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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

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Georgia 6A And 5A Semifinals Loaded With National Appeal

Class 6A and 5A semifinals may be one of the toughest in the nation as far as semifinal brackets go. Colquitt wins on the road, Norcross is the defending champion, Tucker averaged close to 50 points a game during the regular season yet only 26.6 points per game in the postseason, McEachern has their quarterback back with plenty of playmakers, Creekside is inspired and North Gwinnett plays to the final horn. Those are just a few of the things that the Georgia High School Football quarterfinals offered up.

We begin in 6A where there no undefeated teams yet all are currently ranked nationally ranked or have been this season. 44-7 is combined record of the semifinal teams with all seven losses coming to playoff teams. North Gwinnett is the only one-loss team in the field. North Gwinnett’s only loss was to Collin’s Hill and defeated Norcross in the regular season. Norcross’ non-Georgia loss came to the top nationally ranked team Booker T. Washington (FL). Booker T. Washington is undefeated and are in the Florida Class 4A semifinals. Colquitt County has two losses with only one to a team from Georgia, Camden County. Colquitt’s other loss was to Hoover (AL) who is undefeated, nationally ranked and will face Auburn (AL) in the Alabama 6A finals. McEachern’s losses were to region opponents North Cobb and Hillgrove. North Cobb lost to Colquitt County in the second round and Hillgrove lost to North Gwinnett in the quarterfinals. Hillgrove defeated Camden County in the second round.

North Gwinnett is the only one-loss team in the Georgia 6A semifinals.
North Gwinnett is the only one-loss team in the Georgia 6A semifinals.

McEachern defeated Collins Hill 35-32 to advance. McEachern jumped out 21-3 lead but needed an 86-yard punt return for touchdown by Taj Griffin and a late interception to seal their semifinal slot. Griffin finished with 153 yards rushing and a touchdown. Alizee Chubbs rushed for two touchdowns and Bailey Hockman passed for a touchdown. Ty Clemons returned to action for the Indians coming off an ankle injury passing for 10 yards and rushing for -5 yards. Tyler Herman passed for two touchdowns, Tyler Henderson rushed for a touchdown and Dwayne Smith returned a punt for a touchdown for Collins Hill. McEachern will host North Gwinnett in the semifinals after winning the coin flip between two teams that are both three-seeds out of their regions. McEachern won the only previous meeting between the teams in 2011 in the Georgia Dome.

North Gwinnett did what they have done all season, find ways to win. The Bulldogs came from behind for the second week in a row in the playoffs to advance with a 35-31 victory over Hillgrove. CJ Leggett toted the mail for North Gwinnett rushing 40 times for 141 yards and four touchdowns. In the end it was North Gwinnett’s defense setting up the go-ahead touchdown with a fumble recovery leading to Hayden Sphire hitting Daniel Imatorbhebhe for a touchdown with a little over a minute remaining to give North Gwinnett the 35-31 lead. Hillgrove would have several shots at the end zone on their final possession but North Gwinnett’s secondary answered the bell each time knocking down pass after pass sealing the win with an interception as time expired. Hillgrove’ Richarde Bagley rushed for four touchdowns but was playing at the quarterback spot when he fumbled late in the fourth quarter setting up North Gwinnett’s final touchdown. Justin Denton caught a touchdown pass from Elijah Ironside for Hillgrove. North Gwinnett is a co-Region 7 champion and will play at McEachern in the semifinals in their fourth consecutive road playoff game.

Colquitt County jumped out early on Dacula and cruised to a 42-17 victory. Daniel Mobley passed for three touchdowns and rushed for another. Bull Barge, Colquitt’s leader in tackles, returned an interception for a touchdown and running back Sihiem King rushed for a touchdown. Kiel Pollard caught a touchdown and rushed for a touchdown as the Packers improved to 12-3 in road playoff games since 2009 under head coach Rush Propst. Colquitt will go for their 13th road under Props win next week at Norcross. Norcross defeated Colquitt in a scrimmage earlier this year in August, last year in a scrimmage in Moultrie and in the semifinals at Norcross.

Norcross held Lowndes rushing attack under 100 yards and advanced with a 28-7 victory. Norcross’ quarterback AJ Bushed rushed for a touchdown and passed for two touchdowns while Josh Boyd added a rushing touchdown. Lowndes’ only touchdown came on Austin Dixon to Malik Roberts pass in the fourth quarter. Norcross will host Colquitt County.

In 5A… three of four teams are undefeated and Gainesville, the lone team with a loss, is the defending champion.

Deshaun Watson leads Gainesville into their third consecutive semifinals.
Deshaun Watson leads Gainesville into their third consecutive semifinals.

