Tucker ventures into uncharted territory

If Tucker should win a state championship, look for a statue of Head Coach Bill Ballard around town.

The Tigers have never been to the Georgia Dome for the state semifinals, so you can't fault their fans for having a little extra shuffle in their step this week.

At 12-1, Tucker is running through everyone this season, including two shutouts already in the playoffs.

Last week, Tucker battled a cold Friday night to shutout Troup on the road, 29-0. Add to that wins against Ringgold and McNair in the post season and all of a sudden, Tucker is a team to be reckoned with.

Part of the reason is Quarterback D.T. McDowell. The Nebraska commitment threw for 1, 550 yards and 14 touchdowns in the regular season while running in 13 of his own on the ground.

The offense begins and ends with McDowell, but it doesn't hurt when you have a 6'5 receiver in Brandon Lang on your side. Lang is a two-way player who is also being recruited by many Divison 1-A schools.

Statesboro is this weekend, and Tucker is all too familiar with what they bring to the table. But even if the Tigers lose this weekend, their accomplishments in the 2003 season have far outweighed anything that anyone in the town could have ever hoped for.

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