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GHSA State Championship Games: It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

santaToday is an exciting day for me.

No need to panic and check your calendar.  It isn’t Christmas Day yet.

Today is the day of the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) football state championship games.  After the games were delayed due to the Atlanta United Major League Soccer (MLS) team hosting (and winning) the MLS Cup on Saturday, the state football championships will finally kickoff today at the Mercedes Benz Dome.

There are three teams playing today that I have an interest in.  The first one is Warner Robins who will be playing Bainbridge for the Class 5A title, Clinch County will play Irwin County for the Class 1A Public School championship and Northside Warner Robins facing Lee County for the Class 6A crown.  (Of all seasons for both Warner Robins and Northside to play for the title and they are in different classifications!  If you’ve ever attended a Warner Robins-Northside game, you would know what that would be like.)

I know to most people out there this doesn’t mean much to you but for anyone that knows me, this is a pretty big deal.  I am a huge Georgia high school football fan.  Even though I live in Nashville, Tennessee now, thanks to modern technology I can still keep connected to my teams through the SportsMic Radio website/app, Score Atlanta website, Georgia High School Football Daily emails as well as the legendary Tommy Palmer with his podcasts and high school football scoreboard show on Friday nights.

So why Georgia high school football?  How did this obsession get started for me?

My dad was a graduate of Clinch County High School and had played football for the Panthers during his day.  On November 11, 1975 he took me to my first football game at Waycross Memorial Stadium in Waycross, Georgia where Clinch County played Charlton County for the Region 2B title.  It was a cold night but shivering in the cold I was excited as I watched Charlton County edge Clinch County 6-0 in a defensive battle.   During the 1976 season we attended a few more games including the last regular season game when Clinch County played Jeff Davis.  Jeff Davis scored early to take a 6-0 lead and held onto that lead most of the game until the Panthers scored late in the game and made the extra point to win an exciting 7-6 game.

High school football was about the only entertainment I was allowed to participate in since my dad was a preacher and our church had some ridiculous rules against attending professional ball games.  I’m not sure why we never attended any college games but I was okay with being able to go to high school games.

When I started high school in Villa Rica, Georgia, dad would drop me off at the game and pick me up when the game was over.  I loved going to those games.  I remember the night that the football team beat Darlington 20-14 in overtime and then won the next two games to make the playoffs and dethroned the two-time defending state champions East Rome Gladiators in the playoffs.  I tried to play for the football team but my physical abilities were limited so when we moved before my junior year to Savannah, Georgia, I decided to stick to being a fan.  I finished my high school at Tompkins High School in Savannah, Georgia.  I never attended any of their games in person but I would listen on the radio on Friday nights.  Tompkins did pretty well in 1980 (my junior year) with Coach Joseph Turner who was a legend and coaching in his last season.  The team upset heavily favored Coffee County 24-21 in the region playoffs.  During my senior season, Tompkins wasn’t so good.  With a new coach, they dropped to last place.  I began tuning into Savannah Christian games on the radio.  The Raiders played in a strange private school league called the SEAIS which I believe was Southeastern Association of Independent Schools.  The most exciting game was when Savannah Christian scored on the last play of the game against Pinewood Christian and later went on to win the championship over Southland Academy.

My Georgia high school football was put on hold when I joined the United States Air Force (USAF).  In my first season without high school football, I was stationed in Abilene, Texas.  I attended my only game in the home opener for Cooper High School.  Although high school football is huge in Texas, it just wasn’t the same for me.  I had Georgia high school football flowing through my veins.  I spent the next season shivering in the cold at Thule AB, Greenland with my next assignment to be Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Georgia.  A co-worker had been stationed at Robins and told me all about the Warner Robins football team winning national championships in 1976 and 1981 so I was looking forward to getting back to Georgia in 1984.

On November 30, 1984 I finally returned to attend my first football game when Warner Robins hosted the Valdosta Wildcats in the state quarterfinals.  Valdosta shutout Warner Robins that rainy night 28-0 but I was back.  From 1985 to 1991 I attended most of the Warner Robins’ home games and even had season tickets during many of those seasons.  When I got a job with the Macon Telegraph, I had to “work” on Friday nights at other games.  I had a chance to report on a variety of teams in our area although I have to admit that I had a hard time getting into the private school games.  I was excited when I was assigned a Warner Robins game, although I couldn’t show it.  I will tell you that I was scared to death to have to interview Warner Robins’ Coach Robert Davis but he was always nice to me and gave me some good quotes.  When the balance of power shifted to Northside, I would support them in the playoffs when Warner Robins was eliminated.  They had some exciting games too and it was good to see them finally win their first state title in 2006 after so many heartbreaking losses.

