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Georgia HSFB Week 4 Notes and Scores

South Pointe (SC) Tops Buford

Buford (2-1) suffers its first-ever out-of-state loss falling 33-27 to South Pointe (SC) (4-0). South Pointe quarterback Derion Kendrick powered the Stallions victory rushing for nearly 200 yards and two touchdowns while passing for a pair of touchdowns. Buford entered the game allowing only 110 yards rushing through two games, Kendrick rushed for 110 in the first half.

Buford used special teams to take an early lead and to stay in the game multiple times. Mick Reese recovered a high snap on a punt in the end zone for a touchdown to crack the scoring seal as Buford led 7-0.

South Pointe answered on the following possession going 77 yards capping the drive with a Kendrick to Scott Robinson Jr 38-yard touchdown pass to knot it 7-7. In the second quarter Kendrick danced around Buford’s defense capping  another 77-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown run while evading several Buford defenders before lowering his shoulder for the score and the 14-7 lead. Kendrick accounted for every yard on the drive.

Buford’s special teams got back in on the act again as Eli Turner raced of the right edge to block BT Potter’s 32-yard field goal attempt. Buford cashed it in 61 yards later with an Anthony Grant 3-yard touchdown run pulling even 14-14, which stood til halftime.

South Pointe’s defense led by Eli Adams and Deangelo Huskey gave Buford fits all night. On Buford’s opening second half possession, Jaylen Mahoney intercepted Aaron McLaughlin setting up a 36-yard touchdown pass from Kendrick to Robinson on the following play for a 21-14 South Pointe lead.

The team exchanged punts and again it was Buford’s special teams putting up points as Austin Turner returned a punt 70-yards for a touchdown to pull Buford to within 21-20 with just over six minutes remaining in the third quarter after the extra point attempt failed due to a bad snap and hold.

Potter added a field goal for South Pointe in the fourth quarter to extend their lead to 24-20. Buford answered that score with Grant’s second touchdown run of the game early in the fourth quarter for a 27-24 Buford lead.

The lead was short lived as Kendrick engineered a Stallions drive that he finished with a 17-yard touchdown run for a 28-27 lead. BT Potter added his second field goal of the game to extend South Pointe’s lead to 31-27. After a South Pointe fumble, Buford’s McLaughlin was called for intentional grounding in the end zone for the final 33-27 margin.

Georgia High School Football

Other Games:

Sharrod Frazier rushed for a pair of touchdowns as Brunswick (2-1) had five different players rush for a total of six touchdowns in a 43-27 victory over Camden County. Brooks Bryan passed for two touchdowns and  Jeremiah Compton return an interception 99 yards for a touchdown for Camden County. Brunswick’s victory snapped an 11-game losing streak to Camden County.

Clarke Central’s O’Brien Barnett rushed for three touchdowns while Jonathan Sewell rushed for a 92 yard touchdown as the Gladiators (3-1) defeated North Oconee (1-3) 47-20. Gladiator quarterback Jack Mangel passed for a pair of touchdowns and rushed for a touchdown. Kapre Forbes continued his excellent season in the punt return department with a 74-yard return that set up Barnett’s final touchdown run.

Brookwood (2-2) used a dominating rushing attack to upset Colquitt County (4-1) 45-25. Dante Brown rushed for over 250 yards and five touchdowns for the Broncos. Brookwood led 21-0 after the first quarter with all three touchdown coming via Brown. Daijun Edwards rushed for two touchdowns for Colquitt County.

Winder-Barrow (4-0) scored 17 unanswered points to defeat Loganville (0-4) 17-14. Brock Landis rushed for the go-ahead touchdown with three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter for the Bulldoggs. Jamar Mack rushed for a touchdown for the Bulldoggs. Winder-Barrow is 4-0 for the first time since 2007.

Meadowcreek (4-0) won its fourth straight game and is 4-0 for the first-time ever after a 38-0 victory over Lithonia (1-3). Chauncey Williams rushed for over 200 yards and four touchdowns. Williams has rush for over 100 yards in every game so far this season.

Stephenson(2-2) handed Lovejoy (2-3) its third straight loss with a 14-7 win. Darren Parker and Deondre Jackson rushed for a touchdown for Stephenson. Love’s joys only score came on a  late in the second quarter to give Stephenson a 14-0 lead. Jordan Huntington passed for a touchdown for Lovejoy, who wasted a number of scoring chances in the red zone most of the night.

