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Calhoun 49, Brooks County 14: Quarterback Taylor Lamb was 23-of-31 passing for 365 yards and four touchdowns, and also ran for two scores, accounting for six of the Yellow Jackets’ seven touchdowns. Running back Alex Urbano rushed nine times for 122 yards, including a long of 99 yards for a touchdown. Calhoun led 28-7 at halftime.

Jefferson 53, Fitzgerald 51 (3OT): Quarterback Bryant Shirreffs connected with Tristen Jackson for a touchdown in the third overtime to tie the game at 51-51, then hit Jackson again for a two-point conversion to give host Jefferson the win. Shirreffs totaled 228 yards passing including another earlier touchdown to Jackson. On the ground, Shirreffs rushed for 81 yards and another touchdown. Sammy Williams contributed a pair of rushing touchdowns for Jefferson.

Greater Atlanta Christian 27, Early County 24: Brandon Holzgrefe hit a 24-yard field goal as time expired to give host Greater Atlanta Christian the win after Early County had tied the game with 58 seconds remaining. Spartans quarterback Rafe Chapple was 15-of-27 passing for 133 yards, with touchdown passes to Chris Williams and Darius Slayton, and running back Kyle Scales rushed 19 times for 115 yards and a touchdown.

Lamar County 34, Lovett 28: In a Class AA quarterfinal from Buckhead, coach Franklin Stephens’ Lamar County squad held off host Lovett. Lamar County quarterback Lance Austin hit wide receiver Lawrence Austin on a 34-yard touchdown pass with 1:40 left to seal the win for the Trojans, which took a 34-21 lead after the score. Austin finished 6-for-6 through the air for 141 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 96 yards and a score. Lovett quarterback Willie Candler completed 13 of 16 passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 80 yards and one score.

41 comments Add your comment

Bulldawg

December 1st, 2012
12:49 am

Calhoun looked like a buzz saw against Brooks. Brooks is a talented team but was absolutely overmatched from beginning to end. If the Calhoun defense continues to play like it has in the playoffs, the Jackets will win back to back state titles.

the champ is here!

December 1st, 2012
12:54 am

brooks co. got hammered jacket style tonight….there fans came to calhoun talking smack with there hammer ..now there carring an a** whooping 5 hour back to brooks….thanks for the you tube “hammer time trojan stlye” …all you did was fire us up!!!!!!!!!!don’t ya know better to hit a jackets nest with a hammer?guess you do know!!!!!!!!

the champ is here!

December 1st, 2012
12:58 am

oh yeah,heard alot of bragian on 1 AA about how good they were and about calhoun doesn’t play anybody…no 1 AA teams left in playoffs….so how bout them jackets now!!!!!!!!!!!

Jacketaxe

December 1st, 2012
7:35 am

Urbano outruns 3 Brooks guys in the 99 yard dash, gassed em’ .

football guy

December 1st, 2012
8:09 am

Calhoun thought maybe some competition this week. It didn’t happen. It was a total mismatch. Brooks left their first string in so they could score with one minute to play against Calhoun’s freshmen. North Georgia teams play a better brand of football. This game confirmed that and that’s why Calhoun has been to the state finals for the last four years.

YELLERJACKETZ1

December 1st, 2012
9:28 am

NOT ONLY IS THE JACKETS LEFT STANDING, BUT WE HAVE A COUPLE OF NEIGHBORS LEFT GOING 2 THE SEMIS CARTERSVILLE AAA AND RIDGELAND AAAA !!! GOOD LUCK TO ALL THREE ,IT SURE WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE 3 TRPOHIES IN N.W. GA !!! WOOHOO

YELLERJACKETZ1

December 1st, 2012
10:01 am

ER *TROPHIES

Dragon Fan

December 1st, 2012
10:04 am

I’m not going to comment on the above conversations, other than Calhoun is a very impressive team….I hope my Jefferson Dragons get to play them in the dome.
I just wanted to say that the Jefferson/Fitzgerald game last night was probably the best, most intense final quarter and overtime periods (3) I’ve seen in my 42 years…..back and forth action with made 2pt. conversions, missed 2pt. conversions and everything in between. ESPN should find that coverage and play it on instant classics…..

