Final Four flush with North Georgia teams

The Class AAA football champion is going to come from North Georgia.

That was determined Friday night when Buford, Cartersville, North Hall and St. Pius all won their quarterfinal matchups. This week’s semifinals will feature No. 3 Buford at No. 6 Cartersville, and  unranked North Hall at No. 7 St. Pius. St. Pius won a coin flip on Saturday morning to determine the site of that game.

Cartersville 21, Thomson 13: The No. 6-ranked Purple Hurricanes improved to 13-0 by knocking off No. 1 Thomson 21-13 in Cartersville, as quarterback Brooks Barden threw a pair of touchdown passes. The Canes advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2004, when they lost to Washington County in the Georgia Dome.

Cartersville took the lead on a touchdown pass from Barden to Hayes Lynn. Thomson tied the game before the half on a 2-yard run by William Bussey and went ahead with 10-yard run by Torrie Battle in the third period, although the extra point was blocked.

Cartersville responded by going ahead on Kalin Heath’s 67-yard touchdown run and Preston’s Slemp’s extra point, which gave the Hurricanes a 14-13 lead. Cartersville added another touchdown after the defense forced a Thomson fumble. The Canes scored on a 30-yard pass from Barden to T.L. Ford.

Thomson (12-1) had one last possession, but turned it over on downs with 1:48 left. On fourth down quarterback Quay Cummings threw a long pass to Felton Hatcher, but officials ruled Hatcher did not remain inbounds when he caught the ball. Cartersville then ran out the clock.

St. Pius 40, Washington County 35: The game was still in the balance inside two minutes when St. Pius faced a fourth-and-inches, but Washington County jumped offsides. That gave Pius (11-2) the first down and allowed the Golden Lions to run out the clock. It was a fitting finale to a frenetic game in which neither team punted.

St. Pius was led by Branden Mitchell, who rushed for 164 yards and caught two passes for 42 yards. Quarterback Jack Spear threw a pair of touchdown passes and fullback Ryan Braswell scored three touchdowns, giving him 28 this year.

Washington County (11-2) was led by Melvin Hill, who rushed 16 times for 218 yards and three touchdowns, and came away with an interception. Quarterback William Walker rushed for 64 yards and completed 8 of 11 for 83 yards and two touchdowns.

St. Pius moves onto the semifinals for the first time since 2006, when they lost to Northside Warner Robins in the Georgia Dome.

North Hall 52, Peach County 10: North Hall (11-2) the only unranked team remaining in the quarterfinals, jumped out to a 28-0 lead and handed Peach County (11-2) its worst defeat since a 40-0 loss to Shaw in the first round of the 2007 playoffs.

North Hall’s wishbone offense rushed for 430 yards, led by T.J. Tate with 182 yards; he ran for scores of 5 and 48 yards, and caught a 23-yard touchdown pass. Kevin Christmas ran for 172 yards and two touchdowns. The Trojans advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 2007, when they lost to Cairo in the Georgia Dome.

Buford 31, Carver Columbus 7: Buford spotted Carver a touchdown and scored 31 unanswered points to reach the semifinals for the sixth straight year. The Wolves have advanced to the Final Four in 11 of the last 13 seasons.

Buford (12-1 on the field, 9-3 counting two forfeits) rushed for 255 yards, with Dontravious Wilson gained 134 of that. The Buford defense forced two fumbles and Bryson Jordan returned one of them for a touchdown. Carver’s only touchdown came on an interception return.

Carver (11-2) was led by quarterback Torrance McGee, who threw for 52 yards and rushed for 37 yards.

43 comments Add your comment

LakeDawg

December 1st, 2012
9:12 am

It seems that a little football is played north of the gnat line, also. Congrats to all four teams.

Trojan Sailor

December 1st, 2012
9:32 am

Still trying to figure out what happened to Peach County up in Gainesville. That North Hall squad came to play and they flat out played like their life depended on it. Good on them. Hopefully they get past SPX and get their rematch with Buford. This senior class for the PC Trojans went 52-5 with one state title. But they ended it by giving up 52 points in their final game.

