Things we learned in Class AAAA Friday night
No. 1 Sandy Creek had a pedestrian offensive night by its offensive standards – the Patriots gained 274 total yards – but the defense had little trouble with No. 4 Carrollton’s wing-T attack in a 30-7 win, holding the Trojans to 107 total yards. That total included some 50 yards in losses on two bad punt snaps, but the Patriots’ defensive dominance was unquestioned.
Sandy Creek coach Chip Walker declined to take the bait.
“I hope it’s a statement that we’re a pretty good football team,” he said.
Carrollton’s Rayvan Teague was a little more to the point.
“They’re going to be very tough to beat with all the talent they have,” he said.
Marist flexes: Chamblee’s dream of an undefeated season crashed in a 24-0 loss to Marist, which won its 17th straight over the Bulldogs according to ghsfha.com, a streak that dates back to 1983. Chamblee came in averaging 30 points per game, but Marist held them without a touchdown for the fourth straight year.
Carver is clutch: Not only did Carver win by three points or less for the fourth time with a 22-19 win over Grady, the Panthers needed a late score to remain unbeaten and got it. Carver running back Montravious Taylor looks like a back who could have a big impact on the playoffs; he’s run roughshod the last three weeks, including Friday’s 196-yard efffort.
Monroe Area fine with its backup: With quarterback Stanton Truitt out with an injury, No. 6 Monroe Area didn’t miss a beat, whipping Chestatee 35-14 for the 8-AAAA title behind junior Michael Gallup, who rushed for 175 yards to go with Kwan Brooks’ 125, according to the Gainesville Times.
Attention should be paid to Wayne County: The Yellow Jackets pulled started off 1-2-1, but have now won five of six after whipping No. 5 Statesboro 37-20 Friday night, earning the top seed in 3-AAAA Division A. They’ll face No. 3 Burke County for the 3-AAAA title next week.
Gilmer merits some love, too: The Bobcats blanked Cedartown 38-0. Cedartown came in averaging more than 30 points per game behind the state’s leading rusher, Nick Chubb. Chubb was just a week removed from a 6-touchdown performance against Cass.