Class A Blog: Quarterfinal previews — 4 public, 4 private

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Time for the Second Round, the Elite Eight, or the Quarterfinals, whichever you prefer. Here is a quick look at all eight games – four public and four private.

But first, some have made the argument that while Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy is the clear favorite on the private school side, there is great parity among the other private schools. After the first round, proponents of that theory may be on to something.

If you take the Power Rankings as the measurement of team strength, which many absolutely do not, the top eight seeds were supposed to be the “favorites.” On the private school side, half of those teams lost last week. While the top three – Athens Academy, ELCA and Walker – moved on, No. 4 Brookstone, No. 5 Calvary Day, No. 6 Aquinas and No. 8 Darlington were all soundly beaten. That smacks of a lot of parity among the private schools, ELCA not withstanding.

Meanwhile, on the public school side, things went more according to plan as only two teams from the top eight – No. 6 Irwin County and No. 8 Miller County, a one-point loser to No. 9 Wilkinson County (27-26) – failed to advance. Most believe that the top three seeds — No. 1 Lincoln County, No. 2 Wilcox County and No. 3 Emanuel County Institute — are the clear favorites. 

Also, a correction. Here is the list of region records after the first round of playoffs. There were a couple of errors in the previous post. Again keep in mind that Regions 5 and 7 are at a disadvantage here because they had teams that met each other in the first round – ELCA-Our Lady of Mercy in Region 5 and Lincoln County-Hancock Central in Region 7:

Region 1: 1-1

Region 2: 1-3

Region 3: 2-1

Region 4: 2-2

Region 5: 2-2

Region 6: 2-3

Region 7: 3-2

Region 8: 3-2

PUBLIC

No. 9 Wilkinson County (8-3) at No. 1 Lincoln County (10-1). Wilkinson finished second in Region 7, while Lincoln was the Region 7 champion, the 37th region crown for the Red Devils. Wilkinson rallied and scored a touchdown with less than two minutes left in the game to defeat No. 8 Miller County in the first round. Lincoln rolled past Hancock Central, 21-0. The game is a rematch of a game played on Nov. 2, which Lincoln won, 21-19, after trailing 13-0 early. The Red Devils are 8-1 all time against Wilkinson. The last Warrior win in the series came in 2010 (26-14). Players to Watch: RB Mike McIntire, QB Ben Turner and WR Zireycus Letman for Lincoln; QB David Whipple, WR Kareem Sanders and RB Shiquez Underwood for Wilkinson County.

No. 5 Dooly County (9-2) at No. 4 Seminole County (9-2). Dooly finished second in Region 4, Seminole is the Region 1 champion. Dooly trailed Turner County 8-7 in the fourth quarter but scored 13 unanswered points in the period to win 20-8, in Round 1, Seminole thumped No. 13 Commerce 36-7. Dooly leads the all-time series, which dates back to 1980, 7-4 and won the last meeting, 22-0, in the first round of the 2003 playoffs.
Players to Watch: DT Montravious Adams, RB Chanin Hamilton and QB AJ Smith for Dooly; QB Jakhari Martin, RB Daquan Hamlet, OL/LB Alex Koonce for Seminole.

No. 11 Trion (9-2) at No. 3 Emanuel County Institute (10-1). Trion finished third in Region 6-Division A, ECI is the Region 3 champion. Trion dominated No. 6 Irwin County, 31-6, nearly five hours away, on the road in Ocilla in the first round. ECI hammered No. 14 Gordon Lee, 46-12. This is the first meeting between the two schools. Many believe ECI is the favorite to win the public school title, while Trion is the lowest seed left in the public school playoffs. ECI won a state title in 2007 behind the play of running back Washaun Ealey. Trion won a Class B state championship in 1974 when it defeated Lincoln County, 7-0, in Trion.
Players to Watch: QB Cory Bethune and RB Kingston Lanier for Trion; QB/DB/K Caleb Pressley, RB Greg Purcell and LB/RB Taiwan Daughtry for ECI.

