Georgia High School Football Review: Second Round

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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.

 

Georgia High School Football Review:  Week 8


Hurricane Matthew disrupted the schedule for many of the schools located in the Southeastern part of Georgia but a majority of the games went on as scheduled.  

Houston County teams in Warner Robins might be feeling that a hurricane ripped through their games as four of the five county teams lost this weekend.  In the much anticipated showdown between #1 Houston County and #3 Lee County the Trojans blew past Jake Fromm and the Bears 55-29.  Lee County intercepted Fromm four times.  Northside-Warner Robins was stonewalled by Valdosta 14-6 in a defensive battle.  The Wildcats recovered a muffed punt in the end zone and put together a 79-yard drive in the second quarter.  They Eagles never got on track on offense.  Warner Robins lost at home to Thomas County Central 33-22 and Veterans lost to Bainbridge 31-6.

This was the first time since 2008 that Warner Robins, Northside and Houston County all lost in the same weekend. In 2008 Warner Robins lost to Coffee, 37-20; Tift County beat Houston County 31-24 and Lowndes topped Northside 24-7. It was the first time since Veterans started playing in 2010 that all four teams have lost in the same weekend. 

Carrollton defeated Villa Rica 42-13 in what has been a rivalry game – at least for Villa Rica – but the Trojans have dominated the series 5-42-7 and has won the last eight meetings between the county foes.  It was their first meeting since 2007.  Villa Rica’s last win against Carrollton was in 1998.

Here’s this week’s top-ranked teams:

  • 7A – Roswell (6-0) beat Lassister 45-14.  Next week:  at Walton (3-3)
  • 6A – Lee County (6-0) beat Houston County 55-29.  Next week:  at Northside Warner Robins (6-1)
  • 5A – Buford (5-1) beat Johnson-Gainesville 48-0.  Next week:  at Cedar Shoals (3-3)
  • 4A – Cartersville (7-0) beat LaGrange 52-7.  Next week:  at Sandy Creek (4-2)
  • 3A – Greater Atlanta Christian (6-1) beat East Hall 69-12.  Next week:  Lumpkin County (2-3)
  • 2A – Benedictine (6-0) was off.  Next week:  Toombs County (5-1)
  • 1A (Public) – Clinch County (5-1) was off.  Next week:  at Turner County (4-2)
  • 1A (Private) – Eagle’s Landing Christian (7-0) beat Our Lady of Mercy 49-0.  Next week:  at Strong Rock Christian (3-4)