AAAA blog: Changes at the top in Region 7

Rome’s 16-0 victory against Lambert on Friday has made Region 7-AAAA full of possibilities  and no team stands to benefit more than defending state champion Chattahoochee.

The Cougars entered Friday’s games in a three-way tie for first place with Johns Creek and Lambert but looking at a possible No. 3 seed for the state playoffs because of the region tiebreakers (Chattahoochee, Johns Creek and Lambert are each 1-1 against the other two). However, Lambert’s loss left Chattahoochee tied with Johns Creek and holding the top spot because of its 19-16 victory in their head-to-head meeting on Sept. 30.

But Chattahoochee can’t celebrate yet. The Cougars conclude the regular season against Rome this Friday, and a loss could send them all the way to the No. 4 seed. Rome also clinched a playoff berth with its victory.

Other news of note:

  • Region championship games set: Northgate claimed a spot in the 3-AAAA championship game against Alcovy with a 27-24 victory against Whitewater. Northgate (9-0 and ranked No. 8) overcame a 17-0 third-quarter deficit to reach the title game, from which both teams are guaranteed a spot in the state playoffs. Whitewater will meet Griffin in a region play-in game, with the winner advancing to the playoffs. Upson-Lee will face Jones County in the other 3-AAAA play-in game. … The other region with a championship game is 2-AAAA, where fifth-ranked Ware County will face No. 4 Statesboro. Ware County clinched its subregion title with a 39-3 victory against Wayne County.
  • Champions again: Northside-Warner Robins (1-AAAA), Lovejoy (4-AAAA) and Tucker (6-AAAA) all successfully defended their 2010 region titles with victories. Northside beat Northside-Columbus 38-12 to win its third consecutive title and 12th overall. Lovejoy recorded its fourth consecutive shutout, and seventh overall, to lock down its second title in a row. And Tucker’s 50-7 victory against Lithonia gave the Tigers their 14th region title.
  • Showdown looms in 8-AAAA: Flowery Branch has won 66 percent of its games since starting the program in 2002. It has advanced to the state championship game (2008) and the semifinals (2009), and it has won 10 or more games in five of the past six seasons. But what it has never done is win a region championship. The third-ranked Falcons (9-0) can change that  if they can go to Athens and beat defending region champ Clarke Central (8-1). A victory by Clarke Central probably creates a three-way tie for first with Heritage-Conyers.
  • Big numbers: Habersham Central has been involved in its share of high-scoring games this season, but none has matched the Raiders’ 47-45 victory against Loganville on Friday. In addition to the 92 points, the teams combined for 1,096 yards of total offense (644 for Loganville, 452 for Habersham), according to the Walton Tribune. Garrett Ford rushed for 216 yards and four touchdowns for Loganville, and Juwann Saffold (177 yards) and Bernard Merriweather (116) both topped the 100-yard mark. Habersham’s Kevin Ellison had 230 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. … Carver-Atlanta (2-7), which is having its worst season since 2004, took out its frustrations on winless Lakeside-DeKalb with a 74-13 victory. The 74 points were the most ever scored against Lakeside, which has allowed 53 or more points in six of its nine games this season.

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Northgate Viking Dad

October 29th, 2011
8:13 am

Great victory for Northgate coming back from 17 points down on a very good Whitewater team. It took half the game for Northgate to make adjustments for Whitewaters massive O-Line and their speed on defense. NG is a wing-T team known for running, but the passing game is alive and well.

vegasjs

October 29th, 2011
8:14 am

Lambert hasn’t played well ever since JC whipped them. Rome game is like a playoff game for the Hooch, win and get on track for 2 home games, lose and go to Flowery Branch.

sportsnut

October 29th, 2011
8:31 am

Once again, the endzone was not touched. Lovejoy 24-0 over Creekside. It was a tough game, as I expected, for 2 quarters. Then that D showed itself. 0-0 at the half, but that locker room must have been filled with lighter fluid because the cats came out on fire! The 3rd and 4th quarters were all Wildcats. Another REGION CHAMPIONSHIP< thats two straight. for those counting. On to the last regular season game and a first round match-up with Region 3. Go Wildcats ! ! !

HoochieCoochie

October 29th, 2011
8:42 am

Hooch has 2 home games no matter what, at least that’s the way i understand it.

