Football season is winding down and we are two weeks away from a champion being crowned in Class AAAA. However, basketball season is gearing up, so as we transition, Tuesday blogs will be dedicated to basketball for the remainder of the football state playoffs.
By David Purdum / For the AJC
After the scoring plummeted to a 30-year low last season, college basketball revised how the game was officiated.
This season’s points of emphasis included: reducing hand-checking; limiting how post-defenders are allowed to use their arms, and giving offensive players the benefit of the doubt on block/charge calls. The early results have been higher-scoring games with many more fouls.
Should high school basketball follow the college game’s lead?
Chestatee girls coach Web Daniel believes so.
“In every officiating rules clinic, they say they’re going to call it more,” said Daniel. “But I don’t think they call it enough. Truthfully, they could call it every play. If you watch
Football season is winding down and we are two weeks away from a champion being crowned in Class AA. However, basketball season is gearing up, so as we transition, Tuesday blogs will be dedicated to basketball for the remainder of the football state playoffs.
The St. Pius girls won the state championship last season and are expected to be a prime contender again this year. Well, the school’s boys program isn’t too shabby, either.
The Golden Lions went 22-9 last year with a very young team and have started the season 4-0 by winning the Tabo’s Tipoff Tournament at Jefferson. St. Pius whipped Jackson County, Class AAAAAA Mill Creek and host Jefferson in the final, 58-54.
St. Pius is led by 6-foot-10 senior Nick Harris, who has signed with the College of Charleston. The Golden Lions were second in Region 6-AAA a year ago and reached the state quarterfinals.
Cartersville steps up in class: The Cartersville boys will step up in weight class for Saturday’s game in the fifth annual Greater Atlanta Christian Showcase. The Hurricanes will meet Class AAAAAA Hillgrove at 2 p.m.
Cartersville is led by wings Ryan Davis (17 points) and Corey Tobin (14.9 points)and will meet a Hillgrove club that went 28-5 and lost in the state final to
Only two teams (Norcross, Sandy Creek) went unbeaten in 2012. There are 11 teams that still have a chance in 2013:
Eagle’s Landing Christian
Mount Pisgah Christian
Wayne County is in the semifinals for the first time since 1976. Wayne County’s best bet for an all-state player is probably Krenwick Sanders, who has 23 touchdown receptions and 29 TDs overall. In 1976, Wayne County had another all-state wide receiver who might be the most widely known former Wayne County football player in history. Who is he? (Answer Wednesday)
Answer to Monday’s question: McEachern (AAAAAA) and Ringgold (AAA) are the only unranked teams to make the semifinals outside of the Class A public-school division.
“Don’t be outworked.”
- West Laurens coach Stacy Nobles
GHSF Daily asked coaches during the offseason if they have a favorite quote, saying or motto. We’ll run a different one each
The only address getting more e-mails than GHSF Daily this time of year is the North Pole. So we’ve chosen to answer a few of them today. Each of the 28 semifinal teams is covered in one of these questions, or in our Daily List, or in our Daily Trivia. So consider this issue a Christmas stocking and dig around in there until you can find them all.
OK, so some of these questions are as make believe as elves. But you can believe in the answers. If not, let us know why and we’ll fix it.
Dear Daily: Four 2012 state champions are still alive. They are Norcross, Gainesville, Buford and Eagle’s Landing Christian. What is the most number of defending champions that have gone back-to-back in one season?
- Catfish from Alto
The most repeat champs in one season is three. That occurred in 2006, when Peach County (AAA), Charlton County (AA) and Lincoln County (A) won back-to-back. The chance of any team repeating historically is one-in-five (61 of 300, to be exact). It has happened only
The Georgia High School Association will place its nearly 450 member schools in regions for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, football state powers Marist and Carver of Columbus chose on Monday to play in higher classifications next season. They were among 27 schools opting to play higher than their enrollments placed them.
Marist, which has AA enrollment numbers, has chosen to play in a higher class for years and will return to AAAA again next season.
But Carver’s move was a surprise to many. Carver has averaged 12 victories a season in football since 2006 playing in AAA and AA. Enrollment increases put Carver at AAAA for next season, but the school chose to make a two-class jump to AAAAA to allow more of Muscogee County’s schools to play together.
