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All-region teams: Washington County takes top honors in 3-AAA

Here is the all-region team for 3-AAA, as chosen by the league’s coaches:

Player of the year: A.J. Gray, Washington County

Offensive player of the year: Melvin Hill, Washington County

Defensive player of the year: D.J. Sanders, Washington County

Specialist of the year: Stephen Gomez, Swainsboro

Coach of the year: Joel Ingram, Washington County

First-team offense

QB – Will Jordan, Jefferson County

RB – Cartabious Quarterman, Jefferson County

WR – Felton Hatcher, Thomson

WR – Josh Burden, Washington County

TE – Chris Edwards, Washington County

OL – Jacob Gurine, Dodge County

OL – Brandon Foskey, Swainsboro

OL – Dexter Grier, Jefferson County

OL – Tristan Lambert, Washington County

OL – Britt Helton, Washington County

PK – Mitchell Tanner, Dodge County

First-team defense

DL – Romello Cummings, Dodge County

DL – DeAngelo Jordan, Swainsboro

DL – Jaquez Hart, Thomson

DL – Marcel Johnson, Washington County

LB – Daylan Williams, Jefferson County

LB – Will Coneway, Washington County

LB …

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All-region teams: Ringgold’s Dale named 5-AAA player of the year

Here is the all-region team for 5-AAA, as chosen by the league’s coaches:

Player of the year: Slade Dale, Ringgold

Offensive player of the year: Brooks Barden, Cartersville

Defensive player of the year: Dakota Baer, Ringgold

First-team offense

QB – Marcus Childers, Adairsville

RB – Andrew Slaton, Cartersville

RB – Tiamon Pennymon, Cartersville

TE – Dallas McGee, Ringgold

OL – Sheldon LaVette, Adairsville

OL – Bo Dooley, Gordon Central

OL – Ryan Emmer, Ringgold

OL – Caleb Chambers, Sonoraville

OL – Hunter Martin, North Murray

WR – T.L. Ford, Cartersville

WR – Peyton Swilling, North Murray

ATH – Kile Sholl, Ringgold

P – Tristian Evans, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe

PK – Dakota Hines, Adairsville

First-team defense

DL – Jacob Mitchell, Gordon Central

DL – Alex Barnes, Cartersville

DL – Zach Morris, Ringgold

DL – Kenny Cooper, Sonoraville

LB – Sidney Johnson, Adairsville

LB – Nate Mays, Gordon Central

LB – John Chastain, North Murray

LB – D.L. Goins, Ringgold

DB – Kalin Heath, …

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All-region teams: McFarlin selected as top coach in 6-AAA

Here is the all-region team for 6-AAA, as chosen by the league’s coaches:

Coach of the year: Tim McFarlin, Blessed Trinity


QB – Terry Googer, Woodward Academy

RB – Nick Bently, Decatur

RB – Dalton Wilson, St. Pius

TE – Alexander Romanov, Cross Keys

WR – Brandon Norwood, Cedar Grove

WR – Sam McDade, Cross Keys

WR – Dennis Bell, Decatur

OL – Matt Doelling, St. Pius

OL – Austin Werkheiser, Blessed Trinity

OL – Darius Goodwin, Cedar Grove

OL – Noah Fisher, Decatur

OL – Tommy Parks, St. Pius

OL – Zach Mitchler, Blessed Trinity

ATH – Quincy Wolff, Woodward Academy

PK – Thomas O’Leary, St. Pius


DE – Kyle Kitchens, Decatur

DE – Wale Ashaye, Cross Keys

DT – Andre Newton, Woodward Academy

DT – Antwuan Jackson, Cedar Grove

DT – Keenan Kelly, Cedar Grove

ILB – Bryson Allen Williams, Cedar Grove

ILB – Samuel Kiawo, Cross Keys

ILB – Daniel Crochet, St. Pius

OLB – Carter McManes, Blessed Trinity

OLB – Max Richardson, Woodward Academy

CB – Kyle Evans, Blessed Trinity

CB – …

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Class AAA: Buford, Waco facts and figures

Class AAA Title Game (5:30 p.m.)

Washington County (13-0) vs. Buford (14-0)

Overview: Two of the state’s iconic programs make their first-ever meeting in the championship game. Washington County has won three state championships and this year won its 14th region title. Buford has won nine state championships and 24 region titles. The Wolves will be making their seventh straight appearance in the state final and have won five of the last six.

Washington County season: The Golden Hawks remained undefeated after escaping a close call against Lovett, winning the game in overtime. From that point their closest game came against Blessed Trinity in the quarterfinals, a 47-17 victory.  Washington County beat Ringgold 37-0 in the semifinal.

Buford season: The Wolves went relatively unchallenged during the regular season, the closest game being a 38-14 win over reigning Class AAAAA champion Gainesville on Sept. 6 that really wasn’t that close. Buford was tested in the semifinals against …

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Class AAA: A championship shootout for Buford, Waco?

