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Georgia Week 5 Notes and Scores

Surprise, We’re 5-0!

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.

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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





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.

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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.



High School Football Scrimmage Action

The High School Football season is upon us even if it is more than a week away from officially starting around the region, a region where the weather in August has been historically kind. Before all the “classic” game action and bevy of TV games hits us in a week or so, reps and experience against live competition is underway via scrimmage action. It’s that time when booster clubs slowly begin to ramp it up because they support a team/school/program that may have a shot at winning a state title.

Here are some results and notes from scrimmages held on Friday.

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High School Football

North Gwinnett 9 Stephenson 7: Stephenson’s defense was swarming to the ball most of the night but the North Gwinnett defense struck first scoring on a short fumble return for a touchdown when Bobby Young stripped the running back and scored.

Lovejoy 27 Peachtree Ridge 21: Lovejoy amassed 330 yards of offense in only two quarters. Junior Wide Receiver Preston Williams caught two touchdowns. Williams missed all of last season with a hip injury after having a productive summer on the 7-on-7 circuits.

Tucker 24 Marist 3: Dominic Sanders scored three touchdowns for Tucker including 71-yard TD run in the first quarter.

Byrnes (SC) 42 Erwin (NC) 26: Byrnes’ Shaedon Meadors had a 42yd touchdown reception and running back Isaiah Hill scored a 52-yard touchdown on a screen play.

Buford 47 Berkmar 0: Buford did well in the tune up and Berkmar will take morale victories and seek to improve as they play in the rugged Region 8-6A in Georgia. Buford plays in Class 3A.

Camden County 40 Milton 7: Harrison Poole scored touchdowns of 42 and 80 yards, he is a sophomore. Junior Antonio Wimbush scored on an 80-yard touchdown and recorded a sack. Ryan Johnson returned a punt 53-yards for a touchdown and Wimbush had a punt return over 30-odd yards as well. Camden threw the ball more than a couple of times meaning, it’s in their playbook, they’ll decide when to pull it out. Treyvon Paulk of Milton may have went over 70 yards on the ground but that is not official.

Gainesville (GA) 28 Grayson (GA) 27: Highly-touted and Clemson commit QB Deshaun Watson passed for 132 yards and 2 touchdowns. Aares McCall led Grayson on the ground with over 100 yards. Grayson scored a defensive touchdown in the game.

Valdosta 7 Ware County 6: Quarterback? Valdosta trailed 6-0 in the middle of the 4th quarter to the Georgia 2012 5A runner-up Ware County Gators before ending a drive, led by quarterback Jacob McMillan, in the end zone. Valdosta is searching for a quarterback since starter Cole Massengill went down with a season-ending injury in practice earlier this month.

Cedar Shoals 35 Oconee County 21: Senior QB Darius Jordan threw 4 TD passes for Cedar Shoals. Breon Mitchell had 2 scores, Tyler Hitchcock, Sam Hemphill and Ryan Huff also scored touchdowns.

Other scores of interest:
Mauldin (SC) 21 Greenville (SC) 14
Coffee County (GA) 21 Cook (GA) 7
Lowndes 41 Thomasville 0
Jacksonville (FL) 12 Brunswick (GA) 0
Walton 33 South Cobb 7
Hart County 44 Habersham Central 17
Gaffney (SC) 36 Woodruff (SC) 35
Mill Creek 20 Parkview 13
Hiram 26 Harrison 21
B.T. Washington (GA) 41 Douglass (GA) 0

Valdosta Going To Hoover

The Valdosta (GA) Wildcats will travel to play in the National Select 7-on-7 Championships in Hoover, AL. Valdosta won the Palmetto State Showdown (SC) 7-on-7 passing tournament in June qualifying them for the national event.

The Palmetto Showdown gained national attention in its early years for its level of competition. Byrnes (SC) host the event and have won multiple South Carolina State Championships. The Wildcats from south Georgia became the second team outside of South Carolina to win the tournament in its six years. Region 1-6A opponent Brunswick (GA) is the other. Byrnes (SC) won the rest. Brunswick (GA) did not make the playoffs last season in the region, those spots went to Camden Co., Lowndes, Valdosta and Colquitt Co.

Valdosta opens their regular season against GA Class 5A Thomas County Central on August 30th in Valdosta,GA.

Valdosta (GA) Wildcats Win 6th Annual Palmetto State 7-on-7, Qualify For Hoover

It may have been the summer but it wasn’t just two random schools playing for a 7-on-7 championship. It was Valdosta and Byrnes, two schools rich in high school football tradition and history. The competitive juices were flowing from both players and coaches as though it were the fall. Valdosta rose to the occasion making key plays to prevail as the second team from Georgia to win the Palmetto State Showdown in its six-year history, defeating host and No.1 seeded Byrnes in the championship game.

Byrnes scored on their opening possession when 2012 record-setting quarterback Shuler Bentley- passed for a South Carolina record 59 TDs in 2012, found Shaedon Meadors for a touchdown. Bentley hit Tavin Richardson for the extra point giving Byrnes a 7-0 lead. Valdosta was unable to score on their first possession giving Byrnes a 9-0 lead with 13:30 remaining.

Trailing 9-0 after the first four minutes of play, Valdosta would not fold. The Wildcats from ‘Titletown’ stopped Byrnes on their next possession to make it 9-2. Following the defensive stop, Byrnes committed pass interference and defensive holding penalties keeping the Valdosta possession alive. Valdosta cashed in on the extra downs as Cole Massengill hit Malcolm Joseph for a touchdown and Caleb Whitfield on the extra point to tie the game 9-9 with 7:20 remaining.

