Class A Blog: Landmark, ELCA and Marion County keep winning; Commerce is back; Clinch-Charlton, Paran-Pisgah meet next week for titles

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Here are some key developments from Week 9 in Class A:

Landmark knows how to win. Say what you want about the No. 4 War Eagles (8-0, 4-0). Not that big. Not that fast. Too young. Yada, yada, yada. But one thing is for certain. Landmark Christian School knows winning, and it proved it again Friday night with a 17-10 homecoming win over Pace Academy (4-3, 1-2). Just as it had against Our Lady of Mercy two weeks ago, Landmark went into the fourth quarter trailing by a score, this time 14-10 after a third-quarter touchdown reception of 5-yards by the Knights’ Kameron Uter – his second of the game. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound senior had an 81-yarder in the second quarter. But the War Eagles put together a nine-play drive that ate up nearly all of the game’s final five minutes, and sophomore QB Stockton McGuire finished it off with a 2-yard touchdown run with 36 seconds left in regulation to keep Landmark unbeaten and on a collision course with No. 1 Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy in the regular season finale Nov. 8.

ELCA still kings of the hill. No. 1 Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy may not be the team it was last season, which featured five NCAA Division I players. But the Chargers are still the gold standard. Led by senior QB Dalton Etheridge, one of the state’s top dual-threat signal callers, and a physical offensive line led by senior OT Beau Beasley, ELCA pulled away from Our Lady of Mercy (2-5, 2-2) in the second half for a 32-6 homecoming win Friday. Etheridge ran for three touchdowns on the night, as the Chargers stretched a 12-0 halftime lead to 32-0 in the fourth quarter. OLM junior QB Jameson Vest threw for nearly 200 yards – most of it to senior WR/DB Delfayeo Matthews – and ran for more than 50, including a 2-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter to spoil the shut out. ELCA junior DE Nick Dawson, another Division I prospect, was ejected late in the game for fighting, and will not be eligible to play next week at Strong Rock Christian (2-4, 0-2).

Marion County still unbeaten. The No. 7 Eagles (7-0, 3-0) got 91 yards rushing on 25 carries by senior RB Johnny Royal, including a 2-yard touchdown run with less than two minutes left in the fourth quarter, according to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, and hung on for a 27-25 win over Dooly County (4-3, 3-1). Two missed extra point kicks doomed the Bobcats, who had a chance to tie the game at the end after senior QB Kereon Merrell hit senior WR Courtney Clark with a 35-yard touchdown pass with just over a minute left in regulation. But the two-point conversion pass fell incomplete and the Eagles ran out the clock. The win puts Marion County in prime position to win its third Region 4 title in four seasons.

Commerce back on track. After three somewhat subpar seasons, where the Tigers finished a combined 14-19, Commerce (5-3, 3-1) looks like it has righted the ship. The Tigers fell behind 7-0 early to Athens Academy (4-3, 2-2), but scored the game’s next 28 points, 21 in the first half, en route to a 28-7 win over the Spartans on Friday.

Battle for Region 2 is set. Two of the state’s most storied programs, Clinch County and Charlton County, took care of business Friday, and set up what will amount to the Region 2 championship game next week. Clinch County (4-3, 3-0) edged Wilcox County (2-5, 1-3) 20-13, while Charlton County (5-2, 3-0) blitzed Lanier County (2-6, 1-3) 38-8. Charlton County leads the all-time series between the two south Georgia schools, 27-23-1, and has dominated of late, winning nine of the last 10 meetings, including the last two.

Battle of the Mounts. No. 9 Mount Paran Christian (6-1, 2-0) and Mount Pisgah Christian (7-0, 3-0) cruised to easy wins Friday to set up a huge game next week at Mt. Paran for the Region 6-Division B title. Mt. Paran rolled up 435 yards of offense en route to a 52-21 demolition of Fellowship Christian (4-3, 1-2). Junior QB Jake Allen led the way completing 10-of-14 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown run. Mt. Pisgah continued its best season in history thus far with a 39-7 win over Whitefield Academy (2-5, 0-4). Junior QB Aaron Winchester completed 15 of 24 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns to Junior WR Oz Dixon.