Also choosing to play up is Columbus, Shaw and Northside of Columbus. Another Muscogee school, Hardaway, was placed in AAAAA as the seventh-smallest school in that class. Rather than strand the school
Wayne County and Benedictine are in the semifinals for the first time since the 1970s. Here are the most seasons between semifinal appearances in GHSA history:
52 – Calhoun (1953/2005)
52 – Grady (1953/2005)
47 – Cook (1949/1967)
42 – North Cobb (1959/2012)
42 – Chamblee (1965/2007)
42 – Baldwin (1963/2005)
40 – Hawkinsville (1962/2000)
39 – Camden Co. (1963/2002)
38 – St. Pius (1968/2006)
37 – Jackson (1963/2000)
37 – Wayne Co. (1976/2013)
36 – Decatur (1967/2003)
35 – Benedictine (1978/2013)
35 – Roswell (1971/2006)
33 – Elbert County (1962/1995)
32 – Screven Co. (1962/1994)
31 – Rockmart (1957/1988)
31 – Laney (1971/2002)
30 – Newnan (1951/1981)
30 – Marist (1949/1979)
The Class A public-school division has three unranked teams in the semifinals. They are Charlton County, Hawkinsville and Marion County. What are the only two unranked teams to make the semifinals in other classifications or divisions? (Answer Tuesday)
Answer to Wednesday’s question: The four
Westfield 34, Stratford Academy 31: Ryan Fitzgerald threw the game-winning touchdown pass to Josh Jenkins with 4:31 remaining as Westfield of Perry rallied from a 17-point first-half deficit to win the first state championship in the program’s 42-year history. Stratford reached the Westfield 26 on its final drive, but a fourth-and-5 pass fell incomplete, and Westfield ran out the clock. Stratford led 24-7 late in the second quarter, but Westfield scored two touchdowns in the final minute of the half, with the help of a Stratford fumble, to get back in the game. Westfield, which beat Stratford 21-20 in the regular season on Sept. 27, finished the season with 12 consecutive victories after losing to Tattnall Square 21-0 in the opener. It was the third GISA championship for Westfield coach Ronnie Jones, who led Brookwood School of Thomasville to titles in 1983 and 1985 before taking over the Hornets in 1993. He was 0-4 in four previous championship-game appearances with
*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
Compiled by Score Atlanta
Allatoona 69, Morgan County 63
Bacon County 61, Appling County 43
Brookwood 96, Athens Christian 70
Buford 62, Eagle’s Landing 61
Cedar Shoals 61, Archer 34
Central Gwinnett 55, Lambert 39
Chestatee 73, Franklin County 64
Clarke Central 83, Apalachee 70
Dade County 82, Morris Innovative 32
Dublin 62, Baldwin 56
Duluth 92, East Hall 72
Effingham County 77, Screven County 29
Glynn Academy 59, Menendez (FL) 31
Heritage, Conyers 75, Clarkston 62
Hillgrove 57, Peachtree Ridge 45
Miller Grove 66, Luella 55
North Augusta 67, Grovetown 59
North Cobb Christian 57, Woodward 54
North Murray 68, Excel Christian 50
Parkview 65, Mill Creek 49
Paulding County 82, West Forsyth 69
Pebblebrook 62, Berkmar 58
River Ridge 53, Blessed Trinity 46
St. Francis 88, Chattahoochee 68
St. Pius 58, Jefferson 44
Taylor County 75 Talbot County, 55
Therrell 61, Jackson, Atlanta 44
Westlake 82, Creekside 53
Wooddale (TN) 71, Kingdom Christian Academy 66
Woodland, Henry 60,
By David Purdum / For the AJC
Passing is over-rated.
Marist didn’t attempt a pass in its quarterfinal win over Burke County. Carrollton attempted only one pass–and it was intercepted—in the Trojans’ win over Stockbridge.
Yet, the two teams advanced and will meet at Marist on Friday in a rematch of last season’s five-overtime playoff thriller.
The War Eagles rushed for 429 yards, led by quarterback Chase Martenson’s 162 and four touchdowns, and reached the semifinals for the 11th time under coach Alan Chadwick. Marist had an 11-minute advantage in time of possession and did not punt.
The Trojans weren’t nearly as prolific in their quarterfinal win at Stockbridge, finishing with just 195 yards of offense, but made enough plays to advance to the semifinals for the second time under coach Rayvan Teague.
Marist beat Carrollton, 43-37, in five overtimes in the second round of last season’s playoffs. The War Eagle are 50-2 at home in the playoffs since 1987.
There may have been a minor upset or two along the way, but the Class AAAAA playoffs have gone according to form in that the top four teams in the final regular-season poll are the four teams still standing for next weekend’s semifinals.
Top-ranked Tucker reached the semifinals for the fifth time in seven years with a 29-0 victory over Ware County. No. 2 Kell set a school record for victories in a season and advanced to the first semifinal in the program’s 11-year history by knocking off Warner Robins 52-28. No. 3 Gainesville is one step closer to defending its 2012 state title after beating Mundy’s Mill 42-28. And No. 4 Creekside advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 2000 by beating North Paulding 41-14. All four were region champions.
Tucker, Kell and Creekside are 13-0. The only other classification with three undefeated semifinalists is the Class A private-school bracket, where Aquinas and Mount Pisgah Christian are 12-0 and Eagle’s Landing Christian
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,
By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC
We’re down to the final four on the public and private sides, after Friday night’s outcomes:
No. 9 Charlton County 42, No. 1 Seminole County 0. Who saw this coming? Charlton County (8-4) raced to a 21-0 halftime lead – on 57-yard touchdown run by Andrew Lee and touchdown receptions of 31 and 50 yards by Julian Roberts and Curtis Nixon, respectively – and never looked back en route to stunning previously unbeaten Seminole County (11-1). Charlton County’s defense held Seminole County’s vaunted wing-T offense, which rolled up 400 yards in last week’s first round win over No. 16 seed Wilkinson County, to just two first downs, according to the Albany Herald.
No. 4 Irwin County 56, No. 5 Johnson County 26. Irwin County advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 1997, and didn’t need to complete a pass to do so. According to the Tifton Gazette. Irwin County (10-1-1) rushed for more than 500 yards and led
Here’s what we learned Friday in Class AA:
Who are you more impressed with? Benedictine or Lamar County?