The potent offense of Byrnes was on the move again and were inside the fifteen yard-line with a fresh set of downs when Valdosta linebacker Anthony Smith intercepted a Shuler Bentley pass giving Valdosta a 12-9 advantage with 4:10 remaining. Valdosta was unable to add offensive points and Byrnes pulled to within one, 12-11, after the defensive stop. Byrnes was moving again but on third down and short Bentley’s pass fell incomplete giving Valdosta a 14-11 lead with 39 seconds left and the Wildcats ran the clock out on their final offensive possession for the win.

You can watch the Valdosta/Byrnes championship game beginning at the 8:48:00 mark here.

Valdosta Wildcats
2013 Palmetto State Showdown Champion Valdosta Wildcats

Valdosta fielded two teams in the tournament and the ‘A’ team won the title as a No.3 seed in the tournament after going 8-2 in pool play action and 12-2 overall. One of their two losses came to the Valdosta ‘B’ team. In the tournament Valdosta ‘A’ defeated No.19 seed Union County (SC), No.6 seed Daniel (SC), No.15 Erwin (NC) and No.1 seed Byrnes (SC). Valdosta’s ‘B’ team finished pool play 6-4 and were the No.7 seed in the tournament losing to No.10 seed Gainesville (GA) in the first round to finish 6-5 overall. Combined both teams were 18-7 overall with a championship game win and wide receiver Alex Cason was named Palmetto State Showdown MVP.

Valdosta earned a spot for the National Select 7-on-7 Championship in Hoover, AL July 24-26. Afterwards head coach Rance Gillespie was noncommittal on whether they would accept the invitation.

Other notes:

Byrnes ‘A’ was the only undefeated team after pool play with a 10-0 record and finished 13-1 overall for the event. The Rebels won the Auburn University 7-on-7 last week. Byrnes opens their 2013 regular season against Apopka (FL) in August. Apopka (FL) won Florida’s class 8A state championship in 2012 and have high-profile prospects returning. ESPN will televise the game.

North Gwinnett was 6-4 in pool play and finished 6-5 overall losing in the first round to eighth-seeded Byrnes ‘B’. North Gwinnett was the nine seed and had an 26-24 victory over Byrnes ‘B’ during pool play. After finishing as the North Gwinnett Qualifier runner-up to Olive Branch (MS) and winning the University of Georgia 7-on-7 tournament earlier in the week, Jefferson County (GA) posted a 4-5-1 pool play record and finished 6-6-1 losing in the quarterfinals to fifth-seeded Lakeside-Evans (GA). In National Select Qualifier events, Jefferson County is 12-12-1 and has an invite to Hoover if they elect to take it.

Lakeside-Evans (GA) was a 2012 class 5A playoff team in 2012 and went 7-3 in pool play and 9-4 overall, losing to Byrnes ‘A’ in the semifinals on the last possession as time expired 30-23.

Led by highly-touted quarterback and Clemson commit Deshaun Watson, Gainesville (GA) posted a 6-4 record in pool play and were 7-5 overall, losing in the second round to the tournament Cinderella Erwin (NC). Gainesville lost one of the vents more high-profile games to Byrnes ‘A’ 41-27 during pool play with many Clemson supporters in attendance. Erwin (NC) was the No.15 seed after going 3-7 in pool play. Erwin defeated No.18 Wren (SC) in the play-in first round, second-seeded Bergen Catholic (NJ) ‘B’ team, and Gainesville (GA) before falling to Valdosta in the semifinals finishing 6-8 overall.

Bergen Catholic (NJ) fielded an ‘A’ and ‘B’ team yet those teams were not split ‘varsity’ and ‘junior varsity’, they were split among starters and others on the depth chart, each being on both teams. Bergen Catholic has four quarterbacks vying for the starting job with two on each team rotating them by possession per team regardless of time and score. Bergen Catholic opens their 2013 regular season at 2012 “National Champion” John Curtis (LA) in August.

Southern Durham (NC) wide receiver Maurice Trowell was the main target for Southern Durham throughout much of the Showdown showing plenty of flashes of things to come. Southern Durham went 3-7 in pool play and lost to Byrnes ‘A’ in the second round to finishing 4-8 overall.

Jack Britt (NC), a class 4-2A state runner-up three of the past five seasons, was the only team that did not post a win finishing 0-11 overall. Jack Britt returns a pair of 1,000 yard rushers in 2013.

It’s the summer and you can’t but help to say to yourself, “what if the pads were on”. Still growth, reps and experience are important over the summer months. The high school football summer is underway and August practice and the start of the season is not to far away.

Audio: North Georgia Gladiators Weekly Radio Show

North Georgia Gladiators head coach Nate Stephens talks about the play of his team in recent weeks while addressing issues to work around to maintain North Georgia Gladiator football. The North Georgia Gladiators Weekly show can be heard here.

The Gladiators, then known as Gainesville Gladiators, won the 2010 DSFL Championship  over the defending champion Chattanooga Steam.

The Gladiators have won two in a row with a combined score of 102-0 to break out of a two game losing skid. Here is the full season recap through this past weekend (March 31st).

North Georgia Gladiators 33 Anderson (SC) Red Dawgs 2

Alabama Warriors 19 North Georgia Gladiators 9

Valdosta/South Georgia Hawks 21 North Georgia Gladiators 14

North Georgia Gladiators 52 West Georgia Jaguars 0

North Georgia Gladiators 50 Georgia Falcons 0

Sitting at 3-2 with a shot at the playoffs for a franchise with playoff and championship experience, the Glads are on the radar. The roster is still loaded with talent, talent that won that 2010 championship and pulled off a 2011 regular season game victory over the Augusta/Georgia Pirates via a 4th quarter rally.