Wildcats#1

October 29th, 2011
9:00 am

Lovejoy is powerful!!! keep on doubting them… they like that. fuels the fire of that wildcat pride. But dont be mad when you hear that good ol saying after we win: “ALL I KNOW IS ALL I KNOW, AND ALL I KNOW IS HOW SWEET IT IS!!!”

rety

October 29th, 2011
9:54 am

HoochieCoochie that is not correct, not sure where you heard that. Hooch will have home field if they finish as the 1st or 2nd seed but if they finish 3rd or 4th seed they will be playing away the first round of the playoff. What you did last year has no bearing on this year. Glad I could clear that up.

WarEagle

October 29th, 2011
9:56 am

@HoochieCoochie — only if they win the first one!

rety

October 29th, 2011
11:52 am

vegasjs Did you ever find the other vegasjs the one you were calling a punk. Is this vegasjs 1 or 2? – ha

sportsnut

October 29th, 2011
6:20 pm

Time to turn our attention to the 2nd season. Mission number 1 is complete. Phase 2 involves welcoming into our house a visitor from Region 3. Jones Co., Griffin, Alcovy or Upson-Lee. One will have to come to Clayton County to try and see if the grass is greener on the other side.This will be a new experience for the younger kids as they may have never seen anything like this in their young careers. No doubt it will be an everlasting memory.

From Where I Sit

October 29th, 2011
7:33 pm

Rome=Cheapshot Team!!!

Hope anyone that plays them moving forward, repays the favor as they are a bunch of THUGS!!!!

Enough Said!!!!

sportsnut

October 29th, 2011
9:00 pm

@ fromwhereisit;;. Take a valium

Da Coach

October 29th, 2011
9:50 pm

From Where I Sit, I have to agree with you, from what I heard, I didn’t go to the Lambert game, but heard that they (Rome) had at least 4 personal fouls and two ejections, some big player and their Coach, for celebrating (dancing) around a downed Lambert player. There is no place for that in High School sports, they pick that up from watching the Pro’s. It’s too bad that Hooch will have to open a can of Hoop A** on them and throw up 50 points. Hooch has just too many strong offensive weapons that they will not be able to stop. Mark my word, given their “Thugness” will try to put the Hooch QB out of the game.

HoochFan

October 29th, 2011
10:17 pm

I love how AJC have now jumped on the Hooch bandwagon… when we lost that first game to Lambert they were crushing us… lol

Dekalb Watcher

October 29th, 2011
10:36 pm

Impressive win for SWD, they have been steady building, and getting better the second half of the year. They have to win next week to secure the 3rd seed in the playoffs they have now over Mays. Don’t know which exact teams the region will face in a couple of weeks due to region 5 region play-in games next week. Congrats to Mays, SWD, Marist, and Tucker for making the Playofffs!!!

Poor Ole Lambert

October 30th, 2011
12:24 am

Congrats to Hooch, Johns Creek, Rome and Lambert … Serve our region proud

Was at the Lambert vs Rome game … Both defenses were physical and yes Rome made some aggressive plays. To my Lambert friends … Welcome to football … To go all the way, we must play with an attitude of toughness! Didn’t see that on Friday. Rome had to win for playoffs … We did not. They wanted it more

NsideBlue

October 30th, 2011
1:05 am

woohoo! congrats to the teams of Houston County, five winners this week! Northside, Houston Co, Warner Robins, Perry and Veterans! I think this may have been the first time all five schools won on the same weekend, add in our brothers in Peach county too!

Dj Kwan

October 30th, 2011
6:52 am

Well, we are almost there again. Region 6AAAA, has Tucker, Marist, Mays, & S.W.D. Mays & S.W.D. are two teams has bragged that they would handled Marist this year, NOTTTTTT! Both two are very weak, and unless they match up against teams with 5 – 5 records, they won’t make it past the first round.
Tucker is region champs, due to the cheap shots they took against our players from Marist. The lack of calls and the lack of support from the Coaches basically broke the teams morale.
That’s o’kay, because they two will meet a team in the playoffs who will due the same to them.
Can’t wait untill next years re-alignment, M.L.K. & Stephenson two teams that will crush Tucker, if the proposed alignment stands. This will be the last year you ever here of Tucker being over-rated region champs.
Good Luck to all other 4A teams in the playoffs.
Marist may go far, and hope we go to state, we have the team do it, but our weak link may get in our way.
I’m just waiting for the brackets, can’t wait to see where Tucker will be, and then I’ll know which team will beat them like Star’s Mill did last year.
Tucker maybe the single most over-rated team in football history.

