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♦ Rome matches up with Warner Robins on the Demons’ home field again, this time in the state semi­fi­nals.

Rome News-Tribune - - SPORTS -

There isn’t a lot of prod­ding of Rome High foot­ball play­ers and coaches needed to bring up mem­o­ries of Warner Robins’ McCon­nell-Tal­bert Sta­dium.

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No. 1-ranked Rome (13-0) has the PRPHQWXP FRPLQJ RII D ZLQ LQ WKH TXDUWHU¿QDOV RYHU 1R 'XWFKWRZQ one of the top de­fen­sive teams in Class

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\DUGV UXVKLQJ DQG WRXFKGRZQV to cre­ate the back­bone for Rome’s of­fense. The North Carolina State com­mit is given plenty of sup­port by four-year start­ing quar­ter­back Knox Kadum and re­ceiver ;DYLHU 5REHUWV 'RQDOGVRQ

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