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Monday December 16, 2013

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Championship Games In Review

Class AAAAAA

Norcross 31, North Gwinnett 14

fRecap: Myles Autry's 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown helped get Norcross out of a 14-0 hole in the first quarter, and his 69-yard TD reception from A.J. Bush - who threw for 303 yards - put the game on ice with 9:39 left. Norcross scored the final 31 points.

 

History: Norcross became the first team to win back-to-back championships in the highest class since Camden County in 2008 and 2009 and the first from Gwinnett County to do it since the 2000-2002 Parkview dynasty. Norcross became the fifth team in 18 tries to avenge a regular-season loss in a state championship game. North Gwinnett had beaten Norcross 36-17 on Sept. 13. Norcross is only the fourth team to win the highest classification after a 1-2 start. The others are 2009 Camden County, 1996 Brookwood and 1978 Griffin.

 

GAME STATISTICS

 

North Gwinnett

14

0

0

0

14

Norcross

6

8

10

7

31

 

First quarter
NG - Nate Brown 5 pass from Hayden Sphire (Mike D'Angola kick), 2:50 
NG - Caleb Scott 20 pass from Sphire (D'Angola kick), 1:40 
N - Myles Autry 92 kickoff return (kick failed), 1:28 
Second quarter 
N - Clinton Lynch 34 pass from A.J. Bush (Lynch pass from Bush), 4:19 
Third quarter
N - Blake Bingham 32 field goal, 5:53 
N - Bush 4 yd run (Bingham kick), 0:25 
Fourth quarter
N - Autry 69 pass from Bush (Bingham kick), 9:39

 

North Gwinnett

Norcross

First Downs

17

12

Rushes / Yards (Net)

33 / 96

30 / 47

Passing Yards (Net)

186

303

Pass Comp. / Att. / Int.

20 / 41 / 4

17 / 23 / 2

Total Offense Plays / Yards

74 / 282

53 / 350

Fumbles / Lost

1 / 0

1 / 1

Penalties / Yards

7 / 44

14 / 133

Time of Possession

26:11

21:49

Sacks By: Number / Yards

0 / 0

2 / 8

 
Rushing: North Gwinnett - C.J. Leggett 29-106, Almonzo Brown 1-2, Team 1-(-4), Hayden Sphire 2-(-8). Norcross - Josh Boyd 14-30, A.J. Bush 7-12, Jacob Gassert 1-3, KaDarius Garrett 2-3, Myles Autry 2-1, Clinton Lynch 1-1, James Keeling 1-(-1), Team 2-(-2).
Passing: North Gwinnett - Hayden Sphire 20-41-4-186. Norcross - A.J. Bush 17-23-2-303.
Receiving: North Gwinnett - C.J. Leggett 6-61, Caleb Scott 5-51, Nate Brown 4-47, Almonzo Brown 4-14, Daniel Imatorbhebhe 1-13. Norcross - Clinton Lynch 5-135, Myles Autry 5-95, Chris Herndon 5-45, Darian Dennis 2-28.ss - Clinton Lynch 5-135, Myles Autry 5-95, Chris Herndon 5-45, Darian Dennis 2-28.

 

Class AAAAA

Creekside 52, Tucker 28

cRecap: Creekside put up 535 yards in total offense, and RB Dexter Knox scored what is believed to be a state-finals record five touchdowns. With the score 14-14, Creekside's Cameron Jackson returned the second-half kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown, and Creekside scored on five of its next six possessions. Knox, who rushed for 164 yards, scored his fifth touchdown with 4:06 left.

 

History: Creekside, opened in 1990, won its first state title and became the first champion from south Fulton County since Palmetto in 1983. Olten Downs, in his first season at Creekside, became one of fewer than 10 men to win state titles as a head coach and player (2000 Shaw). Griffin's Steve Devoursney joined Downs on that list the next day. Creekside is one of only 10 teams to break 50 points in a state final. Research by the Georgia High School Football Historians Association has documented nine players with four touchdowns, most recently Cody Getz of Buford in 2009, but none with five before Knox.

 

GAME STATISTICS

 

Tucker

14

0

14

0

28

Creekside

7

7

24

14

52

 

First quarter 
T - Joseph Farrar 1 run (Eric Weber kick), 7:53 
C - Dexter Knox 1 run (Francisco Alejandre kick), 2:04 
T - Dominick Sanders 38 pass from Farrar (Weber kick), 0:26 
Second quarter
C - Knox 3 yd run (Alejandre kick), 1:50 
Third quarter
C - Cameron Jackson 99 kickoff return (Alejandre kick), 11:47 
C - Knox 16 run (Alejandre kick), 10:01 
T - Yaquis Shelley 21 run (Weber kick), 7:53 
C - Alejandre 33 field goal, 6:25 
C - Knox 22 run (Alejandre kick), 4:05 
T - Sanders 65 pass from Farrar (Weber kick), 1:06 
Fourth quarter 
C - Jayson Stanley 77 pass from Felix Harper (Alejandre kick), 9:52 
C - Knox 7 run (Alejandre kick), 4:06

 

Tucker

Creekside

First Downs

17

25

Rushes / Yards (Net)

38 / 158

56 / 326

Passing Yards (Net)

178

209

Pass Comp. / Att. / Int.