No. 7 Marion County (9-2) at No. 2 Wilcox County (9-2). Marion finished third in Region 4, Wilcox is the two-time Region 2 champion. Marion downed No. 10 Charlton County 31-12 in the first round, Wilcox smashed No. 15 Greenville, 42-14. This is the first meeting between the two schools even though they are located a little over an hour apart. Wilcox won a state title in 2009, led by QB Nick Marshall. Marion is a fairly new school created in 2006 when the former Tri-County High School splintered into three separate schools. Yet the Eagles have already won two region championships.
Players to Watch: QB DeMarquez Mallard for Marion; QB/DB Mikail Grace and WR/DB Jonathan Howard for Wilcox.

PRIVATE

No. 9 Prince Avenue Christian (9-2) at No. 1 Athens Academy (11-0). PAC finished third in Region 8, Athens Academy won the Region 8 title. PAC knocked off No. 8 Darlington, 42-21, in Rome in Round 1, Athens Academy edged No. 16 Mt. Pisgah Christian, 17-13, despite trailing 13-0 heading into the fourth quarter. Athens Academy prevailed 14-7 when the two teams met back on Oct. 5, and the Spartans lead the all-time series 5-2. The Wolverines last victory was last season, 18-0. Neither team has won a state championship.
Players to Watch: RB Bryce Huff and RB Carl Mattox for PAC; QB Adam Schulte and WR Eric Williams for Athens Academy.

No. 13 First Presbyterian Day (7-4) at No. 12 Landmark Christian (8-3). FPD finished fourth in Region 7, Landmark finished second in Region 5. FPD throttled No. 4 Brookstone, 49-33, in Columbus in the first round, Landmark smothered Calvary Day, 10-7, in Savannah. These are the two lowest seeds remaining in the playoffs on either the public or private school side. The all-time series is even at 1-1. FPD won last season, 31-21, Landmark won in 2010, 23-21. Neither team has won a GHSA state title. FPD, which has been competing in the GHSA since 2010, has won two Georgia Independent School Association titles (1980 and 1985). Landmark is the defending Class A runner up. Players to Watch: RB Darron Moore and RB Brooks Stroud for FPD; RB Jeremiah Kirkland, RB Joshua Nobles, and DB Cole Higbie for Landmark.

No. 11 George Walton Academy (8-3) at No. 3 Walker (11-0). GWA finished second in Region 8, Walker won the Region 6 championship, its first in school history. GWA blasted No. 6 Aquinas 38-12 in Round 1, Walker pulled away from No. 14 Athens Christian, 28-7. This is the first meeting between the two schools. GWA has won four state championships, all in the GISA (2009, 2003, 1991 and 1979).
Players to Watch: RB Stanley Williams, RB Nick Waters, QB Hunter Rice and RB Tyler Jarvis for GWA; RB/DB Evan Kasian and OL/DL Mike Ramsay for Walker.

No. 7 Savannah Christian (8-3) at No. 2 ELCA (10-1). Savannah Christian is the Region 3 runner up, ELCA is the three-time Region 5 champion. Savannah Christian, the defending Class A champs, mauled No. 10 Holy Innocents 35-17 in the first round, ELCA dumped No. 15 Our Lady of Mercy 42-14. This is the first meeting between the two schools. ELCA has been dominant this season. The Chargers’ only loss this season was in Week 1 to AAA Washington County, 24-19. ELCA led 19-0 in the second quarter. Washington County is now 11-1 and has outscored its two playoff opponents 93-7 heading into the quarterfinals. Savannah Christian began the season 0-2 but reeled off seven straight wins before falling to ECI in the Region 3 title game (48-14). Many believe Savannah Christian is the lone private school capable of defeating ELCA.
Players to Watch: RB/DB Jalen Myrick and RB/LB Ivan Reese for Savannah Christian; RB/LB Keyante Green, DL/TE Isaac Rochelle, DB/WR DJ Curl, DB/RB Marquise Griffin, DB/WR Jevious Terry, QB Dalton Etheridge, LB/RB Josh Shockley, DL Andrew Williams, OL Jake Martin, OL Beau Beasley, WR Davis Carrandi for ELCA.