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Dad and I watching the 2010 State Championship Game

My dad was the reason I have followed these games over the years.  He passed away last month and before he passed we talked about his Clinch County Panthers and who they were playing in the playoffs.  It is special to me that the last game we attended together was the 2010 State Championship game at the Georgia Dome on December 12, 2010 when the Panthers defeated Savannah Christian 24-14.  That was a special memory and the last Georgia high school football game I attended in person.

Yes, it’s “just” high school football and the players are 16-17 years old playing a game but it has been a large part of my life.  On Friday nights I head back to my room to open my SportsMic app and play on my Bluetooth speakers.  That’s my thing.  Always has been.

Today, it will be a little different.  I will be at work but I will tune into the games and shoo off anyone that wants to bother me.  If the technology works right, I’ll watch the games online from Georgia Public Broadcasting and then turn the volume down to listen to Warner Robins and Northside on SportsMic.

I have come a long way since that first football game on a cold night keeping warm with my tiny hands wrapped around my hot chocolate in Waycross in 1975 but in many ways I haven’t.  I still love the excitement of the game.   Thanks dad for passing this on to me.

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Georgia High School Football Kickoff Weekend

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Warner Robins, Villa Rica and Clinch County kick off new season

It’s is hard to believe that the 2018 Georgia High School Football season kicks off this weekend.  I’m not sure I have fully recovered from last year’s Class 5A championship game but I have to shake it off and turn the page to a new season.  For the past two seasons I have had a weekly feature on Georgia High School football.  I’m going to do it a little differently this year but I’m defintely going to be tuned in to high school football games on Friday nights again this fall; however, I will have a few weeks that I will miss here in the early part of the season due to personal reasons.

With each season there are three teams I always follow.  They are Warner Robins, Villa Rica and Clinch County.  Why these three teams?

I’ll start with the first one in my personal timeline – Clinch County.  My father used to play football for the Panthers.  The first football game he took me too was a Clinch County game and that’s something special to me.  Homerville is that typical small, rural Georgia town where they close down the town on Friday Nights to go to the football games.  It is a great atmosphere.  When I started high school, I attended Villa Rica High School where I attempted to play on the football team.  (There may be a blog about this later)   Then, years later, I ended up in Warner Robins and from 1984 – 2010 I spent many Friday nights in the fall at International City (now McConnell-Talbert) Stadium in Warner Robins.  I adopted Warner Robins as my team and I still follow them today.

So, here’s a little preview of the three teams I follow:

Warner Robins Demons

The Demons’ were my surprise team last season as they rebounded from a 3-8 season in 2016 to 14-1 and an appearance in the Class 5A State Championship game.  Warner Robins returns experienced quarterback Dylan Fromm (Yes, his older brother is Jake).  Dylan made his own mark on the high school field last season with a school record 3,505 yards and 35 touchdowns.  His favorite target is his brother – Tyler Fromm – who had 43 receptions for 529 yards and five touchdowns.  The only question mark for the Demons is how they will replace seven starters on defense.  The schedule is going to be interesting as well.  The Demons open tonight against Tift County as well as Colquitt County on September 14.  My gut tells me that the Demons might go 7-3 this season.

Villa Rica Wildcats

The Wildcats finished 5-5 last season and if not for two Paulding County schools (East Paulding and Paulding County), they would have made the playoffs.  In fact, the Wildcats started 4-1 but the second half was brutal with losses to Carrollton, Kell and Rome.  Villa Rica opens the season tonight at Campbell and they still have Carrollton, Rome and Kell to contend with.  Friday Night Football magazine lists Villa Rica as a team on the rise in Class 5A.  I’d like to agree with that but this is a tough region.  I’m thinking a 6-4 record for the ‘cats in 2018.

Clinch County Panthers

The Panthers are looking to repeat as Class A Public school champions this season and they have a pretty good shot at it with All-State Trezmen Marshall in his senior season.  Marshall is the first Clinch County player to be named Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Preseason Super 11.  The Georgia commit can do it all – kickoff specialist, inside linebacker, nose guard, punter, quarterback and tailback.  The Panthers finished second in the region but defeated region champion Irwin County for the state title last season.  The Panthers open at home tonight against Hebron Christian Academy before a challenging three weeks with games against Brooks County, Dooly County and Irwin County but playing these heavyweights at home will help.  I’m expecting the Panthers to roll to a 10-0 record.

