AAAA: Sandy Creek 45, Ridgeland 10

On the first series of Saturday’s Class AAAA championship game, Ridgeland’s Vonn Bell delivered a big hit on Sandy Creek running back Eric Swinney.

Sandy Creek did the delivering the rest of the day.

Getting four first-half touchdowns from sophomore running backs Swinney and Delvin Weems, Sandy Creek won its third state title in four years, winning 45-10 to finish 15-0 and complete the season ranked No. 1 from start to finish.

“It’s a blessing,” said Swinney, who finished with 64 yards on 10 carries. “There were people who doubted us and didn’t think we could do it, but here we are. We’re state champions.”

The Patriots outgained Ridgeland 473-272. Cole Garvin passed for 249 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Wilson, who had two catches for 81 yards. Junior receiver Demarre Kitt finished with six catches for 85 yards.

“We jumped on the board real quick and it felt good,” said Garvin. “Defense played great all night long. I think we played a great game tonight.”

Weems rushed for 96 yards on 10 carries.

The Patriots, who won the AAAA title in 2009 and the AAA crown in 2010, left little doubt in this one, which finished with a running clock in the fourth period under mercy rules.

Ridgeland (13-2) came in averaging 352 rushing yards per game but managed just 201 Saturday. Panther running back Darrell Bridges, who came in with 2,301 rushing yards and averaging 9 yards per carry, gained 93 yards on 23 carries.

“Our defense played good tonight,” said Sandy Creek defensive lineman Spencer Roberts. “Ridgeland came out strong and hard, and we just had to be physical the whole night. We knew we could get it done. We just had to all stay focused. Our offense was incredible.”

The Patriots scored on five of their six first-half possessions.

Sandy Creek started fast, moving 63 yards in four plays for a touchdown on the opening possession. Garvin connected with Wilson for a 44-yard gain on the first play from scrimmage, and three plays later Swinney bulled over Bell at the goal line for the touchdown.

“He pasted me pretty good on that first one and he told me it was going to be all night,” said Swinney. “I told him I was going to get him back.”

After stopping the Panthers on downs late in the first period, Sandy Creek drove to its second score. Delvin Weems’ 30-yard touchdown run capped a nine-play, 78-yard drive and gave the Patriots a 14-0 lead.

Mitchell McMillin’s 35-yard field goal made it 17-0.

A 54-yard punt return by Kitt set up the Patriots’ third touchdown, an 11-yard run by Weems that gave Sandy Creek a commanding 24-0 lead.

The Patriots converted a Ridgeland turnover into quick points just before the half to make it 31-0. After Spencer Roberts recovered at the Ridgeland 40, Garvin hit Kit with a 39-yard pass, and Swinney scored from a yard out.

Ridgeland’s lone touchdown came on a 38-yard pass from Bridges to Bell with 2:52 left.

Ridgeland 0 0 3 7 – 10

Sandy Creek 7 24 7 7 – 45

SC – Eric Swinney 8 run (Mitchell McMillin kick)

SC – Delvin Weems 30 run (McMillin kick)

SC – FG McMillin 35

SC – Weems 11 run (McMillin kick)

SC – Swinney 1 run (McMillin kick)

SC – Kyle Wilson 37 pass from Cole Garvin (McMillin kick)

R – FG Evan Courtney 29

SC – Justin Sumpter 21 pass from Trey Walker (McMillin kick)

R – Vonn Bell 38 pass from Darrell Bridges (Courtney kick)

52 comments Add your comment

Brent

December 15th, 2012
9:53 pm

Good job, awsome program

Brent

December 15th, 2012
9:55 pm

Hey, I found a blog where I could claim first

Brent

December 15th, 2012
9:56 pm

Megatron has to be proud

Brent

December 15th, 2012
10:01 pm

Also, best long snapper in the state

Stone

December 15th, 2012
10:14 pm

Wow…Proud of Sandy Creek…good job to Ridgeland for making it this far…..So who will Sandy Creek play next year at the dome??? I look forward to a rematch with Burke…Lets go Creek!!!

