List/Trivia/Quote: 1983 LaGrange suffered biggest home loss as No. 1 seed


Collins Hill’s 48-0 victory over Alpharetta and Colquitt County’s 52-6 victory over North Cobb were the largest margins of victory ever put upon a No. 1 seed at home in the first two rounds of the playoffs since they were expanded to 32 teams in 1996. The previous record was 39 points in Peachtree Ridge’s 59-20 victory over Lassiter in this year’s first round. Here are the largest margins of victory against a home No. 1 seed in all rounds in state history (F=final, SF=semifinal, QF=quarterfinal, 2R=second round).

*53 – Tift County 59, LaGrange 6 (1983 F)

*51 – Gainesville 64, Harris County 13 (2012 QF)

*51 – Washington-Wilkes 51, Oglethorpe County 0 (1968 QF)

*49 – Lincoln County 56, Metter 7 (2003 QF)

*49 – Warner Robins 56, Wayne County 7 (1976 SF)

*49 – LaGrange 49, Hart County 0 (2001 QF)

*49 – Waycross 49, Gainesville 0 (1960 F)

*48 – Collins Hill 48, Alpharetta 0 (2013 2R)

*48 – Colquitt County 52, North Cobb 6 (2013 2R)

*41 – Tift County 51, Warner Robins 10 (1979 SF)


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12 comments Add your comment

Max Sizemore

November 27th, 2013
1:15 pm

OK, Todd, what is the asterisk for?


November 27th, 2013
1:33 pm

Todd, do u know what game’s will be on t.v. this week?


November 27th, 2013
2:46 pm

Lowndes vs Norcross on tv


November 27th, 2013
2:55 pm

52-6 = 46 FYI!


November 27th, 2013
2:57 pm

52-6 is a 46 point spread, not 48.


November 27th, 2013
7:22 pm

The Tift County win over LaGrange in 1983 was the most impressive performance I ever saw in person. Tift only got in the state playoffs (in those days only one school per region made it) by shocking Valdosta in the region final to avenge a regular season loss of three weeks earlier. Most sports writers had inaugurated LaZgrange as state champion when they beat Clarke Central in the quarterfinals. Callaway Stadium in LaGrange was far too small and inadequate to host the final and the stands were filled to overflowing minutes after the gates opened almost three hours before kickoff.

Tift County was led by Brian Massingill and Scott Shiver and totally dominated from start to finish. It was the biggest moment ever for Gene Brodie’s staff and a Tift County program that lost in the state finals to Clarke Central in 1979 and Parkview in 1997 but never won another state title.

the real Tigers

November 27th, 2013
7:39 pm

How about Valdosta over Avondale 1971 AAA finals 62-12?


November 28th, 2013
12:05 pm

Billy Henderson said Clark Central was the best team he had ever coached, LaGrange scored 28 first half points, but Clark Central made a come back and it ended 28 to 21.


November 28th, 2013
1:52 pm

Tigers, the article is about the most one-sided LOSSES by the HOME team. Valdosta hosted Avondale in ‘71.


November 29th, 2013
8:54 am

@JOHN,i was also at that game in 1983,lagrange had an all american QB named vince sutton and he did’nt do much in that game,think he also played at alabama and did’nt do much there either

the real Tigers

November 29th, 2013
9:59 am

Woops UA. How about most lopsided victories for home team hosting a championship?


November 29th, 2013
1:19 pm

Yeah, I was a member of the Blue Devils in that 71 game… The Cats were about the best assemblage of high school talent I’d seen……