Total Sports Coverage is pleased to announce it will webcast its first-ever high school state championship game of any kind in any state. The independent network will provide a LIVE audio stream only webcast of the Georgia GHSA Class 7A Boys basketball state championship game between the McEachern Indians and Meadowcreek Mustangs.
Meadowcreek (26-5) is the defending 7A state champion while McEachern (31-0) is ranked as the No.1 team in the nation in the Max Preps Xcellent 25 and in the top 5 of other respected national polls.
Pregame coverage begins at 6:30pm EST with tip-off approxiamatley scheduled for 7:00pm EST from the Macon Coliseum in Macon, GA. The announcing team of Joel Hillsman and Lewis Preston will call the play-by-play action.
Hillsman is in his 10th season broadcasting high school athletics in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Alabama and has announced for various networks including being the lead play-by-play announcer for SUVTV’s extensive coverage of grassroots and high school basketball and Total Sports Coverage. Hillsman, a member and co-host of the Georgia Hoop Circle, has been apart of the announcing team for the basketball championships in Georgia the previous two years however this will mark the first time he will be the play-by-play announcer for a Georgia basketball championship game in his career.
Preston, also a member of the Georgia Hoop Circle, is a former NCAA head coach at Kennesaw State and also served as an assistant coach at Coastal Carolina, Notre Dame, Florida and Penn State during his career. While at Florida, Preston was apart of the 2006-2007 National Championship team coaching staff under former head coach and current Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan. Preston is in his second season of announcing high school basketball’s.
The 2018-2019 Georgia GHSA high school basketball championships are underway in Macon, Georgia this week. Here are some updates on the action so far.
In Class 3A Morgan County beat region rival Hart County for a third time this season 68-54 to win the State Championship. Tyrin Lawrence led Morgan County in scoring and rebound with a massive 19-point 18-rebound effort. Stevin Greene finished with 14 points and 4 assists while Austin Peay commit Alec Woodard tallied 13 points and 5 assist. Phil Crawford scored 11 points for the boys from Madison, GA. Rex McCord fouled out after a 19-point effort to lead Hart County. Shone Webb put in 11 points and dropped off 5 assist and Tyrese Morrison scored 10 points for Hart County.
In Class 2A boys Therrell overcame poor free throw shooting to hold of Vidalia 51-49. Therrell went 13-of-26 from the foul line, that and perimeter shooting was a concern all season however in the end as it they have all season long they withstood it to come out on top. Zyquon Morton put in a game-high 19 points while Robbie Armbrester and Ramon Son each finished with 10. Ra’Sean Fredrick finished with 8 points for the Panthers. Toriun Mull led Vidalia with 14 points. Vidalia, who lost in the finals for the second consecutive season received 10 points each from Anthony Jones and Mark Wardaw.
In Class 1A-Private Boys state title went to St. Francis after they defeated Eagles Landing Christian Academy 67-63. Xavier commit Dwon Odom finished with a game-high 28 points for the Knights. Jasuan Holt finished with 16 points and nine rebounds for the Knights who shot 51% from the field in the victory. Eagles landing Christian Academy was led by KJ Jones’ 17 points followed by 16 points from Felix Uadaile. College of Charleston-commit Trevon Reddish finished his career with 15 points 9 rebounds and 9 assists.
In Class 1A Public Calhoun County finished of an undefeated 32-0 season with a 69-67 victory over Treutlen, it was the Cougars second victory over Treutlen this season. Quanderious Powell made the game-winning layup as time expired to give Calhoun County it’s fourth title in program history. James Byrd 17 Arkavias Lovett 15 Kameron Jordan 14 led Truetlen (30-2) in the loss.
The 2018 High School football season begins this week across Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. Total Sports Coverage will stream live audio broadcast of select high school football games for the 2018 season. Games in Georgia, Florida and South Carolina are being considered for broadcasting.
In addition to live streaming audio game broadcasts, a news and notes feature entitled “Games Of Interest” will begin this week and post on Sunday evenings. Games Of Interest will provide results, news, notes and score results from select games from Georgia, Florida and South Carolina from the weekend.
