AA blog: What we learned Friday

Here’s what we learned Friday in Class AA:

Who are you more impressed with? Benedictine or Lamar County?

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  • And then there were four. The Lamar County Trojans, Benedictine Cadets, Lovett Lions and Brooks County Trojans have reached the semifinals.
  • Lamar County – the state’s top-ranked team – pulled away from defending state-champion Jefferson 35-24. The Trojans (13-0) are in the semifinals for the second year in a row. They’ll face the also-undefeated Cadets. The Trojans are coached by Franklin Stephens, who looks to repeat history by delivering the first state title to a program in his second season of coaching them. In his second year at Tucker, he led the Tigers to a Class AAAA title in 2008. He coached them to a second title in 2011, then departed for Lamar County the following season.
  • The Cadets (13-0) are also in the semifinals for the first time in school history. They beat Calhoun 35-14 to continue an impressive run in which no team has drawn closer to the Cadets than three scores this season. But this is Benedictine’s most impressive win this year because it ended Calhoun’s streak of reaching the state finals, where the Yellow Jackets have played the past five seasons.
  • The No. 2-ranked Lovett Lions pushed their way past the host Laney Wildcats 35-33. The Lions won in the face of a 160-mile bus ride to advance to their first semifinal game since ‘10. The Lions are seeking their first state title since 1970, according to GHSFHA.org.
  • Brooks County handed the Bowdon Red Devils their second loss of the season, reaching the semifinals for the first time since 2008. The Brooks County Trojans have the same nickname as Lamar County. What if the Brooks County Trojans faced the Lamar County Trojans? Who would you root for?

36 comments Add your comment

Ken K. Green

November 30th, 2013
4:32 am

Lamar was in the semis last year losing 21-14 at Calhoun…

heeldawg

November 30th, 2013
7:23 am

The BC/Lamar County game is the real state championship tilt. The winner of that game will win the state AA title. Both are fast, talented teams with solid defenses. Both are well-coached. They are about four hours apart from one another by bus. The state title may hinge on something a coin toss that takes place this morning in Dublin, Georgia–because home field advantage could prove crucial for either in a match-up this even.

Jefferson

November 30th, 2013
7:54 am

Lamar was in the semis last year, so it is not their 1st time.

Lovett Parent

November 30th, 2013
8:36 am

Adam, you may want to do a little more homework on Lovett, as they have been deep in the playoffs plenty of years. I know it was late, but that was an easy one and they are not the Cinderella team.

BC Hammer

November 30th, 2013
9:29 am

I love how everyone is just overlooking the Brooks County Trojans and I am ok with that. You North GA teams are about to have a rude awakening. I ain’t saying there is going to be a blowout but I do see Brooks prevailing. How about we get a little more coverage of all these great South GA teams. Coach Freeman has these boys prepared to take the title plus there are 3 Guardian Angels watching from above. RIP BC3

YELLER JACKETZ1

November 30th, 2013
9:38 am

CONGRATS BC GOOD LOOKING TEAM . JUST A WARNING FOR LAMAR CO IF U HAVE 2 TRAVEL THEIR ANNOUNCER IS VERY RUDE WITH COMMENTS ABOUT CALHOUN =NO CLASS AND PLAYED LOUD MUSIC ON PA RIGHT UNTIL WE WOULD SNAP THE BALL ON OFFENSE THEY R SUPPOSED 2 STOP IT WHEN WE GO TO THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE BY RULES I CANT BELIEVE THE REFS DIDNT DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!! NEVER HAD A CHANCE TO HEAR THEIR FANS BECAUSE OF PA!!!

YELLER JACKETZ1

November 30th, 2013
9:39 am

PLEASE PASS ME THE CHEESE

Lovett Fan

November 30th, 2013
10:36 am

The Laney team and fans were fantastic. Their QB was impressive on the ground, and in the air and had plenty of support. Their D line was a Red Tide as advertised. Great fun. We look forward to seeing the Brooks folks again and I am sure, regardless of the outcome, both sides will show State Championship sportsmanship. Good luck to both squads as they prepare for a great semi-final. As to what is the real State Championship game. Both Lovett and Brooks would agree. It will be held in the Dome.

