Notable results of week 11: Grady on losing streak heading into play-in

GHSF Daily’s Chip Saye ranks the most surprising results of Week 11:

1. Riverwood 44, Grady 26: Grady apparently hasn’t shaken off a 49-16 loss to St. Pius on Oct. 21 that cost the Grey Knights the subregion championship. However, this loss didn’t affect Grady’s second-place standing in Region 5-AAA, and it will play Columbia in a region play-in game this week. Riverwood finished fifth in the subregion.

2. Jefferson County 26, Dublin 7: Dublin’s hopes for an undefeated regular season were dashed, but the Fighting Irish will still win Region 3-AA with a victory this week against Southeast Bulloch (1-8). Jefferson County, which has won three consecutive games against Dublin, will make the playoffs, along with Laney and Bleckley County.

3. Archer 40, Parkview 16: Perhaps this shouldn’t be considered an upset, as Archer had won three of its past four games and was competitive in its losses. Still, it’s the biggest victory in the program’s three-year history and will send the Tigers to the playoffs if they can beat South Gwinnett this week (or if Parkview loses at Dacula).

4. Veterans 37, West Laurens 31: Veterans built a 37-17 lead and then held on for its biggest victory of the season. Veterans is 5-14 in its two season, but two of the wins have come against West Laurens, which was eliminated from the Region 2-AAA playoff race with the loss.

5. Rome 16, Lambert 0: Fourth-place Rome clinched a playoff berth and changed the look of the race for the region title in 7-AAAA. The loss knocked Lambert out of a three-way tie for first place. If Lambert and Johns Creek win their games this week, as expected, Rome will finish as the No. 2 seed if it beats Chattahoochee or the No. 4 seed if it loses.

6. Henry County 7, Drew 0: Henry County snapped Drew’s four-game winning streak, but the Warhawks’ bigger game will come this week, when they play host to Eastside. The winner of that game will be the fourth team in the playoffs from Region 4-AAA along with two-time defending state champion Sandy Creek, Drew and Stockbridge.

7. North Cobb 21, South Cobb 16: North Cobb kept its playoff hopes alive by beating a South Cobb team that came into the game tied for third place in Region 4-AAAAA. North Cobb plays Harrison and South Cobb faces Pebblebrook this week in games that will determine which teams finish third and fourth behind Hillgrove and McEachern.

8. East Hall 34, Banks County 17: Banks County suffered its first subregion loss of the season, but the Leopards already had clinched a spot in the 8-AA championship game and will play North Oconee for the region title this week. East Hall finished third in the subregion and will face Elbert County in a region play-in game.

9. Bremen 35, Bowdon 28: Bremen knocked Bowdon out of a four-way tie for first place in 6-A. The Blue Devils, who have won five consecutive games since a 1-3 start, can win the region title with a victory against Trion this week if Darlington loses to Gordon Lee.

10. Houston County 42, Hardaway 7: Houston County picked up its first victory of the season by routing a Hardaway team that also is struggling with a 1-8 record. Houston County, which went 6-4 last season, managed to avoid its first 0-10 record in the program’s 21-year history.

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25 comments Add your comment

Hmmm

October 31st, 2011
8:09 am

The Grady coach can’t coach unless he has superstars on the team. How does he keep his job Oh I know he plays in a very weak region and makes the playoffs just by showing up. He also needs to work on his sideline behavior.The man wastes talent every year!

Todd Holcomb

October 31st, 2011
9:27 am

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Todd Holcomb

October 31st, 2011
9:56 am

When Coach Millen arrived, Grady had not won a playoff game in 48 years. Since, Grady has gone to the SF once, the QF twice and won three of the five region titles that this school has claimed since it opened in 1947. His record is 90-35. The previous coach was 50-49-1. The one before that was 53-87-1. Either Millen is a pretty good coach, or that Grady has had a lot of superstars in the past 11 years.

Raider12

October 31st, 2011
10:58 am

I’ve seed Grady play for four years and they have been a tough well coached team. This years team lacks the talent of the last 3 years though. They graduated a big talented senior class last year and they played flat an uninspired on Friday. The fact they had clinched the number 2 spot in the Sub-region might have something to do with it.

On the other hand Riverwood beating them was not a fluke. The Raiders dominated Grady and did not have to punt the entire game. The score is closer than it appears as Grady scored as time expired in the game. Riverwood played their first 2 games without multiple starters and it took a while for them to get it going. They lost to Washington in Overtime after missing an extra point and a chip shot field Goal. They were first and goal on the 7 yard line trailing Druid Hills 7 – 3 with a minute left and failed to score. That game was marred by 10 holding calls on Riverwood more than double that they had called on them total prior to that game. The only game the were not in was the Pius game.

Dekalb

October 31st, 2011
12:27 pm

Wow Stone Mountain is 7-2 and will not play for a play off spot. Weird region

ATL

October 31st, 2011
12:34 pm

@hmmmm, although you have talent you still have to coach the kids up. Grady has a good head and assistant coaches. You just don’t show up and win that many games. I’m not making any excuses for the loss but how about you keep a good coach’s name out of your mouth. They are hard to find and Grady has one.

old carrollton fan

October 31st, 2011
12:55 pm

Media expectations were high for Grady earlier in the season making their loses look worse.They appear to be an average region 5 team(other than St Pius).Nothing to be ashamed of-just not enough talent to compete in playoffs this year.Too many loses are blamed on coaching/and or officiating.Hope they keep the fan support.

