Semifinal previews: Class AAA

Buford at Cartersville

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Weinman Stadium, Cartersville

Records, rankings: Buford is 10-3, the No. 2 seed from Region 7-AAA and ranked No. 3; Cartersville is 13-0, the No. 1 seed from 5-AAA and ranked No. 6.

Last meeting: Buford won 40-0 in the 2007 regular season.

Three things to know: 1. Buford’s run-heavy offense is led by Dontravious Wilson, who had 134 yards and a touchdown in the Wolves’ 31-7 victory over Carver of Columbus last week to surpass the 1,000-yard mark for the season. Buford also gets big contributions from Zavior Hoxie and Joshua Thomas, who each has been the team’s leading rusher in a playoff game. 2. Cartersville QB Brooks Barden threw his 37th and 38th TD passes in a 21-13 victory over No. 1 Thomson last week. He is 166-of-295 passing for 2,672 yards with only two interceptions. He spreads the ball to leading rushers Brandon Long (589 yards) and Kalin Heath (517) and receivers Hayes Linn (38 catches, 568 yards, eight touchdowns), T.L. Ford (29-537-9) and Mark Quattlebaum (29-415-6). 3. Buford is in the semifinals for the sixth consecutive time, and a victory would put the Wolves in the state championship game for the 11th time in 13 seasons. Cartersville is making its seventh semifinal appearance. The Purple Hurricanes haven’t advanced this far since 2004, when they went 6-4 in the regular season but won three playoff games before being eliminated by Washington County.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Buford by 3

North Hall at St. Pius

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, George B. Maloof Stadium, Atlanta

Records, rankings: North Hall is 11-2, the No. 1 seed from Region 7-AAA and unranked; St. Pius is 11-2, the No. 1 seed from 6-AAA and ranked No. 7.

Last meeting: St. Pius won 38-13 in the 2011 regular season.

Three things to know: 1. North Hall gets most of its offense from the running game, which averages 343.9 yards per game. The Trojans have a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in T.J. Tate (142 carries, 1,059 yards and 13 TDs) and Kevin Christmas (113-1,038-8). QB Brad Brown has rushed for 728 yards and 15 touchdowns and passed for 585 yards and eight scores. 2. St. Pius leading rusher Ryan Braswell and QB Jack Spear combined for 2,067 yards on the ground in the first 12 games, but it was Branden Mitchell who had the big night in a 40-35 victory over Washington County last week. Mitchell rushed for a season-high 164 yards and had two catches for 42 yards and a touchdown. The Golden Lions average 309.8 yards rushing for the season. 3. North Hall had never won more than seven games in a season before coach Bob Christmas arrived in 2001. Since then, the Trojans have had nine winning seasons and will be in the semifinals for the second time (the other was in 2007). St. Pius is in the semifinals for the first time since 2006 and the fifth time overall. The first three trips came in a four-year stretch beginning in 1965.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: St. Pius by 4

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I was in Nick's class

December 6th, 2012
11:08 am

He cheated off of everyone all the time. He had one of the worst attitudes in the class room and would make you feel bad if you didn’t “help” him… Aka let him copy off you. He just like many talented players before him, has been expelled from St. Pius for academic integrity reasons. I think that is a great reason to give him a full scholarship to the same school that many of the classmates he cheated off of will not even be accepted to…

UGA must step up to the plate when it comes to recruiting dumb ass cheaters that just want to party, play football and most likely fail or get kicked out within a few years. This is a waste of resources and more people need to start standing up to this BS!!

I’ll be graduating the same time as Nick and I wish him the best! I hope he does not turn out like some other previous St. Pius X students who were “asked to leave”

GO GOLDEN LIONS!! BEAT NORTH HALL and Let’s get that ring!

THEX

December 6th, 2012
11:16 am

Leave Nick alone. It’s over and he’s no longer part of the team.
Thanks War Eagle-good luck to you.
Go Lions!

