Archive for October, 2012

AAAA roundup

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Banneker 41, Therrell 0: The host Trojans used three first quarter touchdowns to pull away from Therrell. James Boyd was perfect on the night with 130 yards and his first three passes went for touchdowns. Jalen White carried the ball 14 times for 135 yards and a score.

Carrollton 48, Alexander 0: The host Trojans rolled up 195 rushing yards while allowing Alexander just 26. Carrollton quarterbacks Will Hesterlee and Will Garrett combined for just five completions, but three were for touchdowns. The Trojans led 35-0 at the half.

Locust Grove 35, Eagle’s Landing 34: Trailing 34-29, Locust Grove threw an interception at the 2-yard line with 40 seconds remaining. Eagle’s Landing took a knee, but after Locust Grove called timeout, the Golden Eagles fumbled the ball in the endzone on the game’s final play. Zack Mitchell of the Wildcats pounced on it for a winning touchdown.

North Clayton 12, Spalding 0: The visiting Eagles notched their second victory and first …

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AAA roundup

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Buford 51, Fannin County 0: The host Wolves took a 28-0 edge in the first quarter and led 44-0 at the half. Quinn Davis ran for a 58-yard touchdown on the first play. Buford used nine plays to score four touchdowns in the first quarter.

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AA roundup

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Greater Atlanta Christian 38, Hapeville Charter 20: The visiting Spartans jumped out to a 24-6 halftime advantage. Kyle Scales rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns to lead Greater Atlanta Christian. Rafe Chapple passed for 166 yards and threw a pair of touchdowns to Peter Whiteneck for the Spartans.

Lovett 24, Wesleyan 21: The visiting Lions overcame a 21-10 third quarter deficit and took their first lead of the game on a 1-yard run by Grant Haley with 29 seconds left. It was Haley’s third touchdown of the game. He also scored on a 96-yard kickoff return and a 75-yard run.

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Class A roundup

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Athens Academy 21, George Walton Academy 20: The host Spartans defeated the Bulldogs in a contest that went to the final seconds. Quarterback Austin Schulte accounted for all three Spartans touchdowns by throwing for two and rushing for another. The Bulldogs had a chance to win, but missed a 45-yard field goal with 16 seconds remaining.

Athens Christian 31, Pinecrest Academy 14: The host Eagles used a heavy dose of the running game to defeat the Paladins. Taylor Hardigree had another huge game with 198 yards and scored all four touchdowns on the ground. Justin Bratcher tacked on a 25-yard field goal and converted all four extra points.

Eagle’s Landing Christian 69, Strong Rock Christian 6: The visiting Chargers dominated on both sides of the ball. The first-team defense did allow a first down, and Eagle’s Landing Christian led by 60 at the half.

King’s Ridge Christian 55, Fellowship Christian 20: Connor Henderson rushed 10 times for 120 yards and two …

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AAAAAA blog: Benign losses for West Forsyth, Parkview? Prognosis is more guarded for Colquitt

Five interesting things that happened Friday in Class AAAAAA

No. 5 West Forsyth falls from the unbeaten – Dreams of a first-ever unbeaten season for West Forsyth crashed in a 29-28 loss to Chattahoochee. Travis Marshall scored on an 8-yard scramble and hit a diving Collin Lisa for a winning conversion with 38 seconds to play. That’s got to give Chattahoochee some confidence, but it might prove meaningless in the Region 6 standings. West Forsyth (7-1, 4-1) still will win the title with victories over South Forsyth (3-5, 0-5) and Lambert (5-3, 3-4) because the Wolverines have wins over the other first-place teams – Alpharetta (5-3, 4-1) and Johns Creek (7-1, 4-1). Chattahoochee, which has lost to those two teams, probably still needs to win its final two games against Lambert (5-3, 2-3) and Centennial (3-5, 3-2) just to get the No. 4 seed.

No. 6 Parkview suffers upset in Region 8 – Central Gwinnett defeated Parkview 30-27 in two overtimes. That brought about a four-way tie for …

