Georgia 6A Playoffs Move Into Quarterfinals; Updated Brackets

Georgia 6A Playoff brackets

Game Briefs:

J.J. Green raced 48-yards on the Wildcats first play of scrimmage for a touchdown to give Camden the early 7-0 lead. Green would later add another touchdown run for his 50th as a Camden County Wildcat, tying Brandon West for first in the schools all-time history. Green has scored 300 total points and is second behind Brandon West (304 points) by four points for most points scored in Camden County history. Antonio Wimbush added a  67-yard  punt return touchdown while Brice Ramsey tossed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Kalvarez Bessent in Camden’s 34-14 win over East Coweta. Bessent also added a touchdown run for the Wildcats. Camden County scored 20 unanswered points to open the second half to break open a tight game which was 14-7 at halftime. Camden will host Norcross in the quarterfinals next week.

Norcross’s Alvin Kamara ran for three touchdowns and piled up over 180 yards rushing as the Blue Devils defeated South Gwinnett for the second time this 2012 season 27-7 to advance to the quarterfinals against Camden County. Electric junior Myles Autry scored a touchdown via the run game for Norcross to open the scoring, the rest of the Norcross points were scored by Kamara. South Gwinnett’s touchdown came on a 5-yard pass from Jordan Ramsey to Bernard Robinson in the fourth quarter to avoid the shutout.

Lovejoy set the tone by taking a  7-0 lead after Arshard Jackson caught a touchdown pass on their way to a 36-15 win over Marietta. Marietta jumped on a Lovejoy mistake picking up a botched snap on a field goal attempt and Onterrio Lay returned it 60-plus yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, Marietta cashed in the two-point conversion and led for the only time 8-7. After that Lovejoy  ripped off 29 unanswered points before Marietta added a late touchdown and Lovejoye punched their ticket to the quarterfinals against North Gwinnett.  Lovejoy quarterback Alejandro Bennefield tossed 3 touchdown passes on the night and running back Travis Custis powered the Wildcat running game with 96 yards rushing on 23 carries and caught a touchdown pass. Jeff Murphy also had a touchdown reception and Brandon Davis returned an interceptions 105 yards for a touchdown for Lovejoy. Davis also has an 88-yard block field goal return and 90-yard interception return for a touchdown in the postseason. Marietta’s only offensive touchdown came in the fourth quarter when Anthony Jennings hit Tyree Harris on a 44-yard scoring pass. Lovejoy’s defense shutdown the explosive offensive attack of the Marietta Blue Devils all night recording multiple tackles for loss for in the game.

North Gwinnett took points however they could get them against a nationally-rated Grayson Ram defense to advance 28-10. North Gwinnett kicker Michael D’Angola kicked four field goals to give North Gwinnett a 12-3 lead into the third quarter. North Gwinnett’s defense would force four Grayson turnovers and the special teams would record a safety after a bad snap by Grayson. Dante Sawyer had a force fumble, recovered a fumble and had an interception for the Bulldogs defensively. Wideout Nate Brown tossed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Chad Scott for North Gwinnett’s only touchdown of the game on a reverse pass. Grayson’s Corey Schaffer caught a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter for the final margin.

Mill Creek’s Jacorey Lewis continued to pile up the yardage and touchdowns in his senior season. Lewis’ rushed for over 230 yards and with three touchdowns while Mill Creek scored touchdowns on their first eight possessions a 56-21 win over Brookwood. Brookwood defeated Mill Creek during the 2012 regular season 31-21. The 56 points given up by Brookwood were a school record. Mill Creek quarterback Daniel David passed for over 100 yards and a touchdown and rushed for three touchdowns on the night. Jamaal Cole led Brookwood with over 180 yards rushing and a touchdown.

Colquitt County survived a war with Newnan to adavance to the quarterfinals. John Boatwright scored on a 20-yard touchdown run with 1:38 remaining to lift Colquitt County to the 26-23 win. Colquitt County will travel to Parkview for the quarterfinals.

Parkview won its second consecutive overtime playoff game with a 26-23 win over West Forsyth. Justis Rosser, as he did last week, ended the game for Parkview with a 15-yard touchdown run to lift Parkview into the quarterfinals. Parkview quarterback Rob Youngblood passed for over 100 yards and hit Mac Marshall on a 37-yard touchdown pass for the visiting Panthers. The Panthers defense has been a staple of it all season coming form the rugged Region 8 held West Forsyth, who entered the game averaging 41.9 point per game, to only 23. Parkview will host Colquitt County in the quarterfinals.

