Vanguard Headed Back To Georgia; Will Face National Power Camden County

The Vanguard Knights will open their 2012 season on the road in a Florida-Georgia tilt as they travel to coastal Georgia to take on the Camden County Wildcats. This marks the second consecutive season the Knights have traveled to Georgia for an out-of-state game. Last season the Knight fell 42-7 to Carrollton, in a game in which head coach Alex Castaneda says provided a ton of growth and experience for his team and program.

“Last season we went up there and had guys that had not even played varsity football, had never played at noon or on turf. This season we know what to expect and we expect more”, Castaneda said.

Vanguard’s Cam Livingston, Head Coach Alex Castaneda and Marcus Davis

Vanguard enters the contest unranked in Florida’s Class 6A by the AP. Class 6A in Florida is loaded with plenty of solid programs including Miami Central-who will be playing Grayson (ranked No. 1 in Georgia’s AAAAAA poll) in Georgia Friday night and Armwood who are both ranked nationally and sit 1-2 atop the Florida Class 6A AP state rankings . The Knights were Class 6A District 5 champions last season and are in the same district as No.3 Gainesville, the district favorite this season.

Camden County is coming in off a 42-0 win over Peachtree Ridge last week to begin their season 1-0. The Wildcats have won 3 state championships in Georgia in the past 10 seasons and are loaded with top-tier talent. The Wildcats are currently ranked No. 2 in the Georgia AAAAAA AP poll and are in the Top 25 of several national polls.

“They are a really good team, they are well coached, disciplined and run the Wing-T about as good as you can run it”, Castaneda said about the Wildcats.

“We have to go out and play well and not make mistakes but it concerns me that they will be playing their third game (Camden played South Cobb in a preseason scrimmage) and we’ve only played a half and a couple of minutes”, Castaneda added.

There will be no video coverage allowed per Camden rules,  however you can Listen Live to all the action beginning at 7:30 pm  right here.

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2012 GDFL Playoffs Underway; Wildcard Weekend Results

The 2012 Gridiron Developmental Football League playoffs began over the weekend with the wildcard round. Here are the scores from the weekend.

2012 Playoffs underway

Georgia Canes 22  Alabama Trojans 7

Chambersburg Cardinals 57  Lehigh Valley Storm 14

Metro Nemesis12 Virginia Lions 10

Camp Lejeune Bulldogs 21 Carolina Warhawks 0

Florida Falcons 37 Atlanta-Fulton County Rams 2

Low Country Bone Crushers 20 Carolina Brigade 0

Grand Rapids Thunder 40  Steel City Patriots 0

Buckeye Bearcats 35  Derby City Thunder 22

Christian County Outlaws 13  Clarksville Wolfpack 12

Tennessee Hurricanes 31 St. Louis Bulldogs 28

Oklahoma Thunder 54 Okemah Warriors 16

Delta Blaze 30  Pike County Ironhorse 0

The next round of the playoffs continue this weekend. For the latest on your team and the GDFL playoffs visit www.gdfl.net.

Camden County Drops Peachtree Ridge 42-0; Focus Shifts To Vanguard

The Camden County Wildcats brought a crowd and were ready for their first game in the Georgia Dome since winning the state championship in 2009 in the building. 2009 also marked the last time the Wildcats have played in the historic Corky Kell Classic, which was held for the 21st consecutive season. The Wildcats got off to a solid start but missed a field goal on their opening possession. That would be all that went wrong for the Wildcats in a 42-0 win over Peachtree Ridge.

Peachtree Ridge mistakes would open the door for Camden County as they mishandled a punt giving Camden excellent field position which ended with an Antonio Wimbush 3-yard touchdown run. After the Lions put together a drive they would miss a 40-yard field goal, Camden came right back scoring on a Jacob Johnson 19-yard touchdown run and a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. From that point the rout was on as Peachtree Ridge had no answers.

Georgia commitments Brice Ramsey and JJ Green hooked up on a touchdown pass from 34 yards out as Green made a circus catch as he bobbled the ball before catching it falling into the end zone making it 21-0 in the second. Green finished with over 120 all-purpose yards. Peachtree Ridge again would move down the field but again the drive ended with a missed field goal attempt of 27-yards.

“I think we played pretty well, we came out here and executed almost every play. Coach [Jeff Herron] said he wanted us to come out and prove a point to the state of Georgia and prove a point to Atlanta that they can’t play with us so we came out here and did it to them”, Green said afterwards.

