Ups, downs, racing sideways for touchdowns

Calhoun rebounded to remain unbeaten. Greater Atlanta Christian couldn’t. Idle Brooks County still is.

The Class AA football season is taking shape a third of the way through. Trends are developing; odds are being defied; surprises are emerging.

Here are some things we learned in this week’s games:

GAC’s Kyle Scales hasn’t slowed. His 131 yards and three touchdowns rushing Thursday, though insufficient to keep the No. 6 Spartans from falling to Chamblee, kept him among the state’s biggest play makers. Bolstered with his 251 and four scores in the previous week’s 31-21 win against Apalachee, the running back now has 583 yards and 10 TDs.

Bryant Shirreffs is good in the clutch. The quarterback sparked Jefferson from 21-12 behind North Hall by orchestrating two fourth-quarter touchdowns, throwing the winning 10-yard pass to Chandler Thompson. Shirreffs finished with a balanced 127 yards rushing and 144 passing.

Calhoun is resilient. The top-ranked and defending state champion Yellow Jackets rallied from a 28-19 fourth-quarter deficit with four straight touchdowns to upend Class AAAA’s third-ranked Carrollton, 46-35.

Wins have been oddly few in eight-team Region 7-AA. Besides Calhoun, Model is the only team with a win in that Rome-based region. Six teams are 0-3, and even the Blue Devils have lost twice consecutively since their season-opening victory against Christian Heritage.

Taylor Lamb’s arm remains lively. Calhoun’s quarterback, whose 3,638 passing yards led Georgia last season, threw for — wipe your eyes — 467 on 56 attempts Friday. Josh Barnes caught 18 of those passes for 201 yards.

Rabun County can make big plays. The Region 8-AA Wildcats (2-0) used a 90-yard reception and 53-yard punt return to stop Towns County 45-7, their 12th win over the Indians in 13 tries.

Lindale’s heart is in the right place. Before Friday’s game against Adairsville, Pepperell held a ceremony to rename its Dragon Stadium to Lynn Hunnicutt Field, in honor of its retired coach from 1983-2006. Hunnicutt was 168-99-1 in 24 seasons at the school just outside of Rome, including a perfect 15-0 in 1990. The Dragons, however, will have to wait for their initial win on the newly named field, after losing 21-14 to Adairsville.

Harrison Butker’s leg is reliable. Westminster’s preseason all-state selection, who made 49- and 52-yard field goals in the Wildcats’ 15-12 win over Laney, booted 39- and 49-yarders to help the Wildcats from 14-0 down to beat Thomasville 27-17.

8 comments Add your comment


September 15th, 2012
1:12 pm

Taylor Lamb is the real deal, his line is doing a great job.


September 15th, 2012
1:58 pm

Amen! If there is a better QB in the state than Lamb, I’d like to see him. He has great athelitic ability, a powerfull and accurate arm, but what is more impressive is his vision, and ability to find the open receiver. The O-line also deserves alot of credit , they have faced 3 teams so far with much bigger D-lines, and have done a great job.


September 15th, 2012
3:13 pm

Based on what I saw, I think you can add that Haley (No, 10) for Lovett is the real deal and Lovett’s sophomore QB has a bright future. Lovett will be a tough out for any team in the playoffs.


September 15th, 2012
11:09 pm

True that on Lovett


September 16th, 2012
3:13 am

brooks county the real deal so yall tune in friday an calhoun has the weakest region in AA


September 16th, 2012
3:15 am

malcom parrish from brooks county will put on a show for AA this week


September 16th, 2012
10:22 am

Brooks can worry about Fitzgerald and Thomasville and that strong region we hear about each year. good luck with your season.


September 17th, 2012
2:58 pm

If Brooks county is the number 1 seed in 1-AA…… We will find out how good they are November 30th….Jackets will be waiting!!!! The road to the DOME comes thru CALHOUN….