Quarterfinals in review

Class AAAAAA

*Colquitt County 42, Dacula 17:QB Daniel Mobley passed for 255 yards, completing 20 of 33 attempts, and Colquitt County led 28-3 in the first quarter and played the fourth quarter with a running clock. Sophomore WR Kiel Pollard had seven catches for 136 yards, and junior LB Tomarcio Reese had five tackles for losses.

What it means – Colquitt County became the first team to reach five consecutive semifinal games in the highest classification and set up a rematch of the 2012 semifinal against Norcross.

*Norcross 28, Lowndes 7:Norcross forced five turnovers, held Lowndes to 167 yards in total offense and led 28-0 by midway in the third quarter. Junior DT Dorian Kithcart had three sacks. Norcross had only fair success on offense as 1,250-yard rusher Josh Boyd was held to 79 yards on 20 carries, and QB A.J. Bush was 12-of-26 passing for 169 yards.

What it means – Norcross, the only No. 1 seed remaining, won its 10th consecutive game and became the first defending champion in the highest classification from metro Atlanta to get back to the semifinals since 2002 Parkview. The previous five had failed.

*McEachern 35, Collins Hill 32: Taj Griffin returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown with 1:00 left for the game-winner. McEachern had led 28-10 before Collins Hill scored three touchdowns, one on a punt return of its own. Griffin, rated by many as the top junior running back prospect in Georgia, rushed for 155 yards on 23 carries. Freshman QB Bailey Hockman was 14-of-27 passing for 155 yards. Ty Clemons, McEachern’s starting quarterback until an injury in the final regular-season game, played a little but was not a factor.

What it means – McEachern reached the semifinals for the first time since 1999 and did it as the only unranked team in the final four. McEachern also qualified as the only final-four team not from Gwinnett County or Region 1, which have conspired to win or share every state title in the highest class since 1996.

*North Gwinnett 35, Hillgrove 31: Hayden Sphire threw a 10-yard TD pass to Daniel Imatorbhebhe with 1:13 left for the winning score. Caleb Scott made an interception in the end zone on the game’s final play. North Gwinnett RB C.J. Leggett rushed for 159 yards and four touchdowns. Hillgrove QB Elijah Ironside, who has thrown 40 TD passes on the season, was 6-of-13 passing for 76 yards but could not play in the second half because of injury. Hillgrove’s Richardre Bagley rushed for 150 yards, getting much of that from the wildcat formation.

What it means – North Gwinnett won its second consecutive playoff game in the final two minutes to reverse a history of bad luck (1-4 record since 2006) in the quarterfinals. North Gwinnett reached its second semifinal and first since 2007.

Class AAAAA

*Creekside 41, North Paulding 14: Creekside RB Dexter Knox rushed for 197 yards, scored four touchdowns and caught four passes for 48 yards. Bricen Terry rushed for 122 yards, and QB Felix Harper was 14-of-22 passing for 172 yards and a touchdown. North Paulding was held below 27 points for the first time this season; the Wolfpack had scored 50 or more points five times.

What it means – Creekside is 13-0 and going to the semifinals for the second time in school history. The Seminoles have matched the 2000 team, which reached this point in the playoffs but lost to Statesboro 20-12.

*Kell 52, Warner Robins 28: Kell turned a Warner Robins fumble, an interception, a missed field goal and a 10-yard punt into touchdowns in building a 31-0 lead in the third quarter. Kell’s Jay Moxey scored three touchdowns and rushed for 100 yards. Julian Burris scored on a 6-yard run and had a 97-yard kickoff return for a TD after Warner Robins’ first score.

What it means – Kell, which opened in 2003, set a school record for victories in a season with 13 and advanced to the semifinals for the first time. The Longhorns were 12-0 in 2010 but lost to Statesboro in the quarterfinals.

*Tucker 29, Ware County 0: QB Joseph Farrar had two short touchdown runs and DB Yaquis Shelley returned an interception 65 yards for a score (his seventh return touchdown) as Tucker posted its second shutout of the year and held an opponent to two touchdowns or less for the 11th time in 13 games. Eric Webber had field goals of 36 and 42 yards. Ware County was held to just three first downs.

What it means – Tucker is in the semifinals for the fifth time in seven seasons. The Tigers, who won state titles in 2008 and 2011, were eliminated by Northside of Warner Robins in the quarterfinals in 2012. Ware County lost to Gainesville in the 2012 state championship game.

*Gainesville 42, Mundy’s Mill 28: Deshaun Watson injured his left (non-throwing) shoulder in the first quarter but completed 23 of 30 passes for 313 yards and four touchdowns and ran for two TDs for the defending champions. Michael Byrd rushed for 53 yards and had five catches for 52 yards and two touchdowns. Mundy’s Mill RB Rodney Smith, who ran for more than 600 yards in the Tigers’ first two playoff games, finished with 220 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries.

What it means – Gainesville advanced to the semifinals for the third consecutive season and the fourth time in five years. Gainesville’s semifinal game against Tucker will match the two most recent champs in the second-highest classification.