footballer

October 31st, 2011
7:02 pm

Its a shame how refs continue to cheat for Woodward Academy. Columbia dominated them and when they got up 14 to 0 all of a sudden the penaties start coming out. Let’s these kids enjoy the game, the cheating isn’t called for.

asw

October 31st, 2011
8:12 pm

footballer you are so wrong. WA had more penalties in the second half than Columbia did. Just call it like it was – a great football game between 2 really good teams. Columbia missed an extra point, WA made ‘em all. Columbia will win the play in game and get into the playoffs. #21 is the best we’ve faced in the last 3 years. They failed to execute in the second half. By the way, Columbia held every single play and only had about 2 called. The penalites they got were deserved and it could have easily been more. To say the refs were cheating is complete nonsense and is simply a cop out to what was otherwise probably the most exciting game of the night in any region.

woodwardparent

October 31st, 2011
9:45 pm

I am a fan of Woodward and was at that game. Most people will get on here and tell you how bad the refs were. I have to be honest and say the refs gave us the game. I am happy that they did. The no calls were bigger than the calls. Sorry for Columbia. But at least we made the playoffs. Columbia RB #21 is the best RB i have ever seen. But to be honest the refs not the players decided the game.

Observer

October 31st, 2011
9:59 pm

I have seen Grady play the last 3yrs.What I see is Coach Millen coaches from the aspect of trying to coach a team rather than building a program.He is coaching the players up and envolving every player in the program,opps team.Relying too heavily on players who are supposed to be SUPERSTARS which makes any team too predictable.When you have a program,there are no perceived superstars and you have many go to guys because you have prepared and coached up many players to be ready to play at or above their ability with confidence.

Observer

October 31st, 2011
10:03 pm

I MEANT HE IS NOT COACHING THE PLAYERS UP.

MadAsHell

October 31st, 2011
10:23 pm

Thank you Woodwardparent for your honesty. #21 Kenno Loyal had 26 carries for 305 yards and 3 TD’s. The refs called back 175 yards in penalites and 1 TD. The refs robbed Kenno of his Georgia High School single game rushing record. Never been to a high school football game where one team wasn’t flagged one time until 3 mins left n the 3rd qtr.

footballer

November 1st, 2011
12:50 am

Thanks Woodward parent, its amazing though, because its evident that these refs are getting extra money from Woodward. Columbia dominated that game and the only thing that turned that game around was the refs ASW I mean not knocking you for being a fan but just be real and admit it. Woodward was by far the 4th or 5th best team in this region.

Neutral

November 1st, 2011
1:05 am

I’m not saying that it’s right, but what would it have benefited Columbia to win? I mean, are they a playoff team? No!!! I watched Cedar Grove beat them like they were Jv.

Stop whining and WIN!

November 1st, 2011
1:08 am

@Dekalb- Who did Stone Mountain lose to?

Dekalb

November 1st, 2011
9:37 am

Stone Mountain lost to Cedar Grove and Columbia. Sad thing is I think they were the best team in the region. Just played bad games I hear against those 2 teams. I think they play Druid Hills or Riverwood so they will finish 8-2 and not even get in.

old carrollton fan

November 1st, 2011
12:39 pm

Can someone explain the play-in region 5 uses to determine the 4 playoff team?Is columbia still in it?Carrollton plays #4 team from region 5 and Im wondering which teams will be playing to determine the#4 seed.Help!

old carrollton fan

November 1st, 2011
2:31 pm

Never mind I found it.Looks like the winner of Cedar Grove vs Washington will be region 5 #4 seed and play Carrollton in the first round.Either team will probably result in a poor gate.Please prove me wrong.

Sportsmommy74

November 2nd, 2011
12:11 am

Cedar Grove’s fans travel to see them play. CG is a better team than tey get credit for. The games we’ve lost with the exception of the Steohenson beatdown has been because we can’t kick field goals. We lost the WA game because of two missed tackles tat resulted in the
:48 sec left TD. Stone Mtn was a good team as is Columbia. It burns me to read how weak Region 5 is. We’re not that weak of a region if you get rid of McNair and Towers…..

old carrollton fan

November 2nd, 2011
9:37 am

Sports Mommy:good to hear that your fans support your team on the road.I had preferred that Carrollton play another team in the first round-good passing teams are dangerous.Of course CG has to win friday night first.As for R5 being weak we will only know after the second round.Come on down,you will have free parking,plenty of seating at a first class facility.

Sportsmommy74

November 2nd, 2011
11:59 am

I hope we make it there. Can you explain why the #2’s from each side don’t play each other? I don’t understand GA football… Lol… I’m trying to figure out why the 2’s play the 3’s?

BatMann

November 2nd, 2011
11:59 am

Can someone explain to me how can a team that is 7 and 2 not go to the playoffs.I”m from La. and a team that is 7 and 2 is in the playoffs. Sounds like something needs to be address and real soon.

Sportsmommy74

November 2nd, 2011
6:35 pm

It’s because they weigh the playoffs based on region play only. If they were undefeated in the region then they go.

BatMann

November 3rd, 2011
9:50 am

Region play should not the only factor in this. Then why do teams play games outside of region play? If thats the case since theres 10 teams in the region why cannot they play each other and the best 4 teams are in the playoff. This current playoffs system seems to benfits teams that plays WEAKER schedule(TEAMS) thus guaranting them a spot in the playoff every year. WOW have anyone ever thought of this? Sportsmommy 74 thanks for the info. But in all sports(OTHER THAN GA.) they use the entire schedule, unless theres a TIE then you go Head To Head. Sounds good by me.But a team that’s 7&2 not in the playoff. Wheres theres smoke theres fire. Just asking a question can anybody give a sinceable answer.