Higher seeds go 14-2, but Flowery Branch and Creekview knocked out (updated)

The first round of the Class AAAAA playoffs went according to form, for the most part, as the higher-seeded teams went 14-2. Here’s a look at the biggest surprise and the other games of note:

*The upset: North Paulding made a big splash in its playoff debut, beating top-seeded and eighth-ranked Flowery Branch 63-43 in a game in which the teams combined for more than 1,000 yards of total offense. North Paulding, which led 42-7 at halftime, got five touchdown passes and a TD run from quarterback Chase Newnan, according to the Gainesville Times. Flowery Branch was the Region 8 champion and earned a No. 1 seed for the first time in the program’s history but was the only No. 1 to lose its opener.

*The upset? Not really: Fifth-ranked Tucker was the only No. 3 seed to win on Friday when it beat Creekview 42-25, but it was hardly unexpected. In fact, it’s rarely an upset when the Tigers win a playoff game – they are 18-3 in the postseason with two state championships since 2007. Nonetheless, it was a great season for Creekview, which matched the school record for victories with nine in Al Morrell’s final season as the Grizzlies’ coach. He announced his retirement earlier this season.

*Rating the regions: If playoff success is the ultimate measuring stick of a region’s strength, then Regions 5 and 6 came out on top as the only ones to go 3-1. Region 5 got victories from top-seeded East Paulding, No. 2 Allatoona and No. 4 North Paulding. Third seed Rome lost to Gainesville 41-14. Region 6 got victories from M.L. King and Tucker on Friday, and Stephenson defeated Pope 31-11 on Saturday. Region 6 came close to making it 4-0, but fourth-seeded Southwest DeKalb gave up a late score in a 19-14 loss to Kell.

*Still perfect: Three Class AAAAA teams (East Paulding, Northside-Warner Robins and M.L. King) were 10-0 during the regular season, and all three moved on to the second round. East Paulding is trying to reach 12-0 for the first time since 2007, when it lost to Thomas County Central in the AAAA quarterfinals. Northside won its first 13 games last season before losing to Tucker in the AAAA semifinals, and M.L. King was 12-0 in 2011 when it lost to Lassiter in the AAAAA quarterfinals.

*Looking ahead: There will be two second-round games that match teams ranked in the top 10, and both involve Regions 5 and 6. Second-ranked M.L. King will host No. 10 Allatoona, and No. 3 East Paulding will host No. 8 Stephenson. Here are the second-round games:

Thomas County Central at Northside (Warner Robins)

North Paulding at Tucker

Union Grove at Ware County

Stephenson at East Paulding

Warner Robins at Harris County

Gainesville at Kell

Glynn Academy at Whitewater

Allatoona at M.L. King

159 comments Add your comment

FridayNightLightsFan

November 17th, 2012
6:55 am

Hoping for another good week for Region 5,

FridayNightLightsFan

November 17th, 2012
7:01 am

@Chip “East Paulding beat Clarke Central 31-23 in a game that wasn’t as close as the score would indicate. ”

Thats so true..

FridayNightLightsFan

November 17th, 2012
7:06 am

If anyone heard how the EP TE Aaron Black is going, let us know.

Candytails

November 17th, 2012
8:43 am

LMFAO Flowery Branch. You guys lucked past the first round last year on a hail mary pass and bragged how you “practiced all year” for that piece of BS luck.

Falcons flop from Flowery Branch – precious.

