Georgia High School Football Review:  Week 9

Remember the scene in the movie “Jurassic Park” when you could hear the T-Rex coming and the water was vibrating on the dash?  

That sound you hear in Georgia High School football is the Colquitt County Packers.

After starting the season 0-4, the Packers have won four straight after winning their region opener in total domination of Camden County 56-10.  If they win their next two games against Tift County and Lowndes, they will be the top seed in their region.

Lee County spent one week at #1 in Class 6A but Northside-Warner Robins handed the Trojans their first loss, 26-7.  For the third week in a row, there is a new #1 team in the classification.  Valdosta claims the top spot this week for the first time since September 1999.   


Previous #1 Houston County lost their second straight 42-35 to Coffee County in spite of 325 yards passing from Jake Fromm.  The Bears could not stop Coffee’s Demetrius Davis who rushed for 224 yards and scored five touchdowns.

In what was supposed to be a huge region battle in Ashburn, the Clinch County Panthers had 348 yards rushing and the defense sacked Turner County quarterbacks seven times as they completely dismantled Turner County 66-20.  

Some other interesting scores from this past weekend:

  • Southwest Macon 48, Dublin 28 – The Patriots beat Dublin for the first time in team history.  Southwest is now 4-3 and a surprise team in their region.
  • Islands 13, Beach 7 – Islands improved to 2-4 with their first win over Beach.  They have already exceeded their win total from last season.  
  • Veterans 33, Thomas County Central 28 – The Yellow Jackets were derailed by the Warhawks who were 19-point underdogs in the game.  
  • Cedar Grove 49, Pace Academy 0 – Georgia High School Football Daily ranks this as the biggest upset of the weekend as Pace Academy were the defending state champions.  It is the first time that Pace Academy has been shut out since 2012 when they lost 55-0 to Eagle’s Landing Christian.

Top Teams:

  • Class 7A – Roswell (7-0) beat Walton 55-10.  Next:  at Etowah (4-3)
  • Class 6A – Valdosta (6-1) was off.  Next:  at Lee County (6-1)
  • Class 5A – Buford (6-1) beat Cedar Shoals 56-14.  Next:  at Walnut Grove (3-4)
  • Class 4A – Cartersville (8-0) beat Sandy Creek 35-21.  Next:  at Chapel Hill (3-3-1)
  • Class 3A – Greater Atlanta Christian (7-1) beat Lumpkin County 49-21.  Next:  at North Hall (5-3)
  • Class 2A – Benedictine (7-0) beat Toombs County 42-13.  Next:  at Bacon County (1-5)
  • Class 1A (Public) – Clinch County (6-1) beat Turner County 66-20.  Next:  vs. Lanier County (1-6)
  • Class 1A (Private) – Eagle’s Landing Christian (7-0) was off.  Next:  at Strong Rock Christian (3-4)

National Top Ten Teams:

  1. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV)
  2. IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL)
  3. Mater Dei High (Santa Ana, CA)
  4. Allen (Allen, TX)
  5. McGill-Toolen Catholic (Mobile, AL)
  6. Dematha Catholic (Hyattsville, MD)
  7. Desoto (Desoto, TX)
  8. St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
  9. Roswell (Roswell, GA)
  10. St. John Bosco (Bellflower, CA)
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Georgia High School Football Review:  Week 7


Most teams are entering into region play where the games really count for the playoffs.  This means the games get bigger and the best teams will rise to the top.  Six of the eight #1 teams in each classification remained at the top while there were changes in Class 2A and Class 1A (Public).   

Benedictine regained the top spot in 2A with a 48-20 win over Bryan County and Fitzgerald’s 35-28 loss to Tift County.

Clinch County beat Atkinson County 49-14 to take back the top spot in Class 1A (Public) with Macon County’s loss to Northside-Warner Robins.

Lowndes trailed Ware County 28-21 at halftime but came out with a 28-0 third quarter as the Vikings went on to defeat the Gators 56-35.   Lowndes had 607 yards of total offense in the game.

The top-ranked team in 6A, Houston County was off this week but will travel to play #3 Lee County in a huge region game.

After a slow start, Rome is getting things together as they knocked off previously unbeaten Carrollton 45-28.  Rome had 470 yards of total offense and 27 first downs. 

Cartersville continues to roll as QB Trevor Lawrence was 11-of-18 for 152 yards and two touchdowns at the Purple Hurricanes rolled over Central Carrollton 59-9.

Brandon Thompson kicked a 24-yard field goal with 12 seconds left to give Crisp County a 16-14 win over Brooks County and remain undefeated.

Lincoln County beat their rivals from Washington-Wilkes 17-14 on a 25-yard field goal in overtime.

Top teams in Georgia:

  • Class 7A:  Roswell (5-0)
  • Class 6A:  Houston County (6-0)
  • Class 5A:  Buford (4-1)
  • Class 4A:  Cartersville (6-0)
  • Class 3A:  Greater Atlanta Christian (5-1)
  • Class 2A:  Benedictine (6-0)
  • Class 1A (Public): Clinch County (5-1)
  • Class 1A (Private):  Eagle’s Landing Christian (6-0)

Georgia High School Football Review: Week 6

There were some interesting matchups this week throughout the state as most teams reached the midway point of the season.  Some teams are into region play while others will be there in the next week. 

