Five teams that surprised in 2013

It seems that each year the same teams can be found at the top of the standings. But there are always a number of surprises that can be found throughout the classification.

Here are five of the top surprises in Class AAA this season.

Chapel Hill (4-4, 4-1 in Region 4-AAA): The Panthers have found their offense; they’ve scored 96 points over the last two games. Chapel Hill will make the playoffs and could even finish second in the region. It will be the second straight year the Panthers will make the playoffs under coach Geoff Pastrick.

The Panthers are led by running back Jamarcus Morrissette, who had four touchdowns last week against Haralson County. The sophomore had five touchdowns against Douglass and 385 yards and four touchdowns against B.E.S.T. Academy.

West Hall (5-3, 3-2 in Region 7-AAA): The Spartans will be assured of making the playoffs if they win one more game. It could come down to the outcome of the season-finale at Dawson County. The Spartans are seeking their first playoff spot since 2002.

West Hall has received strong leadership from quarterback Zach English and tight end Hunter Atkinson. They’ve also been a consistent passing connection; Atkinson has caught four passes each of the last two weeks.

Jackson County (3-5, 3-2 in Region 8-AAA): The Panthers will emerge as the No. 4 in this top-heavy region if they can beat Morgan County in the final game of the season. That would put them in the playoffs for the second straight year, something that hasn’t happened since 1986-87.

Southeast Bulloch (6-1-1, 4-1 in Region 1-AAA): The Yellow Jackets are currently in third place in the region and will stay there if they beat Tattnall County on Friday night. Southeast Bulloch hasn’t made the playoffs since 2003.

Southeast’s Tyler Epps scored four touchdowns and rushed for 244 yards in last week’s win over Beach. Epps has now scored 20 touchdowns. Antonio McMillan added 74 yards rushing. That was part of 385 total yards – all rushing. Southeast didn’t even try to throw a pass.

Peach County (6-2, 4-0 in Region 2-AAA): It’s difficult to call the Trojans a surprise, since they’re a perpetual playoff contender. But this is one of the youngest teams that’s been fielded there in years and two straight losses early in the season seemed to signal a rebuilding year. Five straight wins later means the region title will come down to the final game of the season against No. 4 Carver.

The Peach offense has perhaps the best quarterback in Middle Georgia in Greg Williams, one of the holdovers from last year. Williams has thrown for 1,655 yards and 12 touchdowns with Tyler Gibson catching 41 passes for 843 yards and six touchdowns. The Trojans running game is led by Keyshawn Lowe (605 yards) and Nicholas Searcy (405, 11 TDs).

22 comments Add your comment

PEACH COUNTY

October 29th, 2013
10:05 am

Peach County still holding it down , with 9th graders playing everywhere!!! #proudalum

Mountain Man

October 29th, 2013
10:11 am

We Played west hall last week and beat them. They will beat White county by 2 touchdowns. They are very good football team. They do play dirty. Our QB was kicked in the mid section after the play. They have three good backs and their QB is very good. They also have a good tight end. But over all they are good. God bless all our football teams and keep them safe.

Son Of Waco

October 29th, 2013
10:49 am

I was watching the Adairsville vs. Cartersville game. When around the 41 min point the play by play announcer from Adairsville started saying how a few of Cartersville players were former Adairsville players… Could it be that Cartersville recruits around their area??? hmm

ron

October 29th, 2013
10:55 am

It’s nice to see Peach County back amongst the elite.

ron

October 29th, 2013
10:58 am

In a season or two we might see Peach rivaling Buford for supremacy for the AAA.

DDSTODD

October 29th, 2013
11:59 am

Carrollton beat Chapel Hill 63-0, but Chapel Hill rebounded well and now can beat Central of Carroll this week for the second spot in the region. Should be a good game, but the biggest game in the state is a mile away with Sandy Creek facing Carrollton for number one in AAAA and region.

Mountain Man

October 29th, 2013
1:28 pm

Son of WaCO who is that single a private school who starts the year off every year beating your team.

