Fleming Lifts Cedar Shoals To Tournament Championship

Cedar Shoals defeated Morgan County 61-59 to win the 2015 Sweet South Tournament in Madison, GA. Tournament MVP Phlan Fleming scored the game-winning field goal with one second remaining to lift the Jaguars to the victory.

Fleming finished with a season-high 27 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. AJ Jones tallied 11 while Snipe Hall chipped in 10 in the victory.

“These last two games (Phlan) has been playing on that D-1 level,” Jaguars head coach L’Dreco Thomas said.

Fleming led Cedar Shoals with 22 points in a 48-44 victory over 1A-Private No.2 Southwest Atlanta Christian in the second game of the tournament. Fleming drew the defensive assignment of covering highly-touted De’Andre Ballard and held the explosive junior to three points in the first half, Ballard finished with 21 points.

Fleming averaged 20.3 points and 6.3 rebounds over the tournament and is beginning to show signs of becoming a very good two-way player for the Jaguars.

Winning the Sweet South tournament championship capped a thrilling week for Cedar Shoals head coach L’Dreco Thomas as his 100th career victory came in the tournament opener over Strom Thurmond (SC)- the Jaguars lone out-of-state opponent this season.

“100 was a miletone. Makes me remember all the kids I’ve coached, they laid a great foundation,” Thomas said. “We beat two good teams this week and won a championship in a championship atmosphere. I hope that helps us down the stretch.”

Cedar Shoals (14-2) returns to action Friday January 8th against region foe Salem.

McEachern Finishes Fourth At Sandra Meadows Classic

The McEachern Lady Indians (6-7) post a 3-2 record for a in fourth place at the 2015 Sandra Meadows Classic in Duncanville, TX this week.

McEachern defeated Richardson (TX) in the opener as Jada Lewis scored 11 of her game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter. McEachern outscored Richardson 23-8 in the fourth quarter enroute to the 67-49 victory. Chanel Wilson scored 12, Que Morrison finished with 10 and Lyndsey Whilby chipped in 8 points in the victory.

Day 2 of the event featured the doubleheader portion of the event. The Lady Indians remained in the winners bracket with a 80-33 rout of Briarcrest Christian (TN). McEachern broke the game open early with a 22-0 run in the first quarter.

Jada Lewis led all scorers with 20 points. Lewis scored 13 of her 20 points in the first quarter as McEachern outscored Briarwood Christian 38-6. Chanel Wilson and Victoria Agyin tallied 12 apiece and Que Morrison chipped in 10.

McEachern hit the floor hours later against Argyle Liberty Christian (TX) and came away with a hard fought 65-57 victory to advance to the semifinals. Lyndsey Whilby’s 18 points led McEachern. Chanel Wilson put in 16, Jada Lewis 12 and Tierra Lindsey finished with 10.

Phyllis Arthur continues to schedule nationally for Lady Indians

“We shot the ball well and we ran them, ” Arthur said. “I just hope we have enough steam for tomorrow.”

In the semifinals on Day 3 the action started at 9am for the Lady Indians as they took on their fourth nationally ranked team of the season in No.13 Blackman (TN). Highly-touted UConn signee Crystal Dangerfield scored 25 points as Blackman held off McEachern 64-62.

Jazz Bond scored 7 of her 11 points in the third quarter as the Lady Blaze erased a three-point halftime deficit.  Lewis scored 19, Morrison 15, Wilson 11 and Lindsey 10 in the loss that put the Lady Indians in the third place game against Plano-West, who lost to host and No.6 Duncanville, TX in the semifinals.

“Yes, Blackman is tough,” Arthur stated.

Plano West (TX) used an 18-point fourth quarter to prevail in the low scoring affair with a 47-36 victory. Natalie Chou led Pano West with 15 points while Callie Owens and Morgann Yancey each finished with 10 points. Chou, Owens and Yancey combined to score 12 of the 18 points in the fourth quarter for Plano West. Jada Lewis again led McEachern with 12 points and Que Morrison scored 10 in the loss.

