Georgia High School Football Review: State Quarterfinals


Two more state champions from last season were eliminated in the quarterfinals.  Colquitt County and Westminster came up short in their games this weekend.

Colquitt County’s run ended with a 49-21 loss to Grayson in a game which wasn’t really close.  Grayson ran out to a 49-7 lead as running back Kurt Taylor rushed for 198 yards and Jamyest Williams ran for 100 yards.  I told you to look out for this team when the playoffs started.  They are definitely on a roll now and will play Mill Creek in the semifinals.

Westminster was knocked out by Peach County, 27-17 as the Trojans had 500 yards of total offense.  Peach County is in their ninth semifinal and will play Greater Atlanta Christian.  Greater Atlanta Christian worked overtime to eliminate Liberty County 44-38.  Davis Mills connected with Trent Fowler in the third overtime on a 23-yard touchdown pass then held on for the win.

Mary Persons and Blessed Trinity played a solid game as it came down to a 28-yard field goal with three seconds left.  Blessed Trinity’s Books Hosea had made four field goals in the game but missed the game winner.  Mary Persons will now play Cartersville in the semifinals.   In their only previous meeting, Cartersville won 21-17 in the 1991 semifinals.

Westlake finally cooled off Lowndes’ high-powered offense but needed a 39-yard field goal by James Miller as time expired to give the Lions for their first trip to the semifinals.  Westlake, which is the school that produced Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, will play Roswell next week.

The Class 6A semifinals will feature another Northside Warner Robins-Tucker matchup.  If you have followed this series, you can expect just about anything.  Northside leads the series 2-1 but they have all been nail-biters.  This will be the third time the teams have met in the semifinals.

Valdosta beat Stephenson, 31-21, to advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2003.  The Wildcats will play Dalton which held on to beat Coffee 30-28.

Buford defeated Carrollton 34-27 to play in their 10th straight semifinal.  Buford will face Kell which had over 300 yards of offense to beat Woodland-Stockbridge 53-29.

In Class 2A, Dylan Johnson threw a 47-yard pass to Braylon Sanders with 17 seconds left to give Callaway a 35-24 win over Screven County.

Here are the semifinal matchups for each classification (last meeting):

Class 7A

  • Roswell at Westlake (first meeting)
  • Mill Creek at Grayson (Grayson 21-6, 2014 First Round)

Class 6A

  • Northside Warner Robins at Tucker (Northside 23-20, 2012 Quarterfinal)
  • Valdosta at Dalton (first meeting)

Class 5A

  • Stockbridge at Rome (first meeting)
  • Kell at Buford (first meeting)

Class 4A

  • Mary Persons at Cartersville (Cartersville 21-17, 1991 Semifinals)
  • Thomson at Jefferson (Thomson 42-20, Sept 2)

Class 3A

  • Greater Atlanta Christian at Peach County (first meeting)
  • Cedar Grove at Crisp County (first meeting)

Class 2A

  • Callaway at Benedictine (first meeting)
  • Hapeville at Fitzgerald (first meeting)

Class 1A (Public)

  • Emanuel County Institute at Macon County (first meeting)
  • McIntosh County Academy at Clinch County (Clinch County 32-7, Aug 26)

Class 1A (Private)

  • Tattnall at Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (first meeting)
  • Fellowship Christian at Prince Avenue (Prince Avenue 42-14, 2009 Regular Season)



Friday Flashback:  1984 Boston College vs. Miami

It has been called one of the greatest finishes in college football history.  I remember watching this game on television in my bedroom at my parents’ home after I had just returned from my tour in Greenland.  In Greenland, we never saw the games live but usually two weeks later so it was a treat to see the game on live television for the first time in a year.  What a game I witnessed in this November 23, 1984 contest at the Orange Bowl in Miami.

Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie hurled up a last-second 64-yard pass that landed in the hands of Gerard Phelan for a 47-45 win over Miami.

The game was not a defensive battle to say the least.  Miami racked up 655 yards of offense while Boston College had 627 yards.

With 28 seconds left, Miami’s Melvin Bratton scored on a one-yard run that appeared to have given the Hurricanes a 45-41 win.  Starting at their own 20 after the score, Boston College got to the Miami 48 in time for the final play.

