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Hot-starting Trojans burn Rebels
Coffee's Roderick Ringold Jr. (15) laterals to teammate Jarquavious Jefferson (23) after picking off a pass intended for Effingham County's Demario Gant (1) on Friday. - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff

DOUGLAS -- The rumor mill churned out some misinformation about the Coffee Trojans.

The Trojans looked nothing like the team Effingham County coach Buddy Holder hoped he might get in Friday's first round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs at Jardine Stadium. Coffee clicked on all cylinders from the get-go in a 52-32 victory.

Holder said, "I told (Coffee coach) Robbie Pruitt a while ago, 'The word I got was that y'all were beat up and banged up and were going to catch y'all flat. Instead, y'all come out smoking.'

"He said, 'Well, we out off to a good start.'"

A good start indeed.

The Trojans, who lost to Lee County in last week's Region 1-AAAAAA title game, scored on six straight possessions to open the game, building a 42-6 lead. The compiled 305 first-half yards, getting 150 on the ground and 155 through the air.

"They are really, really good and they have a lot of seniors and kids who have competed at a high level in a tough region," Holder said. "It prepared them. Heck, they probably had a chip on their shoulder, too, after missing out against Lee County last week.

"To me, that looks like how they came out tonight."

Despite the lopsided halftime margin, the Rebels didn't quit. They scored on their first possession of the third quarter and kept chipping away.

"Our kids battled back and made an incredible run at the end," Holder said. 

The Rebels ended their season with a 5-6 mark. Coffee improved to 8-3 and will visit Evans next week.