Class A Blog: What happened Friday? Holy Innocents’ and OLM pull upsets; ELCA, Aquinas, other favorites roll on; Calvary Day-JoCo to settle Region 3 next week

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Here’s what went down Friday night in Week 11.

Holy Innocents’ rallies to topple Landmark. In north Atlanta, Holy Innocents (6-4, 4-2) rallied from deficits of 21-7 and 28-21 with just over five minutes left in regulation to stun previously unbeaten No. 6 Landmark Christian (8-1, 4-1), 29-28. Landmark sophomore QB/K Stockton McGuire’s 52-yard field goal fell just a few feet short as time expired, setting off a midfield celebration for Holy Innocents’ players and fans in what Bears’ head coach Ryan Livezey called one of the best games he’s witnessed as a coach or a fan, according to the school’s website. Holy Innocents’ outscored the War Eagles 22-7 down the stretch. Clay Pfhol’s 2-yard touchdown run and Jackson Miller’s subsequent two-point conversion reception from Luke Wright with a little over a minute left provided the winning advantage for the Bears, who all but clinched a spot in the top 16 of the private school power ratings and a berth in the state playoffs. Holy Innocents’ went into the game holding the No. 15 spot, while Landmark was tied with Darlington at No. 2. Pfohl ended with 135 yards rushing on 13 carries, while Wright ran for 53 yards and completed 10-of-13 passes for 189 yards. Connor Dolan (10), Martin Williams (6) and Rod Davis (5) combined for 21 tackles on the night.

Our Lady of Mercy picks up signature win. In what Our Lady of Mercy head coach Mike Earwood called the biggest win in the program’s history to date, the Bobcats (4-5, 3-2) knocked off No. 10 Darlington (7-2, 4-0), 31-28, in Fayetteville. Mercy built a 28-7 lead on the strength of a 40-yard interception return and 12-yard touchdown reception by senior Delfayeo Matthews, an 80-yard touchdown run by junior Jordan Thomas and a 10-yard run by senior Albert Wilson. Junior QB/K Jameson Vest, who had four touch backs on kickoffs, nailed a 45-yard field goal to give the Bobcats a 31-14 lead midway through the third quarter. Defensively, senior Christian Coleman had an interception in the end zone to thwart a Tiger drive, to go with 10 tackles. Seniors Lynix Branch and Chris Hunt each had two sacks, junior Alex Horlack had eight tackles, and senior Darryl Jackson added a sack. The win all but secures a spot in the top 16 of the Class A private school power ratings and a state playoff berth for Mercy for the second consecutive season, a first for the program. The Bobcats’ strength of schedule is one of the best in the state as the combined record of its opponents this season is 56-24. For Darlington, the loss will most likely keep the Tigers behind Mount Pisgah (9-0, 5-0) in the race for the Region 6 title, which will be decided by the power ratings. Prior to Friday, Mt. Pisgah was No. 1 and Darlington was tied at No. 2 with Landmark Christian.

Favorites roll on. While two of the top 10 fell, the others steamrolled their opponents. No. 1 Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (9-0, 5-0) blitzed Pace Academy (4-5, 1-4), 40-2, in a game most thought would be closer. ELCA can win its fourth consecutive Region 5 title next week with a win at Landmark. No. 2 Aquinas (9-0, 6-0) shook off a slow start to blank Georgia Military (3-6, 3-4), 31-0, behind 175 yards rushing and two touchdowns by Ruben Garnett. No. 8 Mount Pisgah (9-0, 5-0), thanks in part to Darlington’s loss, essentially won its first Region 6 championship by drilling rival Fellowship Christian 50-21. No. 9 Prince Avenue Christian (8-1, 5-0) sprinted to a 35-0 lead and went on a 42-9 romp over Pinecrest Academy (5-3, 3-2) to win the Region 8 championship for the second time in three seasons.

Region 3 title game set. Unlike Region 6, the Region 3 championship will be decided on the field next week. Calvary Day (7-2, 5-0) and No. 4 Johnson County (9-0, 4-0) will face off next Friday on the home field of the team with the highest power rating, after both won impressively on Friday. Calvary Day blanked Portal 30-0, while JoCo dominated Wheeler County 43-7. Prior to Friday, Calvary Day had a power rating of 12.17, good for No. 7 on the private school side, while Johnson County had a 13.28 rating, No. 4 among public schools.

