Class A Blog: JoCo makes statement, St. Anne-Pacelli 4-0 again, Mt. Pisgah still unbeaten, Commerce and Clinch pull upsets

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

There were some interesting outcomes Friday night:

Johnson County makes a statement. The Trojans, ranked No. 9, went to Savannah and out-muscled one of the most physical programs in the state, 2011 state champion Savannah Christian, ranked No. 4, 14-7. JoCo, held the Raiders out of the end zone in the game’s final two minutes, after Savannah Christian had a first-and-goal from the 5-yard line. The Trojan defense held Savannah Christian to just 58 yards rushing, according to the Savannah Morning News. JoCo is now 5-0 for the first time since 2010, while the Raiders (2-1-1) suffered their first loss of the season.

Lincoln County rebounds. After losing two games in a row and falling from No. 2 in the state at the beginning of the season to No. 10, Lincoln County (2-2, 1-0) got back on track with a 21-20 win over First Presbyterian Day (1-3, 0-1). The Red Devils jumped out to a 21-7 lead and hung on, as their defense stopped Viking QB Will McCormick’s two-point conversion run – which would have given FPD a 22-21 lead – with just under five minutes left in the game, according to the Macon Telegraph.

St. Anne-Pacelli 4-0 again. For the second consecutive season, St. Anne-Pacelli is 4-0 after the Vikings drubbed Central-Talbotton, 55-14. QB Wyatt Peterson and RB DeAndre Bowman scored two touchdowns apiece for St. Anne-Pacelli, which has outscored its opponents by a combined score of 194-40 so far this season. The Columbus-based Vikings are out to prove they are not a fluke this season, as the combined record of their opponents is just 1-17. Also, St. Anne-Pacelli began last season 4-0, before dropping its final six games in a row.

Three others stay unbeaten. No. 1 Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (4-0, 1-0) and No. 3 Aquinas (4-0, 1-0) stayed perfect with wins over Holy Innocents (34-14) and Twiggs County (52-21), respectively, in their region openers. That was expected. But the surprise unbeaten team in Class A is Mt. Pisgah Christian School (4-0), which is off to its best start since 2010, after downing Wilson (Ala.) 26-7.

Commerce, Clinch County pull upsets. Commerce and Clinch County are two traditionally strong programs trying to erase the memory of uncharacteristically poor seasons a year ago. Both took another step in that direction with upset wins on Friday. Clinch County (2-3, 1-0) knocked off Telfair County (3-2, 0-1), 27-7, in their Region 2 opener, while Commerce (3-2, 1-0) downed No. 5 George Walton Academy (3-2, 1-0), 31-21, in Region 8. With the score tied at 21-21 in the third quarter, Commerce scored 10 unanswered points to seal the win, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.

Other results of note:

No. 6 Prince Avenue Christian (4-1) raced to a 43-0 halftime lead en route to a 50-10 demolition of Athens Christian (2-2) … Darlington (4-1, 1-0) went up 14-0 early, held Trion (3-2, 0-1) out of the end zone on fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line, then drove 98 yards for another score and a 21-0 lead in the first half, as the Tigers gave the Trojans their second loss in as many weeks … Whitefield Academy (2-2, 0-1) knocked Gordon Lee (3-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten, with an 18-0 shutout.

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Swamp Lizard

September 28th, 2013
5:26 am

@ Johnson Co …. to all the players, coaches, and fans, I’m sorry for doubting your team, Very big win over Sav Christian! Sounds like you guys played some “nasty” D …. wish you the best moving forward and welcome to the Top 10 !!

Swamp Lizard

September 28th, 2013
5:28 am

@ Johnson Co … to the players, coaches, and fans …. sorry for doubting you all !! Very big win over Sav Christian, sounds like those guys played some nasty D. Wish y’all the best going forward.

Swamp Lizard

September 28th, 2013
5:43 am

Glad to see Clinch Co get that big win! Maybe the Panthers can right the ship and make a run at the Region 2 title and get in the playoffs … wish Coach Dickerson & the guys the best.
Shocker to see George Walton lose to Commerce! …. got to give the Tigers a little love! Maybe they are turning it around also.
Speaking of love …. Darlington has kept a low profile so far this year, but are now 4-1 with a big win over Trion last night ! Guess we all better keep an eye on them …. congrats.
I like to say that Holy Innocents players and coaches are first class! Very tough and physical team …. these guys get in the playoffs, they will make some noise, wish them the best moving forward.
Last but not least, can we please drop Lincoln from the Top 10? Yes, they won, but they are not a Top 10 team. Too many other teams out there that should get the recognition.

