Georgia High School Football Weekly (10/18/17)

Archer Stuns #1 Ranked Grayson

Here are this week’s look at Georgia High School football:

Top Teams In Each Classification:

7A:  Archer (7-0) – defeated #1 Grayson 6-3 to end Grayson’s 20-game winning streak.  The Tigers had two field goals from Michael Johnson and two interceptions from Andrew Booth.  Archer will host Rockdale County (1-6) this week.  Archer defeated Rockdale County, 35-0, last season.

6A:  Lee County (8-0) – edged Northside-Warner Robins, 16-13 in overtime.  QB Jase Orndorff completed a 15-yard pass to Josh Asbury in overtime to win the game.  Lee County will play at Valdosta (2-5) this week.  Lee County has never beaten Valdosta.  They are 0-7 in the series.  The Trojans lost last year’s meeting 27-7.

5A: Rome (7-0) – had little trouble with Cass, 49-0.  QB Knox Kadum was a perfect 11-of-11 for 196 yards and a touchdown for the Wolves.  Rome will travel to Villa Rica (4-4) this week.  Rome is 3-2 against Villa Rica and has won the last two meetings.

4A: Cartersville (8-0) – ran past Sandy Creek, 63-0.  Cartersville had 409 yards of offense in the game.  QB Trevor Lawrence was 15-of-19 for 284 yards and four touchdowns.  Cartersville will host Chapel Hill (5-2) this week.  Cartersville is 3-0 all-time against Chapel Hill.

3A:  Cedar Grove (7-0) – beat Pace Academy, 28-7.  Darrell Neal ran for 175 yards and a touchdown.  The defense held Pace Academy to 102 yards of offense.   Cedar Grove will host Stone Mountain (1-6) this week.  Cedar Grove leads the all-time series 12-5.  They have won the last two games.  

2A:  Benedictine (7-0) – topped Toombs County in a region showdown, 28-14.  RB Travis Blackshear had three touchdown runs of over 30 yards each.  The Cadets jumped out to a 21-0 lead.  Benedictine will host Bacon County (4-3) this week.  The Cadets are 5-0 in the series.

1A (public): Manchester (8-0) – beat Brookstone, 24-16.  Manchester was a beast on offense again this week with over 500 yards and held off Brookstone.  Manchester is off this week.

1A (private): Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (7-0) – was off.  The Chargers will host Strong Rock Christian (4-3) this week.  They are 7-0 and won last year’s game 56-7.

Blowout of the week:

  • Clarkston 66, Cross Keys 0.  Cross Keys is having a tough season as they have yet to score.  They are playing a non-region schedule.
  • Parkview 66, Berkmar 0.  Unfortunately this is a tough season for Berkmar as they have not scored more than eight points in a game this season.

Personal Watch List:

  • Warner Robins 34, Harris County 8 – If not for two handfuls of pre-snap penalties against the Demons, this game would have been a lot worse for Harris County.  Jarius Burnett had a solid game for Warner Robins with 176 yards and two touchdowns rushing in the game.  Warner Robins is off this week.
  • Clinch County 35, Turner County 7 –  Another solid game by the Panthers as they won their third straight game.  The Panthers travel to Lanier County (1-6) this week.  The Panthers are 19-0 against Lanier County.
  • Kell 38, Villa Rica 18 – This one dealt a huge blow to Villa Rica’s hopes for the playoffs.  Villa Rica jumped out to an 11-0 lead but allowed the next three touchdowns to Kell to virtually put the game away by halftime.   It doesn’t get any easier this week as Villa Rica will host #1-ranked Rome (7-0).  Villa Rica’s last win was 28-26 in 2014.

Player of the week:

Jalen Perry of Dacula accounted for 241 yards (177 rushing, 58 receiving and six punt return), made four tackles and forced a fumble in a 28-0 win over Gainesville.

News and Notes From This Week:

Westminster will play its sixth Top 10 team this season when they play Lovett this week.  The Wildcats are currently 3-4….Hiram upset Carrollton in a huge way, 41-14.  Carrollton had been ranked #6 in the state…Temple beat Spencer 17-13 and seeking their first playoff appearance since 2011…Jenkins is 7-0 for the first time since 1969…Cartersville Head Coach Joey King won his 50th game to become the fastest coach in Georgia history to reach 50 wins surpassing Robert Davis who did it for Warner Robins in 1977…Cartersville QB Trevor Lawrence needs 105 yards passing and six touchdowns to become the top QB in Georgia history.  Deshaun Watson is currently in that position.  Watson played at Gainesville before going to Clemson and now with the Houston Texans.

