Get ready for lots of points

Four of the state’s best offenses have advanced to the semifinal round, which means the Final Four has the potential for some high-scoring shootouts.

North Hall and St. Pius are both run-oriented teams and Cartersville likes to wing it around the park. Buford is more balanced, although the Wolves lean toward the running game, too.

Here’s how the offenses stack up:

  • Buford has scored a total of 509 points (39.1) and has scored 58 points (19.3) in the playoffs. The Wolves have scored a high total of 63 points and been held to a season-low of 13.
  • Cartersville has scored 520 points (40.0) and has scored 101 points (33.7) in the playoffs. The Purple Hurricanes have scored a high total of 63 points and been held to a season low of 21.
  • North Hall has scored 529 points (40.7) and has scored 103 points (34.3) in the playoffs. The Trojans have scored a high total of 63 points and been held to a season low of 13.
  • St. Pius has scored 458 points (38.2) and has scored 143 points (47.6) in the playoffs. The Golden Lions have scored a high total of 72 points and been held to a season low of 14.

Sounds like the opportunity of having two very interesting semifinal games. The winners meet for the championship on Friday, Dec. 14, at 5:30 p.m. in the Georgia Dome.

No. 3 Buford (12-1 on the field, 9-3) at No. 6 Cartersville (13-0): The only time that Buford has had trouble this year is when the opposition has sported a good quarterback. They lost to Gainesville, which features DeShaun Watson, a Clemson commitment, and they gave up a lot of points against Cedar Grove, which features Vanderbilt commitment Johnathan McCrary.

This week the Wolves will be stressed against Cartersville, which features quarterback Brooks Barden. The junior has completed 155 of 277 passes for 2,436 yards and 36 touchdowns. Barden was intercepted twice last week by Thomson; it was his first interceptions of the season.

Buford’s top running back is Dontravious Wilson, but the Wolves do a good job spreading the ball around with other talented runners like Zavior Hoxie and Joshua Taylor. Montgomery VanGorder and Taylor Mitchell are solid at quarterback.

These two teams have met twice. Buford eked out a 28-25 win in 2006 and followed that with a 40-0 domination in 2007.

North Hall (11-2) at No. 7 St. Pius (11-2): This game could take about 30 minutes to play. Both teams prefer to run, run, run. North Hall runs the wishbone offense, which St. Pius operates out of the option.

North Hall has gotten a game-leading effort from each of its backs during the season. Last week it was Kevin Christmas, who ran for 172 yards and now has 1,038 this season. Quarterbacks Brad Brown and Andrew Smith and running backs T.J. Tate and Zac Little are all dangerous.

St. Pius has been led all season by fullback Ryan Braswell, who has 28 touchdowns, but Branden Mitchell has been shining the last few weeks now that Braswell has become a marked man. Quarterback Jack Spear does a good job running the offense and is an effective passer when needed.

This will be the fourth meeting between the clubs. St. Pius has won the previous three: 17-3 in 2009, 49-8 in 2010 and 38-13 in 2011.

32 comments Add your comment

Big Fan

December 6th, 2012
8:49 am

Wow. This is gonna be fun! Congrats to all hard working players and coaches!

Forgot to mention?

December 6th, 2012
8:53 am

Did you forget to mention that St. Pius’s best athlete and UGA commit Nick Glass was caught cheating and has left St. Pius. He will not be playing against N. Hall. N. Hall by 10


December 6th, 2012
10:07 am

@Forgot to mention?- Nick Glass may have been St. Pius’s best athlete, but he was not their best player. This Pius team doesnt have as many superior athletes as other teams, but they play together and are possibly the best TEAM, as one, in the entire state of georgia. Friday night will be a brawl to the end and whoever wins will be well-deserving of being dome-bound. We welcome y’all to GBM and hope your travels are safe


December 6th, 2012
11:33 am

Forgot to mention: Nick has left Pius. I doubt you know anything about the details so how about leaving rumor and speculation about his circumstance out of the public eye. Nick is a good kid and all of SPX is saddened to lose him: playoffs or not. As far as the game, SPXGUY nailed it. SPX plays as a team and family. Geno Smith, last year was a player on the TEAM. Last week he started for Alabama, but I read multiple comments last year how sports venters were not impressed by him during the 2011 Season, why because SPX Football is a team sport. Please leave Nick’s personnel circumstance out of the blogs.