74 comments Add your comment

dap01

October 19th, 2013
6:55 am

Johnson County beat Treutlan 34 to 13 last night. JoCo was impressive, they obviously has bigger and faster players. Joco has won 11 straight against Treutlan. The only danger for JoCo last night was over looking the weaker Vickings, while preparing for the big game at ECI next week.
Don Norton is a great coach.

JSP

October 19th, 2013
7:59 am

Pisgah hasn’t looked very sharp each of the last two weeks. Last year’s game was pretty chippy so I’m positive Paran will come to play. Hopefully Pisgah gets a few players back on the defensive side of the ball come game time. Should be a fun game to watch!

JSP

October 19th, 2013
8:00 am

Speaking of chippy, it sounds like the ELCA/OLM game got a little out of hand last night.

LanFan

October 19th, 2013
8:11 am

Anybody got anything more about the chippiness that went on.

Single A Fan

October 19th, 2013
8:29 am

If you were not able to see the LCS/Pace game you missed the hardest fight between two single A teams since the 2011 ELCA/LCS game where LCS won 14-7 ro make it to the dome. The way that OLM played ELCA confirms that ELCA is not the team they were the last 2 years.ago, Pace has to play ELCA before LCS does at the end of the season and I hate I missed the ELCA/OLM game. Obviously Dalton Ethridge is the truth and the key to ELCA’s success. You can say what you want about Single A but it is heating up to be the most hyped competition in all of Ga football. LCS is the truth they just pound teams all game until they have nothing left in the 4th qtr and they win. Possibly only ELCA can beat them. How you miss that season ending finale! I have not been this excited about single a football in years. Go Charges/War Eagles!!!

Swamp Lizard

October 19th, 2013
9:12 am

@ Single A Fan … sounds like the Landmark / Pace game was a “classic”. Those games ( like the playoff game with Landmark / ELCA in 2011 ) will always be great memories. And YES, Landmark is the truth! Even though we are big rivals, I have to say that I really admire the heart of that Landmark football team.

bucket

October 19th, 2013
9:42 am

After 8 weeks of football I still believe that my original estimate that ELCA is head and shoulders above everyone else in Private Class A and that there are a bunch of teams that deserve consideration @ #2. ELCA has a great QB and great team depth and that is a deadly combination in Class A ball where so many teams have a lot of guys playing both ways.

LoveFridayFootball

October 19th, 2013
9:56 am

@single a fan… Not sure of your logic about ELCA and the way OLM played them. ELCA scored 7 touchdowns, and only gave up one very late in the game without all the starters in the game and with several “gifts” from some terrible calls (and a no call fumble touchback). It was a hard fought game, but c’mon man… Seven scores to one.

LoveFridayFootball

October 19th, 2013
9:58 am

Correction … ELCA scored 5 tds

LoveFridayFootball

October 19th, 2013
10:08 am

My point being… It seems perception is if a ELCA game doesn’t have a running clock in the 4th then something is wrong with them. It was a good game last night, and ELCA won by four touchdowns. Yet that seems to be not enough or to garner the “oh they’re not as good as” from people.

Truth Hurts

October 19th, 2013
10:14 am

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Truth Hurts

October 19th, 2013
10:21 am

Sorry about that. LoveFridayFootball I don’t know what game you were watching. First, ELCA scored 5 TDs, not 7. Also when OLM scored (my buddy was at the game while I watched on line) all of the defensive starters were in the game including your stud DEs and LB #45. But the game was over at that point anyway 32-0. But I think OLM showed you can throw against ELCA. That may be the only way to beat you. That said, as a southside football follower, that Class A Region 5 is one of the best in the state with FIVE legit teams: ELCA, Landmark, OLM, Pace and Holy Innocents.

