Georgia High School Football Review

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Teams that were left for dead are suddenly knocking on the door for the 2016 GHSA postseason.  In this trick-or-treat edition we find the Houston County Bears who were ranked #1 in Class 6A a few weeks ago, lost back-to-back games to Lee County and Coffee.  They were left for dead but after their 45-35 win over Northside-Warner Robins this week, they need a win against Valdosta this week in the season finale.  Jake Fromm was 28-of-43 for 530 yards and five touchdowns.

Two-time defending Class 7A champions Colquitt County started the season losing their first four games have now returned from the football dead and have won six straight as they defeated Lowndes 42-35 over Lowndes to win the region title.  They now have a week off before the state playoffs begin.  They will be a number one seed in the first round.

Valdosta, who has been dead for several years, beat Coffee 15-10 to clinch their first region title since 2011.  The Wildcats are still the top team in Class 6A.

Jenkins ended a 50-year zombie existence as they claimed their first region championship since 1966 with a 55-28 win over Windsor Forest.   It was also the first region title for a Savannah-Chatham County public school team since Savannah High in 1993.

Clinch County won the battle of swamp as they defeated Charlton County 38-10.  They also exorcised some demons with their first win at Charlton County since 1993.

Grayson beat Alabama’s #1-ranked Hoover, 36-14.  Georgia teams are 3-2 since 2008 against Hoover, which has won nine state titles since 2000.  It appears that the Rams are peaking at the right time and with Coach Jeff Herron creating a monster of a team.  Look out for the Rams when the postseason starts.

In my Ripley’s Believe it or not moment, Ware County beat Wayne County 27-3 and is ranked #6 in Class 5A but with a 5-3 record I’m not sure why they are even in the Top Ten.

Teams that have clinched region titles:

  • 7A-1:  Colquitt County
  • 7A-2: Westlake
  • 7A-6: Mill Creek
  • 7A-7: Norcross
  • 6A-1: Valdosta
  • 6A-2: Glynn Academy
  • 6A-8: Dacula
  • 5A-4: Stockbridge
  • 5A-6: Grady
  • 5A-8: Buford
  • 4A-1: Cairo
  • 4A-2: Mary Persons
  • 4A-3: Thomson
  • 4A-4: Woodward Academy
  • 3A-3: Jenkins
  • 3A-5: Westminster
  • 3A-8: Morgan County
  • 2A-2: Benedictine
  • 2A-3: Washington
  • 2A-5: Callaway
  • 2A-8: Rabun County
  • 1A-2: Clinch County
  • 1A-3: Emanuel County Institute

Top Ranked Teams:

  • Class 7A: Roswell (9-0) beat Woodstock 59-7.  Next:  Cherokee (6-3)  Roswell beat Cherokee 42-21 last season.
  • Class 6A: Valdosta (8-1) beat Coffee 15-10.  Next: at Houston County (7-2) Valdosta is 7-1 all-time against Houston County.
  • Class 5A: Buford (8-1) beat Loganville 35-10.  Next: Flowery Branch (3-6)   This will be their first meeting.
  • Class 4A:  Cartersville (9-0) Bye.  Next:  Troup (8-1)  Cartersville is 2-0 all-time against Troup.  They last played in 1989.
  • Class 3A:  Greater Atlanta Christian (8-1) Bye.  Next:  at Dawson County (7-1)  GAC has won five straight against Dawson County.
  • Class 2A: Benedictine (9-0) beat Metter 50-0.  Next:  at Jeff Davis (2-6)  Benedictine is 6-0 all-time against Jeff Davis.  Jeff Davis has been outscored 252-7.
  • Class 1A (Public): Clinch County (8-1) beat Charlton County 38-10.  Next:  Telfair County (5-3)  Clinch County is 9-0 all-time against Telfair County.
  • Class 1A (Private): Eagle’s Landing Christian (9-0) beat Mt. Vernon Presbyterian 49-7.  Next:  at Landmark Christian (9-0).  ELCA has won the last four meetings in the series.

 

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)

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 4

The rematch of last year’s state final between Roswell-Colquitt County was not much of a game as the Hornets dominated the Packers from the opening kickoff for a 34-3 win.  Colquitt County is now 0-4 for the first time since 1948.  The Packers now face Brookwood.  

Georgia commit QB Jake Frohm threw for 492 yards and seven touchdown passes for Houston County in their first meeting with Veterans at Freedom Field.  Freedom Field is the new home stadium for both teams.  Houston County won 58-27.

Glynn Academy had 395 yards rushing as they beat Camden County 56-7.   It was Glynn Academy’s first non-forfeited win since 1985.  The last time an opponent scored 50 points against Camden County was a 54-7 loss to Northside Warner Robins in the second round of the 1999 playoffs. 

Villa Rica opened region play with a big 17-7 win over  East Paulding 7.  It was only the second win for the Wildcats in the last six games against East Paulding.
Kell 33, Rome 30 – Connor Mendelson kicked a 23-yard field goal with 58 seconds remaining to lift fifth-ranked Kell, which had let a 30-7 third-quarter lead slip away, to a 33-30 victory over No. 8 Rome in the teams’ Region 7-AAAAA opener Friday in Marietta.


In a battle of the top teams in their classifications, Fitzgerald defeated Macon County in a shootout, 70-42. In addition to the combined 112 points scored, Fitzgerald edged out Macon County 581-509 in total yards.  The Purple Hurricanes scored the most points in a game since 1933.

Top Teams in each classification:

  • 7A – Roswell (3-0)
  • 6A – Houston County (4-0)
  • 5A – Buford (1-1).  Could we please get the Buford voter off the panel?  Thomas County Central is 4-0 and they are only 4th in the poll?  
  • 4A – Cartersville (3-0)
  • 3A – Greater Atlanta Christian (2-1)
  • 2A – Fitzgerald (2-0)
  • 1A (Public) – Commerce (3-0)
  • 1A (Private) – Eagle’s Landing Christian (3-0)