Georgia High School Football Review: Second Round

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In the first round Lowndes defeated Hillgrove 92-61 so going into the second round, you had to wonder how the Vikings would respond to Norcross.   I expected a close, defensive battle but Lowndes didn’t miss a beat as they won 57-21.  They will play Westlake this week in the quarterfinals.  It will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams.

The Colquitt County Packers lit up the scoreboard in their second round game as they took out Brookwood 66-35.   Colquitt County quarterback Jay Saunders threw five touchdowns and 374 yards along with 74 yards rushing.  The Packers scored on all eight possessions of the first half.  Colquitt County will play #1 ranked Grayson in the quarterfinals.  The Packers are 2-1 against Grayson, winning 21-6 in their last meeting in 2013.

Valdosta 35, Northgate 0 – The Wildcats outgained Northgate 315-190 in total yardage and overcame some of their own mistakes to advance to the quarterfinals against Stephenson.  In their only previous meeting, the Wildcats defeated Stephenson 31-28 in the 2001 quarterfinals.  Valdosta is in the quarterfinals for the first time since 2010.

Mays 35, Lee County 22 – Mays rallied from a 22-8 deficit at halftime.  The Raiders shut out Lee County in the second half then sealed the win when Ferlando Jordan intercepted a pass and went 48 yards with 1:17 left to play.  Mays will play Tucker in the quarterfinals.  Tucker is 6-2 against Mays.  Tucker has won the last five times.   This is their first meeting in the playoffs.

Glynn Academy 47, Allatoona 7 – In a rematch of the 2015 Class 6A state title game, the Red Terrors got their revenge in a big way as quarterback DeeJay Dallas rushed 14 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns.  He also connected on touchdown passes of 44 and 58 yards.   Glynn Academy will host Northside Warner Robins this week.  Northside is 2-0 against Glynn Academy.  They won 31-7 in the 2014 quarterfinals.

Carrollton 41, Thomas County Central 14 – The Trojan defense shut down the Yellow Jackets as they built a 27-0 lead in the second quarter and cruised to an easy win.  Carrollton quarterback DeOndre Sullivan had 110 yards passing and 58 yards rushing in the game.   Carrollton will play at Buford in the quarterfinals.   It will be their first meeting.

Blessed Trinity 21, Carver-Columbus 17 – The Titans held on as Carver overcame a 24-7 deficit then forced the Tigers to turn over the ball on downs with under two minutes to play.  Blessed Trinity moves on to face Mary Persons this week.  It will be their first meeting.

Crisp County 30, Lovett 29 – Crisp County quarterback connected with Quay Walker on a 25-yard pass with 37 seconds left to knock off Lovett.  The Cougars will host Pierce County in the quarterfinals.   Crisp County is in the quarterfinal round for the first time since 2001.

Tattnall 13, Stratford 7 – In a battle of city rivals, Ahmad Barron scored on a 22-yard run early in the third quarter as the Tattnall defense kept Stratford off the scoreboard in the second half to advance. Tattnall will play in Savannah at Calvary Day next.   Tattnall is 2-1 all-time against Calvary Day.  They lost 20-19 in their last meeting in 1987.

 

Georgia High School Football Review: First Round State Playoffs

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It was a wild night in the first round of the Georgia high school football state playoffs.  If you are a high school football coach, how can you prepare your team for winning or losing in a game that ends with a basketball score?   The Lowndes Vikings defeated Hillgrove 92-61.  Yes, I had to look at that score more than once and then verify it was not a typo.  The 153 points scored in the game is the highest scoring game in state history.  The previous record was held by Douglas A&M in their 144-0 victory of Ocilla in 1922.

Banks County had the easiest game in the first round as they defeated KIPP Atlanta by forfeit.  KIPP officials decided they would forfeit the game when their players were involved in a huge brawl in their final regular season game.  If you were wondering about this KIPP school, it stands for Knowledge is Power Program which is a tuition-free, public school in West Atlanta with college prep courses designed to push students to college.  It would have been KIPP’s first-ever playoff game.

