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.

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Twas the Day of the State Championship

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Twas the day of the state championship game, when all through my house,

No one else was stirring but me in the house;

My Demon shirt was worn with excitement,

In hopes that my Sports Mic app would be on soon;

I settled in my chair and not in the bed,

While visions of touchdowns danced in my head,

My wife could hear every cheer and groan,

And that was just the pregame show on.

When out on the lawn I hear something annoying,

I wondered aloud what was happening.

I sprang to my window like a Burnett touchdown run,

Burst out of the door and sacked a strange man.

He went down like a hit from Bobby Kelly,

I suddenly realized he had a big belly.

I should have been flagged so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment I had tackled St. Nick.

I helped him up as he brushed himself off,

He picked up his bag and gave a big cough.

I apologized profusely and tried a hail mary,

Like a pass from Dylan into the secondary.

As I drew my head and was turning around,

Santa smiled as he looked at the ground.

He sprung to his sleigh like Tyler on a fade route,

And away he flew on his way out

He shouted “Merry Christmas to you and goooooo Demons!”

Georgia High School Football Weekly (12/13/17)

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Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy and Calhoun Win State Titles before snow hits Atlanta

The high school football season is not over yet as a freak winter storm hit the Atlanta area last weekend with snow which forced the cancellations of six state championship games which were scheduled to be played inside of the Mercedes Benz Stadium.  Although the games were indoor, the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) postponed the games out of concern for players, coaches, students, parents and fans traveling to the game.  Only two games were played before the postponements were announced.  The postponed games reverted us back to the past when state championship games were played at the location of one of the participating schools.

Here’s a look at the games that were played:

Class 1A (Private):  Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy 41, Athens Academy 3

I don’t think anyone was surprised by this result as ELCA continued their domination of the 2017 season.  The Chargers jumped out to a 27-0 lead at halftime and held Athens Academy without a first down and just 22 yards.  ELCA’s average margin of victory in its four playoff games broke the previous record held by Warner Robins in 1976.  The Chargers won their 36th straight game and third straight state title.

Class 3A:  Calhoun 10, Peach County 6

In one of the most controversial games in recent memory, Calhoun’s only touchdown came when Brannon Spector intercepted a pass and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown with 23 seconds left in the first half.  The controversy occurred late in the fourth quarter when Peach County QB Antonio Gilbert connected with Noah Whittington on a 21-yard pass.  Whittington caught the pass and stretched for the goal line.  The ball popped loose when the ball came down on the goal line which was ruled incomplete.  This week Peach County had issued a statement that they would appeal.  Don’t expect anything to happen.  Appeals like this are rarely granted.  In spite of the controversy, the low scoring game was not expected.  Calhoun won its third state title in seven seasons.

Here are the games to be played this week:

Class 7A:  Colquitt County at North Gwinnett

  • Coaches:  Rush Propst (Colquitt County) 281-94, Bill Stewart (North Gwinnett) 54-27
  • Key Players:
    • Colquitt County:  QB Steven Krajewski has completed 184 of 282 passes for 2,211 yards and 22 touchdowns
    • North Gwinnett:  QB Jimmy Urzua is 12-0 as a starter since Cade Fortin went down with an injury early in the season.
  • Championship Game Records:
    • Colquitt County (3-2)
    • North Gwinnett (0-2)
  • OUTLOOK:  Colquitt County has no fear to play on the road.  They have won their last four on the road in the playoffs after losing their last two games of the regular season.  North Gwinnett has rolled along quietly after losing their opener against Walton.  They took down Grayson in the second round.  My prediction is:  Colquitt County 33, North Gwinnett 21

