TRION, Ga. — The Redskins mounted their most successful campaign in years this season, reaching the playoffs with a winning record of 6-4 after long years of futility.
Unfortunately, the journey ended prematurely Saturday night as, despite a heated battle, Social Circle fell 55-21 to the Bulldogs of Trion.
Trion jumped ahead early, scoring a 35-yard touchdown in less than two minutes on its opening possession.
After Social Circle went three and out, the Bulldogs mounted a long drive that culminated in a 42-yard touchdown pass.
The Redskins stormed back, however, with a 62-yard touchdown pass from Logan Cross to Mason Moore. Xavier Wallace’s kick was good to cut the lead in half.
The Bulldogs responded, mounting a long, time consuming drive that ate up half the second quarter and ended with a 16-yard touchdown run.
The Redskins needed far less time, scoring in a minute and three seconds, as Cross both caught the ball, an 18-yard reception from Moore on a double reverse, and threw it, connecting with Moore for a 20-yard touchdown.
The Bulldogs mounted another drive but lined up to settle for a 15-yard field goal attempt. The kick was good, but a holding penalty negated the points.
Instead, Trion threw a jump ball to the endzone to take a 28-14 lead into halftime.
Social Circle drove into Bulldog territory to start the second half, but turned it over on downs on a failed 4th and 7 attempt.
Trion took advantage and drove back the other way, scoring on a 22-yard touchdown pass.
The Redskins refused to quit, however, and responded with their own scoring drive as Cross connected with Moore yet again for a 13-yard touchdown.
It wasn’t enough. Trion answered rapidly, sprinting down the field to score on a 24-yard touchdown run.
It started to spiral from there. Unable to keep up with the frantic pace after punting, Social Circle watched Trion score again on a 45-yard run, extending the lead to an insurmountable amount as time continued to tick away in the final quarter.
Trion missed the extra point after a chop block penalty pushed the kick back 15 yards, but Social Circle was unable to stop the game from slipping away.
Increasingly desperate, Social Circle attempted a reverse flea flicker, but was intercepted at the Trion 40.
With the game increasingly chippy on both sides, Trion defused things by mounting a long, slow drive that ate up more than half of the last quarter, finally scoring on a 1-yard run with less than a minute left.
Social Circle finished the season with a 6-5 record.