Class AAAA: Five hot teams entering playoffs

Five AAAA teams riding momentum into playoffs

Sandy Creek: Any discussion of the AAAA playoffs has to begin with the top-ranked Patriots, who completed their third straight undefeated regular season with a 65-0 win over Columbus Friday night. The only unbeaten team left in AAAA, Sandy Creek has allowed 20 points just once, has held six opponents to a touchdown or less and is averaging 45 points per game.

Marist: The War Eagles (9-1) enter the playoffs having won eight straight, and the last two weeks they’ve thumped previously unbeaten teams, winning 24-0 over Chamblee last week and 42-14 over Carver-Altanta Friday night. Quarterback Myles Willis, who accounted for 221 yards and three touchdowns against Carver, leads a talented group of skilled players on offense and like Sandy Creek, the Marist defense has allowed more than 20 points just once, that coming against Class AAAAA Thomas County Central.

Burke County: Last year’s Class AAA champions are one of three teams in AAAA this year to have lost their season opener then reeled off nine straight wins. To get past Burke in the playoffs will mean figuring out a way to slow down quarterback Donquell Green, who has rushed for 1,461 yards and passed for 929. Burke has surpassed 40 point six times.

Ridgeland: The 10th-ranked Panthers (9-1) got three touchdowns from Darrell Bridges Friday in a 48-14 win over River Ridge in the 7-AAAA championship. They’ve scored at least 35 points in every game and are averaging 43.5 points, and they’ve won nine straight since falling to Class AA power Calhoun in the season opener.

Stockbridge: After back-to-back nailbiters in September, the Tigers (9-1) blew through their sub-region schedule with five straight blowout wins, including a 29-0 win Friday against North Clayton. The Tigers, who also have none nine straight since a season-opening loss, are making their third straight playoff appearance.

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1bighammer

November 10th, 2012
10:59 am

sportsnut

November 10th, 2012
11:25 am

Go get em, Stockbridge. The Southern Crescent is coming to play this year.

Burke beast mode

November 10th, 2012
11:27 am

Burke co will win the state the next 2 yrs if we stay heathly….that’s a promise.

Burke beast mode

November 10th, 2012
11:36 am

No one can stop DONQUELL”GATOR”GREEN and the high flyin BURKE COUNTY BEAR not even SANDY CREEK……….yes i said…lol

burkeboyjp

November 10th, 2012
12:10 pm

and that is the truth nobody can stop him

Go Trojans!

November 10th, 2012
12:30 pm

It should be a fun playoff bracket to follow this year in AAAA!

Jordan Hill

November 10th, 2012
12:45 pm

Anyone know who Gilmer will be playing in the first round?

Chamblee Dad

November 10th, 2012
12:52 pm

@Jordan Hill -brackets show Gilmer at Marist…..

Jordan Hill

November 10th, 2012
1:08 pm

@Chamblee Dad – Thanks!

WarEagle

November 10th, 2012
4:02 pm

Looking forward to first meeting between Gilmer and Marist. Should be a good challenge for the War Eagles.

Cbhi-Stockbridge

November 10th, 2012
4:16 pm

Stockbridge tigers rolling. We need the students and faculty and the community of Henry county to start coming out to support the football team on its way to a state title. It was embarrassing last night to see the 35 people at the game. Please come out and support the kids please please please. Coach Whitley and staff keep them tigers rolling. Good luck

Chamblee Dad

November 10th, 2012
4:35 pm

@WarEagle – come on out to N. Dekalb Stadium in a few hours to watch Chamblee v. Washington. Should be a good game!!! GOOOooooooo B-U-L-L-D-O-G-S!!

WarEagle

November 10th, 2012
4:46 pm

@Chamblee Dad — thinking about it. Good luck to the Bulldogs.

Chamblee Dad

November 10th, 2012
4:48 pm

Thanks WarEagle!

Bird Dog Country Girl

November 10th, 2012
5:59 pm

Burke County can win the Championship and should win if they play well. Go Bears!!

bigdawg

November 10th, 2012
8:23 pm

Burke must stay focus.ga dome we go.smdh.lol

First Down Creek!!!!

November 10th, 2012
9:10 pm

LOL!!! I sure hope to see Gator in person…And I’d love for the good people of Burke County to see Sandy Creek in person.

Woodpecker

November 10th, 2012
9:20 pm

Sorry First Down Creek!!!! GatorGreen may have to mak ae pit stop in Griffin he may not make it to the Battlefield.