Meadowcreek improved to 5-0 with a 42-28 victory over Lakeside-Dekalb (1-4). Chauncey Williams rushed for over 300 yards and five touchdowns for the Mustangs. The victory assures the Mustangs their first non-losing season since 1997. Meadowcreek is now 1-0 in region play and will face Berkmar (0-5) next week and with a victory would clinch the first winning season in school history since 1990 (the schools fifth year of football). Through five games Williams has amassed over 1200 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns.
Douglas County (5-0) defeated region and family feud foe Langston Hughes (3-2) 30-27 in a back and forth affair featuring a pair of solid running backs showcasing their talents. Douglas County jumped out to a 10-0 lead after a pick six touchdown by Xavier Hopson and a field goal. Langston Hughes then took a 14-10 lead after a Caleb Vaughn to Nae’Saan Dickerson touchdown pass and a Christian Roylaston touchdown run in the second quarter which held until halftime. After another Royalston touchdown run put Langston Hughes up 20-10, Uriah West rushed for a pair of touchdowns for a 23-20 Tigers lead. Royalston and the Panthers was not done as Royalston ripped off a 70-yard touchdown to for a 27-23 lead. Douglas County would get the last word when Marquise Collins connected with Dariyan Wiley for a 75-yard touchdown pass with less than two minutes remaining for the go-ahead and eventual game-winning touchdown. The win marked the first 5-0 start for Douglas County since 2002.
One-Sided Clash In Classic City!
Clarke Central (4-1) jumped on Cedar Shoals (3-1) early and often in a 48-7 rout of their crosstown rivals in the region opener for both. The Gladiators scored three defensive touchdowns (pick six, scoop and score, and a fumble recovery in the end zone). Jack Mangel connected with Jacob Dula on a touchdown pass for a 7-0 Clarke Central lead, Mangel passed for two touchdowns in the game. Cedar Shoals responded with a drive that stalled deep in Gladiator territory and missed a field goal, the contest was never close again. Clarke Central came one point shy of tying the all-time series record for points scored by one team (49) while posting all 48 points in the first half. The fourth quarter was played with a running clock. Jonathan Sewell and O’Brien Bryant rushed for touchdowns for Clarke Central.
Other Games/Scores Of Interest
Ira Henderson returned his second kickoff return for a touchdown this season as Stephenson (3-2) defeated Mundy’s Mill (0-5) 38-14. Javier Morton returned an interception for a touchdown for Stephenson.
Taurean Taylor rushed for three touchdowns while Travon Ford hooked up with Josh Vann on a pair of touchdown passes as Tucker (4-1) shutout ML King (2-3) 44-0. David Davis rushed for a touchdown and Jalen Jefferson recorded a safety for the Tigers.
Tift (6-0) defeated Coffee (3-1) 33-31 on a game-winning field goal by Fernando Ramirez with five seconds remaining. Coffee overcame an early 21-0 hole to take a 31-30 lead with a Wade Sumner to Dalrone Donaldson touchdown pass with just over four minutes remaining. Tift quarterback Griffin Collier finished with over 300 yards passing, four touchdowns, two of them to standout wide receiver Rashod Bateman. Dalrone Donaldson caught two touchdowns for Coffee. Tift improved to 6-0, it’s best start since 1993.
Carterville (5-0) won it’s 35th consecutive game with a 41-7 victory over Cedartown. Trevor Lawrence passed for three touchdowns while Rico Frye rushed for and caught a touchdown for Cartersville. Cartersville had held its last three opponents (Calhoun, Westlake and Cedartown) to 18 total points.
Tri-Cities (1-3) won its first game of the season to snap a 13-game losing streak with a 41-6 win over Creekside (0-5). Tarez Huddleston passed for four touchdowns for the Bulldogs. Creekside has only scored 22 total points this season.
McEachern (3-2) trailed 13-9 at halftime to Camden County (2-3) before scoring 29 unanswered points in the second half to win 38-13. Jaron Hall returned a punt for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass for the Indians. Malik Evans rushed for two touchdowns and Ali Scott had a rushing touchdown for McEachern. Logan Berryhill caught a touchdown for Camden County.
Colquitt County (5-1) used four field goals from Ryan Fitzgerald to defeat Valdosta (2-4) 27-0. Ty Leggett scored the only offensive touchdown of the game with a four-yard run late in the second quarter.
