Harris County’s shocker completes turnaround

Here are some of the top stories from Week 12 in Class AAAAA:

*Shocker in 1-AAAAA: Harris County completed a great comeback story by upsetting fourth-ranked Thomas County Central 18-12 in 1-AAAAA to win the first region title in the school’s history. Harris County opened the season with four consecutive losses, but the Tigers turned it around with victories in their final six games, including five in region play.

*More region champions crowned: Flowery Branch earned the first outright region title in the successful program’s 11-year history with a 35-34 victory over rival Gainesville in 8-AAAAA. … East Paulding’s Kamani Thomas and Kyler Neal combined for 242 yards rushing and three touchdowns as the Raiders ran over Allatoona in a battle of unbeaten teams to win the 5-AAAAA title. … Ware County had little trouble in 3-AAAAA, beating Effingham County 49-0 to win its first region title since 2007.

*Play-in game survivors: The top four seeds in 7-AAAAA advanced to the state playoffs with victories in the region’s winner-take-all play-in games, but two of them had close calls. Division A winner Creekview needed three overtimes to eliminate Riverwood 36-28, and Pope squandered a 17-point lead before knocking out Northview 31-28. Kell and Sequoyah had easier times. … Top seeds Union Grove and Whitewater and No. 2 seed Creekside all won by at least three touchdowns in the 4-AAAAA play-in games.

*6-AAAAA finally sorted out: M.L. King already had clinched the region title, but five other teams went into the final weekend with a chance to claim a playoff berth or improve their seeding. Stephenson clinched the No. 2 spot with a victory over North Atlanta, and Tucker escaped with a 14-7 win over Mays to claim the No. 3 seed. The victories by Stephenson and Tucker clinched the fourth playoff berth for Southwest DeKalb, but the Panthers made it official with a 33-12 victory over Dunwoody.

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JAB

November 10th, 2012
2:37 pm

Let’s get busy region 6AAAAA, all jokes aside; let’s keep the a state championship trophy home in Dekalb county where it belongs…

Tiger4Life

November 10th, 2012
5:55 pm

@JAB

The crown resides in Dekalb, how dare the person that tries to remove it 0_0

WarEagle

November 10th, 2012
6:19 pm

Poor Mays . . . Same ‘ole same ole

JAB

November 10th, 2012
7:40 pm

We brother now! Tiger4Life; let’s do this thing man!! ;)

MHSRaider09

November 11th, 2012
9:04 am

Once again, Mays is done in bad coaching. I’ll be honest. After seeing the schedule, I knew our 4 region losses would be to who they were to in reality. What I didn’t know is that they would actually compete in those games. Lost by 6 to MLK, 7 to Tucker and SWD, and by 1 to Stephenson. I’m actually pretty proud of them, even if they did lose those games. You can’t hide that Raider Pride!

SWD Panther Paw

November 11th, 2012
10:27 am

Mays – you guys seem to take a lot of pride in playing teams close but losing and that is totally unexceptable to me and I’m sure a lot of other people.

SWD Panther Paw

November 11th, 2012
10:29 am

As WarEagle stated Mays – same ole same ole……..

THE "CANNON RULES"!!

November 11th, 2012
10:37 am

@ 6 AAAAA…Now’s where the FUN begins…CLARKE CENTRAL brings it’s 5 / 5 season record into “THE BONEYARD” this Friday to play the UNDEFEATED REGION 5 AAAAA CHAMPION…EAST PAULDING RAIDERS!!! BOOM!!!…and ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST!!!

Then it gets interesting, as ROUND 2 could have STEPHENSON paying a visit to “THE BONEYARD”…but they first have to get by their 1st Round game!!!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!
2012 REGION…5 AAAAA CHAMPIONS!…ON TO THE DOME!!!!

Reeze

November 11th, 2012
11:23 am

Now we get to see who’s who , Tigerforlife , I hope we both make to the 3rd round ,You know The Eagles will be waitng.