As we embark on another high school football season, let me share with you some of my resources I use throughout the season:

  • Georgia High School Football Historians Assocation
    • This is absolutely the best-ever resource for team records, histories and statistical information
  • Georgia High School Football Daily
    • This has been an amazing resource of information.  It is produced and owned by Todd Holcomb and Chip Saye.  I’m not sure what’s going on with it this year as it hasn’t been updated since August 1st.
  • Score Atlanta
    • Another good source of information and stories as well as game reports.  I am usually constantly checking the High School Scoreboard on Friday nights.
  • Tommy Palmer Media Group
    • Tommy Palmer is a legend and I consider him THE expert in Georgia High School football.  He does the Georgia High School Scoreboard Radio Show starting around 10 pm on Friday nights.  Palmer also does a couple of other podcasts such as “This Week’s Top Ten” and “This Week’s Top Games”.
  • GPB Football App
    • Georgia Public Broadcasting has improved this app over the years and it is a good place to go.
  • Sportsmic App
    • This is another app on my iPhone and one I use to listen to Warner Robins broadcasts.

So here are my preseason picks to win state titles in 2018:

  • Class 7A:  McEachern
  • Class 6A: Tucker
  • Class 5A:  Rome
  • Class 4A:  Cairo
  • Class 3A: Peach County
  • Class 2A: Thomasville
  • Class 1A (Private): Eagle’s Landing Christian
  • Class 1A (Public):  Clinch County

Georgia High School Football Weekly (12/20/17)

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Clinch County becomes sixth team in Georgia to win at least seven state titles.

After five of the state championship games were postponed due to the winter storm, the games were finally played last week at various locations around the state.  There were several coaches and school administrators who complained when they ended up having to travel; however, only two (North Gwinnett and Lee County) of the five home teams won the title game on their own fields.

Let’s take a look back at the games:

Class 7A:  North Gwinnett 19, Colquitt County 17 – If you missed this game, you will need to go to the Georgia Public Television site and watch the final two minutes of this game.  After Colquitt County was called for two illegal substitution penalties, they were also penalized for pass interference on the final play which set up a game winning 38-yard field goal from North Gwinnett’s Cameron Clark to win the game.  I believe Colquitt County Coach Rush Propst’s clipboard is still spinning in the sky somewhere.  North Gwinnett won their first state title in school history.

Class 6A:  Lee County 28, Coffee  21 (overtime) – Lee County QB Jase Orndorff connected with Drequan Garmon on an 11-yard TD pass in overtime then Tay Mayo secured Lee County’s first state championship with an interception on Coffee’s possession.  Coffee missed a 29-yard field goal at the end of regulation.  Coffee RB Jameon Gaskin scored three touchdowns in the game to put Coffee up 21-7 before Lee County rallied in the second half.

Class 5A:  Rome 38, Warner Robins 0 – Trai Hodges returned an interception 79 yards for a touchdown as Rome broke open the game in the second quarter.  They would take a 21-0 lead at halftime as QB Knox Kadum was 8-0f-12 for 90 yards passing and a touchdown.  He also rushed for 73 yards.  Warner Robins could never get anything going as they were held to 1 yard rushing.  Rome repeated as state champion.

Class 4A:  Blessed Trinity 16, Marist 7 – QB Jake Smith completed 11-of-12 passes for 111 yards and a 9-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to give Blessed Trinity all they would need to defeat Marist for the school’s first state championship.  The Titans’ defense held Marist to 63 yards rushing in the game.

Class 2A:  Hapeville Charter 35, Rabun County 23 –  Playing in only their seventh season, Hapeville Charter won the state title.  QB Hajj-Malik Williams was responsible for all the scoring for the Hornets with three passing and two rushing.  Hapeville Charter led 35-10 and held off a late rally by Rabun County in the final two minutes.

Class 1A (Public):  Clinch County 21, Irwin County 12 – Trezmen Marshall and Charles McClelland combined for 249 yards and three touchdowns to lead Clinch County to their seventh state title.  The Panthers’ defense set up the offense for the score which sealed the win when Marshall had a sack and forced a fumble to give the Panthers the ball at the Irwin County 24 with less than three minutes left.