136 comments Add your comment

PaceDad

November 2nd, 2013
11:32 am

Im not saying Pace was near perfect or anything. But, thats just what i heard. Can yall not see thats not sportsman-like?

Pace Fan

November 2nd, 2013
11:38 am

We just got beat PaceDad. We did not make any adjustments. They ran the ball harder and tackled better.

ELCA fan

November 2nd, 2013
12:16 pm

always two sides to any story. could be fault on both teams pacedad.

LanFan

November 2nd, 2013
12:33 pm

Congrats to HI. Wasn’t able to be there but sounded like a game.

What is going on at ELCA games second week we are hearing sportsmanship issues?
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Swamp Lizard

November 2nd, 2013
1:00 pm

@ Lan Fan … I’m not saying ELCA hasn’t been wrong, but this is football! Pace is a fine football team but they got it handed to them last night. No two ways about it. Soem that has never took a snap in their life will “cry”. Landmark doesn’t get personal foul penalties? ….. I know better, they play hard. Emotions run high … I know, and you know that there will be 15 yrd penalties next week. Just because we are are Christians …. doesn’t mean I want hit you in your mouth. And that’s not meant at you …. I’m just saying, sometimes when your back is aginst the wall, you have to fight … weather your a sinner or a Christian.

Swamp Lizard

November 2nd, 2013
1:07 pm

@ Pace Fan …. I do admire your commits. At least you are MAN enough to admit what you saw ….. Pace is a very good football team and I wish them in the playoffs.

BigDave

November 2nd, 2013
1:09 pm

I’m surprised the 7-2 Lions of Christian Heritage(In Dalton) haven’t been mentioned. They got a big 24-20 win over Trion and are going to be going to the Playoffs,

Swamp Lizard

November 2nd, 2013
1:39 pm

Region 5 …. Congrats to Our Lady of Mercy and Holy Innocents on very big wins. Without a doubt, I think that gets both teams in and with “soild” seeds. Even though Pace lost to ELCA, I do not think it will eliminate them from playoffs. They need a win next week ( against Mt Vernon ) and I do think they will get in with a #15 or #16 seed. That will give Region 5 FIVE teams in the palyoffs.

Pace Student

November 2nd, 2013
2:28 pm

Pace should win easily next week. We seem to win by 40 or lose. No middle really. Mt Vernon should be one of those win by 40 games. If we make the playoffs we just need to be more disciplined and we could go decently far.

TOUGHCALL

November 2nd, 2013
2:32 pm

Holy Cow….Called this Holy Innocents win Thursday night this blogI….. The Cinci QB commit #12 scrambled for 15yards on 4th&10- final drive, then his 25 yard go ahead TD run called back for “inadvertent whistle”???? after 10 minutes of official chat, shook it off then checked down for uncovered receiver (which led to 2 yard TD run by elusive wingman #21), followed by 2 point conversion/ pass in Wright place front cone with 40 seconds (similar to Pace win final drive with beauty kick week prior) …….. (ELCA webcast/coach called #12 best QB faced/going tough next level and team tough/young with only handful seniors #22 Penn a beast/wrestler),LCA/ QB K impressive as well and only soph?? also this kid just missed 51 winning kick as time expired and great future for #14… Bears get some rest/healing now and will be dangerous in the playoffs. Alum dad/player impressed watching on the web. Go Bears….. TOUGHCALL

LanFan

November 2nd, 2013
3:00 pm

Swamp I understand. I wasn’t meaning anything just wondering figured you would have a take.

This is a football blog and this statement is more of a carry over from some other Blogs but I have to say it once.

By definition Christians are Sinners, Everyone of us trying everyday.

And this is a game played by Kids.

Swamp Lizard

November 2nd, 2013
3:26 pm

@ Lan Fan ….. I’m glad we understand each other and I’m glad you didn’t think I was calling you out. WE are sinners …. I know I am … but I also know where I stand. I get upset when people call out CHRISTIANS. We are no different than others … other than acknowlodging our sins.
Back to your blog … I understand. “WE” both know when you are good, others try to find any dirt to throw on you.