The Class AAA championship game between No. 3 Washington County and No. 1 Buford has all the makings of a real shootout.

Washington County (13-0) has scored 649 points. Seven times the Golden Hawks have scored at least 50 and they’ve averaged 41.2 in four playoff games.

Buford (14-0) has scored 672 points, leaving the Wolves only 10 points shy of matching the state’s single season scoring record set by Dublin in 2006. Buford scored at least 50 points in five games and put up 70 against East Hall.

They’ve taken different offensive routes to reach this point. Washington County has made a successful transition to the spread offense, while Buford has stuck with the traditional smash-mouth style.

Washington County coach Joel Ingram began learning about the innovative spread attack about four years ago. He would read an article or hear a coach at a clinic, and add another aspect to his game plan. He opted to sell out on the spread attack two seasons ago.

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Washington County 37, Ringgold 0

By Ricky Dimon

Score Atlanta

Washington County scored all 37 points in the first half before coasting through the fourth quarter with a running clock. Melvin Hill scored four touchdowns for the host Golden Hawks, including one on a 99-yard punt return late in the second quarter. Hill opened the scoring with a 59-yard run and plunged in from two yards with 16 seconds left in the first half. D.J. Sanders hauled in a 68-yard touchdown pass from A.J. Gray.

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AAA roundup

By Score Atlanta

Ringgold 35, Central-Carroll 10: Quarterback Slade Dale rushed for two touchdowns and threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Christian Plott in host Ringgold’s win. Kile Sholl and D.L. Goins added rushing touchdowns for Ringgold, and the Tigers’ defense got a fumble recovery and an interception.

Washington County 46, Blessed Trinity 17: Melvin Hill rushed for 202 yards and five touchdowns to lead Washington County past Blessed Trinity. The visiting Golden Hawks picked off four passes, all by defensive back D.J. Sanders. Sanders also caught a touchdown pass from A.J. Gray, who accounted for 127 yards through the air. Washington County led just 19-17 in the third quarter before running off 27 straight points.

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Playoff preview: Class AAA quarterfinals

St. Pius at Callaway

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Callaway Stadium, LaGrange

Records, rankings: St. Pius is 9-3, the No. 3 seed from Region 6 and unranked; Callaway is 11-1, the No. 1 seed from Region 4 and No. 5.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. St. Pius is a running team that averages 39.3 carries and 260.3 yards on the ground while attempting just four passes per game. The leading rusher is Dalton Wilson, who averages 13 carries and 83.3 yards. Wilson ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries in a 31-19 second-round victory over Cartersville, which held the Golden Lions to 9 yards passing and a season-low 208 rushing. 2. Callaway’s Eddie Culpepper had touchdown runs of 23, 40, 14 and 7 yards in a 49-21 victory over Pierce County in the second round. Terry Godwin, perhaps the top junior recruit in the state, returned an interception 99 yards for a 14-0 lead after Pierce County drove to the Callaway 7-yard line with a chance …

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Class AAA roundup

By Score Atlanta

Blessed Trinity 38, White County 0: Carter McManes and Chad Manchey rushed for two touchdowns apiece for Blessed Trinity. The host Titans extended a 7-0 lead after one quarter to 28-0 at halftime. Conor Davis threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Pat Jasinski before Marc Nolan capped the scoring with a 33-yard field goal.

Carver-Columbus 19, Jefferson County 0: On offense, Carver-Columbus’s touchdowns came from Noah Hickey’s 3-yard scamper, a 55-yard strike from Jawon Pass to Nate Barley and a halfback pass from Khane Pass, Jawon’s brother, to Raequan Lowe.

St. Pius 31, Cartersville 19: Fullback Dalton Wilson rushed 17 yards for 100 yards and touchdowns of three and two yards for visiting St. Pius, which also got touchdown runs from quarterback Joey Connors and running back Jack Pelt. Thomas O’Leary hit a 20-yard field goal for St. Pius, and Fred Dorsey blocked a punt and had an interception.

Washington County 56, Peach County 16: For the first time ever, the host …

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AAA roundup

By Score Atlanta

Buford 45, Fannin County 8: Visiting Buford scored in the first quarter on a 40-yard screen pass from Montgomery VanGorder to Isaac Nauta and led 35-0 at the half. VanGorder had two passing touchdowns in the first half. Buford converted a fourth-and-14 with a minute left in the third to extend its lead to 42-0.

Cartersville 47, Adairsville 7: Collin Sapp rushed for a 6-yard touchdown to put visiting Cartersville ahead 7-0 in the opening quarter. Cartersville quarterback Brooks Barden added six touchdown passes. Gordon Gray and Brandon Long each recorded a touchdown and Kalin Heath and Mark Quattlebaum each finished with a pair of touchdowns grabs.