Class AAAA

*Griffin 32, Sandy Creek 26: Telly Sloan’s 1-yard run with 1:46 left was the winning score for Griffin, which had trailed 26-17 when Sandy Creek scored its final touchdown with 7:31 left. Both teams committed four turnovers, leading to several touchdowns, including Griffin DB Jordan Colbert’s 78-yard interception return for the game’s first score.

What it means – Griffin, ranked No. 2, ended Sandy Creek’s 14-game home playoff winning streak and made the semifinals for the first time since 2009 and 10th time in history. Sandy Creek became the first No. 1-ranked team to lose in the playoffs this season.

*Wayne County 52, Alexander 21: WR Krenwick Sanders, who had six TD receptions in the first round, had another huge night with six catches for 216 yards and touchdowns covering 89, 50 and 79 yards. Sanders, committed to Wisconsin, also rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown on four carries and scored on a 70-yard run. Wayne’s Levontae Larry returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown, making it 45-21 in the third quarter. He also blocked a field-goal attempt. Alexander led in total offense 533-442 but committed six turnovers. Alexander RB Mikell Lands-Davis, who entered with 2,261 yards rushing, finished with 111 on 28 carries and had three catches for 139 yards and threw a 43-yard TD pass.

What it means – Wayne County made its first semifinal since 1976 and fifth in history.

*Marist 42, Burke County 20: Marist rushed for 431 yards and did not punt or attempt a pass. QB Chase Martenson rushed for 160 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries. RB Marcus Miller rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries.

What it means – Marist ended Burke County’s 11-game home playoff winning streak and brought the semifinals back to its home field, where Marist has won 50 of its last 52 playoff games. It also sets up a rematch of Marist’s five-overtime victory over Carrollton in the 2012 second round. Marist is in the semifinals for the 19th time.

*Carrollton 24, Stockbridge 14: Carrollton had only 195 yards in total offense and attempted only one pass (it was intercepted) but won a defensive battle that turned on three critical plays in the fourth quarter, two starring Carrollton DT Dontravius Russell, who is committed to Georgia. With the score 14-14, Russell intercepted a pass at midfield and returned it to the Stockbridge 34, setting up Tyler Newsome’s 32-yard field goal that made it 17-14 with 6:34 left. On Stockbridge’s next drive, Russell got a sack on third-and-five, forcing a punt. Jarvis Terrell scored on a 44-yard run with 1:29 to put the game away. Stockbridge led in total yards 246-195.

What it means – Carrollton is in the semifinals for the 23rd time but only second time since the 1998 state championship season. The other was 2010. Carrollton had been 1-7 in quarterfinals since 1998.

Class AAA

*Callaway 35, St. Pius 21: Eddie Culpepper rushed for 143 yards and QB Tez Parks ran for 132, each scoring two touchdowns, as Callaway finished with a 321-285 advantage in rushing yardage against run-based St. Pius. Callaway led 14-6 at halftime but broke the game open in the third quarter with back-to-back two-play scoring drives capped by a 47-yard run by Parks and a 59-yarder by Culpepper. Dre Martin returned an interception 42 yards for Callaway’s final touchdown.

What it means – Callaway, which opened in 1996, is in the semifinals for the first time. St. Pius, which lost in the Class AAA championship game last season, was knocked out in the quarterfinals for the second time in three years.

*Buford 36, Carver (Columbus) 6: Buford turned the ball over four times but held Carver to 58 yards of total offense, including minus-10 yards rushing. Taylor Mitchell and Evin Cooper had short touchdown runs, Matthew Bonadies kicked two field goals and the Wolves got a safety in building a 22-0 lead in the first quarter. Thomas Wilson led the running game with 78 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.

What it means – Buford has won 20 consecutive home playoff games, the third-longest streak of its kind in state history, and is one victory away from playing in the championship game for the seventh straight season.

*Washington County 46, Blessed Trinity 17: Washington County’s Melvin Hill rushed for 235 yards and five touchdowns and D.J. Sanders intercepted four passes. The Golden Hawks led just 19-17 in the third quarter after a 1-yard TD run by Blessed Trinity’s Carter McManes but pulled away from there. Hill’s touchdown runs covered 26, 24, 22, 19 and 43 yards.

What it means – Washington County is in the semifinals for the 10th time since 1992 but first since 2006. The Golden Hawks went 15-0 and won state championships in 1994, 1996 and 1997.

*Ringgold 35, Central (Carrollton) 10: Slade Dale ran for two touchdowns and threw a 50-yard TD pass to Christian Plott in the second quarter that gave the Lions the lead for good at 14-7. The Tigers finished with 242 yards rushing, led by D.L. Goins (126 yards, one touchdown) and Kile Sholl (85 yards, one TD). The victory avenged Ringgold’s 19-15 loss to Central in September during the regular season. Damarious Owensby led Central with 100 yards on 12 carries.

What it means – Ringgold advanced to the semifinals for the first time in its history. The school first played in the GHSA in 1949 and had never won a state playoff game until this season.

Class AA

*Lamar County 35, Jefferson 24: Jefferson led 17-14 at halftime, but Lamar County scored on three of its first four possessions of the second half to gain control. RB Lawrence Austin rushed for 129 yards. His brother, QB Lance Austin, ran for 114. Quay Searcy scored on a 40-yard interception return and 31-yard pass.