Other Scores Of Interest:

Mays defeated 49-7 New Manchester

Miller Grove defeated Lakeside-Dekalb 18-16

Cedar Grove defeated Lovett 41-14

Tift defeated Parkview 50-37

Dutchtown 10-7 over Heritage-Conyers

McEachern 28-9 over Westlake

Langston Hughes defeated Tri-Cities 20-12

Stockbridge 33-3 over Ola







Cedar Shoals Thumps Miller Grove; Advance To 5A Finals

Cedar Shoals has been knocking on the door of the championship game the last two seasons in the semifinals and it just would not open. Losses of one and two points in the semifinals prevented the Jaguars from playing for a state championship. Saturday at Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga the Jaguars kicked the door down and left no room for making a third straight semifinal loss.

Powerhouse and defending 5A champion Miller Grove has won seven titles in the last eight years were on the other sideline. The Wolverines are under the direction of first-year head coach Rasual Chester however the expectations at Miller Grove are the same, win championships.

George Wilson III put Miller Grove up 7-5 with a three-pointer with just over two minutes remaining in the first quarter, that would be the last time the Wolverines would lead. Cedar Shoals broke off one of their patented runs that never left the game in doubt.

Phlandrous Fleming nailed a three as the first quarter ended to put Cedar Shoals up 14-7. Fleming converted a three-point play to open the second quarter and A.J. Jones dropped in a three-pointer to cap a 15-0 run to give Cedar Shoals a 20-7 lead, the Jaguars never looked back.

Miller Grove and Cedar Shoals tip it off in the semifinals

“We have been playing a lot better defensively which forces teams to take bad shots and we have been great on the defensive boards which leads to transition buckets and it helps us find our rhythm,” Cedar Shoals head coach L’Dreco Thomas said about making massive runs all season.

Snipe Hall drilled a three to give Cedar Shoals a 42-16 lead in the third quarter that sent the Jaguars on their way to a 59-38 victory. The win is not so much a surprise as is the manner of it and margin of victory.

Fleming finished with a game-high 25 points, Stavion Stevenson scored 15, Hall tallied nine while Jones chipped in seven for Cedar Shoals.

Phlandrous Fleming shoots technical foul shots during Cedar Shoals’ semifinal victory over Miller Grove 

“My staff came up with a great game plan and the players worked the plan to a T,” Thomas said. “(The players) were focused and confident.”

Cedar Shoals (27-4) held Miller Grove (21-9) to a season-low 38 points and held leading scoreer Naquante Hardy (20ppg avg) to a season-low five points. Before losing to Cedar Shoals, Miller Grove had only lost to McEachern (7A semifinalist), Wheeler (7A Sweet 16) and Columbia (5A Sweet 16)  from the state of Georgia.

“We knew we had to limit (Hardy’s) scoring opportunities and know where he was at all times,” Thomas said. ” I think switching defenses throughout the game gave them problems. We never let them get in a rhythm and we didn’t give up transition buckets.”

Jaguar boys will play for their first-ever Georgia state championship

Cedar Shoals earned its first-ever appearance in the state championship for the boys program in school history. The girls program won the 1992 state championship under head coach Charles Turner and last played for a state championship in 1999 (lost to Pope).

Cedar Shoals will play for the 5A championship four miles from its campus at the University of Georgia’s Stegeman Coliseum.

The second-ranked Jaguars will face top-ranked Buford in the finals. Buford (28-2) earned its spot in the finals by defeating Fayette County (23-8) 83-60 behind 25 points and 14 rebounds by sophomore Marcus Watson. Alex Jones finished with 23 points while David Viti added 16 for the Wolves. Buford is the Region 8-5A champion and has not lost this season to a team from Georgia. Buford and Cedar Shoals have been ranked 1-2 since mid-January by multiple polls in the state.

“It’s an honor just to play in the state finals. To play in it in our hometown makes it special,” Thomas said.

It will be the fourth meeting this season between the two teams with Buford winning all three previous meetings. All three were competitive games with the region championship game having the largest margin of victory of the three contests.

Total Sports Coverage carried all three previous Buford-Cedar Shoals contest this season. Each game is available via the following archive links below…

Regular Season Game 1 at Cedar Shoals  

Regular Season Game 2 at Buford 

Region 8-5A Championship Game 3 at Cedar Shoals

“Buford is a great basketball team. We can’t look at it as they beat us three times, because right now those loses don’t count,” Thomas said. “The winner of this one gets the biggest prize. We will focus on their strength and things that we feel we can be exploited and instill those in our guys and just go play. We can’t worry about the past.”

