Posted On: 11/20/20 1:41 PM

Class 2A 2nd Round Preview: Defenses Standing Strong

The first round of the Class 2A playoffs were a great indication of what’s to come in the second round and beyond.

Of the 16 teams who made the playoffs, seven of them were held to 14 points or less - and that included three winners. With the eight who advanced, there’s little reason to believe that the low-scoring trend will mostly continue.

These teams have been fluent in defense all season, led by Abbeville - which has an amazing six shutouts in its first seven games of 2020. But it’s not just about the Panthers’ overwhelming show of defensive force. The Class 2A bracket is full of players who can shut down an opposing offense in a hurry.

FRANKLIN GRANT, LB, ANDREWS

Grant is the epitome of a small-school linebacker: Undersized, gritty, versatile, dependable. He’s tied for the team lead tackles (35), has 5.5 TFL, intercepted three passes, broke up another and recovered a fumble. Oh, and at just 5-foot-7, he’s also rushed for four touchdowns on the other side of the ball.

Deshontez GrayDeshontezGray6'3" | DLPelion | 2021StateSC, DL, PELION

Gray does some moonlighting on the other side of the ball, but

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