BLOWOUT OF THE WEEK:

I don’t want to talk about.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:

North Gwinnett Kicker Cameron Clark kicked the game-winning 38-yard field goal on the last play to give the Bulldogs their first state title.  Clark had missed an extra point earlier in the quarter as Colquitt County took the lead later 17-16.  Clark responded to the pressure to kick the winning field goal.

NOTES:

  • Clinch County became the sixth school to win at least seven state championships.  They join the elite company of Valdosta (22), Buford (11), Lincoln County (11), Carrollton (7), and Americus (7).
  • Rome dominated their playoff competition this season.  Their average margin of victory was 46.2 in the playoffs.
  • Lee County-Coffee played only the sixth overtime game in championship history.  Buford won the first championship overtime game in 2010.
  • Lee County had never advanced past the second round before this season.
  • Blessed Trinity and Marist was the first state championship game played between Catholic schools.
  • Blessed Trinity coach Tim McFarlin became the 15th coach in Georgia history to win state titles at two schools.  He previously won a title at Roswell.

TEAM SPOTLIGHT:

ngwinnettThe North Gwinnett Bulldogs have played for 57 seasons.  They have a record of 307-283-9.  They have made the playoffs 15 times.  Their best season was in 2017 when they finished 14-1 and won their first state championship.  North Gwinnett played their first game on October 27, 1961 when they lost 38-0 to Duluth.  They won their first game on November 9, 1962 with a 12-0 win over Forsyth County.   Their biggest rival is Duluth.  They have an all-time record of 25-23-1.  Bob Sphire is the winningest coach in their history with 110 wins.  Their most notable players are OT Austin Shepherd (Minnesota Vikings), TE C.J. Uzomah (Cincinnati Bengals), OT Ja’Wuan James (Miami Dolphins) and TE Jared Cook (Tennessee Titans, St. Louis Rams, Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders).  The Bulldogs play at Tom Robinson Memorial Stadium in Suwanee.

REVIEW OF MY PREVIEW:

From my preview of the 2017 Georgia High School Football season, let’s take a look at my picks and what really happened in the season.  Correct predictions are in BOLD.

  • State Champions:
    • 7A – Roswell – finished 3-8. Lost to Hillgrove 49-7 in first round.
    • 6A – Dalton – finished 7-4.  Lost to Douglas County 13-6 in first round.
    • 5A – Kell – finished 5-6.  Lost to Flowery Branch 21-14 in first round.
    • 4A – Cartersville – finished 11-1.  Lost to Blessed Trinity 21-17 in second round.
    • 3A – Peach County – finished 13-2.  Lost to Calhoun 10-6 in state final.
    • 2A – Callaway – finished 11-2.  Lost to Brooks County 31-0 in quarterfinals.
    • 1A (Public) – Clinch County – finished 12-2.  Won state championship.
    • 1A (Private) – Prince Avenue Christian – finished 11-2.  Lost to Eagle’s Landing Christian 55-0 in semifinals.
  • Surprise teams:
    • 7A – Camden County – 2-7 in 2016 to 3-7 in 2017 after starting 2-1.
    • 6A – Johns Creek – 8-3 in 2016 to 3-7 in 2017.
    • 5A – Warner Robins – 3-8 in 2016 to 14-1 in 2017. 
    • 4A – Cairo – 11-2 in 2016 to 8-4 in 2017.
    • 3A – Liberty County – 11-2 in 2016 to 9-4 in 2017.
    • 2A – Thomasville – 5-5 in 2016 to 12-1 in 2017.
    • 1A (public) – Charlton County – 3-6 in 2016 to 9-3 in 2017.
    • 1A (private) – Tattnall Square – 12-1 in 2016 to 7-4 in 2017.

GEORGIA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONS:

  • 7A: North Gwinnett
  • 6A: Lee County
  • 5A: Rome
  • 4A: Blessed Trinity
  • 3A: Calhoun
  • 2A:  Hapeville Charter
  • 1A (public): Clinch County
  • 1A (private): Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy
  • GISA-AAA: Valwood School
  • GISA-AA: Memorial Day
  • Glory for Christ (homeschool football):  East Atlanta
  • GICAA-Division I:  Crosspointe Christian Academy
  • GICAA-Division II: Holy Ground Baptist Academy

FINAL NOTE:

The 2017 Georgia High School football season is now over.  I want to thank all of my blog followers, visitors and those who liked these posts during the season.  It has been a lot of work for me but a lot of fun to keep you informed during the season.   I gather my information from several sources such the Georgia High School Football Daily, Georgia High School Football Historians (this is an awesome website), ScoreAtl, Tommy Palmer (The Professor of Georgia High School football) and several media websites.  Each week I have tried to give you any tidbits I have learned or researched for this blog.