Boston College finished the season at 10-2 and a win over Houston in the Cotton Bowl.   They finished #5 in the final poll.  Miami finished 8-5 and lost to UCLA in the Fiesta Bowl.   They finished #18 in the final poll.

The Hurricanes were beaten by Maryland a week prior to their game against Boston College.   Maryland overcame a 31-0 deficit to win 42-40 for the biggest comeback in NCAA history.

See the game winning score below:


Driving 101: Right of Way


What is the right-of-way in driving?

I’m sure many Nashville drivers don’t have a clue what that is or think their way is the right way in traffic.

Seriously, there is a rule about the right-of-way.

Right-of-way are rules that help people drive safely when there is no traffic sign or direction for stopping or yielding to another vehicle.

At an intersection without a stop or yield sign, slow down and prepare to stop.  Yield to vehicles already in the intersection or entering it in front of you.  Always yield to the car that arrived first.  If you and another driver reach the intersection at the same time, yield if the car is on your right.

Don’t always assume people know this.  Use caution whenever you are confronted with these situations.  Don’t always insist on others going ahead of you.  If another vehicle expects you to take your legal turn, you might delay traffic by stopping or slowing unnecessarily.  Do what you are supposed to do.

At four-way stops, if you get there the same time as another vehicle, the vehicle on the left must yield the right-of-way.  The right vehicle has the right-of-way.

If a vehicle is turning in obeying a traffic signal, you must wait until they are cleared until you can make your move.  A vehicle must remain stopped until all cross traffic is gone.

In Nashville, it seems that the rule is do whatever you want to do or do it before the other person.  That’s not right-of-way.  If everyone would just do what they are supposed to do then traffic would flow better and our roads would be safer.


Georgia High School Football Review: Second Round


In the first round Lowndes defeated Hillgrove 92-61 so going into the second round, you had to wonder how the Vikings would respond to Norcross.   I expected a close, defensive battle but Lowndes didn’t miss a beat as they won 57-21.  They will play Westlake this week in the quarterfinals.  It will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams.

The Colquitt County Packers lit up the scoreboard in their second round game as they took out Brookwood 66-35.   Colquitt County quarterback Jay Saunders threw five touchdowns and 374 yards along with 74 yards rushing.  The Packers scored on all eight possessions of the first half.  Colquitt County will play #1 ranked Grayson in the quarterfinals.  The Packers are 2-1 against Grayson, winning 21-6 in their last meeting in 2013.

Valdosta 35, Northgate 0 – The Wildcats outgained Northgate 315-190 in total yardage and overcame some of their own mistakes to advance to the quarterfinals against Stephenson.  In their only previous meeting, the Wildcats defeated Stephenson 31-28 in the 2001 quarterfinals.  Valdosta is in the quarterfinals for the first time since 2010.

Mays 35, Lee County 22 – Mays rallied from a 22-8 deficit at halftime.  The Raiders shut out Lee County in the second half then sealed the win when Ferlando Jordan intercepted a pass and went 48 yards with 1:17 left to play.  Mays will play Tucker in the quarterfinals.  Tucker is 6-2 against Mays.  Tucker has won the last five times.   This is their first meeting in the playoffs.

Glynn Academy 47, Allatoona 7 – In a rematch of the 2015 Class 6A state title game, the Red Terrors got their revenge in a big way as quarterback DeeJay Dallas rushed 14 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns.  He also connected on touchdown passes of 44 and 58 yards.   Glynn Academy will host Northside Warner Robins this week.  Northside is 2-0 against Glynn Academy.  They won 31-7 in the 2014 quarterfinals.

Carrollton 41, Thomas County Central 14 – The Trojan defense shut down the Yellow Jackets as they built a 27-0 lead in the second quarter and cruised to an easy win.  Carrollton quarterback DeOndre Sullivan had 110 yards passing and 58 yards rushing in the game.   Carrollton will play at Buford in the quarterfinals.   It will be their first meeting.

Blessed Trinity 21, Carver-Columbus 17 – The Titans held on as Carver overcame a 24-7 deficit then forced the Tigers to turn over the ball on downs with under two minutes to play.  Blessed Trinity moves on to face Mary Persons this week.  It will be their first meeting.

