Carrollton-Sandy Creek headlines monster slate of AAAA games

In the case of Region 5-AAAA, it was complete happenstance that the schedule fell the way that it did, with powers Carrollton and Sandy Creek playing this week. Also, the Troup-LaGrange rivalry game and the Fayette County-Shaw matchup have playoff implications.

There are great high-stakes games all over the state this weekend. Cairo and Monroe-Albany clash for the top spot in Region 1. Unbeaten Chamblee plays host to No. 2 Marist and unbeaten Carver-Atlanta takes on once-beaten Grady in 6-AAAA. Stockbridge plays Locust Grove with the top seed in 4-AAAA Division A on the line. And in 8-AAAA, No. 6 Monroe Area plays at Chestatee with the region title on the line.

None of those carries the weight, or at least the story lines, that go along with No. 4 Carrollton’s visit to No. 1 Sandy Creek. It’s two top-five teams, a rematch from the 2010 AAA state championship game and an old-guard, long-time power (Carrollton) against what might be termed a nouveaux elite (Sandy Creek) with the 5-AAAA crown at stake.

“You try to keep the week as much the same as you can,” said Sandy Creek coach Chip Walker. “But everybody knows what’s at stake and who we’re playing.”

And it was, as both Walker and Carrollton Coach Rayvan Teague called it, the luck of the draw that the schedule fell that way.

“All the coaches just drew numbers and the numbers told you what your schedule was,” said Teague, who believes it’s fortunate his team didn’t see the Patriots earlier in the year. “When you’re playing a great team like that, it really doesn’t matter, but for us this year it’s better to have played late because we were so green to begin the year.”

Carrollton went into the season with the plan of having Wil Garrett and Will Hesterlee share time at quarterback, but Garrett broke his thumb in the preseason and was just released to resume football activity two weeks ago. So Hesterlee has taken the reins and after a 1-2 start has led the team to five straight wins. Key has been the emergence of running back Trey Chivers (pronounced as in shivers), who has run wild the last few weeks, including a four-touchdown performance against Alexander last week. Against Calhoun in the season’s third game, Chivers bolted for 264 rushing yards, 95 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

For Carrollton, Friday’s game is a chance at payback for the loss in the 2010 state final, a game Carrollton could have won; the Trojans turned the ball over three times deep in Sandy Creek territory and fell 14-7.

“I think they’re a whole lot better offensively than they were then,” Teague said. “I had to watch three different games to see them punt once or twice. Nobody’s really stopped them all year long. They’re so talented and they do a good job with them.”

On the other side, Sandy Creek has clicked offensively all year. QB Cole Garvin has thrown for 1,586 yards and 14 touchdowns and RB Eric Swinney has 801 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. Demarre Kitt has caught 37 passes for 592 yards and six touchdowns while Kyle Wilson has 21 catches for 459 yards and three touchdowns.

“I think hopefully we are ready,” Walker said. “I don’t know that we’ve played a team as good as Carrollton, but then I don’t think they’ve played a team as good as us.”

21 comments Add your comment

Go Trojans!

October 30th, 2012
5:40 am

This should be a good one!

Monroe's First Redcoat

October 30th, 2012
9:13 am

GO YOU MONROE HURRICANES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just want to know

October 30th, 2012
2:14 pm

Stockbridge Tigers!!!!


October 30th, 2012
4:21 pm

Cairo should wrap up the #1 seed and Monroe better get ready for PJ Davis, he is all over the field. Offense, Defense, and Special teams. He does it all. A touchdown machine and a tackling machine. RED N BLACK ALL DAY!!!


October 30th, 2012
4:24 pm

will teague dare to be great friday night

Football Fan

October 30th, 2012
4:50 pm


David Jones

October 30th, 2012
5:36 pm

Don’t sleep on the Monroe Tornadoes out of Albany, GA.

Just want to know

October 30th, 2012
10:44 pm

@Football Fan, you don’t believe that. LG will loose by 20points or more!

Football Fan

October 30th, 2012
10:51 pm



October 31st, 2012
7:33 am

“None of those carries the weight” that go along with No. 4 Carrollton’s visit to No. 1 Sandy Creek.

Jay – There are games that carry the same exact weight! The winner of the game is a region champion. Period!
Nothing more – nothing less.
Do you think some kind of magical power is gonna drop from the sky and land on the winner of Carrollton vs Sandy Creek?

6B surprise

October 31st, 2012
9:03 pm

Chamblee 28 Marist 7. You heard it here first!!!


October 31st, 2012
10:55 pm

Chamblee stands no chance against Marist. Never have, never will.

Patriot Power

October 31st, 2012
11:20 pm

The Sandy Creek-Carrollton game is a possible preview of the state championship this year and a repeat of the state championship from two years ago. So yes, it does carry more weight. Don’t hate because your match-up isn’t quite on the same level.

6B surprise

October 31st, 2012
11:25 pm

Chamblee has a chance. This year!!! Face it @haha, Chamblee has nothing to lose and everything to gain. Marist will not know what to do the first time 215 hits them in the mouth! Whatcha gunna do?

The one thing I know even the Marist fans must admit – y’all haven’t beaten a team as good as UNDEFEATED Chamblee all year. Never have, never will! You heard it here first!


November 1st, 2012
7:12 am

No hate here – I don’t have a dog in that fight, but a region championship is a region championship.

Your saying a Region 5 Championship carries more value than say, a Region 4. Ha!

“possible preview of the state championship” could “possibly” be any game played the first week of region play.


November 1st, 2012
7:22 am

Have you all forgot about the Burke Co. Bears. We will dominate the playoffs in record performances week after week just like last year. Bur then again we were the underdogs then and I am fine being that now. Lets remember Gainesville beat SandyCreek last year by 35-21 only to lose to the sleeper team from BURKE CO. umm wasn’t it like 63-28. Nuf said!!!!

That Dude Says...

November 1st, 2012
9:36 am

BigBurkeFan4Life… Last year was last year. That season is over.

WTF?… You strike me as a little slow.


November 1st, 2012
11:24 am

@BigBurkeFan4Life…the Sandy Crek team that Gainesville beat was LAST YEAR. Burke that wons state was LAST YEAR…
Donquell “Lizard” Green better eat his wheaties…Sandy Creek will go “Swamp People” on him!


November 1st, 2012
12:33 pm

Didn’t I read that somewhere else this morning? eat’n wheaties!


November 2nd, 2012
8:40 am


November 3rd, 2012
9:27 am

@ SANDY “WEEK” not CREEK” fans & others…………………

be afraid….be very afraid……………………… GATOR GREEN, & the BURKE CO. BEARS will win the championship again, who can stop the powerful rushing attack of…..THE GATOR / GRUBBS /CRUMBLY/BAXLEY/ELLISON & them hungry bears……………PEACH CO. had a great defense last year and look what the GATOR done to them,WE SEEN “SANDY WEEK” not CREEK last nite on GPB & they didnt impressed BURKE CO. fans………., we know that they cant stop our spread/run offense, & the most electricfying player in all of football DONQUELL “GATOR” GREEN……………………………SEE YA @ THE DOME