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Boiling Springs Wins 7-on-7 National Championship

Boiling Springs (8-3) became the lowest seeded team ever and first team from South Carolina to win the USA Football 7-on-7 National Championship in Hoover, AL over the weekend.

The Bulldogs rallied from a 1-3 start in pool play to finish 3-3 earning the 25th seed. In tournament play Boiling Springs picked up where it left off in pool by ripping off five consecutive wins to claim the championship to end the event on an overall seven game winning streak.

In the finals against host and third-seeded Hoover (9-1-1), the Bulldogs trailed 17-0 before rallying with 29 unanswered points to win 29-17. Boiling Springs took the lead for good 19-17 after the successful PAT on a 40-yard touchdown pass from Dawson Taylor to Najee Thompson.

Boilings Springs defense proved to be instrumental in the victory by recording two interceptions (3 points each) and a turnover on downs (2 points each). The offense did not waste any of those opportunities as they scored touchdowns off of each defensive set up.

The come-from-behind victory capped an impressive tournament run by the Bulldogs who defeated four single-digit seeded teams. Including the victory over Hoover, Boiling Springs defeated top-seeded Walton (GA) in the quarterfinals, defending tournament champion and fifth-seeded McGill-Toolen (AL) in the semifinals and eighth-seeded Spain Park (AL) in the first round. The Bulldogs defeated 24-seed Baldwin County (AL) in the second round after Baldwin County upset ninth-seeded Gadsden City (AL) in the first round.

Coming off of a state runner-up finish in class 5A in 2016 Boiling Springs will open the 2017 season August 25th at Ashley Ridge.

Notes:

Dutch Fork was the only other team in the event from South Carolina. The Silver Foxes went 6-0 in pool play and were the 2-seed entering the tournament. Dutch Fork finished with an overall record of 7-1 after being eliminated in the second round by 15-seed Har-Ber (AR).

South Carolina Thursday HSFB Update

Mother nature effects us all whenever she wants and so with Hurricane Matthew bearing down on the eastern coasts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, a number high school football games where bumped up to Thursday.

South Carolina had a pair of region 3-5A games moved up to Thursday and both lived up to the expected billing even if they were played a day earlier.

Host Byrnes (1-6; 0-2) took a 28-17 lead early in the third quarter on a Rahjai Harris seven-yard touchdown run after recovering an onside kick to begin the half. From there Boiling Springs (6-1; 1-1) ripped off 25 unanswered points to defeat Byrnes for the first time since 1998 (also at Nixon Field).

Donavan Anderson broke a 28-28 tie in the fourth quarter returning an interception 42 yards for a touchdown with just under five minutes left. The Bulldogs sealed the victory when KJ Rogers raced 42 yards for a touchdown with just over a minute remaining for the final 42-28 margin.

Rogers finished with over 125 yards rushing and two touchdowns while quarterback Mason Streater passed for over 150 yards and had a rushing touchdown for Boiling Springs.

Brock Carroll finished with over 250 yards passing and two touchdowns passing while Quez Mays and Harris each rushed for a touchdown for Byrnes.

Byrnes will host non-region opponent Nation Ford (5-2) next week.Nation Ford fell 70-28 to Rock Hill (2-5) Thursday night.

Gaffney (5-2; 0-1) jumped out to a 21-0 lead on visiting Dorman (5-2; 2-0) as DJ Logan rushed for a touchdown, caught a touchdown and Tyshun Sarrat hooked up with Dennis Smith on a touchdown pass.

Dorman hit the comeback trail behind quarterback Jalen Fowler. Fowler accounted for seven touchdowns (six rushing, one passing) while passing for over 300 yards and rushing for over 60 yards.

Fowler gave Dorman its first lead (34-31) of the night on a 3-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter as the teams exchanged blows down to the very last play.

Gaffney went back in front 38-34 when Cameron Rice scored from fourteen yards out. Dorman answered with a 66-yard touchdown pass from Fowler to Chase Tinsley to go up 41-38.

Gaffney scored again with just over a minute remaining on Rice’s 9-yard run for the 45-41 lead.

