Blue Ridge held Southside to 88 yards and quarterback Ty Montgomery showed his dual-threat skills as the Tigers remained unbeaten with a 31-0 Peach Blossom AAA Region victory Friday.
Montgomery passed for 220 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown to help keep the Tigers (8-0, 4-0) in sole possession of first place in the region. They’ve never won a conference title in Class AAA but would wrap one up with wins against Pickens and Greer the next two weeks.
“It’s definitely a goal of ours,” said Blue Ridge coach Wade Cooper. “I’ll tell you what, we’ve definitely got two tough games coming up. We better get ready for Pickens.”
Despite his squad’s dominance against a young Southside team, Cooper thought his Tigers could have played much better.
“We’re just trying to chase perfection,” Montgomery said. “I guess that (shutout) might look good, but to us it was a little bit sloppy. We’re just trying to get better.”
Hunter Odom led Blue Ridge with six tackles, including a sack and another tackle for loss, and Alex Surfus added five tackles with a sack and another tackle for loss. Brandon Bowen grabbed an interception.
Lutrell Dallas led Southside (4-4, 3-2) with 46 tough yards rushing. Nehemiah Chandler caught two passes for 38 yards. Tyrique Palmer, Austin Harris and Shaquan Young scored tackles for loss for Southside.
Blue Ridge scored quickly – a 16-yard scamper around the right end from Mikal Robinson on its first drive – and didn’t look back. Blue Ridge gained 27 first downs. Southside managed just five.
Brennen Griffin caught seven passes for 90 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown from Montgomery on third-and-20 to cap Blue Ridge’s second drive. Robinson rushed for 76 yards with two touchdowns.
The victory left Blue Ridge safety Corey Dogan, selected to the Shrine Bowl this week, thinking conference championship.
“It would mean a lot to me,” he said. “I’d probably be in tears. We’re breaking records and making history. I would love to be a part of that. We’re going to work hard and get there.”