Sandy Creek wins coin toss, then loses home playoff game to No. 1 Griffin

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Sandy Creek’s football team won the coin toss to play at home in the state semifinals, but now will have to play  on the road after GHSA rules clarification.

It was a huge turn of events for Sandy Creek. Who is the team’s opponent this week? Griffin, ranked No. 1 in Class AAAA and heavy favorites to win the state championship.

How did it happen?  Sandy Creek’s stadium does not meet the seating capacity of 6,000 for a state semifinals game. The GHSA waives the rule for the playoff’s first three rounds, while next week’s championship games are held at the Georgia Dome.

After Sandy Creek realized the mistake, the school turned itself in and will play at Griffin at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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BearFan

November 30th, 2009
7:49 pm

If the stadium did not meet the GHSA rules for seating why was there a coin toss? Just wondering? Oh well…guess Griffin doesn’t need to win a coin toss after all. GO BEARS!!

Michael Carvell

November 30th, 2009
8:13 pm

Great question. According to the GHSA, there never should have been a coin toss.

#1 fer now

November 30th, 2009
8:45 pm

I’ve been to the Battlefield for a Bears-Patriots playoff game in 2004. Does the seating minimum increase as the playoffs advance?

I know the visitor’s side seating in Tyrone is limited but if it was big enough in 2004, why isn’t it now?

#1 fer now

November 30th, 2009
8:55 pm

Sorry, Michael…..next time I’ll read the whole piece forst before asking a question you’ve already answered. I am embarrassed.

Nick

November 30th, 2009
9:02 pm

6,000 people is not coming to the game anyway i go to the Sandy reek game every week the stadium is not little. Guess we have to bring all our fans to Griffin like we did against Thomas County Central we had more fans than Thomas County Central. Sandy Creek is the best give us props were winning state thats final nobody taking it away from us we want it most

griffinbear

November 30th, 2009
9:11 pm

nick i dont know what you are talking but we are goin to take ya’ll up thru there we aint #1 for no reason partna ill give ya’ll 7 points i promise……and believe me are whole side will be full……wlecome to the country………………..

#1 fer now

November 30th, 2009
9:12 pm

The Battlefield is not little, Nick, so I agree, but the seating capacity of Griffin’s Memorial Stadium is substantially greater. We hope you bring a crowd with you and make it an even more electric environment.

Doesn't matter

November 30th, 2009
9:12 pm

why don’t they just play the game at a local high school in sandy creeks region like at starrs mill or fayette high school. both those schools hold well over 6,000 people

BEAR MEAT..

November 30th, 2009
9:34 pm

griffin will sell out their side and will be sitting on the visitor side…TRUST ME SHOW UP late and listen too the game in your car in the parking lot….play at a different site? build a bigger stadium…or will yall show up?

TCC Fan

November 30th, 2009
9:35 pm

Nick – Not sure where you get your “..we had more fans than Thomas County Central” from. Don’t get me wrong, ya’ll had the best visitor crowd we had here all year (except for our opening game vs. Thomasville), but it was nowhere near the number on the TCC side. Your 5 fan buses = maybe 250 people, plus maybe another hundred or so that drove. The visitor side isn’t half the size of the home side, and your side wasn’t even half full. I’ll give you this, the fans you did bring were loud (and so was that train horn). Dispute aside, congratulations on your win, Sandy Creek played very well. Good luck the rest of the way.

THEHILLISREAL

November 30th, 2009
9:38 pm

Why not play the game AT Langston Hughes High, it’s about 5 miles from Sandy Creek. Creekside played at Northgate Eric Berry senior against Griffin.

GriffinMBABulldawg

November 30th, 2009
9:49 pm

According to the website of the contractor that constructed the Sandy Creek High School facility, their beloved “Battlefield” only has a capacity of 4,000 – 2,500 home seats and 1,500 visitor seats. That is clearly below the seating standard established by the GHSA.

Griffin has always had a strong fan following. The community has really galvanized behind the team. Griffin High alumni from neighboring counties and beyond have been making the effort to watch this special squad play all year. The Griffin side will be packed. The anticipated 500 Sandy Creek fans will have to rub elbows with 3,000 rabid Bear fans on the visitors’ side.

On Friday night, Griffin’s Memorial Stadium will indeed be electric as our powerful offense, devastating defense and explosive special teams take Sandy Creek out behind the woodshed for a serious beat down. The Patriots will see first hand “how we do it, at Da House!!!!”