Can an

December 1st, 2012
11:34 am

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Can an

December 1st, 2012
11:44 am

Enter your comments hereFitzgerald Jefferson game was one to remember. Very intense. Hate my canes lost but good luck to the dragons.

WarEagle

December 1st, 2012
12:10 pm

Franklin Stephens back-to-back Final 4s with different teams in consecutive years. Much respect. Has that ever happened before?

KJ

December 1st, 2012
12:58 pm

Well, the Calhoun Yellow Jackets will host Lamar County after winning the coin toss. Maybe this group of Trojans will bring a little competition to us. Leave your hammers and bring some football players.

Retired Soldier

December 1st, 2012
1:23 pm

Lamar will be ready, we respect the tremendous record of Calhoun, but we are building our own record. Take us lightly and our speed will burn you. Go Trojans!

football guy

December 1st, 2012
1:31 pm

Brooks County brought an inflatable hammer that someone stuck a pin in and some trash talking fans. Calhoun got to dance at the end of the game. I think I would burn that hammer if it can be found.

AA

December 1st, 2012
1:45 pm

Calhoun is a joke! Should be AAA or higher. Step up with Buford and get your arrss kicked! Both programs bring players into their region under handed!

GTVET

December 1st, 2012
2:21 pm

LOL….Calhoun dosent have to the students t move up in class nitwit….but Buford did recruit students to get AWAY from Calhoun…lol btw, wasn’t it Brooks Co. That spanked the Valdosta bunch..think what Calhoun would do to them…..I’ve know most of the Calhoun kids since many played on my little league baseball teams..what’s underhanded about Calhoun football?Check out the Calhoun Rec.football teams I think about every age group are playing for state Championships….THAT’S why Calhoun football is 2nd to NONE!!!!!GO JACKETS……GO NAVY BEAT ARMY!!!!

GTVET

December 1st, 2012
2:33 pm

I’m sure Lamar Co. Will be ready,but don’t think Calhoun dosent have speed too.As Far as the rankings in AA go I believe Lamar Co. And Washington Wilkes are better teams than Brooks Co.

Bulldawg

December 1st, 2012
3:09 pm

People can continue to talk about Calhoun recruiting, but Calhoun’s success comes down to one thing – Hal Lamb and his coaching staff. The coaches run the program like a well-oiled machine. The conditioning and weight training are second to none and the game planning and preparation always leave the Jackets in a position to compete. The community support is phenomenal and the atmosphere at games is electric, much like a college game.

Calhoun didn’t become a winner by recruiting, it became a winner by hiring a superb coaching staff and developing superior players.

And to AA challenging Calhoun to step up – Buford is in the final four in AAA and Calhoun beat them for the state title last year. Ridgeland is in the final four in AAAA and Calhoun beat them this year. I don’t think there would be much change if Calhoun were in AAA.

football guy

December 1st, 2012
4:03 pm

Brooks County has been overrated all season. They play in a weak region no team left in playoffs.

YELLERJACKETZ1

December 1st, 2012
4:54 pm

TROJAN 4 LIFE AND BROOKS 2005 WHERE YALL AT TODAY CAT(I MEAN YELLERJACKET)GOT YOUR TOUNGE ??? U DROPPED UR HAMMERS LAST NIGHT !!!

YELLERJACKETZ1

December 1st, 2012
4:56 pm

YALL GOT A GOOD DOSE OF GATORADE LAST NIGHT!!!!!!

The Hitman

December 1st, 2012
8:18 pm

Let’s go TROJANS! State Champs 2012!!!!

YELLERJACKETZ1

December 1st, 2012
8:35 pm

WELCOME TO CALHOUN LAMAR CO. LETS GET IT ON WINNER GOES TO THE DOME

uwillbtuckedaway

December 2nd, 2012
8:34 am

Don’t ever underestimate a Franklin Stephens’ coached team. Ask Northside Warner Robins!!!!!!

Rabaut

December 2nd, 2012
11:07 am

Lovett had an outstanding season and they have some outstanding players returning next year. Check out # 10 , he had an outstanding season and he is only a junior.

Stinger63

December 2nd, 2012
1:29 pm

First off, I’d like to say congratulations to Brooks County on a fine season, and I’m sure we will see you guys again down the road in the future.