Team Spotlight:

archerWith Archer’s big win over Grayson, I was curious about the history of the Tigers so they are this week’s spotlight.

Archer started playing football in 2009.  Their overall record is 58-34.  They have qualified for the postseason five of their nine seasons.  Their best season was in 2014 when they advanced to the state championship game where they lost to Colquitt County.  Andy Dyer has coached the Tigers from the beginning and they are currently 7-0 this season.  The Tigers’ most notable player is Dylan Singleton who is a defensive back at Duke.  Their first win was 28-21 over Hughes on November 6, 2009.

Obscure Sports News

Portland Thorns defeat North Carolina Courage for NWSL Title


Portland Thorns Win National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)

The Thorns won their second NWSL Championship title Saturday night, beating the North Carolina Courage 1-0 in the NWSL Championship in front of 8,124 fans. It was Portland’s first championship since beating the Western New York Flash to win the league’s inaugural title in 2013.  Lindsey Horan broke the tie for the Thorns in the 50th minute when she finished a free kick from Emily Sonnett.  The free kick deflected off Courage defender Abby Dahlkemper’s head. Horan put the ball in the net to give Portland the critical 1-0 lead.

Miami FC Clinches Top Seed In Postseason After Week 12 Results

Miami FC and the San Francisco Deltas already clinched berths for the 2017 North American Soccer League (NASL) postseason, but now seeding is starting to take shape. Miami, after a big win on the road over Indy Eleven on Saturday afternoon, will have the top seed in The Championship, the league’s four-team postseason tournament, and will have home-field advantage throughout November.

United Soccer League Season Ends

The regular season is over, which make this the final edition of the Power Rankings of the season. Now, it’s all about who advances over the next four weeks to claim the USL Cup on November 13 on ESPNU.

Here are the top 10 teams in the USL Power Rankings:

  1. Real Monarchs SLC (50 points)
  2. Louisville City FC (40 points)
  3. San Antonio FC (38 points)
  4. Phoenix Rising FC (37 points)
  5. Tampa Bay Rowdies (25 points)
  6. Reno 1868 FC (24 points)
  7. Charleston Battery (16 points)
  8. Swope Park Rangers (16 points)
  9. OKC Energy FC (14 points)
  10. Rochester Rhinos (10 points)

Matt O’Grady and Dick Allen Earn Return Trips to Professional Bowler’s Association (PBA) Regional Challenge In Reno

Matt O’Grady of Matawan, N.J., representing the PBA East Region, and Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., representing the South Region, have earned return trips to the PBA Regional Challenge in Reno where O’Grady is the defending champion and Allen was runner-up in 2016.

The PBA Regional and PBA50 Tour Challenge events will kick off the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Properties, at the National Bowling Stadium, on Tuesday, Nov. 7. WSOB IX kicks off the Go Bowling! PBA Tour series for 2017-18.

Victorian Roller Derby Is The Top-Ranked Team in Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby

Here are the current top ten teams in Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Association (WFTDA):

  1. Victorian Roller Derby League
  2. Rose City Rollers
  3. Gotham Girls Roller Derby
  4. Angel City Derby
  5. Denver Roller Derby
  6. Texas Rollergirls
  7. Arch Rival Roller Derby
  8. London Rollergirls
  9. Montreal Roller Derby
  10. Jacksonville Rollergirls

Friday Flashback: First High School Football Game

Oneida Football Club was the first “high school” football team


As you know from reading my blog, I am a high school football fan.  As I thought about the subject of this week’s Friday Flashback subject, I wondered about the first high school football game.

My research turned up that the first recorded high school football game was played in 1825 by Oneida Football Club in Boston, Massachusetts.  There is an inscription near Frog Pond on Boston Common which reads:  “On this field, the Oneida Football Club of Boston, the first organized football club in the United States, played against all comers from 1862 to 1865.  The Oneida goal was never crossed.”

