List/Trivia/Quote: Lowndes, Camden blowouts fall short of record

LIST

Lowndes and Camden County won games Friday that were eye-opening for their scores. Lowndes won 87-0. Camden County won 91-6. Those were the largest margins of victory in GHSA games since 1976, and two of the 10 all-time most lopsided. Here are games decided by at least 80 points:

95

Hamilton 95, Blakeney 0 (1967)

94

Bradwell Institute 94, Claxton 0 (1964)

90

Warner Robins 90, Jordan 0 (1976)

89

Mount de Sales 89, East Fannin 0 (1971)

87

Lowndes 87, Windsor Forest 0 (2013)

86

Savannah Country Day 92, Wheeler County 6 (1969)

Athens 86, Jonesboro 0 (1965)

85

Camden County 91, Beach 6 (2013)

83

Commerce 83, East Hall 0 (1966)

82

South Atlanta 95, Cross Keys 13 (2010)

81

Pacelli 81, Stewart-Quitman 0 (2004)

Greenville 81, Central, Talbotton 0 (1985)

80

Wheeler County 82, Wadley 2 (1979)

Dalton 83, Fannin County 3 (1980)

Mitchell-Baker 80, Randolph Clay 0 (1983)

Georgia Industrial 80, East Fannin 0 (1969)

Source: GHSFHA.com

TRIVIA

Name the two Georgia head coaches who are in the first seasons at their schools, whose teams are in the current Top 10 and whose teams were not in the Top 10 last season. (Answer Tuesday)

Answer to Friday’s question: South Gwinnett in 2003 is the only team other than Brookwood, Grayson or Parkview to win Region 8 in the highest classification outright since 1994.

COACH SPEAK

“Success is just a byproduct of proper processes and details done correctly. The scoreboard takes care of itself.” (Bill Walsh)

- Roswell coach John Ford

GHSF Daily asked coaches during the offseason if they have a favorite quote, saying or motto. We’ll run a different one each day. Coaches are invited to add to our list.

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65 comments Add your comment

Sportsnut

September 16th, 2013
9:31 am

The first school on this list is now closed. Has been since 1969. This is the school in the neighbor hood that produced Danny Buggs, George Rogers, Dwayne Harris and Patrick pass. If not for it’s closure due to de-segregation in 1969, they would or could be a power today.

When they closed it’s doors, the neighborhood kids were sent to 4 high schools and 5 elementary schools. Druid Hills, Clarkston, Shamrock and Avondale were their assigned schools. All the kids in their district now attend DHHS as attendance lines were re-drawn and school consolidation took place.

Given time, DHHS will become competitive.

wolfbait 67

September 16th, 2013
10:13 am

enjoy your comments, but didn’t George Rogers play his H S ball for the Duluth Wildcats…hope ur team success this season…

Tiger4Life

September 16th, 2013
10:35 am

WOW, talking about throwback “Danny Buggs”
I grew up in the neighborhood with him and his children. His oldest son played at SWD. Never thought I would hear that name mentioned on these blogs.

AVikingFan

September 16th, 2013
10:56 am

Surprising that a Savannah school is on the list as having WON by such a margin. Also surprising that Warner Robins and Bradwell Institute were on the list as winners, when two of their biggest fans have been so vocal – in the blogs- saying negative things about Lowndes and Camden, this week!

Sportsnut

September 16th, 2013
11:09 am

wolfbait 67 == He went to Duluth, that is true. He is from Scottdale as far as I am concerned. I went to elementary school with him at Robert Shaw.

@ Tiger4Life == I will never forget “Glue”. Very positive role model. Wanted to be like him considering his accomplishments.

Sportsnut

September 16th, 2013
11:14 am

@ wolfbait == We knew then that he could run. He earned the nick name “Cookie Monster” for his willingness to run to the candy lady for you if you bought him some cookies. He did a lot of it barefoot and we had dirt roads. A star was born.

wolfbait67

September 16th, 2013
12:23 pm

He definitely set the bar in Gwinnett…H Walker set the bar for GA even though Rogers won the Heisman first….saw him a few times at Duluth and they were a lot of dirt roads back in that era…njoyed the tidbit

Sportsnut

September 16th, 2013
12:35 pm

I just wish they had never closed our schools. We had some great talent come through the neighborhood. The DeKalb schools all benefit from the talent that comes from there as they recruit the kids in rec ball to play for their organizations. Of course, they eventually attend one of those schools.