Second, I’d like to say that Bulldawg once again hit the nail on the head. The Calhoun Coaching staff deserves a tremendous amount of credit. We are very fortunate to have one of the best coaching staffs in the state.

College Scout

December 2nd, 2012
7:44 pm

I attended the Calhoun vs Brooks County Game. I would like to say I have been a member of the staff for Georgia Tech’s football program the last five years and know a few Calhoun players.

That being said, anybody who thinks that just by looking at Calhoun’s players can’t tell that they recruit is out of their mind. That football team had enough talent to compete with any six a school
and they are only in AA?

Lets think about this they have been region champions for ten years or so. That kind of talent all growing up in the same area and going to the same high school is statistically impossible. Even
colleges who actively recruit can’t keep up that kind of consistency. Now are they well coached? Sure they are. But anyone who knows what a AA football team should look like can tell just by looking that they have to be recruiting. The same goes for Buford. Another point I would like to let
you think about,(and before you call me racist I am white), Please tell me what team at any level
of football college or pro has the talent in one town to play 90% white players and be better than
anybody else? BTW I also graduated from tech and I am well versed in statistics. The numbers just
dont add up.

Secondly their were Calhoun fans who actively admitted to me that they recruit from the other two schools in the county and also that the school under counts their students to stay in AA. All of this was told to me by multiple people without me even asking.

Its a shame the GHSA lets this type of behind the scenes recruiting go on. Its unfair to the players on teams that dont have the abiltity to recruit. But I also think its unfair to the Calhoun players as well. What kind of character are you building in young men to teach them that its ok to cheat if you
cant prove its going?

Now when these players get to college, if any make it. I only saw two that I thought could play D1 football. Trust me they will get a rude awakening when the playing field is even.

YELLERJACKETZ1

December 2nd, 2012
10:03 pm

C0LLEGE SCOUT IF U R SEW POSITIVE ABOUT ALL THAT INFO WHY DON’T U GO TO THE GHSA WITH IT AND GET IT INVESTIGATED ! THERE IS NOTHING TO SUBSTANTIATE ALL THAT B.S. SEW GET ON WITH YOUR LIFE AND QUIT POOR-MOUTHING GOOD PROGRAMS LIKE OURS I GUESS LAST YEAR U WERE DOING THE SAME TO ANOTHER GOOD SCHOOL AT BUFORD !!! WE DO APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT U THINK WE COULD PLAY AGAINST ANY 6A SCHOOL . NOW LET THEM BOYS PLAY SOME BALL !!!

YELLERJACKETZ1

December 2nd, 2012
10:20 pm

OH BTW IF U WERE AT THE GAME YOU REALIZE THAT WE CAN BEAT UR JACKETS 2

COME ON

December 2nd, 2012
10:43 pm

Ok, “College Scout”

#1: no one really believes you are a college scout.

#2: Not sure who you “talked” to but most people know that there are lots of county kids that either do try to come to calhoun but can’t cut it and go back, or city kids that leave calhoun to go to the county because they think they’re bigger than the program. They’re usually starting on their basketball season while we’re still playing football.

Better start gameplanning for USC – good luck in the Hyundai Sun Bowl

College Scout

December 3rd, 2012
12:13 am

YELLERJACKETZ1, COME ON

It makes no difference to me whether you believe me or not. I dont see why I would lie considering I could care less who won that game. The fact is I have been with Ga Tech for the last five years and have my 2009 ACC championship ring to prove it. Obviously, I don’t expect you to admit that there are things about the program that will at least make people wonder how all the talent in a county ends up at one school. Not saying Calhoun is the only place that does it. I happen to know that Valdosta and Lowndes do the same kinds of things. An example would be milton basketball that just got busted. Now you can call it recruiting or maybe “encouraging” kids to all go to the same school. In response to trying to get this investigated. The GHSA only applies to coaches and the chances of proving a coach did anything are slim to none. Secondly, the rules are not black and white. The main rule states a coach can not provide “undue influence” on a kid moving.
Thats a very gray rule. Who defines what undue influence is?

COME ON

I do appreciate your ability to communicate in an educated fashion. Im not sure YELLERJACKETZ1 knows the difference between “sew” and “so.”

