Polk County takes on Thomasville tonight in second round of playoffs

Published 3:26 pm Friday, November 20, 2009

The Wolverines have broken through to the second round of the state playoffs, and this time they did it at the 2A level.

After exiting the playoffs in the first round of the 1A playoffs in each of the past two years, the Wolverines had no trouble this year, advancing last week with a convincing 31-10 win over Brevard.

They are now one of 16 2A teams still playing in the state.

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Not surprisingly at this point in the season, the Wolverines may face their biggest challenge so far when they travel to Thomasville tonight.

Thomasville, 8-4, crushed E. Rutherford 35-3 in the first round and has held its opponents to just 23 points in the last seven games.

Offensively, the Bulldogs have used their outstanding speed and a versatile attack that features three running backs. Last week, Thomasville got big plays from each of the backs, Kesean Green, Quin Riley and Lawrence Thomas.

The Bulldogs also can go to the air and mix it up enough to keep defenses off balance, particularly with the combination of quarterback Sam Nelson and receiver Brandon Lucas.

The Wolverines defense has consistently stifled opponents all year, holding them to average of about 13 points per game.

Thanks to that defense, Polk has been able to keep games close even when its offense is not finding the endzone. Last week Polk was tied at 10-10 at the end of the first half, but it dominated the second half to pick up the big win.

The Wolverines may present some different offensive sets than the Bulldogs have seen this year. Quarterback Andre Overholt has spearheaded an attack that features multiple formations. Overholt has rushed for nearly 900 yards and hes done in in just eight games after missing the early part of the season due to injury. &bsp;

He rushed for three touchdowns and threw for another in last Fridays win.

The winner of tonights game will advance to the Sectional Round and face the winner of Starmount, 10-2, and Lexington, 6-6.