Two teams that know each other well, one win is all they need to be the Georgia 5A state champ.

One can only think an expected near capacity crowd at Stegeman Coliseum will be ready to bring the funk and the noise in the Wednesday nightcap.





Storylines Abound In Georgia 5A Girls Semifinals

Today’s Georgia class 5A semifinals opener at Columbus State University features the teacher vs pupil when Southwest Dekalb faces Flowery Branch. Southwest Dekalb head coach Kathleen Richey-Walton coached Flowery Branch head coach Courtney Newton-Gonzalez for two years on the travel ball circuit while Newton-Gonzalez played at Flowery Branch. Newton-Gonzalez went on to play at South Carolina and was the head coach at Lexington (SC) before coming home to coach her alma mater last season.

“I enjoyed coaching her,” Richey-Walton said. “She was a good hard-nosed player, she had a good career in college and is doing a good job as a coach. I’m sure I’ll learn something from her.”

Big words coming from Richey-Walton who was honored more for her lacrosse skills in her native Ohio than basketball, however her basketball coaching is what comes to mind first in Georgia. Richey-Walton is also the head coach of the Southwest Deklab Lady Panthers’ lacrosse team.

Southwest Dekalb (26-4) has won five state championships and are in the semifinals for the eighth time in ten years under Richey-Walton.  Four-year starter Jada Walton (Texas A&M) is the leader for the Lady Panthers. Walton, a southpaw, is averaging 13.4 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals this season. Ogheneruona Uwusiaba (Central Florida)-Nigerian descent, is her third year of playing organized basketball and is the anchor in the post. Uwusiaba is averaging 11.5 points and leads the team in rebounding at 8.4 per game. Chantz Cherry (Stoney Brook) engineers the offense with her unselfish play, good defense and vision. “She’s a point guard that just does not turn the ball over,” Richey-Walton noted about Cherry.

“The team is focused, they have not been too high or too low,” Richey-Walton said. “We want to execute and be efficient on offense and on defense, we slipped a little bit against Eagles Landings so were working on being tighter and dealing with (Flowery Branch) attack and uptempo play.”

Newton-Gonzalez has Flowery Branch (24-6) in the semifinals for the first time in school history. The Lady Falcons’ uptempo offense is powered scoring-wise by Taniyah Worth, Julianne Sutton and Lexie Sengkhammee. Worth has improved on her 15.2 point per game average in the state tournament to 17.2 points per game. Sutton (North Georgia) puts in 10.1 point per game and cleans the glass fora team-tying high of 7.8 per game. Sengkhammee is the engineer of the offense and shots the three-ball at at 39 percent clip.

The defense is where Flowery Branch hangs its hat. Through three state tournament games the Lady Falcons pressure defense is allowing an average of 38 points per game in victories over North Springs, Statesboro and Carrollton.

“We take pride in our pressure defense and we’ve done a good job throughout the season,” Newton-Gonzales said. “We went out and scheduled tougher teams this season and that has helped us down the stretch. Southwest Dekalb is good and this team is ready for the challenge.”

Flowery Branch’s schedule included non-Georgia teams Bradley Central (TN), Spring Garden (AL) and McMinn Central (TN) in addition to state foes Winder-Barrow (2-1 in three meetings), West Hall and region foe Buford (0-3 in three meetings).

Senghammee set the single season record for three-pointers made and hit six three-pointers in three games this season. Queen Scott is described by Newton-Gonzalez as the ultimate role player, defensive specialist and routinely guards the opposing teams best player. Caroline Wysocki, Ashley Woodroffe and Janoah Williams also play key roles for the Lady Falcons.

“Were excited about were the program is going,” Newton-Gonzales said.

Georgia 5A girls semifinals commence 

The other semifinal game pits top-ranked Griffin against second-ranked Buford. Griffin enters the contest with a 28-1 mark, the lone loss coming to Columbia which snapped a 20-game winning streak. Griffin is in the semifinals for the first time since 1998 and third time in school history.

The Lady Bears are led by seniors  Andeija Puckett (Cincinnati) and TyLeslie Happy Johnson. Puckett is the region 3-5A Player Of The Year and is averaging a double-double with 17.5 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. Johnson is puts in 7.7 points and grabs 6.1 rebounds per game. Sophomore Daisya Reid controls the offense while scoring 9.7 points per game to go witha 1-to-1 assist to turnover ratio.