North Cobb advanced to the quarterfinals behind the running of back J’Vonte Herrod who tallied five touchdowns on the evening for the Warriors in their 42-14 win over fourth-year program Langston Hughes. Latrell Gibbs returned a fumble on a kickoff 25-yards to account for the other North Cobb touchdown. Langston Hughes’ quarterback Kenny Moxey passed for two touchdowns hitting Keion Davis and Bingo Morton in the loss.

Allatoona Comeback Ends ML King Season

Allatoona got it started right off the bat with running back TJ Herron pounding it right at the ML King defense play after play on their first two drives of the game using ball control to keep the explosive ML King offense on the sidelines. On both possession ML King’s defense rose to the occasion both times forcing Allatoona’s Nate Shaw to kick field goals of 23 and 35 yards for a 6-0 Allatoona lead into the second quarter.

“We had the two big drives in the first half and only came away with 3 each time that was a little dagger (pointing to his chest)”, Allatoona head coach Gary Varner said

ML King’s offense would finally get it going behind third-string quarterback Roland Rivers. Rivers hit DJ Polite-Bray on a 30 yard touchdown pass with 2:18 left in the first half. Allatoona would block the extra point leaving the score ties at 6 apiece.

ML King would hold on defense and then strike right back when Rivers hit Rashad Oglesby for a 27-yard touchdown pass with :30 left in the half to give ML King a 12-6 lead and again a bad snap on the extra point led to Allatoona blocking the extra point and leaving the score 12-6 at halftime.

ML King kept it coming in the third quarter scoring on a 50-yard touchdown pass from Rivers to Donald Clark which was followed by a successful extra point for a 19-6 ML King lead. Allatoona, who came from two touchdowns behind in their opening playoff game win against Heritage-Conyers,  would not go away  Late in the third quarter Allatoona went back to work and scored on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Jeremy Uzee to Tommy Davis on the final play of the third quarter to pull Allatoona within 6 at 19-13 entering the fourth quarter. Allatoona converted on two fourth down plays on the drive, the latter the touchdown pass to Davis.

ML King’s explosive offense was done for the night as they could not move it enough but the defense was there holding Allatoona in check. However ML King offense could not grind out enough first downs and were forced to punt giving Allatoona the ball back with 3:45 left in the game on their own 27 yard line.

Facing a third-down and twelve Uzee hit Clarence Solberry for a 25-yard gain to midfield to keep the drive alive. Following that play on second down ML King appeared to have recovered a fumble, the officials gave them the ball but after a conference gave the ball back to Allatoona for a third-down and short which the Buccaneers would give it to TJ Herron for the first down and then call their final timeout. After the timeout Allatoona went for the home run ball and got it when Uzee went down the left sideline to Solberry who reeled in the pass and raced into the end zone from 38-yards out to give the Buccaneers the lead with 1:37 remaining 20-19.

“The coaches up top gave me a call down saying if we get the first down go for the stop go because they are starting to jump it really hard so we did and we hit it and the kids made a great throw and catch, sometimes you gotta be lucky”, Varner said on the play-calling late in the game.

ML King was not done as Rivers, making only his second start at quarterback in his career, hit Clark on a 27-yard completion to the Allatoona 46 and Allatoona was hit with a 15-yard personal foul penalty at the end of the play giving ML King the ball at the Allatoona 32. Rivers would hit Oglesby on a 9-yard pass play to the Buccaneers 23 and suddenly ML King was in business armed with all three timeouts and plenty of time. On the next play Rivers went for the end zone going to the left side throwing into double coverage, the pass was underthrown and intercepted by Allatoona’s Terrence Sykes inside the Allatoona 5. ML King’s defense again would hold Allatoona using all three timeouts to give the offense one last shot but ML King only had :07 and the final pass fell short to end the game and give Allatoona the 20-19 victory.

“Our guys showed a lot, they showed a lot of resolve. Their [ML King] quarterback played phenomenal and they took the lead and our kids just believed. It’s our second year in a row making it to the quarters so they kind of have a little bit of belief and this senior class is tough. Everyone has been telling them since we moved up in classification that they would never make it back so it meant a lot to them and they never stopped”, Varner added afterwards.