Mundy’s Mill gave Gainesville everything they wanted but in the end it was too much Gainesville and Deshaun Watson. Watson was a part of all six of Gainesville’s touchdowns as the Red Elephants advanced to the semifinals for the third consecutive season. Watson played most of the game with a slightly injured left (non-throwing) shoulder. Rodney Smith rushed for over 200 yards and two touchdowns for Mundy’s Mill. Mundy’s Mill finished the season 8-5, their best record in school history. Gainesville’s only lost was to 3A semifinalist Buford with a victory over ML King (out-of-state win over Florida 7A playoff team Blanche Ely) in the playoffs. Gainesville will travel to undefeated Tucker in the semifinals after Tucker won the coin toss.

Joe Farrar rushed for two touchdowns, Duke Shelly returned an interception for a touchdown and Eric Webber continued his steady work in the kicking department adding two field goals as Tucker shutout Ware County 29-0. Tucker is the region 6-5A champion where three of the four teams in that region advanced to the second round of the playoffs, Stephenson and Mays are the others. The Tigers have a victory over 3A Cedar Grove (eliminated in the second round). Tucker will host Gainesville in the semifinals in their fourth consecutive home playoff game.

Creekside defeated North Paulding 41-14 on the road to advance to the semifinals. Felix Harper passed for a touchdown and Dexter Knox rushed for four touchdowns for the Seminoles. Creekside remains undefeated and will face Kell in the semifinals. Creekside defeated three class 6A teams two of which made the playoffs in Langston Hughes (eliminated by McEachern in second round) and Westlake (eliminated by Camden County in first round). The Seminoles were region champions and defeated playoff region opponents Whitewater(lost to Warner Robins in the first round) and McIntosh (lost to Northside-Warner Robins in first round) in the regular season. In addition to their victory over North Paulding they defeated Harris County and an improving Lakeside-Evans in the postseason. Creekside will host Kell in the semifinals.

Kell jumped up on Warner Robins early and often. After Warner Robins added some late touchdowns Kell advanced with a 52-28. Kell’s Jay Moxey rushed for three touchdowns while Julian Burris and Itabari Mason added rushing touchdowns. Burris also returned a kickoff for a touchdown for the Longhorns. Kell will travel Creekside in the semifinals after Creekside won the coin toss in what will be the teams first-ever meeting. The Longhorns have regular season victories over 6A Lassiter (region champ) and 5A Creekview, both were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. Kell defeated Allatoona and Mays in the playoffs prior to downing Warner Robins.

Cedar Shoals Falls Short Of Fourth Track & Field State Championship; Other State Champs

The Cedar Shoals Jaguars have won three state championships since 2000, they began work on another one as the Georgia Olympics got underway. The field events and distance running events opened on Thursday in the Georgia Olympics or State Championships for Georgia in Track and Field.

On the opening day of the championships, distance runner Josiah Jenkins finished third in the 1600m with a time of 4:20.80 and finished fourth in the 3200m with a time of 9:35.47. Jenkins accounted for 11 of the Jaguars 18 points.Cedar Shoals ended the day in third place in Class 5A through Thursday. North Paulding (26pts-did not score again) and McIntosh (20pts) are first and second respectively.

On Friday, the Jaguar 4×100 relay team of Asa Smith, Tomara Lowe, Breshawrd Cooper and Josh Bolton ran a prelim time of 42.65 qualifying them for the finals with the fifth best overall time. In the 4×400 prelims, the team of Smith, Lowe, Cooper and Justin McElroy qualified for the finals finishing first in their heat with the second best time in the prelims (Miller Grove 3:21.13) running a 3:23.96. Smith ran an 11.33 in the 100m and a 23.06 in the 200m prelims and did not qualify for the finals in either event. McElroy qualified for the 300m hurdle finals with a time of 39.36, fifth best of the qualifying times.

Cedar Shoals entered the finals of the running events on Saturday in third place with 23 points and a very real shot at earning their first state championship since 2005. Cedar Shoals continued to tack on the points as Asa Smith, Tomara Lowe, Breshawrd Cooper and Josh Bolton finished fifth in the 4×100, Cooper finished seventh in the 400m and Justin McElroy placed sixth in the 300m hurdles.

Entering the final event, the 4×400, Cedar Shoals had 32 points, eight behind first place McIntosh. A top two finish would assure the Jaguars at least a share of the state championship. It was not be as the 4×400 relay team of Smith, Lowe, Cooper and Justin McElroy finished third behind Dunwoody and Miller Grove with a time of 3:30.19, scoring only six points for a total of 38 points, two behind state champion McIntosh (40). During the field events on Thursday, Cedar Shoals suffered disqualification in the discus which would have been enough points for the state championship.

Finishing second showed the depth of the Cedar Shoals team that did not have one individual state champion this year.

2013 Class Track & Field State Champions:
6A- Mill Creek (5th consecutive) (Gwinnett County)
5A- McIntosh
4A- Marist (Dekalb County Private)
3A- St. Pius (Dekalb County Private)
2A- Westminster (Gwinnett County Private)
1A- Private: Athens Christian (third consecutive)
1A- Public: Commerce

The girls state championships will be held this weekend in Albany, GA