Class 6A:  Coffee at Lee County

  • Coaches:  Robby Pruitt (Coffee) 340-78-1, Dean Fabrizio (Lee County) 65-35
  • Key Players:
    • Coffee:  RB Jameon Gaskin has rushed for 1,242 yards and 17 TDs this season; QB Wade Sumner has passed for 2,106 yards and rushed for 413 yards on the ground.
    • Lee County:  The defense has held 11 opponents to 17 points or less this season; QB Jase Orndorff has passed for 3,099 yards this season
  • Championship game records:  First game for both teams
  • OUTLOOK:  Many are picking this game to be a low-scoring, defensive battle but I do not.  These two teams have some powerful offensive weapons.  It will come down to who has the ball last to win it.  My prediction is:  Coffee 30, Lee County 24

Class 5A:  Rome at Warner Robins

  • Coaches: John Reid (Rome) 152-50, Mike Chastain (17-8)
  • Key Players:
    • Rome:  DE Adam Anderson, DT Quon Griffin and DE Jamarcus Chatman are all college talent;  QB Knox Kadum has passed for 1,956 yards and 22 touchdowns.
    • Warner Robins:  QB Dylan Fromm is 277 of 443 passing for 3,437 yards and 35 touchdowns; WR Julius Cobbs has 1,123 yards in receiving and 12 touchdowns;  RB Jarius Burnett has 1,248 yards rushing
  • Championship game records:
    • Rome (1-0)
    • Warner Robins (4-1)
    • Last state championship game at home:  Warner Robins 33, Brookwood 7 (1988)
  • OUTLOOK:  Rome has not played a close game all season since winning their opener against Harrison (33-21).  The Wolves have rolled over their playoff opponents.  Warner Robins has a very potent passing attack and explosive running back in Jarius Burnett.  Rome has three Division I college prospects on the defensive line.  My prediction:  Rome 38, Warner Robins 14.  (Not the way I WANT it to go and I’m still glad they play the game.  Anything can happen.)

Class 4A:  Blessed Trinity at Marist

  • Coaches: Tim McFarlin (Blesssed Trinity) 155-53-2, Alan Chadwick (Marist) 364-67
  • Key Players:
    • Marist:  QB Chase Abner has passed for 1.577 yards and 12 touchdowns.  He has also rushed for 959 yards and 16 touchdowns.
    • Blessed Trinity:  QB Jake Smith has passed for 2,020 yards; RB Steele Chambers has 1,250 yards rushing; RB Elijah Green has 1,231 yards;  WR Ryan Davis has 1,213 yards.
  • Championship game records:
    • Marist (2-8)
    • Last state championship game at home:  Marist 21, Statesboro 6 (2003)
    • Blessed Trinity (0-1)
  • OUTLOOK:  Blessed Trinity has rolled through the playoffs.  The Titans shocked Cartersville in the second round.  They have a powerful offense that can score.  Marist has rolled through the season undefeated.  Marist always seems to be around at the end of the season but often has trouble winning the big game.  My prediction:  Blessed Trinity 21, Marist 17

Class 2A:  Hapeville Charter at Rabun County

  • Coaches: Winston Gordon (Hapeville Charter) 37-34-1, Lee Shaw (Rabun County) 152-91
  • Key Players:
    • Rabun County:  QB Bailey Fisher has passed for 3,145 yards and rushed for 1,175  with 67 touchdowns.
    • Hapeville Charter:  DE Kingsley Enagbare, CB Chris Smith, DL Caleb Kelley and LB Zyon Bagley lead a strong defense.
  • Championship game records:  First game for both teams
  • OUTLOOK:  Hapeville Charter is only in their seventh season back.  The Hornets’ defense has been difficult for their opponents.  They have only given up 21 point or more three times this season.  Rabun County has been piling up the points scoring 35 or more 12 times this season.  My prediction:  Rabun County 33, Hapeville Charter 14