Uzee finished with 180 yards passing and two touchdowns while Herron rushed for 125 yards on 24 carries for Allatoona. Roland Rivers passed for 3 touchdowns and 220 yards. Neither team committed a turnover in the game.

Allatoona will travel to Whitewater in the quarterfinal round of the Georgia 5A playoffs next week while ML King will circle the wagons and get ready for next season which includes finding a new head coach. Michael Carson resigned one week before the season  and defensive back coach Rober Freeman was the teams interim head coach for the season, a season which ended 11-1 with a Region 6 championship but short of the state championship. It was the second consecutive season where ML King entered the playoffs with a banged up quarterback or had to play a backup quarterback in the playoffs.

Georgia 6A State Playoff Brackets After First Round

Georgia 6A Updated Brackets After 1st Round

Notes from the first round: Region 7 and Region 8 consisting of Gwinnett County  combined to go 7-1 in the first round. Region 8 was the only region that went 4-0 in the first round while Region 7 was 3-1.  Region 1 went 2-2 in the first round with Camden County and Colquitt County winning while Lowndes and Valdosta both lost. Region 5, headlined by No.1 Lassiter, went 0-4 in the first round and have no teams advancing to the second round. Lovejoy was the only Region 2 team to advance to the second round. Region 2 had two of the three teams in the playoffs that had losing records during the regular season (Rockdale County and Alcovy). Region 3 went 3-1 in the first round with only Tri-Cities being the only team that did not advance. Region 6 went 1-3 in the first round with only West Forsyth advancing. There were three shutouts in the first round and the most points scored in a game were 66 by West Forsyth.

Game Briefs:

Camden County’s Antonio Wimbush rushed for three touchdowns (17, 17 and 1 yards) and J.J. Green rushed for one for 73-yards. Hillgrove’s Evan Engram had two touchdown receptions of 65 and 85 yards respectively. Jacob Johnson, Tyler Rawls and Marcus Jordan each had touchdown runs and Grant Gabriel kicked a 27-yard field goal for Camden County.

Brookwood’s Brandon Morrow kicked a 32-yard field in overtime to beat No.1 Lassiter 24-21. Zach Moon tossed a 5-yard touchdown pass to Ky Priester with less than 10 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to force overtime.

Mill Creek’s Byrson King nailed a 25-yard field goal with less than 10 second remaining in the fourth quarter to beat Alpharetta 41-39. Mill Creek led 17-0 at one point in the second quarter. Jacorey Lewis rushed for over 300 yards and scored all five touchdowns for Mill Creek.

Grayson’s Wayne Gallman rushed for two touchdowns and caught another in Grayson’s 49-9 win over a much improved Wheeler team. Grayson rushed for over 400 yards as a team in the game.

North Gwinnett quarterbacks Michael Haynes (4) and Hayden Sphire (2) combined to throw for six touchdown passes in their 49-19 win over Johns Creek. Cam Lewis had a rushing touchdown for North Gwinnett.

Lovejoy allowed 13 points in their 51-13 win over Tri-Cities. It was the most points they had allowed in a game since September 14th in a 43-24 win over Alpharetta. Travis Custis scored four touchdowns and Brandon Davis returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown and a blocked field goal 88 yards for a touchdown. for Lovejoy. Tri-Cities entered the playoffs with a losing record despite high expectations for the season a veteran and highly recruited offensive line.

South Gwinnett led 27-7 at halftime before holing on to win over Milton 27-20. South Gwinnett rushed for three touchdowns and passed for another one.

Colquitt County’s Cole Segraves passed for over 350 yards with a touchdown pass and also rushed for one. John Boatwright also rushed for two touchdown and Bobby Hill had over 130 yards receiving in Colquitt’s 30-28 win over McEachern. Ty Griffin rushed for two touchdowns and Ty Clemons passed for another for McEachern. McEachern’s final drive ended when Ty Griffin was intercepted by Colquitt’s Bull Barge who ran out the clock.

Parkview’s Justis Rosser rushed for game winning touchdown in the second overtime to give Parkview the 20-17 win over Walton. Rosser also had a 50-yard touchdown run and Shaq Vereen had a rushing touchdown. Walton standout running back Tyren Jones did not play due to a knee injury suffered late in the regular season.

