Here are some of the better quotes from last week’s Georgia high school football games:
“It all boils down to having faith in your players. When you’ve got great players, you have to believe in them. I knew if I called that play and if we just handled the football, they were going to get it done.”
- Swainsboro coach David Johnson, to GHDF Daily, on his decision to go for a do-or-die two-point conversion in overtime in a 38-37 victory over Jefferson County. Swainsboro scored on a sweep to win. It was the second time this season that Johnson elected to go for two in overtime, as Swainsboro beat county rival ECI 15-14 in the season opener.
“The people that have been involved with this program the last four years had a vision, and that vision is coming to pass. The hard work, the workouts, the love of the kids; if you show these kids love, they’ll fight for you.”
- Newton coach Cortez Allen, to the Newton Citizen, after his team’s 35-32 victory over Newnan. Newton is 4-0 and ranked for the first time since 1995.
“This must be what winning a state championship feels like. It’s the best feeling in my life.”
- Prince Avenue Christian lineman Dillon Faulkner, to the Athens Banner-Herald, after his team defeated Athens Academy 28-7. Athens Academy had been 10-0 combined against Athens-area private schools Prince Avenue (4-0) and Athens Christian (6-0).
“Our team really has the ability to do that. You blink, and all of a sudden you’re up three touchdowns.”
- Flowery Branch coach Lee Shaw, to AccessNorthGa.com, after his team increased its lead from 7-0 to 35-0 in less than four minutes in the second quarter against Rockdale County. Flowery Branch won 49-0.
“To come out of those five games with four wins, I have to feel pretty good about it. In our only loss, we had our chances to win.”
- Marist coach Alan Chadwick, to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, after a 39-13 victory over Carver of Atlanta. Marist’s lone loss was in overtime to unbeaten Tucker.
“We have a lot of weapons and a lot of different ways to hurt a defense. It is pretty tough to defend us when we are on our game.”
- Chattahoochee coach Terry Crowder, to the Dalton Citizen, after his team defeated Northwest Whitfield 45-15. Chattahoochee is averaging 38 points per game and is 4-0 for the first time since 2001.
“That was an old-timey game. We went in thinking if we could get it to the fourth quarter, we might stand a chance. We just couldn’t score.”
- Ware County coach Ed Dudley, to the Valdosta Daily Times, after his unranked Class AAAA team lost 3-0 to Lowndes, the No. 5 team in AAAAA.
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