Irish eyes are smiling in Dublin

It's not luck that's placed Dublin High in the AAA State Championship game. It's a big play offense, a solid defense, and outstanding special teams play.

With the Screven County Gamecocks waiting in the title game, the Irish will need all three of those areas to be perfect if Dublin wishes to bring a championship to Middle Georgia.

"Two 14-0 teams going at it for all the marbles, it doesn't get any better than that," Dublin Head Coach Roger Holmes says. "We know Screven is heading into the game with a lot of confidence wanting to win the game. So are we."

For Dublin, Friday night's contest will mark its first trip to the title game since 1994 when the Irish lost to Thomas County Central. But that was eight years ago. The 2002 edition of Dublin High football almost seems destined to bring the championship back to Shamrock country.

"We're glad to be back in the title game and to have an opportunity to try one more time for the ring," Holmes added.

The Irish continued their quest the rainbow's end by knocking off Laney High at the Georgia Dome. Brian Wallace scored the second of his two touchdowns in overtime to seal the 20-13 win over the Wildcats. For Wallace, it was a chance to even the score with his coach.

"One of our goals at the beginning of the season was to make the playoffs," said Wallace. "Coach Holmes said he messed up our plans for Thanksgiving by getting us into the playoffs, so we gave our best to mess up his plans for Christmas."

And the Irish plan to be unwrapping some brand new rings this holiday season.

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