Eli Buckley returned the ensuing kickoff into Gaffney territory then fumbled it only to have teammate Addison Wilkins scoop it up and take it to the Gaffney fifteen. Fowler scored from three yards out moments later to put the Cavaliers ahead 48-45 with less than thirty seconds left. Gaffney’s Hail Mary attempt was complete however Myell White was stopped inside the ten giving Dorman the victory.

Gaffney racked up 666 yards of total offense to Dorman’s 423. Sarrat finished with over 400 yards passing while Rice finished with over 140 yards rushing and two touchdowns for Gaffney.

Gaffney will face Boiling Springs while Dorman will host Spartanburg (5-2; 1-0) next week.

Spartanburg (5-2; 1-0) is off this week.

 

Georgia HSFB Update Sept 30th

Roswell (5-0) continued its impressive defensive play this season shutting out its second straight opponent with a 17-0 victory over Milton. The Hornets have not allowed more than seven points (Buford in season opener) in a game this season. Sheldon Evans rushed for two touchdowns for the Hornets.

Mill Creek (6-0) pulled away from North Gwinnett (3-3) late in the second quarter and posted its second straight victory over the Bulldogs 44-17. Cameron Turley passed for three touchdowns and Cole Wroble rushed for a pair of touchdowns for the Hawks

Lowndes (6-1) racked up over 600 yards of total offense to defeat Ware County 56-35. Ware County (2-3) jumped out to a 14-0 lead only to see the Vikings roar back with a strong third quarter and cruise to victory.

Nolan Donley hit Demond Ellison on a 40-yard touchdown pass with less than thirty seconds remaining as Cherokee (3-3) knocked off Etowah (4-2) 28-21. Etowah’s Tyray Devezin rushed for two touchdowns in the loss.

Norcross (6-0) defeated Parkview (3-2) in the battle of quarterbacks committed to play collegiate baseball. Norcross’ Byron Radcliff passed for three touchdowns as the Blue Devils defeated Parkview for the seventh time in the last eight meetings 38-15.

Trailing 14-13 with less than five minutes remaining, Daetrich Harrington raced 55 yards for a touchdown as Alexander (5-0) defeated Northgate 21-14. Kyle Cater rushed for a touchdown for Northgate in defeat.

Lovejoy (4-3) defeated Mt. Zion-Jonesboro (2-4) 35-9. Lovejoy QB John Seter passed for three touchdowns as the Wildcats improved to 4-0 in region play with a 35-9 victory.

Camden County (2-4) picked up its second win of the season by displacing Forest Park 67-14. Camden County scored more than 17 points in a game for the first time this season. Forest Park (0-7; one loss by forfeit) scored a season-high 14 points, cracking the double digit mark for the first time this season. Forest Park head coach Dale Myers is a native of Kingsland, GA and former Camden County player.In his second second, Myers has yet to pick up a victory as Forest Park is now 0-16 under Myers. Forest Park has not won more than three games since a seven-win season in 2000 and have had eleven head coaches during that span.

Preston Taylor nailed a 39-yard field goal with one second remaining to give Newton (4-1-1) a 13-12 victory over South Gwinnett (4-2). South Gwinnett took a 12-10 lead on a 34-yard field goal by Dawson Newman with less than a minute remaining. Blake Brok rushed for Newton’s lone touchdown.

Leading 20-0 in the third quarter, Shaun Jolly returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown as Stephenson (3-3) defeated Jonesboro (0-6) 27-0.

Tucker (5-1) defeated Mundy’s Mill (1-5) 34-14. Tucker quarterback Xavier Sheppard passed for a pair of touchdowns in the victory.

Isaiah Green passed for three touchdowns and rushed for two more as Langston Hughes (5-1) defeated Creekside 35-34. Creekside (4-2) scored with just over one minute remaining in the game however failed on the two-point conversion attempt.

Georgia HSFB Update Sept 23

Clarke Central (3-2) scored 38 unanswered points after trailing rival Cedar Shoals (3-2) 6-0 enroute to a 38-12 victory. The Gladiators have defeated the Jaguars eight straight times and lead the all-time series 35-15.  Jack Mangel passed for two touchdowns to Rico Arnold and Trajan Pinkney while JaQuarus Grant returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown for the Gladiators. NaDerrious Smith and Jarvis Howell each rushed for a touchdown for Clarke Central.