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Innocent Bystander

November 27th, 2012
2:29 pm

ELCA & S.C.P.S …………..FRIDAY NIGHT IS GONNA BE AWESOME ! SHOULD BE A GREAT GAME !!!

MCMBAA

November 27th, 2012
2:36 pm

STC, I’m still not a fan of the PR system, there are just too many holes in it and too many ways to manipulate it. However, it does seem to have SOME validity based on our first round results. Hopefully some tweaks are coming that will give it more credibility if it stays the law of the land.

As to parity among teams, I agree 100%. In looking at the final 8 games, there are 4 (LC/WilCo, SC/Dooly, AA/PAC, and Landmark/FPD) that pollsters are giving 1 point spreads on. The other 4 are also closer calls than I would like before betting the house on them. And there’s always the “on any given night” factor……

All in all, a great set of matchups that will make the next three weeks some excellent football.

Great recap and thanks for all your hard work!

S. Thomas Coleman

November 27th, 2012
3:41 pm

@MCMBAA: Thanks for the love! Should be fun three weeks!

And look for at least one “tweak” to the system before teams take the field next season: the point system will be adjusted so that region games will count as much or more than non-region games played against teams from higher classifications. It was one of those “unintended consequences” that Dr. Swearngin foretold just after the vote was taken for the public-private split.

Some teams are at a disadvantage because they can’t go out and find a AAA, AAAA, or AAAAA team to play, while there are some that have teams from those classifications nearby and willing to play them because there is a natural rivalry involved (Holy Innocents vs. AAAAA Riverwood is one example, Commerce vs. AAA East Jackson is another).

So look for that change. I’m not sure who you root for and how that would have impacted your team this year. Thanks for reading and posting!

S. Thomas Coleman

S. Thomas Coleman

November 27th, 2012
3:52 pm

@1gadawg: To answer your question from the last blog, I’ll be covering North Gwinnett at Lovejoy. Should be a good one!

S. Thomas Coleman

gh2o

November 27th, 2012
4:46 pm

Ok…here are my picks:
PAC v AA….AA only due to the home field advantage. Every other fiber of my being says PAC, so it’s really a toss up. I totally agree with the players to watch. AA has already proven it can stop PAC’s option offense, and that’s about all they have. No real passing game. AA is multi-faceted on offense. Coaching is excellent on both sidelines.

FPD v Landmark….I think it’s a better match up than most think. FPD could play the spoiler. I think it’s dependent not on the key players listed, but on their QB. If he gets a hot hand and time to throw, he can be very dangerous. My nod goes to FPD.

GWA v Walker…Have not seen Walker play, but have seen who they play. I think this will be a good game, but in the end, knowing what GWA has on the line and in the backfield, they are going to be tough to stop. And my players to watch goes to the grunts on the line. That’s where this game will be won and lost. GWA is healthy and on a roll. They grind out a win.

SC v ELCA….SC is a dangerous team, as they had to replace a ton of starters. However, at this stage, everyone has played an entire season of varsity football, so there are no real first time starters any longer. On a neutral field, I’d say this is a toss up. After a four hour drive, I think ELCA holds a distinct home field advantage and depth of talent. Good coaching on both sides. ELCA is the safe pick here.

Swamp Lizard

November 27th, 2012
7:01 pm

@gh2o … very nice !! PAC / AA could go either way. I like PAC ( coaching & making a run last year ). Landmark / FPD has the makings of a great game … agree 100% with you if Stroud comes out winging it. I’m curious to see what Walker is all about too, this game will tell everyone if they are for real ( no hard feelings Walker Fan & JT ). I have my take on the ELCA / Sav Christian game, but I’ll just wait and see how it turns out Friday night. I will go on record and say I like ELCA though.

Swamp Lizard

November 27th, 2012
7:08 pm

@ STC … Just want to say thank you for everything! The coverage of Class A, the articles, and all the takes on the games … THANKS !!

