Upson Lee 14 vs Osborne 3 Game Stats
Quay Reviere: 32 att, 158 yards, TD
Wyquavious Battle: 5 att, 66 yards, TD
Markevious Robinson: 6 att, 28 yards
Kalen Puckett: 3 att, 11 yards
Team: 4 att, -6 yards
Kalen Puckett: 10 att, 3 comp, 69 yards, INT
Wyquavious Battle: 2 rec, 70 yards
Kendarious Traylor: 1 rec, -1 yard
Kalen Puckett: 3 punts, 70 yards, long of 40
On Friday night, 23 Upson Lee football players celebrated their senior Night at Matthews Field. And after earning a 14-3 victory over non-region opponent Osborne, the Knights guaranteed themselves a second consecutive seven-win season. The last time Upson Lee won at least seven games in consecutive years, Mike Majors was the head coach in 2004-2005.
Upson Lee used a methodical running game, racking up 242 yards on 50 carries, as they defeated Osborne 14-3. Osborne became the first ever class 6A school to play at Matthews Field. The victory does nothing for the Knights as far as playoff seeding, but does give them some momentum as they prepare for an important game against Veterans on Friday.
“We talk every week about getting better,” said UL head coach Tommy Parks. “This win was a big one for us, as we head into week 10 against a tough Veterans team. We were able to get our seniors a victory on their night, and we came away from the game injury free.”
Both the Knights and the Cardinals struggled offensively in the first quarter of the game. One bright spot for the Knights in the first quarter was an interception by UL senior Donovan King, his team leading third interception of the season.
The first quarter ended without a score, but the Knights were able to get on the board in the second quarter of the game. Upson Lee senior Qauy Reviere scored his 18th rushing touchdown of the season from one yard out. Reveire finished the game with 32 carries and 158 yards rushing, giving him 1,200 rushing yard on the season. Reviere’s 1,200 yard ranks eighth on the Upson Lee all-time single season list.
Rich Stewart made the PAT, giving the Knights a 7-0 lead. Stewart would make two PATs in the game, giving him 64 for his career. Stewart’s 64 PATs ranks third on the Upson Lee all-time career list.
Upson Lee took the 7-0 lead into the locker room at halftime. In the the third quarter, Upson Lee failed to score, but Osborne did get on the board. The Cardinals had a nice drive, but Upson Lee’s defense forced them into a 20-yard field goal, keeping Osborne out of the end zone.
The Knights sealed their victory in the fourth quarter, on a long 67-yard touchdown run by Wyquavious Battle. This was Battle’s second touchdown run of the season. Battle also finished the game with 70 yards receiving, giving him 413 yards receiving on the season, which ranks fifth on the Upson Lee all-time single season list. Battle also ranks second in the Region 2 in receiving yards. Stewart booted his second PAT of the game, and Upson Lee closed out the Cardinals for a 14-3 victory.
The Knights will now look towards a week 10 showdown with the Veterans Warhawks. This game is a huge game for both team. Since Veterans lost to Howard 36-27 last week, they must beat Upson Lee to get into the playoffs. If Veterans beat the Knights, they will be the No. 2 or No. 3 seed, depending on what happens in the Mary Persons vs. West Laurens game Friday. If Upson Lee loses, they will be the No. 4 seed, and will travel in the first round of the playoffs to face the Region 3 Champion.
If Upson Lee defeats Veterans on Friday, then Upson Lee will be the No. 3 seed and Veterans season will come to an end, giving Howard the No. 4 seed (granted they beat Baldwin Friday night). Mary Persons must travel to West Laurens on Friday, and the winner of that game will be the Region 2 Champion. If West Laurens loses, and Veterans beats Upson Lee, then Veterans will be the No. 2 seed and West Laurens the No. 3 seed. If West Laurens loses to Mary Persons and Upson Lee beats Veterans, the West Laurens will be the No. 2 seed. If Mary Persons loses, West Laurens will be the Region 2 Champion and Mary Persons will be the No. 2 seed.
“Last year we were in a similar situation as Veterans is in this year,” said Parks. “We finished 7-3 and missed the playoffs, and we were a good football team. This year either Veterans or Howard will miss the playoffs and they are both really good football team. That just shows the strength of our region.”
Region 2 only has one team, Mary Persons (No. 5) ranked in the top 10 of MaxPreps class 4A rankings. However, Region 2 has five teams ranked in the top 25 of class 4A (West Laurens No. 14, Upson Lee No. 17, Howard No. 19, and Veterans No. 24).
Wes McCard can be contacted at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @WesMc21.