Big wins for Thomas County Central, Creekview; five Clarke Central players ejected

One of the biggest games in Class AAAAA on Friday also turned out to be one of the best.

Thomas County Central’s Gavin Wilson kicked a 34-yard field goal in overtime to give the sixth-ranked Yellow Jackets (5-1, 1-0) a 17-14 victory over Bainbridge in a game that might have decided the Region 1 championship (but don’t tell that to Lee County, which beat Hardaway to improve to 6-0). Bainbridge had fumbled on its overtime possession.

According to the Albany Herald, Bainbridge (3-2, 0-1) had a long punt return for a potential game-winning touchdown during regulation that was called back because of a penalty. “Just daggum too many penalties,” Bainbridge coach Ed Pilcher told the Herald.

Here are some of the things we learned from Week 7 in Class AAAAA:

*Northside, Warner Robins are pulling away: As expected, Northside and Warner Robins have put some space between themselves and the rest of the pack in Region 2 as the only remaining teams in region play. This weekend they won easily against Houston County and Jones County, two of the better teams among the rest of the region. Northside and Warner Robins meet on Nov. 2.

*Creekview is going to the playoffs: OK, it’s not official, but the Grizzlies’ 21-6 victory over Sequoyah virtually assures them of the Division A title in Region 7, which would mean a spot in the region championship game and a state playoff berth. All Creekview has to do to complete the deal is win out against four teams that came into Friday’s games with a combined record of 0-16.

*Clarke Central will be short-handed: Clarke Central will be missing five players next weekend when it faces Heritage in an important Region 8 game. According to the Athens Banner-Herald, five Gladiators were ejected after an altercation during a 37-0 victory over Salem (which had seven players ejected). According to GHSA rules, the ejected players must sit out the next game.

*Riverwood still has a lot to play for: The Raiders’ hopes of an unbeaten season came to an end with a 35-7 loss to Kell in Region 7, but the Raiders are still in position to challenge for their first state playoff berth since 2001. Riverwood needs to finish in the top three in its subregion to get into the region playoffs, and wins over Sprayberry (1-4) and Osborne (1-5) the next two weeks would get them there.

22 comments Add your comment

og1295

October 6th, 2012
9:43 am

I was at the game Clarke Central game, The altercation during the game was totally uncalled for and disrespectful, but the gladiators were not the aggressor. Any one at the game could clearly see that initially the gladiators were concerned for their fallen teammate that had been injured on the touchdown play. The next thing we noticed was several Salem players had surrounded one gladiator and that is when the altercation started. As far as the ejections, the referees made a HUGE mistake. They ejected Cameron Johnson and he was not even near the altercation. The fight ensued in the back of the end zone and he was all the way down by the 10 yard line headed to the sideline. He never went near the brawl or got involved at all. Now since the GHSA rule is if a player is ejected from a game, then they are suspended from the next game. Now is that fair when the young man wasn’t even involved in the incident, he was 20 yards away. The refs totally messed that call up and an innocent young man has to pay. This reminds me of the NFL replacement refs. Cameron was no way involved but because what the refs say goes, he is punished. I’m glad I was there to see it for my self, because just from reading the articles in the papers that he was ejected I would think he actually had done something.

eaglenationrising

October 7th, 2012
1:32 pm

I honestly thought that someone would step up and attempt to compete with Northside, who returns practically everyone. However, there is no program close this season.

Ed Pilcher

October 7th, 2012
3:10 pm

Just too many dadgum penalties…………..

eaglenation

October 7th, 2012
5:32 pm

we are hungry for a state title. good luck eagles…

Salem Parent

October 7th, 2012
5:49 pm

@og: If Cameron Johnson is #3, then yes he was part of the altercation. It’s unforunate that Central instigated the brawl. But at least #3 got what he deserved.