You are Classless

December 6th, 2012
11:20 am

@I was in Nick’s class — based on your comments, I’d say you have no class at all. No need to kick anyone while they are down. Move along.

bubba bean

December 6th, 2012
12:01 pm

It is amazing that everyone on this chat are kicking Nick Glass in teeth. Please grow up and move on!
@ I was in Nick’s class….I do not believe you that you were in Nicks class?? If so,put your name up on this board and PROVE IT! My son is a football player at SPX and knows Nick….that is BS sorry, I am calling your bluff until you identify yourself.
@ forgot to mention…you also do not know what you are talking about either….Nick was a starter at Tucker as a freshman…he came to Pius to better himself ie personally, spirtitually and so on. If he only wanted football why didi he not stay at Tucker???!! duh. He is a nice boy period! He will GROW from this and at the end of the day that is what we hope will happen!? Right….be positive and he is only a teenager.
Lastly, Pius has already put this behind them, Coach Standard and staff is already rallying and moving forward. Our game is at SPX so please come out and cheer for adults of tomorrow!
Remember, we are one of the few schools….that prays before the game and after!! NUFF SAID!

old96er

December 6th, 2012
12:15 pm

“He didn’t go to Pius to go to school. He went there to have the best chance to play big-time college football.”

Pius as a football factory …. Right at the top of the list of words I never thought I’d read.

I was in Nick's class

December 6th, 2012
12:30 pm

So everyone just chooses to ignore the fact that he is getting into UGA and lots of deserving students will not? Yes it’s a great chance for him to get an education, but come on. Look at the facts. UGA is becoming the new Miami of late. Letting anyone in as long as they are athletic. UGA has no recruitment for the character of the kids.. It’s quite sad.

Go lions! WE ARE A TEAM AND WILL DO JUST FINE WITHOUT HIM.

Grow up bubba bean. You don’t go to the school everyday and sit next to nick all the time you nut job.
If I tell you my name are you gonna come beat me up? Or talk to my parents?
Put on your big boy pants and stop being a lame ass dad getting into arguments with 17 year olds. My mom could beat you up sissy.

:P

bubba bean

December 6th, 2012
12:33 pm

@old96er….you are incorrect….so quit spreading that garbage….go to http://www.spx.org and read about our school, academics, clubs, organizations and so forth….it is not a football factory by no means, the coaching staff grows and mentors these kids spirititally before anything. it is a committment that is made from the parents to send their child to a school that has legacy period!! i went there and you didn’t….i see!
grow up old96er and quit spreading rumors from your keyboard!! c ya friday night at pius! god bless !

THEX

December 6th, 2012
12:42 pm

I was in Nick’s class- which means you’re in school right now, correct?
I wasn’t aware chatting on the sports site was part of the PED privilege.
Why don’t you concentrate on school?
And try not to worry so much about UGA and their athletes.

Region 7-AAA

December 6th, 2012
1:13 pm

ANYWAYSSSSS, how bouts we concentrate on the game at hand. Sure St Pius might have lost a great player but that just opens up the opportunity for a future standout to move forward and show his stuff. Looking forward to a great game. Go Trojans!

You are Classless

December 6th, 2012
1:31 pm

@I was in Nick’s class — You are now embarassing yourself with your anti-UGA, anti-college athletic scholarships rant. Makes me conclude you are an underachieving band kid or just a jerk. Sorry that not everyone can be like you — way to embrace diversity.

old96er

December 6th, 2012
1:42 pm

bubba bean had a major reading comprehension fail as to my previous post.

observer

December 6th, 2012
1:44 pm

wow…… is this really where we are??? I posted on another article and I’ll say it again..See yalll under the lights Friday night at GBM Stadium where all we do is win, win, win no matter what. While Nick will be missed, there’s a whole team that still has a game to play tommorrow. One man may impact a team, but doesn’t make one. EVERY player on the teams 110% effort will be needed to win and I’m sure they are all prepared to give it. Additionally, our QB, Running and Full backs are amazing, in addition to the D and O lines, tackles, ends, backs, coaches, kicker…. need I say more. We also have another D1 stand out since the only thing you think is needed is a high ranking recruit. Seem that all of these very important facts have been omitted in addition to the fact that for a few games all of which were won, Nick Glass was out due to injury. Nick was impactful but so is everyone else that makes up the TEAM!!!!!! Let’s go LIONS, I have alot of dome gear that I definitely don’t intend to let go to waste. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade….the sweet kind, all smiles!!!!