Patriots are Bear Meat !! Go BEARS !!!

studentofthegame

November 30th, 2009
10:14 pm

Honestly I wish the game was played at the battlefield cause when we win I dont want any excuses about stadiums, home field advantage or anything. Side note all SWD and Tucker fans are cordially invited

Chrissy218

November 30th, 2009
10:23 pm

According to GHSA rules, if 2 same seed teams play in the Semifinals, there will be a coin toss if both teams stadiums can seat required number, but if one can’t the game will be played at the other’s stadium. If neither meet the required space, a neutral sight will be decided by GHSA. Got it straight from the website.

Thomas Paine

November 30th, 2009
10:27 pm

I have been to Griffin’s Memorial Stadium. It is substantially smaller than Sandy Creek’s Battlefield, seating and field size. There was a published report indicating that the grounds actually measure 97 1/2 yards.

As an aside, Griffin, I applaud your awareness and acceptance of the gay community. Having a mascot like the “Bears” is truly progressive. I would like to see future high schools use such a proud term to represent their academic institution; that or the Twinks.

studentofthegame

November 30th, 2009
10:32 pm

Thomas Paine you obviously have never been to memorial stadium. Cause our field is and stadium is twice the size of the battlefield. Remember this our 3rd time in 5 seasons meeting Sandy Creek in the playoff(2-0 by the way). So please get the facts str8.

studentofthegame

November 30th, 2009
10:36 pm

As far as you remarks about the acceptance of the Gay community having a last name like Paine can be misinterperted if you know what im getting at

BEAR MEAT..

November 30th, 2009
10:39 pm

thomas paine please keep your …THE BEARS WILL WELCOME YOU WITH OPEN ARMS….LOL

Thomas Paine

November 30th, 2009
10:40 pm

Student of the game, your fact finding abilities, as well as your hip spelling of “straight” are greatly appreciated. If your field is twice the size of Sandy Creek’s then there are some serious concerns that arise. I don’t think Sandy Creek’s players are prepared to play on a 200 yard field (240 yards if we’re counting end zones).

BEAR MEAT..

November 30th, 2009
10:40 pm

AJC WILL NOT LET ME FINISH MY COMMENTS ….

Yep

November 30th, 2009
10:42 pm

Man… Tough break for Sandy Creek and their fans. Griffin isn’t the safest city to take the family.

GOPATRIOTS

November 30th, 2009
10:46 pm

I graduated 2006 and I am coming home from UGA to watch my Patriots whoop up on Griffin. :)
It’s going to be a great game! Sandy Creek fans will definitely be there to represent.
Lets see if Griffin can stop the best running back on our side of the bracket.
GO PATRIOTS!!! TO THE DOME!!!!

Thomas Paine

November 30th, 2009
10:46 pm

Student of the game, what happened, too busy cooking meth during U.S. history?

W.H. O'Cares

November 30th, 2009
10:50 pm

Yeah, so….this is a high school football game. Since when did we become Texas?

NO ONE CARES.

BEAR MEAT..

November 30th, 2009
10:51 pm

bad drug too choose..p.a.i.n.e…please get help/

GriffinMBABulldawg

November 30th, 2009
10:51 pm

Yep – Griffin is very safe and a great community to raise a family. As it relates to the football game, we’ve had no problems this year. Furthermore, Griffin is much safer than Tyrone which borders all the derelicts and reprobates just over the county line in South Fulton.

Somebody tell Thomas Paine’s mommy that he is up past his bedtime. Nothing worse than an unemployed Georgia Tech grad living in his parent’s basement indiscriminately blogging about issues that he is totally ignorant. studentofthegame’s statement that Memorial is twice as big as the Battlefield was referring to the seating capacity, not the field size. MORON.

FayetteDawg

November 30th, 2009
10:54 pm

Does the GHSA not have any rules on safety? I am wary of bringing my family to the game due to the crime in Griffin. They should keep the game in Fayette! Go Patriots!

BEARMAN

November 30th, 2009
10:54 pm

YEP,
DO ONE THING FOR YOURSELF, SHUT THE CRAP UP! CALL OUR POLICE DEPT. AND GET YOURSELF A CRIME REPORT. SOUR PUSS!

BEARMAN

November 30th, 2009
10:56 pm

FAYETTE COUNTY HAS TWICE THE CRIME OF SPALDING COUNTY.

BEARMAN

November 30th, 2009
10:57 pm

YOU BUNCH OF CRYBABIES!

BEAR MEAT..

November 30th, 2009
10:57 pm

fayette has more crime than griffin…fayette is little atl??

Yep

November 30th, 2009
10:58 pm

Much safer??? Where do you get that information?

GriffinMBABulldawg

November 30th, 2009
10:58 pm

GOPATRIOTS – you would be better served staying in Athens next weekend with all the pretty coeds and preparing for final exams which start December 10th. Your excursion to Griffin will be a big disappointment.