Stone

December 15th, 2012
10:18 pm

btw…V Bell did deliver a blow but payback is a B when Swinney did a Bo Jackson on V Bell to score the first of many touchdowns..wonder why that was not part of your first sentence….oh yeah he’s just a 10th grader….Please get your top rated players in the weight room.

First Dooowwwnnn Crreeekkk!

December 15th, 2012
10:19 pm

Congrats to the SC Patriots. Dominant performance to capture the title. Congrats to Ridgeland for getting to the championship game and competing to the end. Creek will reload and will be looking for Burke Boy, “Gator” Green and Burke County next year to challenge for another Title.

trojan power

December 15th, 2012
10:33 pm

@first down creek. Relax

Patriot Power

December 15th, 2012
10:41 pm

Great game. Great season. Let’s do it again next year. Go Creek!

First Down Creek!!!!

December 15th, 2012
10:48 pm

We will have a target on our backs all year….Don’t Forget we have to face Carrollton and LaGrange before we even think about the playoffs. I would have liked to have seen more of Bell on offense tonight.

That Dude Says...

December 15th, 2012
10:55 pm

State Champs again!!!! We’ve come along way since our first season in 1992.

Jimmy

December 15th, 2012
11:00 pm

I was hoping Ridgeland would try some quick kicks and pretend to fumble down the field and try to recover and fumblerooski.

steve

December 15th, 2012
11:03 pm

Oh wow we get to listen to Gil Tyree and his baffoon partner. They have to be the worst football callers ever!!

Just saying

December 15th, 2012
11:17 pm

Ridgeland needed home field and their referee to win. I wish Marist had made the kick, so there would not been a running clock in the 4A CHampionship Game. Way to go Creek! Good game
Bridges, the true best player for Ridgeland.

PatriotGirl

December 16th, 2012
12:07 am

Congratulations Creek! Also, congratulations to Ridgeland for making it to The Dome!!!!!

Jimmy

December 16th, 2012
12:33 am

Marist kickers are famous chokers.

Football Mom

December 16th, 2012
12:45 am

CONGRATS CREEEEEK!! 2012 4A STATE CHAMPIONS!

Had there chance

December 16th, 2012
12:54 am

@Just saying, Marist got their chance. What would make anyone think they could hang with SC? Just saying – you gotta be out of tissues by now. Stop the crying and give Ridgeland the credit they earned out on the field. Maybe you should see if the Pius fans need any help with all of their crying posts. What is it with you Catholics? Maybe you’re one of “those” altar boys.

@Brent – the best long snapper in the state is Casey Wilson – St. Pius X, Atlanta, GA May be the best in the country. Look him up!

CasualObserver

December 16th, 2012
1:28 am

@Had there chance: How low can you go by attacking a religion. Grow up. We’re playing football! Also, your spelling is lacking: “Had ‘their’ chance”. LOL. Great game by Sandy Creek. Great season for Ridgeland. Congratulations to both teams!

Big Arn

December 16th, 2012
1:32 am

The best long snapper in the country is Sativa Rose. Google that name!

Patriot Power

December 16th, 2012
1:51 am

Ridgeland posters are certainly defensive. However, most Ridgeland fans are great. Had the pleasure of speaking to some on the elevator going and leaving.

Go Trojans!

December 16th, 2012
7:12 am

Best team in the state, all classifications? I think so.

Congratulations to Sandy Creek. Clearly the best team all season in 4A. A running clock in the Dome proves as much.

We’ll look forward to them visiting next year in Carrollton!

