Lovett, GAC heightening excitement

The highly anticipated Game 10 showdown in two weeks between Lovett and Greater Atlanta Christian came into sharper focus Friday with both state-ranked teams remaining perfect in Region 6-AA at 2-0. The Lions (4-4) edged Wesleyan 24-21, while the Spartans (6-2) turned back Hapeville Charter 38-20.

Here are things Friday showed us about those squads, as well as others in AA:

– Lovett is resilient: The Lions overcame a 21-10 third-quarter deficit and didn’t lead until Grant Haley’s 1-yard run with 29 seconds left. Haley stole the show with three scores, his others being a 75-yard run and 96-yard kickoff return.

– Scales, Chapple continue to spark GAC: Kyle Scales’ two scores and 123 yards rushing and Rafe Chapple’s two TDs and 166 passing helped the Spartans jump to an insurmountable 24-6 lead at halftime.

– Ben Davenport has Pepperell on a roll: His 182 yards and two TDs rushing pushed the Dragons past Chattooga 28-21 and closer to the second playoff spot in 7-AA, behind Calhoun, according to the Rome News-Tribune.

– Bryant Shirreffs’ aerial assault continues: The Athens Banner-Herald reported the Jefferson quarterback’s 190 yards and two TDs passing stretched No. 9 Jefferson’s win streak to seven games, as the Dragons beat winless Social Circle 47-10.

– Brooks County’s still on a roll: The No. 2 Trojans upped themselves to 8-0 and clinched their first Region 1-AA championship in four years by beating No. 5 Cook 35-21. Brooks led Cook 21-14 at halftime and never trailed, the Valdosta Times reported.

– Eagles can’t get off the mat: After beating Social Circle in Game 7 for their first win, Riverside Military lost to Glascock County 22-13 in Region 8-AA. The Eagles have won only once in their last 12 games.

– There might be no stopping Calhoun: The little-challenged Yellow Jackets appear destined to contend for a second consecutive state championship after drubbing Armuchee 53-0. Now with three shutouts in four games, top-ranked Calhoun further impressed with 507 total yards, including Taylor Lamb’s 295 passing, the News-Tribune reported.

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BIG NAIL 72

October 27th, 2012
8:25 am

Quick correction. Brooks is now 9-0 on the season.

Jacketaxe

October 27th, 2012
9:03 am

Hats off to Calhoun’s underclassmen for holding the shutouts after the starters go out. Building next years team every year.

Kramers2009

October 27th, 2012
9:04 am

Trust me, nobody at Lovett is thinking about GAC yet. They got their #1 rival Westminster this week and that is all they are thinking about right now.

Stinger63

October 27th, 2012
1:45 pm

Hey Jacketaxe, good recognition to the younder players! They are almost as fun to watch as the 1’st team. Is it just me, or do those 9-10 graders look like they are going to be something EXTRA special in the next two years? I see several sophomores playing on First O and First D, and when the others get in at the end of the game, they look to be loaded. On a different subject, it looks like the 1’st team D is really starting to get better. Alot of younger guys playing on D this year, but they are really showing inprovement.

Bulldawg

October 27th, 2012
2:06 pm

Stinger63,

It’s not just you. Calhoun’s 9th and 10th grade group is loaded with athletes. Many of them would start for other schools’ varsity teams. I think the program is only going to get stronger over the next three seasons.

The fact that Calhoun is able to get those younger kids a lot of playing time just keeps things rolling. Coach Lamb and his staff deserve a lot of credit for what they have helped build at Calhoun.