North Gwinnett (3-2) used a balance attack to defeat Mountain View 38-14. Bulldog quarterback Cade Fortin passed for two touchdowns. Brian Eberhardt  and Ryan Lovelace rushed for touchdowns and Javonni Cunningham returned a punt for a touchdown for North Gwinnett.

Xavier Sheppard passed for three touchdowns and Joshua Vann caught two touchdown passes as Tucker (4-1) shutout M. L. King (2-3) 55-0.Tucker has scored 50+ points and recorded shutouts in two consecutive games.

Other games of Interest:

Lakeside-Dekalb shutout Meadowcreek (0-5) 38-0. Lakeside recorded its first shutout this season and improves to 4-1 with its only loss to Tucker.

Malik Willis passed for three touchdowns and rushed for two touchdowns as Roswell shutout Archer 47-0

McEachern (4-1) held its third straight opponent without a touchdown in a 34-3 victory over Camden County (1-4).

Harrison (5-0) extended its winning streak to five games with a 43-19 victory over Allatoona (1-4).

Newton got by Heritage-Conyers 34-28. Newton head coach Terrence Banks served a one-game suspension  and did not coach in the game.

 

Clarke Central-Cedar Shoals On TSC

Total Sports Coverage will carry the 50th edition of the Classic City Championship LIVE between Cedar Shoals and Clarke Central on Friday September 23rd. Clarke Central leads the overall series 34-15 and have won the previous eight games and 10 of the 11 eleven. It will mark the region 8-5A opener for both schools.

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Both schools are breaking in new coaches. Cedar Shoals has former Clarke Central and Thomasville head coach Leroy Ryals leading the Jaguars. Ryals posted a 7-1 record against Cedar Shoals as head coach of Clarke Central. The Gladiators are led by former University of Georgia baseball head coach David Perno, who won a state title in football at Clarke Central in the mid-80’s.

Currently Cedar Shoals is 3-1 and Clarke Central is 2-2.

Joel Hillsman will be on the play-by-play call. Hillsman, an Athens native, has broadcast high school sports across six states the last seven years, will be calling his third game in this storied Georgia series.

Listen live as the pregame will begin at 7:15 pm et with kickoff at 7:30 pm et from Waters-Wilkins Stadium.

Georgia HSFB Update Sept. 16th

Oconee County (4-0) won its fourth straight game with a 28-10 victory over previously undefeated Cedar Shoals (3-1). Sam Middlebrooks hit Roques Dowty on a 52-yard touchdown pass on the Warriors opening possession for a 7-0 lead which held to halftime. Trent Harris got Cedar Shoals on the board in the third quarter with a field goal to pull the Jaguars to within 7-3. In the fourth quarter Oconee County put the game away with touchdown runs from Champ Hall, Jared Hood and Christian Casey. Jaivanni McDavid returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown for the Jaguars only touchdown of the game. Cedar Shoals’ three-game win streak, it’s longest since 2007, was snapped with the loss.

Camden County (1-3) won its first game of the season getting a 7-6 decision over Brunswick (2-2). Mickey Packard scored for Camden County while Brunswick quarterback Jamarius Stevens scored for the Pirates. Stevens missed the PAT to leave the score 7-6 which held for the final margin.  Former Camden County Wildcat running back Brandon McMaster- now at Brunswick, finished with over 100 all-purpose yards for the Pirates against his former mates. Brunswick’s two losses have came by a combined two points-both off missed extra points.

Greater Atlanta Christian broke open a 9-7 halftime game in the third quarter with two touchdown passes from quarterback Davis Mills to Harrison Sloan and Trey Morrison. Mills finished with three touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown as GAC (3-1) defeated St. Pius (0-4) 37-7.

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Lovejoy QB John Seter (17) attempts a pass against Stockbridge

Lovejoy (2-3) improved to 2-0 in region play with a 28-27 victory over Stephenson (1-3). Lovejoy quarterback John Seter- a transfer from The Salisbury School in Salisbury, Connecticut, was 15-of-24 for 301 yards, three touchdowns with one interception passing. Through five games (four games played) Seter has passed for 933 yards, eight touchdowns and four interceptions.

