AAA Blog: Top teams dominate with defense
Zeroes were heroes for ranked teams in Class AAA. Seven of the nine ranked teams that played put up shutouts, the closest of them No. 2 St. Pius, which escaped with a 7-0 victory against Washington. Here’s a look at some other notable games:
- A clincher for Mary Persons: Mary Persons narrowly missed the playoffs each of the past two years but secured a week 11 game courtesy of two second-half touchdowns by Corey Head.
- Sandy Creek has a success Kitt: DeMarre Kitt scored on two big plays (a punt return and a pass reception) while the top-ranked Patriots’ defense posted its fifth shutout and third in its past four games. The Sandy Creek winning streak grew to 38 games, and the Patriots have won 12 in a row against county rivals.
- Burke County cooks up a shutout: Montres Kitchens scored three touchdowns, including a 92-yard pass reception on the first play of the fourth quarter, and No. 4 Burke held Butler to 157 total yards in a 35-0 victory. It was the second shutout for Burke, which faces No. 5 Thomson in the 3-AAA championship next week.
- Dalton gets a measure of payback: Dalton forfeited four wins after the GHSA ruled a player who transferred from Southeast Whitfield ineligible. Southeast filed the initial complaint with the GHSA. The Catamounts were leading 7-AAA, Division A before the forfeits, but needed a win Friday night to qualify for the Region 7-AAA play-in game. They blanked Southeast 35-0 for their second shutout.
- Another shutout for St. Pius: The No. 2-ranked Golden Lions posted their fifth shutout with a 7-0 victory against Washington. The lone score came on a 10-yard touchdown by Ryan Braswell. The Lions, who play Woodward Academy for the 5-AAA title next week, have allowed just 56 points in nine games.
- Zero for Crisp: Cairo also recorded a shutout and its offense helped keep visiting Crisp County at bay with an 18-play, 93-yard drive, capped by Terrell Cason’s 13-yard run in a 24-0 win. It was the second shutout for the Syrupmakers, who have had five games decided by a touchdown or less.