What it means – The defending champion is out, and the No. 1-ranked team is in. Lamar County reached the semifinals for the second consecutive season and second time ever.

*Benedictine 35, Calhoun 14: Benedictine forced six turnovers and controlled the second half after taking a 21-14 lead into the break. Calhoun had 264 yards passing but was intercepted three times, lost a fumble after one reception and had only 81 yards rushing. Benedictine RB/DB Mike Huggins rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns and recovered a fumble. J.J. Gaines rushed for 92 yards and one touchdown.

What it means – Benedictine reached the semifinals for the first time since 1978 and ended Calhoun’s streak of five, which had been one of the 10 longest in history.

*Lovett 35, Laney 33: Lovett trailed 20-7 at halftime but scored three touchdowns in the final six minutes of the third quarter to lead 28-20. Laney got within 28-26, but Grant Haley’s 57-yard TD run with 6:09 remaining put Lovett back in control. Haley, committed to Vanderbilt, rushed for 219 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries. Laney QB Horatio Keller rushed for 129 yards and passed for 163. Lovett led in total yardage 346-340.

What it means – Lovett made the semifinals for the 12th time overall and fifth time under coach Mike Muschamp, hired in 2005. Lovett also won for the 11th time on the road in the playoffs under Muschamp.

*Brooks County 42, Bowdon 26: Brooks County QB Malkom Parrish, hobbled by a leg injury that limited his running, threw five TD passes, two to Derric Herring, one a 70-yarder. He also threw a 68-yarder to Devon Wimms and a 28-yarder to Exavius Medlock on a fourth-and-24. Mitavius Brooks’ 88-yard TD run in the fourth quarter made it 42-20.

What it means – Brooks County made the semifinals for the first time since 2008 and sixth time overall.

Class A (public)

*Charlton County 42, Seminole County 0: Andrew Lee rushed for 169 yards on 14 carries and scored on runs of 57 and 63 yards to lead Charlton County, which ended Seminole County’s undefeated season and knocked out the No. 1 seed in the public-school bracket. Trae Harrington, returning to form after a knee injury, passed for 134 yards and threw touchdown passes of 32, 50 and 18 yards. Seminole County was held to 103 yards of offense and four first downs and was shut out for the first time since 2008.

What it means – Charlton County played in four consecutive state finals beginning in 2003, but this will be the Indians’ first trip to the semifinals since that streak ended in 2006. Charlton lost in the first round in 2012 and finished 5-6.

*Irwin County 56, Johnson County 26: Jakyron Young rushed for 131 yards and two touchdowns to lead a dominant running game for Irwin County, which was never threatened after building a 28-0 lead in the first half. Irwin County rushed for 516 yards on 55 carries while completing its only pass attempt for minus-1 yard. Antuane Merritt had 124 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Ryan Peterson (nine carries, 99 yards) and T.J. Wynn (7, 70) scored two TDs each.

What it means – Irwin County is in the semifinals for the first time since 1997, when it lost to Manchester in the Class A final. The Indians’ semifinal opponent is 2-A rival Charlton County, which Irwin beat 29-26 in the regular-season finale.

*Hawkinsville 23, Clinch County 8: J.D. Burden rushed for 198 yards and two touchdowns as Hawkinsville knocked out the No. 3 seed in a game in which neither team scored after halftime. Burden had 184 of his yards in the first two quarters. Hawkinsville also got a 3-yard touchdown run by QB Dakota Sloan and a safety when a bad Clinch County snap rolled out of the end zone. Clinch County QB Octavius Johnson rushed for 115 yards and was 5-of-12 passing for 24 yards.

What it means – Hawkinsville won its sixth consecutive game after starting the season 3-3. The Red Devils, who were 4-6 the past two seasons and hadn’t won a playoff game since 2006, are in the semifinals for the first time since 2004.

*Marion County 24, Dooly County 21: A.J. Wells, who is committed to Appalachian State, kicked a 23-yard field goal with 45.4 seconds remaining as Marion County rallied for its second victory of the year over Region 4-A rival Dooly County. Marion County trailed 21-14 midway through the fourth quarter but tied the game 21-21 on a 25-yard run by Johnny Royal with 4:56 left. Lorenzo Smothers led Marion County with 81 yards rushing on 14 carries and had a long kickoff return that set up the game-tying drive.

What it means – Marion County is in the semifinals for the first time in the program’s eight-year history and can reach its first championship game by avenging its only loss of the season when it faces another 4-A rival, Hawkinsville.

Class A (private)

*Eagle’s Landing Christian 24, Darlington 10: ELCA played without preseason all-state QB Dalton Etheridge (season-ending leg injury). Sophomore Jordan Long (4-for-7 passing, 87 yards) made his first varsity start and threw a 47-yard TD pass to Jamaal Tookes in the second quarter as ELCA jumped to a 17-0 lead. Darlington got within 17-10 with 7:31 left, but ELCA drove for the clinching touchdown. ELCA RB Lane Timpson rushed for 80 yards with two touchdowns, and ELCA held Darlington to 147 yards in total offense.