And there was no fumble touchback in that game at all. Maybe you talking about the fumble out of bounds in the middle of the field in the third quarter by OLM but ELCA player didn’t get control in bounds so OLM kept the ball. Then the refs called a bogus holding call on OLM on the same play. I agree those refs were terrible but made bad calls both ways. Go watch more football and learn some things before you get on here.

Swamp Lizard

October 19th, 2013
10:33 am

@ all Class A Fans …. ELCA / OLM game …. it’s not that ELCA has lost a lot, more credit needs to be given to OLM …. they get in the playoffs, they will beat teams. OLM took a #2 Landmark team ( at the time ) down to the wire and handled them for more than three and a half quarters. The focus shouldn’t be on ELCA being down ( ELCA is fine ), the focus should be, you better hope you don’t have OLM to play in the near future.

LoveFridayFootball

October 19th, 2013
10:52 am

Truth Hurts…. The “truth” is 2 def starters were NOT in the game including #45 like you said was…and the fumble was on the scoring drive. OLM fumbled the ball and the ball went out of the end zone.(touchback) The runner live and on film fumbled. I saw the game live (not online) and have since seen it on film. The refs were a joke!(Both ways) And go ahead and think all you want that teams can throw on the States #1 Def! OLM had no passing td’s and a interception. I’m sure ELCA will take that every week!

Truth Hurts

October 19th, 2013
10:53 am

I agree with Swamp Lizard on OLM and ELCA. Shoot how do you expect ELCA to be the same team they were last year when they send 5 kids D1!! Who does that??!! Stephenson maybe but not in Class A! That’s incredible! But ELCA is still plenty good, make no mistake! Still the best in Class A and probably Class AA. Would love to see them mix it up with St. Pius or Buford in AAA.

As for OLM the program is still growing. If you are a southside kid and love football and want a private school education I don’t see why you wouldn’t give OLM a try. Coach Earwood is building something special over there. I checked and the combined record of the 7 teams they have played is 39-11, including 3 undefeated teams!!! I don’t think anyone in the state including the teams that play in Region 6AAAAA (Tucker, MLK, Stephenson, etc) or Region 1AAAAAA (Valdosta, Lowndes, Colquitt, etc.) can say that. Overlook OLM if you want, but whoever draws them in the playoffs, even if it is Landmark again, better be careful. Nothing hurts like a home playoff loss in the first round!

JOCO 88

October 19th, 2013
11:00 am

I agree with u dap01 i think johnson county was over looking truetlen last night but hey still a win, but maybe we will play a lot better next week i think they can they got it in em!

Truth Hurts

October 19th, 2013
11:01 am

This will be my last comment to LoveFridayFootball because you obviously know little about the game. First 9 out of 11 starters (as you claim) were still in a 32-0 game midway through the fourth quarter and you still got scored on. I think that drive was about 60 yards or so. The QB for OLM #7 had almost 200 yards passing by my count if you don’t include sacks and I don’t know if sack yardage is subtracted from passing yards or rushing yards. #20 for OLM had a field day, over 100 yards receiving. And all this by a team that doesn’t throw the ball that well yet from what I have seen because the QB is inconsistent, like the interception he threw late in the game which was basically a punt.

But ELCA will win the private school championship again. There is no doubt about that.

bigchipola

October 19th, 2013
1:10 pm

Seminole Co won 31 to 6 over Calhoun Co on homecoming night

Single A Fan

October 19th, 2013
2:17 pm

All I know is that you cannot call high school football games. Yes we do have fun at the tit for tat on the blogs. ELCA on all fronts looks as though they cannot be beat but all I know is that Landmark is maybe the only team that has their number. Why do I know that? I have seen the ELCA machine get beat in the last 4 years and its really unfamiliar territory. I would love to give them the go ahead directly to the championship but in no way am I going to do that until they do it. Not with potential upsets by Landmark, Pace, OLM, and HIES in the playoffs or regular season. ELCA should welcome the competition with open arms…what more to establish their deity in single A. I still believe if anyone can stop the Ethridge gauntlet they will corner ELCA. For now they just seem invincible. If they finish the season 10-0 and pound Landmark then they deserve to be crowned the king again…but not yet!!!!