Class A Wizard

September 28th, 2013
6:47 am

I was able to see the Lincoln vs FPD game. Man, FPD has a great running game when they get going. They remind me of Sav Christian from 2009-2011, only better. Their Full Back is like a train when he gets going. Couple of adjustments on the defense and they are going to be a top 5, if not top 3 Private School. Lincoln’s offense once again started the night out HOT, but they just can’t maintain consistency. Their youth on defense showed, BUT FOUR times they made the stop when it counted most (one time stopping FPD’s massive fullback on 4 and 2 INCHES!). Lincoln once again had to play without four of their key starters, but should have them back at full speed just in time for Aquinas. If Lincoln can over come their youthful inexperience and put together a full game of doing it right…I don’t see anyone that can stop them. Until then, they’ll probably hand around 6-10 in the polls, which is right where they belong.

One question for any FPD folks, WHY did your coach not kick the field the goal and win?!

viking proud

September 28th, 2013
7:09 am

FPD kicker has been in the hospital and did not make the trip. kicker last night just started kicking. he did well considering but i dont know if he was up for a 30 yd field goal.

Dill Pickle

September 28th, 2013
7:29 am

Had the chance to attend JoCo vs Sav Christian. Both teams are fast and physical. Tougher and faster than the Atlanta area A teams I usually watch. Look out for both of these teams in the playoffs.

bucket

September 28th, 2013
7:32 am

I am totally shocked by the Commerce vs GWA result. There has to be a little more to the story there. Sounds like Lincoln vs FPD was a great game.

Class A Wizard

September 28th, 2013
8:49 am

@ viking proud – Thanks for clearing that up. As I was watching it unfold, FPD kept the ball in the middle of the field as if they were setting up for a winning FG. Either way, FPD has a tough, physical team and you all should do well in region in play.

@ bucket – FPD vs Lincoln was one of the most exciting games I have seen in a long time. Both teams need to make some adjustments and WHEN they do….both of them are gonna be tough to stop.

ELCA Football Dad

September 28th, 2013
9:54 am

Congrat’s to the ELCA Players and Coaches on a great Win last night over a tough Bears team. HI played us very physical and it was great to watch you guys battle like warriors after being down 7-0
” GO CHARGERS”

walton co youth

September 28th, 2013
7:58 pm

@GW Dad. Can you answer buckets question. You right about your #7-dang what a leg.

lcsparent

September 28th, 2013
8:27 pm

Landmark had a great showing over Mt.Vernon this afternoon. Many players played many positions that don’t typically play. Our 2nd and 3rd string got in a great deal of playing time and did a wonderful job. Way to go Landmark War Eagle 56 to 19 over Mt.Vernon!
OLM…we will be preparing to meet you next Friday at our house.

tigerpride

September 28th, 2013
8:59 pm

Commerce stopped the Stanley Williams train. Way to go tigers! Region championship goes through Tiger land!

Go Chargers

September 29th, 2013
1:31 am

Really proud of the way the ELCA players played against a very solid Holy Innocents’ team. I agree with Swamp, this HI team is legit. They have played some extremely tough teams (GWA, class AAAAA Riverwood, ELCA, Wesleyan). Look out for them in the future. They are very physical and look very motivated. With all that said, Go Chargers!

Tiger Patpaw

September 29th, 2013
8:45 am

@Swamp Lizard thanks for the ‘grats. The game transpired in unexpected fashion with the exception of the O-line execution, which has been consistent. This squad has the elements that indicate success. Significant senior class (15), multiple leadership contributors, returning “walking wounded” and a coaching staff adapting minor philosophical elements to accent available talents. This group has tasted success throughout their youth campaigns and of course shows up well prepared by Coach Atha and staff. Being “low profile” is difficult for a fan, but this program seems to thrive on just that.