Grayson (4-0) 74-0 over International School of Broward (FL) (1-2). DJ Irons passed for four touchdowns while J’Kori Jones passed for three touchdowns for the Rams. Grayson is now 3-0 this season in out-of-state games and will play their final non-Georgia opponent this Friday when they host Ramsay (AL) (4-1). Ramsay has won three straight games and is currently ranked in the Alabama Class 6A Top 5.
Lovejoy (3-3) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 41-33 victory over Drew (1-4). Zion Custis rushed for three touchdowns for the Wildcats.
Cedar Grove (5-0) won their 15th straight game by defeating the last team to beat them, Westminster (1-4) 41-10. The 15-game winning streak is a new school record.
Rome (4-0) defeated Paulding County (1-4) 62-0. Rome will host Carrollton (4-0) in a class 5A top 10 matchup this week. Carrollton defeated Woodland-Cartersville (2-3) 41-6.
East Coweta (4-1) defeated Arabia Mountain (3-2) 48-14; East Coweta has won four in a row since their season opening loss to Lovejoy. Arabia Mountain has dropped two in a row since a 3-0 start.
Winder-Barrow (5-0) defeated North Oconee (1-4) 17-14
North Gwinnett (4-1) defeated Mountain View (4-1) 27-14
Westlake (2-3) defeated Lithonia (1-4) 45-12
Hapeville Charter (5-0) defeated South Atlanta (2-4) 42-7
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.
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.
Georgia Week 3 of high school football was played over the weekend with only a handful of games cancelled or postponed due the approaching Hurricane Irma. Most of those games were in the southeastern coastal portions of Georgia after mandatory evacuations were issued. Here is a look at some the games of interest from Week 3 in Georgia
Cartersville’s (4-0) Trevor Lawrence passed for over 280 yards and 3 touchdowns while Rico Frye rushed for over 100 yards and two touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass as class 4A Cartersville defeated 7A Westlake (1-2) 38-5. EJ Turner caught a pair of touchdown passes for the Purple Hurricanes who won their 34th consecutive game.
Mays (2-1) won its second consecutive game since a season opening loss to Stockbridge with a 32-20 region 5-6A victory over Langston Hughes (2-1). Jaquez Milam connected with Christian Royalston on a 42-yard pass to give Langston Hughes an early 7-0 lead. Later Mays pulled to within 7-6 on a touchdown run by Tyree Nelson. Mays took a 12-7 into halftime after quarterback Jaquez Evans hooked up with Amir Abdur Rahman on a 56-yard touchdown pass. In the third quarter the team quickly exchanged touchdowns as Langston Hughes’ TJ Portress briefly gave the Panthers an 14-12 lead on a 4-yard touchdown run. On the ensuing kickoff Ihbin Tophia returned it 80 yards for a touchdown for an 18-14 lead. The Raiders expanded the lead to 25-14 on Nelson’s second touchdown run of the game. Antoino Grier block a punt and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown and 32-14 Mays lead in the fourth quarter. Langston Hughes completed the scoring with a Tyrea Swanson 10-yard touchdown run for the final 32-20 margin.
Meadowcreek (3-0) improved to 3-0 for the first time in the programs 32-year history with a 29-27 win over Forsyth Central (0-3). Meadowcreek, located in Norcross, Ga in Gwinnett County, is 73% Hispanic. The Mustangs have one of the largest offensive lines in Georgia averaging around 320 pounds which paved the way for two rushing touchdowns by Chauncey Williams (180-plus yards rushing). Jeremiah Caldwell had a receiving touchdown while Alonzo Howard returned an interception for a touchdown. Meadowcreek led 26-6 at one point before Forsyth Central rallied. The Bulldogs closed to within 26-20 on a late third quarter touchdown run by Devron Orasn. Meadowcreek added its cushion early in the fourth quarter on a field goal by Christopher Linares to put the Mustangs up 29-20. Forsyth Central added another Orasn touchdown to make it 29-27 however on their next possession were unable to convert a fourth down which sealed the victory for Meadowcreek.
Cedar Shoals (3-0) defeated North Oconee (1-2) in dramatic fashion 13-6. Ken Johnson rushed for two touchdown but it was his 5-yard touchdown with 38 seconds remaining in the game that propelled the Jaguars to the victory. Cedar Shoals has won the last two meeting between the two schools.
