Ellaville, Ga. -- It was Schley County that improved their chances of making the Class A-public playoffs Friday with a 48-34 victory over Region 4-A foe Brookstone.
Schley running back Tray Minter scorched the Cougars with 424 yards rushing on 42 carries. He scored three touchdowns, including from 68 yards on the game's first play. He also scored twice from 3 yards out.
Schley (6-4, 4-4), ranked 17 in the Class A-public power ratings before the win, needs to crack the top 16 to make the playoffs.
Brookstone (4-6, 2-6), tied for 16th with St. Francis in the Class A-private ratings, most likely saw their playoff hopes disappear.
Brookstone tied the game at 7-7 in the first quarter when Jay Roberts passed 30 yards to Kordell Braxton.
On the next series, Cougars Josh Long hit the Schley quarterback at midfield causing a fumble that Coleman Killorin picked up and ran 15 yards to the Schley 38.
Brookstone's Sam Ndem scored from 1 yard later in the series to put the Cougars up 14-7.
Schley responded with 21 consecutive points to take a 28-14 halftime lead. Two Brookstone turnovers during the run kept Schley with the momentum.
In the third quarter Roberts scored on a 17-yard run to cut the deficit to 28-21.
But Minter broke a 55-yard run on the next series and then scored later on a 3-yard run and the Wildcats led 34-21.
Schley went up 42-21 minutes later on a 7-yard run by Kyle Moore.
Roberts passed for 236 yards on 15-of-27 with one interception.
Braxton caught 8 balls for 102 yards.
Friday at EllavilleBrookstone 14 0 7 13--34
Schley Co. 7 21 14 6--48First quarter
S -- Tra Minter 68 run (Knox Theus kick), 11:42
B -- Kordell Braxton 30 pass from Jay Roberts (Tainsh kick), 9:02
B -- Sam Ndem 1 run (Tainsh kick), 3:28
S -- Gavyn Crawford 7 run (Theus kick), 11:50
S -- Minter 3 run (kick failed), 3:52
S -- Crawford 7 run (2 pt), :52
B -- Roberts 17 run (Tainsh kick), 10:50
S -- Minter 3 run, 6:25
S -- Moore 10 run (2 pt), 1:55
B -- Ndem 8 run (Tainsh kick), 11:20
S -- Kyle moore 29 run (kick failed), 8:35
B -- Ndem 70 pass from Roberts, 3:55
Records: Brookstone 4-6, 2-6 Region 4-A. Schley County 6-4, 4-4.