After going on the road last week to defeat Lamar County in the first round of the CGMSAL (Central Georgia Middle School Athletic League), the No. 3 seed from the west, the ULMS Knights got a little help from the No. 4 seed from the east, the Henderson Tigers of Jackson.
Henderson traveled to Griffin last week and knocked off the No. 1 seed from the west, Carver Middle School. With Henderson winning, it gave Upson Lee a chance to host one of two semifinal games. Henderson (No. 4 seed/east) traveled to Thomaston to face Upson Lee (No. 3 seed/west), while Manchester (No. 2 seed/west) traveled to Jones County to face Gray Station (No. 1 seed/east).
Gray Station took care of business, and after Upson Lee demolished Henderson by a 40-8 score on Wednesday, Gray Station will host Upson Lee October 28 in the CGMSAL Championship Game.
On Oct. 21 against Henderson, the Knights struck early and often with a powerful running game, leaning on talented running back Thad Webb and a big and powerful offensive line.
The Knights forced Henderson to punt on their first possession of the game, and then marched methodically down the field for the first score of the game. Webb scored from seven yards out, and Keon Colbert punched in the two-point conversion, giving Upson Lee an 8-0 lead.
Upson Lee added another score with 12.6 seconds left in the first quarter. Again it was Webb who scored for ULMS, this time from three yards out. Colbert once again added the conversion, and at the end of the first quarter, Upson Lee led Henderson 16-0.
The Knights defense continued to dominate Henderson, forcing punts and turnovers in the second quarter. At the 6:49 mark of the second quarter, Webb broke loose from the line of scrimmage and raced 74 yards down the field for a long touchdown run. Webb also added the two-point conversion, giving Upson Lee a 24-0 lead.
With the Tigers’ season ending before their very own eyes, they decided to go to the air, but once again Upson Lee’s defense stymied the Tigers’ offense. The Knights would tack on one more score with just 31.5 seconds left before halftime. Web scored his fourth touchdown of the half, and then punched in the two-point conversion, sending ULMS into the locker room with a 32-0 lead.
Henderson finally got on the board in the third quarter, converting a couple of first downs, and then scoring on a 32-yard run. They converted their two-point try, and ULMS led 32-8.
The Knights took that lead into the fourth quarter, and decided to give some starters a rest, knowing they need to be ready and healthy for next week’s Championship Game.
At that point the Knights started to use their fullback in their offense. Big man Lequan Gray toted the ball late in the game, and eventually scored on a four-yard run, carrying defenders into the end zone. Kesean Carter capped off the Knights scoring converting the two-point try, as UL earned the 40-8 victory.
Upson Lee will now travel to Jones County on Oct. 28, as they take on Gray Station in the CGMSAL Championship Game. Kickoff is slated for 5 p.m. This will be Upson Lee’s second trip in a row the Championship Game, finishing as Runner-Up to Monroe County last season.
Wes McCard can be contacted at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @WesMc21.