Get It Done

November 11th, 2012
12:24 pm

@THE “CANNON RULES”!! – Don’t look past CCentral, could be like your first round game last year against SWD, but Clarke Central will have a better offense.

Tiger4Life

November 11th, 2012
12:40 pm

Reeze

I did enjoy my drive down, so hopefully we can meet again. The Mac is a really nice statium, plenty of space for the visitors fans. Maybe we can meet in person this time

THE "CANNON RULES"!!

November 11th, 2012
4:36 pm

@ Get It Done…

I’ll take the same result…EAST beat SWD 10 / 6 last year…Come playoff time a “W” is a “W”!!!…

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!
2012 REGION…5 AAAAA CHAMPIONS!…ON TO THE DOME!!!!

Gamer

November 11th, 2012
4:43 pm

A lost to Whitewater in 2010 deemed practically impossible, and a costly fumble to Tucker in 2011. Bad fortunes for NSWR so take no team for granted. Remember, in the play-offs everyone is 0-0. Man, this year is so good with parity like none I have seen before. Let’s Go Eagles !

MIGHTY LION KING

November 11th, 2012
5:08 pm

WELL…heres where it begins!! ALL or NOTHING..DEKALB county once again shall rise up to claim.the state championship!! Yall thought your luck was bad with TUCKER LOL Just wait til you have the TOP 4 comin at you!!
4.) SWD- sleep on them if you want..you will sleep even better when they knock you outta playoffs!
3.)TUCKER -The running beast of the east/ DEFENSE will kill you..bet you cant score over 21 on them.
2.)STEPHENSON-The speed demons/HEAVY HITTERS..let the rb go and thats it for you!!
1.)MLK-The passing gauntlets..wouldnt just depend on the passing so much ..RBS are deadly this yr/DEFENSE just as deadly!!

6-5A REGION OF THE THUNDERCATS!!! LION NATION/THE DOMINATION!!!

BcS2010

November 11th, 2012
5:59 pm

Good luck region 6!!

ALL TUCKERRED UP

November 12th, 2012
9:40 am

HOPE ALL GOES WELL FOR REGION 6 !!!!!
I HAD TO GIVE A FEW MORE EXCLAMATION POINTS. SORRY, BcS2010

All I have to say is.......

November 12th, 2012
10:22 am

East is NOT taking Clark Central lightly!!!!!!! We know they want to come into the Boneyard and do to us what we did to them 2 years ago.

ONE GAME AT A TIME AND THAT’S IT. WORRY ABOUT WHAT IS IN FRONT OF YOU TODAY AND NOT WHAT TOMORROW MAY BRING OR WHO IT MIGHT BRING IN THIS CASE.

Northside Dawg

November 12th, 2012
1:27 pm

I don’t think Effingham County will be a problem, but Thomas Central in week 2 will be. They have sort of a Ga Tech run-based option and a dangerous running QB in Adam Choice. At least, Northside will get them at home.

Tiger4Life

November 12th, 2012
2:23 pm

Region 6 should go 3-1 in the first round.

MLK, Stepehnson and Tucker wins easliy.

It’s gonna be tough for SWD on the road against Kell, but they can do it. Offense will have to step it up for them to come away with a “W”

HeadEast

November 12th, 2012
4:36 pm

I’m not too worried about a 5 loss team coming into the Boneyard.
I don’t think Tucker wins easily. Tucker’s not what they were last year, one and done is the best they can hope for, which will save them the payback from Northside.
Stephenson should handle Pope easily, but they lost by three TD’s to MLK and struggled with Mays and Miller Grove, so it’s not like East is getting Northside in the 2nd round. But things should start getting interesting in round two; Northside – TCC, East – Stephenson, Kell – Gainesville, and Flowery Branch – ???
In a first round snoozer all Clarke Central will get is a long, sad ride back to Athens. We’re better than we were two years ago, they’re worse, East 45 – CC 10!! HERE COMES THE BOOM!!

