Ware in control in 3-AAAAA; Houston boosts playoff hopes with upset

Here are some of the items of note from Friday’s Class AAAAA games:

- Ware County has taken control of the Region 3-AAAAA race after knocking off Richmond Hill. Ninth-ranked Ware is the only remaining unbeaten team in region play and is seeking to win the region for the second consecutive year. The Gators held Richmond Hill quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, who has committed to Mississippi State, to 75 yards rushing and 14 passing, according to the Savannah Morning News. Jammar Johnson and Jaquez Bolds each rushed for two touchdowns to lead Ware County.

- Houston County’s 27-23 upset of seventh-ranked Warner Robins doesn’t change the fact that the Warner Robins-Northside game is likely to decide the Region 2-AAAAA champion, but it was a huge victory for the Bears. The win was Houston’s third in 16 all-time meetings with the Demons, and it gave a big boost to the Bears’ fading playoff hopes. Houston County is 2-2 in region play and still has a realistic chance to finish as high as second place if it can win its remaining games against Evans, Jones County and Greenbrier.

- McIntosh’s dreams of a perfect regular season came to an end when Starr’s Mill rallied from an early 20-0 deficit to defeat the Chiefs 42-27 in a Region 4-AAAAA Division A game. Still, McIntosh has a chance to all but wrap up the subregion title if it can beat eighth-ranked Creekside next week. Creekside improved to 8-0 on Friday with a 27-23 victory against a Whitewater team that lost to McIntosh 35-15 last week. McIntosh needs one more victory to reach seven in a season for the first time in school history.

- Deshaun Watson clearly enjoys playing against Clarke Central. Last year, the Gainesville quarterback had 413 yards of total offense and had a hand in seven touchdowns in a 49-28 victory. His numbers were almost as good in the Red Elephants’ 56-28 victory on Friday. Watson passed for 237 yards and three touchdowns, rushed for 67 yards and two TDs and had 20 yards and a touchdown receiving, according to the Gainesville Times. Gainesville and Flowery Branch are the remaining unbeaten teams in 8-AAAAA play.

- Defending Region 5-AAAAA champion East Paulding’s playoff bid might be in trouble after a 35-27 loss to Rome. The loss knocked East Paulding into fourth place in the region, with difficult games remaining against South Paulding and Allatoona as well as what should be an easy contest against last-place Lithia Springs. East Paulding probably needs to win all three games to avoid missing the playoffs for just the second time since 2005.

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5AReg6Fan

October 19th, 2013
9:24 am

Looking forward to hearing from our East Paulding experts, regarding Rome’s victory over the Raiders. RealisticFan did predicate a possible win for Rome, if EP came into the game sleep walking.

“WE ARE TUCKER” – The Tigers have been RELEASED!!!

REGION 6, the best in GA 2013 5A Football……

itsonlywrite

October 19th, 2013
10:12 am

the pass from Gonzalez to Watson was epic last night…

#ELEPHANTNATION

Always a Gator 61

October 19th, 2013
10:16 am

Go Gators kick butt

MommaBear

October 19th, 2013
10:21 am

Houston County delivered the H against WRHS! Proud of our Bears!!

TCC TRUE BLUE

October 19th, 2013
1:52 pm

TCC JACKETS STILL GETS NO LOVE AFTER ALL HAS HAD A TOUGHER SCHEDULE THAN ANY OF THESE TEAMS… I GUESS WE WILL HAVE TO BEAT MORE RANKED TEAMS… JUST LIKE LAST NIGHT, HOW WE BEAT THE #8LEECOUNTY WHO WAS 6-0. WE DIDN’T JUST GO OUT AND WIN.WE POUNDED THEM… GOJACKETS!

Sportsnut

October 19th, 2013
2:29 pm

Yes, where is the Cannon?

John

October 19th, 2013
8:45 pm

The Rome-East Paulding County was not as close as the score indicates. If Rome wins out–and it should–East must win all three games left to make the playoffs.

blu eagle

October 19th, 2013
10:11 pm

Congrats to HOCO bears in their win. W robins thought they had something this year apparently not against HOCO! Win out HOCO we want to see you in #2 out of Region 2-AAAAA!