Stephenson (1-2) defeated Southwest Dekalb (2-2) 31-18 in a sloppy game featured five fumbles between the two teams . Ira Henderson return the second half kickoff 86 yards fro a touchdown to jump start Stephenson after trailing 6-0 at the half. Stephenson’s Deshon Stoudemire caught a pair of touchdowns, one from Ga’von Wray another from Daren Parker. Justin Tomlin passed for three touchdowns for Southwest Dekalb.
Stockbridge (3-0) for the second consecutive week allowed their opponent to score on their opening possession and for the second consecutive week after that they did not allow their opponents to score again. Dutchtown (2-1) jumped out a 7-0 lead after Shanaan McKoy’s short touchdown run capped the Bulldogs opening drive. Stockbridge pulled to within 7-6 after a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown by Demaje Carter. Marquez Ezzard added a touchdown run in the fourth quarter for the final 13-7 margin. Dutchtown’s final drive ended with an interception to cap another stingy night of Stockbridge defense which has allowed only 14 points in three games this season. It was Stockbridge’s eight consecutive victory over county and region foe Dutchdown. Lovejoy (41.5), Dutchtown (41) and Mays (36.1) are all averaging 36-plus points in games this season when not including their game against Stockbridge in which all were held to single digits (Mays was shutout).
Grayson (3-0) defeated John Curtis (LA) (1-1) 22-9 on the strength of a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns. Quarterback DJ Irons rushed for a touchdown then hooked up with Jalen Rivers an 21-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter as the Rams overcame an early 9-3 deficit for the win. Grayson collected its second victory over an out-of-state opponent this season and have International School of Broward (FL) and Ramsay (AL) remaining on the schedule. Grayson has won 17 consecutive games, including two over Alabama power Hoover, since losing to IMG Academy (FL) in their 2016 season opener.
Colquitt County (4-0) shutout Roswell (1-2) 28-0 to win its third consecutive game. Ty Leggett rushed for two touchdowns in the second half while Nigel Hillery rushed for a touchdown in the fourth quarter for the final margin.
Dacula (1-2) picked up its first win of the season by snapping Arabia Mountain’s three-game win streak with a 9-0 shutout victory. Jalen Perry rushed for the lone touchdown of the game and Zachary Gerts connected on field goal for Dacula. Arabia Mountain (3-1) had a short touchdown run called back for holding in the first half and missed a field goal in the second half.
North Gwinnett (3-1) won their third straight game defeating Norcross (2-2) 35-14. North Gwinnett’s Tyler Goodson rushed for over 240 yards and three touchdowns. Jimmy Urzua, who took over as quarterback for injured starter Cade Fortin in the first quarter of the Milton game, has led the Bulldogs to all three victories. Urzua and Devin Crosby each rushed for touchdowns as North Gwinnett amassed over 330 yards rushing as a team.
New Manchester (2-1) shutout Creekside 23-0. AJ Taylor rushed for over 100 yards and two touchdowns while Eddie Ellis caught a touchdown for New Manchester. Creekside (0-3) has been been shutout in all three games being outscored 89-0.
Other Scores/Notes of Interest:
Woodstock (2-1) became the fourth Georgia team to score 70-plus points this season in their 77-49 shootout victory over Kennesaw Mountain (2-1). Rockdale County (75 vs Berkmar), Habersham Central (72 vs East Hall) and Mountain View (71 vs Osborne) are the others.
Jenkins (3-0) defeated Liberty County (1-2) 43-41; Jenkins quarterback Javonte Middleton passed for three touchdowns.
Class 7A Tift (4-0) handed former region foe and defending 6A state champion Valdosta (1-3) its second straight loss with a 20-10 victory
Abbeville (SC) defeated Lincoln County (1-2) 28-24
Cedar Grove (3-0) shutout Columbia (1-2) 33-0
Peachtree Ridge (0-3) struggles to begin the season continued after losing 47-28 to Newton (3-0).
McEachern (1-2) defeated Jonesboro (2-1) 49-10
Douglas County (3-0) won it’s region opener on the road shutting out Northgate (2-1) 21-0
Hapeville Charter (3-1) shutout Wesleyan (3-1) 35-0
Games of interest postponed/cancelled due to Hurricane Irma:
Camden County at Glynn Academy
Grady at Ware County
Shiloh at Lowndes; The concern with this game was Shiloh having to travel back Gwinnett County after the game in heavy traffic due to Hurricane Irma evacuations from Florida.