Another great year of High School football in Georgia! See you all next year! Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

Jim Davis

December 16th, 2012
7:39 am

Probably not so many comments from the Ridgeland people after being welcomed to the big leagues…as the Eagles said “life in the fast lane”. SC is in another category than the rest including Ridgeland. And to discourage the teams in AAAA more, most if not all the SC players are underclassmen. Imagine how good they will be when they grow up

4AFan

December 16th, 2012
8:46 am

Congrats to SC. Ridgeland had a good season. Ridgeland bloggers got a taste of success for first time and went overboard, became really annoying. With this humiliating loss and the graduation of all their good players this year, I hope Ridgeland fans fade away.

Just a Fan

December 16th, 2012
9:02 am

Yes its all over until next year and dont expect the end result to be any different.SC is a loaded team with most all of their skill players underclassmen.Contrary to what we have seen posted on the blogs Burke Co had a lot of seniors-8 made all region. SC will have a dynasty to equal Buford,its just a matter of time.

bigdawg

December 16th, 2012
10:44 am

Congrats to sandy creek.

Decatur joe

December 16th, 2012
11:23 am

Where is Sandy Creek?

Football Mom

December 16th, 2012
11:28 am

Tyrone, GA Fayette County

Padro

December 16th, 2012
11:58 am

DA Shockley is by far the worst announcer I have ever heard. He reminds me of how OJ Simpson ruined Monday Night Football. Thank Goodness for the MUTE BUTTON!!!! Congratulations to Sandy Creek.

bear fan

December 16th, 2012
1:19 pm

lets face it what was dooly ware co and ridgeland doing in the dome what a joke.fans want to see a real football game. sandy creek and burke co bears was a real game only won in fouth quarter by creek. ridgeland losing 31 to 0 at half time real clear after first quarter this team not in same league with creek.

My dad is a tv repairman. I can fix it.

December 16th, 2012
1:48 pm

@ go trojans. SC best in all classes? Dont think so. Gville also won with running clock. And beat Buford, the AAA state champ. And we beat SC last year with pretty much the same teams for both squads.

All that said, Norcross prolly tops in state. Just be glad ur state champs, we are!

First Down Creek!!!!

December 16th, 2012
2:21 pm

Creek is a much better team this year than last defensively and their unbeaten record shows as much. Last year is last year. The team Gainesville saw is not the team that played last night. I too believe that Creek has one of if not the best team in the state this year just as they did in 2010. You are basing one bad game from a team that is 67-3 over the last 5 years to justify your point??? You beat Buford at the start of the season. You lost to LOGANVILLE!! You weren’t even the champion of your region. You should be glad you didn’t play Northside Warner Robins. I could understand if someone from Norcross opposed what go trojans stated and I love Deshaun Watson, but Gainesville wouldn’t come up in any conversation for the best team in state.

Patriot Power

December 16th, 2012
3:34 pm

DeShaun Watson is the man, and our defense had no answer for him last year. Don’t think that would be the case this year. Of course, it is easy to speculate about things you can’t test empirically. Congrats to all class winners!

Trojan94

December 16th, 2012
4:10 pm

I was reading all the talk ridgeland fans was talking about how there offense was better than carrollton’s Everybody see now that those statement were wrong i thought we looked bad against sandy creek that was terrible that shows me that the only reason they beat marist is because marist had to go threw carrollton(5overtimes) and a tough stockbridge team just to travel all the way to tenneessee to play a semifinal game to me marist or carrollton in a rematch would have been a better game

RidgelandPantherFan

December 16th, 2012
6:15 pm

@4AFan we here at Ridgeland don’t trash talk other teams and I can guarantee you the fans will be just as strong next year as it was this year. We don’t give up on our Panthers because of a loss.

Clayco

December 16th, 2012
7:33 pm

You have to forgive the Clayco/Sandy Creek fans…..they have nothing else going on in their life that could make them proud of themselves.

RidgelandPantherFan

December 16th, 2012
8:15 pm

Well the Panthers had a great season and we are very proud of them and will always stand with them no matter what. The Panther fans will never fade away we will just grow

RidgelandPantherFan

December 16th, 2012
8:18 pm

@Trojan94 any team can be beat. It doesn’t matter if they are undefeated or not. It’s how well you play so you can talk trash all you want against Ridgeland because the Panthers had a good season and one more thing Ridgeland is in Georgia not TENNESSEE. GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT

Patriot Power

December 16th, 2012
8:29 pm

@Clayco – Translation: Your team didn’t win a championship.

