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Football player of the week: Shaw leads in historic win
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FLOWERY BRANCHBefore Flowery Branch’s matchup with Gainesville last Friday, senior quarterback Jaybo Shaw had led the Falcons to 28 career wins.

Moments before the game started, Shaw made it very clear that he didn’t want to leave City Park without adding his 29th.

"I had a meeting with the seniors before the game in the locker room and I told them that this was our last chance to beat Gainesville at City Park. We all wanted to make history and be the first team in Flowery Branch history to beat them two years in a row."

With 235 yards rushing (7.6 per carry), 169 yards passing yards and five total touchdowns, the four-year starter made sure that he and his teammates could scratch that goal off their list as the Falcons (6-1, 1-0 Region 7B-AAA) defeated the Red Elephants 49-38.

Through six games this season, Shaw has accumulated 635 rushing yards (13 touchdowns) and 1,277 passing yards (13 touchdowns).

"I felt like I did pretty good against Gainesville," Shaw said. "I fumbled the ball twice and threw an interception, but I’ve learned over the years that in order to be a good quarterback that you have to have a short-term memory."

Shaw said that he never lost composure even as Gainesville took an early three-touchdown lead.

"(I noticed) that Gainesville was running the same offense that we run," Shaw said. "Honestly, as a quarterback I knew we were still in the game. We knew that our offensive system could strike at anytime, but I was worried about the guys up front and how they would react. I knew the skill guys knew we could score in a hurry, but just getting everyone to believe that we would was a big thing.

"And when they finally actually believed that we could — we got it done."

The Middle Tennessee State recruit credits the victory against Gainesville as one of the biggest in his career.

"The atmosphere was crazy," Shaw said. "We all said before the game that we didn’t want to let another big game go past us without a win.

"It’s a big accomplishment for me because if you look at Gainesville’s tradition it’s easy to see that beating them two years in a row doesn’t happen often.

"It was just a big win for me and our program."

According to Coach Lee Shaw, last Friday’s game was Jaybo’s best performance in his career.

"At the start of the third quarter, Jaybo just really put the game on his back," Lee Shaw said. "As a coach you want to see your quarterback make the big plays that Jaybo made on Friday night, and on the turn side that of that, as his father, I am just really proud of how Jaybo represented his team.

"It was just one of those great performances on Friday night that sparked our team to a win."

Shaw, who plans to enroll in January at Middle Tennessee State, wants to finish his career with a splash.

"I want to finish the season with wins against Pickens, Johnson and West Hall," Shaw said. "West Hall’s on a roll right now, and we have to play good and we’ve got to execute every week.

But we want to win the subregion and finish the season with a spot in the state playoffs."

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