Warner Robins Demons

October 30th, 2011
6:52 am

Second week in row,The Demons have come out flat got to pick it up or our playoff run will be very short.,

jacket fan

October 30th, 2011
9:10 am

if kell gets past south paulding it looks like we will be going to marist. then we can find out what all the hypes about! Look out region 6AAAA. My jackets if they win will be comeing to tucker. If im right about the way the brackets set up.

duluthjacket

October 30th, 2011
11:29 am

Have to respond to fellow Marist fan Dj Qwan – I think Mays and SWD are both solid football teams. The Marist game with SWD was tough, and the Mays game could have been different had they not dropped so many passes. Don’t recall a lot of bragging from SWD, but we do see a lot from Mays.

Also did not see cheap shots from Tucker in the Tucker – Marist game this year. I saw a very physical game between two well coached teams. As for last year, Tucker beat Starr’s Mill for 3-1/2 quarters, then gave the game away at the end. Tucker is not overrated.

Will now wait for WarEagle to chime in.

WarEagle

October 30th, 2011
11:49 am

I agree, and I think Dj Kwan is mistaken — and he certainly is an outlier of Marist views. Tucker is a quality team, year after year, and they play the game fair and hard-nosed, the way it is supposed to be. Great respect for that program. SWD is also a good squad, though a little less disciplined and that has caused some problems in the toughest games this year — but SWD has improved every week this year. The top three from region 6 can beat anyone, but there are no guarantees and the playoffs are always a challenge for every team. Mays still has some growing to do, and their undersized lines are a problem, but their QB is excellent and they have the ability to score quickly with their athletes, so could catch somebody off guard.

Charles

October 30th, 2011
11:56 am

DJ Kwan you are very angry!!! Obviously you were not at the game friday at Marist. The officials were not going to allow Mays win that game. You must not have been there and I was deeply sadden that anyone would muster a word about the game…Marist is over rated. Tucker is very good and very well coached. Marist will not make it pass the first round if they play on the road. Guarantee!!!!!!!! By the way I am Mays Raider.

sportsnut

October 30th, 2011
11:58 am

@ DJKwan,, you are right. All talk until the BIG GAME comes along. Since 1949, they have been playing football and winning throughout the regular season year after year. In 62 yrs. they have 1, yes 1 state title and only 13 region titles. You would think they could have accomplished more with 120 All-Staters and 66 of them being 1st. team. So you can truthfully say that they may be the most over-rated team in Georgia High School history.

Charles

October 30th, 2011
12:01 pm

War Eagle I would have to agree with your post. Very well stated… I would have loved for Mays to have played SWD.

WarEagle

October 30th, 2011
12:17 pm

@Charles — thanks, but I think you don’t give Marist enough credit! Good luck to Mays in the first round — y’all will have a tough test on the road against region 5.

From Where I Sit

October 30th, 2011
12:49 pm

@Poor Ole Lambert “Welcome to Football” are you F kidding me? Rome played anything but football with all of their CHEAPSHOTS Friday night. There is a difference between physical football and trying to HURT people and that is exactly what Rome was about and their head coach was attempting to defend it. That is why he got tossed from the game as well!!! Thug football from the hood is what I call it!!!

I hope Rome gets what is coming to them! We would love a rematch!

Enough Said!!!

Undeniable

October 30th, 2011
12:51 pm

Rome is the hood…You have to be delusional… you lost… or got smoked.. get over it and enjoy your upcoming 1-game playoff run

sportsnut

October 30th, 2011
1:07 pm

Just happen to notice that EP seems to have trouble when they play south of Cobb. Come down and cross I-20 and it gets harder for you .How can you hope to win it all when you historically have problems with teams from that area. Looking at your past, the few teams that have come up on the schedule, either planned or in playoff format, you always seem to struggle with. Continuous competition between Paulding and Cobb will in the end hurt the programs. That is why it was a blessing in disguise that we went from AAAA to AAAAA and back twice.Playing the different schools from different areas of the state helps .Next year, in the new region alignments, we are slated to play in the new Region 1- AAAAAA with teams that we have never played and it should make for some good matchups. Hope you guys get a good fit for your new regional home.

Raider fan

October 30th, 2011
3:11 pm

@sportsnut…what trouble did EP have Friday night. they rolled over Osborne 35 – 7 and we’ve only had 1 loss this season so you statement makes no sense. What time do your pull for? I don’t see it in your post.

MAYS ALUMNI

October 30th, 2011
7:17 pm

As much as I am ready for the head coach at Mays to be replaced (but keeping the rest of the staff)I was truly saddened for him at Marist Friday night. It was already written in the stars that Mays was not coming out of there with a win – and it had absolutely nothing to do with either team on the field. I witnessed the WORST and most biased officiating that I have ever seen and it really bothered me that adults could be that mean, cruel and disrespectful to the teenagers of Mays High School….you should all pray!