7 / 19 / 0

8 / 14 / 1

Total Offense Plays / Yards

57 / 336

70 / 535

Fumbles / Lost

4 / 3

1 / 0

Penalties / Yards

9 / 65

7 / 75

Time of Possession

20:36

27:24

Sacks By: Number / Yards

2 / 19

3 / 31

 
Rushing: Tucker - Joseph Farrar 15-74, Elijah Sullivan 7-60, Yaquis Shelley 3-30, Devin Towns 2-2, Quentin Woodard 1-0, Team 2-(-3), Dominick Sanders 8-(-5). Creekside - Dexter Knox 25-164, Bricen Terry 18-140, Elliott Berry 3-30, Darvin Williams 1-16, Evan Berry 1-(-2), Felix Harper 4-(-11), Team 4-(-11).
Passing: Tucker - Joseph Farrar 7-18-0-178, Yaquis Shelley 0-1-0-0. Creekside - Felix Harper 8-14-1-209. 

Receiving: Tucker - Yaquis Shelley 3-32, Dominick Sanders 2-119, Devin Towns 1-15, Nekyle Lundie 1-12. Creekside - Jayson Stanley 3-82, Dexter Knox 1-40, Dejaun Duncan 1-40, Bricen Terry 1-29, Cameron Jackson 1-9, Darvin Williams 1-9.

 

Class AAAA

Griffin 56, Carrollton 35

aRecap: Griffin QB Jaquez Parks passed for 338 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 216 yards and a touchdown - setting a state-finals record with 544 yards from scrimmage - in the highest-scoring state final in GHSA history. Carrollton led 14-0 and 21-7 in the first quarter, but it didn't deter Griffin, which threw two interceptions but never punted. The game's key moment came with 2:59 left in the first half, with Carrollton trailing 28-24 with a first-and-goal at the 3. Griffin's Ryan Cochran returned a fumble 90 yards for a touchdown.

 

History: Griffin won its first state title since 1978. Griffin scored the third-most points in a state final behind 1971 Valdosta (62) and 1983 Tift County (59). The 91 points for both teams broke the record set in 2010 when Brookwood beat Colquitt County 52-38. Griffin coach Steve Devoursney became one of fewer than 10 men to win Georgia state titles as a head coach and player (1988 R.E. Lee).

 

GAME STATISTICS

 

Carrollton

21

6

8

0

35

Griffin

14

21

14

7

56

 

First quarter
C - Trey Chivers 24 run (Tyler Newsome kick), 7:06 
C - Chivers 9 run (Newsome kick), 4:46 
G - Trey Willis 30 pass from Jacquez Parks (Tristen Mathis kick), 3:13 
C - Chivers 48 pass from Wil Garrett (Newsome kick), 2:56 
G - Willis 53 pass from Parks (Mathis kick), 1:40 
Second quarter
C - Newsome 34 field goal, 10:47 
G - Keyston Fuller 80 pass from Parks (Mathis kick), 10:35 
G - Telly Sloan 1 run (Mathis kick), 7:55 
G - Ryan Cochran 90 fumble return, 4:53 
C - Newsome 23 field goal, 0:06 
Third quarter 
G - Willis 11 pass from Parks (Mathis kick), 10:59 
C - Chivers 5 run (Brandon Walton pass from Garrett), 9:11 
G - Willis 98 kickoff return (Mathis kick), 8:58 
Fourth quarter
G - Parks 73 run (Mathis kick), 8:08


Carrollton

Griffin

First Downs

23

21

Rushes / Yards (Net)

48 / 169

24 / 215

Passing Yards (Net)

231

338

Pass Comp. / Att. / Int.

12 / 18 / 0

16 / 21 / 2

Total Offense Plays / Yards

66 / 400

45 / 553

Fumbles / Lost

3 / 2

1 / 0

Penalties / Yards

0 / 0

7 / 42

Time of Possession

30:50

17:10

Sacks By: Number / Yards

2 / 30

1 / 3


Rushing:
 Carrollton - Trey Chivers 8-70, Wil Garrett 14-38, Jarvis Terrell 15-35, Malik Sheppard 10-22, Dante Wigley 1-4. Griffin - Jaquez Parks 16-216, Devantae Freeman 3-8, Telly Sloan 3-4, Team 2-(-13). 
Passing: Carrollton - Wil Garrett 11-17-0-204, Cristian Ramirez 1-1-0-27. Griffin - Jaquez Parks 16-21-2-338.
Receiving: Carrollton - Andrew Turner 6-139, Trey Chivers 2-43, Brandon Walton 2-18, DeAntoine Cammons 1-27, Jarvis Terrell 1-4. Griffin - Trey Willis 7-167, Christian Owens 3-21, Keyston Fuller 2-111, Randall Hunt 2-6, Quandarius Weems 1-19, Darquavious Mangham 1-14.

 

Class AAA

Buford 35, Washington County 19

bRecap: Buford trailed 13-0 late in the first half but scored touchdowns on five of its next six possessions. Taylor Mitchell's 43-yard TD pass to Isaac Nauta put Buford on the board just before halftime. Nauta, a sophomore tight end/defensive end, had two sacks and three tackles for losses and forced a fumble on defense. The game's moment of truth came with 8:55 left in the fourth quarter and Washington County trailing 21-13 and facing a fourth-and-1 at its 41. QB A.J. Gray was stopped for no gain by linebackers Korie Rogers and Joshua Thomas. Washington County RB Melvin Hill, who entered with more than 1,700 yards rushing, was held to 22 on 10 carries. Washington County, which entered averaging 49.9 points per game, failed to get a first down on six of its first eight possessions.

 

History: Buford won its 10th state title overall, ninth in 13 seasons and sixth in seven years. Buford became the first team in state history to break 700 points in a season, finishing with a state-record 707. Buford coach Jess Simpson became the fourth coach in GHSA history to win six state titles.

