AA blog: What we learned Friday
Here’s what we learned Friday in Class AA:
- 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?