11 coin-flips finalize Elite 8 stage

By Craig Sager

Score Atlanta

There were 11 coin-flips needed on Saturday to decide home field for this Friday’s state quarterfinals. In Class AAAAAA, No. 2 Dacula’s dream season could not be going much better. With a 6-4 record heading into the playoffs, the Falcons will host for the third time this postseason after winning its toss with No. 2 Colquitt County. The Packers will travel 240 miles for the Elite 8 matchup and head coach Rush Propst is now 0-3 on coin tosses since coming to Georgia.

Class AAAAA had the most No. 1 vs. No. 1 matches slated for the quarterfinals with three and needed as many coin-flips to decide its home sites. Northbound Creekside will have a 50 mile trip to North Paulding and Warner Robins will take a 128 mile trip up I-75 to visit undefeated Kell. The most significant outcome in Class AAAAA was Tucker earning hosting rights to Ware County. The Gators will have to travel 255 miles (four hours) to take on the Tigers at Hallford Stadium.

In Class AAAA, No. 1 Sandy Creek earned home field over No. 1 Griffin. Sandy Creek has not lost a home game since 2008, a 19-13 to loss Rome in the second round of the state playoffs. The Bears are 13-0 this season and demolished Statesboro in its 42-7 second-round rout. No. 1 Burke County will host No. 1 Marist and avoid the 181 mile trip that awaits the War Eagles. This will be the sixth time in Burke County’s last seven games that the Bears are playing at home in the Bear Den. No. 2 Carrollton lost the toss and will visit No. 2 Stockbridge. The Trojans and Stockbridge are each 11-1 this season with losses to Sandy Creek and Griffin, respectively.

Class AAA needed three coin-flips to set the quarterfinals stage and No. 1 Buford won its toss with No. 1 Carver-Columbus. No. 1 Washington County lost its toss with No. 1 Blessed Trinity and will travel nearly three hours (150 miles) to visit the Titans. No. 2 Central-Carrollton will travel 114 miles north to take on No. 2 Ringgold.

The coin-flip between No. 1 Calhoun and No. 1 Benedictine in Class AA was the most costly in the state. After losing the toss, Calhoun will travel 320 miles to Savannah State’s T.A. Wright Stadium to take on the Cadets. No. 1 Laney won the flip with No. 1 Lovett and will host the battle-tested Lions who are 5-0 on the road this season.

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High 5

November 23rd, 2013
7:37 pm

So Ware Co. has to leave the swamp and come to the hood! Good luck boys!!!! LOL! Out of the swamp and into the concrete jungle!!!!!

BCCadet

November 23rd, 2013
9:23 pm

My understanding is that Calhoun will play BC at TA Wright Stadium on the Savannah State Campus, not Savannah Memorial Stadium.

Patrick

November 23rd, 2013
10:01 pm

“Rush Propst is now 0-3 on coin tosses since coming to Georgia.” Yes, but you failed to mention what his W-L record is for those 3 tosses. Bet it’s 3-0! That’s SLIGHTLY more important than losing the coin tosses!

WolfDawg

November 23rd, 2013
11:50 pm

The Wolves welcome the Carver-Columbus team & fanz to Tom Riden Stadium.

Game On between these 2 rivals, as we have had some really good, hard fought battles..

Old Bear

November 24th, 2013
1:01 am

Griffin has a short trip to Tyrone. It’s not a home game, but it’won’t be an undue travel burden, either. The fans will have no problem making the trip.

Carrollton won’t be too put out, either. Their biggest hurdle will be having to stomach the Stockbridge PA announcer, inarguably the worst in Georgia high school football. I feel for their fans.

old school

November 24th, 2013
1:46 am

Only problem is sandy creek visitors side is real small.

Jefferson

November 24th, 2013
7:53 am

Calhoun will play in a rented stadium, do they rent players too?

BCDad

November 24th, 2013
9:15 am

Jefferson…..In a word, no. This is a Jr and Sr laden team. Had he been a “rent-a-player” institution, you probably would have heard of us much sooner.

WildHawg2012

November 24th, 2013
9:41 am

WolfDawg= nice post but it wont be too many fans there because they don’t travel like u guys do and I don’t think the game will be close at all. Carver has a solid team but against teams with a solid defense and good coaching staff who knows how to adjust on the fly (like Buford) the Carver coaching staff just don’t know what to do with that. They don’t know fundamentals well enough to win over a program like Buford. Not b bashing the kids just the coaching staff. Carver is not my team but I know this area and with the athletes that are here and been apart of their programs in the past this program should have had at least a couple of titles and even upset u guys at least once (maybe). To give u an example of what I mean, remember when Crowell and Carver beat Buford 14-0 in Columbus but lost in the playoffs to that same Buford team when it really counted 35-7 and it could have been worst. My point is Carver still was running the same plays from the first game and Buford took away the run game and game was over in the first half. Expect the same this week 31-6

Bill Cosby

November 24th, 2013
10:21 am

Wildhawg, Please get your facts right. The Carver fans do travel with the team. Buford fans travel ok, but not like Cairo or Fitz. Carver lost to Calhoun, the year they beat Buford. Now maybe we should have more State Title, maybe you are right, but Coaches do a great job. No shame to lose to a program like Buford. Carver coaches do a great job playing a tough out-of-region schedule each season. Carver will play hard on Friday night. Trust me, Carver has the talent to beat Buford..something that no other team left in the AAA playoffs can say.