There isn’t any record of the first game but 13 of the 16 Oneida players attended Epes Sargent Dixwell’s Private Latin School.  At that time, football was mostly a recess game and resembled more like rugby than today’s modern American football.

A “touchdown” in this early, prehistoric version of football was scored by crossing a line at the end of the field. There were no goalposts. To start the game, the ball was dropped into the middle of the field, and play was continuous until one side crossed goal line. The ball itself was not the oblong ball used today but was more like a square with the corners rounded off.

The most celebrated game Oneida ever played was on Nov. 7, 1863, against a combined team from Boston English and Boston Latin. Oneida won the game and the ball which was used can be found at the Historic New England museum, on Cambridge Street.

In the State of Georgia, Cedartown is the earliest recorded team to play in 1887.  Back during those days, games were played in the community.  Thomasville and Valdosta played as far back as 1895 as well.  According to the Georgia High School Football Historians, the first organized championship games were played in 1948.  Lanier (Macon) beat Marist 15-14 for the AA title, Fitzgerald defeated Decatur 20-19 for the A title, West Point topped Cordele 20-6 for the Class B title and Fort Valley defeated Gordon Lee 25-14 for the Class C championship.

The first high school football game I attended was on November 21, 1975.  It was the Region 2B Championship Game between Clinch County and Charlton County which was played in Waycross, Georgia.  Charlton County won the game 6-0.  I was attending middle school in Folkston, Georgia in the Charlton County school system.  My dad’s alma mater was Clinch County where he had played football.  Needless to say, it was a house divided.  I remember thinking how cool it was to attend the game at historic Waycross Memorial Stadium.  As I recall, Clinch County dominated the game statistically but Charlton County scored early then held on to win the game.

2017 Minor League Baseball Champions

Durham Bulls Win 2017 AAA Championship


A total of 41,832,364 fans watched minor league baseball games this season which makes this year the fifth-highest attendance total in the history of minor league baseball.  A total of 83 teams had increases in their average attendance.  The Dayton Dragons have the longest streak of consecutive sellouts with 1,246 games which began during the 2000 season.  This streak is the longest in professional sports history.  The leaders in total attendance in each classification were:  Indianapolis Indians (AAA), Frisco RoughRiders (AA), Dayton Dragons (A) and Vancouver Canadians (Short Season-A and Rookie).

Here is a look at this year’s minor league baseball champions:

  • AAA Championship Game:  Durham 5, Memphis 3
  • International League (AAA):  Durham Bulls
    • Durham won the Governors’ Cup with a 6-4 victory over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Bulls took the best-of-5 International League Championship Series, 3-1, hoisting the Cup for the first time in team history and the second time in five years.
  • Pacific Coast League (AAA):  Memphis Redbirds
    • Memphis won their first PCL title in eight years.  The Redbirds lead the series 2-0 but was forced to a decisive Game 5 by the El Paso Chihuahuas.  Memphis beat El Paso 3-1 to claim the PCL title.
  • Eastern League (AA):  Altoona Curve
    • Altoona won their first Eastern League title since 2010.
  • Southern League (AA): Chattanooga Lookouts
    • Chattanooga Lookouts first baseman Jonathan Rodriguez hit a walk-off two-run homer to defeat the Montgomery Biscuits, 3-2, and to capture the Southern League Championship. The team’s Championship is their second in three years.
  • Texas League (AA):  Midland RockHounds
    • Midland finished the regular season with a losing record but they got into the playoffs.  They came back from a 2-0 deficit in the championship series against Tulsa to win their fourth straight league title.
  • California League (AA): Modesto Nuts
    • Modesto beat Lancaster, 8-1, to complete a perfect postseason and capture its first California League championship since 2004. It was the second straight series sweep for the Nuts, who also rolled past Stockton in the semifinals.
  • Carolina League (A): Lynchburg Hillcats/Down East co-champions
    • Lynchburg won their eighth Carolina League title while Down East won their share after the championship series was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma which made the semifinal games the championship games resulting in the co-championships.
  • Florida State League (A): Palm Beach Cardinals/Dunedin Blue Jays
    • Palm Beach won their first league title since 2005.  Dunedin defeated Tampa for their share of the title.  The championship series was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma.
  • Midwest League (A):  Quad Cities River Bandits
    • The River Bandits captured their third Midwest League championship in seven years.
  • South Atlantic League (A): Greenville Drive
    • Using a five-run sixth inning, Greenville rolled to an 8-3 win over Kannapolis and the first South Atlantic League championship in franchise history.
  • New York-Penn League (A):  Hudson Valley Renegades
    • Drew Strotman threw the first six innings of a one-hitter as the Renegades notched a 6-0 victory at Centennial Field to complete a sweep of the the Lake Monsters and capture the New York-Penn League championship.
  • Northwest League (A):  Vancouver Canadians
    • Vancouver scored twice in the fifth inning and needed nothing more, using five pitchers to complete a 2-1 win over Eugene and clinch a 3-1 victory in the best-of-5 Northwest League Finals for the Canadians’ fourth championship in seven seasons.
  • Pioneer League (A):  Ogden Raptors
    • Ogden rode a balanced offensive attack to a 8-3 victory over Great Falls in Game 2 en route to its first Pioneer League crown.
  • Appalachian League (A):  Elizabethton Twins
    • Elizabethton won 8-7 over Pulaski to sweep of the best-of-3 Finals and the Twins’ 11th Appalachian League championship.
  • Arizona League (Rookie):  Cubs
    • The Rookie-level Arizona League Cubs began the year at the bottom of the East Division. Not only did they turn things around, but they rule the circuit. The Cubs completed their worst-to-first season with a 13-3 victory over the Giants in the third game of the Arizona League Championship Series
  • Gulf Coast League (Rookie):  Yankees East
    • The GCL Yankees East got a ninth-inning RBI single from Jhon Moronta and dominant relief from Luis Rijo to win, 5-4, over the GCL Nationals in Game 3 of the best-of-3 championship series at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

