Tyrell Phillips + Atlanta Take Care of Business Against Lorena, 42-0
MESQUITE —Tyrell Phillips became the first 2,000-yard rusher in Atlanta school history, and the Rabbit defense made it eight straight shutout playoff quarters on Friday.
Atlanta limited Lorena to just 129 yards of total offense, Phillips broke a 17-year school record for most rushing yards in a season, and the Rabbs reached the Region II-4A, Division II championship game for the second straight season with a 42-0 shellacking of the Leopards Friday at Mesquite Memorial Stadium.
Phillips rushed for 150 yards, needing 13 to set a new record for the storied program, and scored twice, and backup quarterback Layton Henson had three fourth-quarter TDs—one on defense—and tossed another.
Phillips turned in a workhorse effort with 29 carries to reach 2,093 yards for Atlanta (9-4) going into next week's Region II-4A, Division II championship game against Gilmer (13-0). Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Pine Tree's Pirate Stadium.
Henson came in for an injured Jeremy Smith and finished 3-of-7 passing for 59 yards, a 24-yard TD to Cade Coulter and an interception. Henson also rushed 15 times for 117 yards and two touchdowns and returned a Lorena interception 52 yards for another score.
In two straight shutouts, which the Rabbs also eclipsed 40 points, they have given up a total of 210 yards of offense to their opponents.