Stone

December 16th, 2012
8:55 pm

@Clayco..dont know you but you are stupid.

Crinsonfan

December 16th, 2012
10:06 pm

First of all let me say we are PROUD of our Panthers for a GREAT year!!!! We are 2nd in state to a Great Sandy Creek team. They looked as though they could beat some D2 colleges. Congrats SC.

To Trojan94 stop your whinning yall had your chance and couldn’t beat Marist. Not sure why you thought a rematch with SC/Carrollton would have been better. We faired better offensively than yall did.

To all Marist whinners you lost plain and simple. It might have been to a missed field goal or a blocked PAT. Regardless of what it was when we needed to make a play we made it and won the game. Bottom line you lost. BTW I’m not calling all of Marist whinners just the ones that are making excuses and can’t accept the fact the better team won on 12/7/12.

To Trojan94 and Marist. Bottom line through process of elimination Ridgeland was the better team on the right side of the brackets. Get over it and move on.

To Burke Co one of your fans made the comment we were winning into the 4th qtr. Well guess what the game has 4 full qtrs and just winning going into the 4th don’t cut it. Dalton was winning after the 1st qtr 7-0 so does that mean they were better than SC or Ridgeland? No!!! Yall say the championship game was played in the qtr final with yall and SC, well unfortunately you lost. Would you have faired better if you would have been on the other side of the brackets??? We’ll never know.

Crimsonfan

December 16th, 2012
10:08 pm

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Crimsonfan

December 16th, 2012
10:18 pm

Ridgeland is new to the big stage and yes we were heavy with senior talent will we be back next year? Who knows. I have said every year for the last 4 years we are going to be weak next year due to losing our seniors but we keep getting stronger. We’ll just have wait and see. Goooooo Panthers and Roll Tide!!!!!!! Beat Notre Dame and get number 15.

Wayne

December 17th, 2012
2:23 am

Congrats to creek, the real championship game was between Creek and Burke Co. the last few games Creek played was no contest. We hope to meet again next year Creek fans.

Bloodbike

December 17th, 2012
3:49 am

Creek looked like a power house this past Saturday. They actually had their 2nd and 3rd string guys playing in the 4th quarter! Only reason Panthers got a touch down. Saying that, Sandy Creek scored again in the 4th with the 2nd string players playing! Nice!

Just a Fan

December 17th, 2012
9:34 am

The real #2 team in AAAA is Burke County.The absolute #1 of course is SC and will be next year most likely. Contrary to some blogs Carrollton will not have the defense to challenge. I am a Carrollton fan but can face facts. I see teams like Ridgeland,Marist,Monroe,Carrollton and a few others being closely bunched behind SC and Burke Co.

trojan power

December 17th, 2012
12:41 pm

@ just a fan Carrollton will be the 2nd best team in the state. And will have a chance to prove there #1. Guess what Sandy creek & Carrollton are in the same region. So when the creeeeek come down to Grisham Stadiam. Will see what kinda of speed they really have on turf. 2 muffed punts and a dropped pic 6. Is the on really reason Sandy Creek beat us. GO MIGHTY TROJANS. Guess what were bringin back all that speed. On defense and offense!!!

trojan power

December 17th, 2012
12:44 pm

@ crimson fan. Sorry i just didnt see anything to respect. Yall had a lucky draw. Just like monroe area. WEAK BRACKETS!!

Truth

December 17th, 2012
2:12 pm

@Trojan Power… Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn’t the score of SC\Carrollton 30-7? And wasn’t that 7 on a late fourth quarter punt return?

Russell

December 17th, 2012
2:23 pm

Sandy Creek should move up to 5AAAAA. If you are not challenged then you should move up and play better football teams.