Crisp County 30, Lovett 29 – Crisp County quarterback connected with Quay Walker on a 25-yard pass with 37 seconds left to knock off Lovett.  The Cougars will host Pierce County in the quarterfinals.   Crisp County is in the quarterfinal round for the first time since 2001.

Tattnall 13, Stratford 7 – In a battle of city rivals, Ahmad Barron scored on a 22-yard run early in the third quarter as the Tattnall defense kept Stratford off the scoreboard in the second half to advance. Tattnall will play in Savannah at Calvary Day next.   Tattnall is 2-1 all-time against Calvary Day.  They lost 20-19 in their last meeting in 1987.


Converted To The Extreme

jesus_freakAre you a Christian?  That’s good.  I’m happy about that.  I don’t have a problem with Christians.  I used to call myself a “Christian” until years ago when a guide on an Israel tour said that they prefer to call themselves “believers” since the world Christian has a negative vibe to their Muslim neighbors from the days of the crusades.

I read about Kirk Cameron this morning and found out that he was an atheist until he was 17 years old and on the popular television show called “Growing Pains”.   At some point he was saved, born again, converted or whatever you want to call it.  Kirk has never been the same again.  When someone mentions his name now, I see people roll their eyes and talk about how he’s a “Christian” now.  Most people who don’t really know much about Christianity will say they have no problem that he became a Christian but now he is the other extreme.

There are other examples of where Christians have taken their conversion to the extreme.  Like the guy that went on a rampage on Facebook last year when Starbucks came out with the red cups.  Seriously?   Maybe he just needed some decaf with his Christianity.

It saddens me how Christians have given Jesus a bad image.  In fact, I think most of you may have felt a little cringe when I just typed the name Jesus in that last sentence.  No doubt your mind goes to some religious nut that really turned your mind off.  Let me just say that not all Christians are nuts.  I still prefer to be called a believer.  Not Brother Milton or any of those religious church terms.  I am a believer and I am not ashamed of that.  What I am ashamed of is these people that do not have the right balance in their lives.  That bothers me.

When I was in the Air Force stationed in Greenland, there was a super-religious guy that drove me nuts.  You could not carry on a normal conversation with the guy.  He was always quoting scriptures or speaking in the King James Bible language.  He was an example of the extreme.

If you look at the life of Christ, He didn’t attack people or tell them they were going to hell.  In fact, His harshest words were for the religious people.  With others he dealt with them kindly.  He even went to eat dinner at a tax collector’s house!  Wow.  What a scandal!

Being a Christian is defined that a person is Christ-like but I see a lot of Christians who aren’t Christ-like and they are making the people who are doing good and serving others look bad and making their jobs much harder than it should be.

If have seen first hand what a mess it can be to be a part of a dysfunctional Christian group.  I have had to unlearn so many things and one of those is how to be a Christian without being a nut about it.  I am not going to preach to someone.  In fact, I’m probably going to be quiet and pray for you.   I’m not going to force my beliefs upon anyone.  I have learned that you aren’t going to convince someone by argument or debate.

I have a lot of respect for people that are in the ministry.  I know several who are good people with good hearts.  Their job isn’t easy.  If you think you know people, you should try being a pastor of a church.  Just because people go to church doesn’t mean it is easy to deal with the various personalities. I used to be a greeter at church and had several times when I was fussed out about the smallest of details.  The music was too loud, they didn’t like the message on the church sign or the carpet needed to be repaired.  Yet they were the ones praying the loudest in the church service.

During the election I have seen posts and heard several Christians that have supported Trump and an entire magazine that thinks he’s going to bring revival in America again.  Yep, that one still puzzles me.  So now if someone knows I am a Christian, they immediately assume I voted for Trump.  I never drank the kool aide that he was going to bring God back to America.

I am a believer.  I am a believer in Jesus Christ.  I believe he came to this world and died as a sacrifice for my sins.  That doesn’t give me a license to be extreme about it.  You can choose to believe or not.  I’m not going to stop being your friend if you don’t believe.  I’m not going to shun you if you are gay.  I don’t care who you voted for.  I try to be a better person every day.  Some days I fail miserably.  I’m not going to beat you over the head with a Bible because I’m doing that enough to myself.