Buford is highlighted by the heavily recruited Tory Ozment. Ozment leads the Lady Wolves in scoring at 13.4 point per game and shoots 43 percent from downtown. Audrey averages 10 points per game and snatches almost three boards a game. Marissa Bruce is an experienced player that chips in 9.4 points per game, 3.1 rebounds and brings plenty of energy on both ends of the floor. Jessica Nelson comes off the bench however leads the Lady Wolves in rebounding at 5.4 per game.

The Lady Wolves only in-state loss were to class 1A Private’s St. Francis and Wesleyan. Buford is in pursuit of it’s fifth state championship.

The table is set and the plot will begin to unfold as the it boils down to the newcomers against the established. All four squads can either add to their history or make history themselves. No question who advances to the finals next week at the University of Georgia it will be earned and not given.


Jaguars Open State Playoffs At Home

The Cedar Shoals Jaguars (23-4) will open the 2017 state playoffs at home against another set of Jaguars from Maynard Jackson-Atlanta (19-8) Saturday afternoon at 5pm. Cedar Shoals is seeking its first ever state championship in boys basketball and first basketball championship since 1992 when the Lady Jaguars won it all.

Region 8-5A player of the year Phlandrous Fleming (Charleston Southern) is the driving force behind the second-ranked Jaguars. Fleming is averaging just over 23 points and 10 rebounds this season. Seniors Quenjarvis ‘Snipe’ Hall, Stavion Stevenson (Savannah State for football), A.J. Jones and Damerrea Lowe will play key supporting roles for a team that has reached the semifinals each of the two previous seasons. Tyquon Mitchell and Darien Appling provide solid minutes off the bench.


Cedar Shoals head coach L’Dreco Thomas has guided the Jaguars to the state tournament for the fifth time in his seven seasons and has won three region titles (2012, 2015, 2016) during that span.

“When you go to the state tournament everybody’s record is clean, everybody is 0-0. It doesn’t matter what your seed is at some point you will have to beat the next opponent no matter who they are and what seed they are,” Thomas said.

Three of Cedar Shoals’ losses came to region foe Buford (top-ranked team in 5A; Region 8-5A champs) with their only other loss coming at Duluth (Region 6-7A three-seed) in overtime in early December.

“Cedar is a very very good team, they are well coached, they play hard together and I told our team before the game that Cedar has the talent to win it all this year,” Buford head coach Eddie Martin said after defeating Cedar Shoals in the region championship game last week. Martin has won seven state championships at Norcross and Greater Atlanta Christian combined and is seeking to win his a state championship at his third school.

“I told the team that we had to put Buford behind us- all three games, that we had to be like horses and wear blinders and look ahead  and that’s what we are going to do. We are going to focus on the next opponent and the next opponent only, Maynard Jackson is our next opponent,” Cedar Shoals head coach L’Dreco Thomas said.


The Jaguars did not play an out-of-state team this season due to scheduling difficulties however Thomas feels the regular season schedule they played has prepared them for the state tournament.

“When you go to the state tournament everybody’s record is clean, everybody is 0-0. It doesn’t matter what your seed is at some point you will have to beat the next opponent no matter who they are and what seed they are.”

“I think we played a lot of tournament caliber teams all season and at the end of the day we played some top notch teams and I think that has prepared us for the stretch run and state tournament,” Thomas stated.

Cedar enters the tournament with noteable wins over Etowah (Region 4-7A champs), Stephenson (Region 6-6A champs), Heritage-Conyers (Region 6-6A runner up) and a pair of victories over Morgan County (Region 8-3A champ). In an expanded but weakened playoff field this season due to expansion of classifications in Georgia, that’s a solid resume without playing an out-of-state team.

Jackson-Atlanta is led by senior JaQuavius Hayes, juniors Marquvis Carter and Keshun Byrd. Hayes leads the Jaguars in scoring at just above 21 points while Carter and Byrd each are averaging double figure points this season.

Jackson-Atlanta finished third in Region 6-5A after defeating Lithia Springs for the second time this season in the region 6-5A tournament.  The Jaguars have played in close games all season losing by one point to Riverwood (Region 6-5A runner-up) and Henry County (Region 4-4A champs) while defeating Carver-Atlanta (Region 6-5A champs) and Stockbridge by two points.

The winner will face the winner of Jones County/Statesboro in the second round next week.

