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DAY 1 RECAP

Today, we recap Day 1 of championship weekend with a look at Class AAAAA, AAA and A-Public. Check out the left panel for updated scores and the championship schedule.


 


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Class AAAAAA Recap
Class AAA Recap
Class A-Public Recap
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Trivia
Question: 
How many yards did Northside quarterback Tobias Oliver rush for in the second half of the Class AAAAA state championship?

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Friday's Answer:
Colquitt County running back Sihiem King has rushed for 16 touchdowns this postseason.
FOOTBALL STATE PLAYOFF BRACKETS

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

 

 

(All games at Georgia Dome)

 

Class AAAAAA

Saturday, Dec. 13 (8 PM)

Archer vs. Colquitt County

 

Class AAAAA

Northside-WR 25, Mays 18

 

Class AAAA

Saturday, Dec. 13 (4:30 PM)

St. Pius vs. Buford

 

Class AAA

Friday, Dec. 12 (4:30 PM)

Calhoun 27, Washington County 20

 

Class AA

Saturday, Dec. 13 (1 PM)

Benedictine vs. Greater Atlanta Christian

 

Class A-Public

Hawkinsville 15, Irwin County 6

 

Class A-Private

Saturday, Dec. 13 (10 AM)

ELCA vs. Mt. Paran

 




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CLASS AAAAA RECAP
By Craig Sager II
Northside rallies past Mays for AAAAA title

 


 
Northside-Warner Robins erased its 18-7 halftime deficit and stamped a 25-18 victory over Mays to claim the 2014 Class AAAAA state championship. The Eagles took an early 7-0 lead on a deflected Mays pass attempt that was intercepted by Jayllen Kendrick and returned 16 yards for the touchdown. Mays responded and began to showcase its explosive playmaking ability following the turnover. Mays quarterback Asahnia Aderhold found Tyshawn Brown on a crossing route that the wideout caught in stride and sprinted into the endzone for a 16-yard score.

Photo by Jon Barash

Mays would miss the point after but added points at the start of the second quarter on a 76-yard touchdown pass from Aderhold to Randrecous Davis. Following the Davis touchdown, the Raiders failed another conversion, but their defense would hold onto the 12-7 lead the remainder of the second quarter and give the offense a chance to attempt a hail mary before the half. Aderhold eluded the Northside-Warner Robins pass rush and found Davis for a 29-yard touchdown on the final play of the half. The Raiders tried a two-point conversion, but the attempt sailed out of the end zone and the lead would remain 18-7.


 

Northside came out the second half with a spark offensively that was provided by sophomore quarterback Tobias Oliver. Oliver found Nate Greene on a flea-flicker that went for a 70-yard touchdown and cut the deficit to 18-14. Oliver, who rushed for 122 yards in the second half, continued to move the chains and keep the explosive Mays offense off the field and the momentum in the Eagles' favor. In the 4th quarter, the offense continued stacking up drives and eventually Northside kicker Justin Alonso capitalized with a 32-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 18-17.


With 8:31 left in the game, Oliver ran in the game-winning touchdown on a 47-yard quarterback keeper. On the 2-point conversion, Tae Daley dove to secure Oliver's pass and put the Eagles up by seven (which was huge considering Mays' already three failed point afters).


"Our defense kept giving our offense chances to put the ball in the endzone," said head coach Kevin Kinsler. "Holding them to 18 total points and especially holding them scoreless in the second half was huge."


The Raiders would threaten twice following Oliver's touchdown run but came up short with a missed field goal after a false start on 3rd and goal from the 1-yard line and a turnover on downs at the Northside 39-yard line.


This is Northside's first state title since the program captured back-to-back championships in 2006-07.


"Our players have a lot of character and they have just grown closer and closer as the year went on," explained Kinsler. "These kids learned how to love and care for each other and put it all on the line and thankfully they were rewarded for that tonight with a state title."


 


CLASS AAA RECAP
By Dan Mathews
Calhoun tops Golden Hawks for AAA crown

 

Just a year removed from playing on the 2A level, the Yellow Jackets are able to capture the GHSA state title for 3A with a 27-20 win over Washington County. It truly was a four quarter battle and even needed some "trickeration" to win it.


 
The winning score came with 9:42 left in the fourth quarter, when the Yellow Jackets dialed up the double-reverse

Photo by Jon Barash

pass from sophomore backup quarterback Braylon Spector (lined up as a wide receiver) to senior wide receiver Carson Brown for the 40 yard touchdown.


Washington County led 17-14 at the half and their quarterback/Georgia Tech commit AJ Gray had accounted for 136 yards of total offense. He would finish the game with 219 yards rushing/passing combined.

Calhoun head coach Hal Lamb believes that his defensive staff did a great job limiting this game changing player.


"He hurt us with the pass a little bit," Lamb said. "We'd rather him throw it than run it, that's for sure. I thought our defensive staff did a great job."

It wasn't until junior quarterback Kaelan Riley ran in an 18 yard touchdown in the third quarter, for Calhoun to get their first lead of the game. That would make it 20-17 after the missed extra point.


Riley says the sideline remained calm, even when they were faced with terrible field position having to punt from deep inside their own end zone, with the game tied at 20 in the third quarter.


"That's been our theme all year," Riley said. "Got to respond, got get up, and got to hit them back. We weren't doing it in the first half. We were just taking it. I think that second half that's what we're all about, we're a four quarter football team."


If you were expecting either team to run away with this game, Riley would have been quick to shut down that idea.


