Class AAAA: Marist defense is lights out

Things we learned in the Class AAAA first round:

Playoffs are no problem for Marist defense: The War Eagles beat Gilmer 56-0, posting their fifth shutout in 11 games. Marist has allowed just 86 points (7.8 per game), and 50 of those came in the first three games.

Ditto for Carrollton: The Carrollton defense held explosive Stephens County running back Chaz Thornton to 62 yards on 19 carries and allowed just 131 total yards. While the Trojans scored 40 points for the eighth time in 11 games, they also held an opponent to two touchdowns or less for the eighth time.

Green continues to make plays for Burke: Donquell Green’s yardage wasn’t eye-popping, but when big plays got made Friday night for Burke County, it was Green who made them.

The junior quarterback passed for one touchdown, ran for two, returned a kickoff for a touchdown and intercepted a pass, which he returned 40 yards in the Bears’ 35-7 win over Perry in the first round of the playoffs.

“He’s a great player,” said Burke County coach Eric Parker. “We’ve got some other kids playing well, but there’s no doubt he’s the marquee. When he puts his hands on the ball, everybody kind of holds their breath.”

It was Burke’s seventh straight win by four touchdowns or more. This from a team that lost a lot of players to graduation and is playing a lot of sophomores.

“We told them their sophomore season is over,” Parker said. “You’ve got to start playing like a junior.”

Walker gets a birthday blowout: Sandy Creek coach Chip Walker turned 41 Friday and the Patriots gave him more than a point for every year in a 55-0 win. Sandy Creek put up dizzying offensive numbers – 669 total yards, including 489 net rushing yards – and got their second straight shutout. In their past five games they’ve allowed two offensive touchdowns and have held four opponents to seven points or less.

Playff spotlight no problem for these underdogs: Monroe-Albany went on the road and stunned Griffin 33-17 behind Charles Stafford, who passed for three touchdowns and rushed for another. LaGrange went on the road and won in a shootout over Chestatee.

The biggest surprise, though, was South Effingham, which dropped Region 2-AAAA champion Westside-Macon 43-33 and became the only No. 4 seed to advance. Making their first playoff appearance since 2006, the Mustangs (7-4) took the lead for good on a pair of touchdown passes by quarterback Brandon James late in the first half.

Revenge served really cold for Mary Persons: The only previous time Mary Persons had played Statesboro was in 1972, when the two teams were in the same region and Statesboro won 41-14. Friday, Mary Persons got even with a 40-14 win of its own.

47 comments Add your comment

WarEagle

November 17th, 2012
8:23 am

Carrollton vs Marist will be a great match between two great programs.

Jim Davis

November 17th, 2012
8:53 am

Lets save a lot of cold nights in a stadium and loss of classroom work for practice and zip straight to the award ceremony and hand the trophy to Sandy Creek. They have enuf D-1 athletes to populate most SEC schools along with the top coaching staff in the state. Guessing they could blow out any HS football team in the state regardless of classification.

WarEagle

November 17th, 2012
9:19 am

If it is ok with you, Jim, we’ll make them earn it just the same.

Go Trojans!

November 17th, 2012
9:20 am

Looking forward to the Marist – Carrollton match up next week. Similar teams and styles so might not be the same 40+ point outbreak as the 1st round for both teams. I’m sure Carrollton will travel well on Friday for a great night of High School football.

Carrollton played the best, most complete game it has played this year. They seem to be peaking for the playoffs.

The Creek laid it on Eastside! Wow – didn’t see a blow out coming there. Like everyone else I guess, I figured SC would win but saw a closer game.

D.Green is obviously a great player for Burke but I understand they have plenty of players. Youth doesn’t mean as much these days as the sophomores will play big. I always enjoy the Burke County AJC fans who should start posting shortly.

burkeboyjp

November 17th, 2012
9:24 am

thats right here we go and he had three rushing touchdown one passing and one 98 yard kickoff return

First Down Creek!!!!

November 17th, 2012
9:39 am

Dalton, you are up next! Welcome to the Battlefield!!!!!

Wayne

November 17th, 2012
9:40 am

Trojans, Burke County is in the house. Well it was a good night for football the weather was cold but the Bears refuse to hibernate. It was a good win over a tough Perry team now on to the next round. I was a little off on my prediction thought we would win by 40 points. Looking forward to the next game and hopefully we will win and face Sandy Creek. As mentioned in the article our team is young but playing strong. I don’t know much about Monroe-Albany and this should be a good game. You can’t count no one out during the playoffs.

Bracket Buster

November 17th, 2012
9:50 am

Trojan! Congrats on beating a weak Stephens team last night. That whole region 8 is weak. Heck, Shaw almost beat Monroe Area and we know how Shaw struggled this year.

Not sure you will travel well cause your home side was rather empty last night. Lots of empty black seats and no one in the cheap seats.

