 FM will broadcast live with an airtime of 6:00. Audio will be simulcast on TuneIn Radio, Spectrum Cable TV Channel 97 and Tallassee Times TV. Live video streaming is not permitted in the post-season.
Tickets will be available for purchase at Tallassee High School for $8 each on Friday in the front office. The school is planning on taking a spirit bus. The cost to ride is $20 per person, which includes a ticket into the game. Tickets to ride will be made available to students first. Remaining tickets will be open to the public. This bus will leave at approximately 4:30 p.m. with the band.
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