Class A Blog: Lincoln County, Savannah Christian, Prince Avenue and Marion County all make statements

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Here’s a quick run down of how some of the top games went in Class A on Friday night.

It’s Lincoln County … again. As usual, No. 2 Lincoln County is in the hunt for a region championship. The Red Devils (5-1, 2-0) took a major step toward winning Region 7 with a 20-13 win over previously unbeaten No. 2 Aquinas, in Augusta on Thursday night.

Lincoln trailed 10-0 at halftime but went into the fourth quarter leading 13-10 after touchdowns by Mike McIntire (14-yard run) and Jamar Norman (fumble return). After a 38-yard field goal by the Irish’s Justin Thompson tied the game with just over 2 minutes remaining, the Red Devils went on a 77-yard drive that was capped by Zireycus Letman’s 14-yard touchdown reception from Ben Turner with :49 seconds left in the game.

Aquinas running back Brendan Douglas’ usual dominating performance wasn’t enough to save the Irish. He ran for 153 yards rushing on 28 carries and made several jarring tackles. But Lincoln cashed in on two Irish turnovers, converting them into 13 points  to provide the margin of victory.

Heart of a champ. Defending state champion Savannah Christian (4-2, 2-0), ranked No. 9, is alive and well after a 21-20 win over No. 3 and previously unbeaten Calvary Day (5-1, 1-1). Jalen Myrick, who has committed to Minnesota, scored on fourth-and-8 from the Cavaliers’ 18-yard line, with a little over 3 minutes left in the game. The touchdown came on a pass out of the backfield to Myrick, who maneuvered his way through the Calvary Day defense for the winning score.

The Raiders won in spite of turning the ball over four times on three fumbles and an interception. Calvary Day quarterback Jake Clemons scored all three of his team’s touchdowns on runs of 1, 1, and 5 yards.

No hangover for Prince Avenue Christian. Prince Avenue Christian didn’t take much time feeling sorry for itself after a tough loss at home last week to city and Region 8 rival Athens Academy (14-7). The Wolverines jumped all over a reeling Commerce (4-3, 0-3) squad, winning 30-0.

Running back Bryce Huff led Prince Avenue’s offense with 12 carries for 167 yards and a touchdown, according to the Athens Banner Herald. Carl Mattox added 113 yards on 13 carries. Zack Graham and Conner Sibley each ran for a touchdown. Graham also threw a touchdown pass to Christian Payne. Sibley kicked a 27-yard field goal and recovered a fumble. The Wolverines outgained the Tigers 364-64.

Since starting the season 4-0, Commerce, which played for the second consecutive week without quarterback Drew Whitfield due to illness, has loss three in a row, all region games.

Marion County makes a statement. The Eagles thumped Pacelli, 35-0, to remain undefeated in Region 4. Marion won it’s third straight scoring all of its points in the first half. Quarterback Dustin Eckert threw two touchdown passes and ran for another, while James Taylor scored on runs of 39 and 1 yard, and Markeese Bridges caught touchdown passes of 35 and 15 yards.

The win for Marion (5-1, 3-0) sets up a huge game next week in Vienna against Dooly County, which is also undefeated in Region 4. After starting the season 4-0, Pacelli has lost two in a row, both region games, by a combined score of 76-14.

199 and holding for Mercy’s Earwood. Our Lady of Mercy (4-3, 1-2) failed to claim career win No. 200 for head coach Mike Earwood for the second consecutive week. The Bobcats turned the ball over three times in a 23-17 loss at Holy Innocents (4-3, 2-1), as Bears running back Clay Pfohl scored on runs of 38 and 80 yards. Things don’t get any easier next week for Mercy as they host No. 1 Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy next week.

10 comments Add your comment

The Dogfather

October 13th, 2012
10:13 am

The Cambell Curse continues….

