Friday advance: Few are giving Monroe Area a shot against Carrollton

By David Purdum / For the AJC

A reporter mentioned to Monroe Area coach Matt Fligg that not too many folks were giving his team a shot against Carrollton. Fligg sees why.

“I can understand why they think that, on paper and on film, “ Fligg said. “But they still have to come play us. You can tell, it’s a little different around here this week. And it better be.”

The Purple Hurricanes didn’t stand up to Sandy Creek in a 35-0 semifinal playoff loss to the eventual-champion Patriots last season. Now, Monroe Area gets a shot at another Region 5-AAAA perennial powerhouse in fourth-ranked Carrollton on Friday.

“Carrollton doesn’t have a weakness. They’ve got five or six D-I guys, spread out all over the field,” Fligg said of the Trojans, who are in the playoffs for the 26th straight season. “We’re playing a legendary team.”

Game notes: Carrollton’s only loss came against No. 1 Sandy Creek. … Trojans coach Rayvan Teague and Fligg were roommates at the last Georgia-Florida High School All-Star Football Game in 2001. … Monroe Area sports a plus-17 turnover margin. The Purple Hurricanes’ starting backfield has only one fumble all season.

Change in approach: Marist beat Gilmer, 56-0, in the first round last season. Gilmer coach Wesley Tankersley is changing his approach Friday, when the Bobcats travel back to Marist. “Last year, we took charter buses down,” Tankersley said. “We’re taking the old yellow buses this time. We’re trying to go blue-collar, keep the same routine.”

Gilmer is 2-9 all-time on the road in the posteason. Marist is 48-2 at home in the playoffs since 1987.

Junior stars: Lanier hosts Alexander In the only second-round matchup featuring two unranked teams. The Longhorns are led by junior running back Tario Fuller, who has 1,458 yards rushing on the season. Alexander counters with junior running back Mikell Lands-Davis, who is expected to go over the 2,000-yard mark for the season on Friday. Lands-Davis’ 1,957 yards are the most of any player remaining in the playoffs of any classification.

Roundup: In the other AAAA second-round matchups, defending-champion Sandy Creek hosts a Chestatee team, coming off its first playoff win ever. The winner will take on the winner of No. 2 Griffin versus No. 8 Statesboro. … Quarterback Donquell Green and No. 6 Burke County hosts defensive-minded Mary Persons. Burke County is averaging 42.4 points per game. Mary Persons is allowing only 10.3 points. … Veterans hosts No. 7 Wayne County and electric receiver Krenwick Sanders, who caught six touchdowns in the Yellow Jackets’ first-round win over Monroe. … No. 10 Westover hosts No. 9 Stockbridge in Albany.  Stockbridge won its first region title last season. Westover won its first region crown this year.

Check it out: Todd Holcomb and the folks at GHSF Daily have a fantastic game-by-game preview with a ton of great nuggets, some of which I borrowed above.

28 comments Add your comment

Purple People Eater

November 21st, 2013
11:48 am

“Gilmer is 2-9 all-time on the road in the preseason.” Post-season?

black1

November 21st, 2013
11:50 am

Will be a good game!!!! Hard to decide who will win!

hollywoodraiders

November 21st, 2013
12:58 pm

CARROLLTON

ITS TIME TO WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP ITS TIME GO GET IT!!!!

AJC

November 21st, 2013
1:48 pm

@PurplePeopleEater: Whoops. Good catch. Fixed. Thanks. –David Purdum

XL Dawg

November 21st, 2013
2:57 pm

Monroe Area is talented but will not have enough discipline to beat Carrollton.

True Fan

November 21st, 2013
5:47 pm

Go Griffin Bears

Sarge1

November 21st, 2013
5:57 pm

You need to check your facts, sir: Stockbridge High School did NOT win a region championship THIS year. Griffin High School won the region crown this year and also beat Stockbridge (who upset Griffin to win the region championship LAST year) Just sayin’……..

NGHS 09

November 21st, 2013
6:59 pm

Carrollton DOES have a weakness…their offensive play calling is lacking. I went to the Sandy Creek vs Carrollton game and Coach Teague got his but handed to him. He called so many plays that were just flat out BAD. They have the players to beat Sandy Creek, but the offensive play calling makes their best play makers ineffective.

AJC

November 21st, 2013
7:53 pm

@Sarge1: You’re right. My mistake. Fixed.

Bracket Buster

November 21st, 2013
9:06 pm

I have seen both Monroe and Carrollton play this year and while Monroe has a group of outstanding skill athletes to keep things interesting, they displayed a poor kicking game that will make a huge difference in this game. Carrollton has one of the best kicking games in the state. Field position will be important in this one if Monroe can slow down Carrollton’s offense and NGHS 09 is right about the play calling. Not too sure about the Monroe defense as the team I saw them play was weak on offense but still moved the ball down the field. Good luck to both teams, good sportsmanship by all, and no injuries.

manblk22

November 21st, 2013
11:51 pm

They only game Carrollton has been tested was the SC game. The coaching staff failed. Im sorry, Tony Romo(Teague) failed. My mistake. Punch Teague in the mouth. He’ll roll over like a tamed animal. Our young men at Carrollton play hard and deserve better. IF ANY HIGH SCHOOL WOULD LIKE TO TRADE A HEAD COACH. PLEASE LET ONE OF THE TROJAN FANS KNOW. The best advice i can give Monroe head coach. Stack the box and tell your players to stay home. The running back will come right to you.