observer

December 6th, 2012
1:46 pm

Best of luck to Nick Glass and his family

St Pius grad

December 6th, 2012
1:54 pm

St. Pius is a different type of school, If you forget to cite a source in a paper you write you get sent to honor council and you get found guilty of cheating not just a grade reduction. Very harsh in the private schools.
In the goverment controled schools otherwise known as public schools you can do an armed robbery still go to the same school and still play in the state playoffs…………… see Cairo hs 2011… .http://www.topix.com/forum/city/cairo-ga/TEGQR2NVJ6DR4I3DB
So when the out cry against the private schools have an edge in sports because they get better kids they are right ! We hold them to a mucher higher standard and they turn out to be on the average much better people.
http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/under-new-formula-georgia-graduation-rate-reset-to/nQSwk/

Seen a Few

December 6th, 2012
1:55 pm

Let’s turn to the game please. If you’ve got something to say about a high school student please keep it to yourself. These aren’t politicians or celebrities. It’s very hurtful what you say here about them. Seriously folks.

recentSPXgrad

December 6th, 2012
2:07 pm

I was in Nick’s class: Don’t listen to these people, I totally understand where you’re coming from. I agree that it’s a sad fact that football players get a free ride to good schools without being academically qualified, while other deserving students don’t get in at all. These other commenters are too blinded by the glory of football to recognize what students like Glass are like off the field. You sound like an intelligent student and I wish you the best of luck wherever you end up next year.

What A Donkey

December 6th, 2012
3:03 pm

@St. Pius Grad — oh please, save your public school bashing for the country club booze fest.

kidsballcoach

December 6th, 2012
3:18 pm

You go Bubba! Lets hope NH buys all the hype that SPX is doomed without Nick. I was in Nicks Class- Go back to class and learn some civility.

THEX

December 6th, 2012
3:23 pm

What A Donkey- wow, your name really fits.

PiusDad

December 6th, 2012
3:28 pm

No i in team folks. There’s a good life lesson here for Nick and he’s learning it, the hard way, but let him learn it. Which one of us did not make mistakes when young? All of us did, we’re human. I for one pray for the best for young Mr. Glass and pray he moves forward to many successes in his life and am confident he will. Mistakes are only a problem if you continue them and repeat them over and over, the young man is what 16 or 17? We were all young goofs at that age, it’s part of growing up, let him be a kid and he’ll be fine, if he chooses to learn and move forward to better choices.

Very hopeful that the other young men on the team decide to choose to learn and move forward from this situation that is a small blip in life. The basic fact is that this is a just a game, but life lessons like integrity, character, and academic achievement are what is important in their development into solid men. Kudos to Pius for having the standards they do. The team will be just fine as this is a very solid club at all positions and great coaches. Very excited for the game Friday night, good luck to North Hall and our Pius boys!

Focus

December 6th, 2012
3:34 pm

I am certain that the loss of one player should not change the outcome, so long as it is not a starting QB. That said, the concern is distraction of the players because of this high-profile departure. The SPX staff is excellent, so I suspect that a lack of focus will not occur for long.

Tucker Sucker

December 6th, 2012
3:39 pm

Ya’ll tried the Tucker route with Jonathon Davis and got burned….why do you keep going back to the cesspool expecting anything different?

Pius Supporter

December 6th, 2012
3:49 pm

Good luck to Pius on Friday night and kudos to them for not sacrificing standards to win a game. More important things in life and Pius is teaching that lesson. Obviously Pius did not expel the student in question because he was a Saint and most likely this was not an isolated incident or Pius would have taken this into account. Time to move on as Glass is no longer part of team or Pius in general.

Question?

December 6th, 2012
3:51 pm

Just curious? Maybe he should have run down to the library and prepared himself accordingly for the rigors of a high school education.

Forgot to mention?

December 6th, 2012
4:01 pm

@BubbaBean – the only reason Nick was a starter at Tucker as a freshman is because Pius did not accept him. He had already played two years on the middle school teams. St. Pius was concerned with his academic standards and his lack of discipline. He reapplied and got in. What’s he gonna do now? Go back and hang out with the thugs at Tucker. Good for him. He should fit right in.
@I was in Nick’s class – RIGHT ON! You seem to have a lot more figured out than the old cooters who want to challenge you to a fight. Don’t worry – you can probably kick their butt too!!! As you know, this was not a case of failing to cite your sources. And it wasn’t the first time he was brought in front of the honor council – was it!