MIGHTY LION KING

November 17th, 2012
8:50 am

For us to be going without our star QB and RBs we played alright last night.. GAME shudda been 34-7
but a simple mishap caused a SEQUOYAH TD!! My hats off to SEQUOYAH for making it too the play-offs.. Now yes region 5 has a lil advantage right now because all four teams battled last night out of that region and they came up (3-1) but you have to realize STEPHENSON did not play last night BUT will “W” tonight and you can take that to the bank and deposit that..JAGS been playin behind schedule all yr but clearly is not one to OVERLOOK as their record stands 7-2 in which they loss to a really guud undefeated team(THATS US) and they understimated MG’S ability to score!
POINT, BLANK, PERIOD dont underestimate that JAGS, just like KING they have the power to demolish a championship team…
@ KELL fans – I warned yall not to sleep on SWD!! Yall barely escaped with yall lives but congrats is in order for your win last night..Yall played well..please enjoy it while you can tho…… HEADS UP that was just our 4th RANKED 6-5A team givin you all the hell in your house!! BEWARE the #1 6-5A team is on your side of the bracket….(YIKES!!!)

LION NATION/ THE DOMINATION!!!

WarEagle

November 17th, 2012
10:01 am

Congrats to the Tucker Tigers! Keep it going, from your friends at Marist.

Tiger4Life

November 17th, 2012
10:09 am

So it looks like we will have three teams from Region 6 and Region 5 matched for the 2nd round. Let’s get this party started :-D

bananajacket

November 17th, 2012
10:22 am

Stay classy Candytails.

Bigdawg1989

November 17th, 2012
10:29 am

Chip – you are correct…the RAIDERS took care of business last night 31-23 against Clarke Central that was definitely not as close as the score would indicate. It was another sleep walking version of the EAST team last night…no emotion, no discipline and definitely not the kind of execution needed to win a State Championship!

While I’m on my rant, I would also like to point out two other issues from last night…the EAST PAULDING crowd or should I say the lack of one and the officiating.

I was expecting an upgraded group of officials for the playoffs but apparently not the case. That was the worst officiated game we have had all year…horrible!!!!

Back to the crowd, while the EAST fans that braved the cold were certainly LOUD and ROWDY as usual…the overall attendance was WEAK!!! This is an undefeated RAIDERS team with a very good chance to make a deep run in the playoffs, the stands SHOULD be overflowing every week!!! I challenge all of Paulding County to be at the 2ND ROUND STATE PLAYOFF GAME at the BONEYARD!!!!!!!

BTW, @FridayNightLights – Aaron Black, sprained AC Joint, out 1-2 weeks!

GO RAIDERS!!!!

Bigdawg1989

November 17th, 2012
10:33 am

Forgot to congratulate our Region 5 brothers…great job NORTH PAULDING and ALLATOONA!!!! 3 and 1 in the first round…let’s keep it going!!!!

THE "CANNON RULES"!!

November 17th, 2012
11:13 am

Well I was planning to get hoe from the game last night and post…

I got in,started several post and then stopped…needed some deep breaths…

FIRST and MOST IMPORTANT…
the score—> EAST PAULDING 31 / CLARKE CENTRAL 23!!

RAIDERS move on to ROUND 2!!

Now the VENT…EAST has had issues thru the year (like many teams) with an several refs usually from the ETOWAH VALLAY ASSOCIATION! I have decided this is just going to happen…some take the job too serious and call a game way too close and don’t let the kids play while others are just plain STUPID with their calls! The best we can hope for is that one of the bad call (use mistake, error, missed or whatever term you want here) doesn’t change the outcome of a game… ESPECIALLY A PLAYOFF GAME THIS TIME OF THE YEAR!

Last night unfortunately was one of those games and as they announced the refs and where they were from it appeared they were each from different associations..maybe the G.H.S.A. does this and mixes them up?…I don’t know…

This game should have easily been EAST 38+ / CLARKE CENTRAL 9 (maybe)…

On the last TD drive alone these REF’s called 3 different 15 yard penalties against EAST!!! Late in the game allowing CLARKE CENTRAL to pull within the 31 / 23 score…this left the game within a onside kick recovery and a TD with a 2 point conversion of being tied!!! UNREAL!!!!

During the game they called pass interference calls against EAST when BOTH players were looking back at the ball and going for it. NO HOLDING, NO HANDS wrapped around the receiver nothing but two players…one going for the catch the other for the interception! AND they made the calls late after the play as if he had to “THINK ABOUT IT”.

