Breaking down the Class AAAA semifinals

It’s about commitment …

A Ridgeland player gave up his seat at the Heisman ceremony to be available to play in the Panthers’ Class AAAA semifinal Friday night against Marist. Senior linebacker Daniel Johnson, a 4.0 student who was named a national finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman, turned down a trip to New York so he could take the field against Marist.

“It really was a no-brainer,” Johnson told the Chattanooga Times-Free Press.

Meanwhile, Sandy Creek had to bring in extra seating to meet the GHSA’s seating requirement and hold onto its status as host school for the semifinal game. Once the Patriots won the coin flip to secore home-field advantage this week — Monroe Area also was short of the requisite 4,000 seats.

A look at the AAAA semis:

Monroe Area (12-1) at Sandy Creek (13-0): Monroe Area quarterback Stanton Truitt presents the Sandy Creek defense with an X-factor offensive player for the second straight week. Truitt has put up more than 1,300 rushing yards and 700 passing yards despite missing four games with an ankle injury, and like Burke County’s Donquell Green, no team has stopped him. Green compiled more than 200 yards of total offense against the Patriots, who went to extensive efforts to keep the ball out of his hands. Meanwhile, Sandy Creek’s full cupboard of weapons poses clearly the biggest challenge Monroe Area has faced all year. Alternating tailbacks Eric Swinney (1,300 yards) and Delvin Weems (976) both average more than 9 yards per carry, and quarterback Cole Garvin has thrown for nearly 2,300 yards. Receiver Demarre Kitt surpassed 1,000 receiving yards last week. The thing that jumps out about this matchup is that the one team that beat Monroe Area — albeit without Truitt on the field — Eastside-Covington, lost to Sandy Creek 55-0 in the first round. Prediction:
Sandy Creek 38, Monroe Area 24.

No. 2 Marist (12-1) at No. 9 Ridgeland (12-1): Marist hits the road to North Georgia for what figures to be a classic irresistable force vs. immovable object contest. The War Eagles have allowed 20 points in regulation just once – that in a 21-17 loss to Thomas County Central in the season’s second week – and they have five shutouts on their 2012 resume. Marist has needed to be stingy in the second and third rounds, gutting out a five-overtime win against Carrollton and beating Stockbridge 15-7 last week. Ridgeland, on the other hand, has scored at least 35 points in every game, and has topped 40 points 10 times in 13 games. Using a wing-T with Darrell Bridges as the fullback, the Panthers have won 12 straight since a season-opening loss to AA power Calhoun. Bridges has more than 2,100 yards and 37 touchdowns, while uber-recruit Vonn Bell has 1,006 rushing yards. Prediction: Marist 28, Ridgeland 24.

33 comments Add your comment

First Down Creek!!!!

December 5th, 2012
11:06 pm

The Creek shall rise on Friday night!!!

creek

December 5th, 2012
11:31 pm

FANS - DO NOT GO TO SANDY CREEK

December 6th, 2012
1:25 am

If you go to Sandy Creek for the Game be advised, the visitors seating STINKS. The stands are lame and the temporary ones they will bring in will be even worse. You will not be able to see the game at all. Trust me, I went to the Burke Game as an outside observer just wanting to watch a good game, and the accommodations are MISERABLE. Worse venue I have ever attended in the State of Ga. Fayette County, is this the way you treat opposing fans? No wonder everyone hates you so much. Good team there, agreed, but they sure don’t care about being hospitable to the hard-working fans who choose to sit on the visitors side. Oh and parking? Unless you get there three hours early you can FORGET it. Be ready to jump a curb and park in the woods like I had to, and I was an hour and a half early! That place is the pits I tell you. TERRIBLE. Don’t say you were not warned, I promise.

Fred

December 6th, 2012
7:09 am

many rude people accted like thy was doin me a favor thy was richer with more money actnig

Patriot Power

December 6th, 2012
8:34 am

How many times are you going to post this crap about our stadium? This is at least the third time I have seen it. Do you believe in proof by repetition, that if you say something often enough it makes it true? The only team you are harming is Monroe Area because Creek fans will be out in force. We love our stadium! I will take our lowly stadium with our championships. You can keep your overpriced stadium with no championship.

