Broadwater, Tucker rush past Lovejoy

Chris Broadwater has broad shoulders but it  was his legs that again powered the Tucker Tigers past Lovejoy in a key region 2-6A game in Georgia. Broadwater rushed for over 150 yards and four touchdowns as the Tigers victory pulled Tucker into a three-way tie for first in the region with Lovejoy and Newton. Newton as of Friday night has the head up for first place with one game remaining in the regular season.

Tucker (6-3; 3-1) jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first half after Broadwater touchdowns of 24, 21 and 5 yards. Lovejoy gained momentum as the first half ended. Santo Dunn returned a kickoff 56 yards and caught a 29-yard pass to the Tucker five setting up a 5-yard touchdown run by quarterback Trevaro Hardy for a 21-7 halftime score.

Dunn continued to impact the game stripping Chase Tyson of the ball on a punt return, Dunn returned it 32 yards for a touchdown in the opening moments of the third quarter to pull Lovejoy within seven, 21-14. Broadwater and Tucker answered right back as Broadwater finished the Tigers ensuing drive with a 17-yard touchdown run to put the Tiger up 28-14.

The youthful Lovejoy (4-5; 3-1) team would respond as Hardy hit junior Malik Route on a screen, Route did the rest racing 58 yards for a touchdown to again pull Lovejoy within seven at 28-21 late in the third.

As the third quarter ended Tucker drove deep in to Lovejoy territory but faced a fourth down as the fourth quarter opened. The Tigers leaned on dependable kicker Adam Lippy and the junior delivered with a 31-yard field goal on the opening play of the fourth quarter to put Tucker again 31-21, that held as the final points in the 31-21 Tucker victory.

Tucker will close the regular season next week against Lakeside-Dekalb while Lovejoy will face Alcovy. Newton will take on win-less Rockdale and a shot to lock up the region 2-6A championship to close its regular season. Newton defeated Tucker but lost to Lovejoy during region play this season and therefore hold the tiebreaker going into next week.

Hoover’s 31 straight points powers win over North Marion

The Hoover Bucs entered their out of state contest with North Marion (FL) with plenty on the line. The Bucs picked up eight points towards the tiebreaker and will finish as the Region 3 runner-up after a 38-14 victory over the visiting Colts.

North Marion got it started early on a 66 -yard touchdown pass from  Caleb Seiler to Freddie Swain for a quick 7-0 lead in the first quarter. From there Hoover used short fields, a strong running game with timely passing and third down conversions to to rip off 31 unanswered points to close the first half with a 31-7 halftime lead. Quarterback Chris Vacarella rushed for two touchdowns,  CJ Sturdivant and Vonte Brackett scored on rushing touchdowns and Barret Pickering added a 27-yard field goal during Hoover’s explosion.

After a stagnant first  half after the opening touchdown, the Colts offense came to live on their second possession of the third quarter by going 98 yards in 15 plays scoring on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Seiler to Swain to pull within 31-14 but would get no closer. Hoover added another rushing touchdown from Gailen Richardson early in the fourth quarter for the final 38-14 margin.

North Marion (8-1; 2-0) was lead by Justin Watkins 134 yards rushing on 25 totes while Swain finished with five receptions for 87 yards and two touchdowns receiving.

Vonte Brackett finished with 77 yards rushing (71 in the first half) and Vacarella was 10-of-18 for 122 yards passing without a touchdown or interception.

Hoover was able to use the field position game to it’s advantage and went 6-of-7 in the red zone, a missed field goal on their third possession of the game was the only time the Buccaneers did not score int he red zone. North Marion was unable to convert on third downs throughout the night finishing 1-of-14.

Hoover will begin the Alabama 7A playoffs next Friday while North Marion will host Lake Weir to close their regular season in Florida before hosting the first round if the 5A Florida playoffs on November 13th.

TSC to carry North Marion at Hoover contest

Total Sports Coverage continues to strive towards providing you with high school football from across the southeastern United States. We are pleased to announce that we will have our traditional live audio only broadcast for the North Marion (FL) Colts against the Hoover (GA) Buccaneers on tonight Thursday October 29th.

This will feature our first game in the state of Alabama and our first game featuring teams from Alabama and Florida. In our seventh season, Total Sports Coverage continues to apply its mission statement…” Our quest is to bring premium sports broadcast to the internet covering the sports landscape that normally would not receive optimum coverage.”