In the opening moments of the third quarter “The Ridge” was moving until Camden County’s Kalvarez Bessent returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown and a 28-0 Wildcat lead. The boys from Kingsland would continue to pour on their “Royal Treatment” in the third quarter after that. Ramsey hit Conner Lockhart on an 8-yard TD pass making it 35-0 with 4:38 left and later on third down he hit Marcus Jordan for a 61-yard touchdown strike for the final margin.  Ramsey on the night was 6-8 for 134 yards through the air. The fourth quarter was played with a running clock as the margin was greater than 30 points entering the fourth quarter.

“We seemed to be pretty focused and we came out and started real well offensively and anytime you can get a shutout that is a huge deal. We improved a lot from last week [noting their scrimmage against South Cobb]  and if we can continue to do that then we got a chance to be pretty good”, Camden County Head Coach Jeff Herron said.

The Wildcats will open their 2012 home schedule next week entertaining Ocala Vanguard (FL) marking their fifth consecutive season playing a school from Florida. Camden is 4-1 in games against Florida schools the previous four seasons, losing only to nationally respected St. Thomas Aquinas. Herron weighed in briefly on their next opponent.

“They are very talented and have great athletes and the coach [Alex Castaneda]that has come in there has done a very good job and they are a pretty good football team, we’ll have our hands full”, Herron said.

Vanguard is not a nationally respected team however they lost in the Florida 6A quarterfinals last season and are the early pick to contend with Gainesville for the district title this season. Vanguard defeated Forest in a jamboree classic on Friday 21-0 racking up 205 total yards of offense with running back Tyronte Files finishing over 100 yards rushing playing only a half.

The squads will meet Friday August 31st at Chris Gillman Stadium in Kingsland at 7:30pm EST.

North Gwinnett Boots Its Way Past Colquitt County

North Gwinnett has had more issues than a few during the off-season. From graduation to assistant coaches departing to sub-par or up and down 7 on 7 showings to a heated quarterback battle during preseason camp, the Bulldogs still have the moxie and resolve to find ways to win football games and it showed on Saturday.

The Bulldogs would force Colquitt to punt on its opening possession only to muff the punt which Colquitt recovered and cashed in for three points as Roberto Vega knocked in a long 43-yard field goal for the early 3-0 lead.

A staple of North Gwinnett the past few seasons has been its defense and boy would it rise to the occasion today. Andrew Westbrook would pick up a fumble and return it 30 yards for a touchdown giving North Gwinnett a 7-3 advantage at the end of one period of action.

Colquitt would then stall on its opening second quarter drive and punt North Gwinnett  into a hole at the 2 yard line. On the first play after the punt O’Shay Williams sacked North Gwinnett’s number two quarterback Hayden Sphire, son of head coach Bob Sphire, in the end zone for a safety cutting the Bulldog lead to 7-5. North Gwinnett and Colquitt traded interceptions in the final 4:15 of the first half for a baseball looking 7-5 halftime score ending a penalty filled first half. At one point Colquitt was first down and 45 after a series of markers going against them.

The third quarter continued to be a defensive struggle until Colquitt  added a 30-yard field goal with 10 seconds remaining  in the 3rd for an 8-7 lead. That lead would be short-lived as Donnie Miles, who had not been used on offense much earlier in the first half, went 77 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the quarter give North Gwinnett the 13-8 lead going into the fourth.

Colquitt County would not take that lightly and answered to open the fourth going 6 plays and  77 yards with Deonte McClain rushing in for a 5 yard touchdown for a 14-13 lead after the failed extra point.

North Gwinnett would later have a nice drive bog down and end on downs with 5:19 left in the game. Colquitt did not do much with it after that and would face 3rd  down and 17 when Cole Seagraves was flagged for intentional grounding forcing a punt that would give North Gwinnett excellent field position after Caleb Scott returned it 19 yards to the Colquitt 31 with 3:31 left.

Sphire went back to Miles but the result was far different as Miles put the ball on the ground on 3rd down and 6 and Colquitt’s Brandon Key recovered it  2:05 to play.  North Gwinnett’s defense again would stand firm forcing a three-and-out getting the ball back on their own 46 with 1:05 left needing only a field goal and they got it.

