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Friday Night Blitz - Semifinal Preview Abbeville vs Leroy

(WPMI) Friday Night Blitz - Semifinal Preview  Abbeville vs Leroy
(WPMI) Friday Night Blitz - Semifinal Preview Abbeville vs Leroy

In class 2A, perennial powerhouse Leroy is back in the state semifinals after their season came to an end last year in the same round, this time taking on Abbeville.

This will be the first time these two teams have played against each other.

The Bears are looking to make a return trip to the Super 7s for the first time since 2017. They were able to get revenge on the team that beat them in the 2017 State Title game last week when they knocked off Lanett in Leroy.

The Bears feature 19 seniors, with most of them playing in the third semifinal game of their high school careers.

Meanwhile, the Yellow Jackets have won 40 games in the past four seasons but making their first appearance in the state semifinals since the turn of the century.

The Jackets haven’t slowed down under first-year head coach LaBrian Stewart, they average just under 40 points per game and the defense gives up just over two touchdowns.

In the playoffs, Abbeville has outscored its opponents 138-60. Its only loss of the season came to Geneva County, a team that Leroy beat in the playoffs.

The offense rolls through Martavious Glanton at quarterback. Glanton has more than 1,100 yards rushing on just 92 carries and follows that up with a little more than 1,000 yards passing on just 50 completions which comes out to about a 20 yard per completion percentage.

The Yellow Jacket defense has pitched four shutouts on the year.

Leroy has outscored its opponents in the playoff 108-52. The offense is a run-heavy based offense that follows senior Kelston Fikes.

The powerful running back had 29 carries last week for more than 150 yards on the ground. In the playoffs, Fikes is a difference-maker on the field and then scored board, in his 4-year career he has 35 touchdowns.

But don’t put sleep on senior quarterback Averian Malone, who has led the offense for the past serval seasons. Malone accounted for all four touchdowns in last week's win over Lanett.

The Bear's only loss of the entire season came to Thomasville on September 18. Since then, eight straight wins. During that stretch the Bears only allowed three teams to reach the end zone more than two times in a game.

The winner will play either Mars Hill or Spring Garden in next week's state final game.