Georgia High School Football Weekly (9/20/17)

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Wayne County QB Garrett Overholt (right) tosses seven TD passes against Appling County

 

Tift County beats Parkview?  Wayne County QB throws seven TD passes? Jenkins is in the top ten?   It has been a crazy season already and we have already reached the halfway point this weekend.

This week’s top-ranked teams in Georgia:

  • 7A:  Grayson (3-0)
    • The Rams had the week off.  Grayson will host International School, Florida (1-1).
  • 6A: Tucker (3-1)
    • The Tigers cruised past Jonesoboro 42-7.  Taurean Taylor had 100 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries in the game.
    • Tucker will play M.L. King (2-2) this week.  They have won the last four games in the series.  They defeated M.L. King 55-0 in 2016.
  • 5A:  Rome (3-0)
    • The Wolves took the week off.  They will play at Paulding County (1-3) this week.  Rome has not lost in the series.  They are 9-0 against Paulding County.
  • 4A: Cartersville (4-0)
    • The Purple Hurricanes had the week off.  They will host undefeated Cedartown (4-0) this week.  They last lost to the Bulldogs in 2011.
  • 3A: Cedar Grove (4-0)
    • The Saints beat Lovett 41-14.  They amassed 331 yards rushing.  The defense was led by Roderic Forts who had three sacks.
    • Cedar Grove will host Westminster (1-3) this week.   They have never beaten Westminster.  They lost 42-21 last season.
  • 2A:  Benedictine (4-0)
    • The Cadets beat Swainsboro 30-18.  It was still a close game until Travis Blackshear returned an interception 14 yards with 33 seconds left.
    • Benedictine plays at Vidalia (1-2) this week.  They lead the all-time series 3-2 and have won the last two meetings.
  • 1A (Public):  Manchester (4-0)
    • Manchester replaced Clinch County in the top spot with a 35-19 win over Jordan.  Denizeo Gamble ran for 128 yards along with 110 yards from Kelvin Turner.
    • Manchester will host undefeated Marion County (4-0) this week.   They have never lost to Marion County.  They won last year’s game 35-7.
  • 1A (Private): Eagle’s Landing Christian (5-0)
    • No problem this week for the Chargers as they crushed Holy Innocents’ 49-0.  QB Brayden Rush passed for 168 yards through the air and 128 yards on the ground to account for four touchdowns.
    • ELCA will host Wesleyan (4-1) this week.  The Chargers are 3-0 in the series.

Hurricane Irma Blow-out of the week:

Pebblebrook 69, Berkmar 6.  The 69 points were the most ever scored by Pebblebrook in the team’s 53-year history. The previous mark was 62 against Etowah in 2000.

Milton’s Personal Watch-List:

  • Warner Robins 38, Houston County 21.  This game was close for a while until the Demons’ broke it open in the third quarter.  QB Dylan Fromm was 19-of-27 for 280 yards and three touchdowns.  I was listening to this game on the Sports Mic app on Friday night.  Tom Mobley and Kevin Wall talked about my book during the broadcast!   Thanks guys!   (The book is show over on the left side of this page).   This week Warner Robins will play at West Laurens (2-2).  Warner Robins beat West Laurens last year 10-6.
  • Villa Rica 36, Woodland (Cartersville) 0.  After losing to East Paulding last week, the Villa Rica Wildcats rebounded nicely with a comfortable win.  Villa Rica will play at Hiram (2-2) this week.  The series is tied at 4-4.  Villa Rica has won three of the last four meetings.
  • Irwin County 21, Clinch County 7.  Ouch!  The Panthers have now lost two-in-a-row.  Almost unheard of in Homerville.  Turnovers plagued the Panthers once again.  This week they had four turnovers.  The Panthers host Wilcox County (1-2) this week.  Clinch County is 16-11-1 in the series and has won the last four meetings.  The teams first played in 1968 which was the only tie in the series, 7-7.

Interesting Notes from last week’s games:

Tift County won at Parkview, 50-37.  The Blue Devils are 5-0 and will play undefeated Coffee (3-0) this week…Can Lowndes be stopped?  This week they had little trouble with Newton in a 57-0 win….Buford’s winning streak of nine games against out-of-state opponents came to an end last week in a 33-27 loss to South Pointe, S.C….Wayne County QB Garrett Overholt threw for seven touchdowns last week against Appling County….Northside Columbus knocked off Carver-Columbus 23-20 for the first time in school history…North Forsyth’s offensive line (Jeremy James, Ryan Foust, Brent Grab, Elijah Bird and Daniel Espinosa) helped their team pile up 658 yards of offense in a 58-35 win over Pickens.

