Class A Blog: 12 teams — 6 public, 6 private — stay perfect Friday night

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Here is a look at some teams that remained undefeated thus far:

Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy. As expected, the No. 1 Chargers (3-0) steam rolled Hapeville Charter 68-6 in a game that was 55-0 at the half.

Landmark Christian School. The No. 2 War Eagles escaped Friday with a 14-7 win over Mt. Paran Christian School in Fairburn. Landmark (4-0) got touchdowns from senior RB Darius Smith on a 5-yard run and a 35-yard fumble return by freshman Joey Blount. Landmark led 14-0 after one quarter and the defense made it stick. Mt. Paran (2-1) proved it will be a contender, as the Eagle defense stood firm against Landmarks power running game.

Seminole County. The Indians, ranked No. 8, posted 252 yards of total offense in a 21-14 win over Clinch County (1-3). Seminole County RB Robert Speights scored on a 66-yard touchdown run and threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Peters, while QB Alex Fudge scored on a 3-yard run.

Trion. The Bulldogs (3-0) traveled south to Marietta and made a huge statement with a convincing 42-7 win over Walker. Trion’s methodical ground oriented offense did most of the damage as Malik Martin, Devonya Farmer, Bradley Womack and Chandler Latham (2) each had rushing touchdowns. The win snapped the Wolverines’ 13-game regular season win streak.

Pace Academy. The Knights continued their impressive start to the season with a 39-6 drubbing of King’s Ridge Christian School in a game played on Thursday night in honor of Yom Kippur. The victory avenged a 48-20 loss to King’s Ridge last season.

Telfair County. The Trojans are 3-0 for the first time since 1994 after drubbing Baconton Charter 47-6. In two seasons, Telfair County has outscored the Blazers 88-6. After finishing 6-4 last season and narrowly missing the public school playoffs, Telfair County hopes to advance to the post season for the first time since 2004.

Irwin County. The Indians (2-0-1) defeated East Laurens of Dublin 35-14, as the rebuilding job of head coach John Lindsey, now in this third season, continues in Ocilla. After finishing 3-7 in his first season, Lindsey guided Irwin County to a 7-4 record and a berth in the public school playoffs last season. Meanwhile, this season Class AA East Laurens (0-4) has lost to three schools in Class A (Aquinas, Hancock Central and Irwin County) by a combined score of 125-34.

Mount Pisgah Christian School. Chase Clark kicked a 21-yard field goal with no time left on the clock to complete a 17-16 comeback win over Our Lady of Mercy (0-2). The Patriots (3-0) trailed 16-0 at halftime.

Johnson County. The Trojans (3-0) edged Portal (0-2-1) 20-13 at home in Wrightsville. Johnson County began last season 4-0 but went 3-3 down the stretch and failed to make the public school playoffs by finishing one spot shy of the top 16.

Gordon Lee. The Trojans are 3-0 for the first time since 2002, when they finished 11-2 and advanced to the Class A quarterfinals. Gordon Lee spanked Class AA Armuchee 25-7 on Friday.

Fellowship Christian. The Paladins are 3-0 for the first time since 2007 after dismantling Class AA Oglethorpe County 38-9 on Friday. Fellowship, located in Roswell, went on to finish the 2007 season with a record of 11-2.

St. Anne-Pacelli. The Vikings (2-0) blanked Stewart County (0-3) 44-0. The Columbus-based private school will try to avoid last year’s six-game nose dive after starting the 2012 season 4-0.

Your turn, Class A Blog heads. Until Tuesday …

28 comments Add your comment

Observing

September 14th, 2013
8:33 am

New rankings?

moodswing

September 14th, 2013
9:38 am

GWA not listed – after playing less than one half last week due to injury, Stanley Williams was back gaining 299 all-purpose yards( 235yds- 4TD) as GWA handled Holy Innocents 35-14.

GW Dad

September 14th, 2013
10:09 am

I must admit, GWA would of lost tonight if it wasn’t for Stanley William’s heroic effort. We planned on sitting him tonight. It turns out that we needed him more than ever. Hats off to Holy Innocents, who I was really surprised by. They held our offense very well and drove the ball on us better than I thought. If it wasn’t for some big plays, we would of lost tonight. Good luck to HI for the rest of the year. They have some talent.

S. Thomas Coleman

September 14th, 2013
10:22 am

Observing: Nope, this is just a listing of the undefeated teams tat stayed that way after Friday night. As always, the divided Top 5 will be back on Tuesday. Stay tuned!