Flow on!

October 19th, 2013
11:48 pm

Congrats, HOCO Bears!!!

NsideBlue

October 20th, 2013
1:11 am

Great job HOCO! and how about Veterans? I’d like to see all 4 Warner Robins schools make some noise in the playoffs…

RealisticFan

October 20th, 2013
8:05 am

I didn’t make the game, so I too am looking forward to hearing CANNON’s take on East losing to Rome. I do know that from the previous week (North 63, Rome 31), that Rome is an extremely one dimensional offensive team, and their defense is pretty bad. That being said, I’m predicting Rome now gets the #4 seed from Reg5 then promptly gets blown out by Kell in the first round. Reg5 pummels Reg7 in the other three first round games, as East sits at home. How quickly a program can tumble without the proper care and feeding.

North Paulding is rounding into form with the offense hitting their stride and their defense having a fair more amount of bite then last year. They have the Senior leadership to make a nice playoff run and as long as they avoid reading their own press clippings they could get to the quarters and possibly beyond.

RealisticFan

October 20th, 2013
8:16 am

New prediction:

The North Paulding Wolfpack will be ranked in the top 10 for the first time ever come tomorrow morning. CONGRATS…..but stay humble my friends.

JAB

October 20th, 2013
9:14 am

Looks like Rome Bears are rising back to the big spotlight, my wife is from Rome and went to East Rome High when they had both Easy & West…;)

GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS AND REGION 6AAAAA, THE SEC OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL & #1 IN THE STATE…

ROME BEARS?????

October 20th, 2013
10:09 am

I think you mean the Rome Wolves. :-)

BlueCrue

October 20th, 2013
10:09 am

TCC has a great program and some of the best fans I’ve encountered. You have the respect of this Northside Eagle and many other teams in this state. Congrats on beating Lee Co.

RealisticFan

October 20th, 2013
10:29 am

@FridayNightLights

Wanted to say it was great to meet you a week back and also thank you for the goodie, very much appreciated. I wasn’t able to go to any game this past Friday (2nd reg season game I’ve missed since 2005). Updates were hard to come buy.

Gamer

October 20th, 2013
10:39 am

I was quite surprise to see how HOCO hung in there to beat the senior laden Demons. HOCO starters are mostly under classmen; so watchout for next year.

Three years ago I predicted North Paulding would over take East Paulding as THE team in Paulding County. You could easily see this by the population shift. Of course ‘The Cannon” opposed by comment. EP will be just average in the future——-5 and 5, 6 and 4 etc. for each season.

WolfPack Nation

October 20th, 2013
10:53 pm

As much as I love seeing North Paulding ranked 10th, I hate it at the same time. We seem to play with a chip on our shoulder when we are not ranked.

THE "CANNON RULES"!!

October 21st, 2013
7:46 am

Well it’s Monday morning!…I waited to post to think about the game a bit…A lot of words come to mind but disappointing seems to be the best. If you read my post the week before about the EAST / HIRAM game you would have seen where I said EVERYTHING was FLAT…The team seemed to be just going thru the motions, players were standing around talking, and for a HOME game in “THE BONEYARD” the folks in the stands were QUIET and the HOME side barely half full! Well EAST was able to hang on and win against a 1/6 HIRAM team going nowhere BUT…

Well it carried over to the ROME game and there was WAY less than 1/3 of the Visitors side filled for the game and the team again looked FLAT! EAST came out and played sloppy from the start, dropped passes, mistakes that resulted in penalties, fumbles, a ball hiked over the QB’s head, and again a “O” line that cannot keep the opposing defense out of the backfield long enough for the QB to set up!!! EAST could have won this game…ROME did NOT beat EAST…EAST gave this game away!!!