Region 7-AAA

December 1st, 2012
9:45 am

Trojans Sailor … I honestly believe it all came down to the line. North Hall’s offensive line was considerably bigger than the defensive front for Peach County and NH just had their way when it came to opening up holes. I think 80% of the rushing plays that didn’t end in a TD were stopped by a secondary defender.

Bwolves

December 1st, 2012
11:13 am

Old Man football is alive and Buford is still BUFORD!

cinhin

December 1st, 2012
2:01 pm

Congrats to all who advanced. My Thomson Bulldogs played a great season. We all just wish Tutt, our starting QB, was not still injured, it really hurt our team from being able to utilize the pass. But that’s life, maybe next year! Go Dogs!

Cville Canes Fan

December 1st, 2012
3:15 pm

@cinhin Thomson played us very well. Your team was huge and very good!

Go Canes!

itsonlywrite

December 1st, 2012
10:50 pm

@Region 7-AAA I told ya… North Hall didnt need the respect of the AJC, they just needed to do what they do and show out… hope they win next Friday… a lil tidbit about the game next week… SPX lost to Woodward Academy 20-14. North Hall beat Woodward Academy 37-0. Should be a good game.

#ELEPHANTNATION

MrBumstead

December 2nd, 2012
12:49 am

Your math is a little off Stan. The 42-point margin Friday was worse than the 40-point loss to Shaw in 2007.

The last time Peach lost by 42 was actually a 42-0 loss to Shaw on 10/13/2001. The last time Peach lost by more than 42 was November 16, 1973 to Swainsboro (51-7).

SPX Fan

December 2nd, 2012
9:28 am

Itsonlywrite, I believe North Hall is very good and was unjustly snubbed by the AJC. SPX came to your place a couple of years ago and it was not even close (SPX won). However, any good football mind knew by watching that game North Hall had a good program. But, today is a different day and wishbone is at play. The only thing I can say is be careful comparing the North Hall win over Woodward with the SPX loss to Woodward. Wait a minute, go ahead and believe that North Hall is that much better than SPX based on that comparison alone.

kidsballcoach

December 2nd, 2012
11:38 am

SPX Fan way to get back to the talking points! :)

littlecat

December 2nd, 2012
12:07 pm

let the big wolf howl…. aaaahhh woooo

itsonlywrite

December 2nd, 2012
1:13 pm

@SPX Fan never said that I thought SPX wasn’t good, but simply saying that North Hall has a good chance. SPX always has a good team. Im not knockin em, just lookin at the match-up a little closer. And yeah, I saw what yall did to Dawson Co. so I cant say you guys arent good… but like I said, it’s gonna be a good game.

foghornleghorn

December 2nd, 2012
2:40 pm

if i’m not mistaken the closest North Hall has come to beating Pius was 17-3 in 2009, and the Home and Home in between now and then 49-8 and 38-13. If you want to pull out the transitive property of football, we can pull out history. I know this will be a good game, and North Hall probably has a bad taste in its mouth from the past 3 years.

Region 7-AAA

December 2nd, 2012
7:18 pm

I most definitely would not compare common opponents between St Pius and North Hall. Or previous years because each team has new faces on it from 2009 “when North Hall came the closest to beating Pius.” Both teams are great, we didn’t get where we are this week just by being OK. I expect a good game, so let all the Pius trolls pull all this “It will be over by halftime, we will dominate you” bullcrap like Peach did last week. We’re ready to roll!

Fats McGillicutty

December 2nd, 2012
7:27 pm

Peach Co has not been beaten this bad in decades. North Hall must be one powerhouse this year. Rare that this happens to Peach Co,but it shows you any team can get clobbered. 11-2 was still a good season. Making it to the final 8 is something most teams can not say.
I hope North Hall takes the AAA title after this.

hamilton

December 2nd, 2012
8:48 pm

@Region 7-AAA

SOW! Please come back! You are so much more fun than this guy!