Grayson (2-1) defeated Deerfield Beach (FL) (1-2) 39-14. DeAngelo Gibbs caught two touchdown passes and Jamyest Williams returned an interception for a touchdown in the Rams second straight victory. Grayson is now 1-1 in interstate games this season with interstate games against Ramsay (AL) and Hoover (AL) remaining this season.

Quarterback Patrick Ferris passed for three touchdowns and Tyray Devezin rushed for another as Etowah (4-1) defeated Milton (2-2) 28-10. Blake Jones continued his stellar play with two touchdown receptions. Jones had interceptions in the previous two games against Spartanburg (SC) and East Coweta late in the fourth quarter to seal Etowah victories. Jackson Sisk also caught a touchdown pass for Etowah.

 

Other Games Of Interest: 

Mays (3-1) routed New Manchester (0-4) 51-0 in the first-ever meeting between the two programs. The Raiders have won three consecutive games and the lone loss to Stockbridge, was by one point.

Colquitt County (1-4) won its first game of the season 52-14 over Brookwood (2-2). Colquitt chalked up its first-ever victory over Brookwood in the fourth all-time meeting in the series. Brookwood has lost two straight since opening the season with wins over North Gwinnett and Walton but have a favorable schedule upcoming in the next few weeks as region play opens. The Packers hit the road to face undefeated Valdosta (5-0) next.

Dwayne Davis picked his first victory as head coach of Mundy’s Mill (1-3) with a 33-13 victory over M.L. King (2-2).

Norcross defeated Archer 34-16 behind three touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown from quarterback Baron Radcliff. Tyler Ranel returned a kickoff 99 yard for a touchdown for Archer .

Lowndes (4-1) defeated Newton 42-34 for its fourth straight win. The Vikings have scored 35 or more points in all four victories this season after being held to only 13 points in the season opener against Valdosta (5-0)

Clarke Central (2-2) snapped its two-game losing streak with a 45-21 victory over North Oconee (0-4).  Jonathan Swelled rushed for over 175 yards and two touchdowns for the Gladiators. Clarke Central is at rival Cedar Shoals this Friday in the region opener for both.

Tucker (3-1) won its region opener  58-0 region over Jonesboro. Jonesboro (0-5) has only scored nine points through its first five games and have been outscored 149-0 the last three weeks against Spalding (3-1), McEachern (3-1) and Tucker. Jonesboro went 11-2 last season and have several transfers this season.

Northgate (4-0) defeated Creekside (3-1) in a 61-48 region game shootout. Both teams figure to fight with Mays (3-1), Douglas County (3-1), Alexander (3-0) and Langston Hughes (3-1) for playoff spots in the underrated yet extremely tough region 5-6A.

McEachern (3-1) scored a season-low six points in a 6-2 victory at Westlake (1-3). McEachern has not scored an offensive touchdown in two of its last three games against Grayson (scored touchdowns on punt and interception returns), Jonesboro (won 69-0) and Westlake (scored on two field goals). Westlake under first-year head coach Kareem Reid- who previously was a head coach in Florida, face Lithonia (1-3; defeated Meadowcreek for its first win this season last week) this Friday before opening region play against East Coweta (3-1) in two weeks. East Coweta’s lone loss came to North Cobb (3-1) who handed Etowah (3-1) its only loss this season so far 24-20.

 

 

 

 

South Carolina HSFB Update

Top-ranked 5A Dutch Fork (3-0) topped off its come-from-behind victory over Summerville with a Reese Nichols to Bobby Irby 17-yard touchdown pass with 1:28 remaining to defeat Summerville  30-28. Trailing 17-14 early in the fourth Summerville (1-2) scored 14 unanswered points on touchdowns by runs by DJ Hancock and Derrick White to go up a 28-17 with less than seven minutes remaining. Leading 28-24 with less than three minutes remaining, Summerville quarterback Jonathan Bennett fumbled in Green Wave territory which led to the Nichols to Irby eventual game-winning touchdown. Nichols finished with over 240 yards passing and three touchdowns for the Silver Foxes.

