Sandy Creek 30, Carrollton 7


By Jay Stone

For the AJC

Capitalizing on two first-half Carrollton mistakes in the punting game and getting a stellar defensive effort, Sandy Creek claimed its fifth straight region championship, beating the Trojans 30-7 Friday night at The Battlefield for the 5-AAAA title.

The loss ended Carrollton’s string of region titles at three straight.

Two of the top five teams in Class AAAA, No. 1 Sandy Creek and No. 4 Carrollton went into the game putting up big offensive numbers; Carrollton was averaging 38 points per game, Sandy Creek 45.5.

In a playoff-like atmosphere, Sandy Creek (9-0, 6-0 Region 5-AAAA) got 95 rushing yards and two touchdowns from Delvin Weems, but it was the defense that shone for the Patriots, who won their 38th straight regular-season game.

It was the most lop-sided defeat for Carrollton since a 49-7 loss to LaGrange in 2002 for the Trojans (6-3, 5-1) according to records on Sandy Creek held the Trojans to 107 total yards and Carrollton running back Trey Chivers, who came in with nearly 1,000 yards combined rushing and receiving yards, was held to 40 rushing yards on 11 carries and no receptions.

The start was anything but ideal for Sandy Creek.

After one play in the second quarter, the Patriots had two points and three total yards.

From punt formation on the first play of the second quarter, the snap sailed over the head of Carrollton punter Cristian Remeriz, who kicked the ball out of the end zone , giving the Patriots a safety.

The Patriots didn’t get their initial first down until the 7:20 mark in the second quarter. Once they did, though, it sparked the game’s first touchdown drive. Sandy Creek moved 81 yards in 10 plays, the big on a 45-yard pass from Cole Garvin to Demarre Kitt. Eric Swinney scored on a 2-yard run to give Sandy Creek a 9-0 lead.

The Patriots took advantage of another mistake by the Carrollton punting team for its next score. Remeriz handled another high snap but was tackled for a 9-yard loss to the Trojan 8.

The next play, Garvin scrambled for the touchdown and a 16-0 cushion.

Weems scored his touchdown on a 2-yard run on the opening series of the second half to make it 23-0, and he added a 75-yarder later in the third period to turn the game into a rout.

Malik Sheppard’s 53-yard punt return accounted for Carrollton’s only score.

12 comments Add your comment


November 3rd, 2012
12:37 am

Dang gum Sandy Creek completely shut down Carrollton. May be a Sandy Creek-Burke showdown in Rd 3 if both can make it that far.

carrollton 85

November 3rd, 2012
12:58 am

Piss poor coaching from the carrollton coaching staff. Teague did it again. He goes into his shell(wingT) when things get tough. Why hinder your coaches and players from winning a big game? This car salesman has come to a proud community and pimp the school for $100,000 a year. Its time to step down and get the hell on and pimp another school.

Go Trojans!

November 3rd, 2012
9:07 am

Too many athletes on the SC side last night for Carrollton. Our defense actually played well in the first quarter and overall but one missed tackle and SC’s speed killed us. Their defense was very, very good as well. Speed and size on the defense line were too much for the Wing T! We had some time when it seemed like we had a drive going and then they put the clamps down. Not sure about the other teams in the state but its going to be hard to get past SC in the playoffs. Congratulations to them and also to Carrollton who played a hard, well fought game.


November 3rd, 2012
9:38 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

Patriot Power

November 3rd, 2012
10:40 am

Hope you play football better than you use proper spelling, grammar, capitalization, and punctuation! Burke County is shaking in its collective sneakers at the thought of playing Sandy Creek now.

First Down Creek!!!!

November 3rd, 2012
11:35 am

No one really cares about Burke because they are not on our schedule, but what you saw last night was a team built to stop the run and you watched two of the best teams in 4A as opposed to watching Butler last night. It isn’t going to look pretty when two great programs meet. Now go talk trash on a Thomson thread!!


November 3rd, 2012
5:57 pm

Sandy Creek has had better recruiting classes lately than Carrollton and it shows


November 4th, 2012
11:46 am

@ SANDY WEEK FANS…NOT CREEK…do u all think that shabby defense we saw on GPB friday will slow down the GATOR & them hungry BEARS…i smell FEAR….. SANDY “WEEK” NOT CREEK fans…., already know who is waiting ………& he cant be stopped, the most electric player in all of football 4.2 speedster…the one, the only , QB/RB/DB/KR/PR – DONQUELL “GATOR” GREEN, just ask PEACH CO. /STATESBORO / WAYNE CO. & COFFEE CO. see ya @ the dome


November 4th, 2012
4:11 pm

Once again Tell the Puke County Cubs and Donquell “Lizard” Green…we’re coming for them. No one…I repeat NO ONE at Sandy Creek is scared of ANY team in Georgia!

Tommy Lee

November 4th, 2012
11:20 pm

Same Ole teague, like I say many times, Carrollton is tough when they play a weak sister, running clock and ddDodd making comments about how much the boys are improving, then play a good team and teague gets the tight ass. Some things never change. Same ole same ole.

Trojan Sailor

November 5th, 2012
1:11 am

Sandy Creek, let Burke talk their noise. Burke County is a FLASH IN THE PAN. Five years from now, they’ll be back to their 3-7, 4-6 mediocre ways. What Burke doesn’t understand is that Carrollton and Peach County are PROGRAMS! Not just a team with one super star, but a PROGRAM! Peach County has had 24 consecutive playoff teams and winning seasons. Carrollton has similarly had a looooong run of success. Sandy Creek (whom I consider as a sister school for Peach Co because Rodney Walker coached at both places and installed identical traditions) is well on their way with Chip Walker (whom I’ve known since he was a senior at Tusculum College) to establishing a long reign of dominance. So let Burke County talk. They talked last year and they’re talking this year. They may talk next year…maybe. But after that….crickets. The Bear may be out right now, but it’ll be hibernating soon enough. Go (PC) Trojans!

Trojan Sailor

November 5th, 2012
1:50 am

CORRECTION: Peach County has 26 consecutive winning seasons and 22 consecutive seasons (including this year) in the playoffs. (WWW.GHSFHA.ORG)