Colquitt, Lovejoy play a classic; Lowndes plays a dud

No. 4 Colquitt County beat No. 2 Lovejoy in the Class AAAAAA game of the week, but the winner probably meant less than the game itself, the best of the young season.

Colquitt defended a fourth-and-goal pass from its 5-yard line in the final minute to win 17-13 in Moultrie. It meant that the highest-ranked team on the schedule has lost three weeks in a row in AAAAAA – Norcross, Colquitt County and now Lovejoy. No. 1 North Gwinnett was off this weekend but plays preseason No. 1 next.

More things we learned Friday –

Lowndes knows trouble: Newton, a 5-6 team last season that lost its opener to AAAA Eastside, defeated seventh-ranked Lowndes 15-14 on a touchdown pass on the final play of regulation. An extra point then won it. Lowndes has lost three of its last four games dating to last season, all at home. Congrats to new Newton coach Terrance Banks for that special memory.

Norcross hasn’t gone to pieces: The defending state champion Blue Devils came back from their 55-0 loss to Miami’s Booker T. Washington and beat Parkview 21-7. Norcross can redeem itself in full next week in its game against No. 1 North Gwinnett.

Mill Creek is no joke: The Hawks were unranked in preseason despite a surprise quarterfinal run last season (9-4 record), but they’ve made believers of Brookwood. Mill Creek beat Brookwood 44-10 on Friday. It was 34-3 at halftime. That’s after beating the Broncos 56-21 in the playoffs last year. The only other school to beat Brookwood that badly since 1990 is Lowndes (49-7 in 2006 state title game).

Valdosta has a good memory: The Wildcats’ 28-24 loss to neighboring Brooks County was embarrassing last season. Valdosta put away the Class AA powerhouse on Friday with a 50-20 victory. That’s one ghost exorcised. Now Valdosta needs to get beyond the first round, where its season has ended the past two years.

74 comments Add your comment

MADDBALL

September 6th, 2013
10:44 pm

@ sportsnut wish you n your team a safe drive back.cant wait 2 chat with you 2 hear what your excuse 4 losing tonight…i guess we cheated again against your basketball team.all them 6′4 & 6′5 players couldnt pull out a victory 4 lj tonight.packers 2-0 against you n all your d-1 players

Colquitt Fan

September 6th, 2013
10:56 pm

I gotta give props to Lovejoy players. They played with a lot better sportsmanship this year. It was a good clean game. That being said, Colquitt played horrible tonight with the penalties. Score prolly could’ve been worse. I didn’t see much out of Lovejoy except for the big WR #11. Still two Of the better teams in the state

Ron

September 6th, 2013
11:19 pm

Cats remember that it’s not how you start, but how you finish that counts. Coach Hughes, I will see you in the Dome playing for the state title.

GATA

R31768 Pack

September 6th, 2013
11:29 pm

Lovejoy played a solid game with no turnovers. I sure was wishing for that fumble back on the one yard line. Lovejoy let the penalty’s on the last drive bury them but the Pack defense played a great game. Still need the offense to get in sync but at least they moved the ball tonight. Go Hawgs’

black&gold

September 6th, 2013
11:41 pm

Sportsnut u were right Lovejoy has very good players at the skill positions but what lovejoy does not have is our coaching staff.we made necessary adjustments this week based on what we learned from your game last Friday then adjusted again at halftime.that is how we win football games not pretty just effective.we will get better as the season progresses as a tough region schedule awaits . Lowndes plays a dud could be the post of the year. how does that losing score look on that nice new scoreboard?

57Cat

September 6th, 2013
11:54 pm

Todd, the ghost may have been “exercised,” but it would have come after we “exorcised” it.

MADDBALL

September 6th, 2013
11:56 pm

@blackngold lol i agree.lowndes slipped up n let a cupcake beat them. sportsnut so much 4 our small weak offensive line,lj does have a great defense n your rb is pretty good also.but take back all of the penalties we had,lost fumble on the 1yd line. the score could of been worse.lj played almost 0 mistake fb & still came up on the losing end.you’ll go deep in the playoff probably will meet again.you cant win em all.cant say we was the better team tonight,but we came out on top.referees did a great job calling the game.so dont blame the refs

vikingfan1

September 7th, 2013
4:28 am

MADDBALL and black&gold, we’ll see how that new scoreboard looks after your little visit to the Concrete Palace coming up in a few weeks! You sure talk big Colquitt boys after losing to Lowndes last year. I don’t see any state championships at the hog pen lately! When you guys lose, you blame everybody and everything but yourselves. Lowndes just got outplayed tonight. Period. No cheating, no nothing. Newton came to play football and win and that is what they did. Lowndes played poorly all night. No excuses. Doesn’t mean we are out for the season. This is only one game and it’s not a region game. So, just hold your comments until we play head to head my friends. Then you can talk all you want. That is, if you can beat us. We shall see.