Swamp Lizard

September 29th, 2013
12:43 pm

Class A Top 10 by the AJC

1. (1) Eagle’s Landing Christian (4-0)

2. (2) Landmark Christian (4-0)

3. (3) Aquinas (4-0)

4. (7) Seminole County (4-0)

5. (9) Johnson County (5-0)

6. (4) Savannah Christian (2-1-1)

7. (6) Prince Avenue Christian (4-1)

8. (8) Irwin County (3-0-1)

9. (NR) Marion County (4-0)

10. (10) Lincoln County (2-2)

Swamp Lizard

September 29th, 2013
2:18 pm

@ Class A Wizard & Lincoln Co … you might have seen a great game with FPD Friday night and I’m not doubting that, but Lincoln Co should not be ranked in the Top 10 in any poll representing the best Class A teams in the state.
I’ve seen FPD beat Pace Academy 28-18, their only win this year. They should have lost that game by two TD’s also …. Pace went up and down the field, but turned the ball over all night and got outcoached BAD. They are not big, they are not fast … they are well coached and they do play hard. But they have lost to Pike Co 30-0 ( Pike’s only win ), they lost to George Walton 36-10.
If Lincoln Co is proud of a 22-21 failed 2 point conversion win over FPD …. the mighty have fallen and need help getting up!

TCDAWG25

September 29th, 2013
7:00 pm

@ All Johnson Co will be proven a fraud when they come to Twin City in a few weeks.

Voice of reason

September 30th, 2013
4:59 am

Lanfan – since you appear to know the Landmark Christian team very well how about posting the height and weight of your 8th grade linemen, no names. Since you have nothing to hide also include how many boys are in your entire 8th grade.

I am certain you won’t because when you roll out 8-10 kids that are 5′9″ to over 6′ who are 150 – 190 lbs against single A competition, you know it is wrong and you are going to eventually hurt someone.

Voice of reason

September 30th, 2013
5:04 am

Lcsparent, maybe you know the stats of the 8th graders. Care to share?

CheerTigerDad

September 30th, 2013
6:28 am

@ bucket: I’m not sure GWA was their usual self this past Friday, other than Stanley Williams, since I’ve not seem them play any other games this year. Commerce did well against Williams, except for 3 plays (which translates to the 21 points for GWA) and a few others with decent gains. When Stanley gets around the line of scrimmage, there is no stopping him!

Commerce appeared to address many of the issues that plagued them during the first 4 games this year, fumbles and penalties. The coaching staff and team did a great job preparing this past week! Also, the outcome may have been a little different if it were not for the interception that Mayberry of Commerce made to setup the last touchdown of the game. GWA was moving the ball and threatening for another TD before that interception.

Overall, good exciting game! Good luck to GWA the rest of the year.

Class A Wizard

September 30th, 2013
6:59 am

@ Lizard First off, I am simply a bystander that happens to live near and work with many Lincoln County folks. You certainly appear to have a bitter taste in your mouth for Lincoln County. Did they beat your team one too many times, or are you just jealous of all their success. I remember several years back that people were calling Lincoln County a non top ten team. They had gotten hammered through their first three games and went on to win the next four or five by extremely close margins against what many were calling pathetic opponents. Well, they ended that year 12-3 and state champs. All I’m saying is this is the first Lincoln County team I have seen in a while that has real size, speed and stamina. They ARE a top ten team, not to mention they are still not at full strength due to several key starters still out.

War Eagle

September 30th, 2013
7:36 am

@ Voice of reason …… I’m also a LCS parent and what I’m having a hard time understanding is that you are saying that since we have big 8th grade lineman, that is unfair to Class A football ????? Please explain ……. I thought classification was based on overall school size ???? Furthermore we only have maybe 800 kids from grades k-12, 35-40 kids total for JV/Varsity football….. Wha advantage does that give LCS ?????? 85-90% of our kids have been at a LCS for majority of their school days, we have gotten transfers from the Arlington school simply because they do not has a football program anymore….. What we do offer at LCS is a great youth football program and Excellent coaching throughout up thru High School ……as well as something a lot of schools don’t have is …… HEART / DETERMINATION from our kids……. That’s why we have a successful program ……… One more point…. Our Varsity team is majority UnderClassman (9th-10th) and not exactly large in size look at the roster ……. Hmmmmmm so who really really has the advantage ….. LCS or other teams ????

bucket

September 30th, 2013
9:43 am

@ CheerTigerDad – thanks for the response. You are correct about Williams being gone if he breaks containment! I saw that up close and personal last year against Prince. Sounds like you guys really stepped up your game and congratulations on a big win. We’ll be visiting in a couple of weeks and I’m sure it will be a great game!