Duncanville defeated Blackman in the finals 64-43 to win the event championship.

McEachern will return to action in a rare home game against Osborne in region action Saturday.

McEachern has losses to nationally ranked Riverdale Baptist (MD), Paul VI (MD) and Blackman (TN) this season. Hopkins (MN) was nationally ranked when they defeated McEachern at that time however despite a current 7-game winning streak are now unranked nationally.




McEachern Advances In Winners Bracket

The Lady Indians dominated from the opening tap as they used a 22-0 run in the first quarter on its way to a 80-33 rout over Briarcrest Christian (TN) in their first game on Tuesday.

Jada Lewis led all scorers with 20 points, Chanel Wilson and Victoria Agyin tallied 12 apiece and Que Morrison chipped in 10. Lewis scored 13 of her 20 points in the first quarter as McEachern outscored Briarwood Christian 38-6.

McEachern (5-5) will hit the floor again at 7pm et as they take on Argyle Liberty Christian in the winners bracket of the Sandra Meadows Classic.


McEachern Wins Classic Opener

Jada Lewis scored 11 of her game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter as McEachern outscored Richardson 23-8 on their way to the 67-49 victory in the Sandra Meadows Classic in Duncanville, TX.

Chanel Wilson scored 12, Que Morrison finished with 10 and Lyndsey Whilby chipped in 8 points for McEachern.

The victory snapped the Lady Indians 2-game losing streak overall and 4-game national classic losing streak. McEachern has losses to top five nationally ranked Riverdale Baptist (MD) and Paul VI (MD) while Hopkins (MN) and Minnetonka (MN) are ranked No.1 and No.2 respectively in Minnesota.

McEachern (4-5) will face Briarcrest (TN) (3-3) at 1pm et Tuesday

Nationally ranked Blackman (TN) and Duncanville (TX) are in the Sandra Meadows Classic field.



Cedar Shoals Wins Thomas’ 100th Game

Cedar Shoals (12-2) defeated Strom Thurmond (SC) 67-43 in the Sweet South Classic in Madison, Ga. Cedar Shoals broke open a six-point game at halftime outscoring Strom Thurmond 19-4 in the third quarter.

Snipe Hall put in 15 points while Phal Fleming finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds.

The Jaguars win earned head coach L’Dreco Thomas his 100th victory. Thomas, in his sixth season, has won two region championships and reached the Final Four last season. Cedar Shoals is currently ranked No.6 in Georgia 5A.

Cedar Shoals will face Southwest Atlanta Christian Tuesday afternoon. SWAC (8-4) is led by highly-touted junior De’Andre Ballard. Ballard is averaging over 24 points a game.

Colquitt County Makes Statement; ECLA, Pace Academy, Cartersville Win Georgia Titles

The Georgia high school football state championships continues at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

The 6A finals featured two top 10 teams in the National High School Football Top 100 as No.2 Colquitt County face No.9 Roswell and the sites national game of the week. Colquitt County entered the contest with sights on winning a second straight state title and 30th straight game in rugged-and-expanding Georgia. Roswell-like other teams, jumped on Colquitt quick, 81 yards for a touchdown on the second play from scrimmage; a 15-yard pass went from a pick six to catch and run touchdown for a 7-0 Roswell lead. Colquitt responded by lining up and going 80-yards to tie the game on a Keil Pollard touchdown run. The Packers forced a punt on Roswell’s next possession, moments later the Packers proceeded to take the lead for good on Pollard’s second touchdown run of the game for a 14-7 advantage. The Hornets would get two more goal-to-goal situations settling for field goals each time in the opening two quarters and trailed 21-13 at halftime.

In the second half Colquitt’s lead was never threatened as weaknesses from Roswell’s season scouting reports bloomed. Roswell failed to get anything vertical/down the field in the passing game when trailing by multiple scores and Colquitt added three field goals for the final 30-13 margin.