Todd Holcomb

September 7th, 2013
5:30 am

57 – You know about the Ghosts of Bazemore Field. Well, what I was saying is that they needed one of those ghosts, and that he was exercised in the victory. But you’re right, nobody would get that, so I changed it to exorcised. How did I do trying to wiggle out of that one?

Luv football

September 7th, 2013
6:17 am

Great game Lovejoy and Colquiit, thought Colquitt would pull away second half. Impressed with Lovejoy 10th grade quarterback, receivers and defense after losing so much. Play calling and penalty at the end hurt. Colquitt very strong see you in the dome. May be remacth?

stooge

September 7th, 2013
6:24 am

Hopefully some can put to rest the notion that Propst keeps refs in his pockets and that our games are called “”crooked”. The officials were on us every time we sneezed wrong with a tally of over 80 yards.in penlaties. Good one. LJ, you guys showed up to play and almost pulled it out. Good luck the rest of the season and maybe we’ll dance again in the playoffs.

stooge

September 7th, 2013
6:30 am

@Todd- Blaspheme! The ghosts from the glory days might prefer “Cleveland Field”.

Itiswhatitis

September 7th, 2013
6:35 am

3 games into the season and everyone has their team in the dome. Really? There is a whole lot of football left and 6 A has a lot of teams capable of pulling off upsets every week. I would not put any team in the dome yet. Are there some leaders? Yes. But guarantees? Not right now, the jury is still out until region play begins. In the mean time, just enjoy the Pre-region games. Your out of region games, no matter how tough the opponent, does not compare to your region games. I see more surprises when region play begins.

AVikingFan

September 7th, 2013
6:36 am

I have to admit Lowndes played somewhere between mediocre and poorly coached! We practiced a new “short passing game” since June 10th, but like he always does, in a tight ball game McPherson scraps it and turns solely to his wing ding dang tee. We only attempted five passes last night, completing two and drawing one pass interference penalty. It’s beginning to look like local radio talk show host Mikey Davis was correct in picking Lowndes to finish 4th in our region. Personally I hope we finish that good.

Newton’s coach brought a blue and white sledge hammer to Martib Stadium last night and every Newton player walked by and rubbed it. Then it seems, they used it on us. Congrats to them and their coaches.

MADDBALL

September 7th, 2013
7:11 am

@vikingfan1 its not about the packers dont lose games bc we do,,,,but we lose games 2 contenders,not pretenders.we dont fear playing lowndes in the concrete palace.lowndes was just exposed last night.blame your man bksmith14 4 talking all that big talk about lowndes.every week all we hear is lowndes this n lowndes that from yall…but when someone else sayssomething about lowndes yall get offended.that why the players play the game every fri night.all this pre-game hype through the week is just blah blah blah..our ego isnt swoll bc we beat lj,,but in our hearts we know we beat a great team that’ll put up good numbers on any team.if lowndes would of played lj last night your scoreboard would of been smoking from all the points lj would of put on you..just suck it up n move on,,,same thing we had 2 do last week

Squirrell

September 7th, 2013
7:49 am

Lovejoy could win it all!

Wouldn’t want to play them again, but we might have to!

When the rankings come out, LJ should be No.3 and Pack No.2!

We’ll see if NG deserves to stay No.1 after next week!

Rufus S. DeMann

September 7th, 2013
7:53 am

Make no mistake…Lovejoy is a GOOD football team. Probably, one of the most athletic teams I’ve seen in a while. They say…”it ain’t over till it’s over”. Well, with the clock showing 0:00…I turned to the guys behind me and begged…”it IS over, ain’t it?”

What a game….

