Mundy’s Mill joins seven No. 1 seeds in AAAAA quarterfinals

Seven of the eight region champions advanced to the quarterfinals of the Class AAAAA playoffs with second-round victories on Friday.

The only No. 1 seed that failed to win in the second round was Region 1 champion Lee County, which lost to Region 4 runner-up Mundy’s Mill 41-35. The Tigers have won a school-record eight consecutive games since starting the season 0-4 against Class AAAAAA teams Coffee and Lovejoy and AAAAA playoff teams McIntosh and Whitewater. Mundy’s Mill picked up the first playoff victory in the program’s 11-year history when it beat Houston County in the first round.

The No. 1 seeds that will play in the quarterfinals next weekend are Warner Robins (R2), Ware County (R3), Creekside (R4), North Paulding (R5), Tucker (R6), Kell (R7) and defending state champion Gainesville (R8). Of those, only Gainesville, Ware County and Tucker reached the final eight last year.

Here are some of the other items of note from Friday’s second-round playoff games:

- Northside-Warner Robins won’t be making its third consecutive trip to the semifinals after losing to Ware County 35-7. The 28-point margin was Northside’s most lopsided loss since the Eagles got beat by Camden County 31-3 in the 2009 Class AAAAA championship game. It was the second consecutive season in which Northside was eliminated by Ware County, losing 24-17 in overtime in the semifinals last year. Dedrick Mills rushed for 156 yards and three touchdowns for Ware County.

- Top-ranked Tucker had the closest call of any of the winning region champions, holding on for a 16-13 victory over East Paulding, the No. 3 seed from Region 5. East Paulding reached the Tucker 7-yard line in the closing seconds but mishandled the snap and fumbled what was supposed to be a clock-stopping spike with seven seconds remaining. East Paulding made six trips inside the Tucker 30-yard line in the game but got just 11 points on a field goal and a touchdown and two-point conversion.

- Stephenson came into Friday’s game against North Paulding allowing just 9.3 points per game, best among the remaining playoff teams, so the Jaguars had to be shocked to find themselves down 28-0 less than eight minutes into the first quarter. Chase Noonan threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to Mac Seagle on the first play from scrimmage, then threw a 67-yarder to Seagle on the next possession. Brandon Townsend scored on interception returns of 26 and 32 yards in a two-minute stretch. North Paulding won 35-7.

-Gainesville quarterback Deshaun Watson continues to add cushion to his state record for career passing yards. Watson threw for 432 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 107 yards in a 51-12 victory over South Paulding on Friday, according to the Gainesville Times. He surpassed 3,000 yards for the season and now has more than 13,000 yards in his career. That’s about 4,000 more than the previous record holder, Metter’s Zach Stanford, who passed for 9,062 yards from 2001-2004.

- Here are the matchups for next weekend’s quarterfinals:

Creekside (12-0) vs. North Paulding (11-1)

Warner Robins (11-1) vs. Kell (12-0)

Ware Co. (11-1) vs. Tucker (12-0)

Mundy’s Mill (8-4) vs. Gainesville (11-1)

27 comments Add your comment

Stockdog

November 23rd, 2013
9:40 am

Only the big boys are left in Class AAAAA. Good luck to Mundy’s Mill HS, they will need it against GHS. Watson is a beast.

BigGrown

November 23rd, 2013
11:26 am

WARE COUNTY vs WARNER ROBINS for STATE TITLE…

LeaderofthePack

November 23rd, 2013
1:01 pm

Great win last night WolfPack! Keep working hard, preparing diligently and take them one at a time.

Jusfellofftheturniptruck

November 23rd, 2013
1:52 pm

Big grown: don’t know ya, but have to disagree. Predicting gainesvegas n creek

What is the basis for your pick. I bet its geography. You hail from the central/ southwestern part of our great state?

You may be right, but I’d bet some legal tender that you are wrong.

stephensonwilbebacknorthpaulding

November 23rd, 2013
4:36 pm

good win North paulding it wasn’t that u guys were more talented than us you guys out schemed us the beginning of the game on offense and we didn’t expect that being such a hostile enviorment that ok we will learn from it the good thing is all of our offensive skills are coming back and as always we have a very stout defense every year great season jags
tucker take it home for dekalb county and region6 and get payback for the jags against ware county and another thing
jagnation will be back and even better I put it on everything the jags are alreadly working on next years state title run

"THE CANNON RULES"

November 23rd, 2013
4:57 pm

First, I want to say THANKS for all the comments from the TUCKER folks about the EAST team. That was a game to watch for sure, the kids, on both sides, played HARD all night! This was a game a lot of folks didn’t give EAST a chance to win…they didn’t even expect EAST to survive as TUCKER had been putting up HUGE numbers on everyone all year.

