NO SLEEP for the champions

Brookwood coach Mark Crews hasn’t gotten much sleep since his team won the Class AAAAA state football championship on late Saturday night.

“Maybe two hours of sleep,” Crews said on Sunday. “I usually don’t get much sleep after games anyways because I have so many things running through my mind about things we need to improve on before the next week’s opponent.”

“Last night was kind of strange, though. I couldn’t sleep well because I was thinking about what a great run our kids had and what our football program accomplished this season.”

Brookwood was crowned state championship in Georgia largest classification, while the other winners were Chattahoochee in Class AAAA, Sandy Creek in Class AAA, Buford in Class AA and Clinch County in Class A.

Another winner was the Georgia High School Association. Ralph Swearngin, the GHSA’s executive director, estimated a total of 50,000 fans attended five championship games over two days in the Georgia Dome — an increase of 20-percent or more from last year’s games.

“I thought it was a great, great experience,” Swearngin said on Sunday. “We were pleased with the quality of the games, along with size of the crowds. Everything went very well this year.”

Brookwood’s 52-38 win over Colquitt County was the highest-scoring state championship game in the history of Georgia football. It also snapped a three-game streak of championship wins by South Georgia schools.

“We had to score a lot because we were scared to death of those guys because they could score a lot,” Crews said. “They had about 900 first downs … We had a real hard time getting them off the field. But when we had the ball on offense, we did something with it about every time we had it.”

For Brookwood, it was the team’s first win in the state finals in three tries under Crews after losses in 2002 and 2005. Crews was carried off the field by his players at the end of Saturday’s game.

“You’re about as disappointed as you can get when you’re walking off the field after losing in the state championship,” Crews said. “I’ve been coaching football for 34 years and I really felt like we had a chance to win this game. There’s a lot of satisfaction in doing it, and a lot of happiness for the kids for achieving it as well.”

Sandy Creek became the third team in state history to win consecutive state championships in different classifications after hoisting the Class AAAA trophy last year. Meanwhile, Buford is the second team in state history to win four state championships in a row.

Chattahoochee coach Terry Crowder says also he hasn’t gotten much sleep since Friday’s 24-0 win over Starr’s Mill in the Class AAAA finals.

“Maybe a couple of hours … I went back to the Dome on Saturday because I have some good friends that coach at Brookwood and watched them,” Crowder said on Sunday night.

“I just can’t wind down. It’s like I don’t want to go to sleep yet. It will probably catch up with me [Sunday night].”

After Chattahoochee won its first state championship in school history, it had a surprise waiting at the gym in the wee hours on Friday night. More than 2,000 Chattahoochee supporters had gathered in the school gym when the team buses returned shortly after midnight.

Crowder got up in front of the crowd to introduce his seniors and the members of his football staff. “It was an incredible way to end the day, just incredible. Everybody didn’t want the night to end. We just celebrated together. I will never forget that night for the rest of my life.”

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14 comments Add your comment

Dawg Style

December 13th, 2010
1:55 pm

Buford sleeps very well. & after their 4th STRAIGHT championship, already has the blueprint mapped out for a 5th Straight…

Question to the Yallow Jackets of Calhoun…. Wanns become the Buffalo Bills of GA HS football?? Bring it on!!

Spete birddawg

December 13th, 2010
2:19 pm

congrads brooky

FURMAN PALADIN DEATH DEALER

December 13th, 2010
2:55 pm

YOU GUYS RECRUIT ALL OVER ATLANTA…..CONGRATS ON A GREAT RECRUITING CLASS AND ANOTHER STATE CHAMPIONSHIP…..BUFORD IS ONLY BEHIND GEORGIA, TECH, AND GEORGIA SOUTHERN IN RECRUITING BUDGET..$35000 SOUND SYSTEM IN THE WT. ROOM TO WOW THE RECRUITS……BEING FROM CALHOUN, I GOT TO PERSONALLY SEE ALL 4 OF THE WEST ROME TEAMS, AND THEY WOULD’VE SMOKED YOU GUYS…..YOU GUYS ARE GOOD, BUT THOSE TEAMS WOULD HAVE BEATEN YOU BADLY…..THEY ARE AMONG THE BEST THAT THIS STATE EVER HAD REGARDLESS OF CLASSIFICATION…..AND AS MUCH AS YOU GUYS SPEND ON FOOTBALL, YOU ONLY BEAT US BY 3 LAST YEAR AND WE TOOK YOU TO OVERTIME THIS YEAR….DON’T LET YOUR HEAD GET TOO BIG….WE ELIMINATED THE TEAM THAT WOULD HAVE GOTTEN YOU ALL BECAUSE THEY CAME APART HERE IN CALHOUN……WE DID YOU GUYS A FAVOR…..

Shawn

December 13th, 2010
3:02 pm

The games were great! However, I do believe the GHSA and the Georgia Dome folks need to be more accomodating for the fans. Let’s please allow fans to come in and exit out of more than 2 exits next year. If I pay $20 for a ticket, I should be able to go out any exit that is closer to where I parked my car. I should not have to walk half way around the outside of the dome to get to it. Also, the 2nd level should be opened up for all the games. Not everyone wants to be crammed in on the bottom level where you cannot really see the plays develop and actually enjoy the games. If the dome is going to host all 5 games, then have the enitre facility ready. Do it right, don’t just half ass do it!

FURMAN PALADIN DEATH DEALER

December 13th, 2010
3:21 pm

Shawn:
TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU….2ND LEVEL GOT TO BE OPENED….2 EXITS, YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING…..WE HAD A GOOD THING, DON’T TWEAK IT AND MESS IT UP…..