Independent Leagues:

  • American Association:  Winnipeg Goldeyes
  • Atlantic League: York Revolution
  • Can-Am League: Quebec Capitales
  • Empire Pro League: Plattsburgh Redbirds
  • Frontier League: Schaumburg Boomers
  • Intercounty Baseball League:  Barrie Baycats
  • Pacific Association: Vallejo Admirals
  • Pecos League: High Desert Yardbirds
  • United Shore Professional Baseball League: Birmingham-Bloomfield Beavers

College Wood Bat Baseball Leagues:

  • Alaska League:  Matsu Miners
  • Cape Cod League: Brewster Whitecaps
  • Coastal Plain League: Gastonia Grizzlies
  • Futures Collegiate League: Nashua Silver Knights
  • Great Lakes League: Lima Locos
  • Great West League: Medford Rogues
  • New England League: Valley Blue Sox
  • Northwoods League: St. Cloud Rox
  • Perfect Game Collegiate League: Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs
  • Prospect League: Lafayette Aviators
  • Texas Collegiate League: Brazos Valley Bombers
  • West Coast League:  Corvallis Knights
  • Western Major Baseball League: Swift Current 57s

Georgia High School Football Weekly (10/11/17)

Bainbridge Runs To #9 Ranking In Class 5A

Here are this week’s top teams in each classification:

7A:  Grayson (6-0) – The Rams beat Shiloh easily 52-6.  The game was essentially over by halftime as Grayson had a 46-0 lead.  This week Grayson will travel to play #3 Archer (6-0).  Grayson is 6-1 in the series and have won the last three meetings.

6A:  Lee County (7-0) – The Trojans had the week off to prepare for this week’s showdown with Northside Warner Robins (6-1).   Lee County is 0-4 in the series.  They lost last year’s meeting 26-7.

5A:  Rome (6-0) – The Wolves beat Hiram 42-13 as they had 299 yards on the ground to dominate the line of scrimmage.  Rome will host Cass (0-6) this week.  Rome is 6-1 all-time in the series.  The last win for Cass was 24-21 in 2014.

4A:  Cartersville (7-0) – The Purple Hurricanes blew past LaGrange 56-0.  QB Trevor Lawrence threw for 227 yards and six touchdowns in the first half.  Cartersville will host Sandy Creek (3-3).  Cartersville has never lost to Sandy Creek.  They won last year, 35-21.

3A:  Cedar Grove (6-0) – The Saints shut out Towers 34-0.  Darrell Neal ran for 93 yards and scored a touchdown.  Cedar Grove will play at Pace Academy (2-3).  Cedar Grove won 49-0 last season in their only meeting.