 

GAME STATISTICS

 

Washington County

0

13

0

6

19

Buford

0

7

7

21

35

 

Second quarter 
W - D.J. Sanders 41 pass from A.J. Gray (Jed May kick), 11:53 
W - Melvin Hill 86 punt return (kick blocked), 6:31 
B - Issac Nauta 43 pass from Taylor Mitchell (Matt Bonadies kick), 0:13 
Third quarter
B - Thomas Wilson 28 run (Bonadies kick), 10:06 
Fourth quarter
B - Joshua Thomas 18 run (Bonadies kick), 11:55 
B - Wilson 35 run (Bonadies kick), 8:09 
W - Sanders 64 pass from Gray (run failed), 6:40 
B - Thomas 5 run (Bonadies kick), 1:40


Washington County

Buford

First Downs

12

15

Rushes / Yards (Net)

26 / 42

39 / 228

Passing Yards (Net)

231

167

Pass Comp. / Att. / Int.

16 / 30 / 0

8 / 14 / 1

Total Offense Plays / Yards

56 / 273

53 / 395

Fumbles / Lost

3 / 1

1 / 1

Penalties / Yards

3 /28

9 / 47

Time of Possession

20;28

27:32

Sacks By: Number / Yards

1 / 9

4 / 23

 
Rushing: Washington County - Melvin Hill 10-22; A.J. Gray 15-16; Danyale Wicker 1-4. Buford - Thomas Wilson 14-118; Joshua Thomas 15-94; Evyn Cooper 2-9; Xavier Gantt 1-6; Donte' Gordon 2-3; Steven Reese 1-2; Team 1-(-1); Taylor Mitchell 3-(-3). 
Passing: Washington County - A.J. Gray 16-30-0-231. Buford - Taylor Mitchell 6-11-1-126; Montgomery VanGorder 2-3-0-41. 
Receiving: Washington County - D.J. Sanders 8-169; Josh Burden 3-29; Melvin Hill 2-16; J. Latimer 1-7; Byrston Jones 1-6; Logan Hunt 1-4. Buford - Issac Nauta 3-82; Tre' Neal 3-56; Thomas Wilson 2-29.

 

Class AA

Lovett 14, Lamar County 7

xRecap: Lovett drove 80 yards in 10 plays on its first drive of the second half to take a 14-7 lead on Grant Haley's 41-yard run, then didn't let Lamar County past the Lovett 49-yard line for the rest of the game. Lovett's Bear Jameson and Jack Gearon each had two tackles for losses as they helped hold Lamar County's Austin twins - both 1,000-yard rushers - in check. Haley went over 100 yards rushing for the seventh consecutive game, surpassing 1,500 for the season, and scored his 27th touchdown of the year.

 

History: Lovett won its first state title since 1970. Lovett became the first private school to win a state title higher than the lowest classification since Marist in 2003.

 

GAME STATISTICS

 

Lovett

0

7

7

0

14

Lamar County

0

7

0

0

7

 

Second quarter 
L - Jack McGranahan 8 pass from Willie Candler (Cole McGowan kick), 9:07 
LC - Quentin Frazer 11 run (Tyler Scandrett kick), 5:21 
Third quarter 
L - Grant Haley 41 run (McGowan kick), 8:09

 

Lovett

Lamar County

First Downs

19

10

Rushes / Yards (Net)

59 / 276

29 / 156

Passing Yards (Net)

77

26

Pass Comp. / Att. / Int.

8 / 9 / 0

4 / 5 / 0

Total Offense Plays / Yards

68 / 353

34 / 182

Fumbles / Lost

0 / 0

1 / 1

Penalties / Yards

6 / 53

6 / 36

Time of Possession

31:00

17:00

Sacks By: Number / Yards

2 / 12

0 / 0


Rushing:
 Lovett - Grant Haley 22-131, Murphy Lee 23-96, Willie Candler 8-40, Jay Harris 4-7, Jonathan Thomas 2-2. Lamar County - Lawrence Austin 9-73, Lance Austin 10-54, Juan Tucker 7-25, Quentin Frazer 2-14, Qua Searcy 1-(-10).  
Passing: Lovett - Willie Candler 8-9-0-77. Lamar County - Lance Austin 4-5-0-26. 
Receiving: Lovett - Jonathan Thomas 2-27, Jack McGranahan 2-20, Jack Stevens 1-16, Murphy Lee 1-8, Alex Sayles 1-4, Sam Perry 1-2. Lamar County - Qua Searcy 3-15, Ginori Smith 1-3, Lawrence Austin 0-8.

 

Class A (public)

Marion County 12, Charlton County 3

mRecap: Marion County's 5-foo-9, 155-pound sophomore RB/DB Lorenzo Smothers rushed for 105 yards, caught a 19-yard TD pass and had an interception. Marion County held Charlton County to six first downs, 137 yards in total offense and 2-of-19 passing. DL Quantez Freeman had 2.5 tackles for losses. Charlton County failed to get a first down in the second half or on any of its last seven offensive possessions.

 

History: Marion County won its first state championship in its eight seasons as a one-county high school. The Eagles played as Tri-County High from 1976 through 2005 with students from Marion, Schley and Webster counties.

 

GAME STATISTICS

 

Charlton County

3

0

0

0

3

Marion County

0

3

2

7

12

 

First quarter
C - Thomas Johnson 25 field goal, 8:21 
Second quarter 
M - A.J. Wells 22 field goal, 0:10
Third quarter 
M - Safety (ball fumbled out of end zone) 
Fourth quarter
M - Lorenzo Smothers 22 pass from Justin Eckert (Wells kick), 11:47

 

Charlton County

Marion County

First Downs

6

12

Rushes / Yards (Net)

29 / 129

44 / 103

Passing Yards (Net)

8

131

Pass Comp. / Att. / Int.