Cedar Shoals will hold a moment of silence after the national anthem to honor the life of Quentin Moses. Moses passed away earlier this week in a house fire along with two other people in Walton County (GA). Moses lettered in basketball at Cedar Shoals but is most known for his football accomplishments at Cedar Shoals, The University of Georgia and in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins. Moses was currently serving as a defensive line coach at Reinhardt College upon his passing.



Cedar Shoals Finishes Regular Season 21-3

The Cedar Shoals Jaguars defeated Loganville 89-37 Friday on senior night to finish the regular season 21-3 overall and 10-2 in Georgia region 8-5A. It’s the fourth time in seven seasons under head coach L’Dreco Thomas Cedar Shoals has posted a 20-plus win season.

Cedar Shoals used a 33-1 third quarter to blow open the game. Phanldrous Fleming notched a game-high 18 points. A.J. Jones tallied 16 while Stavion Stevenson and Akeem Glenn (football QB) put 13 points apiece in the book.

Cedar Shoals will be the two-seed entering the region 8-5A tournament and will host the semifinals and finals next Friday and Saturday in Athens. The Jaguars will open against seven-seed Johnson-Gainesville Tuesday at Cedar Shoals.

Cedar Shoals eyes on a bigger prize 

Thomas has racked up 138 wins, two region championships and two Final Four appearances in his seven seasons.

Cedar Shoals has lost in the semifinals the last two seasons by a combined three points to Brunswick (won state title) and Allatoona (lost to Miller Grove in state finals)

Phlandrous Fleming (Charleston Southern) led the Jaguars in scoring during the regular season with 20.9ppg while grabbing 8.1 points a game. Snipe Hall (13.7ppg) and Stavion Stevenson (11.2ppg, 6.8rpg) , Jaivanni McDavid , Damaerra Lowe and A.J. Jones have provided depth throughout the season. Tyquon Mitchell and  Darien Appling have played their roles well when their numbers have been called while Glenn is an experienced senior that will called upon more in the postseason.

The task is in front of the Jaguars, championship or rebuild. That may mean beating Buford a couple of times but at least once in the next month.

Jaguars Fall To Buford, Defeat Gainesville; Move Up In Polls

Buford’s Marcus Watson struggled most of the night but made plays when they needed to be made as the Wolves snapped Cedar Shoals’ 11-game win streak with a 75-70 overtime victory Friday night in Buford. Watson banked in a 25-foot three-pointer with less than 20 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter tying the game at 65-all. Phlandrous Fleming missed a jumper as time expired sending the region foes to overtime.

In overtime Watson blocked Fleming, recovered it, started the break and found David Viti for the layup giving Buford a 71-67 lead in overtime with just over a minute remaining. Top-ranked Buford sealed the victory from the free throw line the rest of the way.

Viti led Buford (14-2; 6-0) with 23 points (16 in the first half), Watson and Alex Jones each finished with 12 while Dawson Wehunt chipped in with 11.

Fleming posted a game-high 24 points, A.J. Jones tallied 15 and Snipe Hall finished with 11 (8 in the fourth quarter) for third-ranked Cedar Shoals (15-3; 5-2).

Less than 24 hours later Cedar Shoals went right back on the road to face class 6A No.1 Gainesville. The Jaguars, playing without Snipe Hall due to an injury suffered in the loss to Buford, got 33 points and 15 rebounds from Phlandrous Fleming an overcame a halftime deficit to beat previously undefeated Gainesville (16-1) 63-60.

Fleming did the bulk of his scoring from beyond the arc (4 three-pointers) and at the free throw line (15-20 FT). Fleming sealed the victory by going 7-of-10 from the line in the fourth quarter. A.J. Jones finished with 11 while Stavion Stevenson chipped in 8 points as Cedar Shoals (16-3; 5-2) handed the Red Elephants their first home loss in three seasons.

K.J. Buffen-returned earlier this week from injury for the first time this season, lead Gainesville with 22 points. Jarred Russer put in 13, Xavier Bledson tallied 11 and Bailey Minor was held to 6 points for the Red Elephants.

Cedar Shoals moved up to No.2 in both major state polls after the split and Eagles Landing lost to Union Grove over the weekend. The Jags return to action Tuesday night against No.10 Flowery Branch before visiting rival Clarke Central on Saturday.