I have had the privilege of watching Marist play this year and they are on a different level defensively than the Trojans. Their defense will not allow your two backs to hit the edge. Think Sandy Creek type D and you know what they did to you a few weeks back. Marist 35 – Carrollton 10.

Tiger4Life

November 17th, 2012
9:58 am

Good job Marist
Good to see you guys doing well, best of the luck the rest of the playoffs. Your brothers over at
Tucker are cheering for you !!!

NYCDAWGFAN

November 17th, 2012
10:21 am

A lot of really good games last night. congrats to my BC bears. I was able to stream a couple of games like the Lowndes loss and the Colquitt win.. Both were amazing games!! Its playoff football in GA…. there’s nothing better. Wish I could see the Marist game next week… That will be a classic.

Red and Black til Death

Just a Fan

November 17th, 2012
10:43 am

Bracket Buster-sounds like a sore loser.True Carrollton may lose to Marist next Friday but I expect them to make a better showing than Stephens Co did against the Trojans.As far as traveling well you may remember the crowd Carrollton brought to Toccoa several years ago(the 1st of several beatdowns).Lets see-you say Marist 35-10;that means if they are 25 points better than Carrollton that makes them about a 68-17 favorite over Stephens.Get over it.

quick 6

November 17th, 2012
10:54 am

congrats to coach nelson and the dogs bringing back the tradition at mary persons here we come cairo i am thinking nick and akebron will be to much for the syrup boys go dogs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jim Davis

November 17th, 2012
11:14 am

War Eagle…you mean like Carrolton? Will they be competitive?

WarEagle

November 17th, 2012
11:16 am

Jim, I mean we are all impressed with Sandy Creek, but they need to play and win all their playoff games to get the title. As for Carrollton, great team that will be very competitive with anyone, especially if they don’t snap the ball over the punters head.

Go Trojans!

November 17th, 2012
11:40 am

Bracket – it was a slim showing last night which was odd for Carrollton. Folks will want to get out after spending the holiday with their families. We’ll show up.

No doubt Marist is better than Stephens County. They might be as strong as the Creek on overall D but most likely not on the D line. I saw some of the film of Marist and our group of backs have a fighting chance.

Doubtful Marist is 25 points better than Carrollton but that makes for good Saturday morning blogging. The style of offiense for both teams keeps the score closer than that just because the clock runs out. Creek laid it on us but we aint the only ones they have done that to this year. Eastside might understand what I’m talking about.

We’ll see if they are on a different level or not on Friday. For the first time in awhile, we are playing as the underdogs! I’ll take our chances.

Go Trojans!

Go Trojans!

November 17th, 2012
11:43 am

Jim – I hear from sources that they have started practicing the long snap at Carrollton since the Creek game! Who knows what can happen if we get the ball back to the punter! :)

5AReg6Fan

November 17th, 2012
11:48 am

Continue the success Marist … we are cheering for you. From your old foes and friends in 5A region 6. Bring the 4A championship back to DeKalb.

“WE ARE TUCKER” – ANOTHER SWEETSIXTEEN PLAYOFF APPEARANCE

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

Patriot Power

November 17th, 2012
12:06 pm

I expect Carrollton to go to the Dome.

Just a Fan

November 17th, 2012
12:30 pm

War Eagle-Congrats on the victory.I hope Carrollton can give Marist a better game.I still agree with the top 3-SC,BC and Marist(in that order).Carrollton travels well usually-does your stadium have adequate seating for visitors?Carrollton should bring a good crowd unless the game is televised or streamed online.

Bracket Buster

November 17th, 2012
12:38 pm

Just A Fan – Actually, I watch a Georgia HS Football each week of the season all the way to the final game not a Stephens Fan just a HS football fan. I have watched Stephens twice this year once vs. Monroe and once last night. I am only making observations based on what I observed. I will most likely be at the Carrollton – Marist game this week as it will be one of the better macth-ups. Go Trojans! is a great representative for the Trojan Nation. He/she has the right prespective. And yes, Marist would wipe the field clean with Stephens County.No question about that except SC would never score 17 on Marist and they would never score 68 unless they had to to win. Chadwick has more respect for other teams than that. Marist is all about class. As I said SC is a weak team from a very weak region, I call a dog, a dog when I see one. If you think that is sore, so be it!

Overrated

November 17th, 2012
1:29 pm

I love how Carrollton blames the 2 bad snaps for getting beat down at the Creek. Does your snapper also play QB, RB, WR, or any other position. You can’t beat many teams with perfect snaps when you score 0 offensive points against a team. I think your focus is the wrong area of that loss.