The Georgia high school football season continued with a bevy of interesting week 2 match ups. Here’s a look at some of the games of interest.
Colquitt County (3-0) overcame a 14-7 halftime deficit by scoring 28 unanswered points in the second half enroute to a 35-21 victory over Tucker (2-1). Packers quarterback Steven Krajewski passed for 245 yards and 3 touchdowns and at one point completed 14 consecutive passes in a row.
Cedar Shoals (2-0) got rushing touchdowns from quarterback Kiyonnice Smith (two), Jephari Colbert and Willingham along with a 99-yard kick return for a touchdown by Jai’vanna McDavid to defeat Decatur (1-2) 45-13 in thier home opener Friday night.
Arabia Mountain (3-0) defeated Redan (0-3) 46-6 as Josh Campbell accounted for five touchdowns (four rushing and one passing)
Etowah (1-2) played its first-ever game out of the state of Georgia to complete a home-and-home series with Spartanburg (SC) (1-2). Etowah won last season in Woodstock 21-14 however the result was not the same this year. Spartanburg rushed for over 400 yards as Zykamren Robinson racked up over 220 yards and three touchdowns rushing. Quarterback Keonte Cartledge connected with Romain Kelly and Damyjai Foster for touchdowns for the Vikings. Etowah quarterback Patrick Ferris passed for a pair of touchdowns, both to Blake Jones. Nick Maddox rushed for a touchdown for the Eagles.
Grayson (2-0) and McEachern (0-2) tussled in a defensive struggle all night before it was Grayson coming away with the 12-7 victory.
Lovejoy (2-1) opened the game with a 13-play 80-yard drive which was capped by a 5-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Huntington to Jerrod Means for the 7-0 lead against Stockbridge (2-0). Stockbridge’s defense did not allow Lovejoy to score again while the offense scored 21 unanswered points in the 21-7 victory. Yashan Mckee, BJ Riley and Gabe McKenzie rushed for touchdowns for Stockbridge. Lovejoy running back Zion Custis did not play in the second half for the second consecutive week due to an ankle injury. Stockbridge has allowed seven combined points in two games this season against 6A schools Mays and Lovejoy.
Westlake (1-1) scored 40 points in the first quarter in 66-6 victory at Shiloh (0-3). Quarterback Jaylen Williams passed for four touchdowns, two to Adrian Byrant of 75 and 33 yards in the win. As a team Westlake passed for five touchdowns, rushed for four touchdowns and James Miller added a pair of field goals.
Mays (1-1) a week after being shutout by Stockbridge, racked up over 340 yards passing and over 400 yards of total offense in a 41-0 shutout over Peachtree Ridge (0-3).
Woodland-Stockbridge (2-1) defeated Tri- Cities (0-2) 21-0. Jalen Mason, a former basketball player at Miller Grove, caught a touchdown pass while Kareem Rogers had a rushing touchdown. The Wolfpack scored a defensive touchdown when Lexington Stocker recovered fumble in the end zone.
Winder Barrow (3-0) won its third consecutive game to open a season for the first time since 2007 with a 38-17 victory over Northview. Jamar Mack rushed for two touchdowns, Justin Sims returned a fumble for a touchdown and rushed for a touchdown while quarterback Brock Landis rushed for a touchdown for the Bulldoggs.
Meadowcreek (2-0) improved to 2-0 for the first time since 1993 after a 51-36 victory over Duluth (1-1). Mustang running back Chauncey Williams racked up 568 all-purpose yards in the victory. Williams rushed for three touchdowns, caught a touchdown passing and returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
Clarke Central (2-1) defeated Gainesville (1-2) 42-14 behind rushing touchdowns by Jonathan Sewell, and O’Brien Barnett. Quarterback Jack Mangel connected on touchdown passes to Trey Johnson and Marquise Smith. Kapres Forbes return a punt for a touchdown, his second of the season.
The High School football season cranked up with a full schedule in Georgia on the final Friday in September. Here are some notes and scores from around the state.
