The 23-20 Bainbridge victory at Buford sent shockwaves through the GHSA state playoffs. The Bearcats didn't need a bus to get back home because they were floating on a cloud, but there was still more football to play.
"It was tough to come in for a meeting that Sunday and you're still on that high from beating Buford," says Littleton. "You try and ground the kids, but I admitted to them that I was high as a kite, too. Now I have to come down and you have to come down, unless you're ready for it to be over."
The Bearcats answered that question last Friday night when McDowell raced 60 yards with a kickoff return in the final two minutes to lift Bainbridge to a 20-19 win over Stockbridge, extended their winning streak to six in a row and setting up a rematch with Warner Robins in the Class 5A championship game.
Jeff Littleton's team was 2-4 at one point in the season now they are a win away from doing what few felt possible.
"I'm trying to convince our kids to not be satisfied in getting here," says Littleton. “You want to try and win this thing, so you want to try and act like it's just another game. The theme that we started in the playoffs was ‘respect.’ We seem to gather around ‘respect.’ If you want ‘respect’ you have to earn it. Nobody gave us a chance and we have been hanging on to that.”
The Bainbridge Bearcats and the Warner Robins Demons will meet in the Class 5A championship game on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in Mercedes-Benz Stadium. It's all a part of State Championship Week on the Great GPB!