North Marion will be playing its first-ever varsity football game outside of the state of Florida. Prior to this season, North Marion rarely played outside of the north central Florida area. The Colts opened their season at Blanche Ely (Pompano Beach, FL) marking the farthest south the Colts had ever played a varsity football game. North Marion is 8-0; 2-0, 2015 District 6-5A champions and have made the playoffs the last 16 seasons, the last two under second-year head coach Stephen Field.

Hoover is nationally known and respected. Despite limping in to the contest winners of only 2 of its last 4, the Buccaneers are 7-2 and currently in a three-way tie for the runner-up spot in Region 3, which carries a first round home playoff game. Hoover has faced a team from Florida this season defeating 8A Manatee 42-21.

Our live broadcast coverage will begin at 7pm central time with kickoff following at 7:30pm. Catch all of the action here via your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

Bulldoggs Rally By Jaguars In Fourth Quarter

The Winder-Barrow Bulldoggs scored 20 unanswered points-all in the fourth quarter, to defeat region foe Cedar Shoals (1-6; 1-5) 35-20 Friday night.

Despite five takeaways (3 fumbles and 2 interceptions) Cedar Shoals was only able to score seven points off those Winder-Barrow turnovers and it was their late turnover that allowed Winder-Barrow (4-3; 4-2) to walk away with the victory.

Trailing 25-23 with just over three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter Winder-Barrow quarterback Brock Landis was intercepted on fourth down by Tyreik Sims. Sims returned the interception 94 yards to the Winder-Barrow four-yard line, however Cedar Shoals was flagged for an illegal block bringing the ball back to the Cedar two-yard line.

Two players later Winder-Barrow recovered a Jephari Colbert fumble. On third and goal from the one CeCe Green scored his third touchdown of the night giving Winder-Barrow their first lead of the game 30-25 with 1:01 remaining.

CeCe Green returned from injury to score three touchdowns Friday
CeCe Green returned from injury to score three touchdowns Friday

Green was seeing his first action in almost a month after suffering a knee injury against Loganville in mid-September. The Bulldogs knocked the Jaguars Hail Mary pass to seal the game a few plays later.

Cedar Shoals lead 19-10 at halftime behind two Greg Smith rushing touchdowns and a Jaivanni McDavid rushing touchdown. The Jaguars extended their lead to 25-10 after a third quarter rushing touchdown by quarterback Aakeem Glenn. Winder-Barrow closed the third quarter driving and opened the fourth quarter with a Landis to Ray Evans 10-yard touchdown pass to spark the comeback.

Bulldoggs seek third straight win; eye playoff spot

The Winder-Barrow Bulldoggs football program has more than a heartbeat, it has life and continues to pick up steam under second-year head coach Heath Webb. Webb and his Bulldoggs (3-3; 3-2) travel to region foe Cedar Shoals (1-5; 1-4) tonight looking to stay in the playoff hunt in region 8-5A. Winder-Barrow is seeking to make the playoffs in back-to-back season for the first time since the 1992 and 1993 seasons.

The “double G” Bulldoggs headliner is running back CC Green. Green has missed the last two games due to injury and his status for tonight is basically a game time decision. Green leads Winder-Barrow in rushing with 678 yards and five touchdowns in three and-a-half games. With Green being out the Bulldoggs have turned to quarterback Brock Landis to pick up the slack. The mobile Landis has passed for over 300 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for five touchdowns since getting the majority of the action in victories over Salem and Flowery Branch.

Cedar Shoals ended their longest losing streak in school history with a region win over Heritage-Conyers earlier this month. The Jaguars are a heavy sophomore and junior-laden team that will continue to lean on athletes Ryan Huff and Greg Smith. Running back Jerphari Colbert and  defensive end/tight end Stavion Stevenson have also been impact players for the Jaguars this season.

Total Sports Coverage will have the live broadcast of this contest beginning at 7:20 pm et.

Langston Hughes Moves Into First Place In Region 3-6A

The Langston Hughes Panthers won their third straight contest defeating previously undefeated East Coweta 29-21 Friday night.

Langston Hughes broke open a 7-7 halftime game in the second half by scoring 22 unanswered points on their first three possessions of the half.

Isaiah Green capped an 80-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run on the Panthers opening second half possession. Green then hit Rashad Burch for a 24-yard touchdown pass to cap a 53-yard drive followed by a 31-yard touchdown run by Demetrius Whitmore early in the fourth quarter to put the Panthers up 29-7.

Whitmore finished with two rushing touchdowns.

