Shaw used a defensive touchdown and a big interception by LaVonte Williams with 18 seconds left in the game to preserve a 20-17 victory over Region 5-AAAA foe Troup Friday night at Kinnett stadium.
With the victory, Shaw earned the fourth-and-final playoff berth from 5-AAAA. The Raiders will travel to Region 8 champion Monroe Area in the first round of the playoffs next week.
Troup had the ball first-and-10 from the 22 and Williams picked off the pass in the waning moments to seal the victory.
Shaw coach Kyle Adkins was quick to give credit to his defense and defensive coach Chuck Stamey for the victory.
"That was a great effort. Our guys wanted to win it for coach Stamey, who lost his wife yesterday and they played their hearts out," said Adkins after the game. "Troup pulled out all the stops; Tayshune (Davis) and everyone played very hard."
"We knew of their big back (Daryl Dunlap) and I felt we did a great job of containing him but they have a lot of quick guys and they were playing for their playoff lives as well." He added.
Adkins credited Davis' touchdown for the winning margin. The visiting Tigers were lining up deep in their territory to punt and the snapped was high and muffed. Davis scooped up the ball and ran in from the 4 for the touchdown for the Raiders for a 14-7 lead with 3:04 to play before halftime.
"We have worked on that very play and tonight he executed it," said Adkins.
Shaw was on the board first as Chandler Whittlesey found Johntez Webb on an 18-yard TD toss and a 7-0 lead. The Tigers tied it 7-7
when Troup's Will Smith hit Rickey Frazier with a 31-yard score to tie the game.
After an exchange of interceptions by the two foes, Nick Burek was to punt for the Tigers after the defense held and that is when Davis came up with his score to make it 14-7 at halftime.
The Tigers narrowed it to 14-10 on a 25-yard field goal by Will Bates but Whittlesey widened the margin with a 14-yard scamper. Troup narrowed the margin in the fourth when Malcolm Tatum caught a 20-yard TD pass while falling down to narrow it to 20-17. Tatum caught six passes for 59 yards and the score getting Atkins to remark, "I sure hope he's a senior".
Whittlesey was the top producer for the Raiders on offense with 135 yards passing and 34 yards rushing and accounted for the Raiders two offensive scores. Dunlap for the Tigers was held to 48 yards on 18 carries as Frazier led the Tigers in rushing with 78 yards.
Friday at Kinnett
Troup 0 7 3 7--17
Shaw 7 7 6 0--20
S-Johntez Webb 18 pass from Chandler Whittlesey (Hunter Eaton kick), 5:25
T-Ricky Frazier 31 pass from Will Smith 9Will Bates kick), 8:22
S-Tayshune Davis 4-yard fumble return (Eaton kick), 3:04
T-Bates 25-yard field goal 3:20
S-Whittlesey 14 run (kick blocked), 2:12
T-Malcolm Bates 20 pass from Smith (Bates kick), 9:24
Records: Troup 3-7, 3-4 Region 5-AAAA; Shaw 6-4, 4-3. Next: Troup season over. Shaw, at Monroe Area, Friday, first round state playoffs