1gadawg

November 27th, 2012
7:34 pm

@STC – great job covering class A – Sorry we won’t be able to see you at SCPS/ELCA game
@Swamp Lizard – call me regarding tailgating – I think Raiderman85 will join us

Mt. Zion Fan

November 27th, 2012
8:17 pm

Walker will be tough to beat. They have a great Fan Base. Their Off. and Def. lines are the difference for this team. Mike Ramsey is a Beast. As for the RB Evan Kasian hard runner, Gets stronger in the second Half, can break one at any minute, has alot of quickness and lower body strength, shakes kids off his hips and heads downfield Rumor is he is Competitive Weightlifter(not sure of that)Should be a good game. Think Ill take a ride to watch.

PAC vs AA

November 27th, 2012
10:26 pm

Based on the first game, this one might be the most competitive of the night. AA has a couple of players back that were unable or sick last week…..The schools are natural rivals, about 15 minutes apart. Should be fun, and….Go Spartans!

Ol Water Boy

November 27th, 2012
11:26 pm

@ Mt Zion :Walker RB Kasian IS a comp weightlifter and fears nobody . Hardest hitter on defense for that team … 4 year starter on Def side of the ball …old school type of player. Don’t forget about the oft not mentioned other OL/DL Sr not named Ramsay…Colin Mitchell. Leads team in sacks, TFL , passes batted down , and blocked kicks. Quick for his size. Containing GWA running attack will be the key…though Walker battled Landmark’s fine crew of backs in the preseason. GWA is battle tested in regards to overall strength of schedule. Time will tell…..

MCMBAA

November 27th, 2012
11:58 pm

STC, I’m exceedingly glad to hear about that tweak and I hope that it’s as effective as it sounds in curbing the “creative scheduling” that would surely be in the works if not changed. To clarify the impact on my team and in the interest of full disclosure, I’m an ELCA dad. We did get some mileage out of our loss to Washington (who themselves are in the third round of the AAA playoffs) but, of course, with our Region 5 championship it made no difference.

Now just looking forward to Friday night with all the other high school football fanatics.

Thank you again my friend and look forward to your next entry.

S. Thomas Coleman

November 28th, 2012
12:16 am

@Swamp: Thanks for the love, and as always, thanks for reading and posting every week!

S. Thomas Coleman

S. Thomas Coleman

November 28th, 2012
12:18 am

@1gadawg: Thanks to you for the love as well! As long as you guys and gals keep readin’ and discussin’, we’ll keep postin’!

S. Thomas Coleman

S. Thomas Coleman

November 28th, 2012
12:20 am

@Mt. Zion Fan: I’ll be interested in what you have to say after your field trip east over to Walker. Drive safely!

S. Thomas Coleman

S. Thomas Coleman

November 28th, 2012
12:22 am

@Ol Water Boy: Thanks for the insight on Walker. Coach East says that Kasian is a very good soccer midfielder as well, which is where he hones his endurance.

Thanks for reading and posting!

S. Thomas Coleman

S. Thomas Coleman

November 28th, 2012
12:30 am

@MCMBAA: Nothing is set in stone, but that’s one of the greatest beefs I’ve heard from several coaches, and so I suspect they will bring it to the Executive Committee sometime this winter.

The interesting thing to watch for is how the Executive Committee will handle the tweaks in Class A. You have to remember, they oversee all of the classifications, from A to AAAAAA. Class A coaches will have to make a big “stink” about the Power Rankings to make sure that the Executive Committee gives it full attention and doesn’t poo-poo it as a minor issue.

There will undoubtedly be some glitches in the playoffs for the winter and spring sports, so it will be interesting to see if the Executive Committee opts to tackle “tweaks” for the fall sports this upcoming winter, tweaks for the winter sports in the spring and then tweaks for the spring sports over the summer, or will they wait until the school year is over and do it all at once. Either way, it should make for an eventful off season.

Thanks for reading and posting!

S. Thomas Coleman

BehindEnemyLines

November 28th, 2012
6:03 am

While much is made of the higher classification bonus in some circles, it’s impact is still scattered.

