Babb still alive to defend county title as semifinals are set

From Staff Reports

The Babb Middle School Bulldogs have lost only one game in two years, and the defending Clayton County champs find themselves in the semifinals this time around.

Babb advanced in the tournament with a 23-20 come-from-behind win over Kenderick Thursday night.

Kendrick built a 14-0 lead in the first half behind the play of running back Eric Sweeny. Babb then got on the board when Anfernee Williams forced a fumble that rolled through the back of the end zone for a safety.

Special teams then played a major part in the Babb comeback as kicker Mike Lee helped the Bulldogs' recover back-to-back on-side kicks that the team turned into a pair of TDs. Marcus Stewart picked up sevreral big gains for Babb, including a TD to cut the lead to 14-8.

After the Bulldogs' second on-side kick, Babb regained the lead when it scored on a Williams' TD.

Kendrick went out in front one more time late in the game, but its on-side kick was recovered by Babb at midfield. The Bulldogs took advantage of good field postin and after a couple of long runs by Williams, Isaiah Collins scored the game-winning TD.

No details were reported from the other games, but M.D. Roberts advanced to play Rex Mill Tuesday at 5 p.m.

With the win, Babb plays White Middle at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Both games are at Twelve Oaks.