GWA offensive line is something special

When asked about the George Walton Academy offensive line, Tattnall Square head coach Barney Hester doesn't hold back his comments. "They just may be the best offensive line I've ever seen in the GISA," said Hester, who has won eight state titles with his Trojan program. "I've seen a lot of good offensive lines, including some that we've had here, but what George Walton has this season is something special."

GWA head coach Don Williams consistently talks about the line of scrimmage being the key to a winning football team. Williams also knows the players up front have helped make the 13-0 season possible.

"We knew going into this season we had some good running backs and if we had good play from our line we would have success," Williams said. "The running backs get a lot of credit for what they have done, but I think our offensive line is just as solid a group as our running backs."

During the 10-game regular season, the GWA line helped the offense compile 3,226 yards on the ground and another 396 through the air. The onslaught has continued in the Bulldogs' first three playoff games, rushing for another 940 and passing for 211.

Williams said the offensive linemen, consisting of Ron Rice, Chance Cown, Hugh Williamson, Bryan Edkin, Devin Shivers and Alan Hibbard, have helped the Bulldogs compile almost 38 points per game. GWA has scored more than 40 points in six contests and in the 30 in four more.

The GWA linemen take pride in their work, Williams said.

"They wear the same color jerseys during practice and really stay focused all the time," the Bulldog said. "Someone said they play and practice with one heartbeat and I believe that's true."

The battle between the GWA offensive front and the Tattnall defensive front will help determine Friday's state championship contest. The Trojans limited the Bulldogs to their lowest season point total (10) in the Sept. 19 matchup won by GWA.

"It's amazing at how much our offensive line has accomplished this season," Williams said. "We are one of the only teams that wants the opening possession if we win the toss. That's how much confidence we have in our offensive line to get the job done. Our scheme is to fire off the football, hit them in the mouth and knock the defense backwards. It sounds simple, but not everyone can do it."

Williams said the GWA linemen have been leaders in practice, in the weight room as well as the games.

"Coach (Jimmy) Jarrett has done a great job working with the linemen," Williams said. "Our linemen are good athletes. Many of them excel in other sports, too. We wouldn't be where we are now without them. They deserve a lot of credit for us being 13-0."

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