Pine heads to Kinder for postseason game tonight

Published 8:33 am Friday, November 18, 2016

Pine is on the road tonight and is heading to Kinder to play the defending Class 2A champion in the second round of the playoffs.

Kickoff is at 6 p.m.

“They’re a good football team, but we’ve just got to focus on our game plan, on us and go play good football,” Pine coach Bradley Seal said.

The 12th-seeded Raiders enter tonight’s action with a 7-3 overall record. Last week, Pine won the second football playoff game in school history with a thrilling 15-14 victory over No. 21 Jonesboro-Hodge.

The defense was solid in that game and has been throughout the year. The Raiders have allowed 200 total points for an average of 20 per game. Opponents have broken the 20-point barrier just four times and none in the last three games.

After the offense got Pine a 15-14 lead, the defense had to make two big stops over the final 7:25 and they did.

“Our defense played how they played the entire year. That’s what we are. We’re a good defensive team that finds ways to get the job done on offense. Our defense won the game for us last week,” Seal said.

Coach Seal said quarterback Joey Seal played a really good game minus the interception. The signal caller threw for 95 yards with a touchdown and a pick. He also ran for 38 yards.

“I was pleased with the way Joey played,” coach Seal said.

The touchdown pass was a 10-yarder to Chris Gordon, who led the receiving group with four catches for 42 yards.

Jakyran Handy made two catches for 31 yards and ran for 38 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries.

Evan Sinopoli caught one pass for 22 yards in the win.

Delvric Dillon tallied 57 yards with six carries and Damarea Odom had 28 yards on two attempts.

Coach Seal said the key for this week is that he feels the offensive line has to play really well.

They’ve got a good defensive front,” Seal said.

These two teams met in the second round of the Class 2A playoffs two years ago and host Kinder won that game, 37-6.

Kinder went on to be the Class 2A state runner-up that season after falling to top-seeded Many in the finals.

That year was sandwiched between a pair of state titles, which Kinder won last season and 2013.

Fifth-seeded Kinder has had a solid season. The Yellow Jackets enter this week with a 9-2 record.

The losses have been to Jennings, 34-0, and Welsh, 19-14. Those teams have a combined 21-1 record this season. Jennings is 10-1 and Welsh is 11-0. Both are still playing in the postseason. Jennings is the sixth-seeded team in Class 3A while Welsh is third-seeded in 2A.

Kinder has won its nine games by an average of 48.6 points.