Jags Win 10th Straight; Eye Historic Week

Updated: Cedar Shoals (15-2) defeated Loganville 72-53 behind 18 points each by Phlan Fleming and Snipe Hall. Stavion Stevenson put in 16. The Jaguars have now won 11 in a row and will face Buford this Friday in Buford. Buford defeated Cedar Shoals 72-66 in the region opener for both in December. Cedar Shoals has not lost since that contest.

The Jaguars will be the second opponent to face Buford in the new $21 million Buford City Schools Arena. The multiple-purpose arena will host the Georgia 7A state semifinals in late February and is located directly across from the high school. Buford  hosted the first basketball games earlier this week as both Buford boys and girls defeated Johnson-Gainesville.

Earlier: Stavion Stevenson led Cedar Shoals with 19 points as the Jaguars improved to 4-1 in region 8-5A with a 65-41 victory over Johnson-Gainesville Wednesday night. Phlandrous Fleming added 12 points while Snipe Hall chipped in 10.

The Jaguars hit the floor again Thursday evening in a rare school-week back-to-back to take on non-region foe Washington. The game was moved up from Saturday to Thursday in advance of inclement weather forecasted for the north Georgia area.

Cedar Shoals improved to 14-2 by winning its tenth consecutive game 65-39 over Washington-Atlanta. The Jaguars took command of the game with a 23-point third quarter and lead 51-23 entering the fourth quarter. Snipe Hall led the Jaguars in scoring with 10 while Stavion Stevenson and A.J. Jones added nine apiece.

High School Basketball

Cedar Shoals (14-2; 4-1) will hit the road next week for three straight games against region foe Loganville (9-6; 1-3), a rematch against region foe and class 5A No.1 Buford (12-2; 4-0) and undefeated class 6A No.1 Gainesville (13-0).

Top-ranked Buford defeated Cedar Shoals 72-66 behind 26 points from Donnell Nixon and 25 points from Marcus Watson in December.

Cedar Shoals will only be the second opponent to face Buford in the new $21 million Buford City Schools Arena. The multiple-purpose arena will host the Georgia 7A state semifinals this in late February and is located directly across from the high school. Buford  hosted the first basketball games earlier this week as both Buford boys and girls defeated Johnson-Gainesville.

Cedar Shoals split two meetings with then region opponent Gainesville last season, losing 80-77 in the regular season in Athens in December but won the region 8-5A championship game in February in Winder over the Red Elephants 70-48.

It will be the first time in recorded history Cedar Shoals will face No.1 teams from Georgia in different classifications in back-to-back games while being ranked in the top-10 of multiple state polls.

High School Football Returns: Georgia

The 2016 regular season high school football kicked off around the southeast with a slate of games from Thursday night to the wee hours of Sunday morning in what has come to be known as Week Zero. Here is a look at some noteable games from the weekend.

In Georgia, two-time defending champion Colquitt County had its 30-game winning streak snapped at the hands of Mill Creek in a 34-27 defeat. It was Mill Creek’s first victory over the Packers in the all-time series (3-1 Colquitt leads) and in a stroke of irony it was a victory over the Hawks in 2014 that began the Packers 30-game streak. Mill Creek quarterback Cameron Turley connected with six different receivers while passing for over 300 yards and three touchdowns. Colquitt’s Jake Saunders passed for over 300 yards, three touchdowns but had two key interceptions. Turley sealed the game with a 41-yard completion to Edmond Graham on third down with less than a minute remaining in the game. Mill Creek will host Stephenson (loss 34-23 to Cedar Grove) while Colquitt will host American Heritage Plantation (FL) this week.

Georgia High School Football Underway

Valdosta became the first high school program in the nation to win 900 games with its third straight win over Winnersville rival Lowndes 38-13. Valdosta scored two special teams touchdowns, returned an interception for a touchdown and running back Tevin Gray rushed for over 100 yards an d a touchdown in the victory. Lowndes quarterback Michael Barrett finished with a passing and rushing touchdown for the Vikings. Valdosta will host Woodland- Stockbridge (won 55-6 over Union Grove) while Lowndes will host Baytown-Palm Bay (FL) this week.

Xavier Mckinney returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and running back Sheldon Evans rushed for over 115 yards and a touchdown as Roswell defeated Buford 24-7. Roswell’s defense held Buford to less than 75 yards rushing and never allowed the Wolves to establish any momentum after a first quarter touchdown by Derrian Brown. Roswell will host Central Gwinnett in two weeks while Buford will take on Bishop Timon (NY) in Ireland in two weeks.