East Coweta would attempt to rally behind sophomore backup quarterback Christian Reid. Reid entered the game midway through the fourth quarter when starting quarterback Will LaGuardia was sacked by Jac’quez Walker and suffered a head injury, LaGuardia would not return. Langston Hughes was assessed a personal foul on the play and two plays later after another personal foul on Hughes, Reid raced untouched 28 yards for a touchdown to pull East Coweta closer at 29-14.

The Indians would force Langston Hughes into a three-and-out with 6:16 remaining but were unable to move the ball punting it back to Langston Hughes with just over fives minutes remaining. East Coweta would not close up shop however as they forced the Panthers to punt again and this time capped their drive with a 40-yard touchdown pass from Reid to Justin Crump for the final 29-21 margin.

Whitmore scored on a 2-yard touchdown run after a Jeffery Allison interception set up Langston Hughes with a first-and-goal from the East Coweta seven. Whitmore scored two plays later with less than two minutes gone by in the opening quarter. East Coweta evened the game on a 2-yard touchdown run by quarterback Will LaGuardia with less than four minutes remaining in the second quarter. Each team failed on field goals attempts, Langston Hughes due to a bad snap while East Coweta’s attempt fell just short of the crossbar as time expired in the first half.

Langston Hughes (3-3; 3-0) took sole possession of first place in region 3-6A and are the only undefeated team in region play after Westlake defeated Newnan 41-21. Hughes will host South Cobb on October16th before traveling to Westlake on October 23rd. East Coweta (5-1; 2-1) will host Pebblebrook on October 16th.

Jaguars Break Losing Streak

Cedar Shoals has been searching for a win for quite a while, 15 games to be exact. The previous 14 games, including the school’s first-ever winless season in 2014, came under the watch of head coach Scott Wilkins.

Wilkins, in his second term as head coach of the Jaguars, coaches in a stadium which bears his name; Waters-Wilkins Stadium and is the all-time winningest head coach in the 40-plus year history of the school. Wilkins was 106-50-1 when he departed the program in 2007 after going 9-2. John Waters won 102 games in his 14 seasons as head coach of the Jaguars.

Cedar Shoals snapped the streak with a 20-3 victory over Heritage-Conyers Friday night on homecoming, giving Wilkins his 107th win as a head coach, all at Cedar Shoals.

“It feels great, I didn’t think it would take this long, 15 games but it’s better than 16 games,” Wilkins said

Quarterback Greg Smith’s rushing touchdown allowed the Jaguars to lead 6-3 at halftime. Jerphari Colbert added two touchdown runs in the second half for the final 20-3 margin.

“I’m excited for our players. They’ve been through a rough stretch and they are staying the course, they are seeking to restore the tradition that is Cedar Shoals football and I’m happy to be apart of it,” Wilkins said. That tradition includes a Class 4A (highest class in Georgia at the time) runner-up finish in 1995 to Josey.

Cedar Shoals (1-4; 1-3) will look to win its second straight game since  on the road against region foe Loganville. Heritage-Conyers (0-5; 0-4) will travel to region 8-5A leader Lanier (5-0; 4-0) next week. Lanier was off this past week.

Spartanburg Deals Byrnes First Loss

The meeting of rivals and top two teams in 4A South Carolina could not wait until it’s traditional Friday night. Due to concern of bad weather the schools agreed to move the game to Thursday Night. Top-ranked Spartanburg scored on their opening possession capping a 56-yard drive with an 8-yard Austin Scott to Pops Wilson touchdown pass. Byrnes answered on the ensuing possession. After a pass interference on the Vikings on fourth down, Micah Young scored from a yard out tying the game at 7.

The score remained 7-7 after a second quarter featuring multiple defensive stops and Spartanburg missing a field goal.

Tavien Feaster scored on an 11-yard touchdown run finishing the Vikings second-half opening possession for a 14-7 lead. Byrnes (5-1) failed on a fake punt when punter Thomas Cook was tackled while trying to pass. Spartanburg (6-0) added a 27-yard Will Lawson field goal to lead 17-7 later in the third quarter which stood for the final margin.

Feaster finished with 193 all-purpose yards (127 rush) while Scott finished 12-21 156 yards a touchdown and interception. Wilson and Tavaris Scott each recorded 50 yards receiving.

Micah Young spend most of game getting off the wet field after multiple sacks from the Vikings defensive unit combined for over six sacks in the game. When Young was able to pass he was efficient,  finishing 10-15 164 yards no touchdown or interceptions . Chavis Dawkins had 63 yards receiving while young sophomore Quez Mayes rushed for 43 yards- Spartanburg held Byrnes to 32 rushing yards.