What it means – ELCA reached its third consecutive semifinal and won its 20th straight game against private-school opponents.

*Calvary Day 33, Prince Avenue Christian 14: Calvary Day trailed 14-0 in the second quarter but scored the final 33 points. QB Michael Peterson was 18-of-24 passing for 258 yards. Robert Heyward rushed for 182 yards on 17 carries and scored on TD runs of 42 and 48 yards. WR Derek Kirkland had three catches for 74 yards and TD receptions of 25 and 37 yards.

What it means – Calvary Day made the semifinals for the first time in the GHSA. The Cavaliers, GHSA members since 1988, did make a GISA semifinal in 1983.

*Aquinas 35, Mount Paran Christian 32: Aquinas led 35-14 at halftime and didn’t score in the second half but held on. Aquinas 1,000-yard rusher Ruben Garnett was limited to only six carries for 36 yards because of a strained Achilles tendon. Mount Paran RB Dorian Walker rushed for 235 yards and four touchdowns on 31 carries. His last touchdown brought Mount Paran within 35-32 with 3:42 left. Mount Paran had one more possession but failed to threaten. Picking up for Garnett, John Morris (103) and Daniel Lindsey (105) each had more than 100 yards rushing.

What it means – Aquinas, founded in 1957, made the semifinals for the first time and prevented Mount Paran from doing the same.

*Mount Pisgah Christian 15, Holy Innocents’ 7: Aaron Winchester was 15-of-24 passing for 226 yards and two touchdowns, both in the second quarter for a 12-7 lead. Winchester’s first TD pass was a 27-yarder to Ben Miller against a strong rush, the other a 23-yarder to Oz Dixon at the first-half buzzer. Mount Pisgah DB Patrick Ainsworth had two interceptions, one on Holy Innocents’ final drive that ended at the Mount Pisgah 14.

What it means – Mount Pisgah, which began varsity football in 2003, made the semifinals for the first time and kept Holy Innocents’ from doing the same.

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48 comments Add your comment

Sportsnut

December 2nd, 2013
2:55 pm

I think it is time. They have been at least to this point more than anyone recently. They have the athletes to get the job done. They have the coaching to get the job done. The attitude is that of a winner. Why not now?

Colquitt will be my favorite to take it all. Norcross has changed minds after early season failures that gave some a sense of doom. They have not been overly impressive but have done what it takes to truly defend their crown. They too have athletes, coaches and attitude. Being the defending champs, they have added motivation. The difference in this game will be Colquitt’s overall complete game. They play good D and have game changers on that side of the ball. Add in the play of the boys on the offense, who are very capable and you can easily agree with me. Everyone knows. There are no more secrets.

North Gwinnett, is in a tough spot. They must face a team that will have more speed on D than they would like to see right now. Speed kills. North can score but that is not their problem. Their D is porous. An active, attacking offense can take them out of their game. Mceachern will come with guns a blazing. Their speed on D and on the corners on offense will make for a long night for North. They will continue what has been their M.O. Confidence will be a key for Mceachern. Bring it and play with it and they could find themselves in the Dome.

Cool_Coach1

December 2nd, 2013
3:53 pm

Norcross defense has given up a total of 16 pts in the playoffs…stingier than Ebenezer Scrooge! We hit QB’s hard… ask Mr. Dixon! The forecast calls for rain which means relying on the pass may be problematic…which takes us to the strength of Norcross’ defense…it’s run defense! Lowndes’ Wing-T offense came into the game averaging 238.5 yards rushing. The Vikings were held to 96 yards by Norcross. (after running for 336 the week before vs the MILDACTS of Southern Croissant{Crescent}. My point be wary of prognostications of people whose teams are on the couch. They are full of sound and fury…signifying nothing!

MADDBALL

December 2nd, 2013
6:24 pm

@ cool_coach1 yes the forecast do calls for 70% of rain friday that maybe a factor,,,maybe not? i can recall that it rain the entire game when we played N.COBB…. PACK put up 52 pts on them and the receivers was catching the ball just fine for the pack as 2 where NC was dropping the ball. at this point the players know whats on the line,,,,i feel they will be more focused than ever on this game bc it put us in the dome,,good luck 2 both teams this fri.

yo

December 2nd, 2013
7:38 pm

Camden gave up 90ish total yards of offense to Lowndes. Colquit gave up 90ish total yards of offense to Lowndes. Even Valdosta gave up 90ish total yards of offense to Lowndes. Norcross gave up 160ish total yards to Lowndes.

So who plays defense?

BlueDevil

December 2nd, 2013
8:01 pm

@yo – So is your point that Camden, and Valdosta both play better defense than Norcross? But aren’t they both at home now? I’m confused, please help me understand.

yo

December 2nd, 2013
8:45 pm

@BlueDevil just showing those on here that if you want to use numbers to proclaim your great defense be careful. Numbers might show otherwise. Colquit is still playing by the way. You shouldn’t be concerning yourself with the other 2.

