Will Cartersville, Carver dodge another bullet?

A couple of the state’s highly ranked teams flirted with disaster last week before they were able to escape. It’s unlikely that No. 2 Cartersville or No. 4 Carver will be able to wriggle off the hook as easily this week.

Cartersville (11-0) kept its season alive when West Hall missed a 41-yard field goal in the closing seconds, allowing the Hurricanes to sneak away with a 28-26 win. Carver (10-1) needed four overtimes and two missed extra points to overcome first-year playoff participant B.E.S.T. Academy 38-32.

This year the big boys can’t play fast and loose with their opponents in the second round. To do so would be a big mistake.

Cartersville plays St. Pius (8-3), which finished second in the state last year. The Golden Lions may be the most physical team that Cartersville has seen this year. St. Pius would love the use its powerful ground game to keep the ball out of the hands of Canes quarterback Brooks Barden.

Cartersville relied heavily on sophomore running back Tiamon Pennymon last week. He ran for 160 yards and two touchdowns, but was limited to four carries in the second half because of an injury.

Carver will have to overcome Jefferson County (8-3), which brings an impressive defense to the table. Jefferson County also has the sort of team speed needed to compete, but has been hampered by injuries to starting quarterback Will Jordan. The Jeffco defense will have to play its best game of the season to slow the Carver offense, led by QB Jawon Pass, who ran for two touchdowns and threw for two touchdowns last week.

In the other second-round games:

Pierce County (10-1) at Callaway (10-1): Pierce Country quarterback Tyler Harris has helped the Bears go 20-3 over the last two seasons. Callaway enjoyed a 62-28 romp over Henry County in the first round last week, scoring on three of its first six plays. Eddie Culpepper scored on runs of 57, 70 and 3 yards to lead the Cavs.

Woodward Academy (9-2) at Buford (11-0): Sorry, Woodward fans, but Buford won’t move up in classification until next season. Buford warmed up with a 58-0 win over outmatched Sonoraville, which was making its first trip to the playoffs. Joshua Thomas scored two of Buford’s nine touchdowns. Woodward put up big numbers against better competition, whipping North Oconee 53-21. This will be the first meeting between the two successful programs.

Peach County (8-3) at Washington County (10-0): Peach County has had an amazing season despite its youth and inexperience. Keshawn Lowe ran for 138 yards and Greg Williams threw for 148 in last week’s win over Chapel Hill. Washington County will be a different challenge. The Golden Hawks are loaded with explosive offensive weapons like Melvin Hill and Danyale Wicker, who helped the team top the 50-point margin five times this season. Hard to believe, but Washington County has never beaten Peach County; Peach holds a 10-0-2 series lead.

White County (9-2) at Blessed Trinity (8-3): This is the only rematch in the second round. Blessed Trinity waxed White County 30-0 on Sept. 20. White’s only other loss was against Buford.  Each team has an exceptional running back: White County’s Dalton Whitfield (237 yards and three TDs last week) and Blessed Trinity’s Chad Manthey (228 yards).

Central Carroll (9-2) at Appling County (9-2): Central must try to slow Appling quarterback Vernon Dasher, who ran for 162 yards and threw for 67 yards in last week’s first-round win over Dodge County. The Appling defense is led by C.J. Alexander, who leads the team with three pick-sixes. Central Carroll will try to control the ball on the ground; the Lions rushed for 296 yards in the first round. Damarious Owensby (117 yards, two TDs last week) and Jayleen Terry lead the attack.

Cedar Grove (7-4) at Ringgold (9-2): The Saints were the only No. 4 seed to win its first round game. Cedar Grove enjoyed a dominating defensive performance from linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams, who had 23 tackles. This week he’ll be focused on slowing Ringgold quarterback Slade Dale, who ran for 164 yards and threw for 220 in a win over North Hall.

24 comments Add your comment

Max Sizemore

November 21st, 2013
8:43 am

Stan, the commenter in the previous blog was worried about you.

CGHS Supporter

November 21st, 2013
9:31 am

Lets go get em Saints. Keep believing in yourselves.

Bill Cosby

November 21st, 2013
11:04 am

Kiante Walton of Carver-Columbus is the best DB in AAA, hands down! Will lead Carver over Jeff co on Friday night. Check out his hudl. The eye in the sky , don’t lie.



November 21st, 2013
11:27 am

Woodward looks big and athletic on film. Buford can not look past this team.


November 21st, 2013
1:49 pm

Carver-Col. will take care of business on Friday night!!


November 21st, 2013
3:17 pm

Let’s see how the Buford Recruiters do against lowly Woodward….


November 21st, 2013
3:39 pm

GFY….. win you a few championships and will understand that we dont have to recruit, parent just want the best for there kids and buddy we go the best


November 21st, 2013
4:04 pm

GFY – When you come onto the Buford campus you too will wish you’d sent your children to Buford… Their academics are comparable to WA, their Arts program is second to none & their athletics programs, same too..

See, parents that want the best for their children, at a fraction of the cost can apply to the school.. & if they can keep up with the rigors that comes with being a student/athlete they will do very well..

No shame in coming a lil early, enjoy shopping at the Mall of Georgia, then coming to the Buford campus & take a tour & see for yourself…. & while you are driving back to College Park, have tissue handy from the drubbing you will have received on the gridiron… Safe travels!!


November 21st, 2013
4:26 pm

…their academics comparable to WA…

Now you are just getting carried away.