Michael Haynes would then shift into “ballplayer’ mode hitting passes of 10 and 11 yards and then scramble 22 yards for a first down. After being sacked on the next play and time winding down Sphire rushed his field goal unit on the field on third down. Michael D’Angola and the field goal unit would do the rest as D’Angola nailed his first varsity level field goal, a 33-yarder as time expired to lift North Gwinnett to the 16-14 win.

“Michael has been a working project…through his career he has missed off and on and no problem with but now he is really coming into his own and a game like this obviously will hopefully elevate him that much more because what a great last drive and he really played well the whole game”, Bulldog head coach Bob Sphire said about his starting quarterback.

When asked what got it done for his team, North Gwinnett head coach Bob Sphire responded with, “High school football, the spirit of high school football, you never know whats going to happen with kids like this and our kids know how to compete. There is nothing better than high school football, it brings out character, it reveals lack of character it does all of those things with these kids and both teams I though exhibited great character”.

Through all the coaching departures Sphire still lauded his defensive coordinator Mo Dixon.

“I have a great defensive coordinator in Mo Dixon and he has really brought those kids along and what they did defensively tonight gave us a chance to win this football game”, Sphire said

North Gwinnett will resume action next Saturday as they host the National High School Gridiron Challenge. North Gwinnett will face A.C. Flora (SC) in the night-cap after Valdosta and North Augusta (SC) play at noon followed by Stephenson tangling with Pensacola Pine Forest (FL) (Update this game was cancelled due to Hurricane Issac). North Gwinnett defeated Stephenson, a school known to churn out a high volume of Division-1 level recruits, in a scrimmage contest last week 14-13.

GAC Opens Tim Hardy Era With Win

Greater Atlanta Christian entered the 2012 season having to replace a lot of people, including their head coach. Tim Hardy took the opening and cashed in his first win as the head coach of the Spartans with a 34-26 win over a steadfast Stone Mountain squad.

The Spartans got it started early and kept it going scoring on their first three drives of the game. The Spartans had to settle for a 30-yard field goal from Brandon Holzgrefe after a bad Pirate punt and led 3-0 in the first. After that the end zone would become their friend as Rafe Chapple hit Darius Slayton on a 25-yard touchdown pass  later in the first quarter followed by Kyle Scales picking and slipping his way to a 20-yard touchdown run giving the Spartans a 17-0 lead in the second quarter-Scales lead the Spartans in rushing going for 132 yards on 17 carries with two touchdowns.

The Pirates would put together a pretty good drive with the help of a big pass play but would turn the ball over on downs after a failed fourth down. The Pirates defense would then score as the Spartans Chapple recovered a bad snap in the end zone for a safety and a 17-2 GAC lead. Stone Mountain’s Cordelaro Cook would then be picked off by Slayton who returned it 51-yards to the Pirates 24 setting up another successful Holzgrefe field goal for the 20-2 halftime lead.

Stone Mountain would be a different bunch in the second half getting it started recovering a botched GAC kickoff return. Corderal Cook would find Sammy Jackson on a 25-yard touchdown pass cutting the Spartan lead to 12 at 20-8. The Pirate defense would make another play. After sophomore Micah Abernathy had a couple positive runs, Chapple would run and fumble and #1 recovered it for Stone Mountain at midfield. Solomon Parker would later dive in from a yard out another Pirate touchdown for 20-14 count.

GAC would strike back quickly. Scales ripped off a 42-yard run down to the 2 and Chapple sneaked it in a few plays later. The Spartans would then get an interception, a Peter Whiteneck 30-yard run on a reverse and a Corey Stevenson touchdown run for a healthy 34-14 lead heading to the fourth.

In the fourth Stone Mountain would fight as Corderal Cook would keep two broken down plays alive tossing touchdowns to Sammy Johnson of 68 and 86 yards pulling the Pirates to 34-26 after failed two-point conversions and four minutes remaining. Cook would passed  for 272 yards and three touchdowns while Johnson had 179 yards receiving and three touchdowns. Dante’ Ferguson’s squad would not get any closer as GAC converted 3rd downs and wasted the clock for the victory.

GDFL Scores From The Final Week Of The Regular Season

The GDFL regular season came to an end this past week, Week 12. The playoffs will begin next week on August 25th. Here are the scores from the final week of the regular season.

