Archive for November, 2013

Saturday basketball scores

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Allatoona 69, Morgan County 63

Bacon County 61, Appling County 43

Brookwood 96, Athens Christian 70

Buford 62, Eagle’s Landing 61

Cedar Shoals 61, Archer 34

Central Gwinnett 55, Lambert 39

Chestatee 73, Franklin County 64

Clarke Central 83, Apalachee 70

Dade County 82, Morris Innovative 32

Dublin 62, Baldwin 56

Duluth 92, East Hall 72

Effingham County 77, Screven County 29

Glynn Academy 59, Menendez (FL) 31

Heritage, Conyers 75, Clarkston 62

Hillgrove 57, Peachtree Ridge 45

Miller Grove 66, Luella 55

North Augusta 67, Grovetown 59

North Cobb Christian 57, Woodward 54

North Murray 68, Excel Christian 50

Parkview 65, Mill Creek 49

Paulding County 82, West Forsyth 69

Pebblebrook 62, Berkmar 58

River Ridge 53, Blessed Trinity 46

St. Francis 88, Chattahoochee 68

St. Pius 58, Jefferson 44

Taylor County 75 Talbot County, 55

Therrell 61, Jackson, Atlanta 44

Westlake 82, Creekside 53

Wooddale (TN) 71, Kingdom Christian Academy 66

Woodland, Henry 60, …

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Friday rewind: Marist doesn’t pass or punt in quarterfinal win

By David Purdum / For the AJC

Passing is over-rated.

Marist didn’t attempt a pass in its quarterfinal win over Burke County. Carrollton attempted only one pass–and it was intercepted—in the Trojans’ win over Stockbridge.

Yet, the two teams advanced and will meet at Marist on Friday in a rematch of last season’s five-overtime playoff thriller.

The War Eagles rushed for 429 yards, led by quarterback Chase Martenson’s 162 and four touchdowns, and reached the semifinals for the 11th time under coach Alan Chadwick. Marist had an 11-minute advantage in time of possession and did not punt.

The Trojans weren’t nearly as prolific in their quarterfinal win at Stockbridge, finishing with just 195 yards of offense, but made enough plays to advance to the semifinals for the second time under coach Rayvan Teague.

Marist beat Carrollton, 43-37, in five overtimes in the second round of last season’s playoffs. The War Eagle are 50-2 at home in the playoffs since 1987.

Stepping up: Few players, …

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Top four ranked teams make it to final four

There may have been a minor upset or two along the way, but the Class AAAAA playoffs have gone according to form in that the top four teams in the final regular-season poll are the four teams still standing for next weekend’s semifinals.

Top-ranked Tucker reached the semifinals for the fifth time in seven years with a 29-0 victory over Ware County. No. 2 Kell set a school record for victories in a season and advanced to the first semifinal in the program’s 11-year history by knocking off Warner Robins 52-28. No. 3 Gainesville is one step closer to defending its 2012 state title after beating Mundy’s Mill 42-28. And No. 4 Creekside advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 2000 by beating North Paulding 41-14. All four were region champions.

Tucker, Kell and Creekside are 13-0. The only other classification with three undefeated semifinalists is the Class A private-school bracket, where Aquinas and Mount Pisgah Christian are 12-0 and Eagle’s Landing Christian is 11-0. …

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Buford, Washington Co. pass tests … Callaway, Ringgold next

No. 1 Buford and No. 3 Washington County have been on a collision course for the Georgia Dome since the playoff brackets were released. But Callaway and Ringgold are still alive and would like nothing more than to throw a wrench into those plans.

Buford (13-0) won the coin flip and will host No. 5 Callaway (12-1) in one semifinal, while Washington County (12-0) will host Ringgold (11-2) in the other. The winners will meet for the title at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 13 at the Georgia Dome.

Buford overpowered No. 4 Carver Columbus 36-6, while Callaway eliminated St. Pius 35-21. Washington County had a big second half and eliminated No. 10 Blessed Trinity, 46-17, while Ringgold avenged an earlier loss to Central Carroll with a 35-10 victory in a quarterfinal matchup between two unranked teams.

Buford 36, Carver Columbus 6: Few teams can commit four turnovers and a win a game. But Buford did it against Carver and beat the Tigers for the fourth straight time. The Wolves did it with defense, …

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Class A Blog: Down to the Final Four

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

We’re down to the final four on the public and private sides, after Friday night’s outcomes:


Upper Bracket

No. 9 Charlton County 42, No. 1 Seminole County 0. Who saw this coming? Charlton County (8-4) raced to a 21-0 halftime lead – on 57-yard touchdown run by Andrew Lee and touchdown receptions of 31 and 50 yards by Julian Roberts and Curtis Nixon, respectively – and never looked back en route to stunning previously unbeaten Seminole County (11-1). Charlton County’s defense held Seminole County’s vaunted wing-T offense, which rolled up 400 yards in last week’s first round win over No. 16 seed Wilkinson County, to just two first downs, according to the Albany Herald.