ELCA Football Dad

October 19th, 2013
4:00 pm

Truth Hurts – It’s very funny to me reading your post about ELCA Football. My son is a starter on the Defense and you may not know this stat, even though it may happen sometime this season, no team has scored a TD via pass as of yet. Now that’s something special and the DB’s may bend a little but have been doing a great job as has the rest of the Defense. Special group of kids and the best is yet to come. Just wanted you to know . Great effort by OLM

LoveFridayFootball

October 19th, 2013
6:41 pm

STC…it seems that the NFL has ruined football (law suits)with all the questions about hard hits and leading with the helmet. The college games today so far that I’ve seen have had their share of flags and its trickled down to HS. I’m all for keeping everyone safe, but the two calls last night after watching them on film were the wrong calls. It seems if there is a loud crack then the flag is thrown. If you take the aggressiveness out of this contact sport then the players may as well wear the flags. I’m not sure what the answer is… A ball carrier lowers his head and is taught to run through the line low…a defender is taught to break down and not tackle high. Helmets are going to hit! And from what I’m seeing on the HS level is these calls are drive changing calls that not one looked blatant and intentional.

CSRA706

October 20th, 2013
4:49 am

ELCA is the defending champs, but they will have to get past #2 Aquinas to repeat. I myself would love to see that matchup in the dome but depending on seeding ELCA may run into there match earlier in the playoffs

Single A Fan

October 20th, 2013
7:14 am

Dap01, Joco had a lead just 13-7 midway the 3rd quarter over the “weaker Vikings”. So you think during the game, the Joco players were thinking about their next opponent. From what I understand Truetlen and Vikings don’t exactly like each other. 13 points might not be enough in 3 quarters against the defending state champs, their offense seems to be rolling.

Zone3canE

October 20th, 2013
8:53 am

I’m 100 percent ELCA had 4 D-1(FBS) football players last year and not 5. Isaac Rochelle(Notre Dame), Keyante Green(Purdue), Jevius Terry(Troy) & Marquis Griffin(Air Force). I was at the signing day event held at the school and Jacob Heyward signed with THE U, but he didn’t play football for ELCA and signed a BASEBALL scholarship. 4 not 5 correct that please.

FNL81

October 20th, 2013
9:05 am

Dont yall all agree that if ELCA (Somehow, very unlikely) looses in the early stages of the playoffs, it would make things VERY INTERESTING. Beacause Landmark, a very good team, had 2 close region games that they were heavily favored but were close calls

FNL81

October 20th, 2013
9:08 am

Oh and STC or Swamp Lizard, What do yall think OLM and Pace Academy’s chances are to make the playoffs? (sorry im very interested in that region haha)

MasterBlaster

October 20th, 2013
9:48 am

Zone3canE, you’re 100 percent wrong, actually. Safety D.J. Curl went to Division 1 FCS Charleston Southern and is playing as a true freshman.

Zone3canE

October 20th, 2013
10:06 am

MasterBlaster, read my comment! I’m 100 percent right. I said D-1(FBS) NOBODY considers 1-AA(FCS) the same thing as D-1, just ask the players at Grambling(A HISTORIC 1-AA PROGRAM). 4 D-1 scholarship players, 1 D-1AA player, see the difference. Crystal Ball Trophy, big paydays in D-1. Wood trophy and long bus rides in 1-AA.

1gadawg

October 20th, 2013
10:48 am

Both teams, OLM and ELCA played hard. It was a great game to watch. STC, you metioned the ELCA player got thrown out for fighting but failed to mention the OLM player was also ejected. Maybe you need to mention the OLM Coach took his players to the bus after the game and refused to have his players or coaches shake hands after the game.

S. Thomas Coleman

October 20th, 2013
12:21 pm

bigchipola:

Thanks for the update on Seminole. Most of the time it’s hard getting information from down there in a timely fashion.