Friday Flashback: Tuning Into High School Football Games

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Last Friday night I had to laugh at myself.  I had retreated to another room to listen to a high school football game on my iPhone app.  In addition to that, I also pulled up video streaming of another game on my computer as well as frequently checking the scores on my iPAD.  I glanced in the corner to see my radio sitting there in silence.  I remembered that the radio was my only source of coverage before all of this technology came into existence.

What’s even more amazing is that I’m listening to Georgia high school football games while sitting in my room in Nashville, Tennessee.   This wasn’t something I could have done 10 years ago.  The technology just hadn’t gotten to where it is today.

I thought back to a game I tuned into on my old transistor radio in 1979 in my room of our mobile home in Villa Rica, Georgia.  It was the Class 7AA region semifinal playoff game between Villa Rica and East Rome.  The weather outside was nasty which was one reason I wasn’t at them game and the fact it was being played at Barron Stadium in Rome, Georgia.  My bedroom was located at the rear of the mobile home and I carefully placed my radio and tilted the antenna so I could pick up the coverage of the game.  At times the signal was strong but it would waver.  I had to intently listen next to the radio.  Yes, this was before wifi and Bluetooth headphones.  Villa Rica kicked a field goal in the game and held on to defeat the two-time defending Class AA state champions 3-0.

Through the years I have huddled next to the best radio and reception I could find for games I could not attend in person.  I remember many times listening in the car parked in the driveway because that was the best reception I could get.

Unlike today, I couldn’t get scores from other games.  I remember waiting impatiently on Saturday mornings to go to the nearest newspaper machines and buying the Saturday paper so I can see the scores.  Sometimes I could only see the scores listed in the header of the front page through the machine.  If I wanted more details I would have to go to the library to find a copy of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Yes, the media report wasn’t like it is today.

Today I can stream almost any game that a school is doing.  There are so many options now.  If I want to know how Villa Rica is doing now, I can go to the local newspaper’s website.  If I want to check on how my cousins alma mater in Columbia County, Florida is doing, I can search for information on Google.  If I want to know if my dad is celebrating a win with his Clinch County Panthers, I can subscribe to a Twitter feed on my iPhone.  It’s a lot different time than it used to be.

Years ago, I discovered the Georgia High School Football Scoreboard show and now I catch it most every Friday night and listen to who I call THE voice of Georgia High School Football, Tommy Palmer.  Although I live in Tennessee now, his South Georgia voice brings me back home.

When they play the state championship games in Atlanta they will now be in the new Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta.  In the past when they started in the Georgia Dome, all the games started being broadcast on Georgia Public Television.  One year I bought a handheld TV and took it to my work and watched/listened to the games while working.  Now the games are streamed live.

When I lived in Warner Robins, Georgia, I would watch Football Friday Night on WMAZ Channel 13 on Friday Nights after the late news.  I rarely missed a show.  While I can’t catch the live broadcast now, I can still watch the highlights on the station’s app on my Roku device.

Having lived in Georgia, Florida and Tennessee, I will scan the various news apps and check up on local high school highlights on Saturday mornings.  Although I’m not much into Tennessee High School Football games as I am with Georgia, I still check the highlights to see how the local teams are doing.  Crazy, maybe.  It’s just my thing.  I grew up as Georgia High School football games being my only entertainment outlet in a strict religious environment.  At least at the time, high school football games were one of the few enjoyments that wasn’t a sin.

So as I think ahead to tonight’s games, I know my first team has the week off after a thrilling 38-35 win last week so I’ll have a rare week where I will stream another team into my “listening” room.

It’s still funny to me that with all the devices I use to listen to high school football games, the radio is the only one silent on Friday nights.   Perhaps I will go old school tonight and see what I find on the radio.