Marietta and Lowndes were tied at 3 at the end of the first quarter before Marietta pulled away and then hung on for the 30-27 win. Anthony Jennings passed for three touchdowns including one for 92 yards and rushed for one from 88 yards out. Tiquan Lang returned a kickoff for a touchdown and rushed for another one. Ahmad Brown also had a rushing touchdown for Lowndes.

Norcross  quarterback Joseph Wilbur tossed three touchdowns to Myles Autry, Alvin Kamara and Trey Smith in Norcross’ 34-7 win over Chattahoocee. Kamara also rushed for two touchdowns. Chattahoocee’s only touchdown was scored by the defense when they recovered a fumble in the end zone in the second half. Norcross will meet South Gwinnett in the second round, they defeated South Gwinnett 35-20 in the season opener.

Langston Hughes picked up their first ever playoff win in their first ever playoff game in the schools four-year history beating one of the three teams in the 6A playoffs that had a losing record during the regular season in Rockdale County 37-7. Rockdale County entered the playoffs with only 3 wins during the regular season.

Newnan recorded its second shutout of the season with a 38-0 win over Alcocy. Kelvin Khayyam had two rushing touchdowns and Byrant Bailey passed for a touchdown for Newnan. Alcovy was one of three teams in the 6A playoffs that had a losing record. Alcovy lost their final two games by a combined score of 94-0 (loss to Lovejoy 56-0 in the regular season finale)

East Coweta defeated Newton 25-20 to advance to the second round. Dee Godfrey had three rushing touchdowns and an interception for East Coweta.

West Forysth defeated Collins Hill in an offensive showcase 66-41.

Norcross Powers Past McEachern Behind Diamond DeShields

The last time the McEachern Indians (0-1) lost a game it was in the 2010 state championship game to the Norcross Blue Devils (1-0). Carrying a 33 games winning streak, including two wins over Norcross and one state championship into the season opener, the Indians streak was halted by Norcross in a 57-41 loss.

McEachern ran out a brand new starting five after losing four players to D1 schools and with that they lost a lot of height-only one player on the McEachern roster is listed at 6-feet or taller. The Indians used their speed, quickness and long ball shooting to erase an early 6-0 hole to lead 11-10 at the end of the first quarter. The Indians would continue to scrap in the second quarter before Norcross flexed its muscle closing the half on a 13-0 run in the final 3 minutes to take a 28-18 halftime lead.

Norcross would continue to pour it own right out the gate in the second half  using an 8-2 run to expand their lead to 39-23 with only three and a half minutes gone by in the third quarter. Later in third Norcross’ Diamond DeShields would add a play for the highlight film as she stole an errant pass near mid-court, fell down while keeping her dribble, got up and drained a three-pointer from the top of the key that would seize all of the momentum for the Lady Blue Devils and put them up 17 points.

The ink may not have fully dried yet after signing her letter-of-intent to hoop at the University of North Carolina earlier in the day before Diamond DeShields started the season off with a bang finishing with 28 points and 18 rebounds. DeShields would nail her fourth three-pointer of the night for her 26th point matching the full scoring output by McEachern to give the Lady Blue Devils a 49-26 lead at one point in the fourth quarter.

Shayla Cooper who signed with Georgetown earlier in the day, tallied 14 points and was -8 from the foul line for the Lady Blue Devils.

It was not pretty as Norcross committed 25 turnovers and blew several  easy shots close to the hoop yet overall head coach Angie Hembree was pleased with her team’s effort.

“There are a lot of things we need to improve on, I could find something in just about every facet of the game but the kids played very hard”, Hembree said.

For McEachern it’s back to the drawing board.

“As horrible as we looked tonight, we won’t look this bad again and were going back to work tomorrow. We have to find out who wants to play and who wants to sit”, McEachern head coach Phyllis Arthur said

Te’a Cooper led the Lady Indians with 11 points while Jada Lewis and Kierra Finley added 8 points apiece.

Georgia Class 6A State Playoff Bracket

Georgia 6A Playoffs

The Georgia High School Football 2012 state playoffs begin this Friday. Here is a look at the Class 6A (AAAAAA) bracket. Lassiter, Camden County, Grayson and North Gwinnett are all ranked nationally in various polls. The higher seed host, if there are two equal seeds meeting int he quarterfinals the host is determined by coin flip. The Championship game will be played at the Georgia Dome with the team coming from the right side of the bracket being the “home” team.