Tiger Patpaw

November 2nd, 2013
3:38 pm

Tigers 28 at Bobcats 31:

The game was not as close as the final score. When OLM kicked a field goal with 5:00 left in the 3rd to go up 31-14, answering Darlington’s second score, the outcome was all but determined. Darlington’s 14 point scramble in the 4th was not enough. From the touchback interception by OLM of the first flea-flicker pass attempt through the final Darlington TD pass RAC, these teams exhibited impressive athletic efforts.

OBSERVATIONS:
When you don’t have certain tools available, you line up your O’s and come with what brung ya.
Based on what I’ve seen on previous blogs and at last night’s game, electric clock operating officials require some training.
If your appetite is up to the bitter taste, unseasoned Crow briquette is simmerin’ on my grill.

Swamp Lizard

November 2nd, 2013
4:17 pm

@ Tiger Patpaw …. y’all have a good football team. OLM just a lot better than that record they had. They are a very good football team. You OK and that team will be fine.

Swamp Lizard

November 2nd, 2013
4:21 pm

Crow is tough and hard to eat sometimes. I KNOW !! You a good man TIGER PATPAW …. Darlington will be fine and be strong in the playoffs.

Tiger Patpaw

November 2nd, 2013
4:22 pm

@STC:

I’m not sure that one was an upset when truly ““Region 5 is the “SEC” of Class A” (September 12th, 2013) and no one here would give the Tigers a smell save a maybe “could go either way”. But who cares about semantics, it was fun.

Perhaps that’s the momentum swinging “statement win”.

Thought the Tigers had the Bobcats on their heels with the inside running game.

#2’s highlight video is due an update with that interception.

‘Grats Bobcats, good luck in the post season.

Swamp Lizard

November 2nd, 2013
4:27 pm

@ Tiger Patpaw …. you a good man …. Darlington will be fine. Crow is hard to eat somtimes, but it takes a man to ea it ….. you good!

Tiger Patpaw

November 2nd, 2013
4:35 pm

@Swamp Lizard

Crow consumption can be a beneficial thing, depending on your metabolism. Sometimes it helps to have some nasty stickin’ in your crawl.

I viewed last night’s game as a battle to test our benchmark position. We didn’t win, but the grade wasn’t an F.

Let’s see if the Tigers get to re-take that exam.

Tiger Patpaw

November 2nd, 2013
5:02 pm

@BigDave

When you enter the “perimeter” you have to accept the consequences.
Not a lot of love for us weed dwellers unless your program has serious historical recognition.

The Lion program is top shelf and has grown quickly to that status.
That precision sideline passing offense is good enough to make some noise in the post season.
My first hand observation of your team and the “Den” left me impressed.

Good luck in the post season. Let’s carry the Region 6 banner with pride.
Just don’t come knockin’. My heart won’t stand another one of those.

Tiger Patpaw

November 2nd, 2013
5:10 pm

@BigDave

On the other hand, the Trion football team is not very good this year.
No need to make noise about a win you should get,
unless your …[ENTER CANDIDATE NAME HERE]

BigDave

November 2nd, 2013
5:16 pm

Tiger Patpaw,Trion isn’t too bad They’re 5-3. Christian Heritage is getting better and better. I was wondering how They would do when They left the Christian private school league.

Tiger Patpaw

November 2nd, 2013
5:19 pm

@REGION 3

Congratulations on having an on the field champion!

Guess the local fire department will hose down the hosting stadium pre-game, in an attempt to save it from the outcome.

LoveFridayFootball

November 2nd, 2013
5:23 pm

You guys do realize, if Landmark looses to ELCA they will be the #3 team in the region…

Tiger Patpaw

November 2nd, 2013
5:57 pm

@BigDave

The combined record of Trion’s opponents in their five wins is 12-31.

Your Lions are alive and well in their 2nd year in the GHSA after emerging from the GFC (Glory for Christ) League. Just look at our two games last year and this.

Lions and Tigers and Zebras will be fun to see for years to come.

See ya’ll next year on Jerry Sharp Field at Chris Hunter Stadium.

BigDave

November 2nd, 2013
5:58 pm

Yeah Tiger Patpaw,Northwest Georgia High School football teams get lousy coverage in the AJC. It’s strange that You have to read the Chattanooga Times-Free Press to read about them.

BigDave

November 2nd, 2013
6:00 pm

Yeah,Tiger the future competition in Region 6 will be very interesting!

