From The Tennessean Staff Reports:
WHITE HOUSE — Giles County played without senior starting tailback Brandon Houston on Friday night.
It didn’t hinder the visiting Bobcats as they rolled into the Class 4A semifinals with a 34-10 victory over White House.
“I’m really happy for my team,” Giles County quarterback Trevor Holder said. “We’re on a big journey. We’re trying to get to state (final). Every day, we break it down to state champs.'”
The fourth-seeded Bobcats (11-2) will host No. 1 seed Trezevant, a 12-7 winner over second-seeded Dyersburg, next Friday.
Giles County is in the semifinals for the fourth time in five seasons. The Bobcats won the 4A title in 2009, the only time they have advanced past the semifinal round.
“A lot of people doubted us,” Giles County senior Kenton Baker said. “I knew we were going to make it. I think we can do it if we all play as a team, like we have all year.”
Holder accounted for 215 total yards and four touchdowns on Friday.
“He was huge for us, running and throwing,” first-year Giles County coach Walt Smith said. “He really only made one bad decision all night. We knew when Brandon was out we would have to rely on him more. I thought (running backs Tyler) Reynolds and (Jordan) Tucker stepped up, too.”
Holder had touchdown runs of 9 and 1 yards in the first half, and Dontarius Gilbert’s 5-yard touchdown run with 16.6 seconds remaining extended the lead to 20-3 at halftime.
On that final possession of the half, Holder completed passes of 30 yards to tight end Devante Jiminez and 28 yards to Gilbert on the nine-play, 89-yard march.
“They utilized (Holder) more running than we had seen,” White House coach Jeff Porter said. “They’re a good team. When you get this far, everybody is. We’re a good team. We played hard. We have played hard for 13 games.”
White House (10-3) rushed for 145 yards but had just 1 passing yard, completing two of eight attempts.