The South Effingham Mustangs said they wouldn’t be content with simply making the program’s first state playoff appearance since 2006.
The Mustangs backed that up by earning the first state playoff win in school history with a wild 43-33 victory over Westside-Macon Friday in the opening round of the Class AAAA state playoffs.
SEHS (7-4) will travel to face Westover in the second round.
South Effingham led 31-21 at halftime and added to that just a minute and 15 seconds into the second half on Brandon James’ 35-yard touchdown pass to Jeremiah Mercer. The two-point conversion attempt failed, but the Mustangs led 37-21 and never looked back.
Westside-Macon (9-2) pulled within 37-27, but the Mustangs responded with a 5-yard touchdown pass from James to Cordaro Leverett on fourth down to pad their lead to 43-27.
Westside took a 21-15 lead in a back-and-forth first half, but South Effingham scored two touchdowns in the final minute of the second quarter. Following an SEHS interception, James threw a touchdown pass to Josh Mercer to put the Mustangs up by 10 at halftime.