BufWolvesDen

November 24th, 2013
10:22 am

Jefferson is already hating…. stop being a chomp

Bill Cosby

November 24th, 2013
10:25 am

Carver’s MVP on D….Kiante Walton the best DB in AAA football, hands down. Check out his hudl, trust me Buford won’t throw to his side of the field!!!!!

http://www.hudl.com/athlete/o/627718/highlights/85591376

Gridiron

November 24th, 2013
12:17 pm

The Carver-Col. Tigers will bring their A-Game and HOME GROWN players to Buford. It’s time to shock the state Georgia again!!!

mikepete24

November 24th, 2013
12:20 pm

Tucker needed this coin flip in the worst way. Thought they would have a very difficult time traveling. Game will be very interesting.

CoffeeC100

November 24th, 2013
12:30 pm

@ Craig – I couldn’t help but notice the visitors stands in last Friday night’s Colquitt/North Cobb game. They were pitiful. I thought there were minimum seating reguirments to host play-off games. The visitor side looked like something you would see at a class A game back in the ‘60-s.

Big Blue Dude

November 24th, 2013
1:44 pm

High 5 – I hear several cars were broken into at a recent Tucker game. Be careful up there.

WildHawg2012

November 24th, 2013
2:19 pm

Bill Cosby= u are correct that was Calhoun u guys lost too I do apologize on that mistake. Like I said Carver is not my team, I deal with AAAAAA football not AAA so my facts are a little off. Tks for the correction but your statement (Carver has the talent to beat Buford) is exactly what my point is. If Buford and Carver match up so well then when they loose who do you blame. Carver is a very proud program and they should be so I will never attack the program or the kids so if that’s what u think then that’s not my aim here.I don’t dislike Buford but I would like to see other teams win the title every now and then. I would love to see Carver win too just like u and they have the talent to do it. I do wish Carver good luck and a safe trip this week.

Tiger

November 24th, 2013
2:34 pm

@ Big Blue Dude that’s not true at all @ high 5 Hallford is not in the hood. You some guys like blowing smoke when there isn’t a fire. Go get a life.

High 5

November 24th, 2013
3:05 pm

@Tiger Everything south of E Ponce de Leon is the hood in that part of Dekalb County! That’s why Tucker prefers to play their games at Adams instead of Hallford. The only reason the game is being played at Hallford is due to the fact that it’s larger and has two sides.

Kell

November 24th, 2013
3:17 pm

Clarkston, GA where Hallford Stadium sits is actually an international area more so than the hood with a decent Georgia Perimeter College Campus surrounding it High 5.

High 5

November 24th, 2013
4:38 pm

@Kell Would you want to raise your family in that area off of Memorial Dr and Memorial College Ave?

TUC2003

November 24th, 2013
5:50 pm

@High 5 that is false, the reason Tucker is playing its games at Halford instead of Adams is because of the condition of the field, it has nothing to do with demographics or location of Halford. Having 2 sides had nothing to do with Coach Lamar’s decision. The players had a hard time playing on the wet field on Adams against Heritage and Halford Stadium turf is 100 times better than Adams. That’s why Tucker has chosen to play at Halford. Tucker’s first playoff game was at Adam’s. If they were so concerned about 2 sides it would have made sense to use Halford against Heritage since they were less than 30 mins away for Halford instead of E. Paulding who was 1 hour away. Secondly, Clarkston is not as hood as you would think, very diverse, a lot of immigration, and several ethnic groups live along E. Ponce, Church St, and N. Indian Creek. Many of the Apartments that did have suspect activity were cleaned out and filled with college students. So this concrete jungle you are referring to does not exist. And if you believe Clarkston is the hood part of DeKalb County, I know for a fact you can’t be from DeKalb! I grew up in Clarkston and it was not a Smoke Rise or Other prominent communities but we were no concrete jungle either! So check your facts before you post!

Kell

November 24th, 2013
6:01 pm

High 5 I prefer newer developments and there’s not much in the Clarkston area. Clarkston is not that bad of a community there are some affluent areas that has just as much negative activity than some of the areas you refer to as hoods. If you think Clarkston is the hood, I need to take you on a ride to some real hoods in metro Atlanta and you will have a much different perspective.

