Special teams play huge in AAAA second round

There were nail-biters in five of the eight games in the second round of the Class AAAA playoffs, and the kicking game figured prominently in three of them.

The best of the lot was the showdown between No. 2 Marist and No. 10 Carrollton. The 43-37 final score (Marist advanced) after five overtimes masked how much of a defensive struggle the game was. It was tied at 13 at the end of regulation, courtesy of a missed Marist extra point and a blocked Carrollton field goal attempt. Myles Willis’ 15-yard run in the fifth overtime provided the game-winning points for the War Eagles.

Kicker, exhibit 2: Mary Persons’ Kenny Miller booted a 20-yard field goal in overtime to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 win over Cairo, which had two chances at a field goal in its half of overtime and missed them both. It was the second shutout of the year for Mary Persons and the only shutout in the second round in AAAA.

Kicker, exhibit 3: A missed PAT in overtime resulted in the end to Grady’s season. The Grey Knights had an early 14-0 lead, but Monroe Area, led by a big rushing night from quarterback Stanton Truitt, pulled even, then won on Truitt’s touchdown and Cody Brown’s extra point

Showdown looms for Sandy Creek, Burke County: Both No. 1 Sandy Creek and No. 3 Burke County pulled away after halftime for their second-round wins, setting up a matchup of the last two state titlists from Class AAA. Sandy Creek stymied Dalton and got over 100 yards each from Eric Swinney and Delvin Weems, while Burke’s Donquell Green surpassed 100 yards rushing and passing in a win over Monroe-Albany. Sandy Creek won the coin flip Saturday morning for home-field advantage in next Friday’s quarterfinal round.

Cinderella’s cleat still fits: In a field with six No. 1 seeds still left, South Effingham, the fourth seed from 3-AAAA, qualifies as the biggest remaining underdog. The Mustangs traveled to Albany and beat Westover 41-28 behind 125 yards from Josh Mercer, according to the Albany Herald.

Ridgeland pair runs wild: No. 9 Ridgeland got 254 rushing yards from Darrell Bridges and 132 from Vonn Bell while overcoming LaGrange.

23 comments Add your comment

BC#9 Class of 1998

November 24th, 2012
10:18 am

Im just waiting on some comments……………. FYI: the only reason Monroe-Albany scored, is because we felt sorry of the Monroe fans in the 4th; therefore, we put in all FRESHMANS………… All do respect to Sandy Creek, but the Bears are ready!!!!!!

Hey

November 24th, 2012
10:30 am

When is the coin toss for Stockbridge/Marist?

BCEnglish Department

November 24th, 2012
10:34 am

Class of 1998 – shame on you! Here’s your comment: 1) I’m, 2) ‘waiting for’, 3) ’sorry for’, 4) FRESHMEN, 5) due. See you on Friday night!

Tiger97

November 24th, 2012
10:54 am

Stockbridge won the coin toss!!!!

S_on_my_Chest

November 24th, 2012
1:42 pm

Marist needs to get ready for the game of a lifetime… and maybe an ass whoopin of a lifetime!!!
LETS EAT

Al Beeski

November 24th, 2012
1:48 pm

Bc, Monroe moved the ball at will in the 1st half, but just couldn’t punch it in. much props for the win but tone it down some. U guys are far from invincible.

WarEagle

November 24th, 2012
3:17 pm

@S_on_my_Chest — Wow, big talk for a school with a total of 2 playoff wins in its history. Marist has played football for 100 years, won two state titles, been in several more finals, and just won a 5-OT playoff game against another storied program. Somehow I doubt next Friday’s game will be “the game of a lifetime,” but that would be great. As for the “ass whooping” — give it your best shot, big talker. Our team will do its talking on the field with its play.

HS_Football_Rocks!

November 24th, 2012
3:37 pm

Decisions, decisions…what a great time to be a high school football fan. Even though my team is eliminated, I still love to go and check out other teams live. My son and I went to the Lovejoy – Marietta game at twelve oaks friday. Lovejoy is awesome. We sat on the Marietta side and had some good conversations with a few really knowledgeable Marietta folks. This coming friday, within a mere 20-25 mile range of my driveway I have the choice of these three awesome matchups: 1) Sandy Creek vs Burke County in Tyrone. 2) Stockbridge vs Marist in Stockbridge, or 3) Lovejoy vs North Gwinnett in Hampton (really Lovejoy, dont know why they call that area Hampton which is Henry county and the School and 12 Oaks stadium is actually in Clayton Co… weird) Since I already checked out Lovejoy, and am actually a AAAA fan, I am leaning towards going and checking out those Mighty Bears from Burke co. Great choices eh?

BC#9 Class of 1998

November 24th, 2012
3:38 pm

BCEnglish Department, thx for the ” Grammer Correction “, I was typing in APA not MLA sorry……………..lol……..

From Da Bear's Den

November 24th, 2012
4:38 pm

@ Al Beeski, were you at the game??? If you were, then you would’ve known that Monroe advanced down the field because of penalties made by the Bears. I left that game still wondering when Monroe’s QB was gonna start playing.

Monroe's First Redcoat

November 25th, 2012
1:39 am

BCEnglish Department, thanks. How did ‘98 graduate?? :-) The editor and former English teacher in me was screaming at the screen….BC Class of 98, perhaps a refresher freshman English course at a community college??

All that said, it sucks that BC and the Creek have to meet in the quarters, but that’s the way it goes. I’m just hoping that my Monroe Area Hurricanes can stop giving the damn ball away…..GO ‘CANES!!!!!

OddsShark

November 25th, 2012
2:37 pm

Marist just opened -2.5 against Stockbridge. Over/under is 41.

Just w toant

November 25th, 2012
3:34 pm

Enter your comments here

SBHS

November 25th, 2012
3:35 pm

Man go back to Vagas!

RHS supporter!

November 26th, 2012
3:20 pm

Ridgeland knows how to handle the business, now don’t they?!

Bookie

November 26th, 2012
8:01 pm

@loanshark- MARIST just opened -14 over stockbridge. Carrollton was just that good. Marist will blow stockbridge out. Stockbridge will not score

YELLERJACKETZ1

November 26th, 2012
10:44 pm

WHATS THE ODDS ON RIDGELAND

SBHS

November 27th, 2012
12:05 am

@ Bookie- Stockbridge will not score? is Marist that good? why do you think they cant win.

Rev Al

November 27th, 2012
1:11 am

41?? I’ll take the over….

BURKE CO.1.FAN

November 27th, 2012
7:22 am

PLAYONSPORTS.COM click on upcoming events & then football our state GA., scroll until u see SANDY CREEK VS. BURKE CO. HIGHSCHOOL FOOTBALL GAME

Just a Fan

November 27th, 2012
10:25 am

SBHS-You should be able to score on Marist-Carrollton did so without their #2 rusher-he was out with flu-but be advised-Marist is a complete team,strong in all areas.Stockbridge will need their A game to win.It should be an interesting matchup-would not bet either way.

SBHS

November 27th, 2012
11:21 am

Just a Fan- you do know that Stockbridge is a very good team.

Just a Fan

November 27th, 2012
10:39 pm

SBHS-sure I do Thats why I think you can score.