Decatur 49, Towers 20: The visiting Bulldogs clinched their second winning season in the past seven years after taking a 42-13 halftime lead. The only blemishes were two long kick-off returns for touchdowns. Quarterback Devontae Carter went 10-of-15 for 184 yards and two touchdowns that both went to freshman Dennis …

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St. Pius-Woodward showdown will clarify or muddy Region 6 picture

The situation in Region 6-AAA will either clear up a great deal or get even murkier this week, depending on the outcome of the game between St. Pius and Woodward Academy game.

If No. 6 St. Pius wins, the Golden Lions (6-1, 3-0) will be a step closer to defending their championship. Coach Paul Standard’s team closes with tough games against Blessed Trinity and Decatur.

If Woodward (5-2, 3-1) wins, the War Eagles would be in position to finish first. A Woodward win could throw the league into a four-way tie for first place and put even more importance in the final two weeks of the regular season.

Woodward and St. Pius have been sporadic rivals since the late 1960s. Woodward leads the series 12-3-2 and beat the Golden Lions 20-14 a year ago. The two teams have been slugging it out off and on since coaching legends George Maloof was at St. Pius and Graham Hixon was at Woodward.

Woodward is one of the best defensive teams that St. Pius has faced this year. Led by two-way standout …

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AAA roundup

By Score Atlanta

Blessed Trinity 42, Towers 13: Backup running back Chad Manthey rushed for six touchdowns and 324 yards for host Blessed Trinity. The senior broke two school records in just three quarters of play as the Titans improved to 3-3.

Cartersville 63, Gordon Central 16: Brooks Barden tossed five touchdowns in the first half to pace visiting Cartersville to a 56-8 halftime advantage. Kalin Heath and Devin Henderson added rushing scores and also found the endzone on defensive touchdowns. Gordon Gray and Mark Quattlebaum each hauled in a pair of touchdown passes from Barden, including a 53-yard reception by Quattlebaum.

Woodward Academy 42, McNair 6: Terry Googer had first-half touchdown runs of 10 and 25 yards and also threw a 27-yard scoring strike to Antone Williams for Woodward Academy. The host War Eagles raced to leads of 21-0 at the half and 42-0 after three quarters before McNair got on the scoreboard. Quincy Wolff added a 60-yard interception return for Woodward.

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Washington County settles things in Region 3

Looks like No. 3 Washington County settled the matter of supremacy in Region 3-AAA win its 40-0 win over No. 6 Jefferson County on Friday. The dominance continued until the score required a running clock in the fourth quarter.

Washington County’s defense produced two quick scores in the first quarter on a blocked punt and an interception return. The Hawks also converted a fake punt and fell on an onside kick.

Melvin Hill led the Washington County offense with 157 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

Here’s what else we learned Friday night:

Peach County may be back: It’s about time Peach County got back in the game. The Trojans have fought past a 1-2 start against a difficult schedule and Friday improved their record to 4-2 by whipping Jackson 51-16. The Region 2-AAA title could again come down to a showdown between Peach County and Carver. Nick Searcy and Keshawn Lowe combined to run for 186 yards for Peach. Searcy ran for three touchdowns. Quarterback Greg Williams threw …

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AAA roundup

By Score Atlanta

Buford 42, White County 6: Thomas Wilson had touchdown runs of 13 and 41 yards while also catching an 18-yard scoring pass from Montgomery VanGorder for Buford. VanGorder also connected with Korie Rogers on a touchdown strike from 23 yards out. The host Wolves led 35-0 at halftime and 42-0 after three quarters before White County scored with 1:32 remaining.

Cedar Grove 48, McNair 21: Cedar Grove scored twice on special teams to get past McNair. The visiting Saints got a kickoff return for a touchdown by Benjy Parrish and Brandon Norwood returned a punt for another score. Parrish also had two touchdown receptions to lead Cedar Grove. Quarterback James Hartsfield threw three touchdown passes and added a five-yard scoring run.

Decatur 31, Blessed Trinity 28 (2 OT): Nathan Tumperi nailed a 33-yard field goal for Decatur to win the game in double overtime. Decatur tied the game at 21 with 1:56 on the clock when Devontae Carter hit Dennis Bell for an 85-yard …

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AAA roundup

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Buford 63, West Hall 0: Visiting Buford rushed for 247 yards and three quarterbacks combined for 251 yards passing, with Taylor Mitchell throwing touchdown passes to Josh Thomas (84 yards) and David Curry (32 yards) in the first half. Thomas also returned a fumble 31 yards for a score at linebacker. Thomas Wilson kicked off the scoring for Buford with a 14-yard touchdown run.

Cartersville 76, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 13: Visiting Cartersville jumped to a 69-0 lead at the half and were paced by quarterback Brooks Barden’s five passing touchdowns and pair of rushing scores. Mark Quattlebaum caught two scores and TL Ford, Gordon Gray and Terrius Callahan each added touchdown receptions. Running backs Kalin Heath and Tiamon Pennymon added rushing touchdowns in the rout.

North Hall 56, East Hall 31: The visiting Vikings were unable to contain the North Hall rushing attack. The Trojans amassed more than 500 yards of total offense. Quarterback Andrew Smith …

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