There are two type of men in this world bc men and those who wish they were

November 30th, 2013
11:19 am

That is not the way to accept your loss yellow jackets1 by blaming the pa real classy.

allsfair

November 30th, 2013
12:42 pm

PARDON US YELLER JACKETZ1 your band PLAYED WHEN BENEDICTINE WAS ON OFFENSE WELL INTO EACH SNAP AND THROUGH THE PLAY. I GUESS WE THOUGHT THATS HOW IT IS DONE IN big FOOTBALL TOWNS. YOU LOST. TAKE IT LIKE A MAN.

spot man

November 30th, 2013
2:24 pm

Yeller jackets1, I am one of the spotters for that “rude” pa announcer who welcomed you and your fans more than once. You must not be able to hear your own band playing thru our plays. I sit next to the GHSA official clock operator. We asked him why they didn’t stop your band more than once.. Are you just sore that you finally played a “big boy” football team!!

still a dawg fan

November 30th, 2013
2:26 pm

Hey Yeller Jacketz1,

Get over it. It was a well played game from 2 teams that are very well coached. I know you guys don’t loss very often but face it you guys lost to a better team last night & don’t blame the turnovers because BC’s defense was the reason for the turnovers & other than the Curtis cousins you guys did not have very many athletic kids on the team.The team we played last week(Fitzgerald) was way more athletic then you guys but I will say you guys are a very well coached team.

pdeloach

November 30th, 2013
2:59 pm

Isn’t amazing how excuses always seem to COME TO THE FRONT when the big bad teams in north GA don’t get their way – YOU GOT BEAT YELLOWJACKETS -BC HIT YOU IN THE MOUTH AFTER EVERY PLAY – TO COIN A PHRASE BY THE GREAT LARRY MUNSON, WE STEPPED ON YOUR NOSE WITH A HOB-NAIL BOOT -MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS -

Sandman

November 30th, 2013
6:01 pm

BC recruits the best players in Savannah and surrounding area. Something public schools can’t do so you you should have a good team. Take away the turnovers and you lose. A good Lamar County team will beat you. If you played Calhoun schedule you would have 3 losses. Very rude people in Savannah and were not very nice to our team or fans. I’m glad I don’t live there.You don’t represent your community and school well at all.

pdeloach

November 30th, 2013
7:26 pm

THE SANDMAN IS REALLY REALLY BITTER – ALL CALHOUN COULD DO WAS PASS – NO RUNNING GAME WHAT SO EVER – LIVE BY THE SWORD DIE BY THE SWORD – NO BALANCE =’s LOSS -

Ike in Sav'h

November 30th, 2013
8:34 pm

Sandman – dont know where you get your information from, but you have no idea what you’re talking about. Do you know that BC has had to play in the highest classification of football for 50 years with a total enrollment of about 300 kids. Your ignorance shows and I can only hope we can hand you your ars again next year to you and all of the sore losers from Calhoun. See ya in ATL – oh yea- you’ll be watchin.

Paul

November 30th, 2013
8:47 pm

Sandman – you really have no idea what you are talking about. You are only saying that to make yourself feel better if you lose. Just a bunch of Catholic kids…no recruiting. Grow up.

Tybee Island Dawg

December 1st, 2013
1:12 am

Sandman, I am pretty sure I speak for the entire City of Savannah when I saw We are more than happy you don’t live here. You came down and got your butts kicked by a very good team. As far as Lamar County doing your dirty work for you, they barley beat us last year. Took a last second FG for them to do it. We will be more than ready for them and they will not intimidate us.

spot man

December 1st, 2013
2:00 am

Lamar is not physical. We will wear them down with our beasts! We can go unbalanced line and run it down their throats. Our seniors have played McEachern, Camden Co, St. Pius and other AAAAA, AAAA and AAA teams. We know “big Boy ” football!