They called bad grounding calls against the EAST QB while allowing the QB to be sacked, hit and rolled on without calling roughing the passer! While allowing the CLARKE CENTRAL QB to avoid a sack by simply drop the ball as he got hit and calling it an incomplete pass!

OK…I feel better now…………..again the most important thing!!

the FINAL score—> EAST PAULDING 31 / CLARKE CENTRAL 23!!

RAIDERS move on to ROUND 2!!

CONGRATULATIONS also to ALLATOONA for their win over HERITAGE / CONYERS!

and a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to NORTH PAULDING for their FIRST PLAYOFF WIN…on the road! and against the # 1 team from REGION 8 FLOWERY BRANCH!!

So REGION 5 goes 3 / 1 last night! GOOD JOB GUYS! (Sorry ROME)

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!
2012 REGION 5 AAAAA CHAMPIONS!…ON TO ROUND 2 and then THE DOME!!!!

RAIDER FAN

November 17th, 2012
11:17 am

@Bigdawg1989…I think we had a pretty good crowd but they seemed to be in cruise mode meaning they didn’t seem to be as much into last nights game as they were against Allatoona. Maybe the lack of support by C.C. fans had something to do with it. I think their band was the largest part of their crowd. I know it’s a long drive but that didn’t stop us when we traveled to C.C. two seasons ago. It’s kind of sad that a team with the history in the playoffs such as C.C. didn’t get any more support from its fans than it did.

Congrats to the other region 5 teams that moved on, especially N.P.. Great job Wolfpack, I knew you guys had more than just a chance of winning but man that was SSSWWWEEEEEEEETTTT!!!!!

5AReg6Fan

November 17th, 2012
11:38 am

WOW, Tucker gets a home game in this year’s playoff, Thanks in part to North Paulding. As the Tucker Fan base mention, the Tigers are the BEST #3 seated team in this year’s race for the crown. Congrates to Creekview on a very successful 2012 season and good luck in the future.

Welcome the Wolfpack of North Paulding to Adams stadium … The Tiger Den. Just a word of history, Tucker doesn’t lose often at home.

Region 6 & 5 showed up and the matchup is now REAL. The blog pages are going to be off the chain. (LOL) … Like Tiger4Life mention LET’S GET IT STARTED!!!!

Can’t forget a special growl to our big jungle CAT brothers of region 6. MLK taking care of their business against Sequoyah. Stephenson will do the same tonight at Hallford against Pope … all of DeKalb will be there supporting the JAGUARS. SWD thanks for providing us a HISTORICAL year and preparing the region for post season … the Panthers will be back!!!

@NSWR fans – Are the stars lining up for another SHOWDOWN?

“WE ARE TUCKER” – ANOTHER SWEETSIXTEEN PLAYOFF APPEARANCE

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

5AReg6Fan

November 17th, 2012
12:07 pm

For North Paulding fans – The Wolfpack will need to bring their “D” next week … don’t want to give Tucker that kind of offenseive game stat. Tucker’s defense is one of the best in 5A … Tigers will not be giving up 40+.

“WE ARE TUCKER” – ANOTHER SWEETSIXTEEN PLAYOFF APPEARANCE

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

5AReg6Fan

November 17th, 2012
12:09 pm

Darn, Meant to say, 60+

“WE ARE TUCKER” – ANOTHER SWEETSIXTEEN PLAYOFF APPEARANCE

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

. RealisticFan

November 17th, 2012
12:10 pm

@5AReg6Fan

Went to the North game last night. I was not the only one that was sitting there with a dropped jaw most of the night. Having a 3TD lead with 5:42 remaining should be enough but we were still worried. :18 later it was a 2TD lead and the ensuring onside kick(5th of the night I think), bounced right off the North player right back to FB but then it ricocheted right back. Unbelievable game. It was a magical night for that program and now they get to experience Adams stadium and facing Tucker. It should be an easy W for your Tigers, but after what I just saw, I truly believe in the “On any given night” theory, but oddly now I think those kids might also. WOW

Didn’t think I’d have to make this decision but will arrange to find you next week to say hey if I decide to watch North. Not going to see East and probably Stephenson will be really hard.