STC

S. Thomas Coleman

October 20th, 2013
12:24 pm

LoveFridayFootball:

I do think refs (NFL, college and high school) are going too far with the targeting and personal foul calls. I can understand protecting the players, but things are beginning to get out of hand.

STC

Swamp Lizard

October 20th, 2013
12:29 pm

@FNL81 … yes, “if” ELCA lost early in the Class A playoffs it would be very interesting the rest of the way. I would think Aquinas would be a favorite after that, but the “gap” would be greatly closed.
As far as Pace Academy and Our Lady of Mercy making the playoffs …. it’s “MY” opinion …. but I think OLM will beat Darlington and finish 5-5 and will make the playoffs. If they lose to Darlington, OLM will be a “bubble” team and “might” make the playoffs with a 4-6 record …. due to the tough schedule they have played ( by far the hardest in Class A ). As far as Pace Academy, they have three games left …. ELCA, HI, and Mt Vernon. I think we’ll all agree they will beat Mt Vernon and get to 5 wins, but they really need to beat ELCA or Holy Innocents to get in. I just don’t think they will get in with a 5-5 record, where as Holy Innocents “might” get in with a 5-5 record …. so that will set up a BIG game with Pace & Holy Innocents this Friday night. Holy Innocents really needs a win against Pace or Landmark to get to 5 wins.
So in a nutshell here’s my take on Region 5 teams making the playoffs … ELCA ( IN ), Landmark ( IN ), OLM … if they go 5-5 ( IN ) … 4-6 ( MAYBE ), Holy Innocents 5-5 ( IN ) … 4-6 ( OUT ), Pace Academy 6-4 (IN ) … 5-5 ( MAYBE, but I doubt it )

S. Thomas Coleman

October 20th, 2013
12:33 pm

Zone3:

Take out a pen and take some notes here. There are TWO levels of NCAA Division I football, that’s Division IA, now called the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) AND Division I-AA, now called the Football Championship Subdivision. Notice the word “SUBdivision,” which means there are different levels in ONE division.

So, DJ Curl is currently an NCAA Division I player at Charleston Southern. He’s a a I-AA school, which means he has one of the 60 full scholarships allowed at the DIVISION I-AA level.

The piece said “five NCAA Division I players.” That is indeed correct. No correction needed.

STC

Zone3canE

October 20th, 2013
12:42 pm

If ELCA keeps the ball in the PLAYMAKERS hands and stops wasting touches and carries on DADDY-BALL NON-PLAYMAKERS, no team in Class A or AA can compete with them. It’s funny how the game plan changes from Washington County to OLM. I was at the Miami Central, Booker T. Washington game, one of the biggest high school football rivalries in the country, NUMBER 1 RANKING on the line, plenty of trash talk. But at the end of the day it’s just a game, those guys shook hands and congratulated each other. ELCA lined up to shake hands, OLM showed a lack of respect by not shaking hands, NO EXCUSES! This was not a close, hard fought game, this was a BLOWOUT! It’s sad to see people take a moral victory out of not getting 60 put on them.

S. Thomas Coleman

October 20th, 2013
12:42 pm

FNL81:

I really don’t like trying to make predictions on the point system, but I think 5 wins will get OLM in and probably Pace as well because of the schedule they’ve played. But we’ll see.

OLM’s game against Darlington will be huge. That’s a tough late-season non-region game.

STC

Swamp Lizard

October 20th, 2013
12:52 pm

@CSRA706 …. I think it’s the other way around, ELCA is the defending State Champs and #2 Aquinas has to go through #1 ELCA. No matter how you look at it, I will agree with you that Aquinas is a tough team. I haven’t had the chance to see them this year, but I do think they are a “solid” #2 behind ELCA.

S. Thomas Coleman

October 20th, 2013
12:52 pm

Zone3:

Your ignorance is showing. As I pointed out to you previously, Division I has two subdivisions, I-A and I-AA.

