The Metter Tigers will face their toughest test of the season this Friday night when the Irwin County Indians visit the Jungle for the semifinal round of the state playoffs.
Irwin County is the defending Class A state champion. This is only the fifth time in school history that Metter has advanced to the semifinals and the first time since 2002. The Tigers haven’t hosted a semifinal game since 1982.
The Tigers advanced to the semifinals following their 28-6 win this past Friday over Warren County and remain undefeated and ranked number one in the state.
Irwin County comes into the game with an overall record of 10-3. They went 5-1 in region play to win what has proven to be the best region in Class A football. In fact, of the final four teams remaining in the playoffs, Metter is the only team that did not come out of Region 2.
Looking at common opponents, Metter and Irwin County have both taken on Jenkins County and Turner County. Metter beat Jenkins County 42-0 back in game number five and beat Turner County 20-19 in round one of the playoffs. Irwin County beat Jenkins County 41-7 in the first round of the playoffs and they beat Turner County 46-14 during the regular season.
Irwin County has had a tremendous run of success since 2014. They have made it to the finals in five of those six years and won it all last season. The one team that has played spoiler year after year has been region foe Clinch County who won three state championships in that time period. Clinch County and Brooks County will square off in the other semifinal match-up.
The success that Irwin County has had came under head coach Buddy Nobles.
Coach Nobles was 67-13-2 in his time at Irwin County and helped the Indians break their 44-year state title drought last season. Sadly, just a month after winning the championship Buddy Nobles lost his battle with cancer.
Casey Soliday filled in on the sidelines for Coach Nobles as he battled cancer during the 2019 season, and Soliday is leading Irwin County this season in their quest to become back-to-back champions.
Tiger Head Coach Rodney Garvin and his number-one ranked Tigers will have something to say about that this Friday night.
Metter will look to advance to the state championship game for the first time in school history.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 inside the Jungle and the Tigers need your support in taking down the defending champs.
Going to the game?
Tickets are $15 each ($13 for students) and can be purchased in advance online at gofan.com on or at the Metter High School office on Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Note: Once you have entered the complex, you must stay. If you leave you will have to purchase a new ticket for readmission.
Metter Athletic Booster Club members need to purchase their tickets in advance or at the front entrance to the stadium if they plan to park in the Booster Parking Lot.
All GHSA pass holders must enter through the main gate. No tickets will be sold at the booster entry gate this week.
Gates will open at 6 p.m. on game night.
Fans will not be allowed to stand against the railing. All fans are asked to remain seated during the game.
Varsity basketball game canceled
Friday night’s varsity basketball game against Wheeler County has been canceled and will not be rescheduled, according to Athletic Director Vicki Bowen.