Math isn’t my strength, but I have Taylor Lamb beating Taylor Lamb by a smidge.
The Calhoun quarterback, whose 3,638 passing yards last season reportedly were the most of any returning player, now has 3,166. And with a Class AA semifinal and potentially a championship game left, he’s on pace for 3,654.
That’s a slim 16 yards better than last season. But, please, someone check my triple calculation.
Here’s what else we learned in Friday night’s quarterfinals:
– There might be no stopping Lamb: The senior had a hand in six of Calhoun’s seven touchdowns in a showdown of unbeatens, a 49-14 win over visiting Brooks County. He was 23-of-31 passing for 365 yards and four scores and ran for another two, putting the Yellow Jackets within two games of repeating as state champions.
– They’re flipping out in Calhoun: After winning a coin flip in Macon last Saturday to secure home-field advantage against Brooks, Jackets coach Hal Lamb and Lamar County’s Franklin Stephens are expected to flip somewhere neutrally this morning to determine home-field advantage between the unbeaten region champions. Anyone hear a quarter hitting the ground right about now?
– Greater Atlanta Christian and Early County have this drama thing going: GAC advanced past visiting Early 27-24 on Brandon Holzgrefe’s 19-yard field goal as time expired. The heart-stopping finish was reminiscent of 2002, coincidentally GAC’s last time in the semifinals and only other meeting with Early, when the Spartans stopped the Bobcats’ two-point conversion in the end at the Georgia Dome.
– Lamar County probably doesn’t mind the asterisk: Lamar and Calhoun are the state’s lone unbeaten teams remaining, but the asterisk denotes the Trojans’ imperfection, a 3-3 tie against Spalding to begin the season. Looking back, they might have preferred settling that one in overtime, but oddly, Stephens said he and Spalding coach Nick Davis, had agreed beforehand not to play overtime in their non-region meeting.
Lance Austin’s 141 yards and two touchdowns passing, with his 96 yards and his TD on the ground, helped the Trojans eliminate Lovett 34-28 on Friday.
– Has anyone exhaled yet in Jefferson?: The Dragons needed Bryant Shirreffs’ touchdown pass and two-point conversion, both to Tristen Jackson, in a third overtime to slip visiting Fitzgerald 53-51 and reach next week’s semis against visiting GAC.