TEXAS DAWG

September 16th, 2013
1:11 pm

The 1976 Warner Robins team may have been the best that the state has ever produced. That was the team the featured Ronald Simmons (FSU), James Brooks (Auburn), and Jimmy Womack (UGA). They pretty much steam rolled everyone that year giving up only one score in the playoffs that year (Lindsey Scott got loose for one TD).

Bobby Dodd

September 16th, 2013
1:21 pm

Danny Buggs played at
Avondale in the 70’s, right? Can’t remember if he played for Calvin Ramsey or Crawford Kennedy (both won state championships I think).

FarTrain

September 16th, 2013
1:26 pm

TD, you failed to mention that was the year (1976) that WR won the national championship also. Has been described by many as the best team to ever come out of GA, period.

Bobby Dodd

September 16th, 2013
1:28 pm

Speaking of Avondale which is now closed: I think when schools like Avondale and now in Gwinnett with Brookwood and Parkview both at the low points of their existence, kids that come in and play for schools with traditions like that should be mandatory to take a course in the history and traditions of the school. That way they might establish some pride for what the people before them spent their lives building. There’s no telling how much money, blood, sweat, and tears from the parents of the original Parkview and Brookwood programs spent on building their stadiums to be some of the finest in the south. Wouldn’t it be great if today’s students and athletes appreciated it, built on it instead of tearing it down (literally and physically)? .

JAB

September 16th, 2013
2:02 pm

@ Bobby Dodd, Good point…!!!

TouchdownT

September 16th, 2013
2:09 pm

Good Point, but i would not call a school that won a state championship less than 3 yrs ago at a low point of existence. Just my thoughts

High 5

September 16th, 2013
2:40 pm

Spot on Bobby Dodd! AMEN!

how dare they

September 16th, 2013
2:57 pm

Both Lowndes and Camden Co. should be made to forfiet those games for running up the score. It’s not fair that they are allowed to win by that many points not to mention the fact that the teams they beat will probably have self esteem and emotional troubles due to the this sort of unsportsman like conduct. They should fire both coaches and hire someone who won’t make that kind of mistake in the future. I been reading on here and see that the coach for East Paulding would be a great choice to teach these uncaring coaches a thing or two.

SlipUP

September 16th, 2013
3:22 pm

Huh? We were hoping for 100 points down here in Title Town! Not our fault the other
team walked around in a daze for 60 minutes! Our JV team ran all over them in the fourth
quarter…give me a break.

yawner

September 16th, 2013
3:27 pm

@SlipUP, well no wonder y’all put up so many points. You play 60 minute games? Rest of us just do 48 minutes.

Ernest

September 16th, 2013
3:42 pm

Good trips down memory lane along with history lessons today….

Sportsnut, ironically I work with someone that played football with George Rogers in Duluth. I recall him saying that George’s mother lived in DeKalb however he lived with grandparents in Duluth.

TEXAS DAWG, that 1976 Warner Robins team was a good one however the 1975 Americus team was no slouch either. They gave up 8 points all season and had 13 shutouts. I remember Mackel Harris from that team who was the state player of the year and went to Georgia Tech.

wolfbait 67

September 16th, 2013
3:42 pm

at his time, Chip Kell was a monster coming out of Avondale..definitely one of the powerhouses of the day…
thanks AJC for jarring the memory bank with this one

SlipUP

September 16th, 2013
3:52 pm

48 minutes, 60 minutes….sorry my bad. Either way, you whiners miss the point. What happened
to the days when we as a society didn’t have to feel guilty for being successful. You didn’t read the rest of my post because you were so concerned about “burning” me with my mistake. I said our
JV TEAM ran all over them in the fourth quarter. You can’t put the JVs in the game and then tell them they’re not allowed to score…anyway, it was up the other team’s defense to do something besides pick their noses….Go pick on Camden for their 91 while you’re on a roll.

bugs

September 16th, 2013
4:16 pm

I think Lemon Street of Marietta beat Lucy Laney of Augusta 110-0
in the mid 60’s.

