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It’s the FINALS of HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS. AJC high schools beat writer Michael Carvell will try to blog live and take your questions about high school football and related topics.

We are here to talk football, football and more football. Going to a game? Take the cellphone or PDA and let us know what’s going on at YOUR game. Got a score update, see a killer play? Keep it clean, and POST IT HERE.

SEND GET WELL WISHES: One of the FFA blog regulars, AVikingFan, recently had emergency surgery and is now recuperating. In the spirit of the holidays, good cheer and fine Georgia football fandom, please post your “get well” wishes to him on this forum along with your football chatter.

GHSA BRACKETS: AAAAA | AAAA | AAA | AA | A

Here are the finals games you can find stories and photos from this weekend on ajc.com…

Class AAAAA – Camden Co. vs. Northside-Warner Robins
Class AAAA – Clarke Central vs. Sandy Creek
Class AAA – Gainesville vs. Peach Co.
Class AA – Calhoun vs. Buford
Class A – Savannah Christian vs. Wilcox Co.

GHSA BRACKETS: AAAAA | AAAA | AAA | AA | A

Finals topic: Review the 2009 season — biggest surprises, disappointments, most inspirational stories, who deserved the hype, who didn’t, players we’ll miss most and who’ll rule in 2010.

601 comments Add your comment

Michael Carvell

December 8th, 2009
9:51 pm

To “AVikingsFan” … on behalf of all of us at the AJC, we wish you a speedy recovery and Happy Holidays. Michael

JayBo

December 8th, 2009
10:50 pm

AVikingFan,

Thanking God for keeping you and praying for your full recovery in the days to come…Happy Holidays!!!

JayBO

NHS Eagles Man

December 8th, 2009
11:25 pm

Get well soon…remember, it’s only a liitle more than 8 months before you can be cheering your Vikings once again.

NHS (not Camden-StMarys-Kingsland-Woodbine-Waverly-Kingsbay-Browntown-***Unfair Advantage)

December 8th, 2009
11:36 pm

Biggest surprises, Northside and Camden playing for the championship. Both had slow/shaky starts.

Biggest disappointments, Warner Robins and Lowndes, neither played up to their pre-season hype and potential.

Most inspirational story had to be the Greenville coach. Also, Shaquille O’neil now playing running back for Northside with two broken fingers and a hand cast.

Players that we will miss the most, its Brison William, Greg Clark, and Devon Pike for Northside fans

Who will rule in 2010, Northside in 4A and Camden in 5A, and of course Buford in 2A, and the beat goes on and on.

NHS (not Camden-StMarys-Kingsland-Woodbine-Waverly-Kingsbay-Browntown-***Unfair Advantage)

December 8th, 2009
11:48 pm

I forgot one, who deserved the hype, Coach Nix of course, 300 wins and still counting.

spwhite

December 8th, 2009
11:52 pm

AVikingFan- Just remember our prayers are with you from Camden County. Get well soon and maybe we’ll see you at a Camden/Lowndes game in the near future!!

NHS (not Camden-StMarys-Kingsland-Woodbine-Waverly-Kingsbay-Browntown-***Unfair Advantage)

December 9th, 2009
12:25 am

Biggest dissapointment, Carvell and Holcomb picking winners and losers this year

NHS (not Camden-StMarys-Kingsland-Woodbine-Waverly-Kingsbay-Browntown-***Unfair Advantage)

December 9th, 2009
12:25 am

Most insprirational, Carvell and Holcomb still trying to pick winners and losers

pity poor monroe area

December 9th, 2009
2:53 am

Okay, my one post for the week…

I have no dog in any of the 5 fights this week, but I’ll be watching them all. Here are my predictions:

AAAAA: Camden gives Northside fans something to bitch about all winter. Camden 24-17.

AAAA: Clarke Central finishes its 2009 run in grand style and wins one for Billy Henderson. The Glads are back. AAAA beware. Gladiators rock the Creek 30-14.

AAA: After a lifetime of being just close enough to taste it, Gainesville FINALLY gets a plateful and brings the big tamale home to City Park. In another nail-biter, Red Elephants 28-24 over Peach County.

AA: Buford gets to make room for yet another state title trophy, but not in as dominating a fashion as in years past. Wolves bring it home, edge Calhoun 28-21.