5AReg6Fan

November 12th, 2012
4:45 pm

@Tiger4Life – Honestly, SWD has been playing better in their offense packages, since the bye week. If they’ll continue with this effort (coaching), could be a sweep, but I’ll save my 1st round prediction for later in the week … I do agree region 6 takes 3 out of 4.

@Region 5 Fans – We’ll save our predictions and BIG time blog chest beating for you in round 2. Get 3 out of the first round and then it’s on! (LOL)

@NSWR fans – Tucker would like nothing better than to break our history tie … it’s an inspiration to the Tigers to continue moving on in the playoffs for this matchup.

@WarEagle – Good luck to your War Eagles in 4A playoffs … we are cheering for you … bring the trophy back to DeKalb.

ALL OF 5A
Region 6 fans are now riding the same train … “COME AND GET SOME OF THESE JUNGLE CATS”

“WE ARE TUCKER” – ANOTHER 1ST ROUND PLAYOFF APPEARANCE

REGION 6, the best in GA 2012 5A Football……

Northside Dawg

November 12th, 2012
4:51 pm

Northside needs to get the 2 defensive linemen back from injuries, especially Austin Roberts (D-1 prospect).

Tiger4Life

November 12th, 2012
5:02 pm

@HeadEast

Have you seen Tucker play and have you seen Creekview play?

5AReg6Fan

November 12th, 2012
5:08 pm

@HeadEast – Let me fill in the ??? from your previous post … “Flowery Brand – TUCKER”.
Region 6 fans are now riding the same train … “COME AND GET SOME OF THESE JUNGLE CATS”

“WE ARE TUCKER” – ANOTHER 1ST ROUND PLAYOFF APPEARANCE

REGION 6, the best in GA 2012 5A Football……

5AReg6Fan

November 12th, 2012
5:09 pm

Sorry that’s Flowery Branch…

“WE ARE TUCKER” – ANOTHER 1ST ROUND PLAYOFF APPEARANCE

REGION 6, the best in GA 2012 5A Football……

jvillebil

November 12th, 2012
5:27 pm

I think the sleeper in the south will be Ware County 9-1. Lost opening game after dominating Coffee and then 3 turnovers doomed them. Their defense is has allowed only 8 points a game, with three shutouts and 3 games with only giving up 6. Very balanced run and passing so they could go to the semis and meet Northside WR. Only problem is not sure they can beat East Paulding. I see Tucker and NSWR in the top half. Warner Robins drew the best possible scenerio for a bracket to make it to the semifinals. In the other brackets I see MLK rising to the top.

JAB

November 12th, 2012
6:07 pm

Looking at the Brackets; I think Stephenson will be in the drivers seat baring the coaches coach the team to victory and have them boys ready to play!!

JAB

November 12th, 2012
6:10 pm

@ HeadEast, WHAT you guys got to know is that region 6AAAAA is tough, the teams that Stephenson lost to are quality top teams, It took overtime for MLK to beat Miller Grover and Tucker just did get by Mays. Region 6AAAAA will bring home the trophy and will be representive well. I wouldn’t be surprize to have an all Dekalb County championship!! ;)

rwdekalb

November 12th, 2012
6:22 pm

Good luck to all region 6 teams.

rwdekalb

November 12th, 2012
6:47 pm

Congrats to East Paulding on your region title, I know there were some doubters about your coach at beginning of season, I believe those doubters are all on board now. I have visited the boneyard, great football atmoshere. Stephensen is used to playing in big games so if they meet EP will have their hands full. Should be great game should they meet. Jaguars wont be intimidated.