Rufus>>

WildHawg2012

September 7th, 2013
8:36 am

@vikingfan1= most of the time u Vikings fans jump all over us more than any fans in the state but when u drop the ball u expect no one to say anything!!! Like Camden 74 would say C’MON MAN!!!! We have lost games but everyone in Ga knows the team we lose to but I don’t know who or where Newton is like a lot of Colquitt fans. And as far as the Pack coming to Lowndes in 2 weeks we are coming and for the first time this year we might be a healthy team on defense

WildHawg2012

September 7th, 2013
9:01 am

@Sports nut= Hope u and the Lovejoy fans had a safe trip home and I must say u guys are as advertised and clearly one of the best teams in the state this year. I wish I could have been in Moultrie but just listening on line had me feeling like it was a playoff game and at the end u guys were about to end our season. Wow what a game and u guys do play Lovejoy football and it is unmatched by many in this state. I do hope u guys play an out of state team next year cause I know Ga would be represented well. Good luck the rest of the season.

Sportsnut

September 7th, 2013
10:01 am

I am sure all the kids at Lovejoy would appreciate all the good words but they wanted to win. For those waiting for excuses, I have none. Well, maybe coaching.

This was a very good football game and the officials did not decide the outcome. Congrats to Colquitt on the win. Lovejoy has some learning to do but that is expected from the kids.

Playoff type ball. Everyone standing on the last drive, on which Lovejoy should have scored. We do have issues with our corners though. Other than that, these kids did great.

We replaced 16 starters and are still competitive, that is what I wanted to see. Now I can say Lovejoy no longer rebuilds, they reload. I was impressed with how the handled themselves in game time situations as young players.

It is early and they will get better.

57Cat

September 7th, 2013
10:13 am

I’ll let you off the hook on that one, Todd. Re-reading the item with the intent you had in mind makes sense. But the ghost I had in mind was the one that has haunted us the whole year since Brooks beat us for the first time in 19 tries. That makes more sense to me. But “stooge” has you on one that you will have to be a magician to wiggle your way out! I can’t wait to see that.

You do a great job; best blog around!

PittBullHawg

September 7th, 2013
10:18 am

Not trying to single anyone out on a team loaded with good athletes but #50 and 60 for Lovejoy were tremendous. When they hit they locked up and you went DOWN hard.

I may as well give a shout out to their Soph QB as well. Kid was dead on just about all night. His receivers were good but they dropped many of his balls. Had I been coaching that team I would have thrown deep to that 6′5″ gazelle they had ever other play. Wow!

The Lovejoy football team and fans are some of the best guests to ever come to Mack Tharpe stadium. They play hard and disciplined and that’s a reflection of their coaches. They made some mistakes that hurt them during the game but the Packers were far from perfect themselves. I talked to some Lovejoy fans at the Rich Oil after the game last night and they made it obvious they loved coming to South Georgia playing. They couldn’t stop talking about the stadium atmosphere before and during the game.

Before last night I thought McEachern was the most athletic team I’ve seen so far in Georgia. After seeing Lovejoy last night I believe I have to give them the nod. Everyone on that team can run, even the big guys.

Sportsnut

September 7th, 2013
10:24 am

“how they “, last para, 3rd line

MADDBALL

September 7th, 2013
10:47 am

@SPORTSNUT ALL JOKES ASIDE LOVEJOY IS A TREMENDOUS FB TEAM,,PACK HAD THEIR HANDS FULL LAST NIGHT.GLAD WE PULLED OUT THE WIN. HATS OFF 2 LOVEJOY A TOP CONTENDER TEAM.THEIR EVERY BIT OF WHAT YOU ADVERTISED THEM 2 BE

Camden74

September 7th, 2013
11:00 am

Sportsnut……Both teams played well last night, congrats to Colquitt on y’alls win! Now, let’s get to the real stuff. What the heck was Lovejoy’s coaching staff thinking on the last drive? :-)

Sportsnut

September 7th, 2013
11:26 am

Maybe they weren’t. I think it is a case of not realizing what he has. He, the O/C, knew what he had in Travis but I think he must learn to trust these kids to get the job done. They are more than capable. On that last drive, Kirkland and Tilley were gashing Colquitt. We get to the 3. First and goal. Off tackle with Kirkland to the left side. No gain. Tempers flare. Unsportsmanlike on both teams. After an officials pow-wow, the ball is placed on the 5. Three passes, all incomplete. Game over.

Squirrell

September 7th, 2013
11:44 am

Packer fan’s opinion! I listened on radio so I may not be completely accurate.

Seems that LJ had us gassed on that last drive with the run after run.

