Welcome back to the rankings Blessed Trinity?

Blessed Trinity may be making a return trip to the Class AAA rankings this week. The Titans, who opened the season as the state’s No. 9 team, fell out after a loss to Lovett in the second week. But they could be bound for the elite list once again after a 21-14 win over No. 9 Woodward Academy.

BT (4-1) got a great effort from quarterback Spencer McManes, who bounced back from throwing a pick-six to lead the Titans back from a 14-7 halftime deficit. McManes completed 11 of 15 passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns. Robert McQuaid, Sam Roberts and Dylan Cote all caught scoring passes from McManes.

The Blessed Trinity defense, a hallmark for the team all season, was especially tough in the second half. A sack by Nathaniel Maggio forced a Woodward punt and put the Titans in position to start the winning drive. It might just be the drive that got them back in the state rankings. Blessed Trinity has a showdown with No. 5 St. Pius on Nov. 2.

Here are a few other things we learned on Friday night:

St. Pius coach wins No. 100: St. Pius coach Paul Standard won his 100th game thanks to a 48-6 victory over winless Towers. The Golden Lions ran for 248 yards and led 42-0 at the half, then pulled their starters for most of the final two periods.

Thomson can play from behind: The Bulldogs spotted Westminster a 10-point lead, but recovered in time for a 20-10 win. Running back Chris Jordan ran for 158 yards and scored two times for No. 2-ranked Thomson. Westminster did a good defensive job on Jordan until the fourth quarter, when his 80-yard run broke the game open.

Buford comes back strong: The No. 4-ranked Wolves returned from an off week to pound Banks County 63-6 in the Region 7-AAA opener for both teams. Buford has won its last two games by a combined score of 106-0. Buford was led by Dontravius Wilson, who scored on a 45-yard run and a 13-yard fumble recovery and return. Sean Reynolds added a pair of touchdowns, a 24-yard run and an 11-yard reception from Montgomery VanGorder.

Three straight for North Oconee: Rob Farriba ran for 63 yards and one touchdown and Zantravious Shields had a touchdown run and a touchdown reception in a 35-6 win over Jackson County. The Titans (3-1) have outscored their last three opponents 128-6 and seem to have recovered from their season-opening loss to St. Pius.

Unlikely to make a return trip to the polls: Dodge County, which got as high as No. 7, lost its second straight, a 51-8 drubbing to Lee County.

11 comments Add your comment

I'm all in

September 29th, 2012
8:55 am

Congrats Westminster. What a close battle with powerhouse Thomson. After last night, are you sure you don’t have a starting tailback/QB controversy? Hats off to Coach Romberg…great job coaching and defending star RB Chris Jordan.


September 29th, 2012
9:01 am

Gordon Central will take Cartersville out.

I'm all in

September 29th, 2012
9:24 am

Who can stop BT? QB is a winner.

BullDawg Rick

September 29th, 2012
10:01 am

The Wolves from Buford have rebounded from the slip up vs Gainesville.


September 29th, 2012
10:50 am

BT won with defense. It’s offense is a bit weak. If it does not improve, look for a first-round loss in playoffs.


September 29th, 2012
5:24 pm

Hmmm… 21 points against a solid D averaging less than 6 points/game. Should have scored 7 more on the first drive. This team is well coached and is improving each week. They play with tremendous heart and have not scratched the surface offensively or defensively. BT is a team that I would not want to have to play in 3rd round of the playoffs.

north georgia fan

September 29th, 2012
7:47 pm

Cartersville can’t wait to play Gordon Central. Scoring 63 points and putting in the subs before halftime isn’t much fun for either team


October 1st, 2012
12:02 pm

Cartersville has the home game against Gordon Central 10/19. It could be an exciting game, maybe a game of the week candidate.


October 1st, 2012
1:38 pm

Just wait until BT plays SPX. Everything you think is good about BT will be gone

Seen a few

October 1st, 2012
4:32 pm

SPX plays smart and hard. Has anyone passed on them this year? North Oconee was rolled up by SPX and since then have gone 3-0. They tried to pass. So did Westminster and were soundly defeated. Lovett has a wide open offense centered around passing and scored 0. BT looks tough though…so does Cedar Grove and Woodward..

Go Titans

October 4th, 2012
2:39 pm

BT Titans are a solid program. SPX will be tough at home. Should be a great game.