Patriots moving on after walkoff win

Southwest kept their playoff hopes alive with a win over Washington County Monday night at West Laurens High School. /(Mason Prince, WGXA)

MACON, GA -- One final play stood between a second straight trip to the playoffs and the elimination round for Southwest.

After Montez Askew's touchdown catch as time expired clinched a GHSA AAA postseason spot for Southwest, the Patriots went back to work Tuesday night with that game already in the rear-view mirror.

A new challenge presents itself for the red, white and blue. At Tuesday's practice at Central City Park in Macon, Saturday's meeting with Jefferson County is the only thing on the Patriots mind.

"We've got a couple leaders on the football team who've been doing it for a couple of years now," Head Coach Joseph Dupree said. "They're taking control of this team and we're trying to take it one game at a time. It doesn't matter if we play two, three or four days, we're just trying to lead this football team."

Dupree has compartmentalized his team's early postseason success. Monday night's mini-playoff win in Dexter isn't being discussed.

The senior leadership has shifted the focus to the weekend.

"We're a band of brothers so we keep everybody focused," Senior Tackle Isaiah Goolsby said. "Coach Dupree has a good organization with us. We'll be able to come together and win this game Saturday."

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