ROME at 3 / 3 was hungry and needed this game BAD while EAST even at 5 / 1 also needed this game to stay even with NORTH, SOUTH, and ALLATOONA. With this loss and the way EAST is now playing the schedule does not look good. EAST has games remaining against SOUTH PAULDING at 6 / 1, LITHIA SPRINGS at 0 / 7, and ALLATOONA at 6 / 1…With this loss EAST opened the door for ROME to take the final # 4 spot in the playoffs as ROME has games left against LITHIA SPRINGS, VILLA RICA, & WOODLAND BARTOW…

EAST can VERY EASILY end up at 6 / 4…6 / 4!!!!! After being the UNDEFEATED Region Champions last year!!! EAST hasn’t missed the playoffs but one time (2009) in recent years and that was during the 2 year stretch when they moved up to the then highest classification AAAAA!!!
You could see this coming as EAST was showing NO consistent improvement even after getting the starting QB back…

I am NOT going to go on another rant about the current coach as there is NOTHING that can be done about him…BUT that is where this problem directly lies…He is not a motivator, cannot handle this team and take it to the next level. Having this coach on the sidelines has caused a promising season to go down in flames and it only takes a casual look at the stands to see how the community support has fallen off,

@ GAMER…you are right about EAST being just average but you are wrong about the reason…EAST still has the players and the talent to compete but they are missing the HEART to do so…It’s not going to be the kids that cost EAST their winning tradition…it’s the HEAD COACH!!!!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!

GO RAIDERS!!!!

WolfPack Nation

October 21st, 2013
8:40 am

The Cannon has it right. Being a cross county rival and our neighbors. All good things must come to an end and that is try for East. They’ll be back in a couple years but never what they were. But hey a new coach can turn everything around in a blink of an eye I it’s the right man for the job. If you live in this area you would know that almost everyone prefers their kids to go to North. It’s a very nice area and great place for a family and most people like to get their kids a better education and that’s North right now with the current test scores. That being said it attracts the athletes, and ou feeder profane has really taken off in generating great teams for the future. East is loosing the population and it’s hurting them bad.
They’ll be back. Just give time.

As for my Wolf Pack! We just came off a bye week and the kids are all rested and ready to hit again. We play Paulding County this week, we are now the 10th team in state. But we are dont mention that to keep the kids humble. Next week we travel 5 minutes to Alatoona to take on the Bucs and that game could decide #3 seed and region champs for my Wolf Pack. Could possibly be the biggest game in Norths young history. We have the senior leadership, the coaching is perfect for our guys. These kids, you look at and say “too small”, “too slow”. But that’s what they want you to think. We may not have those D1 athletes like others but they do their jobs. These kids you can see the love for the game in their eyes. I’m very excited for this year and couldn’t be happier.

FridayNightLightsFan

October 21st, 2013
2:18 pm

@RealisticFan – thanks for trying to give updates. I was packing for a trip Friday night and was able to listen to the Tift game while doing it (East misses Reid for sure). I don’t have good feelings for the rest of the year. It’s sad to say, but you could see it coming. I saw your post on the other thread and based on WTIF radio I would guess Tift will be even better next year as Reids coaching sets in. They are really less then a had full of plays/mistakes away from being 8-0. Late lead against Colquitt, a 102 yard interception return for TD (possible 14 point turnaround) against Camden and listing to the Valdosta game they could have won that one also. All I will as is look out next year R16A. Unless East can convince Reid to come back. HAHAHA one can dream anyways.

Kick Some Grass

October 21st, 2013
10:08 pm

@FridayNightLightsFan – Had dinner tonight with you know who and found out we will be without the PAT holder who has ISS this week. If I find out this is public knowledge I will share details; but that being said, when you get back East should be out of it. Thinking about checking out Mt. Paran Friday. Can’t bring myself for whats about to happen at the boneyard.

FridayNightLightsFan

October 21st, 2013
10:28 pm

@KSG, That’s a loss then. Guess it’s a good think I’ll miss the game now. I would say maybe next year but we all know what would have to change before saying that.