BcS2010

November 17th, 2012
12:28 pm

Congrats to all the teams who got a W last night. 2 more games Lef and then it’s the sweet 16!. I’m so proud of my Tucker Tigers for how they played. The score was 35-3 at one point and then they took a step back. The final was 42-25 but trust me it wasn’t really that close. Well north paulding is next and they come to ADAMS stadium! Tucker’s last loss at Adams was in 2009 to SWD. This is jus saying that we don’t lose at home! I’m more than happy that north paulding upset flowery branch because y’all have given tucker a home playoff game!! Well it’s time for round 2!!!

5AReg6Fan

November 17th, 2012
12:48 pm

@RealisticFan – Unfortunely, I will be out of town for the holidays and want be in attendance … will be streaming the game online, if possible. If you do decide to make the trip, make sure you connect with some of the Tucker faithful, e.g. Tiger4Life, TuckerDad, etc.

“WE ARE TUCKER” – ANOTHER SWEETSIXTEEN PLAYOFF APPEARANCE

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

blu eagle

November 17th, 2012
1:08 pm

Congrats to those NSWR Eagles, even though it was much too easy game over in 1st quarter. This game coming up against TCC will not be that easy as Adam Choice is fast and dangerous. Oh and how bout winnersville being loserville last nite ha ha!

JAB

November 17th, 2012
1:19 pm

LET’S GET IT DONE STEPHENSON JAGUARS…

GROOOOOOWL!!! FEEL OUR CLAWS % RESPECT OUR ROOOAR….

blu eagle

November 17th, 2012
1:22 pm

Go you hairy demons tonite, make it an all wr state championship again

THE "CANNON RULES"!!

November 17th, 2012
1:28 pm

@ JAB…

We’ll see how you look tonight…Several of us are heading your way for tonight’s game…LOOK for the EAST PAULDING “Hoodies” and give us a shout out!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!
2012 REGION 5 AAAAA CHAMPIONS!…
ON TO ROUND 2 and then THE DOME!!!!

JSD

November 17th, 2012
1:28 pm

Is it just me or is anybody else tired of the TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!
2012 REGION 5 AAAAA CHAMPIONS!…ON TO ROUND 2 and then THE DOME!!!!
guy….. I like fans but Damn give it a rest

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

November 17th, 2012
1:57 pm

@ JSD… Good luck with that…this person never shuts up.

THE "CANNON RULES"!!

November 17th, 2012
2:05 pm

@ JSD…

Come visit “THE BONEYARD” next week and you will UNDERSTAND!!!

But yeah there are some folks that may be tired of it…

NORTH PAULDING
WOODLAND – BARTOW
PAULDING COUNTY
NEW MANCHESTER
VILLA RICA
HIRAM
ROME
SOUTH PAULDING
LITHIA SPRINGS
ALLATOONA
and after last night
CLARKE CENTRAL!!!

EAST PAULDING RAIDERS UNDEFEATED…11 / 0!!!!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!
2012 REGION 5 AAAAA CHAMPIONS!…
ROUND 2 vs. ????? and then THE DOME!!!!

itsonlywrite

November 17th, 2012
2:18 pm

there wasnt too many Rome fans at the G’ville vs Rome game last night neither…

RAIDER FAN

November 17th, 2012
3:19 pm

@JSD…TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!
2012 REGION 5 AAAAA CHAMPIONS!…ON TO ROUND 2 and then THE DOME!!!!
TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!
2012 REGION 5 AAAAA CHAMPIONS!…ON TO ROUND 2 and then THE DOME!!!!
TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!
2012 REGION 5 AAAAA CHAMPIONS!…ON TO ROUND 2 and then THE DOME!!!!
TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!
2012 REGION 5 AAAAA CHAMPIONS!…ON TO ROUND 2 and then THE DOME!!!!
TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!
2012 REGION 5 AAAAA CHAMPIONS!…ON TO ROUND 2 and then THE DOME!!!!
TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!
2012 REGION 5 AAAAA CHAMPIONS!…ON TO ROUND 2 and then THE DOME!!!!
ENJOY!!!!!

