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Northside Downs Mays Behind Strong Second Half

The Mays Raiders were seeking to make all forms of history Friday night in the Georgia Dome. In what ended up being a tale of two halves, the journey got off to a rocky start for the Raiders as Asahnia Aderhold was intercepted by Jayllen Kendrick who returned it 16 yards for a touchdown as Northside-Warner Robins went up 7-0 with 7:27 left in the first quarter.

The Eagles would never see the end zone again in the first half as the Mays defense forced six punts while holding Northside to five first downs and 92 yards of total offense in the first half-74 on the ground. In total both teams combined for 18 punts, 9 per side in the game.

Mays got on the board again after a short Northside punt to Northside 37. Two plays later Aderhold hit Tyshawn Brown across the middle for a 19-yard touchdown pass. Northside blocked the extra-point leaving them ahead 7-6 with 51 seconds left in the first quarter. Mays has had trouble with extra points and fields goals all season and this was a form of foreshadowing.

Mays struck again through the air as Aderhold hit Randrecous Davis on a 76-yard touchdown catch and run to put Mays up 12-7. The two-point conversion failed as Carter dropped a perfectly placed pass from Aderhold.

Juwan Williamson put Mays back in business with his interception at the Mays 37 with 1:14 left in the second quarter. Six plays and 63 yards later Aderhold found Davis on the last play of the half for a 29-yard touchdown pass putting Mays up 18-7 at the half after another failed two-point conversion.

In the second half Northside-Warner Robins went into its bag of tricks to get back in the game. After punting Mays into a hole to open the half, the Eagles withstood several attempts by Mays to break the game open. Mays moved from its own two-yard line to its own 44 with a 41-yard Aderhold to Tyshawn Brown pass but would be unable to move it any further after taking several shots down the field and were forced to punt. On Northside’s first play after the punt they ran a flea flicker that resulted in a 70-yard touchdown pass from Tobais Oliver to Nate Greene making it 18-14 which began to shift the momentum of the game.

Northside would add a 32-yard field goal by Justin Alonso to make it 18-17 with 10:22 remaining in the game. Northside again would stand tall on defense forcing a Mays punt. Oliver-who had been using his legs to gash Mays in the second half, finally broke free for a 47-yard touchdown run to put Northside up 25-18 after a successful two-point conversion pass from Oliver to Weaver with 8:31 left in the game.

From there all Northside wanted to do was stop Mays and they did but after a punt the Eagles fumbled giving the Mays the ball at the Northside 21 with 5:48 remaining. Mays moved down to the Northside one-yard line but a false start penalty moved them back and a third down pass fell incomplete. Mays opted for the field goal which was missed leaving the contest 25-18 with 3:37 left.

Northside would go three and out giving Mays one last shot. The Raiders moved to the Northside 39 before being turned over on downs, clinching the game.

Oliver lead Northside on the ground with 154 yards rushing with 94 yards through the air, 70 on the flea-flicker. Willie Jordan finished with 71 yard rushing in the only game this season he didn’t lead the Eagles in rushing all season.

Aderhold finished 14-of-34 for 290 yards 3TD 1INT however went 4-of-15 for 83 yards in the second half for Mays (12-3). Davis finished with six catches for 183 yards and two touchdowns. Mays feel shy of becoming the first school from the city of Atlanta to win a state title since Southwest High in 1973 (Southwest became Mays High School in 1982).

Northside (14-1) claimed its third state title since 2006 and first under current head coach Kevin Kinsler.

In other Georgia State Championship Action….

Class 1A Public: Hawkinsville 15 Irwin County 6
Class 3A: Calhoun 27 Washington County 20


Georgia 1A Public, 1A Private And 2A Semifinal Pairings; Notes

The smallest classes in Georgia has its share of good football. Here are notes on how the semifinal teams did in the quarterfinals while also taking a look at their body of work throughout the season.

In 2A Lamar County and Benedictine are undefeated. Lovett’s only lost was to 3A Washington County in overtime to go with an out-of-state win over Alabama 5A playoff team Fort Payne (AL).

Lamar County jumped out 14-0 and then trailed at halftime for the first time this season 17-14. After halftime Lawrence Austin hit Quay Searcy for a touchdown, Seary also returned an interception for a touchdown to open the scoring in the first half while Lance Austin added two fourth quarter touchdowns. Lamar County held on to defeat defending champion Jefferson 35-24. Lance Austin, finished with three touchdowns for Lamar County. Evan Sheriffs passed for two touchdowns (both to Dalton Hill) and Isiah Blake rushed for a touchdown for Jefferson. Lamar County head coach Franklin Stephens won two state title at Tucker in 2008 and 2011. The Trojans will host Benedictine in the semifinals.