What do you have when you put Norcross Defense (but no offense) with North Gwinnett’s (but no defense) offense? Colquit

yo

December 2nd, 2013
8:46 pm

@BlueDevil you did make my point though. Yes the other 2 are now at home. They were lacking in offense like you.

yo

December 2nd, 2013
8:46 pm

RobFromNorcross

December 2nd, 2013
8:54 pm

@yo == You can make any point you want I guess if you make statistics up…

According to the official Lowndes stats for the game…

( http://www.thevikingvoice.com/stats/13/combined_5 )

Colquitt gave up 116 yards rushing and 86 yards passing to Lowndes… total 202 yards

Norcross gave up 96 yards rushing and 71 yards passing… total 167 yards

So Colquitt actually gave up more yards.

Still think this is an important comparison?

These sorts of comparisons don’t mean much anyway because it is all about matchups anyway, but you brought it up with false numbers…

RobFromNorcross

December 2nd, 2013
8:58 pm

@yo == fog lifted ???

Sportsnut

December 2nd, 2013
9:35 pm

Setting up the cones for drills and keeping up with the coaches clipboard at a camp does not make one a coach. Vicarious living.

Sportsnut

December 2nd, 2013
9:42 pm

That is intended for my friend who has a friend who considers himself a coach. He thinks unlike any coach I have ever had the opportunity to hear. He does not have the attitude, nor the aptitude to be a coach. Then again, they say those that can’t do, teach.

BlueDevil

December 2nd, 2013
9:58 pm

Sportsnut and Yo – Man, I’m really happy seeing you two here and if there’s any truth in the saying that ‘misery loves company’, you two should be really happy together. It’s funny how how the one who at first tells the other that you’ll never conquer me, eventually ends up being conquered by him and now the two become one. What a wonderful pair :)

Sportsnut

December 2nd, 2013
10:23 pm

@Blue Devil == I am not miserable. My team is doing fine. We are not still in it but I am not down because of this season. For many, this would have been a rebuilding year. We didn’t. We reloaded. This I can say, we will be back next year. Considering your handle, I take you as a Norcross fan. I am thrilled for you and your team. Good luck on Friday. You will need it. Maybe if you win another, it will be a little easier for you to handle success. If you don’t, then you are just another team that missed, like all but the winner.

yo

December 2nd, 2013
10:58 pm

@RFN I stand corrected. Won’t change the outcome for you though.

What do you have when you put Norcross Defense (but no offense) with North Gwinnett’s (but no defense) offense? Colquit and their state championship.

The feast for CC is this Friday and after that clean up the crumbs.

@BD glad to make you happy.

BulldogsStillBite

December 3rd, 2013
6:50 am

Wow, games haven’t been played yet but champions are already being crowned. NG beat Hillgrove with a one-legged QB and a porous defense, the same Hillgrove that knocked out Camden. Was it because we had better athletes? No? On any given night, any of the teams left could take the other, even NG with our one-legged QB and porous defense. Some of y’all think your teams are walking on water; they may be but we’ll find out on Friday. A two point win is still a win….getting a little healthier every week….knocking out good teams every week. CC is not the only team that can win on the road. I have no crystal ball but I can tell you this, no one who is left has a easy path to the Dome. The teams that can make plays when it matters will represent in the Dome…some of us are looking through rose colored glasses. If NG loses, I will not make excuses for them; no whining about refs, missed calls, or anything else here – IF they lose, McE will have obviously played the better game. I am a NG fan, but I am a realist; football is not primarily a finesse sport, it more about power – power to fight through blocks and make tackles, power to run over people. Really wanted another shot at Collins Hill, but their victor will have to do. But I will say this, NG has played more games below its potential than anyone left in the playoffs and still won – and not against cream puffs (except for round one). It’s about time for them to let one loose; Powder Springs is just as good a place as any for that…you can ALL be witnesses if it happens. We will see who gets loss 2 and 3 on Friday…I’ll be back, win or lose

Sportsnut

December 3rd, 2013
7:45 am

Region assignments will be today around 9:00 a.m.

RobFromNorcross

December 3rd, 2013
7:56 am

@yo == your belief that Norcross has a lesser offense is also not based on fact..

in 13 games this year Norcross scored 388 points for an average of 29.8 ppg
in 13 games this year Colquitt scored 375 points for an average of 28.8 ppg

These two teams– Norcross and Colquitt– are BOTH the real deal.

Both have offenses that can score the points needed to win.
Both have strong defenses that don’ t give up easy points.
Both lost a game early to a nationally-ranked team from out of state.
Both beat a region 8 also-ran (Parkview, Grayson) early by almost an identical score.
Both played a one-loss region schedule, losing only to the other top team in their region.
Both are playing the best football of their seasons at this time.

It should be a fantastic game on both sides of the ball. Fewest turnovers wins.

Sportsnut

December 3rd, 2013
8:31 am

I’m still able to make some noise. The Southern Crescent is still alive for 4 other crowns. Creekside in AAAAA, Griffin in AAAA, ELCA in A and due to proximity, Lamar County in AA. Now that’s football!