Tucka tigas '12

November 10th, 2012
9:33 pm

@ Woodpecker, you are half right. Gator Green may have to make a pit stop in Griffin, but uuuhhh, that’s all it will be is just a pit stop. Burke will easily take Griffin out.
@ First Down Creek, if it rolls this way, Burke vs. The Creek, that will be one hell of a game. I’ve seen this Gator Green dude in person last year when they took out Peach Co in the AAA State Championship, and I seen him when they delivered a beat down on class AAAAAA Coffee County this year. Sandy Creek’s my home team, but we just can’t count the Bears out yet. Fo real fo real!

Tucka tigas '12

November 10th, 2012
9:40 pm

Hold up, wait a minute, Woodpecker, if Burke does play Griffin, it will be in Burke Co. The game will be played in the “Bear’s Den”. Uh-Oh. You know what that mean???? First Down Creek, you just may get to see Gator Green in person.

First Down Creek!!!!

November 10th, 2012
9:41 pm

I’ve been telling my friends from Burke not to sleep on Griffin, but they insist on bad mouthing Creek so I want them to see us in person. Were it not for their constant banter I’d love for Griffin to come up to the battlefield and bring that huge crowd that was so rowdy 3 years ago.

First Down Creek!!!!

November 10th, 2012
9:42 pm

Woodpecker

November 10th, 2012
10:25 pm

In the event Burke County and SC do meet BC better have one hell of a passing game because their is no running on SC. SC have a trio of running backs and receivers so you just pick your poison.

First Down Creek!!!!

November 10th, 2012
10:37 pm

62-3 over the past 5 seasons and they act as though SC is a joke. I like Burke and Gator, but if Griffin can’t shut him down, SC will!!

BEARMAN FROM GRIFFIN

November 10th, 2012
10:55 pm

Talk is cheap!! Griffin will bring it and don’t be surprised if you see the real “BEARS” from Griffin playing SC in a few weeks. You have #5 but we have #80,#7,#25,#11,#30,#3 #75 and #1. Remember we don’t play Augusta weak teams!!!!

Dekalb Co Guy

November 10th, 2012
11:07 pm

@ Chamblee Dad

told yall, better watch out for those BTW Bulldogs, they were dangerous. From 8-0 to not making the playoffs. OUCH!!!

WarEagle

November 10th, 2012
11:23 pm

Tough two weeks for Chamblee. Congrats to BTW.

Chamblee Dad

November 11th, 2012
12:22 am

Not hurtin’ here Dekalb Guy. We had a great season and will be looking to build off of this one. Just made too many mistakes against a pretty good team. Couldn’t stop them all night. I feel bad for the seniors, but those guys put together a season they can talk about with pride and will remember forever. At the beginning nobody expected much, so yea – we’re disappointed. And still -excited too. We still have a couple of seasons left! GOOOoooooo CCHS BULLDOGS!!

Thanks WarEagle. We will be pulling for y’all to go all the way to the Dome!!!
Night y’all!

Bear_Backer

November 11th, 2012
2:29 am

Yeah, gonna be a hard trail for the “Real” Bears from Griffin. They are slotted in the absolute toughest branch of the brackets there could possibly be. If (and I mean IF) they manage to win against Monroe, then its off to my Birth-town of Waynesboro against that talented Burke County Squad. My prediction (although it pains me to say since I played for GHS) is that Griffin’s short run ends there for this year. I am a pretty good evaluator of talent, and I just don’t see Griffin’s skills matching up with those Burke County Bears. Anything can happen, for sure, but man that Stockbridge loss sure looms large against Griffin now. To me, Stockbridge has the simplest path to the dome. No disrespect to teams in their path, but they get to bypass Burke AND Sandy Creek en route. Maybe they will choke and the pressure boils them to rendered tiger-fur!

Bear_Backer

November 11th, 2012
2:42 am

to Cbhi-Stockbridge: If Griffin gets knocked out early, I will be pulling hard for the Tigers to gt it for our region! You guys have a solid team this year and should be proud, especially after besting Griffin which is a rare feat in itself. I have already been to a few Games there and like your field. I live in Henry County now so I try to support all the area teams. Griffin,(alma mater) Spalding, Stockbridge, Dutchtown, (Henry Co, Ola, Union Grove, Woodland and Locust Grove not so much due to distance) I even go to some Lovejoy games when they play at 12 oaks. I love High
School Football !!

BEARMAN FROM GRIFFIN

November 11th, 2012
2:43 am

@BEAR BACKER, I THINK STOCKBRIDGE WILL NOT GET BY MARIST,CARROLLTON,OR STATESBORO! I THINK OUR OFFENSE CAN SCORE A LOT OF POINTS AGAINST ANYONE WE PLAY FROM THIS POINT ON…IF WE PLAYED STOCKBRIDGE NOW…I THINK WE WIN BY 2 OR 3 TOUCHDOWNS. I KNOW IT’S A HARD ROAD WHEN YOU GET TO STATE PLAYOFFS…BUT WE ARE GETTING BETTER ON DEFENSE AND OUR OFFENSE IS LOADED. REMEMBER WE PLAYED IN A TOUGH REGION!