FridayNightLightsFan

November 12th, 2012
9:12 pm

@rwdekalb – “Should be great game should they meet”

I couldn’t agree more, and the key word you said is “should”. I’m sure we both aren’t looking past round 1. Do I think we both are going to win and meet? Yes. But 1 game at a time. :)

Stephenson

November 12th, 2012
10:04 pm

We are definitely not overlooking anyone. One game at a time, we don’t have a great team, but we do have a capable one if things fall our way. We are focus on Pope and Pope alone. Congrats and Good luck to all.

blu eagle

November 12th, 2012
11:52 pm

NSWR has been here too many times to overlook anyone, we have been down that road. Good luck to everybody, safe travels and no injuries. We are looking forward to seeing NSWR play a few more weeks!

rwdekalb

November 13th, 2012
6:45 am

Seems like every season, an unexpected team surprises in the playoffs, I wonder who will have that honor this season.

rwdekalb

November 13th, 2012
6:49 am

Still remembering that run by Lovejoy, they were good most would acknowledge but to make it to the state finals. I believe most on here thought sportsnut was just that, a nut but he proved us wrong about Lovejoy last year. Even though they lost in finals, it is great for high school football when an unexpected team can make a run like that. Also surprising run by Tri-Cities last year. Love it.

THE "CANNON RULES"!!

November 13th, 2012
7:05 am

@ JAB & the SEC (LOL!) 6AAAAA posters…

You been on here ALL year venting about nobody else in the STATE playing football except 3 or 4 DeKalb teams in 6AAAAA…Well buddy WELCOME TO THE PLAYOFFS! Let’s see how things REALLY shake out!!!

M.L.K. / Sequoyah…Baring an upset I give you M.L.K. in this one, maybe BIG!!!
KELL / SWD…KELL by 10+ points!
CREEKVIEW / TUCKER…CREEKVIEW in a close one (sorry Tiger4LIFE)
STEPHENSON / POPE…Ok! I’ll give you this one but don’t count POPE out they could surprise!

So AT BEST the 6AAAAA (SEC) goes 2 / 2 this week and a break here and there and you are 1 / 3!

ROUND 2 could get interesting for several teams…How bout a TUCKER at FLOWERY BRANCH match-up or a TCC at NSWR game?!?!?!? BUT let’s get there first!!!

ROUND 1 / 2012 PLAYOFFS start Friday!!! See ya in “THE BONEYARD”!!!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!
2012 REGION 5 AAAAA CHAMPIONS!…ON TO THE DOME!!!!

THE "CANNON RULES"!!

November 13th, 2012
7:17 am

@ rwdekalb…

Couldn’t agree more about a “surprise” team…BUT last year a good EAST team lost to a WARNER ROBINS team they SHOULD have beat soundly! LOVEJOY the following week did beat this WARNER ROBINS team 22 / 7 then went to the Dome to face TUCKER. We went to that game to watch TUCKER and they absolutely DOMINATED LOVEJOY from the start!!!

Yes, I’ll say it…the better game last year would have been TUCKER / EAST PAULDING in the Dome!! It would have been a closer game and a good game to watch. This year we are both on the left side of the bracket so again that final match-up can’t happen (although it could in the semi-final game)…

BUT let’s get there first!!!

ROUND 1 / 2012 PLAYOFFS start Friday!!! See ya in “THE BONEYARD”!!!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!
2012 REGION 5 AAAAA CHAMPIONS!…ON TO THE DOME!!!!

blu eagle

November 13th, 2012
12:48 pm

Hate it for you ep but NSWR will have the say about who is finally there, should have been NSWR then as it will be now. EP lost more than they think when they lost their coach, although I like their stadium!

5AReg6Fan

November 13th, 2012
2:57 pm

@Cannon – Don’t see your 2 / 2 prediction between regions 6/7 … at worst region 6, 3 / 1, with a very strong possibility of a sweep. On the Creekview/Tucker matchup … remember the Grizzlies will be playing the 2012 4A CHAMPIONS, big games are nothing new for Tucker … been there, done that, got state championships from doing that. (LOL)

To the NSWR fans still holding on to the 2011 Tiger VICTORY over the Eagles – Tucker looks forward to another matchup with NSWR. Tigers will doing their best to may this a REALITY. First, we’ll have to take care of region 7 (Creekview). Looking forward to a Nov 30th trip to Warner Robins … the famous stadium has been good for Tucker. (LOL)

“WE ARE TUCKER” – ANOTHER 1ST ROUND PLAYOFF APPEARANCE

REGION 6, the best in GA 2012 5A Football……

Region 6 has unleashed the BIG BAD CATS of DeKalb County!!!!