USA Today’s National Top Ten Teams:

  1. IMG Academy, Bradenton, FL (2-0)
  2. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, CA (4-0)
  3. St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, FL (2-0)
  4. St. John Bosco, Bellflower, CA (3-1)
  5. Ben Davis, Indianapolis, IN (5-0)
  6. Bingham, South Jordan, UT (5-0)
  7. Centennial, Corona, CA (3-1)
  8. Grayson, Loganville, GA (3-0)
  9. Miami Central, Miami, FL (3-0)
  10. Saint Ignatius, Cleveland, OH (4-0)

So who are the top position players right now in the state?

  • QB – Trevor Lawrence, Cartersville
  • DL – Adam Anderson, Rome
  • RB – Dameon Pierce, Bainbridge
  • WR – Rashod Bateman, Tift County

 

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

 

Georgia High School Football Weekly (8/23/17)

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The Granite Bowl in Elberton holds 15,000 fans and is the largest non-shared high school stadium in Georgia.  It was built in 1952.

Here are this week’s top teams in each classification:

  • 7A:  Grayson (0-0)
    • The Rams did not play last weekend.  They have an extra week to prepare for their season opener against Alabama powerhouse Hoover.  The Rams defeated Hoover last year 36-14.
  • 6A:  Tucker (1-0)
    • The Tigers won a thriller against Kell 28-27.  Travon Ford threw a 79-yard touchdown pass to Joshua Vann with 3:58 left in regulation to tie the game then connected again with Vann from 15 yards in overtime.  Kell missed the extra point on their score to give Tucker the win.  This week Tucker will host Lakeside-Atlanta (0-1).  Tucker is 27-22-1 all-time against Lakeside.  The Tigers won last year’s meeting 48-10.
  • 5A:  Rome (0-0)
    • The Wolves open their season this weekend at home against Harrison (1-0).  The Wolvers were beaten by Harrison 22-20 last year.
  • 4A:  Cartersville (1-0)
    • The Purple Hurricanes picked up where they left off with a big win over Allatoona, 35-14.  Quarterback Trevor Lawrence was 12 of 19 for 230 yards in the game.  Cartersville will play Bertram Trail from Florida this weekend.
  • 3A:  Peach County (0-0)
    • The Trojans kick off their season this weekend at Houston County (0-1).   Although Peach County leads the all-time series 9-2, the Trojans have lost the last two meetings.
  • 2A:  Benedictine (1-0)
    • The Cadets beat Glynn Academy 33-8.  Travis Blackshear had 64 yards rushing and 79 receiving along with two touchdowns in the game.  Benedictine is off this week.
  • 1A (Public):  Clinch County (1-0)
    • The Panthers started slowly but rallied to beat Bleckley County 37-14 as they scored 27 points off of five turnovers.  Clinch County had 283 yards rushing in the game.  The Panthers will host McIntosh County Academy (1-0) this weekend.  The Panthers will attempt to avenge their semifinal loss to the Buccaneers last season.
  • 1A (Private):  Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (1-0)
    • The Chargers jumped out to a 21-0 lead and held on to defeat Eagle’s Landing 21-14.  Nate McCollum ran for 82 yards and Josh Mays had 78 yards in the win.  ELCA will play at Jonesboro (1-0) on Friday.  The Chargers won last year’s meeting 8-2.

Some surprise results from Week 1:

  • Lowndes 45, Valdosta 0.  It wasn’t a surprise that the Vikings won the game but how they dominated the defending state champions in the Winnersville Classic.  This was the most lopsided victory in the 56-year history of the series.
  • Warner Robins 28, Northside-Warner Robins 17.  What a change from last year’s game when Northside demolished the Demons 55-3 which was the most lopsided victory in their series history.
  • South Forsyth 17, Roswell 14.  Roswell was a 27-point favorite going into this game but lost this game in overtime.
  • Thomasville 37, Cairo 8.  In yet another surprising lopsided victory, Thomasville handed Cairo its most lopsided loss since 1997 and biggest loss in the series since 1973.

Largest Margin of victory from Week 1:

  • Mountain View defeated Osborne 71-0.

Personal Games of interest:

  • Villa Rica 41, Central Carrollton 13.   The Wildcats opened the season with a big win to give Coach Rico Zackery his first victory at Villa Rica.  Villa Rica will travel to LaGrange this week.  The Wildcats have never beaten LaGrange.
  • Clinch County 37, Bleckley County 14 (see report above)
  • Warner Robins 28, Northside-Warner Robins 17 (see report above) – Warner Robins hosts Locust Grove this week.

Some interesting facts from Week 1:

  • No team in Region 2 (7A) won a game the first week.  Campbell, East Coweta, Newnan, Pebblebrook and Wheeler lost their openers.  Westlake did not play the first week.
  • Jordan got off to a positive start in 2017 with a 22-14 win after going winless last season.

Games to watch this week:

  • Thomasville at Thomas County Central
  • Harrison at Rome
  • Vista Murrieta (CA) at Colquitt County
  • Cedar Grove at SW DeKalb
  • Bartram Trail (FL) at Cartersville
  • Bradwell Institute at Liberty County
  • Dalton at Calhoun
  • Westminster at Greater Atlanta Christian