A: Who to pick?? Coin toss. Wilcox has made deep playoff runs before, but Savannah Christian ousted Lincoln County in Lincolnton, something that very few have ever done, stopping Larry Campbell’s crew on downs inside the five. Sounds good to me. Savannah Christian makes another defensive stand late and takes the big trophy home to Chatham County. Call it 17-14.

Anyone?

PEACHCOUNTYTROJAN

December 9th, 2009
4:32 am

GAINESVILLE, WE COMMEND YOUR WONDERFUL SEASON.. AND WE RESPECT YOU AS A PROGRAM. BUT WE ARE THE MIGHTY TROJAN’S. LET’S BRING HOME A THIRD STATE IN FIVE YEARS BOY’S.. PEACH COUNTY 35- GAINESVILLE 14…

camdencat79

December 9th, 2009
5:49 am

CAMDEN WILDCATS BACK TO BACK STATE CHAMPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DO YOUR THING BOYS!!!!!!!!!!

montanto

December 9th, 2009
8:04 am

camden is good but they cant score 24 points against that eagle defense my prediction the team that makes the least mistakes will win pretty even matched

GHS_Elephants

December 9th, 2009
9:18 am

sorry mighty trojan ,but we’re bringing home state..Cairo smoked yall. and we smoked cairo.Time to tear the hot tamale up…

Gwinnett Fan

December 9th, 2009
9:44 am

Camden 14-10

They are masters at mistake free football.

topper

December 9th, 2009
10:01 am

I think I will stick with the 10-7 deal. Camden 10 Northside 7.. Bring another back to the Southeast corner boys! Go Cats!

AVikingFan- You will be in my families prayers. Get well soon the next football season is right around the corner!! And we all know you don’t want to miss your mighty Vikings!

wilcoxfan4life

December 9th, 2009
10:35 am

For the last three games that Wilcox has played, everyone said we were the underdogs and could not survive. We are still here!!! Wilcox is once more the underdog going to the dome. We like it that way!!! Go Patriots!

jokurone GHS '65

December 9th, 2009
10:50 am

long time coming, I saw the ‘60 game Waycross 49 GHS 0
Red Elephants take this one going away 38-21

Outside Observer

December 9th, 2009
12:28 pm

I thought that the Mason-Dixon line was here in Virginia not just south of Atlanta. As a casual observer it is extremely evident to me that almost every Georgia news agency reports how great all the previous top 10 ranked football teams in Georgia (AAAAA) are without giving Camden County much press other than listing their next victim. If the Wildcats down media precious Northside WR this weekend then all of Georgia can make excuses for their AAAAA teams and list why Camden County has an unfair advantage. They will have only beaten the #2, #3 and #6 teams in Ga top ten. Can anyone else say that? Too bad they have such a weak conference and still whoop up on the “Best” the state of Georgia has to offer. Can you say “BACK 2 BACK” State Championships?? Good Luck Wildcats!! Be sure to buy all of Georgia some cheese to go with “whine”.

Sportsfan31313

December 9th, 2009
12:52 pm

Hey AVikingFan,

Know that a lot of us on this blog thinks very highly of you, and for myself, you are a good friend. Get well soon.

randy prosen

December 9th, 2009
1:04 pm

I can’t wait for Sat. night, it’s going to be fun. I just love going to the Dome. Good luck Cats.

Sportsfan31313

December 9th, 2009
1:07 pm

Greetings to Todd Holcomb, Micheal Carvel, AJC Sports, EagleNationsRising, Mistermak, SouthGaRules, Reeze, Yo, Slalom, Viking Dad, and those whom are regulars on this blog whom I have not mentioned.

Thank you for sending AVikingFan, and his family your warm heart felt sentiments, and also your prayers for a speedy recovery.

AVikingFan

December 9th, 2009
1:36 pm

Thank you Michael, SportsFan31313 and all the posters who sent me their prayers and goodwill. This weekend is a very special time of the year for all of us and for a lot of young men who will be trying their best to win a title. But when you go through what I went through last week you realize the really most important things in life – God, family, and friends. Thanks again to all of you.