2 / 19 / 1

4 / 15 / 0

Total Offense Plays / Yards

48 / 137

59 / 234

Fumbles / Lost

1 / 0

4 / 1

Penalties / Yards

3 / 15

0 / 0

Time of Possession

21:35

26:25

Sacks By: Number / Yards

2 / 17

0 / 0

 
Rushing: 
Charlton County - Andrew Lee 25-118, Curtis Nixon 1-11, Trae Harrington 3-0. Marion County - Lorenzo Smothers 20-105, Johnny Royal 16-28, Team 2-(-3), Justin Eckert 6-(-27).
Passing: Charlton County - Trae Harrington 2-19-1-8. Marion County - Justin Eckert 4-15-0-131. 
Receiving: Charlton County - Curtis Nixon 1-6, Daveron Reed 1-2. Marion County - Lorenzo Smothers 2-31, Trae Swanson 1-68, Keyshawn Baker 1-32.

 

Class A (private) 
Aquinas 27, Calvary Day 7

nRecap: Aquinas junior RB Ruben Garnett rushed for 111 yards (giving him 1,931 unofficially on the season), and Liam Welch threw two touchdowns to Daniel Lindsey. Welch's 42-yard TD pass to Lindsey with 5:04 left in the third quarter, making the score 21-7, was the game's biggest play. It came on first down after an interception by Antonio Clark. Aquinas' defense was the difference. Calvary Day QB Michael Peterson, the leading passer in Class A with more than 3,000 yards, was intercepted three times and sacked five. Calvary Day had first downs inside Aquinas' 25-yard line twice in the third quarter without scoring.

 

History: Aquinas, established in 1957, is a state champion in football for the first time. The state's youngest head coach, James Leonard, is the first first-time coach to complete an undefeated season in Georgia since the 1950s. Aquinas became the first Augusta school to win a state championship since Josey in 1995.

 

GAME STATISTICS

 

Calvary Day

7

0

0

0

7

Aquinas

0

14

7

6

27

 

First quarter

C - Robert Heyward 16 run (Dan Hatch kick), 3:43

Second quarter

A - Ruben Garnett 37 run (Justin Thompson kick), 5:51

A - Daniel Lindsey 12 pass from Liam Welch (Thompson kick), 0:11

Third quarter

A - Lindsey 42 pass from Welch (Thompson kick), 5:04

Fourth quarter

A - John Morris 33 run (kick failed), 7:40

 

 

Calvary Day

Aquinas

First Downs

21

16

Rushes / Yards (Net)

38 / 155

33 / 142

Passing Yards (Net)

173

132

Pass Comp. / Att. / Int.

16 / 38 / 3

9 / 12 / 0

Total Offense Plays / Yards

76 / 328

45 / 274

Fumbles / Lost

2 / 0

4 / 0

Penalties / Yards

5 / 30

2 / 10

Time of Possession

26:12

21:48

Sacks By: Number / Yards

1 / 6

5 / 32

 

Rushing: Calvary Day - Robert Heyward 27-154, Derek Kirkland 5-24, Jordan Walker 1-9, Michael Peterson 5-(-32). Aquinas - Ruben Garnett 19-111, John Morris 5-51, Daniel Lindsey 2-15, Liam Welch 6-(-14), Team 1-(-21).

Passing: Calvary Day - Michael Peterson 16-38-3-173. Aquinas - Liam Welch 9-12-0-132.

Receiving: Calvary Day - Milan Richard 6-89, Jordan Walker 5-32, Derek Kirkland 2-25, Khaliq Hughes 2-22, Robert Heyward 1-5. Aquinas - Daniel Lindsey 3-69, Chris Lambert 3-39, Ruben Garnett 2-11, Justin Gibbs 1-13.


 *Statistics provided by Kevin Higgs and Ken Skinner and are courtesy of the Golden Knights of West Georgia Technical College. For complete stats from each game, click here. Note that these numbers may differ slightly from statistics kept by the individual schools.
All-Region Teams

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2-AAAAAA

Coach of the year: Al Hughes, Lovejoy

Offensive player of the year: WR Preston Williams, Lovejoy

Defensive player of the year: LB Kentavius Preston, Rockdale County

Special teams player of the year: Deandre Huff, Newton

 

First-team offense

QB - Courtney Heard, Morrow, Sr.

RB - Jeremiah Kirkland, Lovejoy, Sr.

RB - Hassan Enis, Druid Hills, Jr.

OL - Blake Davis, Rockdale County, Jr.

OL - Randy Robinson, Lovejoy, Jr.

OL - Corey Thomas, Newton, Sr.

OL - Ryan Adams, Alcovy, Sr.

OL - Justin Brown, Lovejoy, Sr.

WR - Davonte Jones, Newton, Jr.

WR - Terrell Mclaughlin, Rockdale County, Sr.

WR - Keenon Davis, Morrow, Jr.

WR - Jaylin Penny, Alcovy, Sr.

Ath. - Tristin Payne, Alcovy, Sr.

P - Devin Dawkins, Rockdale County Co., Sr.

 

First-team defense

DL - Curtiss Benton, Alcovy, Sr.

DL - A. J. Reeves, Luella, Jr.

DL - Kris Ellis, Lovejoy, Sr.

DL - Julian McKnight, Rockdale County, Sr.

LB - Steve Osondu, Luella, Sr.

LB - Randy Anyanwu, Lovejoy, Sr.

LB - Akon Godwin, Alcovy, Sr.

LB - Dez Billingslea, Newton, Sr.

DB - Shakym Peters, Rockdale County, Sr.

DB - Robert Bullard, Alcvoy, Sr.

DB - Montrell Custis, Lovejoy, Jr.

DB - Anthony Davis, Rockdale County, Sr.