JAB

November 17th, 2012
3:36 pm

THE “CANNON RULES”, I’ll be sitting on the Pope side around the 40-50 yrd. line would luv to friendly chat with you guys for the showdown next week when we (Stephenson) play you guys; No disrespect to Pope but come on it’s a warm-up game for us… Lol.,

GROOOOOOWL!!! FEEL OUR CLAWS & RESPECT OUR ROOOAR….

;)
;)
;)

JAB

November 17th, 2012
3:40 pm

@ THE “CANNON RULES”!! I believe that your Logo will read after next week game vs the JAGS’ will read: TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!
2012 REGION 5 AAAAA CHAMPIONS!…ON TO ROUND 2 and then (STEPHENSON) TO THE DOME!!!! ;)

JAB

November 17th, 2012
3:42 pm

Stephenson (Jaguars)
GROOOOOOWL!!! FEEL OUR CLAWS & RESPECT OUR ROOOAR….

Longhorn nation

November 17th, 2012
4:44 pm

Tough game last but guess what we still here and believe it or not we had a a bunch of players banged up some starters not even dressed but I can say SWD has always been very athletic coaching was the difference. Very good running team not much passing. Well looks like we will see the Red Elephants and a sure enough great QB

Titletown USA

November 17th, 2012
4:53 pm

For some reason, I find myself following 5A much closer this year, I think there will be some compelling matchups after next week. I just admire the Tucker, MLK, and Stephenson programs and fan bases. Good Luck to all.

JAB

November 17th, 2012
5:49 pm

@ Titletown USA, Thankyou!! ;)

JAB

November 17th, 2012
5:55 pm

LOCK & LOAD BUDDIE HERE COMES “JAB” TO HALLFORD STADIUM… ;)

Stephenson (Jaguars)
GROOOOOOWL!!! FEEL OUR CLAWS & RESPECT OUR ROOOAR…

uncleJunior

November 17th, 2012
6:04 pm

Enter your comments here

uncleJunior

November 17th, 2012
6:05 pm

Sorry !!!!! Is there a live feed for the Stephenson/Pope game????

BullEagle15

November 17th, 2012
6:32 pm

Goodluck to our red headed step childern the demons! Bring it home!

FridayNightLightsFan

November 17th, 2012
8:08 pm

Is there a live feed or radio for the Stephenson/Pope game?

WR Demons

November 17th, 2012
9:53 pm

Dum-Bass

November 17th, 2012
10:55 pm

Warner Robins Demons got a scare tonight. Had to hunt to find the score but finally did. It was 14-9 at halftime WR, and now I see the final against Richmond Hill was 17-15. Looks like WR only got a FG in the 2nd half and RH scored a touchdown and went for two without making it. That’s what I’m guessing as I have seen no details yet. That’s a lot closer than most thought it would be. So it will be WR vs Harris County. Should be a good one!

JAB

November 17th, 2012
11:13 pm

Stephenson rolls over Pope 31 – 11 (1 down 4 to go)….

Stephenson (Jaguars)
GROOOOOOWL!!! FEEL OUR CLAWS & RESPECT OUR ROOOAR…

WR Demons

November 17th, 2012
11:16 pm

@Dum-Bass it was not a scare Richmond Hill is a good football team.

WR Demons

November 17th, 2012
11:19 pm

@BullEagle15 you have that backwards check the all time records!