RobFromNorcross

December 3rd, 2013
8:44 am

@Sportsnut == There are some excellent teams in that bunch… wouldn’t be too surprised to see Creekside win 5A, and Griffin win 4A but both face tough opponents…

R31768 Pack

December 3rd, 2013
8:57 am

No disrespect to Mac and NG but I think the better game would have been the CC vs NC rematch on GPB this week. I am going out on a limb and predicting Colquitt or Norcross the state champion this year.

As I didn’t make it to the Packers game last Friday, I listened on the radio and watched the Norcross game. They are very good on D again and have a good offense but maybe not as good as last year. One thing I did notice is that they are very disciplined and very respectful. I noticed several times that a Norcross player helped a Lowndes player up in the second half. That says a lot about their coaching staff and players.

Now, enough about Norcross, Packers we have got to win this game and get a shot at that title. As the great Rufus would say, it is time to HAWG UP!!!!

R31768 Pack

December 3rd, 2013
9:49 am

I can’t take credit for this post but I found it on the GAVSV but “67″. This sums it up for the Pack. We will try to win it all this year but if we don’t, history tells us we will be back next year knocking on the door again.

- At home on the road – Colquitt County became the first team in history to reach the semifinals five straight times in the highest class with a 42-17 victory over Dacula. Colquitt has won 13 road playoff games in the past five years, as many as any other school over the past 25 years. The Packers will travel to Norcross next week.

Packers sure are lucky to get easy draws every year. big grin!

All jokes aside, all this traveling will wear a team out after several weeks. There’s no doubt in my mind that Rush Propst coached teams begin hitting their stride during late season. It’s a complex offense and with the amount of new kids coming into the starting lineup each year it takes time for things to jell. Still, somehow the coach has got to get that top spot in the region and cut down on some of the travel during the playoffs. Getting that top spot in region 1 is easier said than done. We had our shot this year but couldn’t get it done on the road at Camden. We made mistakes and Camden didn’t. We were outplayed on the road. We usually look comfortable on the road, that night we didn’t.

This Norcross team we play Friday night will play us with a lot of confidence. In the last 16 months they’ve beaten the Packers in two 3 quarter scrimmages and in the semifinals last year. They have a 10 game winning streak since starting the season 1-2. On paper they are more talented than Colquitt. In fact they are the most talented team we’ve played this year but not the best team. That distinction would go to Hoover. I’ve never imagined a team having 65 seniors much less seen one till I saw Norcross. I think Colquitt has about 20. Still, I believe the Packers can win this game if they don’t turn the ball over or shoot themselves in the foot with penalties. The Packer front 7 is a dominant group and that’s who has to win the game for Colquitt. They’ve got to contain the QB and not let him run or throw the ball into the 3rd level. If the game is played in our secondary we’re in trouble.

Should be a great game. Both teams appear to be fairly healthy for this time of year. I think Mobley is a little beat up but should play in the biggest game of the year. I thought some of our region brothers had a good chance of being with us this weekend but once again it’s Colquitt County carrying the sword for South Georgia.
We coming Norcross. We bringing the 50th Regiment, some of the cutest little cheerleaders in the state, the best fans in the state and a bunch of tiny, little, road weary Hawgs. And hell yea we bringing Rush too!! wink

Sportsnut

December 3rd, 2013
10:08 am

@RobfromNorcross == Very good ball. We have had a decent year in the Crescent. I hope all can pull it off. That would be a major accomplishment.

Cool_Coach1

December 3rd, 2013
10:42 am

to the NUT from the Southern Croissant (Crescent) go play at the children’s table with the rest of the Region 2 losers grownups are discussing football here….a subject you have proven you know nothing about time after time …prediction after prediction! Now back on the couch ! SIT…good boy!

Cool_Coach1

December 3rd, 2013
10:53 am

to the Nut from the Southern Croissant….you are an authority on one subject and one subject only LOSING! You’re a poor “sport” and a sore loser …your mouth writes checks that you “behind” can’t cash! My credentials in my community stand as advertised! I don’t dare attempt to validate them to likes of you! You still (in vain) seek the precious! It consumes you …LOL and every lash you attempt to throw @ those who have it puts you further away from it…Full of sound and fury signifying nothing!

Cool_Coach1

December 3rd, 2013
11:20 am

Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge… is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound purpose larger than the self kind of understanding.
—Bill Bullard

I empathize with Mr.Southern Croissant …because I know the feeling of seeking a Championship (Winning and Losing)as a player and Coach. But you my friend are the worst type of loser! You boast before the event…you complain and make excuses after the event. And worst of all (like a nuclear coackroach) you simply won’t go away! Even after being stepped on! Your opinions have been debunked time after time yet you continue to run your pie-hole! Here’s a suggestion let the people who have a vested interest remaining in this season debate it’s finer points. I’m sure they play basketball in the Southern Croissan…go take in a game!

Moultrie

December 3rd, 2013
12:27 pm

Say what you want about the Norcross offense…. they have one reliable WR and a shaky QB. Shut down the running game and Norcross is shut down.

