Two upsets highlight second round

In a second round of the Class AA football playoffs that went somewhat according to script Friday, two games didn’t.

Greater Atlanta Christian’s 52-21 victory over previously undefeated Heard County and Fitzgerald’s 52-20 upset of unbeaten Vidalia reinforced football’s biggest cliche: anybody can win on a given night.

Kyle Scales’ four touchdowns rushing and Peter Whiteneck’s three receiving made the difference for GAC, while the Purple Hurricanes scored 39 consecutive points and doubled up the Indians, 344-170 yards, according to the Tifton Gazette.

Other things we learned Friday:

– Watch out for Early County: The less heralded Bobcats’ 28-7 halting of Screven County’s eight-game win streak, combined with a first-round win over Bleckley County, marks the second time Region 1-AA’s third seed has beaten a higher seed on the road. Early will try for three in the quarterfinals at GAC, second seeded from 6-AA.

Key against Screven was Jacori Taylor, who passed for 147 yards and two TDs and ran for 134 and another score, according to the Albany Herald. Ladonis Bryant had two catches for TDs and ran for another.

– Malkom Parrish-Deric Herring combo remains key: Parrish’s 271 yards passing and five scores, including 150 yards and three TDs to Herring, helped unbeaten Brooks County defeat McIntosh County Academy, 49-21, and reach a quarterfinal showdown against undefeated Calhoun, according to the Valdosta Times.

Brooks forced eight turnovers and intercepted McIntosh quarterback Darry Herrington five times.

– Calhoun approaches repeat: The Rome News-Tribune reported that defending champion Calhoun shut out Washington-Wilkes for three quarters en route to winning 34-7 and reaching a fifth consecutive quarterfinal. The Yellow Jackets orchestrated consecutive touchdown drives of 98 and 92 yards, and Taylor Lamb passed for 198 and three scores.

– Willie Candler has Lovett defying odds: The quarterback’s 179 yards, including two TDs on the ground, propelled the Lions past visiting Manchester 23-0 and into the quarterfinals against unbeaten Lamar County.

– Bryant Shirreffs can run, too: Jefferson’s quarterback, known as a prolific passer, rushed for 248 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown, in the Dragons’ 35-7 win over Westminster.

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November 24th, 2012
9:40 am



November 24th, 2012
9:54 am

I would call Early County’s win a bigger upset than those of GACS or Fitzgerald. Heard County went unbeaten in a weak region and against a weak schedule whose best opponent was a Callaway team that lost in the first round in Class AAA.

Go Steelers

November 24th, 2012
10:55 am

Lovett big on “D” in the first 2 rounds, both shut-outs. Forced 4 turnovers in the Manchester game including 2 picks by Grant Haley.


November 24th, 2012
11:23 am

@John for the sake of accuracy, AAA Callaway is the smallest school in the classification & they won their region, their only loss coming to AA Heard Co in a rivalry game (game 1). Callaway lost in the 2nd round to Washington County, They beat Tatnall Co handily in the first round.


November 24th, 2012
1:19 pm

the arm and hammer bowl live friday


November 24th, 2012
6:39 pm

Fitzgerald is playing it’s best at the right time. Looking forward to a great game with Jefferson. Beat Jefferson and the Canes could possibly have another home game. Go CANES!

Monroe's First Redcoat

November 25th, 2012
2:05 am

The Hurricanes will be more of an afternoon shower against the Dragons. Jefferson is absolutely on fire and are playing the kind of football not seen in Jackson County in 35 years. Jefferson is loaded AND deep. I wonder if there are a half-dozen teams in ANY classification that could take the Dragons down.

Quarterfinal winners:

Jefferson over Fitzgerald. Dragon breath trumps wind & rain.
GAC over Early in a close one on the Spartans home field. GAC has tasted mediocrity in the past couple of years. The Spartans didn’t like the flavor.
Lamar County over Lovett. The genius that built Tucker’s dynasty has taken the same kids who could barely beat Meadowcreek a few of years ago and turned them into beasts in a season. AA Team of the year? Lamar County, HANDS DOWN.
Calhoun over Brooks in a knuckle-biter. By far the toughest call to make this week.


November 25th, 2012
7:28 pm

Sounds like Fitzs had Brooks whooped and they lucked up on a return, Fitz may be tough on Jefferson.


November 25th, 2012
9:56 pm

@John… You’re just an idiot. Callaway is a legit team in AAA

CANES n Milton Fan

November 25th, 2012
10:11 pm

If you seen the game Fitz vs Vidalia you would understand why jefferson wont be able to hang with Fitzgerald hurricanes. Vidilia was extremly talented and far bigger than fitzgerald , but when your big and slow speed kills. and I see the same thing happening at jefferson this friday . Jefferson doesnt have enough speed ive seen both teams play . Early will most likely beat GAC and who knows what will go down with brooks and Calhoun it will be a great must see game .


November 26th, 2012
12:41 pm

Fitz vs brooks for the state title

Golden Isles Fan

November 26th, 2012
1:22 pm

region 1-2A seems to be tough again this year….maybe they can pull out at least one win among the three remaining teams…..

Brooks will give Calhoun all they can handle,BUT?
Fitz is peaking at the right time
Early is also


November 26th, 2012
2:48 pm

Yea it’s gonna be a great game in Calhoun. Don’t care nothing bout Fitz or Early they gets no love they are our region rivals. We blew Early out and we also beat Fitz just cause we didn’t blow the score board open they think Fitz has a chance not in there’s wildest dreams its our year


November 26th, 2012
3:24 pm

Brooks just makes it hard on themselves with the dumb hammer prop and making dumb videos. Last time they brought nothing to the field, just hype.


November 26th, 2012
4:01 pm

Lol yea we was young and unexperienced. We didn’t bring anything well we brought they same team so you guys look at film and see what’s different we aren’t talking nomore we will see you guys Friday all this bout we are not anything but hype… I hope that strong side of y’all line step they game up I see every weakness in y’all team……

CANES n Milton Fan

November 28th, 2012
10:50 am

@trojan4Life you are forgetting that fitz held your team to only 24 yards in the second half and if it wasnt for a kick return fot a TD and a punt return for a TD , the game might not have been even close . Brooks is defenitly a good team though . Parrish is a beast . and these other teams dont have to play the schedule that Brooks,Early,Fitz,Cook have to . except for maybe 4 games , every week is a test , thats why these teams make it far in the playoffs each year .