Sam Roney

October 13th, 2012
1:17 pm

Aquinas made two costly turnovers, during an otherwise dominant Aquinas game vs. Lincoln County,
but you can’t allow mistakes against Lincoln. Aquinas will still very much be a force in the playoffs if
this new private/public mess doesn’t foul up the system too much. Lincoln lost their only game to a
strong Washington-Wilkes team that could probably beat any Class A team in the state. Hard to figure
how WW lost to Jefferson bad last week(?)…

Swamp Lizard

October 13th, 2012
7:31 pm

@ STC ….. Thanks for the read and info.

Im just glad we are getting into the “meat” of the season. Like I’ve said, were starting to separate the “pretenders” from the “contenders” !!

Swamp Lizard

October 14th, 2012
12:49 pm

JUST MY TAKE …. I was really shocked that Our Lady of Mercy lost to Holy Innocents. I’ve seen both of these teams play this year and I’ve been impressed with OLM … & that’s not to say HI isn’t a very soild team. I guess OLM came into the game with a bad “hangover” from last week’s game with Landmark. Congrats to Holy Innocents for coming up with a big ( must ) win against a very good team.
I think both of these teams are playoff caliber teams …. Region 5 could have 4 teams in on the “Private” side of the playoffs ….. ELCA, Landmark, Holy Innocents, & Our Lady of Mercy. We’ll see how it all plays out & see how these “power rankings” go.

moto

October 14th, 2012
4:21 pm

Swamp — I agree with your comments, except that I was only “surprised” that HI beat OLM, who played without #2 last night. HI played its best and smartest 1st half of the season, except for the very end of the half. Better tackling and pass defense. Then OLM adjusted on both offense and defense and nearly pulled it out, because HI never really adjusted on offense and only adjusted its defense in time to escape with the win. OLM has some great athletes and are really WELL-COACHED. I’ll be surprised if they don’t continue to do well this year and beyond. Hopefully, they’ll get #2 back for the playoffs; he might have made the difference last night. And give the HI kids credit; they are almost always smaller than their opponents and lacking in depth, but they always make the playoffs. Their biggest problem is always their predictability; they keep running the triple-option offense even when they don’t have the personnel suited for it and the other team is set up to almost guarantee its minimal effectiveness. It’s hard for a small team like HI to win without an effective short passing game.

Swamp Lizard

October 14th, 2012
8:03 pm

MOTO …. thanks for the take on the game. I appreciate a fans point of view that was at the game. Both are good teams, and as I mentioned, think both will make the playoffs. It was a must win for Holy Innocents as far as needing a win against a good team and toward making the playoffs.

sav'h dawg

October 15th, 2012
10:31 am

Witnessed a great game between SC and Calvary on Friday night. On paper, Calvary should have won by a touchdown or 2. Raiders have improved since 2 early season losses. Starting several freshman and sophmores that are growing up every week. Jalen Myrick’s 8 yard catch and run was a thing of beauty to seal the victory for the Red Raiders.

Swamp Lizard

October 15th, 2012
10:51 am

sav’h dawg …. in your honest opinion, does either team look like a team that can win the state championship this year? I’m just curious, I’d love to get down that way and see them play.

sav'h dawg

October 15th, 2012
2:51 pm

Swamp Lizard, Savannah Christian is getting better each week. The loss at Prince Ave was on the road early in the year. Jalen Myrick is a special talent. His game winning touchdown was amazing individual talent. Calvary is as physically intmidating as any Single A team that the Raiders have played in the last several years. I would not rule out either of them to make it to the final four.

Swamp Lizard

October 16th, 2012
7:30 am

@ sav’h dawg … thanks for the reply. I’m up here in Metro Atlanta …. I’d love to get down that way and see those teams play in Region 3 ( Calvary Day, Sav Christian & ECI ), just been to busy for a road trip. ELCA looks really strong !! They are very soild in every phase of the game. Another team up here to keep an eye on is state runner up Landmark Christian, that’s another team getting better every week. They have a stud RB named Jerimiah Kirkland … keep an eye on him. Landmark had Calvary down 21-0 before letting it get away and losing 28-21 …. Landmark plays very physical too. Thanks for the reply … I’ll be at the ELCA / Our Lady of Mercy game this week. I’ll let you know how they are looking.