If you removed the bonus entirely then it would have changed only 1 team in the private bracket (Whitefield in, ACS out) but would have swapped 4 teams in the public bracket (Charlton Co, Commerce, Gordon Lee, Greenville all out with Johnson Co, Jenkins Co, Clinch Co, Claxton all in)

While I personally believe the bonus needs to be watered down, I’d hate to see that done by overvaluing region games. Truth is — and has always been — that all regions are not equal. Perhaps the one notable benefit of the new system is that the 4-from-all-no-matter-what system went away. As unfortunate as the split brackets are, virtually all of the teams that made it into one or the other bracket had something more to hang their hat on than mere geographical good fortune.

S. Thomas Coleman

November 28th, 2012
8:21 am

@BehindEnemyLines: I don’t think the higher classification bonus will be done away with, but I think it will be watered down significantly — especially when you consider that everyone’s schedule, for the most part, will remain the same next season, as most teams make home-and-away deals with non-region opponents.

I’m not sure how the system will be tweaked, but I’m pretty certain there will be some changes before we kick off next August.

Thanks for reading and posting!

S. Thomas Coleman

I wonder fan

November 28th, 2012
9:42 am

High school football is the purest form of football there is because no one is getting paid and the kids play with all of the heart that they haver the. They play for the love of teammates, family, school, and bragging rights. Now its win or go home…and going home is not an option for the remaining teams. Here are my predictions for 1A private:

George Walton Academy over Walker
Savannah Christian over Eagles Landing Christian
Prince Ave Christian over Athens Academy
Landmark Christian over First Presbyterian Day

Have a great football weekend and God Bless all players, coaches, and fans!

Red, White, & Blue

November 28th, 2012
12:31 pm

Wow! I was just getting ready to post my private picks and “I Wonder Fan” posted his which are the complete opposite of mine! Other than ELCA, I think folks here are going to be in for some surprises Friday night!

Walker proves they are the real deal when there defensive ends take over the game Friday night and Kasian & Co. pound them into submission.
Savannah Christian’s reign is over and they will have a very long and painful bus ride home as ELCA ends this one early.
Even though it is extremely hard to beat a good team twice, we gave Athens Academy a wake up call to get to work. They seem to get outplayed and still find a way to win. This one could go to overtime, but Spartans in a close one again!
Even though most do not have faith in FPD, I think they will pull the upset this week. They have a good coaching staff that prepares well, and Landmark has had weaknesses exposed this year they usually do not have- Vikings by a field goal.

STC- Thanks for all the great coverage and insight! This blog really has some very knowledgeable and passionate fans.

gh2o

November 28th, 2012
1:38 pm

@RWB…I haven’t seen Kansian play, but I can’t believe he’s any better than Douglas (Ga Tech commit) and Garnett at Aquinas. They are a strong 1-2 punch. Aquinas rushed for 91 yards against GWA, while GWA rushed for 437.I don’t see anyone “pounding” GWA into submission. Every team eventually figures out they have to double team #76 (at 335 lbs) and that leaves a linebacker to clean up. As for the offensive side, I don’t think Walker has seen a back with 4.23 speed, yet. What makes GWA even more potent is they have a senior QB who can throw the ball with accuracy, when needed. I think it will be a good game, but Walker will need more than D ends to control GWA’s offense.

Walker Fan

November 28th, 2012
1:46 pm

I have no doubt GWA’s back is the real deal and possibly the major difference maker in this game. With that said, I am always skeptical when crazy 40 times are thrown around (e.g. 4.23). Here are the fastest NFL Combine times for the 40 in the era of electronic timing:

Time

Name

Height

Weight

Position

Year

Draft

4.24

Rondel Melendez

5 ft 9 in (175 cm)

178 lb (81 kg)

Wide receiver

1999

#247 overall by Atlanta Falcons

4.24

Chris Johnson

5 ft 11 in (180 cm)

197 lb (89 kg)

Running back

2008

#24 overall by Tennessee Titans

4.28

DeMarcus Van Dyke

6 ft 1 in (185 cm)