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Softball playoffs scorelist

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AAAAAA

Archer 3, Collins Hill 2

Archer 3, Lassiter 0

Collins Hill 5, Mill Creek 2

East Coweta 1, Mill Creek 0

Kennesaw Mountain 3, East Coweta 2

Kennesaw Mountain 1, Lassiter 0

AAAAA

Loganville 5, South Paulding 2

Pope 1, Union Grove 0

Whitewater 11, Greenbrier 8

Whitewater 3, Loganville 2

AAAA

Madison County 6, Columbus 1

Madison County 5, Wayne County 1

Northwest Whitfield 3, West Laurens 2

Wayne County 7, South Effingham 4

AAA

Buford 7, Central-Carroll 0

Jackson County 2, Pike County 1

Ringgold 6, Chapel Hill 3

Ringgold 3, Jackson County 2

AA

Bremen 8, Vidalia 3

Dade County 3, Wesleyan 2

Heard County 5, Bremen 2

Heard County 4, Harlem 1

A

Darlington 15, Athens Christian 9

Georgia Military 14, Mt. Zion-Carroll 6

Gordon Lee 9, Schley County 0

Gordon Lee 8, Seminole County 0

Mt. Pisgah 3, Prince Avenue Christian 2

Savannah Christian 12, Darlington 6

Savannah Christian 6, George Walton Academy 5

Schley County 10, Miller County 9

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Softball: Lassiter eliminated while Buford, Pope advance

By Stephen Black

Score Atlanta

In the state softball championship in Columbus, No. 3 Lassiter was eliminated from the double-elimination tournament by No. 1 Kennesaw Mountain 1-0. The Trojans lost to Archer earlier in the day. Mill Creek, Harrison and Hillgrove were also eliminated. No. 5 Collins Hill and No. 4 Archer played in the semifinals along with No. 2 East Coweta and Kennesaw Mountain. The final two teams not to be eliminated will play today in the state finals.

In Class AAAAA, No. 6 Pope upset top-ranked Union Grove 1-0 to advance to the final. Greenbrier and South Paulding were eliminated, while Whitewater and Loganville played for the right to face Union Grove in the semifinals.

Buford advanced to the state finals with a 7-0 win over Central-Carroll in Class AAA, the Wolves’ first finals appearance in their new classification after moving up from AA this season. Sophomore Bria Bush tossed her 19th complete game and earned her 21st win of the season. Jordan Deep had …

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M.L. King 49, Stephenson 28

In the end, M.L. King just had too many weapons.

Class AAAAA No. 9 Stephenson barely hung around in the first half, but the Jaguars’ defense couldn’t figure out a way to stop the No. 2-ranked Lions in MLK’s 49-28 win.

After its offense had been stagnant for much of the game, Stephenson made two plays for making this a game with its first two sustained drives of the night, starting late in the third quarter.

The first went nine plays, covering 78 yards, and it was the Jaguars’ first multi-play touchdown march. With the Lions (8-0, 7-0 Region 6-AAAAA)missing the extra point after their previous touchdown, it made the score 27-21 as the third quarter wound down.

Their next drive covered 64 yards in eight plays, ending with an Evan Jones touchdown run to get back within six points, at 34-28 with 7:34 left.

But, as was the case most of the night, the defense had no answer for M.L. King’s balanced offense and quick-strike ability either time.

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North Gwinnett 38, Collins Hill 24

Known more for its offense, North Gwinnett turned to its defense, which shut out Collins Hill in the second half to lead the Bulldogs to a 38-24 victory against the Eagles. North Gwinnett improved to 8-1, 5-1 in Region 7-AAAAAA, and strengthened its position to secure a home playoff game. Collins Hill dropped to 5-3, 4-2.

Quarterback Michael Haynes led the Bulldogs with two touchdowns to Caleb Scott. Haynes completed 15 of 25 passes for 251 yards and also ran for 73 yards on 14 carries, repeatedly breaking the pocket and running free for nice gains.

Trailing 24-21 in the third quarter, North Gwinnett coach Bob Sphire reached in his bag of tricks. Gaining possession on the Eagles’ 38-yard line, Sphire called a flea-flicker that completely fooled the Eagles, and Haynes hit Scott streaking downfield for the go-ahead score.

Three plays later, the defense stepped up when Ben Carswell intercepted a pass and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown to give the Bulldogs a 35-24.  In the …

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Tucker 28, Miller Grove 13

The fifth-ranked Tigers took over sole possession of second place in Region 6-AAAAA with a win over the Wolverines at Adams Stadium.

After a scoreless opening period, Tucker’s Detric Dukes crossed the goal line on a 6-yard run on the first play of the second quarter. Miller Grove answered with a 65-yard drive, capped off by Ken Allen’s 6-yard touchdown pass over the middle to Vauchon Cojoe.

On the Tigers’ next offensive play, Dominick Sanders took the handoff and burst through the line on his way to a 69-yard score. The Wolverines’ Zavier Johnson returned the ensuing kickoff 86 yards to set up the next touchdown, a 5-yard run around left end by Jonquavious McBride.

The Tucker defense put some points on the scoreboard, as Corey Hunter picked off a pass and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown with just under a minute to go before halftime. The Tigers led 21-13 at intermission.