Colquitt County sits in realistic position for national title as No.3 Allen (TX) was knocked off on Friday night with only No.1 Corona-Centennial left with a game against De La Salle in Dec. 19th.(UPDATE: De La Salle defeated Corona-Centennial 28-21) (UPDATE: Katy (TX) won the national championship, Colquitt County finished second in most major rankings)

In 1A private: Trailing 14-13 in the fourth quarter ECLA scored the final 22 points to defeat Aquinas 35-14. Donald Hammonds scored rushing touchdowns from 18 and 32 yards before Kahleb Hood sealed the game with a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown the final moments. Hood finished with two interceptions and 138 all-purpose yards while Hammonds rushed for 109 yards and passed 52 yards for the Chargers. Verenzo Holmes returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for Aquinas.

In 2A: Pace Academy jumped out a 21-7 halftime lead on Fitzgerald while holding the states overall leading rusher JD King to 25 yards in the first half. Fitzgerald pulled within seven points twice in the second half on a King touchdown run and a James Graham to Montrell Harris 41-yard touchdown pass. King was held to 58 yards rushing and a touchdown, Graham tallied 100 yard rushing and 41 yards passing.

Pace pulled away for good in the fourth quarter on touchdown runs by Deon Jackson and Realus George for the 42-21 final margin. Pace Academy claimed their first state championship by rushing for over 300 yards as Jackson finished with 113 yards and three touchdowns while George rushed for 78 yards and two touchdowns.

In 4A: Cartersville was seeking its first-ever victory over Buford and first state championship since 1999. The Purple Hurricanes took a 3-0 lead midway through the second quarter on a 47 yard field goal. Cartersville recovered a Buford fumble at the Buford 10 with less than two minutes remaining n the first half. Two plays later Trevor Lawrence hit Forristall for a 5-yard touchdown pass for a 10-0 lead just before halftime. That 10-0 lead would hold as Cartersville prevailed. Buford was shutout for the first time since 2010 covering a span of 87 games.

Clinch County, Westminster, Allatoona win Georgia Championships

The state championships opened in Georgia on Friday with championships decided in classifications 1A Public, 3A and 5A from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

In 1A Public: Irwin County (10-3-1) took a 7-6 lead on a 93-yard touchdown run by Ziaire Andrews late in the first quarter, that proved to be the only highlight for the Indians. The Panthers from Clinch County scored 18 unanswered points in their 24-7 victory for its sixth state championship in school history. Shannon Young rushed for two touchdowns, Trezman Marshall and Charles McClelland each rushed for a touchdown. Clinch County (13-1) finished with 292 rushing yards and attempted only two passes- both incomplete.

In 3A: Westminster scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter and overtime in come-from-behind fashion to defeated Blessed Trinity (13-1-1) 38-31 to win the 3A title between the two Fulton County private schools. Blessed Trinity’s Milton Shelton toted the mail 37 times for 257 yards and three touchdowns however fumbled in overtime while reaching to cross the goal line on the games final play.

Trailing 31-17 Westminster’s Rankin Woley hit Joe Egan for an 11-yard touchdown pass to make it 31-24. Following a successful onsides kick, Isaiah Malcome rushed in from 21 yards to force overtime. Malcome scored from 3-yards out in overtime to put the Wolves up 38-31 and won it after Shelton’s fumble. Malcome finished with 126 yards and two touchdowns rushing, Woley added 91 yards and a rushing touchdown for Westminster (11-4).

In 5A: Allatoona outlasted Glynn Academy 10-6 to win its first state championship and the first public school (Cobb County School System) from Cobb County to win a state championship. Brandon Rainey broke the scoreless tie with a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter capping an 80-yard drive for a 7-0 Allatoona lead. Allatoona (14-1) later added a 29-yard field goal by Skyler Davis in the 4th for a 10-0 lead. Glynn Academy (12-3) scored its only points on the games final play as Deejay Dallas rushed in from 9-yards out for the final margin. The defenses controlled the game as both held their opponent under 200 total yards of offense (Allatoona 189 Glynn Academy 146). Glynn Academy had a field goal blocked, missed another and had a free kick bang off the right upright no good in the game.