Swamp Lizard

September 30th, 2013
10:10 am

@ Class A Wizard …….. PLEASE tell me why they are a Top 10 team right now? They have done NOTHING to deserve to be in ANY Top 10 right now ….. all they are is “NAME” living on the past of 30+ Region Championships. If you think FPD is a great Class A football team …. get out more and watch some football.
Lincoln Co will make the playoffs and might win a playoff game, I’m not doubting that …. the Public side is down this year. I respect their tradtion, their region titles and their state championships ….. they have been good in the PAST.

Class A Wizard

September 30th, 2013
10:20 am

@ Lizard Define the past. Last season? Five years ago? Twenty years ago? They were a final four team last year and only lost three seniors from that team. Four key starters out has had an impact through the first four games. I do think that Irwin and Seminole are playing better than anyone else right now. Johnson County is getting a lot of hype, but they haven’t a quality team yet.

Sam Roney

September 30th, 2013
10:42 am

Didn’t hear a lot out of Walton Cty. Youth this week..No excuses left? Actually GWA is a good team,
loss this week or not…Just don’t see what Walton Cty. Youth gets from badmouthing others in past.
Aquinas keeps on rolling. They lead Twiggs 52-0 at half, then turned it over to reserves.
As to the badmouther of Lincoln County, even though we don’t like them at Aquinas, we do respect them. They do belong in any Top 10. Ninety-Six in SC isn’t any weak sister. Neither is Washington-
Wilkes. Not sure what happened to them with FPD, but maybe with 4 starters out, it helped some(?)
The top teams in 7-A can beat any in the state, including many AA teams.

To War Eagle

September 30th, 2013
11:29 am

If you have 60-70 kids per grade, you have 30-35 boys in 8th grade. The classification system assumes that if you have 35 boys and other schools have 35 boys there should be roughly comparable talent and size… We have one boy that is 5″11″ and 150 lbs, you had roughly 9 or 10 with several closer to 175. So then you say it is because of our feeder program and our coaching, but the reality is that you are hand-picking football players, but you still probably haven’t broken any “rules”.

The problem is when you do that in single A, the people who don’t manipulate their student population for football have a normal distribution of 8th graders. Again, we only talking about a pool 35-40 kids so the heavier kids are usually short and stocky and the taller kids are skinny and the real athletes tend to be medium-sized.

My 5′7″, 120 lb RB is getting hit by multiple huge linemen who are virtually unblocked and outweigh him by 50 lbs in addition to the athletes who are 130-140. You are going to seriously injure someone eventually. Mark my words.

To War Eagle

September 30th, 2013
11:41 am

I don’t mean to insult you or any of the families at Landmark, I just hope you can take a step back and see the problem that is created. If you followed the Marist logic and simply play up with teams of comparable physical talent, I think you would be fine.

Swamp Lizard

September 30th, 2013
11:47 am

@ Class A Wizard …… past is past ……. I know all about how good they use to be. Tell me why they belong in ANY Top 10 right now …. this season so far. I think it is a shame that they are taking up someone else spot in the Top 10 ….. for what they have done in the PAST.

Swamp Lizard

September 30th, 2013
11:52 am

@ Sam Roney …… NO, Lincoln Co doesn’t belong in any Top 10 …… can you please tell what they have done or who they have beat that is impressive? …. no you can’t, they haven’t.
I’m not bad mouthing Lincoln Co ….. I’m just saying they do not belong in any Top 10 right now. I’m also saying the ONLY reason they are in the Top 10 right now is because of NAME …. they do not deserve to be in the Top 10.