176 lb (80 kg)

Cornerback

2011

#81 overall by Oakland Raiders

4.28

Champ Bailey

6 ft 0 in (183 cm)

184 lb (83 kg)

Cornerback

1999

#7 overall by Washington Redskins

4.28

Jerome Mathis

5 ft 11 in (180 cm)

181 lb (82 kg)

Wide receiver

2005

#114 overall by Houston Texans

4.28

Jacoby Ford

5 ft 9 in (175 cm)

186 lb (84 kg)

Wide receiver

2010

#108 overall by Oakland Raiders

4.29

Jay Hinton

5 ft 11 in (180 cm)

200 lb (91 kg)

Running back

1999

Undrafted in the 1999 NFL Draft

4.29

Trindon Holliday

5 ft 5 in (165 cm)

155 lb (70 kg)

Wide receiver

2010

#197 overall by Houston Texans

4.29

Stanford Routt

6 ft 2 in (188 cm)

193 lb (88 kg)

Cornerback

2005

#38 overall by Oakland Raiders

4.29

Fabian Washington

5 ft 11 in (180 cm)

188 lb (85 kg)

Cornerback

2005

#23 overall by Oakland Raiders

4.29

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

6 ft 2 in (188 cm)

184 lb (83 kg)

Cornerback

2008

#16 overall by the Arizona Cardinals

4.30

Yamon Figurs

5 ft 11 in (180 cm)

174 lb (79 kg)

Wide receiver

2007

#74 overall by Baltimore Ravens

4.30

Darrius Heyward-Bey

6 ft 2 in (188 cm)

210 lb (95 kg)

Wide receiver

2009

#7 overall by Oakland Raiders

4.30

Darrent Williams

5 ft 9 in (175 cm)

176 lb (80 kg)

Cornerback

2005

#56 overall by Denver Broncos

4.30

Tye Hill

5 ft 10 in (178 cm)

185 lb (84 kg)

Cornerback

2006

#15 overall by St. Louis Rams

Walker Fan

November 28th, 2012
1:48 pm

sorry abou the ugliness with the way that prior post cut and paste came out

Walker Fan

November 28th, 2012
2:08 pm

With all of that said, super speed, even when realistically timed, is still super speed, and very, very difficult to deal with…especially at the Class A High School level where not everyone on the field is lightning quick. We will all see soon enough.

Red, White, & Blue

November 28th, 2012
2:21 pm

And don’t forget, everyone slows down to various degrees once pads are put on… except Deion Sanders who still ran in the 4.3’s in full gear!

S. Thomas Coleman

November 28th, 2012
2:25 pm

@Red, White and Blue: Thanks for the love! And you are correct, the Class A Blog has the best posters by far. Not a lot of insipid trash talking, just informed, intelligent takes on all sides. You guys and gals make the blog what it is … The Best on AJC.com Sports!

Thanks for reading and posting!

S. Thomas Coleman

S. Thomas Coleman

November 28th, 2012
2:32 pm

@Walker Fan: Thanks for the 40 times (the blog can be tricky when it comes to formating!). Williams’ 4.23 was run at Dawg Night a couple of years ago, between his freshman and sophomore seasons. However, it was hand timed, not electronic (it’s called FAT – Fully Automatic Timing – in track circles) like at the NFL Combine.

The general consensus in track is that you add about .24 seconds to any time done with a stop watch, which would make Williams’ actual time closer to 4.47 — which is still extremely fast!! He’s probably the fastest or second fastest player in Class A, along with Rashard Fant of Our Lady of Mercy.

Thanks for reading and posting!

S. Thomas Coleman

gh2o

November 28th, 2012
3:01 pm

I totally agree with all of the comments about the 40 times. I was very suspect of his speed, as well. I’m not sure if that 4.23 he ran at UGA was completely accurate or not. It was, however, accurate enough for UGA to want him on the spot. Anything under 4.5 is extremely fast in high school football, from A-6A. That being said, one player doesn’t make a team and the players suit up and run on the field. But I’ve yet to see a DB figure out the correct angle on him when he breaks into the open field.

