Sandy Creek, Carrollton turn eyes to battle royale

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The Region 5 showdown is on. No. 1-ranked Sandy Creek and No. 4 Carrollton avoided pre-showdown letdowns with big wins Friday night, setting up a de facto region championship game next week. Rushing for five touchdowns, including three by Eric Swinney, Sandy Creek throttled LaGrange to stay unbeaten. Meanwhile, Carrollton got four first-half touchdowns from Trey Chivers and rolled over winless Alexander.

Other things we learned in AAAA Friday night:

Marist does its part: No. 2 Marist whipped Stone Mountain Friday night to stay unbeaten in sub-region play. The War Eagles, who are 7-1 overall, play next week against Chamblee, which was unbeaten heading into Saturday’s matchup against struggling Lithonia.

Statesboro’s defense stands up: The No. 5-ranked Blue Devils (7-1, 2-0 Regio 3-AAAA Division A), ranked No. 5, held their fourth straight opponent to single-digit points in a 13-6 win over South Effingham, which went into the game averaging 32 points. Running back Quan Daniels rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns for Statesboro according to the Statesboro Herald.

Mary Persons can gut out a close one: Mary Persons gave up 340 yards to Baldwin Friday night and committed three turnovers according to the Macon Telegraph, but the Bulldogs matched the visiting Braves yard for yard and turnover for turnover in a comeback win. The victory, Mary Persons’ third in four games decided by a touchdown or less, kept the Bulldogs (6-2, 4-1 Region 2-AAAA) in sole possession of second place in 2-AAAA, where Baldwin, West Laurens and Veterans all sit with two losses.

Westside-Macon also has guts: The high-scoring Seminoles were involved in a shootout at halftime against Perry, but blanked the Panthers in the second half for a 33-28 win. Westside (7-1, 5-0) can clinch the region title with a win against Rutland next week.

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S_on_my_Chest

October 27th, 2012
9:22 am

And Stockbridge once again destroys Woodland in a rivalry game for a 34 to 7 win.

WarEagle

October 27th, 2012
9:44 am

Good homecoming win by Marist. Loved watching our 290 lb defensive tackle play fullback at the goal line and punch one in! Game was not as close as the score, as Marist took foot off the gas in the second half. Now we must prepare for a good Chamblee team.

dekalbfan

October 27th, 2012
11:20 am

Congrats to Marist on a good win. However, don’t say Marist took its foot off the gas. They still tried to score in the second half but couldn’t. A young Stone Mountain team didn’t quit and that’s what is important in such matchups. They have a good future with the majority of those players returning next season. Most of them are first year players with a couple of freshmen starting on defense. Again, good win for Marist. They should overpower Chamblee.

Stinger63

October 27th, 2012
2:18 pm

Trey Chivers is a BEAST! Anybody have any news on his offers? I watched him against Calhoun, and he was unstopable. We also got to see the highly recruited Von Bell from Ridgeland in the season opener, and he is obviously the real deal. Both guys are very talented players, but I would say Chivers is as good or better than Bell, just based on what I watched against Calhoun.

Sandy Creek/Carrollton should be a train wreck!

Woodpecker

October 27th, 2012
3:07 pm

I’ve been following Sandy Creek all season and that defense of line is a beast. I haven’t seen anybody run on them yet. If Carrollton want to have any chance they better come up with a passing game. By the way SC can beat you with the pass or run.

WarEagle

October 27th, 2012
4:17 pm

@dekalbfan — yes, the subs who played the entire second half for Marist against ST’s starters did try their best. Better?

First Down Creek!!!!

October 27th, 2012
5:15 pm

Sandy Creek was built for this game but we have MANY injured players.

dekalbfan

October 27th, 2012
5:16 pm

@ Wareagle

Good luck against Chamblee.

S_on_my_Chest

October 27th, 2012
6:01 pm

Their built for the game but they’re going 2 get torn down when they see the tiger. WE GONE PUT DEM PAWS ON EM!!!!!

Trojan94

October 27th, 2012
10:23 pm

Nothing but respect for sandy creek, this game should be a classic maybe the first of two meetings who knows.

Dekalb Co Guy

October 28th, 2012
10:10 am

@dekalbfan

good to hear that Stone Mountain has a lot of good young talent. But the problem with having good young talent, is how many will stay? They are getting playing time now, but wouldnt suprise if 1 or 2 moved to Tucker or Stephenson.

That Dude Says...

October 28th, 2012
10:21 am

The Sandy Creek/Carrollton game is going to be a knock down drag it out slobber knocker. Two powerhouse’s and first class programs. I can’t wait.

When I say SANDY…. you say CREEEEEEEEEKK!!!!!

Jim Anderson

October 28th, 2012
6:48 pm

“Sandy Creek was built for this game but we have MANY injured players.”

At this point point of the season who doesn’t have injuries???

andersja

October 28th, 2012
6:55 pm

Tradition never graduates.

Bear_Backer

October 29th, 2012
3:09 am

Griffin Bears Fan here, not much pub on them this year. They just quietly keep winning like every year during the regular season. Playoffs? Different story for them (year in and year out) They always fold like a wet dish-rag. No one is ever going to beat Sandy Creek anyway. They are in the Stratosphere both skill and coaching wise. Maybe Carrollton can bang on em some, but I don’t see them winning at the battlefield. I may go to seem that game instead of the lame match-up Between Griffin and Spalding this week.

G.B.

October 29th, 2012
4:21 am

Bear_Backer …. more like bear slacker ! Glad you don’t have my back.

Football Fanatic

October 29th, 2012
10:57 am

SC may have a lot of injured players, but I think that they have a good chance to pull out the win over Carrollton anyway. I agree…that game will be one of the biggest showdowns of the season so far. Both teams have great talent in all positions, so it will probably come down to the coaching to pull out the win.

In my opinion…”Goooooooooo Creeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!!!!!”

FranchiseMe

October 29th, 2012
1:56 pm

This game is probably one the games to watch this football season. Kinda like the Stephenson-MLK game I went to last week. SC is so deep, they could lose their first team players and replace them with the backups and still win. They are very deep and talented. I look for the defensive line to do well, the running backs everyone calls the Law Firm (just read that on another site), thought that was cute (Sweeney, Brown & Weems).Not to mention their receivers that are 4-5 deep. Should be a barn burner!! Good Luck to both teams.

Wow

October 29th, 2012
2:10 pm

3 running backs and 4-5 receivers — Sandy Creek must run an unconventional offense with only 2-3 offensive linemen to get all those guys on the field at one time!

Monroe's First Redcoat

October 29th, 2012
5:07 pm

Y’all just keep ignoring my Monroe Area Hurricanes….8-0 and headed to Chestatee Friday for the 8-AAAA title. A win will give my ‘Canes their first region championship in 43 years.

BC#9 Class of 1998

October 29th, 2012
10:37 pm

Yall still Don’t Respect Burke County…….. SMH……….Yall better ask Peach County!!!!!!!

Go Trojans!

October 30th, 2012
5:50 am

I don’t think there is anyone in Carrollton who doesn’t know SC is the deal. You don’t send that many athletes to D1 schools without being dangerous. If the Trojans don’t play sharp, it could get ugly quickly.

If Ctown had played this game in the 2nd week of the season, I would guess it would have been 50- 0 Creek. The team has really improved over the past few weeks. The O line is playing very well. The run oriented style also is difficult for defenses at times.

Going to be a great one! I’m sure the stadium will be packed as Carrollton always travels well.

Momamoon

October 31st, 2012
9:33 am

Let them ignore us Monroe’s First Redcoat. The storm will surprise them soon enough just like Sandy did. We know what our boy’s got….