Georgia 5A And 4A State Playoff Brackets

Georgia 5A playoff Bracket

Here are the Georgia 5A (AAAAA) and 4A (AAAA) brackets for the state playoffs that will begin this Friday. Northside-Warner Robins is ranked nationally by some polls. Tucker is the defending (4A) champion with many of those teams bumped up to 5A during Georgia’s reclassification before this season.

Georgia 4A Playoff Bracket

There are no teams in Georgia Class 4A (AAAA) that are ranked in any national polls. Sandy Creek is ranked as the No.1 team in Class 4A in the state of Georgia.

Clarke Central Tops Cedar Shoals In Classic City Rivalry

The Clarke Central Gladiators (5-5) were assured of a playoff spot no matter the outcome when they entered Waters-Wilkins Stadium at Cedar Shoals High School last night to face their crosstown rival the Cedar Shoals Jaguars (4-6). That was the last thing on their mind as they knew they could not lose to the Jaguars were playing for only pride and bragging rights as they had been eliminated a week earlier from the playoffs.

Cedar Shoals started out the game playing like they wanted to send the Glad into the playoffs with a losing record while at least finishing .500 as the defense held on Central’s first possession. The Jags came right down the field scoring on a 4-yard touchdown run by Brandon Whitehead-a tight end by trade who had to play running back due to injuries to the leading rusher Adrian Washington, and the Jaguars had an early 7-0 lead.

The Gladiators would answer that drive by driving themselves for a score to knot the game at 7 after a 5-yard touchdown pass from Cameron Johnson to Denzel Maxey capping a 12-play 56-yard drive with 1:08  left in the first quarter.

After the Gladiators held the Jags on a fourth down on their next possession they went 75 yards in 8 plays scoring on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Cameron Johnson to Amir Williams to take a 14-7 lead with 7:11 left int he fourth quarter. Cedar Shoals would move it again on their next drive before Brandon Whitehead fumbled and the Glad recovered and the first half ended 14-7 with the Glad leading.

Cedar Shoals would strike first int he second half after Central was forced to kick again after a punt that would have had the Jags pinned inside their own 20 at the 19, instead on the second attempt the Glad decided to fake it and it failed giving Cedar the ball on the Central 48. Darius Jordan would lead the Cedar offense again directly to the end zone on just 3 plays. After a 32-yard run by Jordan he would hit Chris Middlebrooks on a 15-yard fade pattern in the right corner to pull the Jags to within one at 14-13 after the extra point was blocked.

Central again would come right back and answer with a 5-play 61-yard drive capped with another Cameron Johnson touchdown pass and he found Amir Williams again from 32-yards out and a 21-13 Gladiator lead going in to the fourth quarter.

Central would tack on another touchdown with Jelani Payne scoring on the ground from a yard out to stretch the lead to 28-13 with 8:41 left in the contest. Cedar Shoals would not go away however. After Jordan fumbled it away on their next possession, the defense held and Cedar would use it to score when Jordan found Middlebrooks again from 30-yards out to pull the Jags to within eight points, 28-20, with 2:28 left.

Clarke Central was unable to move it and had to punt it back to Cedar Shoals with 1:17 remaining and 70 yards and a two-point conversion away from tying the game. The drive started good with Jordan hitting Quentin Hall for 12 yards on the first play but personnel issues caused clock management problems after that and the Jags would fall short for the fifth consecutive time to Clarke Central.

Cameron Johnson finished 9-14 158 yards passing with 3 touchdowns, Amir Williams had 75 yards and two touchdown receptions, while Jelani Payne went for 110 yards on the ground for Clarke Central.

Darius Jordan finished 11-18 170 yards two touchdowns and an interception passing, Brandon Whitehead was a yard shy of a hundred-yard rushing for 99-yards and a touchdown while Chris Middlebrooks had four receptions for 95 yards and two touchdowns.

Clarke Central will travel to East Paulding (10-0) next week in the first round of the state playoffs.

Colquitt County Knocks Camden County Out Of The National Title Conversation

The Camden County Wildcats had plenty to play for despite what many felt inside the state of Georgia. The Wildcats were the Region 1-6A champions in their first year in the rugged region consisting of South Georgia teams from Moultrie all the way to the coastal Georgia town of Kingsland. The Wildcats from Kingsland entered their regular season finale against the Colquitt County Packers-the last team to beat Camden County, ranked in the Top 10 of several national polls and even as high as No.2 in some polls meaning they had a true shot at winning the “national championship”.