Well EAST proved them ALL wrong as they came to this game…READY TO PLAY AND WIN!!!
They had a game plan, they mixed up the play calling just enough to throw TUCKER off, and they HIT the TUCKER players on both sides off the ball. EAST moved up and down the field ALL night but the TUCKER “D” stiffened just enough when it had to to force EAST to kick FG’s instead of scoring TD’s. The EAST missed FG’s ended up being the difference in this game.

The game planning, the players attitude, the discipline EAST showed tonight all comes down to the coaching staff. Coach Goddard and his assistants did an outstanding job of having this team ready to play and deserve to be commended for it. Many of us have been critical of his hiring, the play of the team in earlier games, a few tough losses, etc. BUT for my part I say THAT’S NOW HISTORY and if last night showed the future of EAST PAULDING football then we are in good hands!

CONGRATULATIONS to the 2013 EAST PAULDING RAIDERS on another good season!!!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!

GREAT JOB RAIDERS!!!

Ed wilson

November 23rd, 2013
5:13 pm

Drove 25 miles to see Stephensons D1 talent I was shocked to see NP was so much faster on both sides of the ball anyone that saw that game knows the best team won it was not as close as the score Stephenson was lucky they did not hang 60 on them

Nphswolf

November 23rd, 2013
5:24 pm

You saw the same game I saw Ed!

Sportsnut

November 23rd, 2013
5:58 pm

Lets play some ball Mundy’s Mill. They think you can’t play. Do your thing.

Sportsnut

November 23rd, 2013
6:00 pm

Lets ride Stockbridge. Southern Crescent style.

Sportsnut

November 23rd, 2013
6:01 pm

Rise up Creek. Southern Crescent Style.

High 5

November 23rd, 2013
7:17 pm

What’s up with Mundy’s Mill? Do they even have a chance against those Red Elephants?

itsonlywrite

November 23rd, 2013
7:59 pm

@High 5 … they say they have a nice runningback. but looking at their loses(even though they were against good teams), we’re the favorite more than likely. But, you never know. Crazy thing is, we played Harris Co. in the quarterfinals last year and they had the same record as Mundy’s Mill does right now. And they started their season the same way. Just hope we can have the same outcome.

#ELEPHANTNATION

BcS2010

November 23rd, 2013
8:40 pm

Creekside @ north paulding
Warner Robins @ Kell
Ware county @ tucker
Mundys mill @ Gainsville

That’s the elite 8 matchups!
These are all great matchups!

Wolfpack D Dad

November 23rd, 2013
10:27 pm

Your right…the Wolfpack out schemed you but also out muscled, quicked, coached, hearted and just flat out played SHS. Make excuses if you will but NP had you on your heels all game long.
As for the hostile environment, are you talking about the fan support?? LOL, welcome to the Pack Family!!
Can’t understand why people make excuses. Own up and move on! We need to put our minds on Creekside now cause beating SHS 35 – 7 is yesterdays news.

Road gets harder from here!
Run with the Pack!

RealisticFan

November 24th, 2013
9:34 am

Shows there’s a lot of parity across the state and that no single region is head and shoulders above any other,got to love that.

Great football all around. NP moving on to play an undefeated Creekside team that has only had a couple of close ball games. All 4 games being played north of I20, yet a ton of talent from the southern regions coming in.

Congrats to every team, there are no sure wins at this point so chattering on here suggesting sure blowouts will be ignored by myself and most others.

Looking forward to hosting the Seminoles on Friday night. Safe travels everyone.

Real Boys from the South

November 24th, 2013
10:35 am

Congrats to Gainesville, if they dont go to the Dome i will be very suprised. They came in guns blazing and ready to play. They dominated our secondary and the Dline was stopped in their tracks. Their defense stopped our offense was frozen in place. Great job Gainesville I’m still a fan of South Paulding but you guys played ball worth watching. Good Luck to North Paulding!!!

JD

November 24th, 2013
11:54 am

I heard Mundy Mill has a great RB. If he plays both ways, they dont have a chance. He will be tired by 3rd qtr. Ask South Paulding RB, ask Ware County RB last year.

itsonlywrite

November 24th, 2013
12:19 pm

@Real Boys from the South … salute to you and ya’lls team. I was worried about S.P.’s QB running on us like McDonald from Flowery Branch, but we played pretty good against him. Ya’ll played hard till the very end.