Georgia High School Football Weekly (9/6/17)

 

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Eli Mashburn kicks game winning 34-yard field goal as time expires to give Warner Robins 38-35 win over Peach County

 

Here’s how the top-ranked teams in each classification fared last week:

  • Class 7A – Grayson (2-0) defeated McEachern 12-7.  Ronald Thompkins had 111 yards rushing and scored a touchdown for the Rams.  Grayson jumped out to a 12-0 lead and held off the Indians.  Grayson will travel to Louisiana to tangle with top-ranked John Curtis (1-0) this week.
  • Class 6A – Tucker (2-1) lost to Colquitt County 35-21.  The Tigers led 14-7 at halftime but could not withstand the Packer’s passing attack in the second half.  Tucker is off this week.
  • Class 5A – Rome (2-0) beat Drew 56-0.  Rome had 430 yards of total offense in the first half as they built a 42-0 lead in the first half.  Rome will host Kell (0-2) this week.  Kell beat Rome 33-30 last year.
  • Class 4A – Cartersville (3-0) defeated Calhoun 58-6.  Trevor Lawrence passed for 317 yards and four touchdowns.  It was the second year in a row that the Purple Hurricanes have blown away the Yellow Jackets.   Cartersville will play at Westlake (1-1) this week.  Cartersville won last year’s meeting 31-0.
  • Class 3A – Greater Atlanta Christian (2-0) was off, they will host Valor Christian (2-0) from Colorado this week.  Valor Christian is the defending Colorado 5A state champions.
  • Class 2A – Benedictine (2-0) beat St. Pius 41-13.  Rico Powers had 103 yards in receptions and three touchdowns for the Cadets.  Benedictine will play at Southeast Bulloch (0-2) this week.  Benedictine won last year’s game, 33-6.
  • Class 1A (public) – Clinch County (2-1) lost to Brooks County 17-14.  The Panthers lead at one point 14-0 in this game but turnovers were too much to overcome.  Quarterback Charles McClelland was held to 38 yards rushing and 61 yards passing in the game.  Clinch County is off this week.
  • Class 1A (private) – Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (3-0) beat Knoxville Catholic 55-10.  Khaleb Hood had a big game with a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and 78 yards on two punt returns.  The Chargers will travel to Hart County (0-2) this week.  ELCA won last year’s contest, 45-0.

Here’s how the teams on my personal watch list performed this week:

  • Warner Robins 38, Peach County 35
    • This was one of the best games I have listened to in a very long time.  Peach County jumped out to a 10-0 lead but the Demons came back behind Quarterback Dylan Fromm who was 30-of-40 for 315 yards and three touchdowns.  Warner Robins connected on a 34-yard game-winning field goal from Eli Mashburn as time expired.    Warner Robins is off this week.
  • Brooks County 17, Clinch County 14
    • Clinch County always has a battle with Brooks County and this was nothing new or unexpected.  The Panthers looked good early as they jumped out to a 14-0 lead but three fumbles kept the Trojans in the game.  Clinch County is off this week.
  • Villa Rica was off
    • The Wildcats are 2-0 for the first time since 2010.   Villa Rica will play East Paulding (0-2) this week.  East Paulding leads the all-time series 4-2.

Blowout of the week

  • Cedartown 63, Gilmer 0

Upsets of the week

  • Wayne County 23, Valdosta 13 – This one kinda flew under the radar since it was a Thursday night game.  Wayne County was a 29-point underdog but won for only the 8th time in the 34-year history of the series and first win since 1954.
  • SW DeKalb 28, Creekside 0 – The Panthers were underdogs in this one but came away with a convincing win against Creekside which appears to be in a rebuilding process after several winning seasons .
  • Tift County 27, Glynn Academy 7 – This one surprised me as Glynn Academy has come off deep postseason runs in the past few seasons.

Notable News of the week

  • Montgomery County was the last team to play their first game last week.  They opened with a 26-6 win over East Laurens.
  • Hephzibah ended a 15-game losing streak with a 39-7 win over Westside-Augusta.

Top Players In Georgia

  1. QB Trevor Lawrence (Cartersville)
  2. QB Michael Barrett (Lowndes)
  3. DL Adam Anderson (Rome)
  4. QB Justin Fields (Harrison)
  5. QB Bailey Fisher (Rabun County)

Playoffs?  We’re taking about playoff already?

Would you believe the computer has updated their playoff and champions for each classification after only week 3?  Here are the current state champion projections:

  • 7A – Grayson over Colquitt County
  • 6A – Tucker over Lee County
  • 5A – Buford over Carrollton
  • 4A – Cartersville over Woodward Academy
  • 3A – Greater Atlanta Christian over Cedar Grove
  • 2A – Benedictine over Fitzgerald
  • 1A (public) – Clinch County over Irwin County
  • 1A (private) – Eagle’s Landing Christian over Prince Avenue Christian