5AReg6Fan

November 13th, 2012
3:09 pm

It’s AMAZING how the 2011 4A CHAMPIONS have been thrown under the bus … very little talk from other teams and regions, about their possibilities of a repeat. Oh well, I guess that’s what happens when you play in the strongest region in all of 5A and you don’t get the #1 seat and the region consist of 6 teams capable of being a playoff representative for any of the other 7 5A regions Tucker has won it all on the road before.

“WE ARE TUCKER” – ANOTHER 1ST ROUND PLAYOFF APPEARANCE

REGION 6, the best in GA 2012 5A Football……

Region 6 has unleashed the BIG BAD CATS of DeKalb County!!!!

HeadEast

November 13th, 2012
4:14 pm

Tiger4 – I saw Tucker on TV earlier this year vs SWD and they looked pretty good but not all world. Creekview I only know their record, beat a bunch of weak teams and lost a close one to a good Kell team. The two losses, to good teams, and struggling with Mays, makes me think you guys aren’t as good as last year. I went to Tucker – Mays last year and it was a rout. And being on the road is tough too.
If you win you get a trip to Flowery Branch (North Paudling will lose). So I just think it will take two top games to win a trip to Northside! Good luck with the Creek!
Hopefully we’ll get East -Stephenson and MLK – Allatoona in round two!
blu eagle – I don’t think anyone is overlooking Northside.

CHS War Eagles

November 13th, 2012
7:01 pm

God I hate that Cannon Rules guy…

MIGHTY LION KING

November 13th, 2012
8:04 pm

who’s next???

SEQUOYAH you’re up!!

sounds like the LION’S DEN is going to be having INDIAN meat on friday…em.em… emmm!! (delicious)

WELL 6-5A THUNDERCATS???

What will yall be eating friday night?? (lol)

LION NATION/ THE DOMINATION!!!!

lol

November 14th, 2012
7:14 am

@CHS War Eagles it’s not hate, your jealous.

Bigdawg1989

November 14th, 2012
12:02 pm

Some interesting stats on the AAAAA brackets (based on MaxPreps rankings)….

Cumulative rank: (lower = tougher)

East Paulding qtr – 135
Harris County qtr – 141
Northside WR qtr – 143
MLK qtr – 147

Top 20 teams:

East Paulding qtr – 6
MLK qtr – 6
Northside WR – 4
Harris County qtr – 4

#1 Seed Rankings:

Northside WR qtr – NSWR #1 and Flowery Branch #7
MLK qtr – MLK #2 and Whitewater #12
East Paulding qtr – East #4 and Ware #8
Harris County qtr – Harris County # 29 and Kell # 9

#2 Seed Rankings:

Northside WR qtr – Thomas County #3 and Creekview #23
Harris County qtr – Gainesville #5 and SW Dekalb #6
MLK qtr – Allatoona #13 and Glynn Academy #18
East Paulding qtr – Stephenson #14 and Union Grove #16

Top 12 team with toughest road to the championship – Tucker! They will have to beat #23 Creekview, #7 Flowery Branch, #1 Northside WR, #4 East Paulding and #2 MLK!!!

What does it all mean…heck if I know!!!

It should be a fun few weeks of great football. Good luck to all the teams!!!

bucfan

November 14th, 2012
6:19 pm

E Paulding will beat down Stephenson in Round 2 it won’t be close. Allatoona will give MLK all they want as well….

FridayNightLightsFan

November 14th, 2012
10:44 pm

@bucfan – Good Luck Friday night.

EPHS Fan

November 14th, 2012
11:36 pm

FridayNightLightsFan,

Are you a band parent? I have a freshman son in EPHS Band this year and I understand that last years halftime show was “Friday Night lights.” Thanks for you occasional comments on the game. When I get home from the games I check out your post on this blog!