2A:  Benedictine (6-0) – The Cadets were off.  They will play at Toombs County (6-0) this week in a region showdown.  The Cadets are 2-1 in the series.  They won last year, 42-13.

1A (public):  Manchester (7-0) – Manchester had no trouble with Pacelli, 68-14, as Kelvin Turner and Deenizeo Gamble combined for 205 on eight carries.  Manchester will host Brookstone (5-2).  They are 5-0 in the all-time series and won last year, 55-7.

1A (private):  Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (7-0) – The Chargers kept the top ranking with a 76-6 win over Our Lady of Mercer.  Khaleb Hood scored three touchdowns from a kickoff return, punt return and fumble return.  ECLA will have the week off.

Poll Jumper of the Week:

Bainbridge (5-2) went from being unranked to #9 in the Class 5A poll after their 28-14 win over Veterans.

Blowout of the Week:

North Springs 88, Cross Keys 0.

Personal Watch List:

  • Warner Robins 30, Thomas County Central 28.  When I started listening to this game, Warner Robins was down 21-0.  The Demons came back and took a 27-21 lead but Thomas County Central regained the lead thanks to some favorable calls going their way.  Warner Robins’ kicker, Eli Mashburn, kicked a 30-yard field goal with nine second left for the win.  This was Mashburn’s third game-winning field this season.  Warner Robins will host Harris County (3-3).   Warner Robins is a surprising 1-2 in the series but won last year’s meeting 31-3.
  • Carrollton 36, Villa Rica 24.  Villa Rica’s Phillip Zachery rushed for 164 yards and two touchdowns and scored on an 80-yard reception but was stopped on a two-point conversion that would have tied the game with 2:44 left.  This one hurts.   The Wildcats are now 4-3 overall and 2-3 in the region.  They will host Kell (3-3, 3-1) this week.  Villa Rica lost last year 50-0 in their only meeting in the series.
  • Clinch County was off last week.  The Panthers will host Turner County (2-4) this week.  Clinch County leads the series 11-5 and have won the last four games.

National Rankings

  1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana), California
  2. IMG Academy, Bradenton, Florida
  3. Ben Davis, Indianapolis, Indiana
  4. St. John Bosco, Bellflower, California
  5. Bingham, South Jordan, Utah
  6. Saint Xavier, Cincinnati, Ohio
  7. Centennial-Corona, Corona, California
  8. Grayson, Loganville, Georgia
  9. Trinity, Louisville, Kentucky
  10. Saint Ignatius, Cleveland, Ohio

Team Spotlight

Jenkins from Savannah is currently 6-0 and ranked #5 in Class 3A.   They started playing football in 1957.  Their overall record is 247-355-8.  The Warriors have only qualified for the playoffs seven times in their 61-year history.  Their best season was in 1966 when they finished 9-2 and lost in the state semifinals to Valdosta, 16-7.  Their longest winning streak was 15 games between 1968-1969.  Ben Patrick was the most notable player from Jenkins.  He played four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals (2007-2010).  Tim Adams coached the Warriors from 2004-2016 and recorded 63 wins.

Notes from last week

Christian Heritage was a 26-point underdog but upset Bowdon 21-7…Bleckley County (5-2) shocked Washington County 42-28…Region 1-7A has a combined record of 23-4 at this point.  The four-team region heads into region play this week…There are 40 teams that are still undefeated in the state.  Some of the teams on the list that are a surprise to me are Rabun County, Jenkins and Jones County…Lowndes, Brunswick, Rome, Cartersville, East Hall, Rabun County, ELCA and Manchester lead their classifications in scoring per game.

Player of the week

QB Jamarius Stevens of Brunswick had 423 yards and three touchdowns in a 64-21 win over Bradwell Institute.



Nashville Traffic, Soccer and HOCKEY!


Okay, instead of a separate blog for each subject here, I decided to merge them together.  Yes, merge – as in what drivers here do NOT do in traffic here.

Let’s start on that first…the bad and ugly about living in Nashville.