Sal Monella

October 7th, 2012
8:35 pm

Hmmm . . . seems we have 2 totally different perspectives on young Mr. Johnson’s level of participation. Is there a third out there? Inquiring minds want to know. I’m sure the whole thing was somehow George Bush’s fault anyway.

westsider1990

October 7th, 2012
9:50 pm

The Salem parent comment probably actually came from one of our cross town rivals parents that hate that our season is turning out better than their’s after CCHS started 0-2 and they started 2-0 in non-region games. I was there and watched the replay on clarkecentralgitv.com and you can see the p.a.t. team running on the field and at least Cameron Johnson running off the field. Cameron run’s off past #17 as he is entering. That negative comment comes from a person that is totally hurt and upset from CCHS dominating our cross town rivalry for years. I feel for their seniors to never beat CCHS and never make state play-offs.

NoDistrictLinesInDekalb

October 7th, 2012
10:03 pm

Who has the video that will tell if the player was in the fight or not. Just sayin.

westsider1990

October 7th, 2012
10:05 pm

If that comment is actually from a Salem parent then it’s unfortunate that you would post it and be so far from the truth. What are you teaching the kids in Conyers if you can post this and actually feel good about it and another thing we scored on the play to go up 34-0 so why would we even lower ourselves to that level? Salem had at least 6 personal foul penalties and they had two or three on that touchdown drive alone. The incident was unfortunate but we need to post facts and not slander someones name. The bottom line is they are still teenagers and sometimes in the hit of battle things happen. When you have a fallen teammate that was injured scoring a touchdown and the other team stands over him taunting him because he was injured then that is too much but that still doesn’t make what happened afterward ok.

westsider1990

October 7th, 2012
10:10 pm

The game is on clarkecentralgitv.com and you can see the begining of the fight but when it gets going good and the broadcasters really realize what’s happening they move the camera to the C in the middle of the field but you can still here the audio.

og1295

October 7th, 2012
10:54 pm

@salem parent, ok facts first. There were two cameron johnson’s in the game on friday. CCHS cameron johnson #3 and Salem Cameron Johnson #8. Yes there were two #3 on the field for the touch down play, CCHS #3 the quarterback and Salem #3 dback. Any one who knows football understands that on a run play the quarterback rolls to the opposite side of the run towards the sideline and since we had been scoring so much on Salem CCHS #3 Cameron Johnson just rolled to the sideline towards his team because there was no need to overlly celebrate another score on Salem. Since we had done it four times already. So the Salem #3 dback was the one who tackled our injured player and was all up in the mix when the altercation happened. So I would think when you said that #3 got what he deserved, then you must be talking about #3 for Salem. Because you obviously weren’t there if you are refering Cameron Johnson CCHS#3.

Tucker DAD

October 8th, 2012
8:44 am

@Mighty Lion King, I know we are good but I didn’t know that you were fortune teller.

@jag & Stephenson finest and all the rest of you, The day of reconing is fastly approaching and you still have time to come up with a few more excuses. “Our coaches are sorry, Gartrell needs to go, we’re in a higher region, kids are out of position, the refs were terrible and our colors don’t match” or my favorite excuse of all “We put kids in D1″, that never gets old but you have already used all of these so you are going to have to come up with something new after this week!
It’s the second half of the season and we are serving notice that nobody is safe. The real season begins this Friday.

We will be tailgating and you Jagaurs are invited just as long as you bring your manners and be on your best behavior. Remember it’s all about the kids and we are just here to enjoy the show, not to be the show! So come on out and get ready for what should be a historic night!

MIGHTY LION KING

October 8th, 2012
10:15 am

@ TUCKER DAD- boi I wish that was true.. If it was I dont think I would b on here talkin bout hs football games..i would use this talent on predicting the lottery and getting rich… But I tell you what I can predict.. I can predict that Mlk gonna knock down Tucker and stephenson..Lol In my opinion anywayz..

LION NATION/THE DOMINATION!!!

True Football Fan

October 8th, 2012
10:23 am

I was also at the game. The whole incident started when a player from Clarke Central pushed a Salem player because the Salem player was pounding his chest. The refs did mess up. There were players from Salem and Clarke Central that was not involved in the fight but were ejected. I do know that there were several players that should have been ejected that were not for both teams. They should have just ended the game and sent both teams home. It was crazy.

