Last week was the week for huge upsets in the Georgia High School Association playoffs. Two more defending champions went down to defeat (Grayson and Cartersville) in addition to one of the highest scoring teams of the season (Lowndes). Here are the scores from last week and this week’s schedule for the quarterfinals:
- Blessed Trinity shocked heavily favored Cartersville 21-17 as QB Jake Smith connected with Ryan Davis with a 26-yard pass with 12 seconds remaining. The win ended Cartersville’s 41-game winning streak and a bid for a third-straight state title. This is the second time in three seasons that Blessed Trinity has beaten a top-ranked team in the playoffs.
- Lee County and Pike County have advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time in school history.
- I was two years’ old the last time (1966) Jenkins played in the quarterfinals.
- McEachern overcame a 31-14 deficit late in the game against Lowndes as Carlos Del Rio, a freshman, threw a 31-yard TD pass to Genuine Potts for the winning score with 54 seconds left.
- North Gwinnett broke a 28-28 tie with Grayson late in the fourth quarter with a 15-yard TD run by Tyler Goodson.
- Warner Robins and Carrollton have 11 state titles between them.
- Warner Robins 26, Eagle’s Landing 23 (ot) – Wow. This one was back-and-forth and drove me out of my mind. An injured and hobbled Jarius Burnett willed his way into the end zone on a fourth-and-1 in overtime to give the Demon’s the winning score. Warner Robins is now in the quarterfinals for the first time since 2013. The Demons will host Carrollton this week. Carrollton is in their third straight quarterfinal round. These teams have never met but both have storied histories. Carrollton has won seven state titles and Warner Robins has four state titles. Carrollton (10-2) has lost two games this season to Rome (45-24) and Hiram (41-14) but have won their last five. Warner Robins has won 12 straight.
- Clinch County 48, Dooly County 35 – The Panthers were outgained 488-474 but QB Charles McClelland passed for 179 yards and ran for 84 to help his team to advance to their second straight quarterfinal appearance. Clinch County will travel to Camilla to play Mitchell County (10-1). The Panthers lead the all-time series 4-2. The Panthers defeated Mitchell County 54-12 in the second round last season.
TOP GAMES THIS WEEK:
- Colquitt County at Archer – This is a rematch of the 2014 state championship game when Colquitt County won 28-24. Archer comes into the game 12-0 and primed to eliminate the Packers but Colquitt County always seems to find a way to win on the road.
- Allatoona at Tucker – Allatoona (9-3) won the state title in 2015 while Tucker (11-1) came up short to Valdosta in the championship game last season.
- Carrollton at Warner Robins – This is a game between two schools with storied football traditions meeting for the first time. Warner Robins has problems on offense the last couple of games with turnovers and penalties.
- Blessed Trinity at Thomson – Blessed Trinity toppled the Goliath known as Cartersville and QB Joey Lawrence last week. It will be interesting to see how they respond this week at Thomson. These teams have never met previously. The Titans are 10-2 with their two losses some to Marietta and Marist. Thomson is 10-1 with their only loss to Burke County on October 27th.
- Macon County at Irwin County – Macon County (8-3) is the defending 1A (Public) champions but they lost to Irwin County earlier in the season 36-28. Irwin County enters the game at 10-1 with their only loss to Fitzgerald. The all-time series is tied 2-2.
- Charlton County at Emanuel County Institute – These teams aren’t as dominant as they have been in past years but should be a good matchup. Charlton County is 9-2. ECI is 10-1. This will be the first meeting between the schools.
The Blessed Trinity Titans have played football since 2001 when they started at 0-3. They have not had another winless season since then. The Titans are 121-65-1. Their best season came in 2015 when they finished 13-1-1 and came up short to Westminster in the state final in overtime. Blessed Trinity has qualified for the playoffs 10 of their 17 seasons. Tim McFarlin is the teams’ winningest coach with a record of 71-19-1 from 2011-present. The Titans have had 19 First Team All-Star Players in their history. Most recently, RB Steele Chambers in 2016. Their most common opponent has been Westminster. The all-time series is tied at 7-7. The Titans play at Blessed Trinity Stadium in Roswell.