Few prep athletes have the ability to take over a game, and even fewer actually do it.
On one of the biggest stages in Georgia High School football, Blake Tibbs did just that in a match up of undefeated teams.
Tibbs' ML King Lions (9-0) took on the Stephenson Jaguars (9-0) Friday night for the Region 2-AAAAA championship.
"Going into the game, we felt confident that we would win," said Tibbs "We knew we were prepared."
Before last week's game, some students at Stephenson put a hip-hop video on You Tube devoted to the Stephenson vs. MLK game. In the rap, Stephenson claimed that they would have to shut TIbbs down.
That didn't happen.
Tibbs had 166 yards receiving and 4 touchdowns through the first 47 and a half minutes of the game, but he saved the best for last.
With 28 seconds left on the clock MLK was down by 6. After the Jaguars had already kicked it out of bounds to avoid Tibbs, the Georgia commitment made the biggest play of the game.
Tibbs received the kick off and took it the distance for the game winning score.
"I was thinking that if they give me a chance to return it, I was going to take it to the house," he said. "I give it all to God really. He just opened it up for me to tell you the truth. Every thing was just right and I hit it with the right amount of speed. I knew I couldn't let anyone catch me. It was like a dream come true, like I was watching myself do it."
The game itself was something that Tibbs will never forget.
"The atmosphere was amazing. You could tell how important the game was and if I was in the stands for this one, I would have tried to find a way to get down on the sideline," he said.
Tibbs has made his case that he is one of the top players in the state, and after his performance on Friday night, one could make a case that he is the top receiver in the state.
But he isn't concerned with those types of accolades.
"I don't get involved in what people say really. I just go out there and play football," said Tibbs. "I just know that I am prepared and I have confidence in myself."
The Peach State sleeper has 15 touchdowns this season, and has been putting up monster numbers since the first game of the season when he scored four touchdowns.
Tibbs committed to the Bulldogs on Sept. 24, and while his star may be rising, he has a message for UGA fans concerning his recruitment and the team's future.
"I'm very solid with Georgia. We are about to win the SEC Championship!"
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