Just want to know

November 17th, 2012
2:33 pm

Nothing about Stockbridge?

syrupmaker

November 17th, 2012
2:38 pm

Quick 6 “Cairo is still Cairo” if Nick and Akebron are running backs and you run the ball 85 percent of the time then I like our chances. Only 3 teams out of 11 teams have eclipsed the 100 yard mark rushing. TCCHS had a MILLION, Bainbridge had 120, and Westover had 115 nobody else came close. Note that is TEAM rushing not indivdiual. Now if those two are either the QB and WR than I would be a little worried. Go Cairo

antianythingAJC

November 17th, 2012
2:49 pm

Griffin was not “stunned” – they just got beat which I predicted about three weeks ago, saying they were WAY over-rated. They are always a good regular season team, in a weakly coached region and get by with their team speed. They have an EPIC FAIL history of one and done whenever they meet up with a team that has equal speed and size. Griffin gets pummeled, thrashed, smoked, spanked, throttled and especially out coached. They are an embarrassment to Spalding County and probably all of Central Georgia. They will NEVER be able to step up to the next level of championship caliber High School Football until they learn how to get some size on the defense, instead of just raw speed. Expect more of the same next year, as Griffin seems totally entrenched with the “Devo” regime, and his lack of “big-game” game planning.

old_bear

November 17th, 2012
3:01 pm

Hey Wayne: you are wrong sir, You can count Griffin out year in and year out when it comes playoff time. they find a way to blow it on an annual basis. It is really better for Burke that they did lose, because if you were to play them, blow them out, it may have messed up the Burke team-psych going into the Sandy Creek game, Monroe is tough, but Burke should match up well for them. Be advised, that quarterback (no. 12 Stafford) is the real deal. His accuracy is spot on, and his arm is lightning fast. Rarely does he miss the intended receiver. Here is their weakness as noticed by my trained eye: their special teams. Burke should plan on rushing the punter hard, as he is rattled easily. I look forward to seeing Burke when they come in to play Sandy Creek in Tyrone. I will be there on the BEAR Side!

old_bear

November 17th, 2012
3:12 pm

and for you “Just want to know”: Congrats to Those tigers from Stockbridge. You are an excellent representative for our region, and deserve the accolades that are coming your way for doing so great this year. Your team has proved their mettle by being steadfast and well disciplined against perennial (regular season) powers such as Griffin. As a former player for Griffin, I am a tad disgruntled that they have become the “whipping boy” team come playoff time year in and year out, But as a current Henry County resident, I am happy for good teams like Stockbridge and Dutchtown. From the Griffin Bear nation, (small as it may be now) we wish your worthy team the best of luck for a long and successful playoff run. I will be at the next game.

Woodpecker

November 17th, 2012
3:18 pm

I respect each and everyone who supports their tem . SC want score 17 on Marist give me a break. I had the pleasure to watch SC pound Eastside into the ground. Its not like SC was trying run up the score. They just ran right at Eastside front four and the holes was there. Now on the other hand Marist is very well coach and I got a lot of respect for coach Chadwick and his team. Three yards and a cloud of dust will never work against SC, if so you’re just asking for the the beatdown. SC is very deep on defense which is their strength and having an explosive offense thats a bonus. I think SC defense could hold Marist to 7 points or less and believe me when I say this they’re just that good.

WarEagle

November 17th, 2012
4:16 pm

@Just a Fan — plenty of space for visitors at Hughes-Spalding Stadium at Marist. The game will be streamed live as well for those wanting to watch at home.

@Woodpecker — I think the “SC” referenced above was Stephens County. Don’t worry — we all know Sandy Creek is the best team in the state, and that nobody, including Marist, can challenge them.

Bracket Buster

November 17th, 2012
5:44 pm

WarEagle is a sharp bird. SC in the previous blog comments does indeed refer to Stephens County.

Woodpecker, you can adjust his panties now. I have watched the Patriots play and would say your comments are accurate about their defense. They are very talented on that side of the ball and defense wins championships. I look forward to the Creek / Burke matchup if they both take care of business this week.

Football Coach

November 17th, 2012
7:00 pm

It will be a good game between Carrollton and Marist. I see Marist pulling away in the second half because of 2nd half adjustments. Carrolltons’ challenge is not there offense, its there defense. I talked to a coach from a school that had success against the Trojans and he said Carrolltons’ stack linebackers and one in particular, were as bad as he had seen at Carrollton and they ran right at him. Against lesser opposition the other players can cover this up. I’m certain that Marist will run right at them.

Long Blue Line

November 17th, 2012
7:05 pm

Marist alumnus and fan here — wish I could make it down from D.C. for the game. I still remember Carrollton whipping us 42-3 in ‘94 and it seems like their team may be just as tough this year. This new classification has brought back some old memories — Sandy Creek and Stockbridge were in the old 5-AAA and we used to see them every year. Seems like they’re even better now than they were then. Nothing like high school football in Georgia — and nothing like Georgia high school playoffs!!!

Go Trojans!