What makes the difference is that teams can’t just kep on Williams. There are 2 other strong backs and a senior QB. I think you will also be impressed with the starting line. If everyone stays healthy through the playoffs, I think you’re looking at Cinderella. And I’m not saying this to take away from any of the other teams. They have all accomplished a lot to get to this point, and I hope the schools are all excited by their own teams’ prospects.

And I agree with STC that it’s nice that there’s not a ton of real trash talk on this board. Thanks to all for keeping it civil!

Walker Fan

November 28th, 2012
3:04 pm

Sounds like trouble. Looking forward to Friday night fun.

Innocent Bystander

November 28th, 2012
3:20 pm

A 4.5 is extremely fast if it’s a true 4.5. Very few high schoolers can run a true 4.5. I’m sure the G.W kid has great wheels, probably in the high 4.4’s like STC eluded to, but no way on earth he ran a 4.23 ! ESPN can report on it all they like, NO WAY IT IS LEGIT !!!!

gh2o

November 28th, 2012
4:38 pm

I should have qualified the comment as “speed clocked at 4.23 at UGA”. Keep in mind, that’s not clocked at his high school or some combine that’s trying to tout the kid as something he’s not. By the way, he’s not some tall, lanky kid, so he does run extremely well with pads on…think Jacquiz Rogers (Oregon State, now Falcons RB). Although Williams is a little bigger, his running style is similar.

Innocent Bystander

November 28th, 2012
9:11 pm

@ gh20…..This wouldn’t be the 1st time a school claimed a crazy 40 time. Have you heard of the Florida 40 ? Florida is known for claiming much faster 40 times for their players. They claim Jeff Driskell ran a 4.3, which he himself called a Florida 40. Driskell probably runs a 4.5, which is great for a big QB. No doubt your guy is fast, but until it’s on the F.A.T and on video, it’s urban legend and it really doesn’t matter. I’m sure he’ll do well at UGA even if he runs a 4.6.

moto

November 28th, 2012
10:00 pm

When GWA trounced Holy Innocents’ (my school) it was RB Nick Waters who did most of the damage, not Williams. Waters is bigger and strong and has decent speed. GWA has lots of tools. If GWA plays well and still loses to Walker, then I’ll be ready to say Walker is special.

Red, White, & Blue

November 28th, 2012
11:28 pm

@gh2o- Sorry, did not mean to imply the game would not be close and actually if Walker can beat GWA, most would consider it an upset. To be in this game, Walker will have to overcome their lack of playoff experience and not be intimidated by what GWA has accomplished in the past (just as we did against Athens Academy). If they can stay disciplined and keep it close, I believe they can pull out a win, but if they make even a few mistakes, GWA will run away with this one. So far, Walker has played like they’ve been there before and has not waivered, so I’m stickin’ with my pick!

Swamp Lizard

November 29th, 2012
6:02 am

@ Innocent Bystander ….. I’m from FLORIDA & I ran a 5.26 in the forty !!

Innocent Bystander

November 29th, 2012
7:19 am

@ Swamp………You told me you were carrying a 40 at the time, so thats pretty good !

Swamp Lizard

November 29th, 2012
7:38 am

@ Sav Christian Fans …. ELCA will be having a tailgate party ( meet & greet ) before the game Friday in front of the stadium ( 5:30 ). Would like for y’all to join us …. let me know so we can make plans on rounding up some groceries.

