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Magic Ends: Alexander concludes first playoff run in 16 years
by Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
December 04, 2013 12:19 PM | 818 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
File Photo<br>Alexander defensive player Brian Dansereau runs a drill on the field during a Cougars practice earlier this season.
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Alexander defensive player Brian Dansereau runs a drill on the field during a Cougars practice earlier this season.
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With Alexander’s 51-21 loss to Wayne County in the quarterfinals of the Georgia High School Association Class AAAA playoffs last Friday, the football seasons for all Douglas high school football programs have concluded.

The Cougars (8-5) concluded a magical season which saw the program reach the postseason for the first time since 1997 which was also the last time they won eight games in a season and had a winning record. Alexander won its first playoff contest with a 13-10 road win over Dalton on Nov. 15 behind a game-high 198 yards rushing from junior Mikell Lands-Davis. Baylor Whitfield threw for a game-high 141 yards while Taylor Schartle and Leundre Agree each notched double-digit tackles for the Cougars.

Alexander continued its stellar run with another road playoff win, this one over Lanier, 42-28, on Nov. 22.

Lands-Davis ran for a career-high five touchdowns along with 304 yards in the victory. It was the third time this season that he ran north of 300 yards, posting a career-high 321 yards against Bremen on Aug. 24 and 312 against LaGrange on Oct. 11. He finished the year with 2,383 rushing yards, which placed him in the top five for the entire state, and 27 touchdowns. Jhorre Statham had a game-high 19 tackles in the Lanier win while Jacob Whitley, Bo Caldwell and Agree also finished with double-digit tackles.

Chapel Hill (5-6) made the postseason for the second consecutive season this year with a third-place finish in Region 4-AAA. However, the Panthers dropped their first-round contest in Fort Valley to Peach County, 28-21, on Nov. 15.

Harvester Christian Academy (11-1) had its season conclude with a 35-6 loss to Holy Ground Baptist Academy in the Independent Christian Schools of Georgia and Alabama (ICSGA) championship game on Nov. 16. The Hawks, who participate in eight-on-eight football, went from winless during the 2012 campaign to finishing this year with the school record for most wins in a campaign.

King’s Way Christian School (11-0) won the Georgia Association of Christian Schools championship for the second time in three seasons with a 28-24 win over Appling Christian on Nov. 1.

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