Ware County your experience at Hallford should be ok.

TUC2003

November 24th, 2013
7:33 pm

@Kell there are new developments in the Clarkston area. They are not on your main streets in Clarkston like Memorial and Church St. But those houses off E. Ponce and Church st, who do you think occupied those neighborhoods. Clarkston is more diverse. They businesses in Clarkston are not diverse but Clarkston gives a straight shot to downtown Decatur. They have houses in the 300’s and 400’s in Clarkston, minutes from GPC. Never seen those prices in a concrete jungle!

XDKPD

November 25th, 2013
9:18 am

@TUC2003, you are wearing “rose colored glasses” Memorial College apartments “filled with college students are you crazy? I spent 20 years policing that area. True diversity is very prevelet in those apartments and the new residents from other countries have their fair share of perps. GPC is a commuter school. Folks don’t live near there for the intention of going to school there. Now someone may attend GPC or the Technical (GPTC) school but college students not in the traditional sense. I guess when one says “hood” it has a negative connotation. I draw a line between “hood” and the “projects. This area is far from the projects but those aparments all take section 8 housing. The worse is almost on the corner of memorial drive and memorial college. Publix left that Memorial Bend shopping center because they could not turn a profit. I know shocking. Houses 300’s 400″s dollars not really. ( see income map http://www.city-data.com/income/income-Clarkston-Georgia.html)
Thanks for the DKPD has cleaned out the drug dealers pat on the back but that is far from the truth. Several gangs claim that area as their home turf but these are low level gangs not the shoot up gangs Hollywood loves to portray.They seldom venture on to the college property and there are more than enough law enforcement to promote a safe enviorment at Halliford. So come on down stay on the main roads get out before midnight and enjoy the game. Don’t leave stuff in plain view in your car and you probably won’t have a problem.
Now back to football. GOOOOOO TIGERS !

Angus

November 25th, 2013
10:18 am

@ High 5………I don’t know if i’d be so proud to call my home the “hood”…..

THE "CANNON RULES"!!

November 25th, 2013
10:29 am

I’ll throw this in for the WARE Cty. folks…We came over with EAST last Friday…NO PROBLEM!

Parked on the visitor’s side near the steps going up to the field, I would agree with XDKPD about using common sense and “don’t leave stuff in plain view in your car”…First time to Hallford in YEARS but didn’t feel insecure…walked over and met several of the TUCKER folks at their tailgate and visited for a bit then walked back to the visitors to pay. You do have to go thru Metal Detectors at the gate so be prepared…Leave your hunting knives, etc. in the car…LOL!

But there were plenty of police along with our County deputies that came with the team…

If you get there early enough look up a place called Matthew’s to eat at…GREAT ole’ buffet style “home cookin’” place…been around since 1955! It’s worth looking up!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!

GO RAIDERS!!!! THANKS FOR THE GREAT SEASON!!!

Pelham Hornet 1996

November 25th, 2013
11:07 am

Can we use a strength of record and ranking system to determine the home. It is wrong when you have a relatively weak non-top 10 1 seed with a 6-4 record hosting an undefeated 1 seed whose has dominated all season and been ranked in the top 5 all season?

Cougar

November 25th, 2013
12:09 pm

The surprise team of the year in AAAA is Alexander Cougars. There are 3 teams from this region – Sandy Creek, Carrollton and Alexander – who are in the elite 8. Looks like this region is this years version of the SEC. Alexander travels to Wayne Cty and will probably upset them. The running back Davis had 5 Touchdowns and 305 yds last week and had 2 runs for TD’d called back because of a penalty. That 305 Yds total did not include those 2 TD runs which would have put him at almost 400 yards in a playoff game. Alexander was the only team to score 42 points on them ‘ever! So if it gets to the next round ……..Sandy Creek may meet its match in Alexander – but they got to get there first and Sandy Creek must beat Griffin….Griffin is TOUGH!

jc

November 25th, 2013
2:10 pm

High 5, you are sick. Regardless of where the game with Colquitt County is playing they are going to take a good tail whipping and personally I don’like Colquitt County but they have a darn good football team.

jc

November 25th, 2013
2:27 pm

High 5,in reference to your stupid comment in refernce to the location of a football game. Take the hood off.0

BBell

November 25th, 2013
6:17 pm

@Old Bear. Sandy Creek and Griffin should be a great, and I mean great game and I hope it’s on television. Stockbridge and Carrollton should be a good game too, but must you talk about our PA announcer. First off, of course he’s going to be annoying to the opposing team, he’s supposed to be on Stockbridge’s side and you say annoying, but all the Division 1 colleges that came by to see him that wanted him to announce for their teams called it greatness. Soooo??

High 5

November 26th, 2013
9:51 pm

@jc Who said anything about Colquitt Co? Dude, lay off the drugs!!!!!