By David Purdum / For the AJC
Update: The GHSA has received video of the fight from the Monroe Area-Madison County game, but is still waiting on official reports from each school, before issuing suspensions. GHSA associate director Tommy Whittle said he is hoping to make an announcement Tuesday.
No. 4 Monroe Area’s 68-14 win over Madison County was marred by a bench-clearing brawl that led to multiple ejections. Seven Monroe Area players, including star quarterback Stanton Truitt, and three Madison County players were ejected. In addition to Truitt, four other Monroe Area starters were among those ejected, Purple Hurricanes’ coach Matt Fligg confirmed in a text message.
A Madison County player involved in the fight was taken to the hospital with neck pains, but was released and feeling fine, according to Madison coach Chris Smith.
Both coaches said the fight began when Truitt was tackled out of bounds and escalated from there. Smith said he was turning over video of the fight to the officials association to review.
If players were ejected for fighting, they would have to sit out next week’s game. Monroe Area hosts Chestatee next week for the Region 8-AAAA title.
The GHSA did not immediately return a request for comment.
In another ugly incident, a big Region 6-AAAA Division B game had to be cancelled, after football players from Washington High School were implicated by Atlanta police in a Thursday night a fight involving a baseball team and a parent. Officials cancelled Washington’s game against Carver and awarded Carver a forfeit victory. Carver improves to 6-2, 4-0 in the subregion. Washington drops to 6-2, 2-2 in 6-AAAA. Carver will face Grady on Friday for the subregion title.
Showdown set: No. 1 Sandy Creek and No. 2 Carrollton each posted easy victories, setting up a Friday showdown between the two top-ranked teams that will decide the Region 5-AAAA title. Defending state champion Sandy Creek rolled out to a 35-0 halftime lead en route to a 42-7 win over LaGrange. The Patriots have won 40 consecutive region games.
Carrollton scored on its first seven possessions and got two rushing touchdowns from both Malik Sheppard and Jarvis Terrell, and two receiving touchdowns from Andrew Turner in the Trojans’ 63-21 win over Alexander. Carrollton has outscored its opponents 407-75.
Chubb watch: Cedartown running back Nick Chubb rushed for 275 yards and four touchdowns to help the seventh-ranked Bulldogs remain undefeated with a 54-28 win over Cass. Chubb, a Georgia commitment, has now rushed for 2,162 yards and 33 touchdowns this season. Cedartown travels to Gilmer on Friday, with the winner claiming the top seed out of Region 7-AAAA, Division A in the play-in round.
First wins: The LaFayette Ramblers ended an 11-game losing streak with a 32-29 win over Ridgeland. … North Clayton picked up its first win of the season with a 25-20 victory over winless Spalding.
Turnaround: Eagle’s Landing knocked off Locust Grove, 41-14, to improve to 7-2 on the season. The Golden Eagles were 3-37 the past four seasons.
Unbeatens: Sandy Creek (7-0-1), Carrollton (8-0), Statesboro (8-0), Mary Persons (8-0), Griffin (8-0), Monroe Area (8-0) and Cedartown (8-0) are the only remaining unbeaten teams in AAAA.