I figured that they would just run it on in and win the game?

Sportsnut

September 7th, 2013
12:01 pm

I seem to recall someone saying with the exception of Lovejoy, Regions 2 and 3 will again be a non-factor or something to that effect. Prognostication is such a hard thing to do.

Lovejoy#1

September 7th, 2013
12:39 pm

@squirell first off you are thinking like a real OC. But Chatman is so much smarter then most OC. This is the Lovejoy way. Over talented to many good athletes. So at the beginning of the season we pick two are three kids out of all that talent blow there names up in the paper every week then we get in game like this and the named kids doesn’t come through on the first down. Then you panic and throw three incomplete passes. In case you didn’t notice genius you had another running back carry the ball 10-12 yards a carry this was not 7 on 7 this was real game and you lost another for these Kids. They still remember the game you gave Norcross in the dome. Right now I would to say our biggest opponent is our OC.

viking hammer

September 7th, 2013
12:58 pm

We was cheated that game. The refs were paid good. The last touchdown was not a catch. Anyways it will make the team stronger. But I believe that coach mac needs to revamp the offense.

Lovejoy#1Dad

September 7th, 2013
1:02 pm

Thanks CC for a great night of football. The kids where discipline the coaching was pretty good. Unlike the offensive coaching at Lovejoy . Could someone on this blog please teach Lovejoy offensive coaching how to run two incredible running backs with two different styles of running the ball. One big and can pounds the ball down the field. The other small but run like Barry Sanders . Every coach in Georgia would to have this problem. But the great mind of Coach Chatman saw our best option for scoring after running the ball down the field 75 yards to the five yard line didn’t trust his running back to carry the ball the last 5 yards so he decide to throw four incomplete passes . Thanks Coach just when we started getting over your great play calling in the Dome last year against Norcross.

HSFB Follower

September 7th, 2013
1:12 pm

Lovejoy needed the win, had to have the win over a big time program and didn’t get it. Still a very good football team yet they’ve gotta win a big game or two especially since they play in a less than stellar region. They’ll be around in the playoffs but all this pitching horseshoes stuff has to end.

Camden74

September 7th, 2013
1:32 pm

Sportsnut…..LOL….Guess I don’t have to say anything! Your fellow Lovejoy Fans have already said it. I could not believe Lovejoy threw the ball that many times, inside the five yard line….Especially since you guys pretty much ran it to get down there……..As a coach, sometimes, I guess you can even out smart yourself…….. :-)

WildHawg2012

September 7th, 2013
1:53 pm

@74= you are right and so are the Lovejoy fans. Spots nut has talked about that big offensive line all year and we were worn down in the trenches too so the coaching staff did out smart them selves and that’s unfortunate for the kids cause they played their @#$ off. It was a heck of a game and both teams will grow from this and get better. congrats to u guys last night

R31768 Pack

September 7th, 2013
2:29 pm

Not sure why they threw it 4 times on the last drive. I definitely think they could have punched it in on the ground. I know one thing. If LJ would have dropped back and threw deep to No. 11 more, we would not have won. It appeared they had the pass protection for the deep ball. I don’t want to play them twice.

Camden74

September 7th, 2013
3:59 pm

I guess in the heat of battle, we all miss certain things. So, I’m going to cut Lovejoy’s OC a bit of slack. But, I wonder why coaches from good teams don’t miss those calls when they play Camden? RELEASE the, CAMDEN COUNTY WILDCATS!!!! :-D

Sportsnut

September 7th, 2013
4:03 pm

@ WildHawg2012 == Newton is, from Atlanta, out I-20 East, heading towards Augusta. Not that far out though. There is DeKalb, then Rockdale, and then Newton. There are in the same general area as Rockdale, Alcovy, Heritage-Conyers and Eastside.

Sportsnut

September 7th, 2013
4:09 pm

@ 74 == I’m sure you know what it feels like to sit and watch it all take place and not be able to do anything about it. As we left the stands, one fathers voice was heard above the rest as they called for a change in the play calling and I think Coach may have heard it. I like Coach Chapman but I think he is a little to laid back and seems not to use all at his disposal.

We should have scored on that last drive.

CoffeeC100

September 7th, 2013
4:58 pm

Congratulations to Colquitt and to Lovejoy also. Great game. Don’t know what to think about the Lowndes fiasco except “What the hell?”.