Deciding On Scanning Paper In-House


Although it isn’t as often as it was in the past, there are still times when we must do something with scanning paper documents.  Most attorneys have no clue what is involved in getting paper converted into electronic images.  There are a lot of factors involved in this process.  You can’t always just load up the scan and press scan.

Here are some things to consider before you decide to tackle a document scanning project:

  • Do you have the time to commit to scanning?  This isn’t a project you can simply add to your multi-tasking.  You have to be alert and focus on the project.
  • Do you have the right equipment?  You may have to use a flatbed scanner for some documents.
  • How much do you need to scan?  Trust me on this point…do NOT let an attorney give you an estimate on how much.  Look at the project with your own eyes first.
  • What are the condition of the documents?  Will you have to remove staples?  Are the documents bound?  Are they various sizes?
  • Scanner settings.  It’s not always once-size-fits-all for the scanner.  There may be some documents where you will have to adjust the brightness and color.  You can’t just rely on having it all set to automatic.
  • When is the deadline?  Set reasonable goals.  Don’t try to impress anyone with short, unrealistic deadlines.
  • Just scanning the paper is not the end.  There is time needed for reviewing the images to make sure they were scanned correctly.  You may or may not need to put your eye balls on every single image but plan in this time to your project.
  • Bates numbering.  Decide before you scan the first page how the documents will be numbered.
  • Don’t advertise or brag about the project when you are finished.  Sorry, but no one cares unless you want MORE scanning projects.

Deciding to scan documents in-house is a very time-consuming project.  It is also VERY boring.  Don’t make it where you have to sit and scan non-stop from the time you arrive until the time you leave work.  Scan documents in chunks.  Give yourself breaks.   Scan for an hour or two in the morning and then another 1-2 hour session in the afternoon.  This will keep you fresh.

If you delegate this duty to a student or intern, don’t just dump it on them and forget about it.  Stay on top of the project and check the work.

It is rare to still have to scan paper but when you do, you need to develop a good plan to get it done.  Hopefully these pointers will help you.

Baby Cakes, Jumbo Shrimp and Firefrogs


You may have seen the major sports headlines over the past week but you probably haven’t seen these:

The New Orleans Zephyrs of the Pacific Coast League announced they were changing their name to the Baby Cakes.  Yep, you read that right.  The minor league affiliate of the Miami Marlins chose the name which beat out six other finalists (Tailgators, Night Owls, King Cakes, Red Eyes, Po’boys and Crawfish) in an online contest.  Apparently the name has some kind of connections to the New Orleans Carnival customs.  Seriously?  My pick would have been Crawfish or Revelers.

Is this something with Marlin affiliate teams?   Weeks earlier the Jacksonville Suns of the Class AA Southern League decided to rename their franchise to the Jumbo Shrimp.  The team had been known as the Suns since 1962.  Now they will be taking the field with a side of grits.

The Braves’ minor league team which moved from Brevard County to Kissimmee, Florida was renamed from the Manatees to the Florida Firefrogs which beat out Rodeo Clowns and Sorcerers.  The Firefrogs will be the only Atlanta affiliate that does not use the Braves nickname.

Waco’s newest baseball team in the independent Southwest League is down to five entries.  The choices are:  Woolies, Mammoths, BlueCats, Peppers and Grackles.

The Binghamton Mets will be the Rumble Ponies next season.

Bismarck, North Dakota will welcome the Bismarck Larks to the Northwoods League next season.  At least this name makes sense with the state bird being the Meadowlark.

Kinston, North Carolina’s Carolina League team has decided to become the Down East Wood Ducks or “woodies” for short.  Yeah, I’m not commenting on that one.

The Staten Island Yankees are letting fans rename their single-A affiliate.  The choices are:  Bridge Trolls, Heroes, Killer Bees, Pizza Rats and Rock Pigeons.   How about “Crazy Taxi Drivers”?

Next Tuesday, the new Las Vegas National Hockey League (NHL) team will unveil their name and logo.  They initially had called themselves the Black Knights but ran into issues with the Army in using that name.  With all the possible nicknames associated with gambling, I would guess it will be something totally different.  The current ECHL team is called the Las Vegas Wranglers.   My personal choices would be the Jokers or Jacks.  With all this crazy naming going on, it will probably be something like “Sand Frogs” or “Cactus”.