Cool_Coach1

December 3rd, 2013
1:43 pm

@Moultrie and inspite of what you say they’re on a 10 game winning streak (weird)…there is not a team left that doesn’t have it’s issues…some are more easily exposed than others. Bottom-line is this…. like most games it will probably come down to who can limit mistakes/turnovers who can dictate field postion with special teams and defense. Game/time management (ie Coaching) and/or who has the ball last will be factors. I haven’t witnessed a perfect team in AAAAAA. Norcross is by no means a perfect team…but they may be good enough to win it all!

BlueDevil

December 3rd, 2013
1:43 pm

@Moultrie – Are you absolutely sure? I’ll suggest to you that before locking that in as you gameplan you might want to talk to your friends at Lowndes County to see how well that worked for them.

Cool_Coach1

December 3rd, 2013
1:55 pm

@Blue Devil … I thought Lowndes did an excellent job against our run offense. There maybe some one dimensional teams left… but we are not one them….

Sportsnut

December 3rd, 2013
3:21 pm

Those comments prove my point. Neither attitude or aptitude. What is it? Unable to carry on a conversation without derogatory comments? See what I mean? You would be no coach of mine or in my organization. You have no ethics. If you did, those type statements would not be made.

Sportsnut

December 3rd, 2013
3:33 pm

Must have gotten under some skin again. Hit the nail on the head, did I? Don’t worry. It’s only football. Knowledge without application will never become wisdom.

Cool_Coach1

December 3rd, 2013
3:54 pm

I’m pretty sure your opinion became irrelevant over a week ago. Once again no one cares what you think… you made your case about your team…they weren’t what you advertised. See here’s the point… time after time you have said things on this website that have been PROVEN FALSE. Which means your credibilty and character are at best questionable…that’s not an opinion those are facts! I have and will continue to support my team because they are a reflection of the things they were taught(hard work,dedication,safrifice to name a few) . Jealousy is such an weak charateristic…but you wear it like a cheap coat! …you are in the wrong business you should try comedy! Sports anaylysis from an objective viewpoint is not your calling. Stop being so sensitive and feminine if you can’t take it …don’t dish out …..LOL

Sportsnut

December 3rd, 2013
3:56 pm

Region 1
Camden(Football Only)
Colquitt
Lee
Lowndes
Tift
Valdosta

Region 2
Alcovy
Lakeside, DeKalb
Lovejoy
Newton
Rockdale
Tucker

Region 3 Campbell
Douglas Co
East Coweta
Langston Hughes
Newnan
Peeblebrook
South Cobb
Westlake

Region 4
Harrison
Hillgrove
Kennesaw Mtn
Marietta
Mceachern
N. Cobb
N. Paulding
Osborne

Region 5
Cherokee
Etowah
Lassiter
Milton
Pope
Roswell
Walton
Wheeler
Woodstock

Region 6
Alpharetta
Centennial
Chattahoochee
Habersham Central
Johns Creek
Lambert
Northview
N. Forsyth
S. Forsyth
West Forsyth

Region 7
Collins Hill
Duluth
Meadowcreek
Mill Creek
Mountain View
Norcross
North Gwinnett
Peachtree Ridge

Region 8
Archer
Berkmar
Brookwood
Central Gwinnett
Dacula
Grayson
Parkview
Shiloh
S. Gwinnett

Cool_Coach1

December 3rd, 2013
3:59 pm

Can’t get under my skin….my team has a STATE CHAMPIONSHIP at the expense of your team…you get to watch games from the couch the rest of this year and may get a glimpse of me holding a sign that says WHERE’s SPORTSKNUTTS ?

Cool_Coach1

December 3rd, 2013
4:07 pm

Uh Oh…someone’s string of Region Championships in a weak region just came to an end…2013 has not been a good year for that poor soul!

Sportsnut

December 3rd, 2013
4:21 pm

Even when you try, it still comes off with malice. Examine my comments and those of your speaking. Compare the two. First of all, no one on these blogs, including you, can say I proclaimed Lovejoy to be anything but Lovejoy. FACT. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations. FACT. I enjoy this. Give me some of those things that I have proclaimed and they have been proven wrong. Region 8 being the weakest in the state in AAAAAA this year? Is that all? Come on, grind your axe.

My credibility will remain high. You will not be my judge. I am far more well known from the top of Georgia to the bottom than you would imagine. So what you have to say regarding Sportsnut is a non issue. What do you have that would make me jealous? I have a full life. No wants. Contentment.

This is not a business for me, it is a past-time. There is no pressure. I only dish when it is called for and you will be hard pressed to find any deep wrath of mine. I have enjoyed 4 years now of the blogs and never had a problem until certain individuals got here. What I have done in my years here will not be undone by you or anyone else. Have you noticed that you are alone in your endeavors? No one but you.

We adults were finished with this when Lovejoy lost. We know the rules. Some are unwritten. You need to get the box with the mirror, take a look inside to see both the problem and the solution.

Sportsnut

December 3rd, 2013
4:32 pm

Unlike you, I am a grown man and will be at the Dome both days. If I do get a glimpse of you holding that sign, It may be from a suite. I am happy for you and your school in regards to your winning the title. Job well done. The only problem I have with it is it spawned you. It is like winning the lottery. All the relatives come out. You started in 23′. Spotty, off and on until 57′. There it became a yearly thing. 56 years later, you have one (1) more than we do. Well done.

