Trojans Make History, March To State Title Game Versus Lee Co.
The 2017 Coffee High School Trojans made history this past Friday night with their 14-3 win over Tucker High School and will now play in their first-ever State Championship Game this Friday, December 8, in Atlanta at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Coffee will square off against region rival Lee County at 8:00 p.m. in what will be a battle of the Trojans for the Class AAAAAA State Championship.
Coffee and Lee played in the regular season finale, which Lee won 23-7.
But Coffee is playing its best football of the year in these playoffs, having knocked off three number-one seeds on their way to the title game.
Coffee took down number-one ranked Tucker last week and will now look to avenge the earlier loss to Lee, who defeated Glynn Academy last week to clinch their berth in the title game.
Lee County is an extremely talented football team that boasts several future Division-I players, including University of Michigan commit Otis Reese (6’3”, 210 lbs.), a safety. Fellow defensive back Tyrone Harris is being heavily recruited, as is defensive lineman Qwan Hendrick.
Offensively, quarterback Jase Orndorff led Region 1-AAAAAA in passing, and wide receiver Ty Terrell was the region’s leading receiver. Receiver Josh Asbury ranked third in the region in receiving, and running back Nikko Crus was the third leading rusher.
Lee’s offensive line is also among the best in state, led by Griffen McDowell (6-5”, 280 lbs.).
Lee has only lost once this season, with that loss coming to Valdosta.
According to a press release from the Coffee County Board of Education, “Coffee Fans will have the opportunity to enjoy a world-class experience of seating comfort, restaurants, video displays, art collections and the GHSA Helmet Wall with every team in the state represented! Due to the historic nature of this event, the need for buses and drivers used in transporting students and fans and the fact that such a large number of students, teachers and staff will travel to Atlanta, Coffee County Schools will be closed for students and staff on Friday, December 8th.”
Tickets for this historical event are $22 and became available on Monday, December 4th, from 12:00 to 5:00 PM at the Coffee High School Athletic office and Coffee County Board of Education office. Tickets will continue to be sold Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30 to 5:00 PM and Thursday from 8:30 to 12:00 noon at both locations.
If you are driving your personal vehicle to the game, you can purchase a parking pass in advance at: http://mercedesbenzstadium.com/parking-and-transportation/. Officials have designated the Red and Silver lots for Coffee fans, who should enter through Gate 2.
To ensure that all Coffee Trojan Fans have an opportunity to attend this state championship game, the school system will offer transportation to the game for an $8 fee. Buses will leave the Jardine Stadium parking lot on Friday December 8th at 1:00 PM and will return to Coffee County following the game.
A bus ride and a ticket to the game can be purchased for a price of $30 at the Board of Education Office only. The school system will have up to eight buses available. Individuals desiring to ride a bus must purchase a ticket to the game for $22 and pay an $8 transportation fee for a total of $30 per person. Please note that the bus parking lot is 0.7 miles from the stadium, and those riding the buses should be prepared to walk from the lot to the stadium.
All students or individuals under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. School-age children are allowed to ride, however, buses are not equipped to accommodate infant and child car seats. The buses are school property and this is a school event, therefore the use of drugs, alcohol or tobacco is prohibited. Mercedes-Benz Stadium has a clear bag policy (https://goo.gl/jA4t1t) meaning that any bag taken into the stadium, including women’s handbags, must be clear with items visible to the stadium staff.