As his teammates put a blanket over the intended receiver, Savannah Christian defensive back Omar Burroughs jumped and snatched Claxton quarterback Karon Taylor’s underthrown pass. With no Claxton player on his side of the field, Burroughs took off down the sideline and needed only a couple of blocks before he scampered into the end zone.
It may have been senior night, but sophomore Burroughs stole the show with a career game. He hauled in three interceptions, including the pick-six that broke open a 48-8 Raider rout of the Tigers on Friday at Pooler Stadium.
“If you throw the ball anywhere in his vicinity, he’s going to get it,” Savannah Christian head coach Baker Woodward said. “Our defense set the tone with that early pick-six.”
The Raiders (8-1, 5-0 Region 3-A East) picked things up offensively as they drove down to the Claxton 4-yard line on their next possession, and though they committed three straight penalties, that didn’t deter them from finding the end zone. Woodward gambled on a fourth-and-goal from the 4, and Nate Moon took the hand-off up the middle and pushed his way into the end zone. The Raiders never looked back from there.
Marquell Brown had 80 yards on the ground and two rushing touchdowns and another through the air on a 43-yard screen.
The Raiders led 27-0 at halftime.
The SCPS defense continued to smother the Claxton offense, forcing five turnovers and holding the Tigers to under 100 yards of offense. The Tigers (6-3, 3-2) didn’t manage a first down until the 5:40 mark in the third quarter.
Burroughs nabbed his second pick early in the third quarter and was maybe a missed tackle away from finding the end zone again. He returned it 20 yards to the Tigers’ 13, setting up a 7-yard TD run by Jordan Grant.
Moon also had an impressive play on defense when he looked like he climbed a ladder to intercept a screen pass and return it untouched 55 yards for another score.
Burroughs made his final interception with two minutes to go in the third quarter, this time crossing nearly half the field to get to it.
“He is so smooth,” Woodward said. “It looks like he’s not that fast, but his legs are long, and he can track a ball. I would say he came all the way from the numbers over here to at least the hash. Three picks this week, and he had two last week so he’s probably leading the region.”
Woodward, in his first year at SCPS, has the Raiders one win away from securing a region title as they face Emanuel County Institute next week.
“It’s great we’re going to play for a region title, but I think the biggest thing is our staff has come together, and we’ve motivated these guys, and they’ve bought into what we’re trying to do,” Woodward said.by By Nathan Deen/For the Savannah Morning News