El Stinko

December 1st, 2013
10:04 am

Calhoun’s days have come and gone. It is still a mystery to my why the GHSA will let Calhoun bring in kids from the county and also the surrounding counties to play for Calhoun. They love to recruit and cheat but it hasn’t done them a lot of good. Calhoun used to be Buford’s Biotch and if they were still in the same classification they still would be.

Sandman

December 1st, 2013
12:00 pm

El Stinko get your facts straight Calhoun beat Buford for the state championship in 2011 when Buford had their best team ever. Lets see correct me if I’m wrong Calhouin has been to the state finals the last 5 years winning the state in 2011. Bendictine in the last 5 years has been how many times? Thats right a big fat zero. Maybe some day you can establish a winning tradition but its going to take more than just trash talking. Don’t let this season go to your head its just one season and you haven’t made it to the finals and probably won’t

football guy

December 1st, 2013
12:02 pm

El Stinko get your facts straight Calhoun beat Buford for the state championship in 2011 when Buford had their best team ever. Lets see correct me if I’m wrong Calhouin has been to the state finals the last 5 years winning the state in 2011. Bendictine in the last 5 years has been how many times? Thats right a big fat zero. Maybe some day you can establish a winning tradition but its going to take more than just trash talking. Don’t let this season go to your head its just one season and you haven’t made it to the finals and probably won’t

football guy

December 1st, 2013
12:39 pm

BC looked big and slow. Calhoun beat themselves. Chandler Curtis made BC DB;s looked like they were running in cement when he blew by them on his 60 yard TD run. Lucky for BC that he did’t play in 2nd half due to injury or BC would have been eating his dust again and again

LionMan

December 1st, 2013
1:40 pm

Some facts about Lovett this year. Beat Marist who’s now in the semis in AAAA (yes that’s 4 A’s), Beat St Pius a AAA team who made it to the quarters, Lost in OT to Washington County AAA who’s also in the state semis, and also beat a very good Woodward team. There is NO doubt Lovett had the toughest schedule in the state at any level and lost 1 game. We may have won the Washington County game if we had our starting QB. Good luck everyone should be fun!

Ike in Sav'h

December 1st, 2013
7:17 pm

Sandman / non football guy – one in the same
you people in Calhoun should be ashamed of yourselves. The worse losers I have ever seen. I just hope the kids that played the game grow up to have more class than you. Also, looks like your spelling shows how great of an education you must get up there.

RaiderDad

December 2nd, 2013
4:01 pm

I am amused by all of the “if it weren’t for the turnovers” comments. Right. It was just 6 little turnovers. If it weren’t for the fact that BC scored more points, Calhoun mighta won the darn thing.

I am also amused by those labeling other fans “classless” and then running thy mouth (or keyboard, as it were) about recruiting. BC has numbers, talent (although, ahem, not all Catholic), good coaching. It is a formula for success that appears to be building, not waning. More power to them.

As far as “all the good players” in Savannah, there is at least one other team who may take exception as Calvary is in the semi-finals of Class A. Even my Raiders, although not as successful this year, have some pretty darn good players.

“Classy” fans don’t whine after a loss and talk about the classless fans of the other team. Apparently, some like Sandman think that getting to the dome is a “right” of their team based on past success. Since I am not sure you know what a classy fan would say, and example might be, “Congratulations to BC on an excellent game and season. Hope we get to meet again sometime. Until then, good luck and enjoy the ride.”

football guy

December 2nd, 2013
6:00 pm

Raider dad BC has not “established” a winning tradition. Calhoun has a winning tradition by virtue of 5 appearances in the finals. I know you don’t want to face that fact. BC has a good team but they are big and slow. If they make it to the dome it will be the “first step” in establishing a winning tradition. After that they will have to prove it again next year and the year after that. Just like Calhoun has with 100 straight region victories, 12 straight region titles and 5 final state finals winning it all in 2011. None of that is whining it just the cold hard truth

jmann

December 2nd, 2013
8:27 pm

I believe bc and lamar are the best two teams left. the winner will win state. I think lamar has the superior athletes. It is hard to beat the speed lamar has. It will be a great game. good luck to all.