December 6th, 2012
1:25 pm

Forgot to mention……You never know what position you or someone you love may be in one day. Also, were you present when the alleged incident took place??? If not, then sounds like we need to leave the particulars alone. Most importantly, let’s not forget the principle of Karma. Lastly, at the end of the day, these are kids on the field. Our job is to support and encourage them all to play hard, leave everything that have on the field, and ultimately become good men and productive citizens. As for Friday night, well…..I’ll see you under the lights at GBM Stadium where all we do is win, win, win no matter what!! Either way the Golden Lions will be winners. However, I have my dome gear ready!


December 6th, 2012
1:49 pm

Congrats to all of the teams in the final four. To the players in the NHHS vs. SPX game….may the best team win and may whoever wins take the state champoinship. All four quality teams remaining and all four are deserving of the title, but in the end, there can be but one left standing. Here are a few tid bits….
NHHS picked to lose big vs. Woodward….blowout WIN
NHHS picked to lose in a tight one vs. Morgan county….tight game WIN
NHHS picked to lose big vs. Peach County…..blowout WIN
NHHS picked to lose in a tight one vs. SPX….I cant wait!!!!! GO TROJANS!!!!

Roy D. Mercer

December 6th, 2012
2:28 pm

TrojanMan2…Congrats to your players and coaches. Good points there..You forgot to mention that Waco was picked to beat SPX also. Just remember, liars figure and figures lie. I can’t wait either! Them’s some big ole boys you got there…


December 6th, 2012
2:53 pm

TrojanMan2: you forgot: NHHS picked to slid by Buford in season finale: less hope we both get another shot at each other……Wolves and Trojans on road to meet again if they take care of business Friday….don’t look past anything, this is Hi School football….should be two well matched and prepared teams……gawd, you gotta love this time of year………………………………


December 6th, 2012
3:20 pm

Leave Nick alone-no need to discuss the personal issues of a junior in high school on a blog!

Go Lions!


December 6th, 2012
10:44 pm

Wolfbait67 Have you seen Deliverance????? SPX has played a tuff schedule and are seasoned and ready for the best game of the season.. It,s a shame that Buford has already won the Championship in your eyes…. GOOD LUCK WITH THAT. Oh and I pay to have my leaves picked up…. GO LIONS


December 6th, 2012
10:53 pm

TrojanMan 2 Didnt you bust on me last night?????? LOL

Hall County

December 6th, 2012
11:23 pm

TrojanMan2 … North Hall was predicted to win over Woodward and Morgan County both by the Gainesville Times and here at the AJC.

Hall County

December 6th, 2012
11:24 pm

TrojanMan2 … Also, North Hall has been predicted to win over St Pius by the Gainesville Times. AJC predicted them to lose.

Forgot to mention?

December 7th, 2012
8:37 am

@kidsballcoach – you make quite a few inaccurate assumptions in your previous post. I know a lot about the situation and Nick Glas is not a good kid. He is a habitual CHEATER and he has been caught and punished as such. Good kids don’t cheat in every class and good kids prepare themselves for class. They don’t expect their classmates to do the work for them and ask them to allow them to copy. How can you say a proven cheater is a good kid? And it’s not the first time. He wouldn’t have been asked to leave if he wasn’t already on probation for cheating. I agree the AJC blogs isn’t a good place to call out 17 year old kids, but Nick decided to tweet all kinds of blame on others. He could have and should have tucked tail and left quietly. You wanna act like a man – I will treat you like a man.

And before you get all mad at the enemy – I too am a Pius parent who has watched these kids grow up for years. As for the mention about Geno – anybody who couldn’t see his ability was blind, deaf and dumb. He didn’t blend in with the team. He looked like a thoroughbred running against mules. We all expected him to play a lot this year for Alabama and he has performed because Coach Standard and his staff prepared him for the rigors of SEC football
@SPXGUY – obviously – I agree Mr. Glass wasn’t the best player. Maybe this is why I called him the best athlete and he was. He was also the worst teammate Pius has put on the field in a very long time. Did you forget to mention this too?

Big Fan

December 7th, 2012
9:29 am

Forgot to mention guy….you stated “I agree the AJC blogs isn’t a good place to call out 17 year old kids, “. You started this in two blogs on AJC…bottom line is shame on you for calling out a kid. Let’s assume everything you say is 100% correct. In my opinion you are wrong to do that here period.

Forgot to mention?

