Class AAAA blog: Regular-season streak on line for Creek

With the games counting toward playoff berths and seedings few and far between, there are nonethless some interesting story lines in Class AAAA this week.

The No. 1-ranked Sandy Creek Patriots, off to a dominating 2-0 start, plays tonight against East Coweta, the last team to beat them in a regular-season game. The Indians beat Sandy Creek 28-27 in in double overtime in the 2009 season opener. The Patriots have reeled off 31 straight regular-season wins since then.

Other games to watch Friday night:

No. 9 Jonesboro (2-0) at No. 4 Griffin (2-0): No. 9 Jonesboro no doubt has been looking forward to this one after a heartbreaking loss to Griffin in the first round of the state playoffs last year, a game in which the Bears scored twice in the final three minutes for a comeback win. Explosive Cameron Sutton and Patrick Petty have sparked the Cardinals to a pair of solid wins, while Griffin QB Jaquez Parks has put up big numbers in a pair of easy victories. Few series in the state have been as lop-sided as this one; Griffin has won 37 of 39 games and hasn’t lost to the Cardinals since 1981. The Bears have 16 shutouts against Jonesboro and last year’s game a 47-43 Griffin win, was just the second time Jonesboro has topped 20 points against the Bears.

No. 2 Marist (1-1) at Lovett (2-0): Despite being just 10 miles apart, these two perennial playoff teams meet for the first time Friday night. Marist looks to rebound from a tight loss to Thomas County Central last week. The Lions, ranked No. 5 in Class AA, are off to a solid start, with wins over AAA schools Woodward Academy and Blessed Trinity.

No. 3 Carrollton (1-1) at Calhoun (2-0): Carrollton hits the road to north Georgia to face a budding Class AA dynasty in Calhoun, and this one has all the makings of a shootout. Carrollton put up nearly 500 yards of total offense in a win over Chapel Hill last week, including 105 rushing yards from Jarvis Terrell. Meanwhile, Calhoun, ranked No. 1 in AA, has scored 97 points in two games while allowing 76.

No. 5 Cairo (1-1) at Thomas County Central (2-1): Thomas County Central, ranked No. 8 in Class AAAAA, faces a ranked AAAA team for the second straight week. Cairo squares off with a 1-AAAAA team for the second straight week. Thomas Central leads the series 21-17, with one tie, and the two schools have traded wins the past eight years.

No. 8 Burke County (1-1) at Coffee (2-0): For the third straight year, the Bears travel to play a team from Region 1 in the state’s largest classification. The Bears got well with a rout of Hephzibah last week after dropping their season opener, and they’ll likely need their ‘A’ game to get past Coffee, which has started 2-0 for the first time in four years.

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CoffeeC100

September 13th, 2012
1:30 pm

We Coffee fans have waited faithfully for years to see The Coffee County school system finally hire an athletic director and coach capable of establishing a true “program” at Coffee. Although we realistic fans know it is going to take several years for Coach Pruitt’s program to establish The Trojans as a year-to-year contender in region 1-6A we certainly are enjoying the work in progress. Pruitt’s biggest concern is changing the mindset of the athletes at Coffee from one of the acceptance of mediocrity to that of a team that is capable of winning on any given weekend.

The talent and conditioning are in place and this weeks challenge against Burke County is going to say a lot about the level of confidence the players have in themselves as a team. I wish safe travel to the players and fans of Burke County on the long ride to and from Coffee. We’ll see you folks tomorrow night at Jardine Stadium. Get ready for a strong effort from Coffee. IMO Coffee will take the next step toward establishing itself as a perennial state power in tomorrow night’s contest against the Bears.

GO COFFEE!!

Darryl

September 13th, 2012
5:49 pm

Creeeeeeeeeek… expect another lopsided win… EC, don’t expect mercy, cause the Pats have NONE for you.

First Down "Creeeekkk"

September 14th, 2012
9:06 am

This program is flying under the radar…AGAIN! Most of the attention goes to the metro Atlanta schools in north Fulton, Gwinnett, Cobb, Cherokee and Dekalb counties. But this program in Fayette County is one of the more consistent and talent reach programs in Georgia. DON’T SLEEP ON THEM THIS YEAR!! Class AAAAAA talent palying in Class AAAA. Should win another state title AGAIN!!

D-Rock

September 14th, 2012
10:31 am

TODD,
Please give me credit. I made a comment on your AAAA rankings blog about Chamblee. I have no invested interest in the program. I am simply going by my eye test which has over 20 years of officiating experience. This is a good football team. I am sure you may need to consider when the rankingcome out.

RobertTheRecruiter

September 15th, 2012
8:02 pm

I told every that Grayson was going down this year and no one believed me. I also had Carrollton losing this week. They are not the team they were in early 2000’s and when they lost in 2010. In 4A, the team to watch is Sandy Creek. I know a lot of kids and parents there. They are very talented and deep. My only issue with Creek is their special teams. They need speed and tackling ability. you can’t put all your starters on kick teams. they are tired. work your guys into special teamers. I have three of my recruits there. only one is getting good time there this year as a senior. The junior is very good, hard working, but is looked over because of hearsay by other kids. the other is a sophomore that has great potential and will be a starting DB next year. Use your talent Creek. Disguise your plays with new faces sometimes. don’t be so predictable with #8, #16, #24, #27, use #11, #3, #12, #32, #4, & #15.

SouthATLNative

September 21st, 2012
8:13 am

TO RobertTheRecruiter:
Stick to your job of ‘recruiting’ talents. And, whatever ‘hearsay’ means don’t really mean much to anyone. If he can play, he would be out there… simple as that.
You do realize that staff at the Creek has a record of 55 Wins and 3 Losses since 2008 season.
I’m no genius, but that record indicates to me that they can coach a little bit.

FranchiseMe

September 21st, 2012
12:38 pm

@SouthATL.. You are right. They are geniuses. Maybe you took Roberts statement the wrong way. SC is one of the deepest teams I have ever seen, but I think he is saying when you get deeper in the season you have to use everybody you have and disguise some of the predictability. let’s keep the cheap shots to a minimum, its just his observations. I have coached for 30 years and he has a valid point, believe me.