Friday rewind: Chubb checked, showdown set and Alexander springs upset

By David Purdum / For the AJC

In the final game of his prolific high school career, Cedartown running back Nick Chubb was held to 71 yards on 19 carries in a 63-10 loss to No. 1 Sandy Creek. Chubb finishes his senior season with 2,710 yards and 39 touchdowns. He rushed for 5,431 yards combined in the past two seasons.

Sandy Creek running backs Delvin Weems and Eric Swinney each rushed for more than 100 yards. Swinney had four touchdowns, and Weems finished with three. Javon Jackson returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown for the defending state champions, who extended their unbeaten streak to 26 games.

Sandy Creek will face Chestatee in the second round.

Upset: Alexander pulled off the biggest upset of the first-round. The Cougars, the fourth seed out of Region 5-AAAA, knocked off Region 7-AAAA champion Dalton, 13-10. Andrew Chandler’s field goal as time expired gave Alexander its first playoff win since 1996.

Second-round showdown set: No. 3 Monroe Area will host No. 4 Carrollton in the second round, after both teams advanced Friday. Monroe Area rushed for 501 yards in a 68-39 win over Banneker. Carrollton held Northwest Whitfield to 55 yards rushing in a 52-10 win.

Goal-line stand: Quen Head intercepted a pass in the end zone with four seconds to play to help Mary Person knock of Eagle’s Landing, 16-14. The Mary Person’s defense forced four turnovers in the game.

Defense: No. 2 Griffin recorded its fifth shutout of the season, blanking Rutland, 34-0, Friday. The Bears advanced to face Statesboro in the second round.

First-time: The Lanier Longhorns beat Carver-Atlanta, 26-7, for the fourth-year program’s first playoff victory.

Gametime: The AAAA state championship game will be played at 5:30 p.m., Dec. 14, the GHSA announced this week.

Most importantly: AJC reporter David Purdum correctly picked 15 of 16 first-round Class AAAA games. Westover’s 27-7 win over Liberty County was his only loss.

17 comments Add your comment

High 5

November 16th, 2013
9:44 am

Sandy Creek look very powerful! Keep up the good work guys!

Plato

November 16th, 2013
1:43 pm

Funny article. The maxwell ratings on this very site had Alexander favored by 2 points against Dalton. Not much of an upset when the favored team wins. Looking at those ratings…the only upset was Gilmer defeating Troup County who was favored by 12 points.

Old Bear

November 16th, 2013
7:36 pm

Alexander was the popular pick to win that game. Seeding doesn’t always determine favorites.

Old Bear

November 16th, 2013
7:39 pm

Wayne County has no excuses for not reaching the semifinals if the rankings are to be believed. They will not play a single ranked team in the playoffs up until then.

The Ol' Ball Fan

November 17th, 2013
12:43 am

The 2 best scoring defenses in AAAA will meet when Statesboro plays Griffin Friday night. Both allow less than 9 PPG. Both teams have fairly potent offenses, too, with Statesboro scoring 33 PPG and Griffin averaging 44. Griffin is 11-0, and Statesboro is a blocked extra point from having the same record, This is probably the best matchup this weekend in Class AAAA.

Jokurone Red Elephant class of 65'

November 17th, 2013
7:53 am

Red Elephants beginning their stampede to another state championship!

Just a Fan

November 17th, 2013
10:06 am

Red E-I think we are discussing AAAA football here. I am picking Statesboro in the big one Friday just based on the fact that they had a more competetive schedule than Griffin. You cannot choose the region opponents but you can chose the non-region ones of course. Either way just enjoy the games-only 1 team will not lose in the playoffs and personally if Carrollton loses this week I will have enjoyed the season-life goes on.

Creek Rising!!!

November 17th, 2013
5:49 pm

Just a Fan, I picked Statesboro for that reason and also because Griffin hasn’t faced such a defense all year

Trojan94

November 18th, 2013
12:58 am

@ just a fan and creek rising ditto for me too burke co, liberty co and wayne co were stiffer tests for Statesboro. I’m picking blue devils in that one

x-factor

November 18th, 2013
12:30 pm

Ya’ll Carrolton fans need to be worrying about how to stop Monroe area instead of worrying about Griffin… Playoff football is all about defense and Griffin defense is up to the challenge of stopping a wishbone offense. One thing about it we won’t be switching our whole game plan like Carrolton did against Sandy Creek went from the wing t to a spread offense and got exposed. The Grip is ready!!!

roger

November 18th, 2013
2:32 pm

as long as the coaches don’t make bad play calling Wayne county can go far, as big and athletic team you will see in the state….

roger

November 18th, 2013
2:33 pm

Dont know if anyone saw the stats on the sanders kid from wayne county, 6 tds receiving, 280 yards..

Trojan56

November 18th, 2013
2:34 pm

@ x-factor: Know what your talking about before you open your mouth. We did not “switch our whole game plan” against Sandy Creek. We have run a lot of our offense out of the spread all year. I think you better be concerned about Statesboro and quit worrying about what Carrollton is doing. Win Friday and you will have plenty of time to worry about what game plan will work against Sandy Creek.

x-factor

November 18th, 2013
3:12 pm

@ Trojan 56 I have pretty reliable sources that swear Carrolton runs the Wing T. Line up with that big O line and run the ball.. Rushing for 400 yards in a game sounds like the the Wing T to me??? Now I watched that game on CSS because I wanted to see who was the better team and what style offense Carrollton ran. Now running a spread offense up by 40 points against the Columbus’ and Fayette Countys of the world is one thing, against equal talent or better talent is another thing. I know this it’s win or go home come friday. It’s put or shut up, 2nd round the pressure about to get turned up another notch. Monroe Area waiting for yall.

Just a Fan

November 18th, 2013
7:03 pm

Trojan 56-might as well give up-he knows it all . We who actually went to the games know you are exactly right-they used the spread many times in the 1st qtr. Best to ignore the uninformed.

x-factor

November 18th, 2013
11:11 pm

@ Just a fan I never professed to being a know it all but if you would have read my earlier post I said Carrolton used the spread against Sandy Creek… My point was they switched schemes against Creek not that didn’t run the spread. He countered that they used it all year. It doesn’t matter wether I watched on tv or in person. But defend him if you fill the need to. It’s a lot opinions on this blog I stated mine just as others have. You raised questions about Griffin I pointed out Carrolton’s undoing against Creek. Talk about Monroe Area……Will y’all blow them out? No more cup cakes for no one, playoff football you have to play who is in your bracket. It’s win or go home. So good luck!!

Just a Fan

November 19th, 2013
9:48 am

X Factor-go back and read your posts-You said that Carrollton changed their game plan-this must mean that you were privy to the game plan-or did you just assume? You made reference to using the spread against weak teams when they up by 40 points-proves you did not know what you were talking about. Yes Carrollton ruins the Winged T offense but runs many plays out of the spread formation each game.Sandy Creek will make a lot of formations look bad-not just Carrollton’s. The Winged T gets a lot of criticism but 8 teams that ran the spread against Carrollton this year faced a running clock in the 4th qtr. No Carrollton fan that I know is worried about Griffin but some of us state our picks most weeks. Win or lose Friday I will be proud of my team (Carrollton) and continue to support them in the future-no one wins them all(except maybe Sandy Creek).