Cool_Coach1

December 3rd, 2013
4:58 pm

Man do you require attention… I’m sure I’m not the only that knows you are off your rocker! You are entitled to your opinion as limited and foolish as it has been proven.

you need to

1. stop commenting on teams/Regions you know nothing about
2. verify the data you put on this website (RobFromNorcross can show you how he’s good @ it)
3. understand when you attack Teams with lies and false data people will check you on it (as has been done several times in the past month)
4. Grow up and get some thick skin….can’t have it both ways…
5. realize that as much you would like for it to matter …your opinion on this subject (Football in AAAAAA)is not relevant anymore this year. Move along nothing to see here. Colquitt Norcross North Gwinnett McEachern are the contenders. Their fans opinions matter… you don’t get to sit at the big table.

RobFromNorcross

December 3rd, 2013
7:10 pm

For any Colquitt Fans who plan to stay the night and enjoy the big city life…

All of these hotels are within about 1-2 miles of the Norcross stadium and they will accept Packer Fans who don’t snore too loud… you’ll have to leave your livestock in the trucks tho:

Hampton Inn Atlanta/Peachtree Corners/Norcross
440 Technology Pkwy NW, Norcross, GA ?
(770) 729-0015

Homewood Suites by Hilton Atlanta-Peachtree Corners/Norcross
450 Technology Pkwy NW, Norcross, GA ?
(770) 448-4663 ?

Comfort Inn & Suites Peachtree Corners
5200 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Norcross, GA ?
(770) 263-8883 ?

Hyatt Place Atlanta/Norcross/Peachtree
5600 Peachtree Pkwy, Norcross, GA ?
(770) 416-7655 ?

Atlanta Marriott Norcross
475 Technology Pkwy NW, Norcross, GA ?
(770) 263-8558

Holiday Inn Express Peachtree Corners-Norcross
7035 Jimmy Carter Blvd, Norcross, GA ?
(770) 409-0004 ?

Courtyard Atlanta Norcross/Peachtree Corners
3209 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Norcross, GA ?
(770) 446-3777

RobFromNorcross

December 3rd, 2013
7:15 pm

Come on Cool_Coach and Sportsnut == Back to your respective corners :-) it isn’t worth souring what should be a very enjoyable week of GA High School football. Let it go!

R31768 Pack

December 3rd, 2013
8:00 pm

Rob is right. Let’s poke at one another about the games but be respectful. Just my opinion. This is a great blog like the GAVSV used to be.

UncleIndian

December 3rd, 2013
8:29 pm

GO MCEACHERN INDIANS!!!! That’s all……….

Cool_Coach1

December 3rd, 2013
9:14 pm

@R31768 Pack I don’t mind talking football with someone that knows something about the sport…you are a realistic supporter like I am…I can respect that! you have never bashed our kids I respect that as well. I think people on this website know the difference between what I bring to the table regarding the subject in comparison to you know who ;)

Old Bear

December 3rd, 2013
11:20 pm

I look forward to some very good games, and a few surprising outcomes. There’s a reason they play these games on the field instead of paying attention to who the popular favorite is. Last week the prediction was that Sandy Creek would almost definitely play in the AAAA championship. Well, they wont. And it could very well come to pass that Griffin, their conquerors, won’t make it, either.

AAAAAA has had enough surprises this year that nothing is really a surprise, anymore. Tucker, in AAAAA, has had more close calls than any semifinalist I’ve seen in quite a while. About the only sure thing is that the University of Buford will continue to beat up on AAA, short of Washington County throwing a wrench in the Wolves’ engine.

It takes a lot of discipline,skill (and luck) to win a state title. Each classification averages about 75-80 schools, and only one team gets to bring home the trophy per class. The teams that have been eliminated from the playoffs aren’t losers – they just didn’t win their game that night.

Safe travels for those that will be on apparently wet roads, and here’s hoping the players escape injury-free.

P.S. @ Sportsnut – if you come down to Memorial Stadium, get in touch with me @ tstanley1@facebook.com. And bring an umbrella or a good raincoat. Sounds like we’re in for T-Storms.

blueDevil6RINGS

December 3rd, 2013
11:37 pm

Norcross we be ready to play, counting scrimmages they have beaten colquitt 3 straight in the past two years. I’d really be surprised if Maloof didn’t have the kids ready to play. Colquitt coach makes dumb coaching mistakes… I think he might cost his team the game. ie.
He faked a punt up by 14 on his own 35 last week…
Not the sharpest tool in the tool box

Old Bear

December 4th, 2013
1:36 am

And Sportsnut – I look forward to Lovejoy going deep into the 2014 playoffs, and giving Tucker a run for their money for the Region 2 championship. There won’t be any denying that competition will exist in that region now.

R31768 Pack

December 4th, 2013
10:47 am

@blueDevil6RINGS — Disagree with the dumb coaching but you have your opinion and I respect that. I hope come Saturday morning, your mind has been changed. We won’t lose this game due to dumb coaching but we may to a better Norcross team.

Go HAWGS!!