In no way is anyone at Coffee looking past Burke. But with that said Coffee fans are anxious to see how we are going to stack up against our 1-6A partners. Coffee is very young. But very deep and talented. The air feels different around Coffee County this year. Confidence and a can-do attitude that has never been seen in a Trojan team.

Let’s play some football!

Sportsnut

September 7th, 2013
5:01 pm

To all == Lowndes did not play a dud, they laid a dud. Newton came to play and play they did. Congrats to our Region Brothers for a job well done.

Camden74

September 7th, 2013
5:15 pm

Sportsnut……..The coach lost his discipline…….JUST KIDDING! I’m sure it was a learning experience for everyone involved……. :-)

Camden74

September 7th, 2013
5:22 pm

I’m not going to say anything negative about any R1 team. Because on any given night, your bubble can be burst! I’m looking forward to an extremely competitive region this season. There are lots of really good young players scattered all over Region 1, so there will be some really good battles for the foreseeable future. We’re going to do what? RELEASE the CATS!!!! :-D

57Cat

September 7th, 2013
8:12 pm

Next week Valdosta has Crisp County coming in, and the following week Newton comes back to Valdosta. After what the Rams did to the Mighty Vikings, you can bet Coach Gillespie will be taking nothing for granted. I may have to pick bksmith14’s brain and take advantage of some of vast football knowledge to get some tips on how the Wildcats might be able to upset Newton.

After beating Brooks, some world order has been restored. Besides the Cats win, UGA beat Spurrier soundly, especially in the 2nd half, and Florida lost. I might add that Lowndes lost, but order will not be fully restored until the Cats take care of business in the Concrete Palace with the $500k Scoreboard next month.

WildHawg2012

September 7th, 2013
8:53 pm

@sports nut= Thanks for that info on Newton cause I really didn’t know where they were from. Man they had a good little ride to Lowndes huh and if I understand right they have to go back and play Valdosta too. I didn’t know that they were in your region so that explains why they do all this traveling. They are playing good comp so that they maybe able to stay on the field with you guys or at least finish second so I commend the Newton coach for putting his team on the road and playing in Valdosta. A win like that changes the mindset of a team and builds lots of confidence

Rufus S. DeMann

September 8th, 2013
8:06 am

There’s nothing wrong with Lowndes that a GOOD enema wouldn’t fix…BUT…anybody that thinks they are dead and gone…has been eating too many lead paint chips. They have a STRONG run defense and a more than adequate O-Line. Their offense is a tad suspect at present…but things have a way of evolving. Region play hasn’t started…but when it does…I think Lowndes will be a team that will have to be reckoned with.

Sportsnut

September 8th, 2013
8:30 am

@ WildHawg2012 == Thanks. Yes it was a long ride for them with another to follow right back to Valdosta. Newton is young. They are not alone in improvement. Rockdale is now 2-0. They are also young. I believe they also start a sophomore, or maybe a junior at Qb.

Regions 2 and 3 may be much improved this season. I look forward to watching as much of them as possible this season.

@ 74 == The O/C should know by now. He had spring and summer with them and should have more trust in his players ability.

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Thanks for the good words attributed to the Lovejoy Football team. The kids, some of them read this stuff and they will be glad to see what is thought of them from someone other than their family and friends.

Marquez Mitchell

September 8th, 2013
9:42 am

Valdosta is good. Beat us bad. BC Trojans will be back dis week!!

68 Viking

September 8th, 2013
10:42 am

I wasent at the game but kept up with it. Sounds like to me the vilkes came over confident that is a undesirable trate for a steller program like lowndes. Knowing coach Mac he will make some adjustments this week and the home folks will see a different viking team come out. this week we have a cup cake in windsor forest I really am looking for a blow out with a lot of kids seeing playing time. But u can be assured that the Mac will put his team thru the wringer, they will be workjing on correcting their mistakes go vikes

Gamer

September 8th, 2013
8:16 pm

It’s on—– all the chat back and forth is good.

Pope UGA XXIII

September 8th, 2013
9:30 pm

I was on vacation at the Gulf Coast when I saw the Newton/Lowndes score.
My first reaction was to get it confirmed. After I did, the famous Fred Sanford
line came to mind ; “Ohh, this is the big one !!”
Arguably Newton’s greatest football win since the school opened in 1950. We
have always been a basketball school, so congratulations to the team and the
coaching staff. Great job, guys !!