Bear_Backer

November 22nd, 2013
2:43 am

Here we Go GRIFFIN…Here we GO!!!

DreadHead5

November 22nd, 2013
9:50 am

IF MA CAN SLOW CARROLLTON’S RUNNING GAME DOWN AND MAKE THEM PASS MORE THAN THEY WANT THEY HAVE A GOOD CHANCE OF BEATING THEM DATS ALL SC DID BUT ON THE FLIP SIDE THEY GOTTA SCORE POINTS AND MOVE THE BALL DON’T KNOW IF THEY RUN A NO HUDDLE HIGH TEMPO OFFENSE BUT MA NEEDS TO TONITE TO MAKE CARROLLTONS DEFENSE TIRED

Big cat 84

November 22nd, 2013
1:23 pm

@ NGHS dude yes Carrollton has some players but not enough to be SC. Man SC mauled them all night O-line and D-line.. Yes they called a bad game but SC is loaded dude.. This senior class has lost one game since 7th grade.. I don’t think there’s anyone in the state that can stack up with them no matter classification IMO.

ODB Cane

November 22nd, 2013
1:46 pm

Based on these comments, Carrollton is suppose to be this Big Bully tonight with all these D-1 prospects and MA is suppose to lay down like a homecoming queen. Yeah right….. My little brothers will not lay down tonight. They will deliver a mighty blow to slay this filthy Goliath.

Just a Fan

November 22nd, 2013
1:55 pm

ODBC-Filthy?Really?Get some class! Dont forget that MA is ranked above Carrollton so the game is not considered to be 1 sided.

NoDistrictLinesInDekalb

November 22nd, 2013
2:15 pm

Gilmer, it doesn’t matter what you take to get to Marist you will score the same amount of points if you show up as you will if you don’t show. Come early spend some time at Perimeter Mall food court and score some food. Yes you guess it that will be your only score of the night. Marist by 40. The Marist all star team headed to the finals.

ODB Cane

November 22nd, 2013
2:54 pm

Just a Fan, be a man and make me…

Old Bear

November 22nd, 2013
9:21 pm

Statesboro doesn’t appear to be on Griffin’s level this year.

Just a Fan

November 22nd, 2013
10:14 pm

Old Bear-how right you are. Griffin just established themselves as a serious contender. Maybe region 3 was not as strong overall as had been expected.

Old Bear

November 22nd, 2013
10:49 pm

I said it on another blog – the best game next week, bar none, will be Griffin/Sandy Creek. I don’t believe there’s another #1 vs #2 matchup in any other classification. Sandy Creek is scary good, but the Bears should be able to give them a game. Griffin has the best scoring defense and the 3rd best scoring offense in AAAA. They’re good, too.

Bear_Backer

November 22nd, 2013
11:00 pm

I’m calling out YOU DreadHead5: What excuse do you have now that your STUPID guess is down the drain about Griffin not being physical enough to handle the likes of a Statesboro? Griffin absolutely CRUSHED Statesboro into oblivion, and did not even blink. Your post sounded dumb when you put it up, and sure enough sounds stupid now. GO BEARS!!

Old Bear

November 22nd, 2013
11:28 pm

Stockbridge, do Region 4 proud. Griffin will try to do the same. Good luck next week versus Carrollton.

Bear_Backer

November 23rd, 2013
12:26 am

I reiterate Old Bears wishes for Stockbridge…Good luck to our Region 4 cohorts!
GO BEARS and GO TIGERS.

Old Bear

November 23rd, 2013
2:35 am

With the exception of Sandy Creek’s loss to Gainesville and their tie with Plant (FL), Griffin has played the Patriots closer than any team in the last 5 years (a 22-15 loss in the 2009 semifinals). I expect another tight game. The Bears match up well against Sandy Creek on both sides of the ball.

DDSTODD

November 23rd, 2013
5:30 am

Old Bear you are wrong. Carrollton vs Creek in the Dome 2010 was 14-7. Game was decided on a fumble inside the five yard line near the end of the game as Carrollton was driving for the tie.
Creek deserves all the praise they get. They will return to the dome again this year.

Real Reporter

November 24th, 2013
12:05 am

well the latest news will be a huge upset, carrollton high school plays ineligible players against monroe area they will lose the win from friday night- Its not over for Monroe

Real Reporter

November 24th, 2013
12:08 am

GHSA does not allow players that are 19 years old at the begging of the 2013 school season to play foot ball, seems the Movie “Facing The Giants” has come true for Monroe Area