Northwestern (3-1) broke open a 6-all game against Byrnes inthe second half to win 34-12 at Nixon Field in Duncan. Trojan quarterback Gage Moloney passed for over 400 yards and four touchdowns while receiver Wally Wilmore finished with over 170 yards receiving and two touchdown as Northwestern won for the first time at Byrnes since 2001 and for the time against the Rebels since 2013. Byrnes (1-3) has had an interesting summer and early fall at the quarterback spot with as many as five guys vying for the starting job leading up to the season opener. Brock Carroll has gotten the lions share of the reps since being inserted in the Myrtle Beach game. Carroll rushed for a touchdown before leaving the game with an injury and did not return. Dylon Donnahoo-who started the season opener at Myrtle Beach, passed for a touchdown in relief when the game had been decided. The loss should drop Byrnes from the rankings which entered the game ranked ninth in 5A.

Spartanburg (3-1) bounced back from last weeks defeat in Georgia with a 38-7 victory over Union County (2-2).  Zy’Kamren Robinson rushed for two touchdowns, quarterback William Yex passed for two touchdowns and Orinthius Byrd had a pair of interceptions, returning one for a touchdown for Spartanburg.

Other games of interest:

Gaffney took care of West Charlotte 43-7

T.L. Hanna (1-3) has played nothing but ranked foes to open the season and finally picked up its first win of the season with a 21-13 win over Belton-Honea Path (3-1).

Greenwood downed Goose Creek 21-14

Boiling Springs won its third game in a row outlasting Rock Hill 35-32.

Greenville got by Christ Church 41-7 to remain undefeated.

Greer snapped Daniel’s three game winning streak with a 42-28 victory

 

 

Georgia High School Football Week 3 Update

The Mays Raiders (2-1) won their first game without former head coach Corey Jarvis 47-28 over region foe Langston Hughes (2-1). The Raiders jumped out to a 27-7 lead and never looked back defeating Hughes 47-28. It was the first game between the two schools as region opponents. Mays leads the all-time series 2-1.

The Cedar Shoals Jaguars improved to  3-0 for the first time to begin a season since 2007 with a 40-7 victory over North Oconee. Osiris Walker and Jerphari Colbert rushed for two touchdowns apiece while quarterback Akeem Glenn passed for touchdowns to Stavion Stevenson and Snipe Hall. The current three-game winning streak for Cedar Shoals is their first since 2013. Cedar Shoals hosts Oconee County next week before hosting Clarke Central in the 50th meeting of the two rival schools.

Kell jumped out to a 30-7 lead on Rome yet needed a 23-yard field goal from Connor Mendelson in the final minute to hold off Rome 33-30. Rome took a brief 7-0 lead in the first quarter before Kell ripped off 30 unanswered points. Josh Blancato kick return for a touchdown, John Lampley connected with Michael Luckie for a 29-yard touchdown pass and Kendall Bailey returned an interception for a touchdown putting Kell up 21-7 through a quarter of play. Lampley hooked up with Jared Hill for another touchdown and the Longhorns added a safety for a 30-7 halftime lead. In the Second half Rome came roaring back with a Tyrish Martin 27 pass from Knox Kadum to Tyrish Martin touchdown in the third quarter and two touchdown runs by Jamious Griffin. Griffin finished with three rushing touchdowns on the evening

Quarterback Davis Mills made a surprise start for Greater Atlanta Christian (2-1) for their cross country trip to face Valor Christian (CO). The Spartans fell 21-17 to Valor Christian (1-2) despite Mills’ surprise start. Mills suffered a non-disclosed, non-football related injury to his knee the day after a scrimmage game in mid-August and had been ruled out for 3-4 months. Mills finished 5-of-17 for 44 yards in the loss.

Glynn Academy (3-1) defeated Camden County 56-7 for its third consecutive victory. Camden County is 0-3 for the first time since 1988 (two wins were forfeited) and since 1969 in games with out forfeits. Camden will face Brunswick (2-1) next week. Former Camden County running back Brandon McMaster is now at Brunswick. McMaster rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns Friday as Brunswick defeated Wayne County 33-17.

