Buford, Washington Co. pass tests … Callaway, Ringgold next

No. 1 Buford and No. 3 Washington County have been on a collision course for the Georgia Dome since the playoff brackets were released. But Callaway and Ringgold are still alive and would like nothing more than to throw a wrench into those plans.

Buford (13-0) won the coin flip and will host No. 5 Callaway (12-1) in one semifinal, while Washington County (12-0) will host Ringgold (11-2) in the other. The winners will meet for the title at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 13 at the Georgia Dome.

Buford overpowered No. 4 Carver Columbus 36-6, while Callaway eliminated St. Pius 35-21. Washington County had a big second half and eliminated No. 10 Blessed Trinity, 46-17, while Ringgold avenged an earlier loss to Central Carroll with a 35-10 victory in a quarterfinal matchup between two unranked teams.

Buford 36, Carver Columbus 6: Few teams can commit four turnovers and a win a game. But Buford did it against Carver and beat the Tigers for the fourth straight time. The Wolves did it with defense, turning a blocked punt and an interception into points that gave Buford a 22-0 lead after the first quarter. Buford’s Thomas Wilson ran for 78 yards and one touchdown and quarterback Taylor Mitchell threw for one score and ran for another. . Carver (11-2) also had four turnovers and was limited to 46 total yards, including minus-3 rushing. Carver got its only touchdown on a run by quarterback Jawon Pass. The victory puts Buford in the state semifinals for the seventh straight season.

Callaway 35, St. Pius 21: Callaway running back Eddie Culpepper rushed 16 times for 143 yards and touchdowns of 4 and 59 yards, and quarterback Tez Parks rushed for scores of 22 yards and 47 yards to go with 128 yards rushing. Dre Martin returned an interception 42 yards for a touchdown for Callaway. St. Pius (9-4) normally has the rushing advantage, but Callaway won the battle on the ground, 321-285.

Washington County 46, Blessed Trinity 17: Melvin Hill rushed for 202 yards and five touchdowns to lead Washington County. The Golden Hawks also got four interceptions from defensive back D.J. Sanders. Sanders also caught a touchdown pass from A.J. Gray. Washington County led just 19-17 in the third quarter before running off 27 consecutive points to eliminate the Titans (9-4).

Ringgold 35, Central Carroll 10: Ringgold quarterback Slade Dale ran for a pair of touchdowns, but suffered an injury on the second score and did not play in the second half.  Ringgold rushed for 351 yards, with D.L. Goins gaining 126 yards on 15 carries with one touchdown. The Ringgold defense had an important goalline stand on Central’s first drive that changed the momentum of the game. The Tigers also recovered a fumble, intercepted a pass and held Central on downs Central (10-3) was led by Damarious Owensby, who rushed 12 times for 100 yards, and Curtis Davenport, who carried 17 times for 76 yards. Central quarterback Wesley Long scored the lone touchdown on a 1-yard run.

23 comments Add your comment

BW

November 30th, 2013
8:14 am

BHS wins coin toss!

Pooman

November 30th, 2013
8:27 am

Welcome to Gloryland Callaway, but I like to call it the DEN. Look forward to seeing if Buford can stop that CAVS running attack.

Mid. Ga fan

November 30th, 2013
8:43 am

Ringgold has a tough task on its hands ging to WACO. Should be a great game in the Dome between WACO and Buford.

BufWolvesDen

November 30th, 2013
9:57 am

PooMan yall want rush for 150 as a team….. and yall make it out of the real Den…. The Wolves Den

Buford'78

November 30th, 2013
11:08 am

Wanted to say that the Carver fans were the classiest I have seen in a long time. Wish we had met them in the finals. Go Wolves!!!

Bwolves

November 30th, 2013
11:25 am

BufWolvesDen, Pooman is an avid Buford supporter if you didn’t know that. Expect to move the ball better and Callaway will get to see the best defense in the state. I don’t think Buford has all the turnovers next week though.

Congratulations to Carver on a hard fought game. That was the best defense we’ve seen all year.

