Notable results of week 8: Meadowcreek ends drought; McIntosh is for real

GHSF Daily’s Chip Saye ranks the most surprising results of Week 8:

1. Meadowcreek 21, Habersham Central 14: Meadowcreek snapped a 53-game losing streak that was the second-longest in state history. The Mustangs got two defensive touchdowns in the first two minutes of the game and increased the lead to 21-0 in the first half. Meadowcreek hadn’t won a game since a 24-14 victory against Duluth on Sept. 5, 2008.

2. McIntosh 35, Whitewater 15: McIntosh improved to 6-0 for the first time and tied the record for victories in a season with what some are calling the biggest win in school history. McIntosh’s first five victories came against schools with a combined current record of 10-20, but Whitewater was 5-1 and the defending champion in Region 4-AAAAA.

3. Arabia Mountain 32, Mays 29: Mays, which had been undefeated in 6-AAAAA, fell out of a first-place tie with a loss to an Arabia Mountain team that was just 1-3 in region play. The Raiders are tied with M.L. King and Stephenson for second place in the region. Mays is still in good shape for a playoff berth but now has less margin for error.

4. Aquinas 42, Lincoln Co. 14: Aquinas broke a 32-game losing streak against Lincoln County, beating the Red Devils for the first time since a 45-0 victory in 1972. Last year, Lincoln County won 20-13, the only game during the streak that was closer than 11 points. Aquinas meets Wilkinson County this week in a game that will decide the Region 7-A title.

5. Lowndes 3, Valdosta 0: Lowndes beat its rival for the ninth time in 10 seasons despite being the lower-ranked team for the first time in the series since 2002. The computer Maxwell Ratings had projected Valdosta as a 15-point favorite. The victory put Lowndes in third place in 1-AAAAAA. Valdosta is in sixth place and still seeking its first region win.

6. Alexander 33, LaGrange 19: Alexander put itself in position to capture its first playoff berth since 1997 by improving to 4-2 for the first time since that season. It has been a big turnaround season for the Cougars, who finished 2-8 in 2012 and lost to LaGrange 42-28. Alexander faces top-ranked Sandy Creek and No. 2 Carrollton in its next two games.

7. Decatur 31, Blessed Trinity 28: Decatur jumped into the playoff race in Region 6-AAA with a victory against a Blessed Trinity team that was ranked No. 10 in AAA last week. Decatur, which hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2005, is 5-2 overall and 1-2 in the region but has two winnable games coming up before closing the regular season against St. Pius.

8. Brunswick 26, Coffee 19: Coffee has lost three consecutive games (all in Region 1-AAAAAA) since reaching No. 10 in the rankings after a 4-0 start. Brunswick came in 2-3 overall and 0-1 in the region. The loss probably ended any hopes the Trojans had of making the playoffs. Coffee closes the season against Lowndes, Colquitt County and Valdosta.

9. Parkview 28, Dacula 21: Parkview stopped a six-game losing streak that was the team’s longest since 1990-91 and avoided its first 0-6 start since 1986. The loss dropped Dacula into third place in Region 8-AAAAAA, although the Falcons have a good shot of winning their final three regular-season games and finishing as the No. 2 seed for the playoffs.

10. Spencer 46, Bremen 41: Spencer has moved into third place in 5-AA by putting together its first three-game winning streak in 20 years. Spencer is trying to claim its first playoff berth since 1993 but has games remaining against region leaders Bowdon and Heard County. Bremen likely needs to beat Manchester this week to keep its playoff hopes alive.

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Go Chiefs

October 14th, 2013
10:53 am

McIntosh got their signature win, and they are continuing to prove that they are a serious team to be reckoned with. QB Andrew Johnson is having a legendary season, and I am really hoping this big win draws more attention to the program.


October 14th, 2013
11:17 am

Congrats to McIntosh. I haven’t heard anything about them since we were region mates. Keep up the good work.


October 14th, 2013
1:45 pm

EWell I waited to post because of the TUCKER / STEPHENSON game! I got back in time to see most of the 4th quarter and it looked like a BARN BURNER! Two quality teams going at it…Can’t speak for the earlier part of the game but what I saw had a LOT of penalties…I saw the STEPHENSON drive where they got the benefit of THREE 15 yard penalties!!! That’s unheard of!! Like a lot of the posters I question the squib kick at the end as STEPHENSON “D” seemed up to the task and TUCKER with a good kick would have been starting DEEP in their end with what 23
(+ -) seconds left. Anyway the game seemed to have lived up to all the pregame hype, again CONGRATULATIONS to BOTH teams!

As for my RAIDERS from EAST…coming off a BYE week they had 1/4 HIRAM in “THE BONEYARD”…the best word to describe this game was FLAT! There was NO energy ANYWHERE in “THE BONEYARD” all night, EAST let a HIRAM team they should have dominated hang around all night and end up scoring 19 points when the most they should have scored was maybe 7…

At the end it was EAST 31 / HIRAM 19 but…

EAST should have had another 17 points that they simply squandered away…the team was standing around on the sideline talking, cutting up, many players not even watching or paying attention to the game. It was like the had been told “Just show up and you will blow out HIRAM”. this game was a STEP BACK from the progress they were showing after the NORTH loss in game 1 and with an away game this week at ROME they better WAKE UP. The only way EAST gets into the playoffs as a # 1 or # 2 slot (and get to host a playoff game) is to WIN OUT and get some help as they still need NORTH to lose at least one more time.

COME ON RAIDERS…get back in the game and get the crowd back into it!


GO RAIDERS!!! Currently # 3 in Region 5AAAAA at 5 / 1..!!!!!nter your comments here


October 15th, 2013
9:01 am

Todd, an Aquinas win over Wilkinson County, a game that they will be favored, will put them in the drivers seat to win the Region 7-A title. This would give them their first ever Region football title ever. Aquinas, also formerly called Boys Catholic, have been playing football since 1939. Would 74 years be the longest in Georgia without a region championship?