Left Coast Dawg

November 18th, 2012
6:42 am

Congrats Stephenson!

Left Coast Dawg

November 18th, 2012
6:44 am

Thanks for the score update JAB. AJC is slacking on Saturday coverage!

THE "CANNON RULES"!!

November 18th, 2012
7:32 am

@ JAB…

Had a last minute issue come up an I couldn’t make the game but I was told it was VERY close in the 1st half and that POPE played ya’ll a good game. CONGRATS! on the “W”.

SEE ya Friday night in “THE BONEYARD!!! How does the “JAG” crowd travel? Will the visitors side be full?

EAST PAULDING RAIDERS UNDEFEATED…11 / 0!!!!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!
2012 REGION 5 AAAAA CHAMPIONS!…
ROUND 2 vs. STEPHENSON and then THE DOME!!!!

JAB

November 18th, 2012
8:10 am

@ THE “CANNON RULES”!! Yeah! I saw a group of EP players & went over and talked to a couple of players…

Stephenson (Jaguars)
GROOOOOOWL!!! FEEL OUR CLAWS & RESPECT OUR ROOOAR…
;)

THE "CANNON RULES"!!

November 18th, 2012
9:40 am

@ JAB…

Give us the REAL story of last nights game…It was 14 / 11 entering the 4th quarter…I understand POPE “shot itself in the foot” with turnovers after that…is that the scoop?

EAST PAULDING RAIDERS UNDEFEATED…11 / 0!!!!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!
2012 REGION 5 AAAAA CHAMPIONS!…
ROUND 2 vs. STEPHENSON and then THE DOME!!!!

King Of Diamonds

November 18th, 2012
9:53 am

Within all due respect, the winners of those games in round had gone accordly expect for the SWD vs Kell. I really expected all upset by SWD. I was saying all week that SWD can beat Kell if they elimante mistakes and if the game was low scoring which would be in SWD favor. It was low scoring and it ws in favor for SWD but lost in the final minutes of the game. I am sorry to say this for SWD fans & I know the fristration you must be feeling now, as I hate to say this but a COACHING CHANGE IS NEEDED! Starting over with the entire staff. I know you heard this before but if you continue with Coach Godfrey you will not make the playoffs in the future. The region is strong and you have up comings teams like Miller Grove, Dunwoody, Mays, & North Atlanta that will be very very competitve in the region. Just something to think about.
Now onto the ending of a great weekend of football. To some people, did you think Stephenson was going to lose in the first round? I know what your thinking, I really wasn’t expecting Stephenson to lose but I sure was hoping so. LOL Not going to happen. I predict and three team dekalb county semis with and all dekalb county state Championship game. I think I will make the trip to EP vs Stephenson game. I been seeing this TICK… TICK… TICK… BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM all over the blog so I really want to hear this cannon sound off or either fizzle out. I am expecting another good game by Stephenson with a 24-17 victory over EP. Good luck to Tucker & MLK.
Lions, Tigers, & Jags OO MY!

JAB

November 18th, 2012
9:54 am

@ THE “CANNON RULES”!!, (BOTH TEAMS WAS PENALIZED, 31 – 11 I DON’T THINK SO) ‘The real story is that Stephenson defense was too much for Pope offense. The only true offensive drive that they did accomplished (POPE) was haulted by a field goal. Stephenson played real sloppy in the first half, in the second half Stephenson defense just crushed Pope, the only score that they did score was because Stephenson was penalized for accessive celabration on the kickoff, Pope got the ball around their 40 yrd. line and Stephenson got penalized again for a called that very questionable (that was half the distance to the goal). After that Pope didn’t moved the ball, 2 turnovers, an interception by Stephenson that lead to a touchdown and big runs by Stephenson RB that was unstopable by POpe. “YOU WANTED THE REAL TRUE STORY!’… ;)

Stephenson (Jaguars)
GROOOOOOWL!!! FEEL OUR CLAWS & RESPECT OUR ROOOAR…