AA blog: What we learned Friday
Here’s what we learned Friday in Class AA:
- The Lamar County Trojans have reached the state finals for the first time in school history, beating the Benedictine Cadets 10-7. The Trojans (14-0) trailed 7-0, but completed their rally of the Cadets (13-1) with a 24-yard field goal as time expired. Trojans coach Franklin Stephens is on the verge of repeating history. If Lamar County wins the state title, Stephens will again have brought a program its first-ever state title in just his second season coaching them. He coached the Tucker Tigers to a AAAA title in 2008 and the Tigers won another in ‘11 for a 15-0 season. For the Cadets, it was the first time they had been challenged this season. Heading into their game against the Trojans, no team had come closer than 21 points, and the Cadets had outscored their competition 613-81.
- The Lovett Lions will meet the Trojans in the AA title game, which will be played Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2:30 p.m. at the Georgia Dome. The Lions (13-1) defeated the Brooks County Trojans 35-12 in a game they controlled from start to finish. They’re in the state title game for the first time since 2007 and seeking their first state title since 1970. They’ve played perhaps the toughest schedule of any team in AA, playing five ranked teams from higher classifications and only losing to Washington County 36-33 in overtime. For some perspective, Washington County is in the AAA finals after defeating Ringgold 37-0. The Trojans (12-2) saw their 10-game win streak come to an end.
Before the playoffs started, I posted my predictions. I correctly picked the matchup for the state finals. I picked Lamar County to defeat Lovett for the state championship.
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