Tucker’s run-first offense to meet Valdosta’s balanced attack

FootballTucker vs. Valdosta

When, where: 8 p.m. Friday, Georgia Dome, Atlanta

Records, rankings: Tucker is 13-1, the No. 1 seed from Region 4-AAAAAA and No. 4; Valdosta is 13-1, the No. 1 seed from 1-AAAAAA and No. 1.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Things to know: Valdosta’s 23 state titles are the most by any team in state history, but Tucker has won two championships (2008, 2011) and had a runner-up finish (2013) since the Wildcats’ last appearance in a state final in 2003. Valdosta is seeking its first state title since 1998, the longest drought in program history. Tucker runs for 247.7 yards per game and features two 1,000-yard rushers, Taurean Taylor (122 carries, 1,315 yards, 16 TDs) and Chris Broadwater (175-1,088-21). QB Xavier Shephard has thrown 17 TD passes and has 1,768 yards, most of which have gone to Josh Vann (57 receptions, 1,203 yards, 13 TDs). Valdosta is a bit more balanced, averaging 172.9 yards passing and 155.6 rushing. QBs Josh Belton (1,190 yards passing, 377 rushing) and Hunter Holt (1,087 passing, 653 rushing) have accounted for 3,289 yards and 38 TDs. Tevin Gray has run for 587 yards and six TDs, and J.R. Ingram has 55 catches for 970 yards and 16 TDs.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Valdosta by 2

Tucker   Valdosta

13-1

Record 13-1
35.2 Points per game 34.6
10.1 PPG allowed 15.0
247.7 Avg. yards rushing 155.6
136.3 Avg. yards passing 172.9
384.0 Avg. total yards 328.5

 

Rushing Leaders        
  Att. Yards Yds./Att. TDs
Tucker        
Taurean Taylor 122 1,315 10.8 16
Chris Broadwater 175 1,088 6.2 21
David Davis 80 434 5.4 3
Valdosta        
Hunter Holt 142 635 4.5 6
Tevin Gray 115 587 5.1 6
Josh Belton 87 377 4.3 6
         
Passing Leaders        
  Comp. Att. Yards TD/Int.
Tucker        
Xavier Shephard 95 169 1,768 17/5
Valdosta        
Josh Belton 99 156 1,190 13/6
Hunter Holt 95 138 1,087 13/2
         
Receiving Leaders        
  Rec. Yards Yds./Rec. TDs
Tucker        
Josh Vann 57 1,203 21.1 13
Taurean Taylor 11 223 20.3 2
Valdosta        
J.R. Ingram 55 970 17.6 16
Jontae Baker 27 369 13.7 3
Wesley Veal 27 322 11.9 4

 

Other Leaders  
Tucker  
Gerry Vaughn 52 solo tackles, 23 assists, 6 tackles for losses
Aaron Sterling 73 total tackles, 14.5 sacks, 19.5 tackles for losses
Adam Lippy 58-for-62 extra points, 6-for-7 field goals (long of 42)
Valdosta  
Jayce Rogers 33.1 yards on KO returns, 13.0 on 27 punt returns
James Bushware 38.2 average on 56 punts
Team Defense Allows 128.8 yards rushing, 128.2 yards passing

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