Georgia High School Football Review


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 8

Hurricane Matthew disrupted the schedule for many of the schools located in the Southeastern part of Georgia but a majority of the games went on as scheduled.  

Houston County teams in Warner Robins might be feeling that a hurricane ripped through their games as four of the five county teams lost this weekend.  In the much anticipated showdown between #1 Houston County and #3 Lee County the Trojans blew past Jake Fromm and the Bears 55-29.  Lee County intercepted Fromm four times.  Northside-Warner Robins was stonewalled by Valdosta 14-6 in a defensive battle.  The Wildcats recovered a muffed punt in the end zone and put together a 79-yard drive in the second quarter.  They Eagles never got on track on offense.  Warner Robins lost at home to Thomas County Central 33-22 and Veterans lost to Bainbridge 31-6.

This was the first time since 2008 that Warner Robins, Northside and Houston County all lost in the same weekend. In 2008 Warner Robins lost to Coffee, 37-20; Tift County beat Houston County 31-24 and Lowndes topped Northside 24-7. It was the first time since Veterans started playing in 2010 that all four teams have lost in the same weekend. 

Carrollton defeated Villa Rica 42-13 in what has been a rivalry game – at least for Villa Rica – but the Trojans have dominated the series 5-42-7 and has won the last eight meetings between the county foes.  It was their first meeting since 2007.  Villa Rica’s last win against Carrollton was in 1998.

Here’s this week’s top-ranked teams:

  • 7A – Roswell (6-0) beat Lassister 45-14.  Next week:  at Walton (3-3)
  • 6A – Lee County (6-0) beat Houston County 55-29.  Next week:  at Northside Warner Robins (6-1)
  • 5A – Buford (5-1) beat Johnson-Gainesville 48-0.  Next week:  at Cedar Shoals (3-3)
  • 4A – Cartersville (7-0) beat LaGrange 52-7.  Next week:  at Sandy Creek (4-2)
  • 3A – Greater Atlanta Christian (6-1) beat East Hall 69-12.  Next week:  Lumpkin County (2-3)
  • 2A – Benedictine (6-0) was off.  Next week:  Toombs County (5-1)
  • 1A (Public) – Clinch County (5-1) was off.  Next week:  at Turner County (4-2)
  • 1A (Private) – Eagle’s Landing Christian (7-0) beat Our Lady of Mercy 49-0.  Next week:  at Strong Rock Christian (3-4)

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 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)