Ath. - Robert McCray, Rockdale County, Sr.

K - Jaime Nunez, Lovejoy, Sr.

 

Second-team offense

QB - Romario Johnson, Newton, So.

RB - Kevin Morris-Strong, Lovejoy, Jr.

RB - Trevone Sullivan, Luella, Sr.

OL - Mike Jones, Lovejoy, Sr.

OL - Darren Drake, Luella, Jr.

OL - Tyqueze Walker, Druid Hills, Sr.

OL - Nuku Yobo, Newton, Jr.

OL - Hakeem Enis, Druid Hills, So.

WR - Tremaine Dillard, Lovejoy, Jr.

WR - Akwesi Mintah, Rockdale County, Sr.

WR - Taylor Hawkins, Newton, Sr.

WR - Tyler Moore, Morrow, Sr.

Ath. - D'Anthony Bell, Alcovy, Jr.

P - Ben Whealler, Druid Hills, Sr.

 

Second-team defense

DL - Toryan Bell, Lovejoy, Jr.

DL - Dajour Maddox, Druid Hills, Jr.

DL - Derek Green, Newton, Sr.

DL - Miles Leary, Morrow, Sr.

LB - Dax Tolson, Druid Hills, Jr.

LB - Reggie McMullen, Morrow, Sr.

LB - Wendell Mitchell, Luella, Jr.

LB - Jaylon Harris, Luella, Sr.

DB - Brandon Williams, Lovejoy, Sr.

DB - Jordan Collier, Lovejoy, Sr.

DB - Tajmell Speights, Morrow, Sr.

DB - Christopher Franklin, Newton, Sr.

Ath. - Robbie Wallace, Newton, Sr.

K - Giancarlo Malerba, Luella, Sr.

 

Honorable mention: Alcovy - OL Michael Moses, Sr.; RB Jared Farley, Sr.; DB Cameron Banks, Sr.; DB Roman Mack, Sr. Druid Hills - DB Jalen Carter, Jr.; QB Michael Scott, Jr.; WR K'Tjuan Clark, Jr.; DL Javier Lee, So. Lovejoy - OL Darien Conley, Jr.; DL Horato Brown, Sr.; DL Dion Hill, Sr.; LB Chauncey Jackson, Jr. Luella - DE Malik Skinner, Sr.; DE Terry Thomas, So.; RB Quad Clemmons, Jr.; LB Sal Vazquez, Jr. Morrow - DB Derwin Jackson, Sr.; WR Devon Jennings, Fr.; LB Xavier Essex, Sr.; SS Akeem Newton, Fr. b - DB Steven Montac, Jr.; OL Alex Jacobs, So.; DE Jordan Manson, Jr.; RB Atrice Hobbs, So. Rockdale County - LB Brandon Harris, Sr.; LB Malachi Chang Smith, Sr.; RB Keijne Thomas, Jr.; SS T.J. Warren, Jr.

 

4-AAAAA Div. B

Player of the year: Dexter Knox, Creekside

Offensive player of the year: Andrew Johnson, McIntosh

Defensive player of the year: Chris Collins, Creekside

Coach of the year: Olten Downs, Creekside

 

First-team offense

QB - Andrew Johnson, McIntosh, Sr.

RB - Dexter Knox, Creekside, Sr.

RB - John Smith, Starr's Mill, Sr.

RB - Christian Wofford, Whitewater, Jr.

OL - Dylan Crozier, Whitewater, Sr.

OL - Jason Akins, Starr's Mill, Sr.

OL - Marquell Harrell, Creekside, Jr.

OL - Travis Bertke, McIntosh, Sr.

OL - Aaron Carr, Northgate, Sr.

WR - Jason Stanley, Creekside, Jr.

WR - Trey Walters, McIntosh, Sr.

WR - Darvin Williams, Creekside, Sr.

Ath. - Jay Ashley, Whitewater, Jr.

P - Charlie Goedtke, McIntosh, Sr.

 

First-team defense

DL - Lawrence Curtis, Creekside, Sr.

DL - Rashad Menetee, Northgate, Sr.

DL - Matt Ogle, McIntosh, Sr.

DL - Jim O'Neill, McIntosh, Sr.

LB - Chris Collins, Creekside, Sr.

LB - Elliott Berry, Creekside, Sr.

LB - Ryan Fagerstrom, Northgate, Sr.

LB - Colton Clemmons, Whitewater, Sr.

DB - Evan Berry, Creekside, Sr.

DB - Quatrez Sparkman, Creekside, Sr.

DB - Kyle Dugger, Whitewater, Sr.

DB - Cameron Jackson, Creekside, Sr.

ATH - Russell Welch, Whitewater, Jr.

K - Nick Alvey, McIntosh, Sr.

 

Second-team offense

QB - Felix Harper, Creekside, So.

RB - Benton Washington, Northgate, Sr.

RB - Bricen Terry, Creekside, Jr.

RB - TJ Womack, Northgate, Sr.

OL - Jack Steinwedel, McIntosh, Sr.

OL - Robbie Stephenson, Creekside, Sr.

OL - Alex Neal, Whitewater, Sr.

OL - Venzell Boulware, Creekside, Jr.

OL - Freddy Botet, McIntosh, Sr.

WR - Duke Kinamon, McIntosh, Jr.

WR - Josh Alexander, Whitewater, Jr.

WR - Joseph Perkinson, Creekside, Jr.

ATH - Victor Nguyen, McIntosh, Sr.

P - Brandon Oot, Starr's Mill, Jr.

 

Second-team defense

DL - Alex Johnson, Creekside, Jr.

DL - Keenan Ward, Creekside, Sr.