Obviously there are usually more resources at schools that play on the I-A level, but that’s not necessarily true either. Please don’t pass along the false impression that every I-AA program is like the tragedy that is ongoing at Grambling right now. There are scores of I-AA programs with fantastic facilities that devote the appropriate amount of resources to their teams, and that play a high level of college football. And not every I-A program enjoys “big paydays” either.

You’re new to the Class A Blog, so let me school you up a bit. The posters here are generally a bit more discerning and learned. There’s some trash talking too, but the posters for the most part come to the table with facts, not hyperbole. Try to step your game up a bit.

STC

S. Thomas Coleman

October 20th, 2013
12:56 pm

1gadawg:

Chris Hunt, the OLM player in question, was NOT ejected. He was pulled from the game by the OLM coaching staff. He came to the aid of the player that was being punched by the ELCA player.

Also, Coach Earwood did not want to risk a post-game melee because tensions were still high and there was still a lot of jawing going on by players on both sides, and so he elected to have his coaches shake hands and send his players off the field.

STC

jocochief

October 20th, 2013
1:01 pm

I’m sure it was an honest mistake, STC, but why no mention of JOCO?

Swamp Lizard

October 20th, 2013
1:15 pm

@ STC …. You da Man !! I appreciate all the coverage, your unbiased opinions, and how you handle the “static”. Even though we might not agree on everything, I’m glad we can see each others point of view and takes on things. Keep up the good work. Thanks …. for everything!

S. Thomas Coleman

October 20th, 2013
1:21 pm

Jocochief:

Sorry no mention of Joco, but I fully expected them to take care of Truetlen with not much problem. But we’ll definitely hype up the game at Twin City on Friday. That will be HUGE! Good luck to the Trojans and the Bulldogs in one of the best games on the board Friday, in any classification.

STC

S. Thomas Coleman

October 20th, 2013
1:26 pm

Swamp:

Thanks! And thanks to you and the other posters for making the Class A Blog the BEST on AJC.com — sports, news, or fluff!

STC

Zone3canE

October 20th, 2013
1:35 pm

@S. Thomas, No pen and paper needed homie I’ve been to a lot of different D-1 schools, D-1AA schools, and D-2 schools over the last 20 years, without question I know the difference. I know D.J. Curl, he’s not telling people he plays D-1 football so why are you? When kids say that they play D-1 ball you know that are not referring to Grambling, North Dakota State(1-AA NATIONAL CHAMPS) or Charleston Southern. You can dress it up however you want, when your sitting on a bus for 20 hours, working out in a weight room that’s not equal to the one you used in high school, and having to pay for extra equipment and protein supplements, you know the BIG difference in D-1 and D-1AA. You don’t have to correct it just KEEP IT REAL and tell the whole story.

Zone3canE

October 20th, 2013
2:04 pm

@S. Thomas, No reason to call a brother ignorant. I been on this blog since last year sir, I’m not new. Fact is D-1AA is not D-1 ask Georgia State. Talked to App. State coaches and Ga. Southern coaches this year, and THE FACTS they sold to me and the kids was that they are moving UP to play BIG BOY DIVISION 1 football next year, all I’m saying is tell the whole story not a sugar coated one. Swamp Lizard knows me and I would love to meet you at a game to talk football.

1gadawg

October 20th, 2013
2:08 pm

The white hat gave 2 personal foul penalties and 2 ejection signals and the penalties off set. From the stands it appears there were two ejections the way it was presented

S. Thomas Coleman

October 20th, 2013
2:26 pm

Zone3:

Obviously there is a difference between D I-A and D I-AA, however, they are both D I. There is more money in DI-A, which is why D I-AA schools are clamoring to move up, even when they are not ready on the field (see Georgia State and UMass).

And if you’ve been around as much as you say, then you know there are plenty of D I-AA programs with fine facilities (Wofford, Richmond, Mercer, Alabama State, Alabama A&M, Old Dominion, which is moving to Conference USA) that come close to some lower-level D I schools, so putting them in the same class as Grambling is not accurate. And that’s not sugar coaching anything.