November 21st, 2013
7:46 pm

The AAA crying will shift to some other school next year! WACO made plenty of excuses for their team already and excused them for losing and they haven’t even played Buford yet. GFY is doing the same thing, excusing his team for losing without playing the game.
Geez, at least let them play before you put excuses for losing in their head.

Son Of Waco

November 21st, 2013
8:36 pm

WACO got the same heart as Calhoun had all them years facing Buford.. So what Buford fans call excuses, is what everyone else call pointing out the obvious. I mean when fans in all classifications can come to the same conclusion about a team using it size to win games against smaller schools its bully football.. WACO might have 4 players over 6 ft. out of our starting 22 and maybe one player over 250 lbs.. So when we point out the obvious hurdles we will face if we make it to the finals “WE’RE JUST KEEPING IT REAL”

Let’s see in two years if Buford is back in AAA playing sports after they control their student count..


November 21st, 2013
8:59 pm

WACO actually does a little Arts as well, second to Buford since 2000 in Arts championships among current AAA schools. Parents don’t wish they sent their children to WACO, they just do because their children start in WACO and end in WACO…..making the most of homegrown talent.

If Buford has good programs and succeeds (which they do), they should make it known just like the private schools do. In Atlanta, the homegrown aspect of schooling doesn’t really exist like county school systems outside of the urban areas with one or two high schools.

Parents want the best for their children in the non-urban areas too but they don’t go hopping to the next county over for greener and more gold pastures. WACO has probably outperformed most schools overall in sports/arts in its immediate area in recent years, but you will not find parents bringing their children to Washington County that don’t live in the Washington County. Outside of Atlanta, you go to school where you are born and raised. You do not go around shopping and touring your county school and the schools in the 6 or so counties adjacent to you.

In Atlanta, many parents do look for the most appealing school. So yes, Buford is not really recruiting technically, they are just making themselves the most appealing among all the other public and private schools that urban parents with no homegrown ties can look at and consider for their children if they choose to.

To be successful as an urban school, you need to be appealing. They are all competing for students and athletes, public and private.

As a city and urban school, Buford will remain very different from a majority of schools outside of Atlanta no matter what class they are in. Buford will still be talked about and the so-called excuses will come.

brother of Waco

November 21st, 2013
9:38 pm

All statements are true @WACO2000 and SOW but how do you explain a transfer from augusta and alabama?


November 21st, 2013
11:50 pm

Buford – AAA…….AAAA…….SEC…….When players transfer from UGA, they don’t have to go to LSU or Auburn, shorter trip over to Buford. One foot on Buford’s campus and they will never see the Plains or Death Valley until game day.


November 22nd, 2013
7:42 am

well, I see the sick puppies are still PPPPPPPPPPPing and then laying down in it. Buford might win it, they might not…some really good teams left all across the board….I do not think the’kitty cats from 1AAAAAA will though….Buford is something like 101-40-3 against Gwinnett County Schools according to GHSFHA…only Duluth (10-7) and Central Gwinnett-Lawtrenceville (8-7-1) owns a winning record against Buford….that is why they won’t play the Wolves…Safe travel and if the creek don’t rise, Woodward Academy, C_C, Cartersville, WACO , we are headed ur way…get ready for some footballlll…hope everyone has a safe and healthy Thanksgiving…..


November 22nd, 2013
9:39 am

@Wolfdawg – Academics comparable to Woodward Academy? Not even close. Athletics? Have no argument there, but for you to even suggest the Academics are comparable is just ludicrous! You really are drinking the Buford Kool-Aid.


November 22nd, 2013
4:15 pm

@ASW You don’t know what you don’t know and you will never believe what you don’t want to believe.
Buford is a great place where my son was a 4th generation to graduate from Buford. So you can take your stupid ideas of the little county school and start to think about what excuses you want to make next. I think it was nice of you to excuse your boys for losing.
We built it and they are coming, why do you care? Oh, you need excuses. :-)


November 22nd, 2013
6:19 pm

I just happen to have a grandson who graduated from Buford–he has been in college for one and a half years and is now a Junior–won scholarships in Music and Academics. He is living proof of Buford’s academic prowess.


November 22nd, 2013
8:25 pm

For Todd Holcomb Todd Thomson is in AAAA Who is likely to be in Thomson’s region?


November 22nd, 2013
10:00 pm

Good by Cartersville


November 22nd, 2013
11:33 pm

Bullet not dodged. SPX pretty much owned the field tonight. Dalton Wilson is a BEAST!

Congrats on a fine season, Canes. Lets do it again next year.


November 23rd, 2013
4:13 am

“waco2000″ did you say WACO did arts and was second to Buford.
Can you offer an explanation to this statement.
Do you know what “art” is comprised of.

HS Fan

November 23rd, 2013
7:41 am

Yes, Buford does has great akademics. My son graduated last year and enrolled in the local junior college and has a 5.0 gpa


November 23rd, 2013
3:01 pm

“GreenNGold” I do agree wholeheartedly that some on here have already developed a defeatist attitude by attacking Buford for recruiting athletes illegally. However, if so after all of these years the GHSA has not said or made a ruling holding them in violation of its policies.Whoever plays Buford and the first words out of their mouths will be the accusations of illegal recruiting, if they win it will be the same with the addition just how great their team is for defeating Buford with all of it’s top tier athletes. Either way the excuses are already being put in place by the WACO blog fans.
I wonder what will be their excuse if WACO don’t make it to the Georgia Dome, it will probably be that Buford cheats so there’s no reason to go and play them, we didn’t have anything to lose or gain.