November 17th, 2012
9:34 pm

Overrated – relax, Francis. The snap reference was simply a joke. As noted about 1000 time since that game, no one who supports Carrollton thinks anything was to blame against Sandy Creek except they are a better team. It would take a perfect, perfect game if we ever ran into them again. There are too many talented teams to worry about that right now. We’ll focus on Marist on Friday.

Football coach – interesting point on Carrollton’s defense. I think our D Backs are as weak as I’ve seen it here in awhile. It’s not great to be in that position against all these teams that can throw the ball around like they do. The linebackers have been pretty decent throughout the year.

Football Fan 2

November 17th, 2012
10:51 pm

Marist and Grady: although my team was knocked out this week, will be cheering for you both! Good luck Friday and stay healthy! Region 6-4A

Trojan94

November 18th, 2012
12:50 am

The carrollton/marist game should be a great game. I disagree with the bloggers commint earlier tbe trojan nation travel very well now i dont know what happened last night but you never see that at a home game but trust me the trojan nation is alive and well as far as the game goes this should come down to the 4th quarter who ever wins the turnover battle wins the game…..i agree with my fellow trojan about us not blaming special teams with the loss to sandy creek they’re the best in the state right now until somebody proves them wrong THAT INCLUDE YALL TOO BURKE CO FANS CREEK IS THE REAL DEAL!

badbrad

November 18th, 2012
8:10 am

@ WarEagle…if Carrollton didnt make the bad snaps, they were still PUNTING. Couldnt move the ball all night on Sandy Creek, they just gifted our offense two scores.

Just a Fan

November 18th, 2012
10:23 am

Somebody needs to mention that Carrollton’s regular long snapper did not play against SC(out sick).Long snapping must run in the family-his brother is the long snapper for the Atlanta Falcons.But no it would not have made enough difference for a win.SC is clearly #1 and if they get by BC a match with Marist at the dome is possible(barring any upsets).

KD

November 18th, 2012
5:03 pm

bracketbuster, unless you were at the game Friday, you probably don’t know that Monroe fumbled 3 times inside their 20 and once inside the 10, and I would Monroe has not looked the same since the Chestatee game, I don’t know why.

Bracket Buster

November 18th, 2012
7:00 pm

KD – You are correct. I drove over to Carrollton and watched their game. I have since read the recap of the Monroe game and noticed you had some problems handling the ball. I was suprised by the score and hope you get your Mojo back!

Patriot Power

November 18th, 2012
8:15 pm

Carrollton-Marist will be the best game of round 2. Carrollton needs to run some wildcat with #1 like they did in the Calhoun game.

KD

November 18th, 2012
11:05 pm

I hope so too, I don’t what the problem is.

1 Trick Pony

November 19th, 2012
8:57 am

Congrats to Carrollton on your beatdown of my Indians. I had a horse in the race, but he did his best and left the field battered and bruised for a second time against the Trojans. Marist is a very well coached, disciplined team, and no matter who wins, please give the props to the kids playing out there.There is so many people busting the players on Stephens Countys chops, that they seem to forget the coaching staff plays a part in that as well. When a team reaches the “next level”, you had better use the whole playbook, not just the first 3 pages of a 150 page book. Good luck to everybody left in playoffs.

ALL TUCKERRED UP

November 19th, 2012
10:37 am

Will be cheering for the continued success for MARIST WAR EAGLES !!!!

1Bighammer

November 19th, 2012
11:20 am

Congrats to Carrollton, Lagrange, Sandy Creek and Shaw. Although Shaw lost…they played a hulluva game.

Tornado-Warning

November 19th, 2012
5:26 pm

Region 1-AAAA MONROE (Albany) Westover (Albany) and Cairo play hard nose sound football all year. they want be a easy out, THEY BRING THE SOUTH BACK!! U have been officially WARNED!

BEARMAN FROM GRIFFIN

November 19th, 2012
5:51 pm

@antianythingAJC, I SEE YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THE GRIFFIN BEARS! BEFORE YOU JUDGE COACH DEVO…LOOK AT HIS RECORD AT GHS, TALENT LEVEL ON DEFENSE WAS NOT A STRONG POINT. KEEP COACHING FROM THE STANDS AND KEEP YOUR DAY JOB!!!!

Woodpecker

November 19th, 2012
8:27 pm

Now that everyone has finished with their first round scimmage game, its time for the big boys to com oute and play. SC would like to welcome the Dalton Catamounts to the Battlefield, but enter at your own risk.

Burke beast mode

November 21st, 2012
1:59 pm

I can’t wait to see to DONQUELL”GATOR” GREEN run allllllll over monroe…….this kid is the real deal…..you can prepare allll week long and you still can’t stop the BEARS and the gator…..I REALLY want to see the sandy creek and BURKE COUNTY match up………grab your popcorn and enjoy the show….