Forgot to mention?

December 6th, 2012
4:03 pm

I’m OUT. See y’all Friday at George B. Maloof Stadium!!!!

Tucker Sucker

December 6th, 2012
4:06 pm

What exactly did Jonathon Davis get kicked out of St. Pius for? Current students don’t have a clue who he is but I guarantee you the teachers remember Jonathon Davis. If it’s from Tucker, it’s trouble.

Food for Thought

December 6th, 2012
4:16 pm

Im not going to argue whether or not nick was trouble im just gonna say this; Pius was never really a HOME for nick sure it was a good place to get recruiters to come and yeah SPX is good academically but i dont think he ever truly felt accepted by the preordained hierarchy inherently present in a private school with such a long heritage. Basically he didn’t feel very accepted simply due to the color of his skin. I was in Nick’s class would lead us to believe nick is a classless human being taking advantage of a deplorable system, and that furthermore said system should be abolished. Colleges have the right to pick perspective students by more than just their straight academic GPA standing. Truthfully athletics benefit the entire university system, but im not here to argue that either. I write this simply to point out that Nick is a good kid he made a mistake. He will learn from it. As Luke 12:48 says “From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.” Hopefully nick will take this message to heart

Truth in reporting

December 6th, 2012
4:29 pm

Grades. JD was not the best of students. Ran out of options to stay eligible. St. Pius gets many students from Tucker. A couple of kids who have learning challenges just didn’t measure up in the class room does not make everything Tucker trouble.

WarEagle

December 6th, 2012
5:48 pm

I don’t have a clue what happened with Glass, and frankly it is none of my darn business. Not any of your business either. And I know for darn sure that most people in the Tucker area are good folks, so I’d appreciate it if you would stop the community bashing. The people I know at SPX are excellent people, and are not represented by those on this board who are running down a 17-year old young man or the community from which he came. This is about football played by teenage kids, all of whom have a lot of learning and growing to do before they are adults. Let’s all remember that. Good luck to SPX on Friday night!

THEX

December 6th, 2012
6:13 pm

WarEagle-Amen! Key word-teenagers! They have to learn. Leave them alone.

Just curious?

December 6th, 2012
6:38 pm

Help me understand. This kid went in front of the honor council and you know the results. That would tell me that there is something inherently wrong with St. Pius’s “honor council.” If I were his parents, I’d have a real problem and someone would have to answer to that. There would only be staff, the accused, and the council. I’m certain that have taken some type of oath to privacy. WTF is going on over a Pius. It seems almost cult like. No way could my non-catholic, non-caucasion child consider that as his every day reality. Also, how did he get to Pius. I’m sure he wasn’t knocking their door down. Seems like whomever fought to get him over there, quit fighting. :) Also, someone somewhere else says there was another kid involved. He received two days of detention! lololololololololololololololololololol

YELLERJACKETZ1

December 6th, 2012
7:11 pm

GOOD LUCK TO BOYH BUFORD AND CARTERSVILLE FROM CALHOUN

YELLERJACKETZ1

December 6th, 2012
7:11 pm

Jacketaxe

December 6th, 2012
8:06 pm

Jan

December 6th, 2012
8:06 pm

I thought this was a high school football blog. Apparently not…

Hairy

December 6th, 2012
8:24 pm

Just Curious = Just Jealous

Cville Canes Fan

December 6th, 2012
8:28 pm

Forgot to mention?

December 6th, 2012
9:34 pm

@Just Curious. SPX isn’t a very big place. Word gets around pretty quickly. Nick was on twitter talking all about it and it’s been on the recruiting blogs a couple of days now. It’s been no secret.

Nick’s family knew what they were doing when they enrolled him and if he wasn’t comfortable he would have left after last year. He thought he had it easy. He doesn’t like to work hard. He didn’t think he had to.

Blame the teachers, blame the school, blame the other students. No reason to make Mr. Glass take responsibility. Maybe they should drop a lawsuit on ‘em! Just Curious – you a lawyer? Maybe you can help!!!
GO GOLDEN LIONS!!!!!