Today it took me about 25 minutes to get to work.  Yesterday it took an HOUR and TWENTY minutes to get there.  The reason for the traffic mess was due to a construction project that wasn’t completed in time for the morning commute.  I don’t blame the TDOT workers for the mess because those folks have a thankless and hazardous job working to fix and maintain our roads.   My issue is with the mayor without any good plan to fix this, yet trying to get a Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise here along with a stadium.  I can just about guarantee you that NO ONE stuck in the traffic mess yesterday was thinking about soccer or the stadium plans.  We were all wondering about this grandiose plan to fix the traffic situation.  I know every major city fusses about their traffic issues but Nashville is a little different.  The city is going faster than its infrastructure to support the growth.

Yesterday, the traffic report said there was one word to describe the commute on I-40 travelling from the west:  “Awful”.   It was awful.  There are only two alternate routes to take when I-40 Eastbound is a mess and those alternate routes weren’t any better.  There’s got to be a better way to fix the problem now.  Whoever designed the highway system here needs to be beaten severely with a stick.  Nashville has no interstate bypass routes.  Interstates 24, 40 and 65 all converge in Nashville.  Why is that?  And the enter/exit ramps are like nothing I have ever seen.  They are so poorly designed for the volume of traffic here.   With all the talk of building a soccer stadium at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds I can’t help but to wonder how they are going to get people in and out of there?  If you ever go there for anything you know what I am talking about.

Here are a few things I would suggest from just a citizen’s point-of-view:

  • Build an interstate bypass around Nashville so that the semis won’t have to roll through downtown.  I’m sure they all dread having to come through Nashville.
  • Commuter Rail.  You’ve got the Music City Star train but it only comes from the East to Downtown.  This is nothing really.  Even if you live over there, the schedules need to be better.  Expand it for the high volume areas such as from Murfreesboro, Hendersonville and Franklin.
  • Downtown Rail.  I know we have the free Music City Circuit bus routes for downtown but get the buses off the road.  There’s already too much crap downtown for these buses to deal with like the peddle taverns, go carts, party buses, etc.   Why not create a people mover rail like they have in Miami?  It is very clean, convenient and free for people to take around downtown areas.  It’s not a major subway system and very efficient.
  • Funding revenue from parking vendors.  Take the funding from these parking vendors who price gouge the people who work downtown.  They jack up the prices when there is a special event downtown.  Jack them up by taking some of their greedy money.
  • Funding revenue from traffic violators.  The traffic cops really need to sit at the entrance/exit ramps and they will get a boost in revenue for red light violators and lane blockers.
  • Redesign the entrance/exit ramps.  I don’t know what to suggest here but there has GOT to be a better way.

Now for the good news….HOCKEY IS BACK!

The Nashville Predators open the 2017-2018 season tonight in Boston.  I have been more excited for the start of the hockey season than I was for the kickoff of the National Football League (NFL) season a few weeks ago.  I think this is the first time in my life I have ever felt this way.  Last year’s Nashville Predators run to the Stanley Cup final was an awesome experience.  I think the team will do pretty well but I won’t go as far as to say they will return to the final.  It’s a long season.  Nashville went absolutely crazy over the Predators last season.  It was amazing to see so many fans fill the streets of Nashville (and create additional traffic headaches) during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  The Predators should finish at least second in the Central Division standings.  It’s a tough division so they will be battle tested once again when the playoffs start in April.  I have always been a football fan but I have to admit that hockey has become a real close second.  There is a lot more action than football.  The only thing that keeps hockey from being my number one is the fighting.  I don’t like the fighting at all and most of the time there isn’t as much as at other times.  It’s still a great sport to watch in person.  Watching it on TV doesn’t do it justice.  My wife was never a fan until I took her to her first game.  Now she loves it.  She knows the players and is right there watching the games.  Until we moved to Nashville, I never really had a favorite hockey team to follow.  I liked the Atlanta Flames and New York Islanders when I was younger but I never got into it much until we moved to Nashville.  The Predators are definitely my favorite hockey team now.  For a guy to have Predators’ bedroom slippers and wear them proudly around the house, you know I have to be a fan!


Georgia High School Football Weekly (10/4/17)

The Troup Tigers stun Sandy Creek 71-16


Okay, the 2017 football season is getting real.  Region games.  Fighting for playoff positions and bragging rights in rivalries around the state.   Let’s take a look at the top teams in the state:

Class 7A – Grayson (5-0)

  • The Rams knocked off Ramsay, Alabama 42-16, the #4 team in Alabama.   Ronald Thompkins had 103 yards rushing and two touchdowns.  Grayson will play at Shiloh (1-5) this week.  Grayson is 12-1 in the series.  The Rams dropped the first meeting 24-14 in 2004 but have won the last 12.

