By: STEVE LeMASTERSPORTS EDITOR
November 6, 2012
HI HAT - The South Floyd Raiders fell short in a bid to advance to the second round of the postseason. Nicholas County advanced in the Class A State Playoffs on Friday night, defeating host South Floyd 35-28.
Nicholas County moved to 7-4 after claiming the victory. The Jackets will continue on the road in the second round of the Class A State Playoffs. Nicholas County advances to play Fairview in the second round of the Class A State Playoffs. Fairview defeated Nicholas County 36-7 when the two Class A, District 7 rivals met during the regular-season.
The loss eliminated South Floyd from the postseason. South Floyd, under the tutelage of longtime head coach Donnie Daniels, ended the 2012 season 5-6.
Nicholas County, under the direction of head coach Robert Hopkins, snapped a two-game losing streak that consisted of losses back-to-back losses to district rival Fairview and Bath County.
The Jackets thrived on the ground, rushing 43 times for a 354 yards and four touchdowns.
Senior running back Austin Allison led the Nicholas County offense, rushing 23 times for 228 yards and three touchdowns. Fellow senior running back JD Wagoner followed. Wagoner rushed 16 times for 125 yards and one touchdown as the Jackets won and advanced in the Class A State Playoffs.
Nicholas County kept South Floyd out of the endzone late in the game. The Nicholas County defense limited South Floyd to less than 200 rushing yards. The Raiders rushed 43 times for 198 yards.
South Floyd senior Weston Little led the South Floyd offense. One of the state’s top rushers, Little rushed 33 times for 129 yards and two touchdowns.
South Floyd was also effective through the air. Quarterback Jacob Crager completed 11-of-20 passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns.
Little was Crager’s top target, hauling in six catches for 101 yards.
Corey Thornsberry and Brett Daniels each had a touchdown reception for the Raiders.
Fairview blanked Phelps 69-0 on Thursday, Nov. 1. Experienced Fairview is the only undefeated Class A team left in the state. The Eagles boast an 11-0 record.