If any of the posters on this and other blogs have an opportunity to contact any of the players for your teams this week, tell them how proud you are of them. And tell them thanks for all their hard work and commitment. And tell them what they mean to you.

I wish I could join all of you at the lobby bar in the Omni for a get aquainted drink or soda, and walk over to da dome with you. There will be some unforgetfull games in all classifications. Naturally I’m partial to AAAAA, but hope to watch all the games on TV.

Please be careful as you travel to and from the games.

God Bless!

Hear kitty kitty!!!!wildcats meat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 9th, 2009
1:41 pm

keys to a Northside win on saturday night!!!!!!
1.No Turnovers
2.Get out of the Way during a punt return
3.Tebow Van Brunt,Briar
Northside 21 Camden wildcats 10 It is time to show Camden county what Region 1 class AAAAA is All About this saturday!!!!Have a Safe trip to the Dome Wildcats a 5 hours 23 min drive!!!! and GO peach County Trojans and Wilcox Patriots!

Lissa

December 9th, 2009
1:46 pm

AVikingFan – I hope you have a restful and speedy recovery!

EagleNationRising

December 9th, 2009
1:48 pm

AVikingFan: It is GREAT to see that you are up and blogging. I still owe you a drink, old friend. We will catch up with one another at another time. We should also make it sooner than later because known of us really knows what God’s plan is in our lives.

If I need to come down to a game down in Martin Stadium, let me know. We can get a drink and bite to eat before a Viking game. Just make sure the Viking fans around you treat me a little better than your Vikings treated our Eagles at Martin Stadium last season. :-)

Get well. We will miss you at the State Championships! Please keep myself and all of the bloggers here posted on your recovery. I know there have been lots of prayers and well-wishes around you. There will be a Warner Robins native in Atlanta praying for your FULL recovery. Take great care of yourself, AVikingFan!!!

EagleNationRising

December 9th, 2009
2:04 pm

Savannah Christian versus Wilcox County. For all of my teasing of Todd Holcomb, Chip Saye, and Co. over at the GHSF Daily, one of the best discussions which deserves signficant attention from the GHSA and high school administrators is how the GHSA counts each student at a Georgia private institution. Rather real or not. Many smaller public schools believe that they are now at a disadvantage. I do not have a strong opinion because private schools do not dominate high school sports or even GHSA activities like One Act, Forensics, etc. with larger high schools. Georgia is a public school state. I expect that to change over the coming years as the state grows and becomes more sophisticated. I am a public school kid all the way. Even I am thinking private schools for my loved ones now. Crazy. I am going for the public school for no other reason than Wilcox County is a public school.

A State Champions: Wilcox County

Buford versus Calhoun. The powerhouse versus a school that believes they can literally win anything. The Wolves are an establishment. I almost always ride with the establishment. However, the State Championships are always good for at least one upset. Although, it is hard to articulate Calhoun being an underdog against anyone. I am going to ride with the immensely talented kids from Gordon County.

AA State Champions: Calhoun

Peach County versus Gainesville. WOW! You talking about a matchup with plenty of firepower and players. If you think for a second that this game will not live up to the billing, think again. AAA football really has some strong and talented programs. These are two of the best in Georgia. I am a self admitted “homer.” Therefore, I am going to pick the almost hometown team from Fort Valley.

AAA State Champions: Peach County

Clarke Central versus Sandy Creek. Is it not really, really nice to see the boys from Athens rolling again. There are literally some high school and college aged kids from Georgia who have no idea about the days when Clarke Central was one of the most feared programs in Georgia. I would love to see Clarke Central bring the title back to Athens. However, I am going to surprise even Todd Holcomb. I am going to ride with Sandy Creek. My reasoning is simple. Sandy Creek has players. Sandy Creek has proven that they are one metro Atlanta program that can beat one of the best small town programs after they torched Griffin last Friday night. Finally, those guys at Sandy Creek obviously have very high character. I remember watching Calvin Johnson. I have NEVER seen a guy that is so good who exhibited such a high level of character. He is a Sandy Creek guy. Sandy Creek won a toss and turned themselves into the GHSA. That says something. It is not like me to pick any metro Atlanta team in football. Well, here it is. Sandy Creek will win it.

