Lassiter easily dismissed its Region 5AAAAAA opponent 34-6, capping a perfect 10-0 regular season.
The Trojans achieved their second perfect regular season in four years. They are also seemingly guaranteed to rise to the top spot in the rankings after the current No. 1, Camden County, was upset by Colquitt County on Friday.
Willie Police caught three touchdowns from quarterback Eddie Printz in the first half, and he also added one on the ground to help put Lassiter ahead 28-3 at halftime.
“It’s a great accomplishment for our kids to finish 10-0,” Lassiter coach Jep Irwin said. “We had a great first half, held (Etowah) to only field goals, and now we get to start a whole new season at home next week in the playoffs.”
Lassiter, in the state playoffs for a fifth-straight season, will host Brookwood next week.
The Trojans started the scoring on their first offensive possession, when Printz found Police on the left sideline for what looked to be a short gain. Police spun out of a tackle and found his way to the end zone for a 38-yard score, putting Lassiter ahead 7-0 with just over 7 minutes remaining in the first quarter.
The pair connected again later in the quarter when Printz evaded several Etowah defenders, buying himself time and floating a pass to Police near the goal line, extending the lead to 14-0. The play capped off an impressive 12-play, 99-yard drive that began after Etowah’s Ryan Hopper pinned a perfect 49-yard punt at the 1-yard line.
Hopper connected on a 32-yard field goal to cut the lead to 14-3, but Lassiter wasted no time in running away with this game.
Printz again found Police on a wide screen play for a 74-yard score, and Police also took a handoff on a fourth-down play for a 30-yard touchdown late in the first half.
Police finished with two carries for 35 yards and five catches for 128 yards.
“He made some great plays for us,” Irwin said. “I don’t think there’s a better playmaker in this part of the state. He’s been making plays for us all season long, especially with other guys being injured.”
Lassiter put up its final points of the night in the third quarter when Printz found Ryan Jenkins in the corner of the end zone on a fade route for a 20-yard touchdown and a 34-3 Lassiter lead.
Hardin closed the scoring with a 42-yard line drive field goal in the 4th quarter.
Etowah (4-6, 3-4) saw its season come to an end — halting a streak of six postseason berths — and first-year coach Dave Svehla took a moment to praise his senior players after their last game.
“I love my seniors,” he said. “Sometimes, when you come to a new school, if you don’t have great senior leadership, things can crumble quickly, and they didn’t let that happen. They’ve set a great example for the players coming back next season.”