Thoughts of winning that were dashed after a 13-12 lost to Colquitt County. Colquitt County has played arguably the toughest schedule out of the 412 football-playing school in the deep state of Georgia and caught some L’s along the way but few outside of Molutrie gave them a shot against the explosive Camden squad.

Camden took a 6-0 lead on a Brice Ramsey to Conner Lockhart touchdown pass, the extra point was no good sailing wide right with 2:28 remaining in the first half. For most of the game it was punts and turnovers by each team to go with outstanding defensive play.  Each team finished with 3 turnovers apiece but Ramsey’s fumble in the red zone in the third quarter may have been the biggest of them all. Colquitt missed to field goals in the game as well.

Something had to give in the middle of the fourth quarter and it did when Colquitt quarterback Cole Seagraves-the star of last season’s quarterfinal win over Camden at Camden, broke free and raced 70 yards for a touchdown on third down and two to give the Packers a 7-6 lead. Camden would not blink as Chris Williams raced 69 yards for a touchdown on the next Camden offensive play to give the wildcats a 12-7 lead with 5:32 left int he game.

Colquitt would show they were up to the task going 14 plays 80 yards to take the lead 13-12 on a 2-yard touchdown run by John Boatwright with 1:03 left. Camden was called for pass interference that kept the drive alive.

The lethal Wing-T offense that Camden runs would have to resort to the pass, something they are a little more comfortable doing this season with Georgia commit Brice Ramsey than in previous years. Facing third down and sixteen Ramsey would appear to hit Kalaverez Bessent for an 18-yard gain to the Colquitt 20 yard line yet the pass was ruled incomplete bringing up fourth down on the Colquitt 38. Camden’s offense stayed on the field for the moment before racing the field goal unit on to let Grant Gabriel try a 55-yarder from the left hash, the kick had enough leg but was ruled no goal wide left and sent the Colquitt team and their faithful fans screaming for joy.

The loss does nothing to halt the state championship hopes of the Camden County Wildcats. Colquitt County (7-3) will travel to face McEachern (8-2) in the first round of the state playoffs while Camden County (9-1) will host Hillgrove (6-4). Hillgrove defeated Camden County at Camden County in the second round of the state 2010 state playoffs 28-26.

Sandy Creek, ML King and Camden County Bring Home Region Championships

At this point if the season region championships are crowned, teams are still looking to improve for the playoffs, messages are being sent as the playoffs near while some programs are just looking to get ready for next season. For the Sandy Creek Patriots (9-0; 6-0) they wrapped up their fifth consecutive region championship, winning region 5-4A,  with a 30-7 win over Carrollton (6-3; 5-1).

The Patriots and Trojans played to a scoreless tie through the first quarter however a bad snap from Carrollton went over the punters head and he kicked it out of the end zone for a safety on the first play of the second quarter and Sandy Creek led 2-0 early in the second.

The Carrollton defense held after the free kick  and then Patriots defense held giving the ball back to the Sandy Creek offense. Sophomore running back Eric Swinney finished a 11-play 81-drive with a 2-yard touchdown run for a 9-0 Sandy Creek lead with 3:50 left in the second quarter. Standout wide receiver Demarre Kitt’s 44-yard reception was the big play on that drive for the Patriots. Another special teams mistake would cost Carrollton as Sandy Creek got a great rush and forced the punter to eat it at their own 8 yard line. Sandy Creek would cash it in again scoring on an 8-yard touchdown scramble by the quarterback Cole Garvin, Garvin avoided several defenders after the pass protection broke down to run in for the score and Sandy Creek led 16-0 at the half.

Sandy Creek would strike again in the third quarter scoring on their opening drive on a Delvin Weems-another “Solid Sophomore” running back, 2-yard touchdown run capping an 11-play 52-yard drive pushing the Sandy Creek lead out to 23-0 with 8:59 left in the third.

Sandy Creek WR Demarre Kitt displayed excellent down-field blocking to go with 60 yards receiving in 30-7 win over Carrollton.

“They best thing about this team is a lot of players will be back next season”, Sandy Creek head coach Chip Walker said afterwards. ” Our offensivie line is what opens the holes for our young backs”, Walker added.

