Georgia High School Football Weekly (10/11/17)

Bainbridge Runs To #9 Ranking In Class 5A

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

7A:  Grayson (6-0) – The Rams beat Shiloh easily 52-6.  The game was essentially over by halftime as Grayson had a 46-0 lead.  This week Grayson will travel to play #3 Archer (6-0).  Grayson is 6-1 in the series and have won the last three meetings.

6A:  Lee County (7-0) – The Trojans had the week off to prepare for this week’s showdown with Northside Warner Robins (6-1).   Lee County is 0-4 in the series.  They lost last year’s meeting 26-7.

5A:  Rome (6-0) – The Wolves beat Hiram 42-13 as they had 299 yards on the ground to dominate the line of scrimmage.  Rome will host Cass (0-6) this week.  Rome is 6-1 all-time in the series.  The last win for Cass was 24-21 in 2014.

4A:  Cartersville (7-0) – The Purple Hurricanes blew past LaGrange 56-0.  QB Trevor Lawrence threw for 227 yards and six touchdowns in the first half.  Cartersville will host Sandy Creek (3-3).  Cartersville has never lost to Sandy Creek.  They won last year, 35-21.

3A:  Cedar Grove (6-0) – The Saints shut out Towers 34-0.  Darrell Neal ran for 93 yards and scored a touchdown.  Cedar Grove will play at Pace Academy (2-3).  Cedar Grove won 49-0 last season in their only meeting.

2A:  Benedictine (6-0) – The Cadets were off.  They will play at Toombs County (6-0) this week in a region showdown.  The Cadets are 2-1 in the series.  They won last year, 42-13.

1A (public):  Manchester (7-0) – Manchester had no trouble with Pacelli, 68-14, as Kelvin Turner and Deenizeo Gamble combined for 205 on eight carries.  Manchester will host Brookstone (5-2).  They are 5-0 in the all-time series and won last year, 55-7.

1A (private):  Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (7-0) – The Chargers kept the top ranking with a 76-6 win over Our Lady of Mercer.  Khaleb Hood scored three touchdowns from a kickoff return, punt return and fumble return.  ECLA will have the week off.

Poll Jumper of the Week:

Bainbridge (5-2) went from being unranked to #9 in the Class 5A poll after their 28-14 win over Veterans.

Blowout of the Week:

North Springs 88, Cross Keys 0.

Personal Watch List:

  • Warner Robins 30, Thomas County Central 28.  When I started listening to this game, Warner Robins was down 21-0.  The Demons came back and took a 27-21 lead but Thomas County Central regained the lead thanks to some favorable calls going their way.  Warner Robins’ kicker, Eli Mashburn, kicked a 30-yard field goal with nine second left for the win.  This was Mashburn’s third game-winning field this season.  Warner Robins will host Harris County (3-3).   Warner Robins is a surprising 1-2 in the series but won last year’s meeting 31-3.
  • Carrollton 36, Villa Rica 24.  Villa Rica’s Phillip Zachery rushed for 164 yards and two touchdowns and scored on an 80-yard reception but was stopped on a two-point conversion that would have tied the game with 2:44 left.  This one hurts.   The Wildcats are now 4-3 overall and 2-3 in the region.  They will host Kell (3-3, 3-1) this week.  Villa Rica lost last year 50-0 in their only meeting in the series.
  • Clinch County was off last week.  The Panthers will host Turner County (2-4) this week.  Clinch County leads the series 11-5 and have won the last four games.

National Rankings

  1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana), California
  2. IMG Academy, Bradenton, Florida
  3. Ben Davis, Indianapolis, Indiana
  4. St. John Bosco, Bellflower, California
  5. Bingham, South Jordan, Utah
  6. Saint Xavier, Cincinnati, Ohio
  7. Centennial-Corona, Corona, California
  8. Grayson, Loganville, Georgia
  9. Trinity, Louisville, Kentucky
  10. Saint Ignatius, Cleveland, Ohio

Team Spotlight

Jenkins from Savannah is currently 6-0 and ranked #5 in Class 3A.   They started playing football in 1957.  Their overall record is 247-355-8.  The Warriors have only qualified for the playoffs seven times in their 61-year history.  Their best season was in 1966 when they finished 9-2 and lost in the state semifinals to Valdosta, 16-7.  Their longest winning streak was 15 games between 1968-1969.  Ben Patrick was the most notable player from Jenkins.  He played four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals (2007-2010).  Tim Adams coached the Warriors from 2004-2016 and recorded 63 wins.

Notes from last week

Christian Heritage was a 26-point underdog but upset Bowdon 21-7…Bleckley County (5-2) shocked Washington County 42-28…Region 1-7A has a combined record of 23-4 at this point.  The four-team region heads into region play this week…There are 40 teams that are still undefeated in the state.  Some of the teams on the list that are a surprise to me are Rabun County, Jenkins and Jones County…Lowndes, Brunswick, Rome, Cartersville, East Hall, Rabun County, ELCA and Manchester lead their classifications in scoring per game.

Player of the week

QB Jamarius Stevens of Brunswick had 423 yards and three touchdowns in a 64-21 win over Bradwell Institute.



Here Comes The Bacon…


People that know me, know that I like to read about obscure sports teams, leagues and unique nicknames.  Well, here comes another one.   Yesterday, the city of Macon, Georgia announced the name of their newest baseball team.  Give it up for the Macon Bacon.