True Football Fan

October 8th, 2012
10:38 am

If you watch the video from the Salem/Clarke Central game you will see several players come from the sidelines for Clarke Central. The sports announcer even tells you that they are clearing the bench. These players should have been ejected. This partly why the camera puts the camera in the middle of the field. For those of you who may not know, there was also a coach from Clarke Central that punched a Salem player in the face. This needs to be investigated. Just watch the video for yourself on youtube and you be the judge. I do know that #36 from Salem was ejected and if you watch the video you will see that he is standing back watching while #36 form Clarke Central is running to get in the fight. the refs had all the numbers mixed up. Georgia High Schools rules also say that ejections can not be overturned. This is sad for both teams to have players that should not have been ejected but were.

Tucker DAD

October 8th, 2012
10:59 am

@Lion King, True that…. I would do the same but since you are not legit in that skill I doubt your prognostications are much better. LOL

However, when this region is finished playing you will all have a new respect for Tucker football. I also surmize that you will realize that it doesn’t matter what classification you are playing in when you got great talent and good coaches. You can play with anybody, and that is just my opinion.

Football

October 8th, 2012
12:19 pm

For the person who thinks #3 Camron Johnson from CCHS was not involved, you are wrong. He ran back on the field when the fight really got out of hand. Yall are just upset that you will not have your quarterback this week when you play Heritage. Yall can mark that one down as a L.

og1295

October 8th, 2012
1:10 pm

Ok you know what , I’m going to let you all think what you all thought you saw. I know what I saw and it is what it is. I could care less who plays on Friday and who wins, but right it right. If a player was fighting then he should be held accountable and if he wasn’t fighting and was punished anyway, then that is just wrong.

westsider1990

October 8th, 2012
1:11 pm

@ Football, I know you must be a JAG FAN, COACH OR PLAYER. You just made it know worldwide that you truly hate the GLADIATORS. A team does not rely on 1 player. In football there are 11 guys on the field and I do believe that CC will dominate as usual. The old cliche says, ” IF YOU CAN’T BEAT’EM THEN JOIN THEM”, so to you come be a GLADIATOR. And @ TRUE FOOTBALL FAN, I wish they would’ve record the entire footage. Clarke players never cleared the bench: #1 when you see the players running on the field obviously Clarke had just scored, so the players was changing over from offenvise to the extra punt team. #2 When Coach Ryals realized that his team was involved in an altercation on the field he turned around to his players on the bench and told them not to run on the field. If you want to see more maybe they have clear footage from the school security cameras that you obviously would be able to see facts. The announcers got it confused with the extra punt team and players clearing the bench. I was there and I am speaking facts. I would not gain anything from getting on here posting lies. And if you was there I can not see why you did not see when RYALS spoke to the bench before running on the field. A question @ FOOTBALL was you even at the game? No you was not so is it fair for me to say that you wasn’t and truly I do not know if you was. Because yall got a L from Heritage does not mean we will. Therefore, how do you know this will go down as a L. Even if we did lose to Heritage does this that 1 L in region play standing stop us from making it to the playoffs.

MIGHTY LION KING

October 8th, 2012
5:55 pm

@TUCKERDAD-well best believe i never doubted TUCKER of being a great team and even when we beat yall, yall will still be a great team. But as you preached, we too want the same respect but to get it which im pretty sure we will, it will be earned on the field from both programs..Just cant wait for all the disappointments and long faces when we win..

p.s..and thats not much of a prediction, just the butt naked truth!!

LION NATION/ THE DOMINATION!!

Mays Maniac

October 9th, 2012
2:08 pm

@ Mighty Lion King, I like MLK But truly it will take a act of congress :) for MLK to beat Tucker at this point. This is when they get vicious and brutal…. I wish you guys much Love and Success with them cats. Oh yeah and see you guys next year our season is OVER…. it was nice being in the company of good programs this year!!!!

Salem Parent

October 11th, 2012
12:00 am

#3 Cameron Johnson from Clarke should not be suspended 1 game, it really should be for 2-3 games.