Tiger Patpaw

November 2nd, 2013
6:04 pm

@LoveFridayFootball

At 4-2 in the Region 5 standings you’re correct. But the evil power rating is the critical factor.

Don’t spend your weekend calculating that. I lost my mind last year, don’t forfeit yours.

Tiger Patpaw

November 2nd, 2013
6:12 pm

@BigDave

I used the daltondailycitizen.com this year. Thanks for the future reference to the ChooChoo.
Similar format at rn-t.com, but info is info.

Tiger Patpaw

November 2nd, 2013
6:29 pm

GHSA Class A Region 6 “play-in” Friday.

Here’s my take:
Div. A vs Div. B:

(1)Darlington (4-0, 7-2) vs (4)Whitefield Academy (2-4, 4-5)
(4)Mt. Zion (1-3, 4-5) at (1)Mt. Pisgah (5-0, 9-0)
(2)Christian Heritage (3-1, 7-2) vs (3) Fellowship Christian (2-3, 5-4)
(3)Trion (2-2, 5-3) at (2)Mt. Paran (4-1, 7-2)

Others Not in the play-in:
King’s Ridge (2-4, 3-6)
Walker (1-4, 4-5)
Gordon Lee (0-4, 3-5)
St. Francis** (1-1, 8-2)
North Cobb Christian* (0-0, 1-7)
*= Non-Region schedule
**= Did not play full Region schedule

I’ve been able to confirm bits of this at an unreliable source (MaxPreps).

@STC, can you confirm?

Walkerdad

November 2nd, 2013
6:43 pm

Watched Paran obliterate my team and then find out 20 starters are returning next year!!! Not sure they can go deep this year but strong fast team. D line is strong and speed is everywhere. It hurts me to say WOW!!! We game planed to stop 52 and still couldn’t move ball. Offensive speed is wow. Wish we had play in game thanks Ghsa.

Tiger Patpaw

November 2nd, 2013
6:55 pm

@Walkerdad

Every program has a down year. Chin up.

Region 6 needs to be reset to correct the division imbalance. Guess that won’t happen until the reclassification schedule kicks in.

BigDave

November 2nd, 2013
8:29 pm

Thanks for the Play In projection for Region 6,Tiger Patpaw!

BigDave

November 2nd, 2013
8:31 pm

I used the Dalton paper as well as the Times-Free Press. Only way to really read up on NW Georgia football Tiger Patpaw. :/

fed up with GHSA

November 2nd, 2013
11:13 pm

GHSA needs to get its act together when it comes to Region 6. The play in idea is terrible. Why not have the winner of sub region 6A play the winner of sub region 6B for the region 6 championship. What is the logic of the 1 seed playing the 4 seed in the other region. GHSA must be a secret distress signal for “Gotta Hire Seasoned Administrators”

nourstuff

November 3rd, 2013
12:20 am

@fed up, you should realize that GHSA allows each region to determine their own crossover format. I’m no fan of their PR system and the public/private split, but in this case you should take up your concern with your own coach & AD.

dap01

November 3rd, 2013
5:53 am

Did any fans get assaulted at ECI this Friday?

Augusta68

November 3rd, 2013
7:10 am

It looks like when the power rankings come out that two highly ranked teams early in the season, George Walton and Pace, will be at 16 and 17 battling for their playoff life this weekend. A Pace win over a very bad Mt Vernon would not get them many points and GW will be a big underdog against Prince (obviously a win by GW will get them in). It doesn’t look like the teams above them in the rankings will move down much and some teams behind them like Whitfield and Savannah Christian do have the potential to pass them. It will make for an interesting Friday night.

Swamp Lizard

November 3rd, 2013
7:37 am

@ LoveFridayFootball & Region 5 …. think it will be a three way tie for 2nd place in Region 5 ( all with 4-2 records ) ….. Landmark beat OLM, OLM beat Holy Innocents, Holy Innocents beat Landmark …. then if power rankings come into play on the tie breaker after that I would guess …. Landmark 2nd, OLM 3rd, and Holy Innocents 4th ….. it will be real interesting to see if Pace Academy will get in after all is said and done. I think they get a 15 or 16 seed, if no big upsets happen next week.