Yes, I laughed too and then the reality of how stupid people get with naming these new teams.  They all want a unique name and one that no other team has.  Well, I’m pretty sure there isn’t another team named the “Bacon”.   Of course, Macon will be in the same league with the Savannah Bananas.  Can’t wait to see the headlines of that first game when the Bananas and Bacon meet at home “plate”.

Of course, Macon did bring us the most controversial sports nickname of all time with the “Macon Whoopees”.

The Macon Bacon beat out the names Macon Soul, Macon Hits, Macon Heat and Macon Noise.  I had submitted an entry in the name-the-team contest but it apparently wasn’t weird enough.  I had submitted the name:  Macon Reddings to honor Otis Redding who was a music legend from Macon as well as the name of a bird.  I guess my entry was too tame.

Macon will begin play in the Coastal Plain Baseball League which is a 16-team league in the Southeast.  The league fills its roster with college players.  This will be Macon’s first team since the Macon Pinetoppers played for one season in the Peach State League in 2011.   One of the nation’s oldest baseball stadiums has been dormant since then.

Macon has been home to the Macon Peaches, Macon Redbirds, Macon Pirates and Macon Braves.  The Braves did well but not well enough to keep them in Macon when the city of Rome, Georgia, lured them away with a new stadium.  Macon hasn’t had an affiliated baseball team since the Braves left for Rome.   Independent teams have played in Macon but those leagues never lasted.  The Macon Music played in the South Coast League in 2007 but didn’t return for another season.

I’m wondering if Bacon merchandise will sell like….hot cakes.

macon bacon

Yep, there will be a lot of ways to play on this name.  I can just see some college baseball prospect getting the news he will be playing for the Bacon.   Seriously?

The announcement of the new team name also came with bacon-flavored snacks for people in attendance for unveiling of the logo, uniforms and hats.

Here are the other teams in the Coastal Plain League:

  • Edenton (NC) Steamers
  • Fayetteville (NC) Swampdogs
  • Holly Springs (NC) Salamanders
  • Morehead City (NC) Marlins
  • Peninsula (VA) Pilots
  • Wilmington (NC) Sharks
  • Wilson (NC) Tobs
  • Asheboro (NC) Copperheads
  • Florence (SC) Red Wolves
  • Forest City (NC) Owls
  • Gastonia (NC) Grizzlies
  • High Point-Thomasville (NC) HiToms
  • Lexington County (SC) Blowfish
  • Savannah (GA) Bananas
  • Martinsville (VA) Mustangs

If I could create my own league, I thought of an all-food league which would include existing teams such as the Montgomery (AL) Biscuits, Jacksonville (FL) Jumbo Shrimp, Modesto (CA) Nuts, Portland (OR) Pickles and Savannah (GA) Bananas.

The world of naming sports teams has gone completely crazy.

Now I suddenly have an urge for bacon.





Savannah Hosts 19th Hockey Classic


Savannah, Georgia does not have a minor league hockey team but for the past 18 years they have been a hockey town one weekend during the winter.  This weekend, the Savannah Civic Center will the host  the 19th Annual Savannah Hockey Classic featuring four college hockey teams from the Southeast. Teams from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida and Florida State will compete for this year’s Thrasher Cup.  Florida State won the cup last year.  Georgia Tech has won the most Savannah Hockey Classics with seven.

On Friday, Georgia Tech plays Florida State followed by Georgia versus Florida.  On Saturday, Florida faces Florida State then Georgia plays Georgia Tech for their rivalry showdowns on the ice.

For the four schools, ice hockey is not a scholarship sport.  They are self-funded club sports teams and they receive little funding from their schools.

The Georgia Ice Dawgs will be favored to win the Thrasher Cup this year which goes to the winner of the tournament.  The Ice Dawgs have a 21-3 record and have beaten Georgia Tech and Florida already this season.

Thrasher Cup Titles:

  • Georgia Tech (7) – 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2012
  • Georgia (6) – 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2013
  • Florida (3) – 2010, 2014, 2015
  • Florida State (2) – 2008, 2016




Team of the Week:  Savannah Bananas

No, this isn’t a joke.  There really is a team named the Savannah Bananas.  The Bananas have just finished their first season in the Coastal Plains League (CPL) which is a summer league for college players.   The team was successful both on and off the field as they won the league championship and led the league in attendance.

The Savannah Bananas defeated the Peninsula Pilots 9-7 in Game Three of the Pettit Cup Championship to win the title.

The Bananas scored a run in the first inning and four in the second when Jameson Hannah and Rylan Bannon hit back-to-back home runs to give the Bananas a 5-0 lead.  The Pilots made a late run to cut the lead to 8-7 going into the ninth inning.  Savannah scored another run then held Peninsula scoreless to win the title.  

Savannah defeated Asheboro and Forest City in the playoffs.  In the championship final, the Bananas won the opening game 8-4 as Dungan Andy Clint Hardy led the Bananas with two hits and three RBIs each.  Catcher Adam Gauthier also added two hits in the game.  Savannah scored three runs in the fifth inning to break open the game.

The series shifted to Hampton, Virginia for game two as the Pilots tied up the series with a home run in the eighth inning by Kyle McPherson for a 4-3 win.

The Bananas replaced the Savannah Sand Gnats this season when the South Atlantic League team moved to Columbia, South Carolina.  The Bananas broke the league’s single-season attendance record with an average of 4,329 per game and 17 sell-outs.