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DAY 2 RECAP

Today, we recap Day 2 of championship weekend with a look at the Class AAAAAA, AAAA, AA and A-Private winners. Check out the left panel for all the results from championship weekend.


 


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Class AAAAAA Recap
Class AAAA Recap
Class AA Recap
Class A-Private Recap
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Trivia
Question: 
In addition to his two interceptions on defense, how many receiving yards did Benedictine's Brad Stewart have in the Class AA championship?

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Saturday's Answer:
Northside quarterback Tobias Oliver rushed for 122 yards in the second half of the Class AAAAA state title game. 
STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SCORES

 

 

Class AAAAAA

Colquitt County 28, Archer 24

 

Class AAAAA

Northside-WR 25, Mays 18

 

Class AAAA

Buford 55, St. Pius 10

 

Class AAA

Calhoun 27, Washington County 20

 

Class AA

Benedictine 45, Greater Atlanta Christian 21

 

Class A-Public

Hawkinsville 15, Irwin County 6

 

Class A-Private

Mt. Paran 49, ELCA 7

 




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Monday, December 15, 2014


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Showcase set for Dec. 27 


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CLASS AAAAAA RECAP
By Craig Sager II
Colquitt tops Archer, returns title to Moultrie

 

Colquitt County returned to the championship podium for the first time since 1994 with its 28-24 victory over Archer. The victory capped off a perfect 15-0 season for the Packers and ended Gwinnett's four-year reign of the state title in Georgia's highest classification. The victory also marked a milestone in Packers head coach Rush Propst's career, as the seven-year Colquitt County head coach captured his first state crown since his five championships won at Hoover High School.


"I did not save Colquitt County," said Propst while holding the championship trophy, "Colquitt County saved me. They gave me my second chance."


The Packers brought one of the biggest crowds the state championship has seen at the Dome and it was a mix of schools around South Georgia hoping to return the title back to Georgia's southern hemisphere.


"We [south Georgia teams] may beat each other up during the season, but we come together when the stakes are high like this, said Propst."


The Packers received the opening kickoff and picked up a first down before Archer forced a punt and would put the ball in the hands of the explosive Tigers offense for the first time. On its opening drive, Archer made two key third down conversions along with a successful 4th down gamble and found the endzone on a 4-yard Dylan Singleton touchdown run.


Trailing 7-0, Colquitt County quarterback Chase Parrish answered on the next possession and floated a perfectly thrown ball down the sideline to senior Marquan Greene for a 40-yard touchdown. Less than a minute later, Parrish tossed his second touchdown (this time to running back Sihiem King) which was set up by an interception and Colquitt would take its first lead of the game (14-7). Archer knotted it back up at 14-14 two minutes later with a 55-yard touchdown pass from Tiller to Singleton.


To open the second quarter, Archer regained the lead with Cole Fisher's 47-yard field goal. Archer got more opportunities to put points on the board before the half, but the offense could not produce. Following a muffed punt by Colquitt County, Archer took over deep in Packers territory but on third down, Archer receiver Kyle Davis could not come down with a would-be touchdown catch and then Fisher's field goal try was blocked on fourth down. Colquitt County took advantage of the seven-point swing and orchestrated a nine-play 80-yard drive that was capped off with a 1-yard touchdown dive by Sihiem King. Archer got the ball back with 45 seconds left in the half and a timeout to burn but elected to run out the clock and go into the locker room with its 21-17 deficit.


In the second half, Parrish found Qwazavia Lee for his third touchdown pass and put Colquitt ahead 28-17. Archer answered right back with 2:56 left in the quarter on a 22-yard Singleton touchdown run but the Colquitt defense and King's ability to ice the game was too much for Archer to overcome Colquitt County's four-point advantage.


King finished with 33 carries for 135 yards and his two-touchdown performance gave him his 18th trip to the endzone this postseason. Parrish was efficient and made the necessary throws to keep the drives alive and finished an outstanding 17-of-22 passing for 190 yards and three scores.



CLASS AAAA RECAP
By Dan Mathews
Buford rolls past St. Pius for Class AAAA title

 

Like Calhoun's triumph over Washington County Day 1 of championship weekend, a move up a classification did not prove to be too much for the Buford Wolves. Buford finished the game with 55 unanswered point to take down St. Pius X 55-10 and capture a seventh state title in the last eight years.


This was their first year in 4A competition and coming into this game they had a 39 game winning streak.


The path to this state title win in the beginning of the game looked like it was going to be a tough road towards winning, as the Golden Lions went up 10-0 in the first eight minutes of the game. It wasn't until backup quarterback Brett Shepherd ran it 61 yards for their first touchdown of the game that the Wolves would show some life. After that, they went on to score 48 unanswered points.