No. 4 Irwin County 56, No. 5 Johnson County 26. Irwin County advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 1997, and didn’t need to complete a pass to do so. According to the Tifton Gazette. Irwin County (10-1-1) rushed for more than 500 yards and led 28-0 at halftime …

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AA blog: What we learned Friday

Here’s what we learned Friday in Class AA:

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  • And then there were four. The Lamar County Trojans, Benedictine Cadets, Lovett Lions and Brooks County Trojans have reached the semifinals.
  • Lamar County – the state’s top-ranked team – pulled away from defending state-champion Jefferson 35-24. The Trojans (13-0) are in the semifinals for the second year in a row. They’ll face the also-undefeated Cadets. The Trojans are coached by Franklin Stephens, who looks to repeat history by delivering the first state title to a program in his second season of coaching them. In his second year at Tucker, he led the Tigers to a Class AAAA title in 2008. He coached them to a second title in 2011, then departed for Lamar County the following season.
  • The Cadets (13-0) are also in the semifinals for the first time in school history. …

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Semifinals coin-flip results

By Craig Sager II

Score Atlanta

Six out of Georgia’s 14 semifinal games flipped coins for home-field this weekend. In Class AAAAAA, there is an unusual No. 3 vs. No. 3 matchup with North Gwinnett and McEachern that required a flip. Neither team had much of a chance for hosting a playoff game this year as a No. 3 seed. McEachern won the toss is guaranteed a home game for the first time these playoffs.

Class AAAAA houses a semifinals field of four No. 1 seeds and three of the states’ remaining unbeaten teams. Creekside won its flip with Kell while Tucker won its toss with Gainesville. Creekside is the only team that has played a road game this postseason, a 41-14 rout over North Paulding on Friday.

Class AAAA is already set with top seeds Marist and Griffin hosting Carrollton and Wayne County, respectively.

In Class AAA, No. 1 Buford and No. 1 Callaway had a deciding toss on Saturday for the approximately 103 miles that separates these two schools. Top ranked Buford won the toss …

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Powder Springs-Suwanee rivalry brings excitement: We want more

The cities of Powder Springs and Suwanee faced off in two of the state’s best football games in the quarterfinals. They split 1-1, each scoring the winning points in the final two minutes.

They’ll go at it again in a rubber game and semifinal next week as North Gwinnett (Suwanee) plays McEachern (Powder Springs) at a home field to be determined by a coin flip.

That game, or even the coin flip, will be hard-pressed to match the suspense of the quarterfinals.

North Gwinnett beat McEachern’s closest Cobb County neighbor, Hillgrove, 35-31 on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Hayden Sphire to Daniel Imatorbhebhe with 1:13 left. Entering the game, Imatorbhebhe had been a solid fourth receiver but with only one of North Gwinnett’s 40 touchdown passes.

McEachern beat Collins Hill 35-32 on an 85-yard punt return by Taj Griffin with 1:00 left. Collins Hill had come from 28-10 down to lead.

Both winning teams then intercepted passes near the goal line in the final 10 seconds to clinch their …

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McEachern 35, Collins Hill 32

The McEachern Indians took control early over the Collins Hill Eagles to go up big. They relinquished their momentum – and the lead – thanks to penalties and were on the cusp of seeing their season end. Then Taj Griffin happened.

Griffin scored on a long punt return that proved to be the difference, as the Indians held on to beat the Eagles 35-32 in the Class AAAAAA state quarterfinals.

The Indians (11-2), a No. 3 seed out of Region 4, are in the semifinals for the first time since 1998. They move on to play North Gwinnett.

Griffin – a four-star recruit and one of the state’s top juniors – returned a punt 85 yards with a minute remaining to put the Indians ahead. He had to run backward to field the punt, rounded to the middle then cut to the sideline, using his blockers to go untouched to the end zone.

The Eagles (11-2) took over on their own 42 with 42 seconds left and three timeouts. They marched all the way to the 20 with 10 seconds left. But they never got the chance for a …

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Colquitt County 42, Dacula 17

By Ricky Dimon

Score Atlanta

In a Class AAAAAA quarterfinal, Colquitt County surged to a 28-3 lead at halftime and had a 35-3 advantage heading into the fourth quarter before Dacula scored two late touchdowns with a running clock. The visiting Packers amassed 402 yards of total offense and Daniel Mobley passed for 250 yards and two touchdowns.

Mobley opened the scoring early and often in the first quarter with touchdown passes to Todd Boyd and Kiel Pollard. He hit Boyd from 29 yards out and Pollard for a 54-yard scoring strike. Sihiem King had a 53-yard touchdown run for Colquitt County and appeared to score on a 44-yarder only to have it called back. King eventually tacked on his second scoring jaunt from 36 yards away just prior to halftime after the Packers had extended their drive with a successful fake punt.