Other games of interest:

Newton downed Peachtree Ridge in a thriller 34-32 at Sharp Stadium in Covington. Myron Middlebrooks passed for the game-winning touchdown in the final minute for Newton.

Blake Jones intercepted a pass in the final seconds to seal Etowah’s 28-20 victory over Newnan. It was the second week in a row Jones intercepted a pass to seal an Eagles victory.

Roswell (3-0) dropped Colquitt County to 0-4 with a 34-3 win, avenging last seasons loss in the Georgia 6A championship game.

Stephenson (1-2) picked up its first win of the season by handing Southwest Dekalb (2-2) its second straight loss 21-0. The Jaguars are still without head coach Ron Gartrell who is still recovering from hip surgery.

Mays Head Coach Out

Corey Jarvis is out as head football coach at Mays High School. Late Tuesday night the Atlanta Board of Education accepted the Tribunal’s findings of facts and recommendation to terminate Jarvis’ employment in a 5-4 vote from August.

An investigation launched by Atlanta Public Schools in January found more than $10,000 unaccounted for the Mays football program. More than $6,000 were in football receipts that were recorded by Jarvis that were untraceable and over $4,000 that was collected by him.

In a letter posted on his Facebook page hours after the decision came down  Jarvis addressed the issue. In part the letter said, “I know now I have to speak about the money issues that have been brought up. I in no way am a thief and I know where all of the money that I have collected for years have gone. It has always gone towards my programs. I am innocent of stealing but I am guilty of not following proper procedures in bookkeeping by mistakenly putting wrong dates in receipt books and not depositing it to the school account instead of paying for camps with cash when kids gave cash for camps. I know that I paid the camps in cash and that makes the money add up but it doesn’t refute that I was wrong on not following APS procedures. I know I wasn’t trained on all procedures but I should have done a better job of making wise decisions to protect myself as a teacher first, my students and my family.”

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Former Mays head coach Corey Jarvis looks on during a game in 2013 

In three full seasons at Mays, Jarvis posted a 30-9 record, advanced to at least the second round of the playoffs each season and were 2014 5A state runner-ups. In eleven seasons at M.L. King, Duluth and Mays he has compiled a 91-38 record, not including Mays’ 1-1 start this season.

Jarvis had also served as the head track coach and had been on paid administrative leave since May.

Mays (1-1) is currently under the direction of interim head coach Niketa Battle. The Raiders open region 5-6A play this weekend against Langston Hughes (2-0).

High School Football Update: South Carolina

The 5A poll will have a new number one as Dutch Fork toppled top-ranked Fort Dorchester 35-22 Thursday night. Silver Foxes’ wideout Bobby Irby racked up 170 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Ron Huff rushed for over a hundred yards and a touchdown. Justin Williams returned a kickoff for a touchdown for midway through the fourth for Fort Dorchester however Dutch Fork ran out the clock on the ensuing possession sealing the victory.

Sixth-ranked Spartanburg (2-1) fell 21-14 at Etowah (GA).  Ladarius Jones and Damyjai Foster each rushed for touchdowns. Midway through the fourth quarter Spartanburg was denied on fourth and goal from the one and William Yex was intercepted on their last two possessions. Etowah’s Tyray Devezin rushed for over 200 yards and three touchdowns for the Eagles.

Mallard Creek (3-0) scored 21 points off of Byrnes turnovers in a 21-14 victory. Mallard Creek jumped out to a 14-0 lead on touchdown runs by quarterback Chauncey Caldwell and running back Joel Gilmore. Brock Carroll connected with Demarcus Gregory for a touchdown to pull Byrnes (1-2) to within 14-7 at halftime. The Mavericks extended the lead to 21-7 in the third quarter when Larry Matkins returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown. Carroll connected with Quez Mays in the fourth quarter pulling Byrnes to within 21-14.  Later Mallard Creek got the ball back with just over six minutes left and ran out the clock for the victory. Darnell Walker rushed for over 130 yards for Mallard Creek.

 

Other Games of Interest:

South Pointe 30-23 over Rock Hill

Boiling Springs led 38-7 before winning 38-21 over T.L. Hanna

Spring Valley outlasted Richland Northeast in a shootout 49-48

Dorman withstood Hillcrest 37-34