@JD .. I saw the same thing Friday. #7 was tired. That’s one advantage we have over some teams. I know Tucker has some guys that go both ways. Not sure about Ware Co. and Mundy’s Mill though. Guess we’ll see.

#ELEPHANTNATION

WeAreNorth!!

November 24th, 2013
1:33 pm

We weren’t more talented? A hostile environment that you didn’t expect? Out schemed you? Allow myself, to introduce myself. WeAreNorth!!

I can spend hours throwing out facts that disprove each of those statements. We’re so deep in talent that I can’t put it into words. Us being hostile is laughable. We’re probably some of the most hospitable, nicest, down to earth, and over all just good southern people you’ll ever meet. As far as out scheming you, two pick 6’s within minutes of the game beginning isn’t out scheming you, it’s being beaten on the defensive side of the ball. Our two long passes for TD’s outscheming you? No it’s a fundamental breakdown in coverage, and your players being beaten in coverage. Having a QB that can put the ball on a dime within 60 yds helps too I guess, but please, don’t let me encourage you to state any facts regarding what our team CAN and DID do during this game. These posts are laughable.

The road to the dome is becoming all to clear now. How many times must I go on record stating that the road leads through North Paulding? Ridicule me all you want. Make fun of me. Call me names, and perhaps completely discredit everything I’ve said. At the end of the day I’m still stating the facts, and we’re still being the topic of conversation. Don’t get me started again on what this county has, and what we’ve done. See you in five days. We’re coming, and I can’t convince, nor will I attempt to, slow this PACK down!

#WeAreFamily #WeAreNorth

Many Wolves, One PACK!

RealisticFan

November 24th, 2013
2:15 pm

Word of caution to the new North bloggers……..most if not all of the NP bloggers are fairly new, please sure to be here next year also to support the Pack, when they move up to 6A and lose that big senior class….I will be, you can count on it.

Advice:

STAY HUMBLE MY FRIENDS OR PREPARE TO BE HUMBLED.

Yes indeed Stephenson had more talent on the field. Based on recruiting services and college scouts that would be true about Stephenson this year relative to ANY other Georgia HS team this year. It isnt a slight toward North just a fact. In all other aspects though North proved to be superior that night.

Wolfpack D Dad

November 24th, 2013
2:32 pm

Our players are getting ready to prepare for Creekside. No matter what we say, we either weren’t good enough, got lucky, to small, too slow or won’t be good enough in the future. That’s good!!

I just want our players to keep proving them wrong…ONE PLAY AND ONE GAME AT A TIME!!

And please keep underestimating the Pack!!!

Cat Man

November 24th, 2013
7:50 pm

Mundy’s Mill has had a great run and I would love to see them keep it up. However, they’ve definitely got their work cut out. Beating Lee Co. in their house was a big deal. Beating the Elephants in their house might prove to be a little more difficult. I love the fact there’s still a Clayton Co. team in the hunt since my Wildcats went down to Lowndes. Good luck to the Mill. I would have never thought y’all would make it this far.

jokurone

November 25th, 2013
9:44 am

Big Red continues to Thunder all the way to the Dome! Class of ‘65 Go Red Elephants!!

the truth

November 25th, 2013
4:43 pm

Every year I have to read in this from Stephenson fans how much talent they have and every year they get eliminated from the playoffs. Something is wrong because prior to 2007 Stephenson had a good run, usually making the quarters and one time to the semifinals. Since then they have only made the quarters one time (last year). Stephenson does not appear to be as disciplined now as they used to be. I also think the talent base is starting to shrink and I am not saying that as a negative. It happens in high school because the areas that feed high schools change over time. Tucker on the other had has seen their base increase and is moving up in class.

Rodzilla

November 26th, 2013
9:08 am

One of the great things about High School football is the sense of community that surrounds it. What I found most disappointing while watching NPHS’s first two playoff victories this year was the emptiness of the visiting bleachers. I don’t think it was hostility the Stephenson player felt, but perhaps overwhelming support of their opponent coupled with a slight sense of abandonment and isolation. I would like to think, and believe I am correct, that if NPHS had lost the coin toss and would be traveling to Creekside, you would find a standing room only situation on the visitor’s side of the Creekside stadium on November 29.

5AReg6Fan

November 26th, 2013
10:23 am

@RealisticFan – Great advice giving to the new bloggers, will they be in support after their child has graduated and moved on? I guess time will only tell.

Welcome Ware to the Tiger Den

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