Wolfbait

December 2nd, 2012
10:23 pm

Lets see here using the NHall and St Pius logic Buford destroyed N Hall, St Pius lost to Woodward who was destroyed by N Hall. Cartersville went to St. Pius a couple years ago with an 8-4 team in playoffs and whup them Lions in their own den. Now if you want to take that even further Buford has beaten Gainsville 3 of 4 last time they have played and NHall hasnt come within 30 points give er take since 2007.
That would make the Buford vs Cartersville game the real championship game. Just like the UGA vs Bama game. Darn almost forgot Cartersville beat Thomson who beat St. Pius.
Buford would have to be considered the favorite here Cartersville has had their run. So NHall if you get pass St Pius which you probably will save the gas money to the Dome we just play up here and settle it again.

North Hall

December 2nd, 2012
10:51 pm

Fats McGillicutty … Haha, what a name man! Anyways, I appreciate the comment. You guys really impressed me with the amount of class that was shown all night long. No trash talk, dirty play, etc. Real class act! It’s my understanding that Peach has nearly everybody returning for next season save the QB and a couple select others. So here’s to 2012 NH Trojans and 2013 PC Trojans for state champions!!!

Region 7-AAA

December 2nd, 2012
10:54 pm

Wolfbait… North Hall came within 6 points of Gainesville in 2010. I’ll be the first to admit that Gainesville tradiationally fields a better team than NH on that game night. I don’t know why but NH always seems to choke in the Gainesville games. Even during the 13-1 Dome season, North Hall struggled a little bit against a Gville team who finished 7-4 that year.

ST PIUS fan

December 2nd, 2012
11:10 pm

WOW no love for the Golden Lions…. We just beat one of the best teams in the state in WACO. It’s ok we were not supposed to beat them as Son of Waco told us. We did and we are good . I guess N Hall is that much better. Does anybody have a Woodward Basket Ball score???? GO LIONS

North Hall

December 2nd, 2012
11:23 pm

ST PIUS fan … looking forward to the game Friday. Unfortunately there isn’t any love for SPX on this page. But there are a few guys on the AAA Roundup page trash talking North Hall and giving ample love for SPX. Shows real class for SPX. Good luck this coming Friday. Looking forward to another good one.

ST PIUS fan

December 2nd, 2012
11:33 pm

North Hall …. I guess we should not show up. We can leave the keys to George B. Maloof Stadium at the front door. I am so glad the game is at our house because last time we were at N. Hall we could not see that score board from our side of the field . At least we will see the score when you crush us….. LOL. GO LIONS

North Hall

December 2nd, 2012
11:37 pm

ST PIUS fan… At least you got the prediction right, lol. Go Trojans!

ST PIUS fan

December 2nd, 2012
11:58 pm

North Hall ?????? Whats up with that score board at your place?? It faces the home side and the visitors are not treated to southern hospitallity by seeing how bad we are beating you??? I am sure you remember 3 yrs ago when you were ranked 4 th in the state and that terrible unranked St Pius team came to your Cathedral of North Ga Football and our 2nd string QB who is now at South Carolina ran all over you like syrup on pancacks. Well I guess we will see you get beat by Buford since we have already lost the game…. GO LIONS

ST PIUS fan

December 3rd, 2012
12:00 am

Pancakes Bad grammer on my part

North Hall

December 3rd, 2012
12:18 am

Haha, I don’t know what’s up with that scoreboard. I can remember when it was in the south endzone before that big field house got built. It was a mistake to move it. And as for the ranking. According to the GHSFHA, North Hall was ranked 7th and that was based on nothing more than the previous season cause it was in like week 2. And St Pius was ranked 9th during that game. Go check it out. ghsfha.com

ST PIUS fan

December 3rd, 2012
12:25 am

North Hall. Maybe the ghsfha had those rankings but the AJC (liberal fools that they are and the base of this blog} had North Hall 4 th and SPX unranked after we lost our opener to Westminister. They do need to relocate that scoreboard. GO LIONS

Region 7-AAA

December 3rd, 2012
12:47 am

ghsfha.com has rankings from AP, Coaches and AJC documented. As I say, go look and you shall see. I feel with you about the AJC polls. They have given absolutely no love to North Hall this year while everyone else has been saying things like “NH hasn’t beaten a quality opponent.” As it stands, we are 6-2 vs playoff teams. The two losses were to Buford and Jefferson (both SemiFinalists) and I think this past Friday really woke the press up on North Hall. Us fans and former players believed all year and we are doing extremely well and I am proud. Looking forward to the game Friday night at SPX. Go Trojans!