Hiram Abiff

November 11th, 2012
10:32 am

With all those transfers Stockbridge got good quick…..Your HC will field in the playoffs after the first round, as usual

Yolonda Bridges

November 11th, 2012
10:42 am

Go Ridgeland Panthers!!!!!

Just want to know

November 11th, 2012
10:47 am

Please STOP talking about Stockbridge, we don’t
need the attention, we are going to do what we do stay low key and win!

Chris

November 11th, 2012
12:34 pm

BTW we heading north to play Ridgeland!!!!

ZMONEY

November 11th, 2012
12:42 pm

I hope see the Burke Co and Sandy Creek matchup later on the bracket.

creek1

November 11th, 2012
2:56 pm

Ho come on Stockbridge u guys have been begging all year 4 someone to notice those Tiger Cubs. Hey look at us we need respect and now u want to be LOW KEY. If u r going to compete with the big boys u r going to have to be able to handle it.

ZMONEY

November 11th, 2012
4:39 pm

Can we rent a couple of coaches for LIBERTY CO AND BRADWELL!!!!!!!

Just want to know

November 11th, 2012
4:48 pm

when we play the big boys, then we will talk! but for know we dont need to say anything, all we need to do is wht we are doing! WIN

Patriot Power

November 11th, 2012
8:57 pm

I think we (Sandy Creek) have the toughest #4 seed in the bracket in Eastside. They took us to the wire last year and just blew out #1 seed Monroe County. It should be an interesting game.

YELLERJACKETZ1

November 11th, 2012
9:28 pm

ALL YALL BETTER WATCH OUT THE RIDGELAND PANTHERS ARE FOR REAL THEY EAT GATORS AND BEARS , BULLDOGS AND TIGERS , WAR EAGLES AND JUST ABOUT EVERTHING THAT GETS IN THEIR WAY THEY JUST GOT STUNG BY CALHOUN ON OPENING DAY WITH JUST 4 SECNDS LEFT AND HAVE ROLLED EVER SINCE!!! JUST STATING THE FACTS MAAM!

BearsFan4Life

November 11th, 2012
9:52 pm

Forget about Griffin. Forget about Sandy Creek. If Burke Co is to repeat, we have to take care of Perry first. I’m sure Coach Parker and his staff are concentrating on Perry and this Friday night. Go BEARS!!!!

Debbie Stailey Taylor

November 11th, 2012
10:03 pm

GO PANTHERS!!

Bear_Backer

November 12th, 2012
4:07 am

Hey BEARMAN FROM GRIFFIN – I always respect your opinion as you are one of the most knowledgeable people I know about High School Football. I am just a realist and go with my gut feelings on how Griffin’s destiny will pan out. Every year since they “Beat” Valdosta for the State championship, they have faltered in the playoff’s. Now that is a long track record! Year in and Year out they always come up short. We should have won it all with Xzavier Dickson, but Devo blew it against Sandy Creek. I’m just calling it like I see it, not necessarily like I WANT it! If I am wrong, I will be the first to admit I missed it. See ya Friday in the Grip!

Bear_Backer

November 12th, 2012
4:19 am

Alright Burke County…You guys take care of Perry, we will take care of Monroe, and then prepare for BEAR-BRAWL 2012!!

G.B.

November 12th, 2012
5:41 am

Bear_ Backer You are a joke smoking dope!

Eastside Eagle

November 12th, 2012
6:13 am

Patriot Power knows EXACTLY what he’s talking about!

That Dude Says...

November 12th, 2012
11:32 am

Eastside Eagle…. Please put the bath salts down and seek help immediately.

BEARMAN FROM GRIFFIN

November 12th, 2012
4:15 pm

BACKER, I never stated in any comment that Griffin would win a state champinship…but we are in the field of 32 teams, Nobody knows if we would have won a state title when Xavier played… Devo did not blow anything,Sandy Creek was the best team that night!!!! I don’t try to coach from the stands and respect all our coaches…i think we have one of the best coaching staffs in the state. Just my opinion and see ya Friday night! Go Bears and Do your best and i will be happy!!! I have faith on you guys and Bearman wish all good luck Friday night. See ya Friday Bear Backer and let’s cheer this team to a win!!!!

GHS

November 12th, 2012
6:32 pm

Dont forget this is the play off there will be some upsets