1st Down Creek

December 13th, 2010
4:19 pm

Be careful Buford, Sandy Creek may drop down to 2A in 2011 and win a 3rd straight championship.

snoopy

December 13th, 2010
5:48 pm

Uhhhh Death – (Sounds like your team, bro)…

FWIW West Rome was 25 years ago… No player on that team could start for the Wolves (or any team that was in the Dome this weekend!)..

I was on the ‘76 Avondale state champions & at 6′1″ 256, could not match up with these kids today…

Don’t hate – Appreciate!!

I believe Buford will be in the Dome AGAIN in ‘11…

gharvest

December 13th, 2010
6:07 pm

Can not believe that Death Dealer thinks that Carver is better than Calhoun. Buford would have beaten whoever in the final game. It did not matter. You are crazy to think that Buford spends money on recruiting. Winning recruits! Losing does not draw in talent. If Calhoun could win the big one you would know! Don’t say someone does something illegal to try to make yourself sound better, it does not. It just makes you soung like a whiner.

jacketspeed

December 13th, 2010
8:46 pm

Buford may be more than Sandy Creek wants. Calhoun deficit in 4 showings against Buford, I think this is correct- 27-24-3 and ot in that order. So I think all of you over confident folks need to be careful what you ask for. It is only so long before Lamb figures out how to beat Buford. Remember when you thought Carver was a sure thing in the finals, how did that work out for you? A few breaks caught and Calhoun wins this year, no whinning here, just saying you boys didn’t look so confident in the second quarter. Lots of humble Buford fans on here, this isn’t directed toward you.

Wolfman

December 13th, 2010
9:30 pm

Death Dealer, Jacketspeed let it go, Buford was the better team the last 3 years. A few breaks here and there it doesn’t matter. Calhoun had a great team every year and played their hearts out but came up on the short end. And 1st Down Creek you have to stay in the same classification for 2 years before you can move up or down. Buford has a top notch program and will keep it that way. Go Wolves.

wolfbait67

December 13th, 2010
11:37 pm

Jacketspeed: thank U for the comment…Only game all year that I saw where both teams left it all on the field….5 years ago, we would be Co-Champs and for 14 games and 48 minutes, we were…..BTW, 1st down creek runs right into the drainage ditch, he, or she haven’t a clue about good football unless they have played a Yellow Jacket or a Wolf…………wolf wolf

Stan Evans

December 14th, 2010
8:35 am

Unbelievable that Dr. Swearingen thinks everything went smoothly. Yes, the games were very entertaining. But, the idea to keep folks out of the second level was not well thought out. That level has always been the haven for those who do not have loyalties to any particular team. I can’t blame the fans who stand up to cheer their children who are on the field performing. However, please do not cram the rest of us into that level (forcing us to sit in the end zone where people are not standing). During the Brookwood game I watched much of the game on the big screen because of folks standing up in front of me. While $20 per day is a good deal to see the quality of football these finals produce, I should not be subjected to poor seating or standing up. My old bones can’t handle that! The first priority of playing in the Dome should be about the players and coaches. But I also believe part of the justification for playing in the Dome is so fans can view the games confortably. You missed that mark this year. Let’s not cut corners and screw up what is a great event!!!

CAMDEN COUNTY WILDCAT

December 15th, 2010
12:37 pm

CONGRATS TO ALL THE TEAMS THAT WON THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS YEAR, EVEN TO AN OLD DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR COACH FROM OUR CAMDEN COUNTY STAFF IN 2003 WHEN WE WON THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP AGAINST VALDOSTA, COACH CROWDER, IM PROUD OF OUR OLD WILDCATS COACHES BEING SUCCESSFUL AS HEAD COACHES NOW…BUT IM A LITTLE UPSET THAT CAMDEN WASNT IN THE FINALS THIS YEAR. BUT WE CANT WIN EVERY GAME. BUT I STILL BELIEVE THAT WE WAS THE BEST TEAM IN THE STATE BUT THE OFFICIALS DIDNT THINK SO. TO ME I THINK THIS GAME IS PAID..LOL NAW JUST JOKING, BUT I PROMISE YOU IN 2011 CAMDEN CONUTY WIDCATS WILL WIN THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!!! MARK MY WORDS!! OUR WHOLE DEFENSE IS COMING BACK INCLUDING OUR STAR PLAYER J.J. GREEN, WHO WILL BE NOTHING BUT A JUNIOR NEXT YEAR, AS WE GO FOR THE RUN FOR THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HOPEFULLY MIAMI CENTRAL AND ST.THOMAS AQUINAS WIN OUT THEIR STATE CHAMPIONSHIP THIS YEAR BECAUSE THIS WOULD MAKE US LOOK BETTER FOR NEXT YEAR.. ST.THOMAS IS COMING TO OUR HOUSE TOO, SO I CANT WAIT FOR AN EXCITING SEASON OF WILDCAT FOOTBALL AGAIN. BUT ONCE AGAIN CONGRATS TO ALL THE TEAMS THAT WON IT OUT THIS YEAR, AND BE PREPARED FOR THE WILDCAT TAKE OVER NEXT YEAR!! BE READY!!!

ChiliPimp

December 16th, 2010
10:55 pm

Had a ball at the Dome taking both my sons to take it all in. Man, how about that crowd from Calhoun!!!! That was awesome as was the game. Great job to all the teams!