Cville Canes Fan

October 29th, 2013
4:00 pm

@ Son of WACO. Like I’ve said before in the defense of any good program that has open enrollment; players will want to come to another school and play for a team that has a good program. That is not recruiting. You cannot deny a student who goes through the right process and wants to change schools. OH, by the way; why are watching that game anyway? Is it because you know you might see us in the big dance at the DOME?? #astromiscoming CANES NATION!!!!

PCHS85

October 29th, 2013
5:32 pm

Keep charging Peach County. A win over Carver-Columbus this Friday will erase all memories of our two losses for the season.

Son Of Waco

October 29th, 2013
5:56 pm

@Cville I like to know what the top teams in AAA look like, so I can tell how WACO measure up… I can understand why a kid would choose to leave, but dude was so mad it was as if the players played for them last year and now y’all this year… So you don’t go to the stream site and watch other top teams in AAA

ron

October 29th, 2013
6:30 pm

It would be a tremendous experience if those heralded freshmen from Peach County could play Buford somewhere in the playoffs.Just think of the experience they could gain from playing a championship quality opponent such as Buford.

Trojan94

October 29th, 2013
8:22 pm

carrollton is not a mile away from central its really right across the highway 27. Central in an easy victory 35-12

Canes Fan

October 29th, 2013
8:47 pm

Yo WACO. As you know being WACO haters are in abundance. Just messin with ya, of course I watch other teams and haven’t viewed any that I see that cannot be challeneged by the Canes. Does WACO have a game on stream? hook me up. LOL

Son Of Waco

October 29th, 2013
11:34 pm

@Canes would have been ELCA but the game got canceled and the ECI game would cost you like 6 bucks to watch.. Just a few football Friday night highlights from our 2 local news stations, but nothing to get a good look at us unless you want to see us score lol….

ron

October 30th, 2013
4:21 am

2 local news stations? Barely have a radio station if you want to listen to WSNT which plays country ‘n western all day before sounding off for the night.

Wolf Dawg

October 30th, 2013
8:58 am

Nice to see West Hall mentioned.. I know a few of their players parents & they have played well this season… For them to make the playoffs would certainly be a huge turn around!!

Son – Glad to know you are watching Buford every week:

“I like to know what the top teams in AAA look like, so I can tell how WACO measure up”

Learn from the BEST!!!

Cville Canes Fan

October 30th, 2013
9:23 am

@ WACO. OK, cool. Oh well, it’s gonna be interesting to see how this plays out. I know we may see Callaway if we along with them stay undefeated in playoffs. They look impressive. However, we gotta get past Sonorville and Ringold first.

@ Wolf Dawg. Hope we see you all again this year………

CANES!!!!!! #ASTORMISCOMING!

A$E3K

October 30th, 2013
10:27 am

Todd I’m very surprised of this years Lovejoy team,i think we all would agree that no was expecting this( Lovejoy Team) after losing all the players they lost

A$E3K

October 30th, 2013
10:33 am

Todd I’m very surprised of this years Lovejoy team,i think we all would agree that no was expecting this( Lovejoy Team) to be this good after losing all the players they lost and especially at Qb!

Son Of Waco

October 30th, 2013
4:03 pm

@Cville We played Callaway last year in the playoffs and they had some good young D-1 talent, but I just hated their offensive sets.. I say that when I see a talented team who offensive plays hurt them like it did WACO back in the early 2000’s… Callaway used to have a website of their games but I see they took it down this year..

TIGERCAT

October 30th, 2013
6:29 pm

pssss….(ron) Those heralded freshmen from Peach County will have their hands full and gain some experience from few tigers (Carver/Columbus)

ron

October 31st, 2013
1:10 am

Tigercat, that’s how you mold/build champions, you play the best when you’re not the best. If they’re good as freshmen just think about how great they will be coming into their junior year. I’d rather go into a playoff with 2 or 3 losses than to be undefeated,an undefeated,untested squad,one never knows how they will handle adversity. You have a squad with a tough schedule,have a couple losses,have experienced adversity will go deep into the playoffs and could quite possibly win the whole thing.