DL - Luke Ossanna, Starr's Mill, Sr.

DL - Marquis Jennings, Northgate, Sr.

LB - Patrick Trianna, McIntosh, Jr.

LB - James Skalski, Northgate, So

LB - Kyle Brown, Whitewater, Jr.

LB - Joshua Moon, Creekside, Jr.

DB - Josh Reynolds, McIntosh, Sr.

DB - Gerren Smith, Starr's Mill, Sr.

DB - Torres Johnson, Northgate, Sr.

DB - Devonte' Wilson, Creekside, Sr.

ATH - Mitchell Ray, Starr's Mill, Sr.

K - Francisco Alejandre, Creekside, So.

 

3-AAAA Div. A

Player of the year: WR Krenwick Sanders, Wayne County, Sr.

Offensive player of the year: QB Malique Jackson, Wayne County, Sr.

Defensive player of the year: LB Raekwon McMillan, Liberty County, Sr.

Special teams player of the year: Richard Lecounte, Liberty County, Fr.

 

First-team offense

QB - Jordan Waters, Liberty County, Sr.

QB - Collin Chance, Statesboro, Sr.

WR - Cameron Brown, Wayne County, Sr.

WR - Tyler Hagan, South Effingham, Sr.

WR - Freddie McSwain, Liberty County, Sr.

WR - Joe Corless, Statesboro, Sr.

RB - Anfernee Jordan, Wayne County, Jr.

RB - Sherrodric Rawls, Statesboro, Sr.

RB - Trentice Williams, Liberty County, Sr.

RB - Patrick Brown, South Effingham, So.

TE - Jeremy Caldwell-Fabregas, Liberty County, Sr.

OL - Tyler Smith, South Effingham, Sr.

OL - Kharn Collier-Ellison, Liberty County, Sr.

OL - Dustin Sloan, Wayne County, Sr.

OL - Jordan Padgett, Wayne County, Sr.

OL - John Underwood, Statesboro, Sr.

OL - Chandre Mells, Liberty County, Jr.

PK/P - George Hill, Statesboro, Sr.

 

First-team defense

DL - Jeremy Patterson, Wayne County, Sr.

DL - Caleb Martin, Wayne County, So.

DL - Brandon Maple, Statesboro, Jr.

DL - Jonathan Britton, Liberty County, Sr.

DL - Hunter Dean, South Effingham, Sr.

LB - Corey Horne, South Effingham, Jr.

LB - Taylor Heflin, Wayne County, Sr.

LB - Hagen Harrell, Wayne County, Sr.

LB - Anthony Gore, Statesboro, Sr.

LB - Ricky Lee, Statesboro, Jr.

LB - Stephen Thomas, Wayne County, Sr.

DB - Levontae Larry, Wayne County, Jr.

DB - Quin Stovall, Wayne County, Sr.

DB - Xavier Tunstall, Liberty County, Sr.

DB - Kyle Zeigler, South Effingham, Sr.

DB - Jacob Scoffield, Statesboro, Sr.

DB - Jackson Ware, Statesboro, Sr.

 

6-A Div. B

Offensive player of the year: QB Aaron Winchester, Mount Pisgah Christian, Jr.

Defensive player of the year: LB Nick Sbravati, Mount Paran Christian, Jr.

Lineman of the year: OL/DL Shinngi Chigwere, Mount Pisgah Christian, Jr.

Coach of the year: Mike Forester, Mount Pisgah Christian

 

First-team offense

QB - Hunter Bryant, Fellowship Christian, Sr.

QB - Everett Pollard, Whitefield Academy, Sr.

RB - Dorian Walker, Mount Paran Christian, Jr.

RB - Browning Dunn, Mount Pisgah, Sr.

RB - Penny Hart, King's Ridge, Jr.

WR - Alex Edmonds, Fellowship Christian, Sr.

WR - Oz Dixon, Mount Pisgah, Jr.

OL - Michael Berk, Walker, Sr.

OL - Clay Hostetter, Fellowship Christian, Sr.

OL - Gunter LaPrad, Mount Paran Christian, So.

OL - Cliff Farrow, King's Ridge Christian, Sr.

TE - Tommy Pease, Mount Pisgah, Sr.

AP - Emoni Williams, Mount Paran Christian, Jr.

 

First-team defense

DL - Patrick Lee, Mount Paran Christian, Jr.

DL - Blake Smith, Mount Pisgah, Jr.

LB - JR Cendoya, Mount Pisgah, So.

LB - Sky Dupree, Whitefield Academy, Jr.

LB - Bradley Moore, Walker, Sr.

LB - Nic Piccapietra, Mount Pisgah, Jr.

DB - Ian Ainsworth, Mount Pisgah, Sr.

DB - Alex Manning, Whitefield Academy, Sr.

DB - Taylor Cookston, Fellowship Christian, Sr.

DB - Reed Massey, Mount Paran Christian, Jr.

DB - Jacob Delk, Mount Pisgah, Sr.

 

First-team special teams

PK - Dallas Kepler, Mount Paran Christian, Sr.

P - Ian Berryman, Fellowship Christian, Sr.

 

Second-team offense

QB - Jake Allen, Mount Paran Christian, Jr.

RB - Taylor Trammell, Mount Paran Christian, So.

RB - Gaines Lahue, Walker, Sr.

WR - Dalton Depew, Fellowship Christian, So.

WR - Kevin Bray, Walker, Sr.

WR - Ben Miller, Mount Pisgah, Jr.

OL - Jaylen Hudson, Whitefield Academy, Sr.

OL - Josh Reini, Walker, Sr.

OL - Jimmy Campbell, Mount Pisgah, Sr.

OL - Justin Cowart, Mount Pisgah, Sr.