"THE CANNON RULES"

October 22nd, 2013
5:37 am

@ KSG…

Are you saying MW will not be playing this week against SOUTH?

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!

GO RAIDERS!!!!!

kick some grass

October 22nd, 2013
6:36 am

@cannon ~ unfortunately that’s what was communicated between your guess and my contact.Don’t want to start something I don’t have from the horses mouth but the best source available is personal friends. Think your right about motivator or lack of and need a change.

TCC TRUE BLUE

October 22nd, 2013
11:29 am

TCC IS GOING TO HAVE TO SEND A LOT MORE SHOCK WAVES THROUGH GEORGIA TO GET WHAT THEY WANT.. (RESPECT) BECAUSE I COME ON HERE EVERY WEEK AND SEE TEAMS THAT’S NOT WORTHY OF BEING TALKED ABOUT GET LOVE… WE’RE AS GREAT AS THE 94 JACKETS… WHY DO I SAY THAT.. BECAUSE SOME OF THE GREATS KIDS ARE PLAYING NOW. YOU HAVE JOE BURNS NEPHEW PLAYING… JOHNNY Cooksey son is playing.. I can go on and on but.. state of Georgia be ware of the JACKETS!

WolfPack Nation

October 22nd, 2013
12:48 pm

I don’t understand… TCC is respected, no one wants to travel that far to play them. That are always big. TCC is just so far away from ATL. Which is why Atlanta journal constitution doesn’t write much on them. They are well respected but so dang far away.

WHAT A SHAME

October 22nd, 2013
2:56 pm

To be placed on E.P. headstone…Here rest the East Paulding Raiders
Killed in cold blood by two good ol’
boys who didn’t know a thing about
football.

JAB

October 22nd, 2013
4:14 pm

@ ROME BEARS????, Sorry I got your mascot wrong, no disrespect from me!!!!

Stephenson is hungrier GGGGGGRRRROOOOWWLLL HEAR OUR RRRRRRROOOOOOOAR, BUT FEEL OUR CLAWS.
You have yet to feel the claws of the JJJJJAAAAGGGGUARS, SO BRING IT!!!!

AGAIN! GGGGGGRRRRRROWL, DON’T MESS WITH REGION 6AAAAA GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS AND REGION 6AAAAA, THE SEC OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL & #1 IN THE STATE

Hickory Dickory Doc
MLK is waiting on JAGUARS dock
your dominance over the Jaguars have been too long
after next week all of your bragging rights will be gone
Hickory Dickory Doc…

JAB

October 22nd, 2013
4:26 pm

Whoe CANNON RULES, what happen to EP, does this kicks them out of the playoff picture?????

Stephenson is hungrier GGGGGGRRRROOOOWWLLL HEAR OUR RRRRRRROOOOOOOAR, BUT FEEL OUR CLAWS.
You have yet to feel the claws of the JJJJJAAAAGGGGUARS, SO BRING IT!!!!

AGAIN! GGGGGGRRRRRROWL, DON’T MESS WITH REGION 6AAAAA GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS AND REGION 6AAAAA, THE SEC OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL & #1 IN THE STATE

Hickory Dickory Doc
MLK is waiting on JAGUARS dock
your dominance over the Jaguars have been too long
after next week all of your bragging rights will be gone
Hickory Dickory Doc…

blu eagle

October 22nd, 2013
7:58 pm

TCC in a all caps, when you have scores like this against the elite like NSWR it is hard to be heard!
2010-34-14 NSWR WINS
2011-47-7 NSWR WINS
2012-45-17NSWR WINS
NUFF SAID!

uncleJunior

October 22nd, 2013
8:28 pm

@JAB. . . . . Another video???? Geez!

TCC TRUE BLUE

October 22nd, 2013
8:33 pm

Blu eagle… I’m guessing your forgetting the year we was cheated by y’all and lost 14-7… Wow you wouldn’t! On that note, y’all recruit players, that’s why y’all can keep a nice team. Y’all don’t know about rebuilding a team. So why keep giving a souped up team credit.? You tell me… TCC ARE FLORIDA STATE THIS YEAR AND WERE TAKING IT ALL THE WAY.