Highly recruited Shaq Wiggins’ second interception of the season set up Delvin Weems to break the game open. Weems would seal the deal for Sandy Creek racing 75-yards for an electric touchdown run on the following Patriot possession in the third quarter for a 30-0 Sandy Creek advantage. Weems finished with 96 yards on 6 carries and 2 touchdowns. Sandy Creek tallied 285 yards of offense with 198 of those coming on the ground. Eric Swinney ran for 75 hard fought yards on 17 carries and a touchdown while Demarre Kitt was the leading receiver with 3 receptions 60 yards. The top Junior in the state, by many, Chris Williams finished with 6 tackles on the night for Sandy Creek.

Carrollton would crack the scoreboard in the fourth quarter during a running clock when Malik Sheppard returned a punt 53-yards for a touchdown and the final margin of 30-7 in the favor of Sandy Creek. Sandy Creek will face Columbus (0-9) to close the regular season next week while Carrollton will travel to LaGrange (5-4).

ML King (9-0; 8-0) secured the Region 6-5A championship with a hard-fought 24-17 win over Tucker (7-2; 6-2). Monquavious Johnson passed for 188 yards passing and three touchdowns. Demarquis Polite-Bray had two touchdown receptions and Romello Shumake caught another for ML King. Tucker quarterback Juwaan Williams had a touchdown run and pass for the Tigers. 

ML King will face Miller Grove next week to close the regular season. Miller Grover beat Stephenson and played Tucker tough so it will not be an easy task.

Camden County won the Region 1-6A championship in their first season with a 24-7 win on the road at Lowndes. Lowndes scored their only points on their opening drive of the game going 7-plays 80-yards with Ahman Brown scoring on a 11-yard touchdown run for an early 7-0 lead.

Camden scored on a 1-yard touchdown runs from  J.J. Green late in the first quarter capping a 45-yard drive to even the game at 7-7. Grant Gabriel added a 45-yard field goal just before halftime for a 10-7 Camden lead.

J.J. Green got the second half started off in typical J.J. Green fashion returning the opening kickoff 68-yards giving the Wildcats excellent field position at the Lowndes 27. Seven plays and 27 yards later sophomore Antonio Wimbush scored from 2 yards out and Camden was up 17-7.

Late in the fourth quarter Brice Ramsey hooked up with Conner Lockhart on a 72-yard touchdown pass that gave Camden the 24-7 lead with 2:37. Ramsey was 6-10 132 1 TD through the air for a Camden offense which finished with more passing yards (132) than rushing yards (83) for the first time this season. Kashaun Hutchinson, Anthony Johnson, Travis Johnson, Jarred Davis and Antonio Wimbush  led the Wildcats defense which held Lowndes to less than 125 yards of total offense. Raphael Hardee Jr. and Chris Bahr each recorded a sack.

Camden will go on the road next week to close the regular season at Colquitt County (6-3; 3-2). In their only meeting last season in the state playoffs Colquitt won 32-31 after converting a two-point conversion with less than a minute remaining in the game for the win. Colquitt County defeated Coffee County 29-7 on Friday night.

Cedar Shoals Erases Bad Taste With Win Over Salem

Losing to a team that had not won a game in their last 31 is a hard pill to digest, frankly nobody wants to be the team that losses to such team however that was the hand that Cedar Shoals was dealt after losing to Winder-Barrow last week. For their effort and win Winder-Barrow was name by some in the state as the “team of the week”. A wounded Jags squad went on the road and knocked off Salem 17-14.

Cedar Shoals (4-5; 2-5) quarterback Darius Jordan-son of former Clemson National Championship winning quarterback Homer Jordan, knew it was on him with solid running back Adrian Washington nursing a high ankle sprain. Jordan was 15-20 for 184 yards and tossed two touchdown passes, one to Chris Middlebrooks and one to Quentin Hall in a 17-14 win over Salem.

Zak Hubery sealed the win for the Jaguars nailing a go-ahead field goal for the 17-14 Cedar Shoals win. The win snapped a 3-game losing streak for the Jaguars. Cedar’s last win was a 28-26 win over Loganville (3-6; 2-5) who knocked off Gainesville (GA) (7-2; 6-1) 46-41 on Friday night. Cedar Shoals is still out of the playoffs but will host crosstown rival Clarke Central (4-5; 4-3)  next Friday to close the regular season. Anything can happen when rivals meet.