War Eagle

September 30th, 2013
12:05 pm

No offense is taken, except for the fact has anybody taken into consideration that LCS has been outsized,outnumbered and OLDER by each of their opponents this season. Our kids are playing against kids 2, 3 and 4 years older that them, That alone is a major battle but we are not complaining, we play with the cards we are dealt and make it work. Our middle school lineman are good size and we are grateful, but to say move up a classification doesn’t make sense, Marist is a lot bigger than LCS and I’m sure have more kids to choose from than us.. The MAJIC work in classification is ASSUME, no one can predict what type or size of athletes are coming thru their program when you get to middle school , JV or varsity, so to say our choices are better than others might be true at the moment but that is not always the case….. Our parents choose to pay to have our kids at LCS , sometime that’ll bring good athletes sometimes not…… We lost the BEST running back in class A to transfer, 5 or 6 others decided not to play, because they ASSUMED we were not going to be any good, but it’s funny what a lot of hard work, great coaching and HEART will do for a program that was suppose to be in a rebuilding year. Those are the facts …… 30-35 players only , now that’s between JV and varsity, but it is what it is and we continue to carry the water, as our great HC states everyday to our players after practice …. God is good …….

nourstuff

September 30th, 2013
12:11 pm

I enjoy looking at the polls throughout the season, especially when geographically remote teams are involved, but I’m also very glad the polls literally count for nothing meaningful. This year, a relevant issue concerns the power ranking system and sorting out the issues for any team with a tie result, and importantly, for any team that has played a team having a tie in their record. In mid Nov, a fraction of a point may determine not only which teams get into the playoffs but whether they play at home or away. STC, any progress on this issue? Does GHSA even acknowledge that there is an issue to be resolved (i.e. a tie counts as a loss in an opponent’s record) ?

Voice of reason

September 30th, 2013
12:37 pm

It is a simple request. List the height and weight of your middle school linemen and let the bloggers decide if it is “heart” or extraordinary size for 8th graders and the fact that it just happens to be 1/3 of the students in one class.

What doesn’t ring true is that you canceled the JV game but dressed out 24 plus players and beat down another normal sized 8th grade team. If they have so much heart why not challenge them with kids who are probably still smaller across the line?

walton co youth

September 30th, 2013
12:44 pm

@Mr. Sam you must have missed my post last Thursday as I picked Commerce in a upset.
GWdad said I had a drug problem! Actually I went to the Prince and Athens C game last week.
Did not intend to bad mouth your Aquinas team-was just my observation. Your team will do just fine with your scheldue untill Lincoln as always. Good luck in the playoffs!

War Eagle

September 30th, 2013
12:55 pm

We cancelled our JV game because we don’t have enough to play JV and varsity. Our 8th graders play middle school only. Our Varsity / JV team has 35-40 between the 2 and most of the 9th graders are playing varsity and starting on top of that…. We already have 4 kids out with injuries, so now we are down to 35 total….. Our middle school lineman are playing middle school ONLY as I stated earlier… So you are saying line up a bunch of 13-14 y/o LIneman against 17-19 y/o lineman because of their size ???? The maturity, strength and knowledge / experience ?????? Where is the safety in that …. That will definitly get kids hurt ….. That would not be smart to do putting those kids in harms ways

Voice of reason

September 30th, 2013
1:10 pm

I am saying your middle school linemen are as big or bigger than our JV linemen. You don’t mind your players outweighing us by 50 lbs but playing against kids their own size is outrageous. Our JV is 15 and 16 year olds. I am a little confused by your math. Are you embarrassed to list them???

82Dawg

September 30th, 2013
1:10 pm

@War Eagle, are you saying that your middle school football team is playing against other teams that have High School kids on them?

War Eagle

September 30th, 2013
1:41 pm

@82dawg….. No that is not what I’m saying, I was referring to voice of reason about letting our 8th grade players compete against players of equal size… But not equal in age or maturity… These are still 8th grade kids no matter what the size …..

War Eagle

September 30th, 2013
1:57 pm

@ Voice of reason, LCS does not have the luxury of letting 8th graders play JV / varsity , if that happened te middle school would have no lineman. The only 8th grade players on the team are the 5 – 6 lineman and 2 skill players…. Plus we don’t have enough players to have both JV and varsity (35 total)… All of our younger kids 9th graders have to play varsity against kids bigger, stronger and faster but We have adapted and keep moving forward…… Have you seen our varsity team size in number and size….. You don’t hear us complaining….. From my understanding our 8th graders can’t play JV because of GHSA rules if we have a 8th grade team ….. So if we take the lineman away there is no 8th grade team….. Is that fair to our other 7-8 and some 6th graders that want to play football….. What school are you referencing to that you are with ? And at this moment I don’t have the sizes of the lineman , but I will get the info and post ….. Nothing at all to be ashamed of … We are just blessed to have some good young athletes…..