Roy D. Mercer

December 3rd, 2012
6:39 am

Well, just how big a boys are ya?

Wolfbait

December 3rd, 2012
8:05 am

@St. Pius fan do you have nothing else to do but post ? Go rake your yard or something. You have a good team so stop poor mouthing them. It really does get old no one is taking anyone lightly at this stage of the playoffs. That said it doesn’t matter which one of you wins the title runs through Buford via the Dome. I am done here going to the real trash talking blog.

PiusDad

December 3rd, 2012
8:35 am

North Hall must be a pretty stout team to roll over Peach Co. We look forward to hosting you in what should be a great game, best of luck to North Hall, and to our Pius Lions!

ST PIUS fan

December 3rd, 2012
8:55 am

Wolfbait Who poor mouthed them???? I said we were going to get crushed like your 3rd grade explanation of who beat who this year stated. To me it is obvious that we could save alot of money by just giving the title to Buford. By the way I pay to have my leaves picked up…… You my friend have already crowned your wolves as the champs GOOD LUCK with that…… GO LIONS

TrojanMan2

December 3rd, 2012
11:10 am

Last Friday night at the Brickyard in Gainesville, I experienced an unwarranted enigma. The players, coaches, AND PARENTS/FANS of Peach County High School were some of the classiest, most respectful fans I’ve ever encountered. I’ve played a lot of football and coached a lot of football in my day and the PCHS body as a whole were the tops….bar none. I will cheer FOR North Hall and AGAINST whoever is playing PCHS. Much respect.

TrojanMan2

December 3rd, 2012
11:13 am

@PiusDad….Same here. The beautiful thing about newspapers and analysts is that they do not matter between the hashes under the Friday night lights. It should be a good game. Looking forward to Friday.

Wolfbait

December 3rd, 2012
11:20 am

You poor mouthing by saying ” I said we were going to get crushed” that is an example of poor mouthing your team. I am sure your head coach loves to read that from a St.Pius fan.
Let me give you another example…..Say Saban or Richt taking their team to play Western Alabama State they quite the favorite, a heavy favorite then talking up the other team like they a top 10 team and down grading his own. Now go to you tube and watch the games
It really gets old.

north georgia fan

December 3rd, 2012
12:08 pm

It will be an honor to get to play Buford again.
We had a great game in 2006 at Weinman Stadium with Buford winning on a last second field goal when Lyle Allen was our Senior QB. Next year when Donavan Tate was sophomere QB things didn’t go as well at Buford. GO CANES!

hamilton

December 3rd, 2012
1:23 pm

Wolf, I believe PiusDad was employing what they call sarcasm. Look it up.

And Roy D. – Well, by Gawd, somebody’s gonna get an a** whoopin!

Roy D. Mercer

December 3rd, 2012
1:25 pm

ST PIUS fan

December 3rd, 2012
5:26 pm

Wolf bait (Jethro Bodine) – Did you get out of 4th grade????? We all know I am Die Hard SPX and we are a very very good team…. Vince Dooley always talked up the other team so do most fans when they know its a tuff road ahead… You don’t get sarcasm or you don’t understand it… CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BUFORD WOLVES for having such an intelligent fan and for winning the games before they have even been played. My suggestion for you is go watch the movie Deliverance. Do you play the Banjo?

Roy D. Mercer

December 3rd, 2012
6:53 pm

Now that’s a good movie!

ST PIUS fan

December 3rd, 2012
8:17 pm

You are correct Mr Mercer. In that movie someone got more than an a## whooping……. LOL I hope Wolfbait can teach me the banjo…..

SPXGETZNOLOVE

December 4th, 2012
1:27 pm

Exciting times for Ga High School football. I wish all the teams well and may the boys have great memories for years to come

Big Fan

December 4th, 2012
2:00 pm

Amen Brother!