camdenfan2013

September 16th, 2013
5:52 pm

SlipUP, you have to let them have their say. They were not at either game. The kids should and did play hard all the way through on both Camden and Lowndes. For those that say otherwise, like punting the ball on first down, they can suck on it. Next thing you know, they are going to say that everyone should get a trophy at the end of the year.

black&gold

September 16th, 2013
5:58 pm

Lowndes need to ask the question, are we doing our fan base a disservice by scheduling so many far inferior opponents.Don’t use the argument that you can’t get quality non-region opponents to play your team.Coffee and colquitt have arguably the two toughest schedules this year due to the quality of their non-region opponents.IMO,fans would rather see a competitive football game going into the fourth quarter than to see the junior varsity teams score at will.Fans will pay more for tickets if u have a schedule full of quality opponents.That in turn will boost the budget for all athletics,not just football.

Oakland

September 16th, 2013
5:59 pm

The coaches that ran up the scores on these lesser teams should be proud of themselves. Maybe someone should have a parade. I guess when they’re in their 80s, they can look back and reflect that they beat a bunch of kids by 80 or more points and smile.

Sportsnut

September 16th, 2013
6:06 pm

@ Ernest == You may be right about his grandmother living in Duluth. That would make sense considering that is where he ended up. He did live not 2 miles from me. I used to play with the guy as a kid.

Sportsnut

September 16th, 2013
6:17 pm

@ Bobby Dodd == Actually, it was the late 60’s. Danny attended Hamilton, the school on top of this blog and may have been on that team. Hamilton closed in 69′ but he had already transferred to Avondale. He graduated in 1970 I believe and did not play in the 71′ season before deciding to go to West Virginia in 72′. I think he had academic issue’s in 71′.

By the time he was a senior, he was the fastest man in Georgia. Today, he is an inspirational speaker and author, with several books to his credit.

ole ball coach

September 16th, 2013
6:20 pm

I was fortunate to not only grow up and play with a ton of athletes from Scottdale, but also was able to coach many at both CD and TFL. A few that people are unaware of: Vic Callaway, Joel Huff, Stanley Barnes, all the Frost boys, Danta Hinton and the Pritchett clan. Also, the all time leading scorer in Dekalb County basketball history, Woodrow Edwards, who was a darn good football player too. I am blessed to know these folks and their families too, they are some fine folks!

bksmith14

September 16th, 2013
6:35 pm

keep scheduling big games colquitt in the non region..and keep right on losing d-1 players and key players off of your packer team.

When you schedule weaker teams..you can rest your starters in the 2nd half and give your jv team valuable experience.

Our jv took the field the 2nd half…what are they supposed to do? LAY DOWN AFTER BALL WAS SNAPPED?

Lowndes was pissed for losing and it was just a bad time for windsor to have to play us. We were only up 17-0 on them last year at start of 4th…and won 38-0

Yea they lost a lot off that team, but nobody expect to see 87 -0

hardaway this fri will be a better team the forest although not an elite team. i expect a 4 to 5 td win at least

anyone who may have been thinking about writing lowndes off after losing to newton ..well you are sadly mistaken.

bksmith14

September 16th, 2013
6:37 pm

a lot of people are just jelous at all the attention camden and lowndes are getting for scoring that many points …thats a lot of it.

What are the kids supposed to do? just take a knee each snap?

Sportsnut

September 16th, 2013
6:44 pm

@ Old Ball Coach == One you left off your list is near and dear to me, Jerry Jones, runningback from Clarkston. One of the best to come through. He played with Alabama until a back injury and subsequent surgery cut it short.

@ Bobby Dodd == Avondale has 3 state titles and the first 2 were in 58′ and 63′. Ramsey was the coach then. They also won in 76′ when they had Cliff Austin and Tim Martin, probably the best duo of runningbacks in the state. Coach Kennedy was at the helm for this one. He replaced Ramsey in 1970.

black&gold

September 16th, 2013
6:57 pm

@bksmith14..first off,everyone knows injuries are gonna happen in football and resting your starters the second half could have a negative impact come time to play region games when scores will require starters to play all four quarters.I have no problem with the scoring.Lowndes did what they needed to do to get extra players in the game.Again,schedule QUALITY non-region opponents that will test your team early in order to be better prepared when region games begin.