WarEagle

October 30th, 2011
8:55 pm

4AReg6Fan

October 30th, 2011
9:01 pm

@Dj Kwan – I posted this comment on another article…”Certainly you can’t be a Marist supporter, a fan of region 6, and a follower of GA 4A football with those comments.”

@sportsnut – Worry about 2011 and your first round game with region 3…Reach just some BIG GAME.

“WE ARE TUCKER”

REGION 6 THE BEST IN GA 4A FOOTBALL…….

ComeOn

October 30th, 2011
9:13 pm

Tired of the Mays fans complaining about the refs. A “bad call” is apparently any call against your team. I am sure the Marist fans have a few complaints as well. It is part of the game, and it is insulting to the men who work the games on Friday nights to suggest they are biased. From the article about the game, it sounds like Marist gashed Mays for about 400 yards rushing. Maybe a little more focus on tackling and less focus on the refs would help Mays. Looking for excuses for your loss, rather than learning and growing from them, is the real disrespect to the players of your school.

4AReg6Fan

October 30th, 2011
10:11 pm

Very interesting comments from the Mays fans on the officiating in the 24-0 victory for Marist. The way GHSA setups yearly region play, every 2 years, region matchups requires teams to play each other in a home and away format. My question, what was the officiating like in 2010 when Marist traveled to Mays and the final was 24-7 Marist?

“WE ARE TUCKER”

REGION 6 THE BEST IN GA 4A FOOTBALL…….

Bear_Facts

October 31st, 2011
1:41 am

well it’s officially playoff time….the time of year when Griffin sputters out as per usual. The Bears are a great regular season team that always (ALWAYS) falters in the playoffs. They are a young, talented and speedy team that is well coached for sure. Maybe the experience they get from playing Whitewater will help them going into next year. The only way I see them hanging in this game AT ALL is if their overall team speed can wear those big Whitewater horses down. Good luck with that. Being the realist and non-biased observer I am, I will also say that Griffin’s side of the region is the weakest of the two. Whoever advances from that side of the region will not go far in the playoffs, But hey It’s fun to watch anyway right? GO BEARS!

TUCKER DAD

October 31st, 2011
7:47 am

@DJ Kwan, It’s funny how your pathetic statements really just exposes how desparate you are and how good we are. Yes we have one state title, and yes we have won the region a number of times, but I think what really makes us a great program is that you don’t know what’s under our hood in any of those years.
The truth of the matter is that most of the time we are doing more with less and doing it well! We have traditionally played with under sized linemen and 3 star athletes that play like 5 stars. We are traditionally well coached and play extremely hard. Those ingredients don’t garuntee a championship but they do garuntee success! Every year we strive for the championship and if we don’t make it we fall upon SUCCESS.

If every great team won a championship every year then the history books would be very lopsided. That’s what makes these blogs so interesting because everyone thinks their team is the best until that one Friday night someone proves you wrong, just ask EAST PAULDING.

It has been a very competitive series with Marist over the years with both teams taking their blows. As of right now we have won two straight so here is what I want you to do:
1. Buy Your Ticket
2. Go Sit Down
3. Shut Up!
4. … And Watch us WIN!!!!

“We Are… TUCKER”!!!!!!!!!

RealisticEPFan

October 31st, 2011
7:59 am

Can anyone talk about the Villa Rica Wikdcat team? Type of offense, defense, strengths, weaknesses, etc,? Thanks

RealisticEPFan

October 31st, 2011
8:27 am

Note to Mays and Lambert Fans: It is Monday morning, we all are fans of teams that have games to prepare for THIS FRIDAY! Let last week go, be it the refs, the coaches, the thuggish play or whatever else you want to keep hanging your hat on from last Friday…….move on from it.

The Boneyard will be rocking with the arrival of Villa Rica. Looking forward to a great game. Win or go home this is the ultimate Play-in game. East has to be focused.

From Where I Sit

October 31st, 2011
9:00 am

@ RealisticEPFan, you move on! If it were your son that was the victim of the cheap-shots that were constantly occuring on Friday night, I think you would have the same attitude as most of us at Lambert! Celebrating after someone is hurt is not my idea of a program with class. Yes, we lost the game, no biggie. Cheap-shots to injure is another story! Rome is CLASSLESS!!!!

Enough Said!!!