AAAA State Champions: Sandy Creek

Camden County versus Northside. I get chills thinking about it. I know this Camden County team is very talented. I am blown away at the heart that this Northside team shows. I have made “homer” picks for years on this blog. I have generally had long justifications. This one is simple. The school and team that I love is in the State Championship for the fourth time in five years. My pick is simple. I don’t need a reason! :-)

AAAAA State Champions: Northside! :-) :-) :-)

a sane approach

December 9th, 2009
2:09 pm

Kiffin – theres a difference between pushing the limits ( lattimore & james) and putting young kids careers and lives in danger (richardson, jackson, edwards, etc.) through a stupid football programKi

Jefferson

December 9th, 2009
2:17 pm

Let’s play a good clean game Buford and may the best team win. Go Jackets, sting em’. I’ve waited a whole year for this rematch, we know we can play at this level and we know you can be beat. Let’s see the “Freak” go crazy, we go 2 other good wide outs and 2 good tight ends, a cat quick tailback and a QB with a quick arm and smart reads. The defense is big up front and some LB’s that like to hit. Great kicking game and special teams. We are ready for the rematch.

plowboy

December 9th, 2009
2:21 pm

GO NORTHSIDE!!!!heard a rumor coach Mcpherson will be at FLORIDA STATE next year!

bbcsickdawg

December 9th, 2009
2:25 pm

anyone saying or talking about gainesville getting beat hasn,t seen them play. if i were you i wouldn’t give those boys anymore reason to be fired up than they already have. gainesville by 30

topper

December 9th, 2009
2:27 pm

EagleNationRising- that is the best reason I have heard you give all season for a Northside win! It should be a great game and for the same reason you picked Northside I will pick Camden!!!! See ya at the dome!

plowboy

December 9th, 2009
2:30 pm

northside 28 camden 14

Hear kitty kitty!!!!wildcats meat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 9th, 2009
2:31 pm

continues key of the Game
4 That kind of refeers will be officALY THE GAME
5.Make it Happen for Chris johnson #96
My solution of Wildcats weak ReGion Schedule is be a TCU horn Frog Mountain West Conferece get free number 1 seeds about every year!!!!!!!!!!

Hacksaw

December 9th, 2009
2:45 pm

Gainesville 35 Peach Co. 17. Good luck to all the kids in all of the games

Sportsfan31313

December 9th, 2009
3:23 pm

Great picks EagleNationsRising. However; I believe the Legendary Clarke Central will stop Sandy creek in there tracks. maybe next year for Sandy Creek.

topper

December 9th, 2009
3:25 pm

Sportsfan31313 – whats your take on the camden northside game?

Sportsfan31313

December 9th, 2009
3:25 pm

Here again are my picks:

Class AAAAA – Camden Co. vs. Northside-Warner Robins

Winner: Camden County

Class AAAA – Clarke Central vs. Sandy Creek

Winner: Clarke Central

Class AAA – Gainesville vs. Peach Co.

Winner: Peach County

Class AA – Calhoun vs. Buford

Winner: Calhoun

Class A – Savannah Christian vs. Wilcox Co.

Winner: Savannah Christian

Sportsfan31313

December 9th, 2009
3:26 pm

Topper,

There you have it.

BullDawg Rick

December 9th, 2009
3:48 pm

Buford in AA
Gainesville in AAA

1bighammer

December 9th, 2009
4:03 pm

to pity poor monroe area…that’s a great Christmas WISH for Clarke to Score 30 on Sandy Creek! Here’s to your wish NOT coming true!

pity poor monroe area

December 9th, 2009
5:41 pm

1bighammer: No dis to the Creek at all, but I grew up when teams trembled at the thought of setting foot in Death Valley just off of Baxter Street in Athens. These kids have risen from the mudhole of mediocrity to levels that I don’t think anyone expected, and they have just gotten stronger as the playoffs got deeper. I expect to see a great game, but I have to stand by my earlier statement. Glads rock the Dome as they take the crown. Maybe a little closer than the 30-14 I posted last night, but not much.