In a battle of state champions from the highest class in Georgia (Grayson) and Alabama (Hoover), host Grayson jumped out a 14-0 lead and held on late for a 35-26 victory over the Buccaneers. Hoover (0-1) pulled to within two points, 28-26 on Larry McCammon’s third rushing touchdown with just over seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Grayson answered quickly when DJ Irons hooked up with Keynon Jackson for 71-yard touchdown pass to give Grayson (1-0) the 35-26 cushion which they held for the victory. Ronald Thompkins rushed for over 100 yards and two touchdowns while DJ Irons passed for 200 yards and touchdown and rushed for a touchdown. Hoover falls to 2-4 all-time against Georgia opponents and 0-2 all-time to Grayson.
In Moultrie, GA the Colquitt County (2-0) Packers won their second straight game with a 26-7 victory over Vista Murrieta (CA). Daijun Edwards rushed for two touchdowns, Cam Singletary scored on a 46-yard touchdown reception and the Colquitt County defense held their second straight opponent under 150 yards of total offense. It was the Packers first-ever game against a team from California.
Lowndes (2-0) shutout its second opponent in a row with a 56-0 victory over International School Of Broward (FL). The Vikings have outscored their first two opponents 111-0 to open the season including a 45-0 victory over rival Valdosta in the season opener. Valdosta (1-1) defeated Woodland-Stockbridge (1-1) 26-0 to earn it’s first victory of the season while handing the Wolfpack it’s first loss.
Walton (2-0) under first-year head coach Daniel Brunner withstood Brookwood (0-2) 42-35. DJ Soyoye rushed for three touchdowns, quarterback Austin Kirksey passed for over 260 yards with a touchdown while highly-touted receiver Dominick Blaylock caught a touchdown pass for Walton. Brookwood was powered again by its rushing attack from Matthew Hill (rushing and receiving TD) and Dante Black (3 rushing TDs).
Defending 5A state champion Rome (1-0) defeated 6A Harrison (0-1) 33-21. Rome score the final 16 points of the contest after Harrison scored 14 unanswered points to take a 21-17 lead in the second half after trailing 17-7. Knox Kadum passed for a pair of touchdowns- both to Xavier Roberts, while Jamious Griffin rushed for a touchdown and defensive lineman JaQuon Griffin returned a fumble for a touchdown. Highly-touted Harrison quarterback Justin Fields passed for two touchdowns and rushed for another while finishing with over 300 yards of total offense.
Clarke Central (1-1) rebounded from a season opening loss to Winder-Barrow by defeating Oconee County (0-1) 27-11. Leading 14-3 in the third quarter, Jonathan Sewell caught a 41-yard touchdown pass from Jack Mangel. Kapres Forbes put the game away by returning a punt 51 yards for a touchdown giving Clarke Central a 27-3 lead later in the third quarter. Mangel and Nadarrius Smith each had rushing touchdowns against the Warriors.
Stockbridge (1-0) used a Gabe McKensize touchdown run, a short field goal and a stout defense to defeat Mays (0-1) 9-0 for the second consecutive season. It marked the first time Mays was shutout in 64 games.
Mill Creek (2-0) scored 31 unanswered points enroute to a 31-13 victory over class 6A Stephenson (0-2). The Hawks, who overcame a deficit for the second consecutive week (defeated McEachern in season opener after trailing), rushed for over 200 yards and four touchdowns as a team.
Cartersville (2-0) won their 32nd consecutive game with a 52-45 victory over Bartram Trail (FL) (0-1). Rico Frye rushed for a one-yard touchdown with just over three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to break a 45-45 tie and give Cartersville the 52-45 lead. Bartram Trail moved to the Cartersville 11 yard line after a pass interference call in the end zone however on the next play Riley Smith’s pass was incomplete as time expired. Cartersville’s highly-touted quarterback Trevor Lawrence passed for over 400 yards with three touchdowns while Rico Frye rushed for over 125 yards and two touchdowns. Bartram Trail rotated Smith and Gatewood at quarterback most of the day. Gatewood passed for over 160 yards and a touchdown while rushing for over 115 yards.
