Central Carroll, Ringgold crash the quarterfinal party … other big boys roll on

The Central Carroll Lions and Ringgold Tigers have been unranked and underappreciated all year. Now one of them is assured of a spot in the Class AAA semifinals.

Central went on the road and stunned No. 9 Appling County 46-13, while Ringgold stayed home and eliminated Cedar Grove 37-12. The two Cinderellas meet in the quarterfinals next week at a site to be determined. Central won a regular-season meeting between the two teams, 19-15, on Sept. 13 in Ringgold.

Central (10-2) seized the momentum early against Appling. The Lions scored on Curtis Davenport’s 33-yard run and then stunned the Pirates by implementing and recovering and onside kick. That turned into a field goal and the Central defense never allowed Appling to regain its footing. By halftime Central had a 32-7 lead and was making plans to swap films for the quartrerfinal. Central hasn’t reached the quarterfinal round since 1987.

Ringgold (10-2) last week won a playoff game for the first time in school history. This week another first: the first 10-win season in school history. Quarterback Slade Dale ran for 167 yards and scored two touchdowns and Cody Goins rushed for another 100. Dale, who will play baseball at the University of Georgia, also starred at defensive back and shut down Cedar Grove’s best receiver.

In other games played Friday:

St. Pius eliminates No. 2 Cartersville: The unranked Golden Lions (9-3) went on the road and knocked off the Hurricanes 31-19. St. Pius stuck to its traditional game plan of pounding the football and scored on drives of 73 and 63 yards. St. Pius got 100 yards and two touchdowns from fullback Dalton Wilson.

The Pius defense got a key interception from Fred Dorsey, who also blocked a punt that resulted in points. Cartersville (11-1) was not able to throw the ball effectively in the rain, but the running game was solid with Kalin Heath (95 yards) and Tiamon Pennymon (91) contributing.

Buford thumps Woodward Academy: No. 8 Woodward Academy was no match for top-ranked Buford, which romped to a 40-7 win. The Wolves (12-0) scored three times in less than two minutes near the end of the second quarter to shift the momentum and set the pace for the win. Thomas Wilson scored on runs of 43 and 76 yards and returned a fumbled punt 22 yards. Woodward (9-3) was hurt by the loss of senior quarterback/defensive back Terry Googer, a South Carolina commitment who did not return after hurting his right knee late in the first quarter.

Washington County ends jinx: The No. 3 Golden Hawks (11-0) scored their first win over Peach County, ending a 10-game losing streak to their Middle Georgia rival. Washington County’s A.J. Gray ran 20 times for 248 yards and scored six touchdowns in the 56-16 win.

Callaway breaks new ground: The No. 5-ranked Cavs (11-1) set a school record with their 11th win and advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2009. Eddie Culpepper scored four touchdowns to lead Callaway, but the momentum-changer was a 99-yard interception return for at score by Terry Godwin.

Carver gets first shutout: The No. 4 Tigers (11-1) limited Jefferson County to 95 offensive yards and scored all their points in the first half of a 19-0 win. Carver got a touchdown run from Noah Hickey and a pair of TD pass, one from Jawon Pass and another on an option from Khane Pass. Carver advanced to the quarterfinals for the eighth straight season, its first under coach Joe Kegler.

Blessed Trinity beats White County in rematch: No. 10 Blessed Trinity kept it on the ground and beat White County 38-0. The Titans (9-3) beat White 30-0 during the regular season. Seniors Chad Manthey and Carter McManes each ran for two touchdowns in the first half as B.T. built a 28-0 lead. The Titans are in the quarterfinals for the second straight year.

The quarterfinal lineup:

St. Pius at Callaway

Carver at Buford

Washington County at Blessed Trinity

Central Carroll at Ringgold

15 comments Add your comment

Atl man

November 23rd, 2013
2:46 pm

Congrats to all 8 teams remaining. Predictions for the final 4?

Roy D. Mercer

November 23rd, 2013
5:30 pm

Living the dream!


November 23rd, 2013
11:43 pm

Finals: Carver-Colombus vs. Washington County

Winner: Carver-Colombus


November 24th, 2013
12:56 pm

Fantasy Final Four: SPX, Carver, BT, Ringgold

Realistic Final Four: Buford, deadmeat, deadmeat, deadmeat.