Mighty Mighty Wildcats

September 16th, 2013
7:21 pm

Since when are we supposed to apologize for success? WE never apologized when the 4 Albany schools wanted to play up in the 80’s and we scored 38 before half. Lowndes and Camden both had axes to grind after their respective embarrassin losses the week before. (As a Valdosta Wildcat I found it HILARIOUS)….both times.
You MSNBC Democrats need to find another sport to root for (i.e. soccer/ballet/womens tennis) before discussing the merits of winning and losing on the gridiron.

Lemon Street 104 Lyndale 0

September 16th, 2013
7:36 pm

I saw Mel Pender, the Olympic sprinter today. He went to Lyndale in the 60’s when Marietta’s Lemon Street Hornets beat them 104-0. Mel said they only had 15 players on the team. When the school closed, they went to Decatur. Lemon Street won the AIA state championship in 67, then integrated with Marietta and won the AAA state championship in 68.

MADDBALL

September 16th, 2013
8:02 pm

@bksmith14 listen up 2 things the pack aint worried about #1 writing lowndes off bc off the lost 2 newton and #2 yall scoring 87 points on a scrub. when region play starts you gon need those points bc from the looks of it our region is pretty competitive from top to bottom..no game is a guarranteed win for nobody. injuries will occur to players whether you play a competitive team or a cupcake team. If i can recall pittman is the only highly recruited d1 player on our team and we played just fine without him this past fri. night. we’re not loaded with d1 players this year like we have in the past few seasons.we have some other good quality players thats not d1 prospects yet,,,all tha may change at the end of the season though. good luck 2 lowndes & the rest of r1 teams. region play is like the playoffs for us.we will see you next friday night in the concrete palace..looking foward 2 a great game when lowndes & colquitt plays

Sportsnut

September 16th, 2013
8:18 pm

I have not commented on this subject yet but I think it is the job of the opposing team to stop it’s opposition. That is the name of the game. Outscore your opponent. Period. Much can be said for and against those scores but it was the responsibility of the coaches to prepare his team for the game and he knew the possibilities of the outcome before he scheduled the game.

It happened to me in basketball in high school. We were losing 44-14 in the first quarter vs Columbia and I wanted to walk off the court but that would have been quitting. Many of those kids involved in those games this past week learned valuable life lessons, both good and bad. Ultimately and hopefully for the better.

Who knows. Maybe this will inspire harder work and a bit more determination from the losers and that game will become a positive turning point in their thought process when the opportunity arises and they have a choice to make.

AVikingFan

September 16th, 2013
9:00 pm

Well said Sportsnut! Seems like I remember the Bear saying pretty much the same thing.

People are taking about Coffee scheduling good teams and not cup cakes. When this year’s schedule was made, Coffee WAS the cup cake, and people wanted to play them. Prior to this current two year schedule, Lowndes played Ware and the team Coffee played last week., for two years while Coffee played patsies. (There is no way of knowing 2or 3 years in advance how good a team will be.)

Prior to that 2 year period Lowndes played South Gwinnett and McEachern as non region opponents. We had what was rated as the state’s hardest schedule.

Schedules are made for two years in Georgia, and non region games cycle. People just need to drop it, and move on to something else. Like Brookwood and Parkview being 0-3, or how good former Stephenson RB Mike Davis is doing at South Carolina and how the young guys are doing so well at UGA and FSU, etc.

Personally I’d much rather talk about how really good NGHS looks this year.
And I’d like to see group discussions about what excuses Rush Propst will spew when Lowndes defeats his Packers once again, on September 27.

Fred

September 16th, 2013
9:12 pm

@sportsnut – I *think* Danny Buggs might have graduated in ‘71 but I could be wrong. If I can find my yearbook from that year I’ll look it up. My daughter liked looking at them and I’m not sure where she put them. I’ll ask some of my friends if they remember.

Charles Dudish was the QB in the mid/late 60s. I remember one of the sports shows on one of the major networks did a show on him and Avondale. It was a big hairy deal at the time long before all the instant media we have now that tracks everyone and their uncle. I remember going to games as a wee tot. Avondale closed down and may of us walked to the stadium.