Metro Nemesis 14  Chesapeake Swarm 12

Carolina Venom 42 Port City Snipers 0

Georgia Canes 52 Georgia Knights 0

Alabama Trojans 20 North Georgia Bulldogs 9

South Buffalo Celtics 37 Lockport Rage 12

GDFL Releases Playoff Bracket

2012 GDFL Playoff bracket

The 2012 GDFL playoffs are around the corner and with that all playoff spots have been locked down so the GDFL has released the official 2012 GDFL Playoff bracket. The championship game will be played at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FL October 13th .

The Central Penn Piranha have been ranked No.1 most of the season and are the favorites to win the fourth ever championship in the leagues history. Naturally the Piranha are favored to win the Northern Elite bracket but could face the defending GDFL champion Chambersburg Cardinals in the third round along the way. The Piranha defeated the Cardinals in their only meeting this season.

The South Georgia Sting, Greenville Seminoles and the Carolina Venom are the favorites out of the Southern Elite bracket. This is easily the toughest bracket out of the four in the GDFL playoffs. This bracket also features a team from H.O.T.S (Heart of the South). The GDFL entered into a partnership with the H.O.T.S. at the beginning of season.

The South Buffalo Celtics are the favorite out of the Northern Empire bracket however despite having to play in a wild card game the Christian County Outlaws remain a threat out of that bracket as well.

The 2011 GDFL runner-up Oklahoma Thunder are faced with a wild card game int he opening round but the Oklahoma City Diamondbacks and Indianapolis Tornadoes will be the teams many are looking for to win the Southern Empire bracket. The Diamondbacks have beaten the Thunder twice this season accounting for the only losses by the Thunder.

The playoffs will begin August 25th with the wildcard round. For more information on the GDFL and the GDFL Playoffs please visit gdfl.net

Georgia Jets End 2012 With First Non-Winning Season

The Georgia Jets had compiled an overall winning record (29-5), three playoffs appearances, division and minor league championships in their history. 2012 started with the outlook of a promising year. For the Jets it did not end that way. After a loss to the Georgia Canes, the Jets were 1-1-1 in the standings and the focus was not on the field, shortly later it would be confirmed they were grounded. The 2012 GDFL regular season is coming to a close and with that the Jets 2012 season, which they landed weeks ago. The Jets had the support winning over the Atlanta-Fulton County Rams to open the season. That win would prove to be their last as they tied their “rival” Atlanta Chiefs 6-6 the following week and lost to an “explosive” Georgia Canes’ team.

Georgia Jets have first non-winning season.

The end to the season marks the first in Jets history they failed to have a winning season, division championship and playoff appearance. Many of the Georgia Jets are playing with the Georgia Knights. The Knights are 2-1 in reported games since the Jets stopped playing. The most recent win for the Knights was a 24-0 won this past weekend against the Georgia Falcons. Jets ownership has still not responded at attempts for comment, so in addition no information on the 2013 plans are available.

South Georgia Sting Finish Regular Season Undefeated, GDFL Playoffs Up Next.

The Georgia Sting have kept busy while being quiet on the scene. The squad formally known as the South Georgia Noles in 2011, are doing work for a second consecutive year. The Sting defeated the Florida Falcons 24-23 this past Saturday to cap an 8-0 season , their second in the GDFL.

The South Georgia Sting are Undefeated...again.

The Sting scored on plays by Blake Henderson, who hit Dominique Reid on a short route filled with YAC (Yards After Catch) resulting in a 67-yard TD reception, Darius Austell caught a 23-yard touchdown pass and the Sting capped it with a 7-yard Lanarius McKinley touchdown run. The Sting were 3-3 on two-point conversions in the victory.

The Sting clinched the 2012 Sunbelt Division Championship and are division champions for the second straight season in the GDFL. The GDFL playoffs begin August 25th and the Sting’s opponent has not be determined at this time.

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GDFL Week 11 Scores; Video of No.1 Central Penn Piranha Win

The Gridiron Developmental Football League regular season is winding down and teams are either preparing for the playoffs or the off-season. Here are some scores from around Week 11. The playoffs begin August 25th

Georgia Sting 24 Florida Falcons 23

Indianapolis Tornados 55 Clarksville Wolfpack 14

Derby City Thunder 18 Tennessee Central Xpress 0

Georgia Knights 24 Georgia Falcons 0

Central Penn Piranha 34 Hampton Road Redskins 8; Game recap with video

Chesapeake Swarm 22 DMV Enforcers 18

Georgia Canes 30 North Georgia Bulldogs 7

Louisiana Bayou Vipers 28 Delta Blaze 21