POPSTRONG

November 30th, 2013
4:24 pm

Congrats to Washington County. Those guys showed a lot of heart last night. Blessed Trinity had a great team and an awsome defense. I didn’t know which way the game would go at first. A coulple of wide open players couldnt receive the ball because of WACO’s defensive line rushing ability. Great game. Our guys play best under pressure. Just didnt like BT coach on the field talking to the refs while we were trying to run our play. Never seen a coach do something like that before in my life. That’s something a baseball coach would do.

Pooman

December 1st, 2013
1:44 pm

BufWolvesDen,
Obviously you don’t read here much. I am a Buford alum and huge fan. I look forward to the Callaway challenge, Buford’s D is the best I’ve seen. Any D that can hold a very athletic Carver team to under 50ty yards total offense is amazing. The thing that makes my grin is that fact Buford is a run stop D, secondary always concerns me when we play a team that throws the ball a lot. Secondary was lights out against Carver and Woodward. Now, from what I’ve seen via YouTube on Callaway they are a fast, athletic, mean running team. Can Buford handle the pounding for 4 quarters. You and I know the answer to that. Callaway is a lot like North Hall, but Callaway also runs out of the Pro I as well. My biggest concern after last week is our offense. We have to score at least once, from what I’ve seen on Callaway……that will be a huge challenge. Bowles, thanks for enlightening a Buford fan on the Pooman.

Ringgold pride

December 2nd, 2013
11:03 am

“It doesn’t matter where you are coming from. All that matters is WHERE YOU ARE GOING!’” #totheDOME

WACOFOOTBALL

December 2nd, 2013
6:49 pm

@ Ringgold pride WACO Would like to Welcome The Ringgold Tigers to…..THE HOUSE OF PAIN….

Ringgold pride

December 3rd, 2013
9:49 am

more like HOUSE OF GAYYYYYYY

AllDayWACO

December 3rd, 2013
11:05 am

@Ringgoldpride! Wow really lol! Well we to keep it respectful but I c u cant act rite all da time! Yall will get beat by 4 tds and then we will c who will look like b!***es then!!

ron

December 4th, 2013
2:23 am

“Ringgold pride” there’s a such thing that’s called respect,we may disagree but one must always respect its opponents.To use vulgarity or slurs says much about ones character as well as their upbringing.This is a sport we root for and we use this blog to express our views,tease and talk “smack” to each other but it’s not to use terms of homophobia.

bigdawg

December 4th, 2013
2:28 am

Burke co fan for life.100% behind Waco.one more game before the dome.good luck Waco.just love u guys team.

Mid. Ga fan

December 4th, 2013
6:35 am

@ron I agree there is no place for that.

Ringgold pride

December 4th, 2013
9:56 am

alldaywaco ………………… all i read was GAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TrueTiger

December 4th, 2013
11:10 am

Ringgold goin all the wayyyyy!!! just tell Buford to go ahead and play us cause Washington County is gayyyyyyyyyy

Ringgold pride

December 4th, 2013
1:47 pm

i love wheener

BringThePain478

December 5th, 2013
1:21 am

You can call WACO whatever you like but after Friday night you will respect us. There’s a legacy here Ringgold just arrived to the dance for the first time. Earn some respect before you start disrespecting. #GOWACO

AllDayWACO

December 5th, 2013
8:20 am

Have never won nothin but have anything to say! Waco talk will speak on the field!!

AllDayWACO

December 5th, 2013
8:34 am

And whoever u guys are representing Ringgold Tigers are doing a very poor job of it! You both are idiots and I’m pretty sure that your school is very ashamed tht you guys are apart of anything that represents Ringgold Tigers! Gud luck to Ringgold and may the best team win!

TigerFan

December 5th, 2013
8:34 pm

I personally apologize for the comments made above. This is not the representation of Ringgold fans. Thanks to those of you who handled this misrepresentation with class. You could have easily retaliated. Although calling the loser of the game b!**es was uncalled for. I would like to think that meant babies but I highly doubt it. Ringgold will come with team of players who play with all their heart and soul. And I believe they will earn your respect….whatever the outcome.

AllDayWACO

December 6th, 2013
2:20 pm

Trust me I would never say that about kids. It was the disrespectful bloggers who said they was from Ringgold.