Cedar Shoals (1-0) overcame a halftime deficit to defeat Discovery (0-2) for the second consecutive season 22-12. Trailing 12-7, Cedar Shoals’ Cameron Hudson returned a lateral for a touchdown for a 15-12 lead after a successful two-point conversion. The Jaguars sealed the deal with a 19-play drive capped by a Jephari Colbert 7-yard touchdown with just more than three minutes remaining in the game. Colbert rushed for over 100 yards and two touchdowns for the Jaguars.
Other scores of interest:
Tucker (2-0) defeated Lakeside-Dekalb (0-2) 54-0; Tucker travels to Colquitt County this week.
Cedar Grove (2-0) defeated Southwest Dekalb (1-1) 37-7
North Gwinnett (1-1) defeated Milton (1-1) 31-28
Langston Hughes (2-0) defeated Westlake (0-1) 16-13; Langston Hughes is off this week before hosting Mays on Sept. 8th. Westlake will host Shiloh this week
Venice (FL) (1-0) defeated Camden County (1-1) 35-3; Camden County does not have a passing touchdown through two games this season in its new spread offense.
Redan (1-1) defeated Lithona (0-2) 18-9
Dutchtown (1-0) defeated Ola (1-1) 39-7
Central Gwinnett (2-0) defeated Dacula (0-1) 36-33
Valdosta (1-1) defeated Woodland-Stockbridge (1-1) 26-0; Woodland-Stockbridge travels to Tri-Cities this Saturday
Buford (2-0) defeated Melbourne Central Catholic (FL) (0-1) 34-17; Buford hosts International School of Broward (FL) this week
Lovejoy (2-0) defeated Mundy’s Mill (0-2) 33-14; Lovejoy faces Stockbridge this week at Tri-Cites on Saturday
The 2017 baseball season came to a close in Georgia this week with the crowning of eight state champions across the seven classifications for the first time in state history.
All but one classification featured a sweep in the championship series. In Class 4A the Marist War Eagles (25-17) won the final two games to defeat Blessed Trinity (36-6) 2-1 in their best-of-three series to win its 13th state championship.
Etowah (28-16) swept Woodstock (26-17) in 7A to win its first state championships. Etowah won the second game in eleven innings to complete the series sweep. This series featured two teams from the same county (Cherokee)
Pope (34-6) swept Lee County (28-14) in 6A to win its third state championship.
Loganville (30-13) swept Wayne County (28-14) in 5A to win its third state championship.
North Hall (33-11) won its first state championship with a sweep of Pierce County (28-10) in 3A.
Jeff Davis (33-8) won its first state championship by sweeping Elbert County (33-9) in 2A.
Schely County (34-2) swept Gordon Lee (27-8) in 1A Public while Savannah Christian (34-3) swept Tatnall Square (30-5) in 1A Private.
Despite the added classification there were no repeat champions this season in Georgia.
The latest Perfect Game Top 50 HS rankings have not been released yet. As of the week of May 22nd Blessed Trinity (No. 9), Pope (No.11), Woodstock (No.42), Etowah (No.44) and North Gwinnett (No. 48) were the only teams ranked from Georgia.
Pope (No.11) and Etowah (No.44) are poised to move up when the latest rankings are released while the remainder of the Georgia field will just have to wait and see.
Etowah and Woodstock were one of two championship series that featured teams from the same region with Marist and Blessed Trinity being the other. Blessed Trinity won all four previous regular season games against Marist before losing the final two in the finals. Woodstock finished third while Etowah finished fourth in region 4-7A with both posting sub-500 region records as Walton and Lassiter finished one-two in the region. Woodstock won both regular season season meetings with Etowah. Walton and Lassiter were eliminated in the second round to Mill Creek and North Gwinnett respectively
Georgia was well represented throughout the baseball season in the Perfect Game Top 50 HS rankings. In addition to the five teams currently in the rankings, Winder-Barrow, Walton, Parkview, Mill Creek and Allatoona also were ranked nationally during the season.
Rogerous Swain won the Georgia 5A Triple Jump state championship with a final jump of 48′-05.25″. Swain previously had the longest jump this season in all classifications with a mark of 50′-00.00″ during the regular season. Swain’s first place finished earned the Jaguars ten points.
Markell Allen finished third with a final jump of 47′-04.75 to earn the Jaguars six points.
Through seven events the Jaguars were in fourth place with 18 points.
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