Lovett overcame a 13 point deficit but scoring 21 unanswered points in the third quarter to beat Laney 35-33. Grant Haley had three rushing touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass and Willie Candler rushed for a touchdown for Lovett. Horatio Keller rushed for three touchdowns and passed for two touchdowns- both to Andre James, for Laney. Laney was 2-5 on PATs which were the difference in the contest. Lovett will face Brooks County in the semifinals with the site to be determined by a coin flip. Lovett has defeated playoff teams 3A Woodward Academy, 3A St. Pius, 3A Blessed Trinity 4A Marist and 2A Greater Atlanta Christian this season.

Brook County defeated Bowden 42-20. Brooks County will face Lovett in the semifinals with the site to be determined by a coin flip. Lovett is located in the Metro Atlanta are while Brooks County is on the Georgia-Florida border. Brooks County lost to 6A Valdosta, a playoff team, during the regular season.

Benedictine remained undefeated (13-0) rushing for five touchdowns in a 35-14 win over last seasons runner-up Calhoun. Mike Huggins rushed for two touchdowns for Benedictine. Felix Chapman passed for two touchdowns for Calhoun. Benedictine won their fifth playoff game, third this year, in the schools history and will travel to Lamar County in the semifinals. Benedictine is located in the Savannah-area while Lamar County is northwest of Macon.

Georgia High School Football Playoffs
Georgia High School Football Playoffs

In 1A Public defending champion ECI has been eliminated.

Charlton County, the nine seed, shutout the number one seed Seminole County 42-0. The Charlton County Indians will travel to face another set of Indians in Irwin County in the semifinals. Charlton’s losses this season have come to 5A Ware County (eliminated in quarterfinals by Tucker), 2A Fitzgerald (eliminated in second round to Benedictine), Clinch County (eliminated in quarterfinals) and Irwin County (semifinalist).

Fourth-seeded Irwin County rushed for over 500 yards getting touchdown runs from Ryan Peterson, Jakyron Young, James Curtis, TJ Wynn and Autuane Merritt in their 56-26 win over Johnson County. Michael Taylor caught three touchdown passes for Johnson County. Irwin County advances to the semifinals for the first time since 1997 and will host Charlton County. Irwin County defeated Charlton County 29-26 at Charlton County during the regular season. Irwin County (10-1-1) tied 2A Fitzgerald and lost to Clinch County in the regular season.

Sixth-seeded Hawkinsville running back JD Burden rushed for nearly 200 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns and Dakota Sloan rushed for a touchdown in their 23-8 victory over Clinch County. Octavious Johnson scored on a rushing touchdown for three-seed Clinch County. Hawkinsville lost to playoff teams 2A Bleckley County (lost to Brooks County in the second round), Dooly County (lost in quarterfinals) and 1A Private Brookstone (lost in first round to Prince Avenue Christian) will travel to Marion County in the semifinals.

Johnny Royal scored on a touchdown run and AJ Wells kicked a field goal with less than a minute remaining to cap two-seeded Marion County’s come-from-behind victory 24-21 over tenth-seeded Dooly County. Dustin Eckert rushed for a touchdown and passed for a touchdown for Marion County. Marion County will host Hawkinsville in the semifinals

In 1A Private the top four seeds advanced and only Calvary Day has suffered a loss this season.

Fifth-seeded Prince Ave jumped out to a 14-0 lead on touchdown runs by Zantravious Shields and Max Moorman against fourth-seeded Calvary Day. From there Calvary Day scored 33 unanswered points to advance with the 33-14 victory. Michael Peterson passed for three touchdowns and Robert Heyward rushed for two touchdowns for Calvary Day. Calvary Day will travel to ECLA in the semifinals.

Top-seeded Eagles Landing Christian Academy (11-0) overcame the loss of their quarterback Dalton Etheridge last week to defeat Darlington 24-10. ELCA was trailing to 3A semifinalist Washington County in the regular season opener before it was suspended due to weather before halftime. Since the game was not a region game it did not have to be completed nor made up therefore it did not count towards either teams record.

Aquinas defeated Mt. Paran 35-32. Liam Welch passed for two touchdowns and rushed for a touchdown. John Morris and Daniel Lindsey added rushing touchdowns for Aquinas. Dorian Walker scored four rushing touchdowns for Mt. Paran.

Undefeated and two-seed Mt. Pisgah defeated Holy Innocents 15-7. Mt. Pisgah will host Aquinas in the semifinals.