Truth

December 6th, 2012
8:35 am

Really??? I got there 30 minutes early and found a parking spot in the adjacent elementary school without a problem. As for the visitors seating… True it isn’t as large as the home side, but saying that you couldn’t see the game is disingenuous. And finally, don’t act like you sat on the visitors side and weren’t cheering for Burke Co.

canes30014

December 6th, 2012
9:25 am

Don’t worry we Canes fans are coming even if we have to sit on the ground and park at the wendy’s up the road,but we will not have to since you are spending so much money on seating and we get half of the seating anyway,so we may be on the home side with a good view of the field.

Patriots

December 6th, 2012
10:07 am

Sandy Creek’s stadium does need to be updated, however, I got to the game when it started and found a spot no problem. Maybe after we get this state championship we will be able to build a new one! GO CREEK!

That Dude Says...

December 6th, 2012
10:33 am

I agree about our visitor side bleachers. I 100% completely DISAGREE about the parking. I’ve never been to any big time playoff high school game where a high school had enough parking to handle it. Once the student and teacher parking lot fills up there is the church across street, elementary school next door, and even Flat Rock Middle diagonal across the street. But yet this moron is saying he parked in the woods. Were did you park at buddy out on our cross country course?

FCFB

December 6th, 2012
11:17 am

Hey atleast you don’t have to pay for parking like most places…If you come to the game this Friday, get there at a good time! Enjoy…Go Creek!

Great

December 6th, 2012
12:07 pm

I’m sure the view from the visitor side at SC would have been just fine had you won. Cry baby!

SGT CHRIS

December 6th, 2012
1:21 pm

Do what we (LaGrange) did back in 91 vs Valdosta…..when temp seating is gone, rope off the back of the end zones and allow fans to sit/stand back there. That only adds to the atmosphere of the game. As a player seeing that, you get two extra gallons of adrenaline!!!!!

Monroe's First Redcoat

December 6th, 2012
1:48 pm

The Hurricanes will not be intimidated by ANYONE. Lousy seats or not, we’;ll bring the “A” game, strap it on tight and go from beginning to end.

GO, ‘CANES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KD

December 6th, 2012
3:37 pm

Mr.Stone,any list of the 8AAAA, all region teams ?

Patriot Power

December 6th, 2012
3:48 pm

Glad you are not intimidated. You probably were not intimidated by Eastside either (or Shaw or Grady).

Monroe's First Redcoat

December 6th, 2012
5:15 pm

Not intimidated by ANYONE, Patriot Power..Period. We BEAT Shaw and Grady. We lost, and badly at that, to Eastside. A mere bump in the road….

1bighammer

December 6th, 2012
7:56 pm

“we’ll sit othe home side if we have to”….same crap, different team, ain’t gonna happen.

FANS - DO NOT GO TO SANDY CREEK

December 6th, 2012
8:29 pm

Patriot Power – you have a problem with me posting? Ill post what I please when I please as much as I please. Dont like it? Dont read it dummy. As far as parking goes…..Have you people ever heard of the handicapped? WE need parking also, and can not walk a quarter of a mile or more to those crappy seats you call stands at that crappy field of yours. It does not even come CLOSE to being called a STADIUM. It’s a field at BEST. Look, you have a good football team, they deserve better than that place. I could care less about you or your elitist acting bunch of whining fans. Ill be going to another venue from here on out…You don’t get my money, JERKS.

FANS - DO NOT GO TO SANDY CREEK

December 6th, 2012
8:34 pm

Hey GREAT – I dont think so. My favorite team is in Henry Co. I did not care who won the game I went to, I just decided to sit on the visitors side. BIG MISTAKE. learn to read before you post and you wont seem as stupid. FWIW – I think Sandy Creek will win against Monroe Area. I will see the Patriots again in the dome if they win.

Patriot Power

December 6th, 2012
10:40 pm

“dummy?” That’s classy. You must have a team of writers doing your material. I have a problem with you posting the EXACT SAME THING repeatedly like that somehow makes it true. Do you honestly think you can post crap about us or our stadium and we not respond? Henry County schools always have a chip on their shoulders about Fayette County schools. Guess you have to try to make yourself feel superior in some way, and the only way you can find is stadiums. Don’t like our stadium, don’t come. And the five people who might be influenced by your repeated post can stay away too. We don’t accept food stamps at the gate anyway. I would sit on the back of a truck to watch an awesome team like Sandy Creek play.