TCC TRUE BLUE

October 22nd, 2013
8:34 pm

Blu eagle, I hope that we do meet up this year in playoff and win like I know we can.

TCC TRUE BLUE

October 22nd, 2013
8:35 pm

Blu eagle… name other teams other than yours.

JAB

October 22nd, 2013
8:54 pm

@ uncleJunior, confused, what are you talking about???? This is why Stephenson reloads every year…!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cp96CdaiUeQ

tephenson is hungrier GGGGGGRRRROOOOWWLLL HEAR OUR RRRRRRROOOOOOOAR, BUT FEEL OUR CLAWS.
You have yet to feel the claws of the JJJJJAAAAGGGGUARS, SO BRING IT!!!!

AGAIN! GGGGGGRRRRRROWL, DON’T MESS WITH REGION 6AAAAA GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS AND REGION 6AAAAA, THE SEC OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL & #1 IN THE STATE

Hickory Dickory Doc
MLK is waiting on JAGUARS dock
your dominance over the Jaguars have been too long
after next week all of your bragging rights will be gone
Hickory Dickory Doc…

TuckerDAD

October 22nd, 2013
10:11 pm

Really JAB, you put the highlight of a middle school TE on this blog. I have seen it all now. You are on punishment, got to your room and lock the door and don’t use your computer for a week!

TUCKER FOOTBALL “Either run with us, or Run from us”

JAB

October 22nd, 2013
10:35 pm

@ TuckerDAD, Now you know as well as I do TuckerDAD, that you have to have a strong feeder program; have i been talking to TuckerDAD or the cheeleader coach Lol.,? Stephenson middle school have been winning all those middle school football championship year after year, and turning out all of that talent is why Stephenson High is what it is…!!! “AND YOU KNOW THIS MAN….” (In my Chris Tucker voice)

Stephenson is hungrier GGGGGGRRRROOOOWWLLL HEAR OUR RRRRRRROOOOOOOAR, BUT FEEL OUR CLAWS.
You have yet to feel the claws of the JJJJJAAAAGGGGUARS, SO BRING IT!!!!

AGAIN! GGGGGGRRRRRROWL, DON’T MESS WITH REGION 6AAAAA GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS AND REGION 6AAAAA, THE SEC OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL & #1 IN THE STATE

Hickory Dickory Doc
MLK is waiting on JAGUARS dock
your dominance over the Jaguars have been too long
after next week all of your bragging rights will be gone
Hickory Dickory Doc…

WoldPack Nation

October 22nd, 2013
10:56 pm

Sorry Jab but North Pauldings feeder program at the middle school level has won state the last 2 years…

JAB

October 23rd, 2013
4:37 am

So there must be a coaching breakdown somewhere when they get to high school Lol.,…

Stephenson is hungrier GGGGGGRRRROOOOWWLLL HEAR OUR RRRRRRROOOOOOOAR, BUT FEEL OUR CLAWS.
You have yet to feel the claws of the JJJJJAAAAGGGGUARS, SO BRING IT!!!!

AGAIN! GGGGGGRRRRRROWL, DON’T MESS WITH REGION 6AAAAA GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS AND REGION 6AAAAA, THE SEC OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL & #1 IN THE STATE

Hickory Dickory Doc
MLK is waiting on JAGUARS dock
your dominance over the Jaguars have been too long
after next week all of your bragging rights will be gone
Hickory Dickory Doc…

uncleJunior

October 23rd, 2013
5:06 am

@JAB . . . . . I asked you a couple of days ago, when is the yearly video coming: Stepenson video dissing MLK. You told me that they are too focused to do a video. Well apparently, someone at Stephenson had some time on their hands. Jaguar fuel.

WolfPack Nation

October 23rd, 2013
8:38 am

Nice little joke Jab lol… But actually they have not made it up to high school yet! It was the 6th grade and 7th grade feeder teams that won state. They are now 7th and 8th graders.