Georgia 1A Football Power Rankings; Playoff Bracket

The Georgia Class 1A Private and Public School final football power rankings have been released by the GHSA. The top 16 in each qualify for the playoffs The first round begins Friday November 22nd. This is the second year the Class 1A playoffs have been split public and private.

Below are the top 16 in 1A Private with the playoff bracket.

1. Eagles Landing Christian Academy 9-0 15.11
2. Mt. Pisgah Christian 10-0 14.27
3. Mt. Paran Christian 8-2 13.54
4. Aquinas 10-0 13.43
4. Landmark Christian 8-2 13.43
6. Darlington 8-2 13.22
7. Calvary Day School 8-2 12.98
8. Prince Avenue Christian 7-1 12.97
9. Christian Heritage 7-2 12.15
10. Holy Innocents 6-4 11.43
11. Our Lady of Mercy 5-5 11.33
12. Brookstone 6-4 10.87
13. First Presbyterian 6-4 10.63
14. Savannah Christian 5-4-1 10.61
15. St Anne Pacelli 6-3 10.44
16. Athens Christian 5-5 10.35


Below are the top 16 in 1A Public with the playoff bracket.

1. Seminole County 10-0 14.34
2. Marion County  9-1 13.67
3. Clinch County 7-3 13.23
4. Irwin County 8-1-1  12.96
5. Johnson County 9-1 12.73
6. Hawkinsville 7-3  12.32
7. Lincoln County 7-3 12.29
8. Commerce 7-3 11.95
9. Charlton County 6-4  11.78
10. Dooly County 7-3 11.77
11. Mitchell County 6-4 1.04
12. Emanuel County Institute  6-4 11.03
13. Trion 5-4  10.81
14. Claxton  6-4 10.53
15. Turner County 4-6 9.33
16. Wilkinson County 4-6 9.18

Georgia 1A Public Playoff Bracket
Georgia 1A Public Playoff Bracket

Emanuel County Institute Wins Class 1A Public Georgia State Title

Emanuel County Institute from Twin City, GA  won their second state championship and first since 2007 with a 47-7 win over Dooly County behind the rushing of Greg Purcell and James Brown.

“I’m extremely proud of our entire football team, our staff and our community for a great turnout for this venue and we were excited to be here and we work extremely hard and I hope it was evident as you saw today”, ECI head coach Chris Kearson said.

Greg Purcell scored the first two touchdowns for ECI on runs of 2 and 50 yards to get it started for the Bulldogs. Dooly County answered back on a 19-yard touchdown run by Chanin Hamilton to make it 14-7 and that would be as close as the Bobcats would get. ECI put together an 8-play 80-yard drive mainly on the ground on the legs of Greg Purcell and James Brown. Brown capped it with a 26-yard touchdown to give ECI a 20-7 lead with 7:27 left in the second quarter.

ECI opened the flood gates scoring on their first three possessions in the third quarter after forcing Dooly County into two three-and-outs and recovering a muffed kickoff return.  The Bulldogs went 85 yards in 11 plays with Brown and Purcell doing the bulk of the work again before quarterback Caleb Pressey took it in from 3-yards out to give ECI a 28-7 lead after a successful two-point conversion. Pressey, who finished with 58 yards passing, hit Brown for a 53-yard touchdown pass to stretch it to 34-7. On the ensuing kickoff Dooly County muffed it and Kenny Butler recovered it for ECI on the Dooly County 32. Six plays and 32 yards later Greg Purcell was in the end zone again on a 5-yard run with 2:01 left in the third quarter and a 40-7 ECI lead.

Purcell finished with 142 yards rushing and three touchdowns while James Brown rushed for 143 yards a with touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass.

“We knew we were going to have to come out and play hard and they have one of the best D-Tackles out there (referencing Dooly’s Montravious Adams) and we took that as a challenge. We are a one-two punch and you can’t stop both of us”, ECI running back James Brown said

“Those guys are tremendous athletes. James and Greg know that if the offensive line is not humming they are not getting their names called or written in the paper. I can’t say enough about our offensive line they did a tremendous job all season”, Kearson said about his explosive running backs.

The fourth quarter was played with a running clock and ECI tacked on their final score of the game on a 2-yard run by Renaldo Williams for the final 47-7 margin. ECI finished with 393 yards of total offense.

“I’m sure a lot of the attention was on some of the players that Dooly had and I think we kind of flew under the radar. We didn’t take it as a slap in the face because we are a cohesive group”, Kearson added.

That cohesive group won the first-ever Class 1A Public state championship in Georgia.