Thursday night, the one-seeded Gordo Green Wave (11-1, 6-0) defeated the one-seeded West Limestone Wildcats (11-1, 7-0) 48-13 to advance to the semifinals of the 4A State Playoffs. Under the leadership of junior quarterback Tanner Bailey, the Gordo Green Wave scored seven total touchdowns.

“I thought we played a solid game,” Gordo coach Ryan Lolley said. “As the year has gone, we’ve been talking about being able to be solid offensively and defensively.”

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Bailey went 15-for-21 with 255 yards and five passing touchdowns. On the ground, he rushed once for a short five-yard touchdown- totaling six total for the night.

“It’s no surprise. He is a great player and a great competitor,” Lolley noted in reference to Bailey’s performance.

Bailey was very pleased with his team’s performance as well.

“We got a big win with offense and defense. It was an all-around effort.” Bailey said.

As for the rest of the offense, the night was just as electric. Sophomore running back Rayshawn Williams rushed 14 times for 125 yards and caught one of Bailey’s touchdown passes. Izayah Edwards, a senior receiver, rushed for 40 yards and another Gordo touchdown. In total, the Green Wave tallied 471 yards of offense.

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As if the Gordo offensive fireworks weren’t enough, the Green Wave defense completely dismantled the Wildcats. West Limestone only totaled 167 yards.

Sophomore West Limestone quarterback Colin Patterson went 4-for-11 for only 37 yards and one interception.

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Senior running back Thorne Slaton was the star of West Limestone’s offense. Slaton rushed for 60 yards. While he didn’t rush for any scores, the running back returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. Senior receiver River Helms rushed for 54 yards on four carries and the Wildcats’ only offensive touchdown.

Lolley was very satisfied with the Green Wave’s defensive performance.

“Most importantly, the players came out and executed. They did what they were supposed to do,” Lolley said. “Ultimately it came down to us stopping them and controlling the line of scrimmage.”

While West Limestone is now eliminated because of this loss, Gordo will advance to take on the winner of No. 2 Northside/No. 1 Etowah in the semifinals. That game will be played Friday night (Nov. 20.) This game will most likely be played as a home game for Gordo at Pickens County High School.