Patriot Power

December 6th, 2012
10:44 pm

@Redcoat – You barely beat a #4 seed Shaw in a late comeback win in the 4th. A #3 seed Grady took you to overtime. Your QB not being in the game cannot explain how Eastside scored 35 points on your defense. Maybe these were all flukes and you really are a legit 12-1 team. We will see tomorrow.

Patriots

December 7th, 2012
8:24 am

Let’s stay focused on the goal here- a safe ballgame between two high school teams that are playing to go to the State Championship game on the 15th. Let the boys do the trash talking on the field. If you don’t like our stadium- don’t go. Grow up people!!

sandy creek rollin

December 7th, 2012
9:36 am

i really get a kick out of reading these post especially the guy that keeps posting about our stadium or our parking it dosent matter where we play who we play them patriots will rise up burke was a very good team gator green is legit but monroe area is average at best we will win our 3rd state title in 4 years if i was on the opposing team i would say our stadium sucks to cause we dont lose at the battle field or the georgia dome and yes they have plenty of parking there so just look on the bright side you can still come to watch us play next week in a great venue and its not a bad seat in the house but in the mean time dont come to our house if you dont like our stadium and henry county lol our j.v team can beat most of the schools in henry county and patriot nation ill see you tonight the battle field will be rockin again FIRST DOWN CREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Canes Fan

December 7th, 2012
10:18 am

@Patriot Power.. Monroe Area will be there for the battle.. no matter what field or stadium it’s hosted at. As for you ….easy with the low blows…. “We don’t accept food stamps at the gate anyway.” Be the respectable host you should be and play nice.

Patriots

December 7th, 2012
10:21 am

@Canes Fan- looking forward to a great game. I agree– we need to stay classy. GO CREEK!

Canes Fan

December 7th, 2012
11:06 am

@Patriot…. yep.. hope’n for a great game.. although I can not attend,…. I will catch it online. Both teams I’m sure will give it 100% on the field. Good Luck to Creek and Canes. and of course.. GO CANES!!! :-)

Canes'80

December 7th, 2012
3:10 pm

CANES *************** WE BELIEVE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IN YOU ALL THE WAY !!!!!!!!!

Drock12

December 7th, 2012
5:22 pm

Have been to the battlefield twice as a fan. I arrive at both games Carrollton and Burke Co 45 min before game time and had no problem parking. The visitor side at 99% of stadiums are not as good as the home side. That’s why they call in home field advantage

I>U

December 7th, 2012
6:19 pm

Patriot Power – You are low class. Practice what you preach or shut up. Food Stamps? REALLY?
Lots of fine folks in Henry County, and some good football over there too. Just because your team is hot right now does not give you the right to berate someones opinion of you facilities. I have been to the Battle Field also, and I tend to agree with FANS. So there.

PatriotGirl

December 7th, 2012
11:13 pm

Way to go CREEK!!!!

Patriot Power

December 8th, 2012
12:31 am

Are you kidding me? I don’t have “the right to berate someones opinion of you facilities”?!? But obviously they have the right to berate my facilities and you obviously have the right to berate my beration.

What exactly am I supposedly preaching that I am not practicing? I am defending my home that is under verbal attack. It is the Battlefield haters who can dish it out but not take it.

If you agree, it MUST be true.

Casual_Observer

December 8th, 2012
12:39 am

Patriot Power, just shut up. We tire of your rants. You are always on here spewing garbage and baiting the opposition. Your team won, yay. Show some class and move on.

Voice of Reason

December 8th, 2012
11:37 am

Serioulsy? This is a high school. As we all know, the schools don’t have enough money to buy necessary supplies like copy paper and pencils, much less rebuild a stadium so they can accomodate more fans. I’m sure when the stadium at SC was built, it was just fine. Hard work and dedication has brought more and more fans out to watch these boys play. What are they supposed to do, pull money out of their asses for a new stadium every few years?