LanFan

September 30th, 2013
2:23 pm

Sorry I just saw the post pointed at me. I wouldn’t mind posting that information except I have no Idea. I have not been to a Middle school game in a while. I will see if it is in the program. I am not going to research it past asking another parent or two. Nothing to hide just (not meaning to sound bad about it) I don’t really care about Middle School football. The idea that we would feel bad about playing big players is crazy. I hear we have a player of two down there but at this point that is just press to me. If you want everyone at the same size go play Rec ball. For the record when I was in school I was over 200 in eight grade and I wasn’t the biggest one on our team. But that was before the days of middle school in our area. Are you asking some teams with faster player to hold them on the sidelines? I am not sure what your point is. We play the boys that come out. I will ask my wife if she has an idea of how many of the eight grade boys play. It will take a day or two to find out. If you don’t see an update sooner please don’t take it as a sign we are hiding anything only that we don’t care that much.

Sorry if your kid got hit.

LanFan

September 30th, 2013
2:27 pm

Also, I don’t think 9th graders should be playing Varsity but with out them we wouldn’t have the numbers. I would rather them not play if we had to put 8th graders against 12th graders. It is just wrong. Even if they are big they are just kids.

dap01

September 30th, 2013
2:33 pm

Class A Wizard: You statement about Johnson County makes no sense. Apparently you did not read the article above. JoCo beat a highly rated team AT Savannah Christian. They beat Wilcox. Just because you are biased does not make you more knowledgeable.

JoCo can play. I am biased because I like JoCo. But at least I do know who they played and I have watched them. They can play.

War Eagle

September 30th, 2013
2:38 pm

Way to go War Eagle fans / parents….I’m with you…… I really appreciate your statements…. The reality of the world is that some kids are bigger, stronger, faster , more athletic than other kids …. Voice of reason wants to live in a fantasy world …… NOT gonna happen…. LCS keep carrying the water …..

Voice of reason

September 30th, 2013
3:00 pm

Lanfan and war eagle it is a simple request. Height, weight and number of boys in the entire 8th grade class at Landmark. If you need me to send you specific numbers I can do that. The 8th grade team had two complete set of linemen. I watched them warm up and play the majority of the game. Lanfan did your class consist of 35 boys, 10 of which were your size? I would really appreciate the information.

Voice of reason

September 30th, 2013
3:05 pm

I am not sure why neither of you get that JV consists of 9th and 10th graders who are 15 and 16. Not 17, 18 or 19 and not 11th and 12th graders

War Eagle

September 30th, 2013
3:14 pm

@ voice of reason……. What school does your son play for ?

Voice of reason

September 30th, 2013
3:17 pm

LanFan

September 30th, 2013
3:23 pm

I don’t think we miss that point. I think we don’t understand why you don’t get the point that we don’t have JV. We only have Middle school team and high school Varsity. Your request wouldn’t be hard to fill if we had an Idea who is on the Middle school team. I know of two maybe three parents who have middle school football players honestly never discussed it with them. We only discuss out daughters how are the same age. I have High schoolers and a sixth grade Girl. I can discuss the Middle school softball team (we have 19 or 20 on that team–some small and some large). Going to the last game in just a minute. Hopefully a family with Middle schoolers will answer or like I said I will ask at home and see what I can find out. But, we are not hiding anything Just don’t know Middle school football. Maybe now that we are covering it here on Blog I need to find out more about it.

War Eagle

September 30th, 2013
3:25 pm

@ voice of reason …. Why should our 8th graders have to play with 9th or 10th ? That’s not fair to them …… And once again we do NOT have the numbers to have a JV team … It’s either 8th grade / middle school or Varsity football …..

LanFan

September 30th, 2013
3:26 pm

Y’all have twice as many students as we do according to the GHSA. (That is only in High school) is your Middle school real small.