By: Ryan Kelly | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
December 11, 2018
ATLANTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- On a freezing cold day in the Peach State, Clinch County clinched their third state championship in four years as the Panthers avenged their regular season loss to rival Irwin County to win the A-Private title, 27-20.
It was a low-scoring, back-and-forth affair in the first half. Irwin County struck first, but Clinch County responded with a touchdown and a field goal to take a 10-7 lead into the half.
In the second half, between two ground-and-pound teams, it was the passing game and special teams that got it done for the Panthers. It included what was technically an onside kick recovery that went about 30 yards, a 47-yard field goal and big plays in the end zone from Jeremiah Johnson.
"I'm just glad we have a group that's a lot calmer and smarter than I am because they all stayed calm and collected," head coach Jim Dickerson said after the game.