STC

S. Thomas Coleman

September 14th, 2013
10:23 am

Mood swing:

G-Dub is not undefeated, so they are not on this list. But awesome effort by Stanley!

STC

davidwins

September 14th, 2013
11:31 am

@STC Wish everyone could have seen the effort put forth by Landmark last night. They lost one of their starting DE with a torn ACL last Friday. And the young ( sophmores ) men that stepped up into brand new territory to take over literally won the ball game last for us. I’m telling you this team of boys is an amazing group of athletes that have more heart than you will find on most any team. So proud of their efforts.

JSP

September 14th, 2013
1:32 pm

STC, I do apologize for bringing up Pisgah because your son does play there and it was a heartbreaking loss for them last night but I feel that I must commend the coaching staff there for their work there over the last few months.

This is very much the same team as last with maybe a little more depth and a little less talent. Most of the extra depth comes from underclassmen that wouldn’t be playing in year’s past The difference though is that this team spent on Summer staying late after practice, running sprints to get them in shape for the season. It’s tough enough to come back from a 16-0 deficit, but for Mount Pisgah? I’m sure you know that when they lose, they usually lose bad.

When they fall behind, there’s no coming back. Granted, they did not looked very sloppy on the offensive side of the ball for 75% of the game, but when it came down to crunch time, they got it done. I don’t expect them to make a run in the playoffs considering all roads lead to ELCA, but I do expect them to challenge for Region 6. Seems like Whitefield is really down this year (Losing to St. Francis?) Walker is good, but not as good as last year, Paran is strong, and even FCS seems like they have vastly improved.

moodswing

September 14th, 2013
9:33 pm

STC – As the young would say “my bad.”

Hapefan

September 14th, 2013
11:14 pm

ELCA looks good. Defense is awesome. They have a fantastic freshman running back. Very bright future.

Proud Pop

September 15th, 2013
7:37 am

Yes, it is still early, but Hebron Christian is 2-0 after beating Cross Keys. Their coaching is outstanding with 4 having played in the NFL and the OC was an Arena League QB. Probably a year away but an impressive turnaround nonetheless. Great bunch of kids!

Walton Co Youth

September 15th, 2013
8:47 am

GW Dad do you realize that Holy Innocents two tds were set up by turnovers(3)GW backs laid on the ground. Only way they crossed the 50.
GW kicker pinned HI down all night with all those touchbacks. And who blocked for Stanley.

S. Thomas Coleman

September 15th, 2013
9:02 am

Davidwins:

Landmark always plays with a lot of heart. It’s a trademark of the program, one to be proud of.

STC

S. Thomas Coleman

September 15th, 2013
9:17 am

JSP:

No need to apologize! It’s a credit to the kids and coaches at Pisgah that they never quit. It sounds like a cliche but the kids for Pisgah played with more heart and courage. They deserved to win the game. Congrats!

STC

S. Thomas Coleman

September 15th, 2013
9:25 am

Proud Pop:

Nice win for Hebron, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them beat St. Francis and Pinecrest. But the schedule gets pretty heavy after that. Good luck the rest of the way!

STC

GW Dad

September 15th, 2013
9:36 am

@Walton Co Youth, I’m not taking away anything from my son or the rest of the GW team. I’m just saying that I was surprised with the way HI played. I was impressed.

Swamp Lizard

September 15th, 2013
1:41 pm

@ STC …. a team flying under the radar, that no one is talking about, and that’s still UNDEFEATED is Sav Christian …. a big 17-9 win over Prince Ave & the 6-6 TIE with AAAAA Jenkins. Kind of a weird schedule for them, play opening week ( 23rd ), then OFF, played the 6th, then OFF again this past Friday.

We got any Raider fans that can give us take on how things are going down that way?

Swamp Lizard

September 15th, 2013
5:25 pm

The AJC’s Top 10

1. ELCA
2. Landmark
3. Lincoln Co
4. Aquinas
5. Sav Christian
6. George Walton Academy
7. Prince Ave Christian
8. Seminole Co
9. Irwin Co
10. Pace Academy

Swamp Lizard

September 15th, 2013
5:42 pm

Swamp’s Top 10

1. ELCA Best Class A team in the state.
2. Landmark Four “quality” wins!
3. Sav Christian A “quite” team right now but a win over Prince & a tie w AAAAA Jenkins
4. Seminole Co Two “quality” wins and making me a believer
5. Aquinas Big win over a very good George Walton team
6. George Walton Still think they are one of the better teams in the state
7. Lincoln Co I think they are one of the better Public teams with Coach Campbell
8. Prince Ave Chris Tough loss to Sav Christian, but Coach Herron will make them better
9. Pace Academy Good team making noise, could climb these polls
10. Irwin Co Two wins & tie against three AA teams