Throughout the summer Shiloh head coach Ryan Andrews talked confidently about the progression of his program entering his second season at the helm, namely the defense. It was that defense that stole the show in the opener by scoring three touchdowns in a 27-14 victory over Collins Hill earning the Generals their fourth straight victory dating back to last season.  Tyler Reese returned and interception for a touchdown while Greg Jones and Noah McInnis each returned fumbles for touchdowns. Shiloh will host Parkview (won 32-9 over Christ Presbyterian Academy, TN) this week while Collins Hill hosts Norcross (won 46-14 over Walton).

Other notes:
Creekside defeated Miami-Norland (FL) 9-7. Seminoles quarterback Khalil McClain rushed for a touchdown in the victory.

Langston Hughes received a strong effort from senior quarterback Isaiah Green in a 44-6 victory over Mundy’s Mill.

Clarke Central shutout Winder-Barrow 31-0 behind two rushing touchdowns from quarterback Jack Mangel. Zay Brown returned an interception for a touchdown for the Gladiators.

Southwest Dekalb defeated Redan 22-12 in its first game since the sudden death of head coach Michael Tanks. Tanks passed earlier in the month of complications from a stroke suffered at the beginning of fall camp. Retired educator Fletcher Salter was named Panthers interim head coach on August 12th. Salter coached under Tanks and legendary Panther coach Buck Godfrey in addition to coaching various sports at various schools in Dekalb County.



Jonesboro Wins Farm Bureau Insurance Classic; Other Notes

The Jonesboro Cardinals went to South Carolina and came back with the first place trophy after going 3-0 in the Denny’s bracket of the Farm Bureau Insurance Classic at Dorman high school in Roebuck, SC this week. Jonesboro defeated host Dorman 69-47 in the championship game. The defeated Class 4A champs were lead by James Walker Jr’s 27 pts while Tracy Hector Jr scored 11 and Jyair Mincy finished with 10.

Jonesboro (13-1) defeated Keenan (SC) 91-32 and Bartow (FL) 61-59 to advance to the first place game in the Denny’s bracket. Bartow was lead by highly recruited junior Tony Bradley who scored 33 points in the loss.

Deantre Mack- 13 made three-pointers in the tournament, lead all Cardinals in scoring during the tournament with 16.6 points per game followed by Walker with 16.0. mack and Walker both earned spots on the all-tournament team.

Jonesboro will return to action Tuesday January 6th against region opponent Riverdale (3-9).

Other Notes from Farm Bureau Insurance Classic:

Peachtree Ridge (GA) finished second in the Founders Federal Credit Union bracket losing to Byrnes (SC) in the first place game. Sophomore Jay Estime lead the Lions in scoring with 19.0ppg in the tournament.

Douglas County (GA) finished fourth in the Founders Federal Credit Union bracket losing to Shaker Heights (OH) in the third place game.

Central Gwinnett (GA) finished sixth in the Denny’s bracket with a 1-2 record losing to Spartanburg (SC) in the fifth place game

Buford (GA) finished seventh in the Founders Federal Credit Union bracket with a 1-2 record. 50 points from Tre Hansbrough were not enough for the Wolves in a double overtime loss to Byrnes (SC) 106-97 in their first game of the tournament. They defeated Chesnee (SC) in the seventh place game.

Bartow (FL) finished third in the Denny’s bracket after defeating St. Stephens & St. Agnes (VA) in the third place game.

Georgia Class 4A And 3A Semifinal Pairings, Strength Of Teams

The middle classes in the Georgia semifinals provide quality match-ups with Class 3A still having a nationally ranked team. Class 4A’s favorite and lone nationally ranked team was eliminated meaning there will be a new champion in this class. Here is a look at how both classes semifinalist got there and what they have done to this point in the season.

In 4A Griffin is the lone unbeaten team and defeated previously unbeaten and class favorite Sandy Creek (11-1-1). Sandy Creek’s only other non-win this season came to Plant (FL). Plant and Sandy Creek tied in the season opener in August and Plant will face Apopka in the Florida Class 8A semifinals. Carrollton, which lost to Sandy Creek in the regular season, defeated Oxford (AL) during the regular season. Oxford was eliminated in the second round of the Alabama 6A playoffs.