November 24th, 2013
7:15 pm

Love it! This is why they play the games! @Hamilton – lest I remind you of 2011 – Buford vs. Calhoun!!! People were all ready to crown Buford the King of the Sports and thank god for Calhoun! It can be done! Heart wins out over recruiting!


November 24th, 2013
8:11 pm

@BTHomer Last time I checked BT was 100% open enrollment, You want to talk about recruiting? . If we both make it to the finals we will put a running clock on you in the second half. We have more heart than you could possibly know.

T-Town #14

November 24th, 2013
8:13 pm

From having played both St. Pius and WACO, Callaway and Carver really don’t have a chance. SPX runs the clock and defense down while scoring every time and WACO has their best team they have ever had. I’m not downgraded anyone else, I’m just saying from experience.


November 24th, 2013
9:08 pm

So Buford fumbles inside the 10 in OT and Calhoun kicks a field goal. Good for Calhoun. Your hating is old news BT. You have no idea of the heart that Buford has especially in light of losing 4 kids to sudden death the last 2 years. You are ignorant and should be embarrassed to show it.

Middle Lion Backer

November 25th, 2013
10:30 am

Somebody from Woodward how bad is your QB’s injury? Hate that for the young man.

Scouring the internet for highlights of Callaway and found a game early in the season on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9cf0bobCcY They look pretty good, tough on the line and have some big skill players too. Geez that QB looks bigger than any lineman we have.
Just hoping the Golden Lions can stay with them. I fell like Willie Nelson singing “On the road again”. Buford and Waco in the Dome is who the smart money is on.
@ BTHomerDad I will light a candle for you guys best of luck you are going to need it. Oh yeah lose the “R” word. I am not sure you really are a BT fan the way you get on here and start crap with the recuirting thing.
Where is WACO can’t believe this blog has been up this long and he hasn’t been on it. Hope he is feeling ok he is probably changing his oil for the long road trip. Happy Thanksgiving everyone !


November 25th, 2013
11:08 am

Yep, on the road again to Callaway for a little post Thanksgiving football. BT will be praying for you guys against WACO, they are fast and tough, but a good d scheme can get it done.

Son Of Waco

November 25th, 2013
1:36 pm

@middle I am always around when WACO is still alive.. Callaway got big time talent and it was that CB/WR and LB who I can’t think of their names, but they stood out big time to me last year.. Also, I think their big Qb played some on the D-line when they knew it was a passing down.. This link if it shows up is where all their games are at on You Tube http://youtu.be/lq9-gJGgf2w Like me I see your a fan who likes to watch film on your team opponent and make judgment on what you see.. The You Tube channel name is WELRWLAG

With that said, I think BT got a good play action game if the run game is moving the ball.. They play kind of like Peach and the problem Peach had Fri was when the Qb did the fake to the running back our D-line was in his face for strip sacks all night. WACO got a strong defense this year and with BT playing off coverage defense that opens up our whole playbook. So if WACO don’t have turnovers we should win the game easy.


November 25th, 2013
1:46 pm

BT Homer Simpson –

Wishing the Good people of BT safe travels this weekend…

But if YOU slide off the road & wrap yourself around a pole (& if you are traveling with anyone, they go unscathed) & the pole enters your piehole??? That’d be great!!!


November 25th, 2013
2:00 pm

I watched the Callaway/Pierce game (http://nfhsnetwork.com) – Callaway ran a power-I all night – fast backs, some no huddle. I am not sure they passed at all. I can see our guys needing a series or two to gauge their speed. Based on the last two weeks, I feel pretty good about our D.

Pierce runs a west coast spread much like Catersville, so I didn’t get a sense of how the Callaway D will handle the SPX option. The Callaway DBs are tough, especially Terry Godwin – he is a Geno Smith (or better) type player.

If we can control the clock like we did Friday we may be in pretty good shape. I was amazed to see that we only had something like 229 total yards. We must have had the ball for about 22-23 minutes of the first three quarters.


November 25th, 2013
2:01 pm


November 26th, 2013
6:39 am

Hamilton, we had a minus 28 yards rushing on the bad snap punt attempt. Also, during a game like that (rain) the ball is rotated every play thus limiting the number of plays for both teams….