Class 1A (Public):  Clinch County at Irwin County

  • Coaches: Jim Dickerson (Clinch County) 138-43-1, Buddy Nobles (Irwin County) 41-11-2
  • Key Players:
    • Irwin County:  RB D.J. Lundy has rushed for 1,170 yards and 22 touchdowns
    • Clinch County:  Charles McClelland and Trezmen Marshall lead the Panthers’ offense.
  • Championship game records:
    • Clinch County (6-2)
    • Irwin County (1-5)
  • OUTLOOK:  Irwin County is looking to finally winning it all after making the state final in three of the last four years.   Clinch County has a capable offense but will have to eliminate penalties and turnovers that have plagued them in their losses this season.  This should be a tough, defensive battle.  My prediction:  Irwin County 21, Clinch County 14

NOTES FROM THIS WEEK:

  • This is the first time since 2007 that championship games will not be held at neutral sites.
    • Lowndes 34, North Gwinnett 6 (at Lowndes)
    • Northside Warner Robins 20, Ware County 14 (at Waycross)
    • Carver-Columbus 16, Cairo 13 (at Cairo)
    • Buford 50, Lovett 0 (at Buford)
    • Emanuel County Institute 41, Wilcox County 21 (at Cordele)
  • North Gwinnett, Lee County, Irwin County and Rabun County have never hosted a state title game.
  • Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy is the first team to have a “three-peat” since Buford did it 2007-2010.  They join the exclusive club along with Valdosta, West Rome, Thomas County Central, Parkview and Charlton County.
  • Three of the state title games are between teams from the same region.  (Coffee-Lee County, Blessed Trinity-Marist, Clinch County-Irwin County.)
  • Warner Robins and Rabun County won coin flips to host the title games.
  • Wright Bazemore (Valdosta) won 14 state titles as head coach.

BLOWOUT OF THE WEEK:

Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy 41, Athens Academy 3.  The Chargers are no stranger to this category in 2017.  They have blown out 13 of their 14 opponents this season.  The closest game they played was a 21-14 win over Eagle’s Landing in the first game of the season.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:

Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy WR Sean Queen had three catches for 81 yards and two touchdowns – both in the third quarter – in the Chargers’ win over Athens Academy.

TEAM SPOTLIGHT:

Irwin

The Irwin County Indians play in Ocilla, Georgia.  The school has fielded a football teams since 1952.  The team is 423-285-17 over 66 seasons.  They have qualified for the playoffs 32 times.  The Indians played their first game on September 19, 1952 when they lost to Mitchell County 27-0.  They won their first game on October 24, 1952 when they shutout Bacon County 31-0.    Their biggest rivalry is Fitzgerald.  They trail the all-time series 17-44-3.  Joe Compton is their winningest coach with 44 wins from 1983-1988.   Irwin County’s best season was in 1975 when they went 13-0 and won their only state championship over Jefferson.   Their most notable players were DB Jack Smith who played for the Philadelphia Eagles (1971) and DB Walt Sumner who played for the Cleveland Browns (1969-1974).

Georgia High School Football Weekly (11/22/17)

Blessed Trinity Shocks Cartersville In The Second Round

Last week was the week for huge upsets in the Georgia High School Association playoffs.  Two more defending champions went down to defeat (Grayson and Cartersville) in addition to one of the highest scoring teams of the season (Lowndes).   Here are the scores from last week and this week’s schedule for the quarterfinals:

Class AAAAAAA
Second round
Brookwood 28, Milton 23
Tift Co. 31, Hillgrove 24
Archer 16, Mill Creek 10
Colquitt Co. 28, Walton 21
Parkview 48, Mountain View 13
McEachern 36, Lowndes 31
North Gwinnett 35, Grayson 28
Marietta 38, Woodstock 28
Quarterfinals
Tift Co. at Brookwood
Colquitt Co. at Archer
Parkview at McEachern
Marietta at North Gwinnett
Class AAAAAA
Second round
Alpharetta 24, Douglas Co. 21
Coffee 55, Evans 21
Allatoona 14, Dacula 13
Tucker 28, Northside, Warner Robins 7
Mays 48, Centennial 41
Lee Co. 38, Grovetown 6
Harrison 45, Winder-Barrow 17
Glynn Acad. 34, Heritage, Conyers 26
Quarterfinals
Coffee at Alpharetta
Allatoona at Tucker (A)
Mays at Lee Co.
Harrison at Glynn Academy (GL)
Class AAAAA
Second round
Rome 56, Southwest DeKalb 0
Starr’s Mill 49, Bainbridge 28
Buford 48, Jackson, Atlanta 0
Stockbridge 10, Ware Co. 7
Carrollton 44, Arabia Mountain 0
Warner Robins 26, Eagle’s Landing 23
Carver, Atlanta 33, Flowery Branch 19
Jones Co. 26, Wayne Co. 21
Quarterfinals
Rome at Starr’s Mill
Buford at Stockbridge
Carrollton at Warner Robins (MT)
Jones Co. at Carver, Atlanta (G)
Class AAAA
Second round
Marist 31, Cedartown 18
Burke Co. 41, Cairo 23
St. Pius 43, Troup 35
Woodward Acad. 42, W. Laurens 31
Blessed Trinity 21, Cartersville 17
Thomson 35, Americus-Sumter 34
Jefferson 28, Ridgeland 21
Mary Persons 39, Baldwin 14
Quarterfinals
Marist at Burke Co.
St. Pius at Woodward Academy
Blessed Trinity at Thomson
Jefferson at Mary Persons
Class AAA
Second round
Greater Atlanta Christian 38, Lovett 21
Jenkins 35, Cook 34
Westminster 59, East Hall 57
Peach Co. 34, Pierce Co. 14
Cedar Grove 58, Dawson Co. 13
Pike Co. 26, Crisp Co. 25
Calhoun 28, Monroe Area 20
Liberty Co. 21, Westside, Macon 0
Quarterfinals
Greater Atlanta Christian at Jenkins (P)
Westminster at Peach Co.
Pike Co. at Cedar Grove (GO)
Calhoun at Liberty Co.
Class AA
Second round
Callaway 40, Rockmart 35
Brooks Co. 35, Dodge Co. 17
Rabun Co. 35, B.E.S.T. Academy 2
Screven Co. 34, Toombs Co. 20
Heard Co. 41, Pepperell 28
Thomasville 44, Dublin 22
Hapeville Charter 56, Elbert Co. 10
Benedictine 70, Jefferson Co. 21
Quarterfinals
Callaway at Brooks Co.
Rabun Co. at Screven Co.
Heard Co. at Thomasville
Hapeville Charter at Benedictine (SS)
Class A (private)
Second round
Calvary Day 17, Wesleyan 10
ELCA 54, Savannah Christian 0
Prince Avenue 33, Whitefield Acad. 7
Darlington 33, Aquinas 14
Sav. Country Day 20, Mount Pisgah 17
Athens Acad. 56, First Presbyterian 7
Stratford Acd. 36, Fellowship Christ. 22
Mount Paran 53, Mount Vernon 12
Quarterfinals
Calvary Day at ELCA
Darlington at Prince Avenue Christian
Sav. Country Day at Athens Academy
Stratford Academy at Mount Paran
Class A (public)
Second round
Mount Zion, Carroll 20, Marion Co. 12
Manchester 58, Washington-Wilkes 20
Clinch Co. 48, Dooly Co. 35
Mitchell Co. 22, Schley Co. 21
Macon Co. 41, Pelham 28
Irwin Co. 28, Lincoln Co. 14
Charlton Co. 42, Commerce 14
ECI 55, Jenkins Co. 26
Quarterfinals
Mount Zion-Carroll at Manchester
Clinch Co. at Mitchell Co.
Macon Co. at Irwin Co.
Charlton Co. at Emanuel Co. Institute
NEWS AND NOTES:
  • Blessed Trinity shocked heavily favored Cartersville 21-17 as QB Jake Smith connected with Ryan Davis with a 26-yard pass with 12 seconds remaining.  The win ended Cartersville’s 41-game winning streak and a bid for a third-straight state title.  This is the second time in three seasons that Blessed Trinity has beaten a top-ranked team in the playoffs.
  • Lee County and Pike County have advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time in school history.
  • I was two years’ old the last time (1966) Jenkins played in the quarterfinals.
  • McEachern overcame a 31-14 deficit late in the game against Lowndes as Carlos Del Rio, a freshman, threw a 31-yard TD pass to Genuine Potts for the winning score with 54 seconds left.
  • North Gwinnett broke a 28-28 tie with Grayson late in the fourth quarter with a 15-yard TD run by Tyler Goodson.
  • Warner Robins and Carrollton have 11 state titles between them.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: 
QB Matthew Downing of Alpharetta had a season-high 324 yards passing in a 24-21 win over Douglas County last week.
PERSONAL WATCH-LIST:
  • Warner Robins 26, Eagle’s Landing 23 (ot) – Wow.  This one was back-and-forth and drove me out of my mind.  An injured and hobbled Jarius Burnett willed his way into the end zone on a fourth-and-1 in overtime to give the Demon’s the winning score.  Warner Robins is now in the quarterfinals for the first time since 2013.  The Demons will host Carrollton this week.  Carrollton is in their third straight quarterfinal round.  These teams have never met but both have storied histories.  Carrollton has won seven state titles and Warner Robins has four state titles.  Carrollton (10-2) has lost two games this season to Rome (45-24) and Hiram (41-14) but have won their last five.  Warner Robins has won 12 straight.
  • Clinch County 48, Dooly County 35 –  The Panthers were outgained 488-474 but QB Charles McClelland passed for 179 yards and ran for 84 to help his team to advance to their second straight quarterfinal appearance.  Clinch County will travel to Camilla to play Mitchell County (10-1).   The Panthers lead the all-time series 4-2.  The Panthers defeated Mitchell County 54-12 in the second round last season.