S. Thomas Coleman

October 20th, 2013
2:30 pm

1gadawg:

If the white hat gave two ejection signals then he was mistaken, which would not be a surprise based on the poor performance of his crew all night. There were two personal foul calls, but only one ejection, which is why the ejected player was told to leave the sidelines.

STC

Zone3canE

October 20th, 2013
2:57 pm

@S. Thomas, Alabama State should try to move up, facilities, stadium are all new and nice. Grambling’s situation is bad, but you would be shocked to see how many 1-AA programs are not much better. Even the top D-1AA programs pale in comparison to some of the worst D-1 programs. Appalachian State is upgrading all of their facilities including the stadium and weight room, because they know to compete on the D-1 level they can’t roll with the same things that have afforded them multiple 1-AA National Championships .

S. Thomas Coleman

October 20th, 2013
4:28 pm

Zone3:

Obviously, a top-tier D I-A program (Alabama) has better facilities than a top-tier D I-AA program (North Dakota State). However, to say that “the top D-1AA programs pale in comparison to some of the worst D-1 programs” is simply not true. Not even close. I KNOW because I’ve been to both over the years, probably 20-25 of each.

For instance, North Dakota state’s facilities are BETTER than Eastern Michigan’s and Temple’s, and just as good as Duke’s. Tennessee State has an indoor practice facility. Many D I-A schools, including UGA (which is MIND BOGGLING), do not have an indoor facility.

Down the road at Mercer, they have built and are still building a facility that is better than U of Buffalo. That is a fact. Kennesaw State is doing the same.

Anytime someone tries to somehow downgrade D I-AA football to some sort of serf-like status, that bothers me. I’ve known and covered too many kids over the years who went to those schools, played a high level of football, earned degrees (for FREE!!) and are now doing well in their chosen professions, including the NFL. Those kids work just as hard as kids who go to Alabama, UGA or any of the “power conference” schools, and many of them work even harder in the classroom because they attend schools like Wofford, Furman, Bucknell, Holy Cross, Villanova, Georgetown and the Ivy League schools — Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Brown, Penn, Columbia.

I spoke with Cooper Taylor when he was a QB/S at Marist. He went to Tech first, transferred to Richmond, and is now getting reps at safety for the NY Giants. When he’s done playing, he’ll do well in the business world. And yes, Richmond has GREAT facilities.

STC

Zone3canE

October 20th, 2013
5:53 pm

@S. Thomas, Marquis Griffin had multiple 1-AA OFFERS that would not require him to become a soldier when he graduates and only 1, as he put it D-1 OFFER. He chose his 1, D-1 offer because he always dreamed of playing DIVISION 1 and not 1-AA FOOTBALL. Dude I’m from Zone 3, South Atlanta High School, I don’t knock anybody getting a FREE EDUCATION but I’m not going to lie to these boys and tell them D-1 and 1-AA are the same thing. N. Dakota State’s facilities are good, but their stadium(they call it a Dome) is a BARN. I tell kids all the time everybody’s not D-1 but if you work hard you can play somewhere 1-AA, D-2, D-3 or NAIA. The perks at the D-1level are better than 1-AA, 1-AA perks are better than D-2 and so on. I support FREE EDUCATION 100 PERCENT! I know Ice Harris at Miami Booker T. l love what he’s doing, Coach Gartrell at Stephenson don’t know him but love what he’s doing! I just want people to be educated and know the difference between TRUE DIVISION 1 FOOTBALL and everything else that is not DIVISION 1 PERIOD, FOOTBALL. My cousin Xavier had powerhouse 1-AA SCHOOLS recruiting him hard and only 1 D-1 offer(FIU) and his dad coaches D-1 football! FIU’s facilities and stadium are not the best but he chose FIU over the 1-AA schools because he wanted to play DIVISION 1 FOOTBALL. I SUPPORT FREE EDUCATION! I would love to meet you sir and exchange knowledge.