ATHENS -- While Saturday's annual G-Day game was more of an offensive showcase for quarterbacks Hutson Mason and Faton Bauta, former Jefferson walk-on Lucas Redd took the opportunity to showcase what he can do.
The senior defensive back got more action than he was anticipating when sophomore Tray Matthews was a late scratch from the game. He responded.
Redd had six total tackles to tie for second on the Black defense. His four solo tackles were the second most on the day of any defensive player on either side.
"It went pretty well," Redd said. "As Coach (Jeremy) Pruitt said there was some good and some bad, so it was somewhere in between. It was fun to get out and play football."
Only senior DB Corey Moore (5) had more solo tackles and more total tackles (7) than Redd.
VIKING ATTACK: Former East Hall standout Sterling Bailey, now a junior defensive end, registered two total tackles. Bailey went head-to-head several times with senior and former Buford OL Kolton Houston and saw double-teams often.
Under normal game conditions Bailey probably would have recorded two sacks but with no contact on quarterback Hutson Mason he could only run by.
DYNAMIC DUO: The Black team linebacker duo of Leonard Floyd and Amarlo Herrera had solid games. They each had six total tackles. Floyd had two pass breakups while Herrera recorded two sacks.
NOT-SO-PRETTY-SWANN: On a negative note, senior CB Damian Swann was called for back-to-back pass interference calls in the end zone on a scoring drive by the Red team. He had just one tackle and no pass breakups.
RED HOT START: The Red team dominated the first half. Red took a 17-7 lead into halftime behind Mason, who guided the team to 261 yards and 17 first downs to just 122 yards and three first downs for the Black teams.
AT ARMS LENGTH: Todd Gurley was in mid-season form. The junior RB had just six carries for 32 yards, but scored one touchdown and had four stiff-arms to knock would-be tacklers to the ground. He caught three passes for 38 yards and added two more stiff-arms for good measure.