ILOVESPX

December 6th, 2012
9:50 pm

Just Curious – I’m sure you’ve heard of the term “social media.” It takes, oh, maybe, two seconds for word to get out about anything, and Nick did the posting.
As far as expulsion, in most circumstances, one strike, you are put on probation, strike two – that’s it, you’re done. It’s not like he (or anyone on probation) didn’t know what the punishment would be should he violate probation.
Yep – that’s us – THE CULT – BEWARE! Give me a break.

Forgot to mention? – You are so right. Who takes responsibility for their actions?
It’s always the fault of someone else.

GO LIONS!

Hoopscoop

December 7th, 2012
9:04 am

http://vimeo.com/54160855
Want to get goosebumps and fired up for SPX , let’s goooo.

Hoopscoop

December 7th, 2012
9:24 am

Trojan Parent

December 7th, 2012
9:54 am

I’m a NH parent and an avid fball fan as well as a fan of kids in general. No idea of what anyone did in or out of the class room or not. I had never heard of this kid before reading the comments here. Obviously, I’m rooting for NH, but I’m rooting more for ALL of the boys to have fun and realize these opertunities don’t come along everyday. They have all worked hard and deserve to be there. SPX is a team, one kid didn’t get them this far and I fully expect a game to remeber. Good luck SPX…..

Just curious?

December 7th, 2012
10:07 am

Forgot to mention? Are you an adult? You seem to know a lot about this kid. This is probably why the issues were present. The president of my firm makes $700K a year, his son as never made a B, and he was wait listed. Not getting in as a non-catholic, non-private school student would probably have difficulties getting in Pius also. (IDK if Glass is not catholic). Nonetheless, its obvious, many of the parents and students didn’t want him there any way and seem to be reveling (?) in his misstep/misfortune. It will all even out. If he doesn’t recover from this and not get his opportunity, will that make you feel better about your school and community? If he was cheating off of your paper, did you ever ask if he needed help and offer to work with him? I’ve seen several interviews on this kid and he always seem to have a St.Pius t-shirt or sweatshirt on. I looked at his twitter and he was always smiling and taking pictures with little kids. I see dozens of kids from Pius supporting him. Its almost like this blog is about two different Nick Glass’!

hahaha

December 7th, 2012
10:18 am

all this keyboard courage! thank you for the morning entertainment.

PiusDad

December 7th, 2012
10:48 am

Amen, Trojan Parent! Good luck to your boys tonight and the St. Pius X boys as well. I’m going to have to be pulling harder for our boys, but it’s a joy to watch these kids compete so hard and get this far. Kudos to all these young men and make sure to get to our stadium a bit early tonight. Parking can be a hassle and we have some spots around the school for you that are good tailgating spots if you can get there early (say 5:30pm). If you’re arriving closer to game time, please go directly to our remote parking and the shuttle bus will take you right to the stadium (and back to your car postgame). Directions to the remote parking are here: http://www.spx.org/AthleticsShuttleParkingforHomeFootballGames

Forgot to mention?

December 7th, 2012
11:16 am

@Just curious – I am a Pius Parent, if that helps you understand my point. It’s not that difficult to get in.

I’m not reveling in his misfortune – I’m pissed at his arrogance and his lack of effort. He is a VERY intelligent young man. He didn’t need help – he needed to make the same sacrifices as his teammates to get the work done.

If it doesn’t work out for Mr. Glass he has nobody to blame but himself. It will have no reflection on our great school.

Trojan Parent

December 7th, 2012
11:17 am

Thanks for the info PiusDad and good luck!!!! GO TROJANS!!!!!!!

PiusDad

December 7th, 2012
11:51 am

Come on, guys. Let it go. He made mistakes, he’s out, pray for the the best for the young man, but for heaven’s sake move on. There are dozens of young men from both teams who did get their important work in the schools done and who deserve our full support tonight. This should be a classic game and I’m very happy for these kids to have this chance!

Let’s go, Lions!

Jan

December 7th, 2012
12:27 pm

Personally… I admire SPX for having the integrity to enforce their rules and follow through on the consequences of Mr. Glass’ actions. Both he and his parents knew what the consequences would be if he were caught but he took the risk anyway. I am sorry for him that he didn’t learn the lesson the first time, but it was his decision.

Now onto the games! Go Lions!