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.
“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.