After driving inside the Miller Grove 20 early in the fourth quarter and missing a field goal, Tucker …

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Woodward Academy 20, St. Pius X 14

Judging from the celebration on the field after No. 10 Woodward Academy beat No. 5 St. Pius X with a last-minute touchdown Friday night for a 20-14 win, the War Eagles surprised even themselves.

Terry Googer’s 39-yard-touchdown pass to Conor Pilch with 20 seconds left not only kept Woodward Academy (7-2, 4-1 Region 6-AAA) in the region race, it helped the War Eagles forget about the way the Golden Lions dominated for the first 45 of 48 minutes.

“I think it goes back to our guys never quitting because Pius was driving right down the field and they had first-and-goal inside our 5. For us to come up with a turnover, that’s just huge,” said Woodward Academy coach John Hunt. “To be honest with you, I was just trying for a field goal, and I’ll be danged if we weren’t able to get a touchdown.”

St. Pius lost five fumbles in the game, none more important than the second to last.

SPX fullback Ryan Braswell lost the ball at the Woodward 1 with less than three …

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Union Grove 35, Mundy’s Mill 13

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Derrick Craine and Tyler Vaughn were not ready for that losing feeling to return to their Union Grove locker room.

The seniors, who had endured a record of 8-12 over the previous two seasons, began this campaign with two straight wins. Then came a 39-0 thumping at the hands of Whitewater in Game 3. But Craine and Vaughn decided that loss would be enough for their last campaign.

After a serious talk with their mates, the Wolverines bludgeoned their next four opponents by a combined score of 140-20. Friday night, Mundy’s Mill was next.

Union Grove (7-1, 4-0 in Region 4AAAAA-Division A) scored 28 unanswered points in an 18 minute period from the start of the second quarter to the middle of the third. The result was a 35-13 shellacking of the visiting Tigers (3-5, 3-1), which put the Wolverines firmly in control of their post season destiny. A win at Drew next week would give Union Grove the top seed in the region play-in game, where they would …

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South Gwinnett 42, Archer 14

By Michael Alpert

For the AJC

Deonte Davis sparked a defense that helped South Gwinnett defeat visiting Archer 42-14 and assure itself one of four state playoff spots from Region 8-AAAAAA.

Davis’ fumble recovery at Archer’s 2-yard line on the first snap of the second half and his blocked punt four minutes later helped South score on four consecutive second-half possessions and break open a 14-14 tie at halftime. Colton Nash and Anthony Beck chipped in interceptions in the win that improved South to 3-0 against Archer and left the Tigers facing daunting odds of a second-ever playoff appearance.

“We (wanted) to take care of things tonight and get done with it,” South coach John Small said of securing a playoff spot, regardless of outcomes against Brookwood and Parkview. “You’ve got to be real with your guys and let them know this is where rubber meats the road and every game is important at this point.”

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Walker 21, Whitefield Academy 14

Evan Kasian scored on a 12-yard run with 38 seconds remaining to cap a 268-yard night rushing and complete a fourth-quarter rally as the Wolverines beat rival Whitefield Academy Friday to clinch the Region 6-A Division B title.

It was a fitting end to the night for Kasian, who hurt Whitefield Academy in just about every way imaginable.

Kasian carried the ball 38 times, scored two touchdowns and ran in a two-point conversion. He entered the game as the second-leading rusher in Cobb County, trailing only Walton’s Tyren Jones, and pushed his totals to 1,653 yards and 20 touchdowns for the season.

“What can you say,” said Walker coach John East, in his first season with the Wolverines. “He’s quite the running back. I’m very proud of our line, and certainly Patrick McPherson and Bradley Moore as they come in at fullback and keep pounding and leading for him. We came out and miscued on a few things early, but I’m very proud of the fact that we just hung in there.”

But Walker had a …

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Chattahoochee 29, West Forsyth 28

By David Purdum / For the AJC

Chattahoochee shook up Region 6-AAAAAA with a stunning upset of No. 5 West Forsyth, 29-28, Friday at the Cougars’ field.

Travis Marshall scored on an 8-yard scramble and then found a diving Collin Lisa on the edge of the end zone for a winning two-point conversion with 38 seconds to play.

The Wolverines (7-1, 4-1) reached the Chattahoochee 34 on their ensuing drive, but Timmy Hartshorn’s 51-yard field goal was no good as time expired.

Lisa caught two touchdowns from Marshall, who finished with 227 yards passing and three touchdowns for the Cougars (5-3, 3-3).

West Forsyth entered the game averaging 41 points per game, but found itself in a 7-7 defensive battle in the second half.  Four times, the Wolverines had drives fizzle inside Chattahoochee territory, resulting in three missed field goals and a turnover on downs.

The miscues allowed the Cougars to stay in the game, even though they were getting dominated in time of possession and total …

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