About the only thing Georgetown couldn’t do against Airport on Friday night was make extra points.
The third-seeded Bulldogs missed 5-of-7 point-after attempts in Friday’s opening-round game of the Class 3A playoffs, but the offense, led by quarterback Jarvis Brown, blew out the second-seeded Eagles, 44-7, at Airport Stadium.
Brown passed for 266 yards and three touchdowns, and he also ran for a score to propel Georgetown (8-3) into a second-round matchup next week against Hartsville, a 33-21 winner over Orangeburg-Wilkinson.
“We were hot,” Georgetown coach Bradley Adams said. “We’re playing very good right now at the right time of the year. We were kind of struggling earlier on, but things have just fallen in the right place at the right time.”
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That was evident whenever Brown threw downfield. Zaquan Collins had six catches for 135 yards and two touchdowns to lead all receivers.
“We played a great team, but we saved our worst game for our last game,” Airport coach Kirk Burnett said, alluding to three turnovers and several drive-killing penalties. “That (the turnovers) hadn’t happened all year.”
The Bulldogs did most of their damage in the first half, racking up 17 first downs, 167 yards on the ground and 215 yards through the air.
Georgetown scored on each of its first three possessions. Gerald German’s 2-yard touchdown run capped the opening drive before Brown fired a 25-yard TD pass to Collins and followed that with a rushing score from 3 yards out to make it 18-0.
The Bulldogs poured it on in the second quarter as Michael Billings rushed for a 21-yard touchdown, and Brown added touchdown passes of 32 and 21 yards.
“We didn’t play great defense,” Burnett said. “They’re stronger and faster than we are and we had to play perfect to stay in the game, and we went the other way with it.”
The Eagles (5-6) had negative-1 yard of offense in the first quarter. Airport tried to get things going offensively, but a fumble and an interception closed out two drives.
“We knew coming in that they were very athletic, and we wanted to control the line of scrimmage,” Adams said. “We felt like we could do that, and we were able to do that early on.”
The Georgetown defense tallied eight tackles for loss, including two sacks, for minus-38 yards.
After a scoreless third, Georgetown made it 44-0 on Jordan Manigault’s 8-yard run to open the final period.
Airport got on the scoreboard after Brett Burnett found C.J. Wright in the end zone from 34 yards out with 2:28 to go.
“We’re not happy and we’re not satisfied, but we are improving,” Burnett said. “We are better than we were last year, and we’ve got some good kids coming back. We’ve improved a little bit but we’re nowhere near where we want to be.”
G – Gerald German 2 run (kick failed) 9:34
G – Zaquan Collins 25 pass from Jarvis Brown (kick failed) 5:44
G – Brown 3 run (kick failed) 3:20
G – Michael Billings 21 run (Lorenzo Drayton kick) 7:05
G – Collins 32 pass from Brown (kick failed) 4:00
G – Javon Leake 12 pass from Brown (kick failed) :13
G – Jordan Manigault 8 run (Drayton kick) 11:50
A –C.J. Wright 34 pass from Brett Burnett (Brady Nelson kick) 2:28
RUSHING – Georgetown, Brown 7-30, German 14-86, Billings 4-58, Collins 1-0, Manigault 11-37, McAlister 1-3. Airport, Earl 10-51, Burnett 1-(-22), Richardson 5-22, Kamara 2-29, Jackson 7-20, Richardson 1-(-2).
PASSING – Georgetown, Brown 21-17-0. Airport, Burnett 18-8-1, Jackson 0-0-0, Feaster 1-0-0.
RECEIVING – Georgetown, German 2-11, Collins 6-135, Billings 1-26, Drayton 5-70, Graham 1-2, Leake 2-22. Airport, Khrumah 1-17, Wright 3-51, Hairston 1-14, Spooner 1-14, Tucker 2-9.