Of the 14 first-time schools in the playoffs, three were able to claim their first playoff wins:

  • Arabia Mountain 34, Villa Rica 14
  • Hapeville Charter 42, Monticello 0
  • North Murray 28, Jackson County 14

Some of the nail-biting finishes:

Sandy Creek 23, Marist 20 (ot) – The Patriots rallied from a 17-point deficit at halftime to defeat Marist.  Sandy Creek quarterback Bryant Walker connected with Parker Mallett for the winning touchdown pass in overtime.

Westlake 24, Etowah 23 – James Miller kicked a 22-yard field goal with three seconds left for the win.  Westlake advances to play South Gwinnett in the second round.

Woodstock 35, East Coweta 34 – Woodstock overcame a 27-point deficit and scored on a 47-yard halfback pass from Louis Hall to Noah Frith with 2:19 left.

Northgate 20, Centennial 16 – Northgate scored on a 7-yard run by Ton Evans with 1:48 remaining to win the game.  Northgate will play at Valdosta in the second round.

Upsets in the first round:

  • Heritage-Ringgold 37, Stephens County 30
  • West Hall 24, Troup 21
  • Savannah 27, Cook 3
  • Clarke Central 35, Carver-Atlanta 32
  • Northwest Whitfield 31, Oconee County 20

 

 

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 3

Hurricane/Tropical Storm Hermine messed up this week’s schedule of game which caused postponements, cancellations and delays but most of the games were played over the course of the Labor Day weekend.

In the best matchup of the week, Grayson defeated McEachern 16-13.  Grayson’s Will Van Pamelen booted a 20-yard field goal on the final play for the win.

Some interesting games over the weekend:

Georgia teams swept Colorado at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex as part of the KSA Evevnts Football Series in Orlando, Florida.  Tift County defeated Thunder Ridge, Colorado 55-19 and Glynn Academy beat Pomona, Colorado 33-14.  


Blessed Trinity traveled to Dublin, Ireland to play St. Peter’s Prep from New Jersey. Blessed Trinity couldn’t keep up with St. Peter’s after tying the game at 7-7 in the first quarter, they were dominated the rest of the game, losing 41-28.

Camden County was scheduled to play in Lake City, Florida against Columbia County, but the game was cancelled due to the weather and field conditions. 

Tucker 21, Colquitt County 20.  Tucker won in Moultrie to drop the Packers to 0-3.

Madison County 17, Elbert County 15.  Madison County was 1-9 last year but now improves to 2-0 this season with a huge upset of #7 Elbert County.  

Brooks County 35, Clinch County 21.  Brooks County forced four turnovers to build a 28-6 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Cartersville 56, Calhoun 0.  Calhoun has not lost by 50 points since 1980.  Cartersville dominated from start to finish in what many thought would be a heavyweight battle but Cartersville QB Trevor Lawrence was 21-of-32 for 348 arms and three touchdowns.   It should have been called at halftime.

Lowndes 35, Parkview 34.  Parkview rallied from a 35-14 deficit in the fourth quarter but missed the extra point with 2:44 left.  It was the first time the two teams had met since 2004 when the Vikings beat Parkview 17-14 for the state title.

Peach County 20, Warner Robins 19.  In another game plagued by a late extra point, the Demons scored on a touchdown pass with 47 seconds left but the extra point was blocked to preserve the win for Peach County.  Warner Robins now drops to 0-3.

Top Teams in each classification:

  • 7A – Roswell (2-0)
  • 6A – Houston County (3-0)
  • 5A – Buford (1-1)
  • 4A – Cartersville (2-0)
  • 3A – Pace Academy (2-0)
  • 2A – Fitzgerald (1-0)
  • 1A (Public) – Macon County (1-0)
  • 1A (Private) – Eagle’s Landing Christian (2-0)