Colquitt County 45, Valdosta 24:  For the first time in several years these teams are not in the same region.  The Wildcats came into the game undefeated and the Packers trying to gain momentum after a slow start.  With the Packers leading 31-24, Shawn Shamburger returned an interception 100 yards for the touchdown that broke the game open.  QB Jay Saunders was 16-of-25 for 248 yards.  The Packers also had two 100 yard rushers in the game.  

Grayson 38, Ramsay, Al 6:  The Rams humbled the #3 ranked team in Alabama’s Class 6A with 210 yards passing from QB Chase Brice.  LB Breon Dixon had six tackles for loss to lead the defense.  

Lee County 37, Thomas County Central 7:  Lee County clamped down on the Thomas County Central offense as they held them to 85 yards rushing.  DL Aubry Solomon had 17 tackles.  This was game that many thought would be close but Lee County dominated with 373-157 in total yardage.  Lee County will host Houston County in two weeks in a #1 vs. #3 matchup.  

Harrison 43, Allatoona 19:  In their first meeting, the Hoyas knocked off the defending champions as QB Justin Fields was 17-of-20 for 241 yards passing and 107 yards rushing.  He scored three touchdowns.    

Hiram 38, Villa Rica 25:  The Wildcats had hoped to go 3-0 in region play but turnovers betrayed them in their first region loss.  The loss snapped their three-game winning streak against Hiram.  

Islands 35, Johnson Savannah 6:  The Sharks won their first region game in team’s three-year history.    They were 13-point underdogs.  


Clinch County 48, Wilcox County 6:  In past years this was a huge game but the Panthers put up 41 points by halftime.  Key Grady had a 95-yard run and an 80-yard kickoff return.  

Stratford 36, Lincoln County 19:  Stratford scored 17 points in the fourth quarter to get their first win against Lincoln County in school history.  

Top Teams:

  • Class 7A – Roswell (4-0)
  • Class 6A – Houston County (6-0)
  • Class 5A – Buford (3-1)
  • Class 4A – Cartersville (5-0)
  • Class 3A – Greater Atlanta Christian (4-1)
  • Class 2A – Fitzgerald (4-0)
  • Class 1A (Public) – Macon County (3-1)
  • Class 1A (Private) – Eagle’s Landing Christian (5-0)

Georgia High School Football Review:  Week 5

Although there is a gas shortage affecting Georgia, there was no shortage of offense this weekend on the gridiron.  Several big games had high scores and lots of offense.   Here are just a few that caught my attention this weekend:

Clinch County 39, Irwin County 19 – In a rematch of last year’s Class A (Public) title game, the Panthers rallied from a 13-0 deficit led by Shannon Young’s three touchdowns and Trezman Marshall’s two touchdowns.

Northside Warner Robins 48, Ware County 7 – In their first meeting in the regular season, QB Tobias Oliver rushed for 200 yards and passed for 98 yards and two touchdowns as the Eagles dominated the Gators.  This was the first win over Ware County for Northside since the 2007 state championship game.


Houston County 63, Warner Robins 28 – Jake Fromm continued his aerial assault on opposing defenses with 394 yards and six touchdowns in leading the Bears to a rout over their county rivals.  The Demons are now 0-4 and given up the most points since 2014 when they lost to Houston County 62-30.   In case you wondered, the most points Warner Robins has ever given up with 67 in 1966 when they lost to Lanier (Macon), 67-13.

Valdosta 56, Thomas County Central 39 – In one of the highest scoring games in the series, the Wildcats broke the game open on a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown with five minutes left in the game.  The teams combined for 84 points in last year’s meeting (Valdosta 59-35).  Valdosta has now won 12 straight in the series.

Coffee 49, University Christian (Jacksonville, Florida) 21 – Junior defensive back/received Jarquavious Jefferson broken open a tight game with Coffee leading 21-14 in the second quarter when he returned a punt for a touchdown then on the next offensive series for University Christian, Jefferson intercepted a pass as the Trojans took a 28-14 lead into halftime.  Coffee coach Robbie Pruitt formerly coached University Christian before moving to Georgia.

Grayson 39, Deerfield Beach (Florida) 14 – In a battle of top ten-ranked teams in their respective states, #3 Grayson topped #8 Deerfield Beach as QB Chase Brice was 12-of-16 for 160 yards and three touchdowns.  

Villa Rica 41, Woodland (Cartersville) 0 – Villa Rica jumped out to an early 27-0 lead as RB Elijah Fluker had runs of 26 and 30 yards.   The defense held Woodland to 10 yards rushing in the first half.  
Top ranked teams:

  • 7A – Roswell (3-0)
  • 6A – Houston County (5-0)
  • 5A – Buford (2-1) although Stockbridge and Carrollton are undefeated.
  • 4A – Cartersville (4-0)
  • 3A – Greater Atlanta Christian (3-1)
  • 2A – Fitzgerald (3-0)
  • 1A (Public) – Commerce (3-0)
  • 1A (Private) – Eagle’s Landing Christian (4-0)