OL - Cris Bryant, King's Ridge Christian, Sr.

TE - Matt Olson, Whitefield Academy, Jr.

 

Second-team defense

DL - T.J. Carter, Whitefield Academy, So.

DL - Carter Smith, Mount Paran Christian, Fr.

LB - John O'Connor, Mount Pisgah, Jr.

LB - Jake Reini, Walker, Jr.

LB - Justin Delbrook, Walker, Sr.

LB - James Wilson, Fellowship Christian, Sr.

LB - Bowen Magill, King's Ridge Christian, Jr.

DB - Dalton Depew, Fellowship Christian, So.

DB - Patrick Messinger, Mount Pisgah, Sr.

DB - Graham Massey, Mount Paran Christian, Jr.

 

Second-team special teams

PK - Jake Williamson, Fellowship Christian, So.

P - Jacob Delk, Mount Pisgah Christian, Sr.

 

 

 

 

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Six of the top 15 highest-scoring teams in Georgia history played in 2013. Here are GHSA teams that have scored 600 or more points in a season. Lamar County finished with 598.

 

707 - Buford 2013

682 - Dublin 2006

681 - Buford 2007

668 - Washington County 2013

666 - Burke County 2011

657 - Carrollton 2013

652 - Tucker 2011

644 - Miller County 1997

642 - Camden County 2008

641 - Griffin 2013

639 - Fitzgerald 2009

637 - Creekside 2013

636 - Calhoun 2005

635 - Carrollton 2010

633 - Tucker 2013

630 - Washington County 1994

629 - Gainesville 2009

629 - Valdosta 1971

628 - Clinch County 2010

625 - Northside (Warner Robins) 1999

616 - Emanuel Co. Institute 2007

614 - Warner Robins 1976

612 - Southeast Bulloch 1972

611 - Dublin 2005

609 - Thomson 2002

607 - Tucker 2010

603 - North Hall 2007

 

Source: GHSFHA.com

Trivia

Norcross coach Keith Maloof and his father, George Maloof, each have been head coaches for state championship teams, Keith for 2012 and 2013 Norcross and George for 1968 St. Pius. Which father-and-son pair was the first to win state titles as head coaches? (Answer Tuesday)

 

Answer to Friday's question:Ted Sparks of Southwest Atlanta in 1973 was the first African-American coach to win a state championship in the GHSA. The Georgia Interscholastic Association, the governing body for historically black Georgia high schools during segregation, held its final state finals in 1969. Sparks, who is retired and still living in Atlanta, recently attended the team's 40th anniversary party.

 

 

 

 

 

Coach Speak

"Play hard or go home."

- Pebblebrook coach Tommy Macon

 

"Do right. ... right follows."

- West Hall coach Tony Lotti

 

"Win the day."

- Woodstock coach Brent Budde

 

 

 

 

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Playoff Scores

Class AAAAAA

First round

North Cobb 60, Luella 18

Colquitt County 41, Newnan 10

Peachtree Ridge 59, Lassiter 20

Dacula 36, West Forsyth 31

Lovejoy 27, Marietta 23

Lowndes 38, East Coweta 10

Norcross 28, Etowah 0

Brookwood 35, Lambert 16

Hughes 34, Valdosta 20

McEachern 36, Newton 21

Alpharetta 41, South Gwinnett 23

Collins Hill 41, Walton 7

Camden County 36, Westlake 7

Hillgrove 41, Alcovy 13

Archer 34, North Forsyth 7

North Gwinnett 34, Milton 10

 

Second round

Colquitt Co. 52, North Cobb 6

Dacula 28, Peachtree Ridge 21

Lowndes 23, Lowndes 18

Norcross 32, Brookwood 9

McEachern 22, Hughes 21

Collins Hill 48, Alpharetta 0

Hillgrove 34, Camden Co. 21

North Gwinnett 34, Archer 32

 

Quarterfinals

Colquitt Co. 42, Dacula 17

Norcross 28, Lowndes 7

McEachern 35, Collins Hill 32

North Gwinnett 35, Hillgrove 31

 

Semifinals

Norcross 14, Colquitt Co. 9

North Gwinnett 27, McEachern 21

 

Championship

Norcross 31, North Gwinnett 14

 

Class AAAAA

First round

Creekside 47, Lakeside, Evans 14

Harris County 24, Glynn Academy 21

North Paulding 50, Riverwood 14

Stephenson 27, Flowery Branch 7

Warner Robins 34, Whitewater 27

Richmond Hill 13, Thomas Central 7

Kell 31, Allatoona 17

Mays 14, Clarke Central 10

Ware County 49, Bainbridge 7

Northside, W. Robins 31, McIntosh 21

Tucker 35, Heritage, Conyers 14

East Paulding 34, Creekview 33

Lee County 28, Effingham County 6

Mundy's Mill 33, Houston County 13

Gainesville 28, M.L. King 14

South Paulding 48, Sequoyah 21

 

Second round

Creekside 42, Harris Co. 21

North Paulding 35, Stephenson 7

Warner Robins 45, Richmond Hill 28

Kell 26, Mays 15

Ware Co. 35, Northside, W. Robins 7

Tucker 16, East Paulding 13

Mundy's Mill 41, Lee Co. 35

Gainesville 51, South Paulding 12

 

Quarterfinals

Creekside 41, North Paulding 14

Kell 52, Warner Robins 28

Tucker 29, Ware Co. 0

Gainesville 42, Mundy's Mill 28

 

Semifinals

Creekside 55, Kell 10

Tucker 20, Gainesville 14

 

Championship

Creekside 52, Tucker 28

 