Tim Sanders plunged into the endzone from two yards away early in the fourth quarter before Dacula mounted its inconsequential fourth-quarter charge. The Falcons, who …

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Norcross 28 Lowndes 7

By Robert Haddocks

The Norcross defense turned in yet another dominant performance as the Blue Devils rolled past Lowndes, 28-7, to advance to the state semifinals for the second consecutive year.

The Blue Devils took advantage of five Vikings’ turnovers while holding their vaunted running attack to 91 yards. Norcross, 11-2, is one game away from the chance to defend its Class AAAAAA championship. “If we keep playing like this, no one can get in our way but ourselves” said defensive end Lorenzo Carter, the state’s No. 1 prospect. The Blue Devils will host Colquitt County on Friday.

Norcross, which has held all three of its playoff opponents under 10 points, is playing some of their best football at the right time, coach Keith Maloof said. They’ve limited teams to single digits in seven of their last nine games. “They’ve been great all year, but they’ve really hunkered down and are playing how they know how to play. If we take advantage of other people’s mistakes like we did …

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Callaway 35, St. Pius X 21

LAGRANGE, Ga. – Callaway’s sudden-change plays were more than enough to keep St. Pius X off guard Friday night, when the Cavaliers beat the Golden Lions 35-21 to advance to the state Class AAA semifinals for the first time.

Senior quarterbaclk Tez Parks rushed for 128 yards on just 11 carries, and running back Eddie Culpepper had 143 yards and two touchdowns as the Cavaliers (12-1) beat the Lions (9-4) at their own game – by running the ball.

The Golden Lions scored first, on a 39-yard field goal by senior Thomas O’Leary, on the game’s first possession, but the Cavaliers carried play from that point forward. Parks scored on an 18-yard run off a fumbled shotgun snap to give Callaway the lead for good.

Each team scored a touchdown on what added up to three consecutive possessions to start the second half, but after Callaway went into intermission with a 14-6 lead, the Cavaliers’ back-to-back, two-play scoring drives took the wind out of the Golden Lions’ sails.

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North Gwinnett 35, Hillgrove 31

Hayden Sphire threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Imatorbhebhe with 1:13 remaining, and top-ranked North Gwinnett withstood a last-second Hillgrove drive to preserve a 35-31 victory in the Class AAAAAA quarterfinals Friday at Hillgrove.

Eighth-ranked Hillgrove (11-2) played the second half without quarterback Elijah Ironside, who sustained a concussion midway through the second quarter when he was hit throwing a touchdown pass to Justin Denton that tied the game 14-14. It was Ironside’s 40th TD pass of the season.

Running back Richardre Bagley, taking the snaps in the Wildcat formation in the second half, led Hillgrove on three consecutive scoring drives, capped by a 34-yard field goal by Andrew Vaughn that gave the Hawks a 31-21 lead with 11:17 to play in the game.

But North Gwinnett (12-1) scored on each of its next two possessions to reclaim the lead. C.J. Leggett scored his fourth touchdown of the night on an 8-yard run with 7:49 to play to cut the lead to …

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Kell 52, Warner Robins 28

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Things started going Kell’s way last Sunday when the Longhorns won the coin toss to host their quarterfinal playoff game with fellow No. 1 seed Warner Robins. And that, as it turned out, was just the beginning.

Kell (13-0) started fast and didn’t let up, as the No. 2-ranked team in Class AAAAA advanced to its first state semifinal with a 52-28 trampling of the sixth-ranked Demons (11-2), Friday night at “The Stockyard” in Marietta. The Longhorns will face the winner of Creekside-North Paulding next week.

Kell jumped out of the gate on the first possession of the game, with a 16-play, 75-yard drive that stalled at the Warner Robins 5-yard line. Cammeron Massung booted a 22-yard field goal to put the Longhorns ahead, 3-0, midway through the first quarter.

Kell wasted little time adding to the lead as senior linebacker Keith Hampton grabbed a pass that bounced in and out of the hands of a Warner Robins receiver and returned it 12 yards to the …

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Buford 36, Carver-Columbus 6

No. 1 Buford withstood four turnovers and beat Carver-Columbus for the fourth time in as many years, this time a 36-6 win over the fourth-ranked Tigers Friday night at Tom Riden Stadium in Buford.

Friday’s win was a rematch of a 2012 Class AAA quarterfinal the Wolves also won on its home field. The defending Class AAA champions (13-0) stuffed the Carver offense early and coasted after building a 22-0 first-quarter lead. A coin flip will determine the site for next week’s semifinal with Callaway.

Facing 4th-and-9 from the 19 on its first offensive drive, Carver punter Raekwon Lowe saw a snap sail over his head for a safety, giving Buford a 2-0 lead. Two field goals from placekicker Matthew Bonadies gave Buford an 8-0 advantage, and after David Curry intercepted Carver quarterback Jawon Pass at the 50, Buford took a 15-0 lead behind a 4-play drive that ended with a 10-yard scramble from quarterback Taylor Mitchell.

On the next play from scrimmage, Carver running back Noah Hickey …

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