Lastly,

I am in no way talking about the actual students. They play football and why wouldn’t they want to go where they have a better chance at winning? Now as for the coaching staff and school administration, I can tell you I have been around football long enough to know there are always corners to cut and Winning solves all problems at all levels. Especially when it makes money for an
institution or community.

football guy

December 3rd, 2012
7:41 am

college scout you are obviously a misinformed outsider. Hear say means nothing. I am an insider and have lived in Calhoun over 50 years so I know what I am talking about. Calhoun has an outstanding program because the the community supports the team as does the administration. Their coaching staff is second to none. You would probably say the high school player of the year Taylor Lamb was recruited when actually he moved to Calhoun because his dad got a job in Georgia. You have absolutely no proof for all your allegations. My guess is you are a mad parent from Brooks County.

Jacketaxe

December 3rd, 2012
7:45 am

How about scouting in some better players for Tech, they are losing ground. Funny person you are, uninformed and all.

football guy

December 3rd, 2012
7:56 am

College Scout One last thing my wife worked in the Calhoun city school system for 30 years. She knows most of the boys since they were in Kindergarten. So come back when you know what you are talking about

YELLERJACKETZ1

December 3rd, 2012
8:08 am

COLLEGE SCOUT I DEW NO THA DIFFRESE BETWEAN SEW-N SO MY WYFE ES A SEEEEMSTRESSS! HAHA IN ALL REALITY WE PROBABLY COULDNT BEAY GT BUT IT WOULD BE INTERESTING ! BUT WE DO HAVE ALOT BETTER SCOUTS THAN THEY DO !!!! LOL

Bigdawg1989

December 3rd, 2012
9:50 am

@YELLER – While I appreciate your passion…your grammar and spelling errors make it very difficult to follow your points…also, why are you yelling all the time?

River Bank Fan

December 3rd, 2012
11:08 am

Being the Lovett lions have played Calhoun and Buford for many seasons ,I can understand the intent of the college scouts coments. Also I do understand Football guy’s retort stating the comunity supports Calhoun high. It is obvious that Both Calhoun and Buford have a distinct avantage when it comes to filling the football roster. I call them city empire schools. If you took the geographical area of say Calhoun (gordon co.) and applied that demo and area to the Lovett roster. You would incorporate Lovett, Westminster,Pace, Holy Inocent,North Atl. Riverwood, and most of Woodward. Pick the roster out of that group. Feeder team them in from the Park orgs like NYO and MC. etc and what would you have ? I feel it would be an unfair advantage in GHSA AA !! That is the point. Calhoun is a great program and so is Buford congratulations. P.S. Lamar is a well Coached Team and they have Three D-1 players y’all better figure out how to stop! Best of Luck

River Bank Fan

December 3rd, 2012
11:59 am

I would like to see Calhoun play Woodward, BT, Ft. Payne, Marist , St.Pius, Wash. Co. (higher bracket teams of Ranking) to see if they could produce those lopsided wins. Maybe, but I don’t think your offense could produce those numbers. I not sure your defense would be so stingy. Clearly still a good team. Now then DARLINGTON, did not your season or two ago Quarterback come from them? And Da’Rick? Best you guys do not even enter the conversation. All the best ! still a great school

Jefferson

December 3rd, 2012
12:01 pm

Banker, you have your choice of players in your area, don’t cry on Calhoun. You privates recruit from each other is your problem.

Jefferson

December 3rd, 2012
12:06 pm

Banker, you know a little but not enough. Nash Nance grew up in Calhoun, lived there his whole life, Darlington recruited him away, he simple stayed in Calhoun his senior year. Da Rick, moved into the city limits and went to school in Calhoun. Anymore half stories

We have to play our region schedule and our non region schedule was the 3 strongest local AAAA teams we could schedule, sorry it wasn’t tough enough for you. I wanted to play Lovett myself as I thought they were the best team left in the draw.

Stinger63

December 5th, 2012
3:42 pm

@College Scout; If you think all the talent is being pulled from the county, you should go check out Gordon Central. There is no shortage of talent on that team.

Another point that I think is being missed here; when you have consistent success seen at schools like Calhoun, Buford, Sandy Creek, etc., you have kids (and parents) that want to be a part of that success. They often move into the district, without being “recruited”. If you think your kid has a chance of playing at the next level, you want them to get exposure to college scouts, and you want them to be exposed to good coaching.