Griffin remained undefeated knocking off Sandy Creek 32-26. Turnovers were the story of this game but the Bears came out on top. Jordan Colbert broke the seal on scoring with an 80-yard interception return for a touchdown. Sandy Creek’s Eric Swinney rushed for two touchdowns, Cole Garvin hit Justin Sumpter on a touchdown pass and Lorenzo Broadwater added two field goals for Sandy Creek. In the end it was Griffin and Jacquez Parks. Parks led Griffin on two late touchdown drives in the fourth quarter as Griffin advanced to play Wayne County in the semifinals. Parks hit Christian Owens on a touchdown pass and Telly Sloan scored the go-ahead touchdown on the ground for the Bears. Griffin will host Wayne County in the semifinals. Prior to the Sandy Creek victory, Griffin’s previous biggest win was against Stockbridge (lost in the quarterfinals to Carrollton).

Marist racked up nearly 430 yards rushing ending Burke County’s 11 game home playoff winning streak with the 42-20 victory. Chase Martenson rushed for four touchdowns and Marcus Miller rushed for two touchdowns for Marist. Donquell Green rushed for a touchdown and passed for a touchdown for Burke County in his final game. Marist will host Carrollton in a playoff rematch from last season. Marist losses this season came to 5A Thomas County Central- eliminated in the first round and 2A semifinalist Lovett.

Carrollton won the battle of the Wing-T offenses scoring 17 unanswered points in the second half to defeat Stockbridge 24-14. Will Garrett, Trey Chivers and Jarvis Terrell rushed for touchdowns and Tyler Newsome kicked a field goal for Carrollton. Carrollton finished with 0 yards passing. Javon Brandon rushed for a touchdown and passed for a touchdown for Stockbridge. Carrollton will face Marist in the semifinals. Marist defeated Carrollton in five overtimes in the second round of the playoffs last season. Carrollton’s only loss this season was to Sandy Creek.

Wayne County exploded for 51 points, two shy of their season high, on the strength of Krenwick Sanders three touchdown receptions and a rushing touchdown. Lavontae Larry returned and interception for a touchdown while Anfreenee Jordan and A.J. McGill added rushing touchdowns in the 51-21 victory over Alexander. Wayne County will travel to Griffin in the semifinals. Both of Wayne County’s losses came to 4A Burke County (eliminated in the quarterfinals by Marist).

Georgia High School Football Playoffs
Georgia High School Football Playoffs

In 3A Buford and Washington County are the only undefeated teams. Buford is the defending champion.

Callaway (12-1) defeated St. Pius 35-14 and is quietly becoming a team that many my need to take notice in despite Buford’s “lock” on 3A. Tez Parks rushed for two touchdowns, Terry Godwin and Eddie Culpepper added a rushing touchdowns and Dre Martin returned an interception for a touchdown for Callaway. Joey Conners and Nick Ruffin had touchdown runs for St. Pius. Callaway will travel to Buford for the semifinals. Callaway’s loss came to 5A Harris County who lost in the second round of the playoffs to undefeated Creekside.

Buford was able to shake off their slow start to defeat Carver-Columbus 36-6 to advance. Taylor Mitchell, Evan Cooper and Thomas Wilson had rushing touchdowns and Mitchell tossed a touchdown to Tyler Shipman for Buford. Jawon Pass rushed for Carver-Columbus’ only touchdown. Buford won the coin toss and will host Callaway in the semifinals. Hosting the semifinals means Buford will not play a road game in the playoffs as the championship game will be held in the Georgia Dome if they advance past Callaway. Buford has scored 36 or more points in every game this season and has not allowed more than 14 points in a game this season winning every game by 24 or more points. The Wolves defeated 5A Gainesville during the regular season and have scored 60 or more points in four games this season.

Melvin Hill rushed for five touchdown and DJ Sanders had four interceptions as Washington County defeated Blessed Trinity 46-17. Washington County defeated four playoff teams during the regular season, 1A Public ECI (lost to Johnson County in the first round) , 2A Lovett (semifinalist) in overtime, 3A Laney (lost to Lovett in the quarterfinals) and 3A Jefferson County (lost to Carver-Columbus in the second round). Washington County was leading in their season opener against 1A Private semifinalist ECLA before it was suspended due to lightning. Since the contest was a non-region game it did not have to be completed nor made up therefore it did not count towards either teams record.

Ringgold defeated Central-Carrollton 35-10. Ringgold quarterback Slade Dale scored at least two touchdowns and Wesley Long had Central-Carrollton’s only touchdown. Ringgold defeated 4A Dalton (lost in the first round of the playoffs) and lost to playoff teams Central-Carrollton and Carterville during the regular season. They have wins over North Hall and Cedar Grove in the playoffs.