"We knew it was going to be tough, we knew this was going to be a football game that we had to come out here and win," Riley said. "We just knew we couldn't go out make mistakes and give it away. I told (junior running back/linebacker) Jireh (Wilson) before we walked out on the field, 'if they win this game, they're going to have to take this from our cold dead hands.'"

This is Calhoun's first state title since winning on the 2A level in 2011. Before that, they hadn't won a state title since their very first one in 1952.


 

CLASS A-PUBLIC RECAP
By Ricky Dimon
Hawkinsville takes advantage of Irwin County miscues to win A-Public title

 

Warren Singletary scored both of Hawkinsville's touchdowns and clinched the victory with a fumble recovery as the Red Devils beat Irwin County 15-6 to win the Class A-Public state championship at the Georgia Dome on Friday afternoon.


 

The game started inauspiciously for Hawkinsville (13-1), which went into the final on a five-game winning streak

Photo by Craig Sager II

in the aftermath of its only loss of the season to Marion County. Its offense failed to move the ball early and Irwin got on the scoreboard first when Jakyron Young ran in a 13-yard touchdown with 48 seconds left in the first quarter. The extra point was blocked, leaving the Indians in front 6-0.


Hawkinsville answered with four minutes left in the second quarter, when Singletary found the endzone from four yards away. Although most of the game's special teams troubles came from Irwin County, the Red Devils had a few problems of their own and missed the extra point wide right to keep the score tied at 6-6.


Momentum was quick to side with Hawkinsville in the second half. An opening squib-quick was bobbled by Irwin County's Cartavion Benyard, who collected it, retreated into the endzone trying to avoid tacklers and was eventually taken down by Matthew Money for a safety.


The third quarter only went downhill from there for the Indians, now trailing 8-6. Their ensuing four possessions resulted in a snap over the punter's head, a fumble, an interception (picked off by Cal George of the Red Devils) and another fumble. Irwin County's borderline impenetrable defense managed to keep the contest competitive, but Hawkinsville finally capitalized on the turnovers when Singletary scored on a one-yard run to put his team ahead 15-6.


Irwin County's final fumble was the nail in the coffin. Singletary recovered it from his linebacker position with the Red Devils still up by two possessions and just 5:31 remaining on the clock.


"In championship games like this one, things happen," Hawkinsville head coach David Daniell explained. "I told the kids beforehand that it was going to come down to which team turns the ball over the least."


The Red Devils lost three fumbles, but they forced five Irwin County fumbles and recovered three in addition to George's interception.


Hawkinsville's senior class, including Singletary and George, helped turn around a program that endured a four-win season just two years ago. Now the Red Devils have a sixth state championship in the bag-and first since they went back-to-back in 2003 and 2004.


"You gotta give it to these seniors," Daniell concluded. "They are just a great group of kids. They've bought in to what we try to do. They're leaders. They're coaches on the field; we can make adjustments because of them. I gotta give all the credit to the kids.... Our community, I know they're excited. We're excited. It's just a great time to be a Red Devil."


 


SCORE PICK'EM

 

THIS WEEK'S GAMES


 

Hawkinsville vs. Irwin County

ELCA vs. Mt. Paran

Benedictine vs. GAC

Calhoun vs. Washington County

St. Pius vs. Buford

Mays vs. Northside-WR

Archer vs. Colquitt County 


 

Craig Sager II
(108-56)
Last Week: 12-2Archer
Northside-WR
Buford
Washington County
Benedictine
Mt. Paran
Hawkinsville
Ricky Dimon
(100-64)
Last Week: 9-5Colquitt County
Northside
Buford
Washington County
GAC
Mt. Paran
Irwin County
DJ Galbiati-Blalock
(98-66)
Last Week: 11-3Colquitt
Northside
Buford
Washington County
GAC
ELCA
Hawkinsville
Brian Jones
(94-70)
Last Week: 8-6Colquitt 
Northside
Buford
Washington County
GAC
Mt. Paran
Hawkinsville
Lauren Goldstein
(92-72
Last Week: 11-3Colquitt County
Mays
Buford
Calhoun
GAC
Mt. Paran
Irwin County


 


FROM THE ATLANTA FALCONS



TO: All GHSA-affiliated High School Football Head Coaches
You and one guest are cordially invited to attend the
2014 Salute to Georgia High School Football Reception
Presented by Ford

 

Saturday, December 13, 2014
9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Georgia Dome-Atlanta Falcons Owners Club
One Georgia Dome Drive
Atlanta, Georgia, 30313
**Lower Level in between section 115-116
R.S.V.P. by Monday, December 1 to (404) 367-2243 or
David Quiroga at dquiroga@falcons.nfl.com

With the start time of 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 13th for the first State Championship game, this reception invite allows you and a guest to enjoy a meal, mingle with fellow coaches as well as the 2014 Classification Coaches of the Year, Warrick Dunn Captain in the Community of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement winner. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to win a number of prizes for your outstanding commitment to the sport of football.

As in previous years, the Atlanta Falcons would like to extend the opportunity to the first 50 coaches that R.S.V.P. for the reception to receive two tickets to the Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers game on Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the Georgia Dome. If interested, please make sure to mention when you R.S.V.P. and David Quiroga will follow-up with a confirmation of attendance and tickets.

Should you decide to stay in Atlanta, we recommend the following hotels within six blocks of the Georgia Dome: Omni at CNN Center (404) 659-0000, Embassy Suites (404) 223-2300, Residence Inn by Marriott (404) 522-0950, and Quality Hotel (404) 524-7991.


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