Class AAAA

First round

Griffin 34, Rutland 10

Statesboro 21, Cairo 0

Sandy Creek 63, Cedartown 10

Chestatee 41, Grady 13

Veterans 36, Locust Grove 15

Wayne County 49, Monroe 34

Alexander 13, Dalton 10

Lanier 26, Carver, Atlanta 7

Burke County 61, Crisp County 19

Mary Persons 16, Eagle's Landing 14

Marist 41, Stephens County 13

Gilmer 26, Troup 22

Westover 27, Liberty County 7

Stockbridge 41, Westside, Macon 20

Monroe Area 68, Banneker 39

Carrollton 52, Northwest Whitfield 10

 

Second round

Griffin 42, Statesboro 7

Sandy Creek 55, Chestatee 7

Wayne Co. 20, Veterans 17

Alexander 42, Lanier 28

Burke Co. 20, Mary Persons 0

Marist 38, Gilmer 0

Stockbridge 35, Westover 0

Carrollton 44, Monroe Area 27

 

Quarterfinals

Griffin 32, Sandy Creek 26

Wayne Co. 51, Alexander 21

Marist 42, Burke Co. 20

Carrollton 24, Stockbridge 14

 

Semifinals

Griffin 25, Wayne Co. 20

Carrollton 46, Marist 44

 

Championship

Griffin 56, Carrollton 35

 

Class AAA

First round

Callaway 62, Henry County 28

Pierce County 35, Thomson 14

Cartersville 28, West Hall 26

St. Pius 31, Hart County 21

Carver, Col. 38, B.E.S.T. Academy 32

Jefferson Co. 32, SE Bulloch 29

Buford 58, Sonoraville 0

Woodward 53, North Oconee 21

Washington Co. 56, Johnson, Sav. 7

Peach County 28, Chapel Hill 21

Blessed Trinity 41, Jackson Co. 14

White County 52, Adairsville 28

Appling County 30, Dodge County 8

Central, Carrollton 31, Pike County 0

Cedar Grove 22, Elbert County 14

Ringgold 55, North Hall 54

 

Second round

Callaway 49, Pierce Co. 21

St. Pius 31, Cartersville 19

Carver, Col. 19, Jefferson Co. 0

Buford 40, Woodward Academy 7

Washington Co. 56, Peach Co. 16

Blessed Trinity 38, White Co. 0

Central, Carrollton 46, Appling Co. 13

Ringgold 37, Cedar Grove 12

 

Quarterfinals

Callaway 35, St. Pius 21

Buford 36, Carver, Columbus 6

Washington Co. 46, Bless. Trinity 17

Ringgold 35, Central, Carrollton 10

 

Semifinals

Buford 24, Callaway 14

Washington Co. 37, Ringgold 0

 

Championship

Buford 35, Washington Co. 19

 

Class AA

First round

Lamar County 58, Metter 15

Thomasville 24, Westside, Augusta 0

Heard County 27, Pepperell 14

Jefferson 28, Westminster 0

Benedictine 63, Macon County 12

Fitzgerald 41, Dublin 21

Calhoun 42, Manchester 9

GAC 34, Rabun County 0

Laney 18, Cook 13

Vidalia 52, Taylor County 14

Lovett 56, Union County 21

Kendrick 12, Dade County 0

Brooks Co. 54, Screven Co. 22

Bleckley County 20, Bryan County 14

Washington-Wilkes 46, Wesleyan 14

Bowdon 20, Model 10

 

Second round

Lamar Co. 38, Thomasville 20

Jefferson 61, Heard Co. 57

Benedictine 51, Fitzgerald 7

Calhoun 31, GAC 30

Laney 22, Vidalia 13

Lovett 34, Kendrick 0

Brooks Co. 55, Bleckley Co. 28

Bowdon 48, Washington-Wilkes 14

 

Quarterfinals

Lamar Co. 35, Jefferson 24

Benedictine 35, Calhoun 14

Lovett 35, Laney 33

Brooks Co. 42, Bowdon 26

 

Semifinals

Lamar Co. 10, Benedictine 7

Lovett 35, Brooks Co. 12

 

Championship

Lovett 14, Lamar Co. 7

 

Class A (public)

First round

Seminole Co. 21, Wilkinson Co. 14

Charlton Co. 35, Commerce 21

Johnson Co. 29, ECI 20

Irwin Co. 49, Trion 26

Clinch Co. 30, Claxton 0

Hawkinsville 17, Mitchell Co. 12

Dooly Co. 37, Lincoln Co. 13

Marion Co. 30, Turner Co. 0

 

Quarterfinals

Charlton Co. 42, Seminole Co. 0

Irwin Co. 56, Johnson Co. 26

Hawkinsville 23, Clinch Co. 8

Marion Co. 24, Dooly Co. 21

 

Semifinals

Charlton Co. 34, Irwin Co. 33

Marion Co. 40, Hawkinsville 7

 

Championship

Marion Co. 12, Charlton Co. 3

 

Class A (private)

First round

ELCA 41, Athens Christian 3

Darlington 41, Christian Heritage 17

Prince Avenue 51, Brookstone 0

Calvary Day 42, First Presbyterian 35

Aquinas 42, Savannah Christian 14

Mount Paran 31, O.L. of Mercy 24

Holy Innocents' 27, Landmark 17

Mount Pisgah Christian 40, Pacelli 7

 

Quarterfinals

ELCA 24, Darlington 10

Calvary Day 33, Prince Avenue 14

Aquinas 35, Mount Paran 32

Mount Pisgah 15, Holy Innocents' 7

 

Semifinals

Calvary Day 35, ELCA 34

Aquinas 17, Mount Pisgah 16

 

Championship

Aquinas 27, Calvary Day 7

 

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