TuckerDAD

October 23rd, 2013
9:15 am

Someone let me know when we start talking high school football again. There are so many issues that influence the middle school programs, bad coaching, kids playing for the heck of it, daddy ball, kids still growing, and a host of other things that make it such a none issue that it really shouldn’t be talked about.

My son played corner back in middle school and the coach told him he was too slow to play running back. He’s been starting at running back for 3 years in high school. So what does that tell you? Some of the kids that started on our team in middle school don’t even play football now so being good in middle school is “no” indication of how good you will be in high school. Com’on MAN!!!!

TUCKER FOOTBALL “Either run with us, or Run from us”

blu eagle

October 23rd, 2013
10:35 am

TCC, you guys do represent well in the playoffs as the year you beat Statesboro when they were rated high. With Adan Choice ya’ll are dangerous there is no doubt, just messing with you!

JAB

October 23rd, 2013
10:36 am

@ TuckerDAD, Stephenson JV went undefeated, including a 12 – 7 win over you (Tucker) what’s you excuse OOPS , I mean what’s your take on JV, because they practice and are right with the varsity & are varsity coaches as well…!!!

STEPHENSON JAGUARS AND REGION 6AAAAA, THE SEC OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL & #1 IN THE STATE

Hickory Dickory Doc
MLK is waiting on JAGUARS dock
your dominance over the Jaguars have been too long
after next week all of your bragging rights will be gone
Hickory Dickory Doc…

blu eagle

October 23rd, 2013
10:36 am

Who is NSWR gonna see from region 6 on our side of the bracket you think?

JAB

October 23rd, 2013
10:51 am

You want see anybody from region 6 until round 3, where the Stephenson Jaguars will be there…!!!http://www.ghsa.net/2013-2014-ghsa-class-aaaaa-state-football-championship-bracket

Stephenson is hungrier GGGGGGRRRROOOOWWLLL HEAR OUR RRRRRRROOOOOOOAR, BUT FEEL OUR CLAWS.
You have yet to feel the claws of the JJJJJAAAAGGGGUARS, SO BRING IT!!!!

AGAIN! GGGGGGRRRRRROWL, DON’T MESS WITH REGION 6AAAAA GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS AND REGION 6AAAAA, THE SEC OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL & #1 IN THE STATE

Hickory Dickory Doc
MLK is waiting on JAGUARS dock
your dominance over the Jaguars have been too long
after next week all of your bragging rights will be gone
Hickory Dickory Doc…

JAB

October 23rd, 2013
10:53 am

@ blu eagle sp. Correction: “You wont see anybody from region 6 until round 3″

Stephenson is hungrier GGGGGGRRRROOOOWWLLL HEAR OUR RRRRRRROOOOOOOAR, BUT FEEL OUR CLAWS.
You have yet to feel the claws of the JJJJJAAAAGGGGUARS, SO BRING IT!!!!

AGAIN! GGGGGGRRRRRROWL, DON’T MESS WITH REGION 6AAAAA GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS AND REGION 6AAAAA, THE SEC OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL & #1 IN THE STATE

Hickory Dickory Doc
MLK is waiting on JAGUARS dock
your dominance over the Jaguars have been too long
after next week all of your bragging rights will be gone
Hickory Dickory Doc…

Reeze

October 23rd, 2013
11:49 am

@TCC TRUE BLUE…………..Recruit players?….. that’s a first for Northside , If it is true then who?……The majority come from middle school feeders Northside and Thompson……..Northside gets a few transfers in . kids who’s parents are reassigned to the Air Force base and a couple each year who’s parents work for the Houston BOE…….Buford we are not……Anyway your Jackets are looking good….I think TCC and Tucker will slug it out Round 4 , should be the best game this year

TuckerDAD

October 23rd, 2013
12:19 pm

@Reeze, all I can tell you is if you expect to beat Tucker you better have more than one weapon!

TUCKER FOOTBALL “Either run with us, or Run from us”