TOP GAMES THIS WEEK:

  • Colquitt County at Archer – This is a rematch of the 2014 state championship game when Colquitt County won 28-24.  Archer comes into the game 12-0 and primed to eliminate the Packers but Colquitt County always seems to find a way to win on the road.
  • Allatoona at Tucker – Allatoona (9-3) won the state title in 2015 while Tucker (11-1) came up short to Valdosta in the championship game last season.
  • Carrollton at Warner Robins – This is a game between two schools with storied football traditions meeting for the first time.  Warner Robins has problems on offense the last couple of games with turnovers and penalties.
  • Blessed Trinity at Thomson – Blessed Trinity toppled the Goliath known as Cartersville and QB Joey Lawrence last week.  It will be interesting to see how they respond this week at Thomson.  These teams have never met previously.  The Titans are 10-2 with their two losses some to Marietta and Marist.  Thomson is 10-1 with their only loss to Burke County on October 27th.
  • Macon County at Irwin County – Macon County (8-3) is the defending 1A (Public) champions but they lost to Irwin County earlier in the season 36-28.  Irwin County enters the game at 10-1 with their only loss to Fitzgerald.   The all-time series is tied 2-2.
  • Charlton County at Emanuel County Institute –  These teams aren’t as dominant as they have been in past years but should be a good matchup.  Charlton County is 9-2.  ECI is 10-1.  This will be the first meeting between the schools.

TEAM SPOTLIGHT: 

The Blessed Trinity Titans have played football since 2001 when they started at 0-3.  They haveblessed not had another winless season since then.  The Titans are 121-65-1.  Their best season came in 2015 when they finished 13-1-1 and came up short to Westminster in the state final in overtime.  Blessed Trinity has qualified for the playoffs 10 of their 17 seasons.  Tim McFarlin is the teams’ winningest coach with a record of 71-19-1 from 2011-present.  The Titans have had 19 First Team All-Star Players in their history.  Most recently, RB Steele Chambers in 2016.   Their most common opponent has been Westminster.  The all-time series is tied at 7-7.  The Titans play at Blessed Trinity Stadium in Roswell.