still a dawg fan

December 3rd, 2013
12:11 am

Hey Football Guy,

You must have not seen BC play much this year cause if you you had you would not be making such foolish remarks of BC being big & slow. Besides being a BIG & PHYSICAL Team they do have a lot of speed.If you went to the game last friday night you would have seen that speed on the 27 yard TD run by Huggins & the 38 yard TD run by Chance Jackson. Both runs were nothing but pure speed as both guys ran right by the Calhoun Defense.The other thing I didn’t see was the Calhoun Offense in the 2nd half.BC made adjustments at half time & put the clamps down on the Calhoun wideouts.The only thing the Calhoun QB did the 2nd half was throw into the flats for small gains because the BC Defensive Backs had the Calhoun wideouts covered.

BC does have a winning tradition dating back to the early 70’s but they were also playing in the highest classification in Ga.and had to contend with Valdosta,Lowndes County,Camden County,Colquitt County,Warner Robins,Etc & back then for years until recently in order to play a team from North Ga you had to win South Ga. That was a tough assignment for a school with 300 boys in grades 9-12 playing against schools with 3,000 plus students. But now since we are playing in a class that is right for our student enrollment you will start seeing us go deep into the AA playoff on a regular basis.

spot man

December 3rd, 2013
12:44 am

Very well put , Still a dawg fan”. BC has been playing football in Ga for over 100 years in the highest classification except for their trip to AAA and AA for 4 years. Why haven’t the Calhoun “Yellow” Jackets chose to play in a higher classification?/ Were they afraid to chase their nemesis Wolves to get spanked? Hum 35-14?? Curtis out second half because of injury? Maybe we just beat him up some with clean hard hits!! Too physical for him to survive!

football guy

December 3rd, 2013
6:55 am

Hey spot guy you don’t chose to play in a higher classification its determined by enrollment

Lamar Fan

December 3rd, 2013
9:37 am

Tybee Island Dawg,

We shut your team out in the 2nd half with 32 freaking players! Is that not physical for you? We scored 21 unanswered points on you guys!

Graydog

December 3rd, 2013
1:40 pm

I have no special interest in these teams ,but, I noticed that Norcross high school was using A.J. Bush- last years quaterback from Milton. This looks (to me) like recruiting on the part of Norcross. I thought there was a waiting period when you change schools, or , is this another one of those GHSA “duh , we never thought of that” moments.

spot man

December 3rd, 2013
2:28 pm

Football Guy. You don’t know what you’re talking about!! read my other Posts. You can request to play in a higher classification. How could BC have played AAAAA for all those years with no more than 400 boys ever. You can play up in classification but you can’t play down below your enrollment.. We are the last team to beat Camden Co. in Region 3AAAA. That was 2000. Our enrollment was 345 and their male enrollment was over 1500. Now go figure!!

YoungerThan ThatNow

December 4th, 2013
12:03 am

The folks at Benedictine couldn’t have been any more accommodating to all of us from Fitzgerald two weeks ago. The Purple Hurricane fans travel well and the folks in Savannah probably weren’t quite prepared for the crowd that FHS brought, so the traffic and parking situation could have been a little better. But that’s not to be blamed on Benedictine or should it be a negative thing when talking about our experience there. The Canes played well for two and a half quarters… after that, the Cadets took us to the woodshed fair and square. No excuses or what ifs! We wish it had turned out differently, but congratulations to a team that was better than us… this season any way.

Yessir… the Benedictine folks treated us well. We thank you for that and sincerely hope we are allowed the opportunity to return the hospitality at some point down the road.

75cadet

December 5th, 2013
1:21 pm

The only thing BC needs to apologize for is the classless nitwit play by announcer. He’s a big-mouth who craves attention. If BC needs a comedian to announce, I’m sure they can find one that’s funny. This guy is nothing short of obnoxious.