I’m not too worried about RB Rajion Neal. You should be more concerned about our 1st team defense that hasn’t allowed a touchdown in the playoffs.

woodie

November 30th, 2009
11:00 pm

I went to a regular season game at Griffin a couple years ago against North Clayton and it was completely sold out and it ain’t a small stadium.

sam

November 30th, 2009
11:00 pm

If you read the constitution, only 4,000 seats are required for AAAA. Only 5A requires 6,000 seats

Taco

November 30th, 2009
11:03 pm

This is the best Bears team ever and I have been going since 1974. I have been to both stadiums and Memorial Stadium is substantialy larger. I will miss the Battlefield Stadium and that great Etch-a-Sketch screen. Bears D will be ready. #47 may be the best player to ever come from this town, come out and see history. I hope Sandy Creek gives us a game, nobody has thus far. BTW Thomas Paine is an idiot. Griffin is a safe as any place in North Fayette county my scared friends. We will have 5000 fans this week so be ready to feel the noise.

BEAR MEAT..

November 30th, 2009
11:04 pm

back too the game people..only crime friday night will be when GRIFFIN BEARS..shut down..crush..beat up..slam down..choke out ..hand out punishment..too all including #25….thank for your attention…only during the game thats not crime is it..

Yep

November 30th, 2009
11:04 pm

The crime stats I find say otherwise.

Thomas Paine

November 30th, 2009
11:06 pm

GriffinMBA, how dare you Sir. I hold an associate’s degree in sports management from the prestigious Griffin Tech. I am appalled that you would assert that I am up past my bedtime. Being a God-fearing young man, as well as my mother’s angel, I would participate in no such degenerative behavior. Additionally, I was simply commenting on previous information that came to light (read: “Cause our field is and stadium is twice the size of the battlefield.”). I believe the all-caps “moron” was a bit excessive. Perhaps just a capital “M” would have sufficed.

Gryphon

November 30th, 2009
11:06 pm

Make sure to bring cushions to the game, Sandy Creek fans. The visitor side is basically large concrete steps currently.

FayetteDawg

November 30th, 2009
11:06 pm

58,417 people live in Spalding County. The median income for a household in the county was $36,221. 15.5% live below the poverty line.

106,144 people live in Fayette County. The median income for a household in the county was $71,227. 2% live below the poverty line.

You tell me which community sounds nicer? These are facts. The GHSA should keep the game in Fayette where I don’t have to worry about being robbed during the game!

Thomas Paine

November 30th, 2009
11:10 pm

I find this debate about crime to be a bit pedestrian. There are some fair arguments for both sides. Tyrone, GA is right on the cusp of Hell on Earth; there is no denying that contention. And Griffin is littered with sexual deviants and undesirables. It’s a toss up in my book.

BEAR MEAT..

November 30th, 2009
11:13 pm

north feyette is consider little atl..and fayette co. has more drug prom..than any county since you $$ people can afford it keep the powder too your self?

DT

November 30th, 2009
11:19 pm

Nick, i give Sandy Creek credit for winning in Thomasville. However; you must be blind if you think Sandy Creek had more fans than TCC. I was at the game and was surprise at the lack of fans from Sandy Creek considering it was their 1st trip to the 3rd round of the playoffs. Let’s keep it honest.

FayetteDawg

November 30th, 2009
11:22 pm

In 2008 there were four (4) instances of violent crime and zero (0) murders in Tyrone, GA. I wonder how many there were in Griffin? I’ve already written the GHSA to request the game be played at a neutral safe location.

Big Boi

November 30th, 2009
11:23 pm

AAAA is little league ball. Might as well be two girl’s teams playing powderpuff. Real football is played in ATHENS. Go DAWGS!!!!

Gryphon

November 30th, 2009
11:25 pm

I promise, no one has been killed at a Griffin Bears game this year.

FayetteDawg

November 30th, 2009
11:26 pm

BEARMEAT….you are precisely the reason I am afraid to bring my family to the game. This is what you wrote with my translations in ():

north (North) feyette (Fayette) is consider(ed) little atl..and fayette co. has more drug prom(problems??)..than any county since you $$ (wealthy) people can afford it (afford what) keep the powder too (to) your self?

Are you retarded?

SandyCreek98

November 30th, 2009
11:27 pm

Wow Bear Meat did you graduate from Griffin with those spelling skills??? Go Patriots!! There is no way I would risk my life driving to Griffin though. I get nervous when I have to go there during the daytime. I can’t imgaine what it’s like at night… True Fayette County is turning ghetto but it still beats Griffin….

DT

November 30th, 2009
11:28 pm

FayetteDawg, let’s keep these post clean for the kids that are subjective to reading your post. Please post something positive about your team. This is only high school football and it’s Sandy Creeks 1st time ever making it this far. I wish them well. Sandy Creek has some legitiment coaches.