December 7th, 2012
9:54 am

@Big Fan – I agree with you. I am 100% wrong for doing so, but I didn’t cheat in school and I’m upset Mr. Glass didn’t just move on. He got on twitter and bad mouthed my school and he bad mouthed the honor council. If he acted like a 17 year old kid – I could leave him alone, but he wants to start trouble and I want to kick him in the teeth for doing so. Bottom line is he let a lot of people down with his poor choices and lazy habits. Then, he has the nerve to blame others. I call BS.

I will stop here – because I think I have made my point. Not because I think I have done Nick wrong. He did that to himself.

See y’all TONIGHT at GBM Stadium. Can’t wait!!!

Seen a few

December 7th, 2012
10:26 am

I didn’t know he bad mouthed. Don’t do twitter thing. That’s a shame.

north georgia fan

December 7th, 2012
10:36 am

This will sound like a bold prediction since it is about Buford but I believe our CANES defense holds them to 14 points or less tonight. They have played their best in big games and they are ready for tonight.

Region 7-AAA

December 7th, 2012
11:02 am

north georgia fan … Man, as much as I would love to see a Cartersville/North Hall championship game with Cville beating Buford. You haven’t seen them play. I hope yall find an answer to them. They are fast, we couldn’t get the corner on them at all. Good luck!

Go Trojans!!!

Nick Glass's Uncle

December 7th, 2012
12:20 pm

Forgot to mention?…. I’m almost sickened that you feel like my nephew needs to be “KICKED IN THE TEETH” for having felt singled out and abandoned by the same people/persons that practically begged him to come to Pius. The sad part is that you aren’t alone in feeling that you wish he would have just “moved on.” Its a known fact that Nicholas was never truly wanted by the majority of leadership, staff and a great deal of parents. Nicholas should not have tweeted anything during the aftermath. He has been punished and is currently being punished for those comments. I try though to see why there is such venom in your comments. And believe it or not, I UNDERSTAND!

Its a real emotion to know that your child busts their behind to get into Pius, study their fannies off to try to get in to Duke, UVA, NC and Tech, and here this kid comes in, plays one year of football and now he can go to any college in the country. Its a real emotion in these economic times to know people are foregoing their wants and needs at times to ensure that they can keep there child in Pius at the current tuition rates and here this african american, non-catholic strolls around the halls like he owns the place. UNDERSTOOD!

There is a fundamental issue being missed here. (Not you specifically Forgot to mention) You all brought Nicholas into Pius’s environment, and when he had trouble adjusting socially and showed an UNWILLINGNESS to conform, he was left to fend for himself. He went there thinking that he was being truly welcomed as part of the “Pius Family.” We, his real family, failed him by. He begged us to move him from Pius, and because of the loyalty we wanted to show the program, we forced him to remain. Forgot to mention!, you know EVERYTHING that has occurred. EVERYTHING! But becasue a 17 year old reacted and seem to be letting out Pius’s dirty little secrets on HIS twitter account, you tried to 1 up him and hold court in the AJC. That’s the same entitlement complexion that you all say Nicholas has.

Lastly, as it pertains to the alleged expulsion and dismissal, I hold in my hand documentation to the contrary. “Our honor council” is exactly that, you all’s honor council. It is what it is. Since you are a SPX parent, do you think I spread across this blog the name of the other Pius parent’s child who actually was doing the cheating/caught with the items in question, yet received two days of detention. You should do that, but no, he is your friend and volunteers with the program and sit up in that room every other week where all of ya’ll sit around and kiss Standard ass and talk about how small Blessed Trinity’s kids are compared to yours. This is a joke!

Please know that there are other faiths and religions outside of Catholicism and our family is deep rooted in ours. WE WILL BE JUST FINE. Whether he plays a day of football in the SEC or not, he’s my child and I owe him better than what I subjected him too for the last year and a half. We’ll work through this. Thanks for confirming just what I knew when I sat in that room with all of you “followers” during my first visit and three of you actually shook my hand and introduced yourselves. Jealous COWARDS, hiding behind a computer screen and your “honor council.”

north georgia fan

December 7th, 2012
1:36 pm

Thanks Region 7AAA, you haven’t seen us play either.
We run a 4-5 wide spread with 37 TDs to two INT’s and we know and respect what Buford will bring.
They have depth and size across the board and will run over you if they can. Also will take some shots down field. Thomson was kinda like that too but without Bufords precision and lack of mistakes. GO CANES

Just remember and don't ever forget......

December 7th, 2012
1:54 pm

At the end of the day “WE’RE NORTH HALL…….AND YOU’RE NOT.”