Trion Fan

September 15th, 2013
8:53 pm

I have a hard time not understanding why Trion can’t get any respect. I know we are in northwest Georgia in BFE but we are one of the better teams in the state right now.We crushed Walker and they were considered a “good” team. I am not dogging them and they will make a run in the playoffs.we have scored 40+ points in every game, one against a AAAA, one against AA and region game with Walker. STC look north and watch a great team.

Thanks guys, i know I am a little tainted and not as objective as I should me,
Trion Fan

Swamp Lizard

September 16th, 2013
5:43 am

@ Trion Fan ….. Trion ( 3-0 ) has beat an Armuchee team that’s 0-3 and has been outscored 35-6 in games. Trion beat an 0-2 LaFayette team that’s been outscored 48-17. Yes you beat a “good” Walker team and beat them soundly, but even the Walker fans don’t think they are as strong as they were last year. I’m not dogging Trion or Region 6 out, but Region 6 is in an identity crisis ….. kind of like the old Big East ( AAC ). Trion “might” be the class of Region 6, but will still have to prove themselves in the playoffs. AGAIN, I’m not putting Trion down, you could be the best team in the state, I personally can’t get a feel for Region 6. Look on the brightside of that analogy, Louisville put a smackdown on the ( mighty SEC ) Gators in the Sugar Bowl. ;)

Eagles1

September 16th, 2013
8:26 am

We will find out just how good Trion is in a few days! I am looking forward to heading that way, I have heard its a fun place to watch a game.

southside fan

September 16th, 2013
11:19 am

Eagles1….you should do well with your speed against Trion’s big team. It appears when they played Walker they threw ball only once. Trion will wear you down since they have over 70 players showing on their team. Do not expect deep kick offs from them as their kicker hits chips shots. According to my sources, Trion recovered 3 short kicks on the kick off. If Trion works with a short field and runs the misdirections plays they are going to score. They are a good team and a big team and loaded with seniors. I agree with Trion Fan that they have not received enough credit. If Trion wins this weekend against a good MPC team, I think they should be considered for a team that will make a run in the playoffs. this will be a match up of speed (MPC) versus size and numbers. It is almost like a SEC team (MPC) playing a Big Ten team (TRION) and we know what happens when SEC plays Big Ten teams.

NWG

September 16th, 2013
1:35 pm

Ask Irwin County how their speed did against Trion last year in the playoffs.

True Story

September 16th, 2013
1:49 pm

I have always respected Trion. They play hard-hitting, clean football. Very happy for the success the program is having. Congrats on beating Walker.

Trion Fan

September 16th, 2013
9:40 pm

I know it shocks most of you but Trion does have speed and as for passing we don’t do it much because we don’t have to. Yes our front line is huge avg weight of 280 across the front and yes we did start the season with 76 players. The kick offs i hate too because too many slip out of bounds. But we are faster than you might think and we have enough speed on the outside to score from anywhere its just deceptive. MPC is built much like walker in their size but I do not think they have the depth to out last our size and depth.

NWG nice remark bringing up Irwin County

Swamp R6 has always had the identity issue. Darlington always set the pace before but they are down. Trion will make a deep run again this year and shock people once more.

Trion Fan

September 16th, 2013
9:51 pm

eagles1- It is a beautiful place to watch a game. Home-side can sit 2500 and visitors around 1000. the field looks rough this year due to our yards-man making a huge mistake. the stadium is only about 5 years old now. But to give a heads up, parking sucks. the stadium is not where the high school is located. the parking is in the shopping center across the street. so get there early if you want decent parking, I will be there Friday night and if you hear the cowbell that will be me. If you need any info about getting here let me know

GAHSFBFAN24

September 17th, 2013
7:53 am

Trion gave ECI a tough game in the playoffs last year with half of team hurting from a stomach virus. If they can stay healthy they may very well win state on the public side of class A. They are definitely a top 10 team.

idk

September 17th, 2013
2:42 pm

Not sure if this is where to post this but RB/SS Malik Staples was offered by Boston College today. Kameron Uter (WR) is likely to get an offer tomorrow. QB Kevin Johnson has already received an offer from BC.