@Bobby Dodd – I can assure you that the later and final generations had no real idea of what Avondale used to be. I look at the alumni groups and shake my head at what I see. At one time, Avondale was one of the top two or three high school academically in DeKalb when DeKalb was one of the top two school systems in the nation. While not quite the powerhouse of Valdosta at the time, most folks knew who we were for sure.

bksmith14

September 16th, 2013
10:08 pm

its going to be tough to beat colquitt. We know they cant beat us running the ball…we have way to much speed ..so they will have to do it through the air. Neither teams likes the other, lot of emotion will be in this game. I think colquitt is one of the top 5 teams in the state so i am stoked for it. Hardaway is up first…regardless of what anyone on here says, they have some athletes and a very very good rb. We have to take the field this friday and play ball and anything can happen if you play bad and are not ready as we have already found out

Sportsnut

September 16th, 2013
10:55 pm

@ AVikingFan == That is where I got it. My brother went to Bama in the Bears last season. Ray Perkins came in as the coach. During recruitment, I had a chance to hear some words of wisdom from a coach that had my respect as a coach and a man.

@ Fred == That could be right. I am not sure. I know he lit it up at West Virginia when he got there.
You are correct in more than one way. Not only do they not know about Avondale, they have no idea what Lakeside, Dunwoody, Peachtree and others were like back in the day.

Even when Herschel was playing, these schools were the powers. I saw Walker in the All-Star game at DeKalb Memorial(Halford) Stadium and the kids from the local schools ate his lunch.

CatDad

September 17th, 2013
4:07 am

Wow it sure doesn’t take long for two once proud programs to fall into the depths of the hated football programs in the state. In the case of Camden we lost all the respect and good will that Herron spent 13 years building in one night. It will be interesting to see if the success he spent 13 years building will follow.

Dunwoody Dawg

September 17th, 2013
4:15 am

No reason for a high school team to ever score that many points unless it’s a close game. HS sports are about the competition but also sportsmanship. Not all schools are going to be able to field a competitive team against some of these powerhouses. The coaches of these schools should know better, and use it as a teaching point to these young student-athletes. The kids on both sides of the ball will be better. Very distasteful, but I guess you expect that this day and age.

Wheeler68

September 17th, 2013
5:43 am

Missed one Wheeler County lost to Savannah Country Day in 69 or 70 92-6. SCD punter actually fielded one punt and kicked it back. There was not anything either team could do to prevent the final score.

how dare they

September 17th, 2013
5:46 am

To those who didn’t get it,I was being facetious.

ole ball coach

September 17th, 2013
6:25 am

Sportsnut, you are correct on Jerry Jones, I actually was a senior @ CHS when he was a soph. He was a special talent and a good kid, always had a smile on his face. Coach Stringer had many studs come through there. I was fortunate to play my senior year for Tommy and learned alot of character from him in that year, a truly fine man.

Camden74

September 17th, 2013
12:40 pm

How dare they…….Are you suffering from self esteem and emotional troubles? :-)

Camden74

September 17th, 2013
12:43 pm

Oakland……Seriously? :-)

Camden74

September 17th, 2013
12:47 pm

Dunwoody Dawg……Did you attend, watch or listen to the Camden-Beach or Lowndes-WF games? :-)

Camden74

September 17th, 2013
12:57 pm

CatDad….Once proud, lost all respect that Herron spent 13 years building? When exact did Camden lose everyone’s respect? If I’m not mistaken, there were a few lopsided blowouts in the Jeff Herron era too! Most of the people making negative comments, did not see or hear the Camden nor the Lowndes game. These are whiners that hate Camden’s and Lowndes’ program. Do you really believe that coach Coffey set out to score that many points? If so, why didn’t he just leave the first team in and score 150? :-D

Reeze

September 17th, 2013
1:12 pm

@CatDad………….I agree , If Herron were still at Camden this massacre wouldn’t have occurred …This rests on the coaching staffs shoulders……….Nix ,former HC at Northside was a master at toning down his offense ……. In 07 the Eagles beat Houston county 30-0 ……27 1st qrt points and 3 second qtr points…….This one could have gone 3 digits ,but it did not…….We all have been watching this game for a long time , Don’t sit and say it can’t be done or it’s out of the staffs hands , we all know it’s not true.