Walker Fan

November 29th, 2012
8:58 am

@Swamp…there you go again…every time I try to dislike you, you go and say or do something nice. Stop it. I hope we get a chance to meet next Friday although I certainly know Walker has an extremely tall task this Friday night with GWA and most folks on this forum are betting against Walker.

moodswing

November 29th, 2012
9:17 am

4.23, 4.3 or 4.4? Does it really matter? FAST is FAST! You really have to see Williams in the open field to believe it! I’ve seen players with great angles that you would have bet the ranch on to get him but he has this extra burst – you say “Did you just see that?”. But the thing is, Williams is not the whole team. You’ve got guys playing together since middle school when they were heads above the rest then. They have won a State Championship(against Tony Zenon-GTA). QB Rice is the straw that stirs the drink. Mr. All-Everything in any sport he plays. Out against Aquanis in OT loss. Headed 38-12 win second time around. There’s no step down when Waters has the ball and Jarvis is 10 yards and a cloud of dust! Of course this is all possible by a great line of Howell, Johnson, Stewart, Bailey, etc.
I’m sure Walker will be a strong opponent – you don’t go undefeated without something – and it should be a great game. Class A is pure football with many of the players going both ways. It’s always a battle to the end!

Walker Fan

November 29th, 2012
9:53 am

How the heck did GW lose to Pincecrest?

TCDOG25

November 29th, 2012
11:03 am

ECI enough said

Swamp Lizard

November 29th, 2012
12:06 pm

@ Walker Fan …. no matter how the chips fall this Friday, maybe JT Walker, you, & myself can get together next Friday with some of us ELCA guys. I’m not that bad of a guy. Mama said I was a sweet boy !! …… my parole officer would beg the differ though !! I’ve never asked and I don’t think you’ve mentioned it, but I assume you have a son playing football at Walker?

Swamp Lizard

November 29th, 2012
12:08 pm

@ TCDOG25 …. I’ll be looking for my ECI shirt at the Dome !! Y’all take care of business this Friday.

gh2o

November 29th, 2012
12:33 pm

@Moto…I agree about the game against HI. But Williams has matured quite a bit in the offense since that time. He had a tendancy to “dance” into the hole. Now, he’s hitting the proper holes, at full speed. The three RB’s allow Williams to stay fresh. Walker should be a very formidable opponent. Undefeated is still undefeated.

gh2o

November 29th, 2012
12:42 pm

@Walkerfan…the GW loss to Pinecrest was during the period which the starting QB was out. A couple of bad calls on fumbles and a questionable interference call was a lot for the Soph QB to overcome. On top of that, Pinecrest watered down the field. Hadn’t rained in weeks and the kids were sliding all over the field. Somehow (guessing by pure miracle), Pinecrest had suited their boys with long spikes. Between the calls and the field, it was one of the worst high school football games I’ve seen.I was terribly disappointed with their staff and administration for orchestrating such a fiasco. I’m all about letting the kids play on a level playing field.

Mercy Fan

November 29th, 2012
2:34 pm

@gh2o: Don’t feel bad. Any team that has played Athens Academy will tell you they do the same thing. They know they don’t have the athletes to run with their opponents, so they soak the field before games. But hey, they play on the same field too, so it is still an even playing field.

Good luck to them this post season. No sour grapes here. BUT when they come to the Bobcat Den next season, the “Mercy Track Team” will be waiting for them … on a dry field (if Mother Nature cooperates!).

Good luck to all the quarterfinalists — public and private. We we were still playing :(

Mercy Fan

November 29th, 2012
2:36 pm

… That should be “We wish we were still playing:( “

gh2o

November 29th, 2012
2:51 pm

@Mercy: yeah, I heard about that. Yes, they’re on the same field, but they were better prepared with their cleats. It’s just a lesson learned. While disappointing that a school would stoop to such level, I guess it shouldn’t be unexpected with the lack of sportsmanship exhibited on so many levels. Live and learn…some might call it “strategy”, while others see it as the “win at all costs” lessons that are being taught to our kids. I’m still in the camp where I’d rather have a .500 football season and a coach with character, than an unbeaten season and a coach like, well, Steve Spurrier. (sorry SC fans)

Mercy Fan

November 29th, 2012
3:42 pm

@gh2o: Oh, I agree 100% that is a chicken&^$(*& thing to do (sorry for the language STC!!), but I guess as you said, the “win at all costs” philosophy is always in play on every level (i.e., Bill Belichick and the Patriots secretly filming other team’s practices and stealing their signals).

Good luck to GWA on Friday!