Class 6A – Lee County (7-0)

  • I moved the Trojans ahead of Tucker (5-1) because they haven’t lost a game so far.  They shutout Houston County 34-0.   QB Jase Orndorf passed for 388 yards and three touchdowns.  Lee County has the week off before they host Northside-Warner Robins on October 13th.

Class 5A – Rome (5-0)

  • I expected a battle but the Wolves beat Carrollton 45-24 pretty easily as the defense had 11 tackles for losses.  Rome will play at Hiram (2-4) this week.  Rome has never lost to Hiram.  The Wolves won last year’s meeting 47-0.

Class 4A – Cartersville (6-0)

  • The Purple Hurricanes continued on their roll with a 55-6 win over Central-Carrollton.  QB Trevor Lawrence passed for 308 yards and five touchdowns.  Rico Frye had 100 yards on the ground and 48 through the air.   Cartersville will play at LaGrange (0-6).   Cartersville is 1-5 against LaGrange.  They won for the first time in the series last season 52-7.

Class 3A – Cedar Grove (5-0)

  • The Saints had the week off.  They will play at Towers (2-3) this week.  Cedar Grove is 15-3-1 in the series and has won the last seven games.

Class 2A – Benedictine (6-0)

  • The Cadets jumped out to a 28-0 lead and cruised to a 42-7 win over Bryan County.  Benedictine is off this week.

Class 1A (Public) – Manchester (6-0)

  • Manchester continued their winning streak in the series with Central-Talbotton in a 50-0 win.  LB Jontavious Ferguson returned two interceptions for touchdowns.  Manchester will play at Pacelli (0-6) this week.  Manchester leads the all-time series 17-3-1.

Class 1A (Private) – Eagle’s Landing Christian (6-0)

  • The Chargers had little trouble with Wesleyan in a 45-6 win.  Josh Mays had 180 yards rushing.  ECLA will host Our Lady of Mercy (3-3) this week.  ECLA is 14-0 against Our Lady of Mercy.


Troup (6-0) moves up the Class 4A poll from #10 to #8 this week after their 71-16 win over Sandy Creek.


Thomson 69, Clarkston 0 – The game was pretty much decided after the first quarter with a 42-0 lead.  Thomson outgained Clarkston 363-30 in total yards.


  • Warner Robins 52, Coffee 49 – Wow.  Definitely a rollercoaster game.  The Demons trailed 27-21 at the half but Coffee turnovers helped Warner Robins to score 28 straight points to take a 49-27 lead.  In a flash, the Trojans came back to tie the game at 49-49 with over two minutes left.  The Demons drove down the field to set up Eli Mashburn to kick the game winning 35-yard field goal with six seconds left.   This week Warner Robins will travel to Thomas County Central (2-4).  Warner Robins is 1-2 in the series and lost last year’s game 33-22.
  • Clinch County 56, Atkinson County 21 – The Panthers totally dominated the Rebels as Charles McClelland and Trezmen Marshall had 239 yards rushing and six touchdowns to lead Clinch County to the win.  The Panthers will have this week off.
  • Paulding County 31, Villa Rica 24 – Ouch!  This one hurt as Paulding County scored 24 points in the first half and held off the Wildcats.  In a region with Rome and Carrollton, Villa Rica really needed the win.   This week the Wildcats will play at Carrollton (4-1).  The Wildcats trail the all-time series 5-42-7.  Their last win against the Trojans came in 1998.


Jenkins (5-0) has the best record since 1969.  They won their first seven games in 2007 but was forced to forfeit a win over Calvary Day…Meadowcreek is 6-0 after going 1-9 last season…Milton stunned Roswell 40-7 to end their three-game losing streak to the Hornets…Americus-Sumter defeated Cairo 31-15 and looking for their first region title since Americus and Sumter County merged in 2004.


Montez Crowe (Troup) became the fourth player in state history to have eight touchdown passes in a game.  Crowe was 20-for-29 passing for 525 yards and eight touchdowns.