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Mustangs, Blue Devils to fight for postseason lives
South Effingham's Larry Scott (10) braces for a fall while in the grasp of Ware County linebacker Logan Braucht (1) on Friday. Cah'zer Mckoy (16) is closing in. - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff

GUYTON — With just one left game left in the regular season, the South Effingham football team is gearing up for a key Region 2-AAAAAA game at Statesboro on Friday.

 Both teams need to win to have a chance to secure a spot in the first round of the Class AAAAA. The Blue Devils (2-6, 0-2) aren't favored to beat New Hampstead in their season finale, making the matchup that much more meaningful for both teams.

“We’ve had some really good games with them over the years,” said Mustangs coach Donnie Revell, whose team is 2-6 overall and 0-3 in the region. “Proximity makes it a little bit of a rivalry.”

Even if the Mustangs take down the Blue Devils, there are still several outcomes they might need to work in their favor to gain an extra game.

“It really depends on who beats who, and there’s tiebreaker,” Revell said. “You have to win won (region game) and then it depends on what the other teams do in the region.”

The Mustangs are coming off a 35-6 loss to Ware County. Larry Scott provided the only touchdown for the Rebels on an 8-yard run.

“We were able to move the ball some offensively,” Revell said. “We just made some critical mistakes at the wrong time. They are very well coached and very talented as far as size and speed. They made some big plays on offense and because we made mistakes on offense, we weren’t able to capitalize on the times we moved into their territory.”

Revell appreciates their effort of his seniors this season and believes they want to finish strong.

“They fought hard all year,” he said. “They continued to play hard Friday night. We have a small group of them. They want to go out on a good note and then see what happens as far as the opportunity to go on to the playoffs after that.

"But nothing matters other than this football game here.”