Swamp Lizard

November 3rd, 2013
7:51 am

@ Region 6 ….. the way the cross over games are played at season end, it does nothing but hurt your Champion and the runner up playing your #4 teams from each side …. it’s a lose / lose deal for both A & B winners …. if you win ( A & B side champs ) you don’t pick up the points in the power rankings, you don’t have a “true” champion … it’s decided by “points”, and if you lose to a #4 you fall even futher down the “seed” bracket. You gain NOTHING playing a #4. If you have 1 vs 1 …. BOTH teams benefit in power rankings and you have your true Reion 6 champ. The winner in this deal “might” be #2 Mt Paran playing #3 Trion in this situation … moving them UP in the power rankings.
As NOURSTUFF said …. I would be rasing sand with the headcaoch and the AD !!

Tiger Patpaw

November 3rd, 2013
8:00 am

@fed up with GHSA

nourstuff is right. Our Region 6 administrators bungled that decision. I guess they feared a major power rating fall to the loser of a 1 vs. 1 game, when in reality a 1-4 game is a huge risk. Don’t even consider travel schedule changes if a “play-in” (4) upsets a (1).

Examples:
Watch the PR change of Landmark & Darlington (both 14.26) after losses to HI @ 6-4 and OLM @ 4-5.
Next, watch what happens after the Region 3 championship CDS (5-0, 7-2, 12.17) vs. JoCo (4-0, 9-0, 13.28). Winner will get a region champ bump; loser at minimum will likely host a round 1 game.

LoveFridayFootball

November 3rd, 2013
8:04 am

Swamp…forgot about OLM having just two losses. They play another region game (I think maybe vs SR) so that shouldn’t change. I don’t think Pace gets in…they play MV, so their points will go down(even with a win) and even if GWA gets a loss vs Prince wouldn’t their points go up? I know, the system stinks!

Tiger Patpaw

November 3rd, 2013
8:11 am

Re-Blog warning.

MY DREAM SCENARIO (rev. 1): Patriots and Tigers win out, earning 1 and 5 or 2 and 6 seeds and play DEC-6/7 for an on-field region championship and a Dome birth.

Tiger Patpaw

November 3rd, 2013
8:26 am

I think Pace needs more than 1 loss above them in 5A and chalk outcomes in 3A and 6A “play-ins”. That would mean an OLM loss at SRC is the only hope. Looks like at least one deserving 5A program will be left out.

Tiger Patpaw

November 3rd, 2013
8:46 am

@LoveFridayFootball

I’m pretty sure you’re right. A GWA loss at PAC would get them the opponent’s victory points and minimize their fall. However, stand by until after this week’s PR. Lost to Athens Acadamy. Seems GWA is in an end of season free fall.

indianfan

November 3rd, 2013
9:11 am

The region 1 championship game is next week as well. Seminole will play Mitchell at seminole

mike

November 3rd, 2013
9:39 am

Home game against darlington for whitefield. if they win are they in the playoffs? thoughts..?

S. Thomas Coleman

November 3rd, 2013
9:48 am

TigerPatpaw:

OLM over Darlington was probably an upset on paper, but the teams are pretty much evenly matched.

Of course I have to tread carefully when the topic of OLM comes up for obvious reasons, but yes, No. 2’s Hudl highlight reel has been updated with the INT and TD-saving tackle on the long run by your No. 21 in the 2nd quarter! ;)

STC

S. Thomas Coleman

November 3rd, 2013
9:53 am

Indianfan:

Seminole County-Mitchell County should be a good one!

STC

S. Thomas Coleman

November 3rd, 2013
9:59 am

Swamp:

You’re correct on the 3-way tie in Region5. The power rating would determine seeding. Placement in the region is rendered useless by the PR, unless you are the region champ.

Holy Innocents’ regular season is over. I think they will get in. Not sure how many points OLM would pick up with a win over Strong Rock because of their low win total (2). The Bobcats should handle SR, but you can’t under estimate a team coached by Mark Miller. A few years before he left Woodward Academy, I saw he and his staff dismantle Washington County in the first round of the playoffs.

As for Landmark, of course an upset over ELCA would be huge, but not likely.

The final seedlings will be interesting no doubt.

STC

S. Thomas Coleman

November 3rd, 2013
10:01 am

TigerPatpaw:

I think your crossover breakdown of Region 6 is correct. I’ll try to check in with a few coaches to confirm.

STC