EAGLE1

December 9th, 2009
5:51 pm

My picks for this weekend:

Northside 17 Camden 13
Clarke Central 21 Sandy Creek 17
Peach County 28 Gaineville 21
Buford 35 Calhoun 21
Wilcox County 14 Savannah Christian 10

I can’t wait until Saturday! GO EAGLES BRING HOME THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!!!!!

wardawg

December 9th, 2009
5:55 pm

Hear kitty kitty wildcats meat, are you referring to Northside being meat for the Wildcats or do you (hear) the Wildcats coming for Eagles meat. So Lowdnes and Colquitt don’t count as Region 1 AAAAA competition? Looking for clarification. Plowboy do you really believe that Northside will hold Camden to 10 points, and Camden will give up 28 points. Camden will showup and be prepared to defend their 2008 AAAAA State Title.

Northsides play-off trek:
Chapel Hill-35-14
Union Grove 21-10
P-ridge- 20-17
Newnan: 29-24

Camden:
Newton: 43-19
Lowdndes: 10-7
North Gwinnett: 35-0
Colquit: 19-10

Remember 1 AAAAA is the ” SEC ” of AAAAA football. Camden took down the #2 and #3 from that region. Seems to me that they are evenly matched. Hard to think that either team will give up a lot of points. Last year is just that,last year. These 2 teams have both matured over the last 4 games. Should be a great game. AVIKING FAN, we will continue to pray for you and your family, for a full recovery. Good to see you back on, true, God, Family and Friends. Me and my son will be leaving early saturday to catch all of the games we can. We are going to make it a full day of football. Best wishes to all teams. Traveling memrcy to all families traveling to see their respective teams particpate this weekend.

dakotah

December 9th, 2009
7:35 pm

hey yall im back i just got out of the hospital

dakotah

December 9th, 2009
7:39 pm

*Ean Days, RB, Camden County: The 6-foot, 190-pounder already has a slew of college offers and could improve his stock with a stellar performance this weekend. Days starts at tailback (rushing for 1,350 yards) and cornerback. He is mulling over scholarship offers from Indiana, Illinois, Vanderbilt and Central Florida, while Georgia Tech may be close to offering

Wolverine2Blazer

December 9th, 2009
8:55 pm

AVikingFan, My prayers goes out to your speedy recovery. I suggest First America pharmacy to get your drugs. haha. And if your there tomorrow between 1 and 6 ask for Blaze. I’d be honored to meet yah. Shame you wont be at the championship game.

Speaking of which, ENR, are we still doing a gathering before the AAAAA Saturday at CNN? They’re kicking us out of the dorm then so i’ll be traveling through and would love an excuse to stop and watch the game.

spwhite

December 9th, 2009
9:38 pm

I will go out in a limb here. The Camden/Northside game will be a low scoring affair 14-10. The winner will be the team with the most points! :-)
Hopefully it will be the Wildcats!

dakotah

December 9th, 2009
11:47 pm

hey yall i just got out the hospital that y i aint been here

jcwfalcon

December 10th, 2009
1:05 am

I just cant wait for Saturday night! GO EAGLES!!!

Thanks a ton to the Eagles for a fun football season, and more fun to come! When my folks were pulling me out of Northside Middle to travel down and see Northside get waxed by teams like Evans and Valdosta…and we were the lowly step brother of the hated crosstown rival Demons, I had no idea i would get a decade plus of such great football. It has been so much fun to listen to and attend the games over the years! You continue to exceed my expectations! THANKS!!!

AVikingFan- best of luck on a speedy recovery.

Also, thanks to most of the bloggers who have made this a fun site to visit several times a week. I read more than I post, but I read a lot. I have gotten a lot of knowledge and entertainment from many of you. It made the high school football season much more fun!

Saturday will be a showdown of the best of the best. Anything except a blowout loss for my Eagles and I will hold my head very high and proud. No gripes. That being said…whip Camdens arse and bring that AAAAA title back to Wartown!

lil jig

December 10th, 2009
1:56 am

All I know is that I’m a Peach County fan for life.Of course I haven’t seen Gainesville play and the same goes for them about Peach County.Everyone keeps posting their predictions…when they really don’t mean anything.It really boils down to who wants it most.What I do know is there isn’t a team in any classification that will just blow Peach County out.So with that being said,all you Gainesville fans need to wake up and face reallity;THIS COULD BE YOUR FIRST & ONLY LOST!This will be a close game and please note that we’re not sleeping on yall.REMEMBER:WE have ALOT of weapons!