RealisticEPFan

October 31st, 2011
9:56 am

@From Wherr I Sit.

Never want to see anyone hurt much less by intentional acts. I’m sorry that your son was hurt. Where penalties called at least ?. Is there a followup investigation?, if not then it sounds like perhaps there should be authorities need to get involved and review the tape. I probably shouldn’t have lumped complaining about poor officiating in with the what you describe as blatant intentional behavior. My apologies for lumping that one comment in from a concerned Lambert fan with the endless diatribe of whinnig from a couple of Mays bloggers.

RealisticEPFan

October 31st, 2011
10:01 am

I will say that while times change I will say that Rome teams that EP has played I think 4 times in the 6 years including the first round of the playoffs that they have always been gracious hosts and good sports. Not sure what has changed but that typically is a sign of leadership and it is said to hear.

RealisticEPFan

October 31st, 2011
10:14 am

“sad it hear”

Tiger4Life

October 31st, 2011
10:19 am

Dj kwan is obviously

(a) Disgruntle parent whose child couldn’t play at “The Tucker High”

(b) Played at one of the schools we beat like a drum every year in every sport

(c) Wishes he could be a part of great tradition cause he’s definitely not a Marist alum

please do all of us a favor, Kicks rocks on I20 during rush hour!

Cass parent/fan

October 31st, 2011
10:23 am

@ Pool ole Lambert, not so fast. : ) Lambert still has to beat Cass Friday night in order to make it to the playoffs, right? I may be wrong…….
@From Where I sit, Rome is known for their dirty cheap shots, I agree with you, there is a difference between toughness and in cheap shots and celebrating injuries. Glad their coach was punished for it. And their officials always seem to be on their side. OH well, tough loss Lambert. I would rather have seen you guys win than Rome. Rome put out Woodlands’ QB when they played them….. guess it is time for some payback! Get em Hooch! : )

Copernicus

October 31st, 2011
10:51 am

@From Where I Sit
@Poor Ole Lambert

The Rome player who celebrated over the injured Lambert player, was he ejected from the game? I heard that the coach was ejected and I cannot remember if the rule is that anyone who get’s ejected from a game must sit out the following contest.

Other than dirty, what type of player was the kid from Rome who did the celebrating?

WarEagle

October 31st, 2011
11:00 am

@Copernicus — Here is the GHSA rule re: an ejected coach/player:

2.72 Any player, coach, or team attendant who is ejected from a GHSA contest shall be suspended from all levels of competition (i.e., varsity or sub-varsity) in that sport or activity (regular season or playoffs) until the period of suspension has expired.

(a) Ejections are based on judgment calls by an official and are not reviewable or reversible.

(b) A coach shall have no role nor be in attendance at pre-contest warm-ups or activities, and shall not be in attendance at contests until the period of suspension has expired.

(c) A player or team attendant may not be on the competitive area nor in the team bench area during any contest until the period of suspension has expired.

(d) The period of suspension resulting from an ejection will expire as follows:

(1) Football: after the individual has been withheld from the next-scheduled game at the level at which the ejection occurred (and all contests at any other level).

WarEagle

October 31st, 2011
11:01 am

Also note this GHSA rule:

2.73 Any student who intentionally injures or intentionally attempts to injure another student, coach, official, spectator, or other person immediately before, during, or immediately after any GHSA-sponsored activity, may be declared ineligible to participate in future GHSA activities by the GHSA Executive Director. NOTE: The notice, hearing, and appellate procedures set forth in the GHSA Constitution shall be applicable to such rulings.

Cass parent/fan

October 31st, 2011
11:07 am

@ Pool ole Lambert, Oops, guess Lambert is already in playoff spot, just a matter of seeding if Cass beats them. I guess Congrats ARE in order! : ) How bad was Lambert player hurt? Cass QB was put out of the game vs. Hooch with concussion 1st half. Fans are hoping he will be released to play for Friday night vs. Lambert.

From Where I Sit

October 31st, 2011
3:59 pm

The player that was hurt just had a concussion, and yes, the Rome player #14 and the coach were both tossed as this totaled the 4th personal foul call against Rome during the game. The bottom line is that their players (Rome) were trying to take out Lambert players with the intent to HURT. After the Lambert player was hit (helment to helment), Rome’s #14 jumped up and started celebrating and doing the look at me everyone dance. Classless!! He should be suspended along with the coach,

Thanks to all for the information as this should be investigated by the GHSA.

Northide Eagles...Warner Robins

October 31st, 2011
4:32 pm

Another state title in 2011!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!