Region 7-AAA

December 7th, 2012
1:57 pm

north georgia fan … I went and saw the Cartersville / Jackson County 1st round game. I was really surprised to see JC put as many points on the board as they did against yall. If you let a cupcake offense like JC put up 21, there are no limits to what Buford can do. But good luck man, really. I hope yall find a way to beat them!!!


December 7th, 2012
2:27 pm

Nicks Uncle, Get a life. Nick is a very polite young man and will be fine. You need to find a better way of helping Nick other that blaming others. Good luck to Nick and all need to leave him off this vent….

See You Later

December 7th, 2012
3:05 pm

We will all be fine the rest of our lives without your bad attitude, Nick’s Uncle. Good luck to Nick @ Tucker or wherever he wanted to go and you would not allow. Maybe you can get rich off of Nick’s ability as it appears you so desire.


December 7th, 2012
3:16 pm

Good gravy, leave it alone everyone.

Nick’s Uncle, the best you can do is to support the young man in his future. He made a mistake, don’t sweat it too much. He’s just a kid who made a mistake, Mark Richt knows that kids make mistakes–I think you’d be hard pressed to find any player in the whole SEC who didn’t do something dumb at 17 years old. Every last one of us screwed up when we were 17 years old, we make boneheaded mistakes, I think it’s in our DNA as men (as our wives like to tell us, right fellas?). But don’t try to gloss it over and throw Pius under the bus as something they did wrong mistreating him, that did not happen and you know it. The facts are going to be known by any potential college coach but this isn’t a career ender for him, just a blip that he can learn from if you teach him how to be responsible now. Pius didn’t do anything wrong, in fact the admin showed a huge amount of class and character by teaching young Mr. Glass a life lesson here and treating him the same as any student, regardless of it’s effect on a relatively meaningless football game. That’s a huge and lasting life lesson not for just Nick, but for every player, and every student at Pius.

The boy could blow a knee and lose any hope at a career at any moment in the future so the best advice you can give him is to work hard at his school work as football isn’t a career to rely on, but rather one of many goals he should have in his life. Best of luck to him, and Let’s go, Lions!

north georgia fan

December 7th, 2012
3:23 pm

Yep I was surprised we let that slant pass work that well too. 21 points is above our average but we also scored 56 – more over our overage – what more can you say?
At least we held Thomson to 13 and they weren’t exactly cupcakes we will see what happens tonight against mighty Buford. PS did your team play them and if so what was the score?

Proud SPX grad

December 7th, 2012
4:14 pm

Good Luck to both teams tonight. I hope to see you all at the bells after a wonderful match up.


December 7th, 2012
5:29 pm

I still think TrojanMan 2 Broke on me last night.. Heres to 8 more babies…. LOL

I'm Nick's uncle (Marcus Woods)

December 8th, 2012
10:06 pm

For the record, these comments are not from anyone in our family. I was apprised of this post today. We think we know who made the posts based on some of the intimate nature of the information that is present. Nonetheless, the post is not from our family, to be more clear, not from me. I appreciate and respect everyone’s opinion, although I too was disturbed the viciousness in some those posts. Our family is about accountability. Trust me, football is just a vehicle to assist the young fella in accomplishing his life goals. I apologize to SPX and it’s supporters for what was posted. We’ll address that post on our end. Nick loves his teammates and was pulling for them last night. Nick has received nothing but support from his teammates and former schoolmates and even some parents, Don Crochet, in particular. All that being said, whether or not that other post are the true feelings of this family is irrelevent, we, more specifically I, would have never chosen this forum to attempt to embarrass Pius. I can see by the many posts, you are a proud group. As well are we! The one thing that was accurate, Nick will be fine. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Saint Teresa

December 9th, 2012
2:40 am

Forgot to Mention and to any of the other posters who are bashing Nick – SHAME ON YOU. You DO NOT represent the St. Pius family. We care deeply about what has happened and feel that Nick will always be part of the St. Pius family. Nick will accomplish great things in life, unlike you immature, jealous men with Napoleon complexes who selected this forum to pick on a 17 year old young man. You had better PRAY that I do not find out who you are if you are truly a St. Pius parent. You disgust me.


December 9th, 2012
9:08 am

Great to hear that, Marcus. I for one truly pray for the best for him and glad to see he has an uncle and family providing Nick with the right focus, this is a just a blip, that he can learn and grow from.

And Amen, Teresa.