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Georgetown, Rouse take similar paths to 4A state semifinals

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This time last year, Georgetown wasn't even a playoff team. Rouse had just finished its second year of varsity football by posting a program-best two wins.

Now, both will square off in a Class 4A Division I State Semifinal Saturday at Gupton Stadium.

"Yeah! It's pretty cool!" said Rouse senior receiver Joey Beauchamp. "Everyone's wearing their Rouse stuff and are finally proud to be a Rouse Raider and it's really amazing."

Georgetown junior linebacker Jace Lacaille couldn't stop smiling about his Eagles' amazing 14-0 season.

"We're coming together and playing well" said Lacaille. "Offense, defense, special teams, everything man! It's just coming together - it's our year!"

Both squads have rolled through their post-season competition. Rouse's average playoff score has been 43-12, Georgetown's 42-21.

"We just work together," said Georgetown senior receiver Ryan Bedford. "You know we're kind of like a family - we got a special bond and we just keep fighting. Fighting for each other, fighting for the community."

Sean Hallberg, a Rouse senior linebacker, feels like the Raiders have two more playoff wins left in them.

"I think we all worked hard enough to make it to state and win state so that's our goal," said Hallberg.

While both teams are among the state's final four in 4A Division I, only one senior who suits up Saturday, Rouse receiver Wesley Lewis, has accepted a Division 1 college football scholarship.

"You know here we are in the semifinals and we don't have one player on our team that's got a college scholarship offer. Not one" said Georgetown football coach Jason Dean. "So these guys are just out here having fun being high school football players."

Joshua Mann, Rouse's head football coach, hopes his program's amazing run can continue, but tries hard to keep the reflecting to a minimum for now.

"Everything's about breaking down barriers this year. Making history," said Mann. "Once we knocked those down and got that first playoff win, it kind of relieved all the pressure and now the kids can just be able to go out there and play and have trust and have faith in themselves and - they've taken this thing to a whole other level."

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