One of their next touchdowns came on a 'scoop and score' by defensive lineman/Tennessee commit Quay Picou from 10 yards out.


"When it happened, I felt like I had to make the play," Picou said. "I saw the ball pop out and it was like everything went in slo-mo. It was like it rolled to me. I just scooped and ran for dear life."


That score put them up 27-10 and they would pick up one more touchdown to go up 34-10 before the half on an eight yard rush around the edge by tailback Evyn Cooper.


Even with the 24 point lead at the half, Buford head coach Jess Simpson says he wasn't going to rest easy leading up to the last 24 minutes.


"I felt like man we've got some mo(mentum)," Simpson said. "If we'll keep the peddle down, we could have a great day. We really challenged them at halftime to finish and not to let up. Obviously we're playing a great team and a great program. Heck they were down 21-7 last week and scored 21 unanswered to come back and win. We were focused and our kids did a really good job."


That comeback performance for St. Pius X came against Woodward Academy.


Quay Picou was mentioned earlier in this story and he had a strong day for Buford. He finishes his career with not only three state championship rings, but also a sack and two tackles for a loss.


This win continues to add to the growing tradition that Buford has in the state of Georgia. There's no doubt they'll probably be the favorites in class 4A next season.


CLASS AA RECAP
By Ricky Dimon
Benedictine gets revenge over GAC for AA title

 

What a difference four months make. In the opening week of the season, Benedictine and Greater Atlanta Christian squared off and the host Spartans won a 24-21 thriller. But Benedictine avenged that defeat by winning a much bigger game on Saturday afternoon at the Georgia Dome.


 
Class AA's state championship game saw the Cadets overpower GAC 45-21. They never trailed, dominating almost the

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entire way behind the classification's highest-scoring offense and a defense that forced six turnovers and returned one fumble for a touchdown.


"We were very young at that point," Benedictine head coach Danny Britt said of the first game. "We had a completely new offensive line. We're a much different team now. We got better. We got tougher."


The Cadets wasted no time seizing momentum and sending a message to their opponent that things would be much different this time around. They received the opening kickoff and marched on a nine-play, 74-yard drive that culminated in a 29-yard touchdown pass from Stevie Powers to Brad Stewart. GAC fumbled three times on its first possession and finally the third one was recovered by Benedictine and returned by Joseph Holguin 74 yards for a score. Just like that, the Cadets had a 13-0 lead midway through the first quarter.


After a Brandon Deloach 31-yard field goal extended the advantage to 16-0 with 9:24 left in the second quarter, GAC's Micah Abernathy got going-and not a moment too soon. The Tennessee commit broke free for a 58-yard touchdown scamper to put his team on the scoreboard. Abernathy later got the Spartans back within striking distance thanks to a nine-yard scoring run 26 seconds prior to halftime, making the score 30-14.


 

Despite being hobbled by an apparent foot injury, Abernathy rushed for 193 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.


His second score, however, came after Benedictine had once again taken control. With 5:32 remaining in the second quarter, the Cadets had already scored more points than they had mustered in the entire game against GAC earlier this season. That's how much time remained when Powers dove into the endzone from one yard away to push the Cadets' lead to 23-7. Less than five minutes later, Powers heaved a 59-yard touchdown pass to John Kennedy.


GAC briefly built on its late first-half touchdown when it scored on a nine-yard halfback pass from Paul Carothers to Darius Slayton to cut the deficit to 30-21. But it was one-way traffic in Benedictine's favor the rest of the way.


The Cadets got a one-yard quarterback sneak from Powers with 5:26 in the third quarter to go up 38-21 and a one-yard plunge by Chance Jackson early in the fourth all but ended the game.


Powers completed 10 of 14 attempts for 256 yards and had four total touchdowns (two passing, two rushing). Jackson ran for 80 yards and Holguin-in addition to his defensive heroics-had five receptions for 47 yards. Stewart finished with four catches for 150 yards and a touchdown while also picking off two passes.


"Brad is just amazing," Britt concluded. "He's really special. Every college in the country needs to be offering him right now.


CLASS A-PRIVATE RECAP
By Brian Jones
Mt. Paran returns state title to Cobb County

 

It's been since 1967 since a team from Cobb County has won a GHSA football state championship. There have been teams that have come close to the mark, but have come up short in either the semifinals or in the championship game.


Mount Paran Christian, a team from Kennesaw, was the first team since Walton in 2011 to reach the state championship. 

The Eagles were facing Eagle's Landing Christian Academy, a team that lost its first six games of the year, but won its last seven to make it to the Class A Private Championship at the Georgia Dome. Despite the Chargers' midseason upswing, ELCA was no match for Mt. Paran as the Eagles cruised to a 49-7 victory.


Mount Paran (14-0) is known for a potent offense that has lit up the scoreboard for at least 30 points in every game this year. The Eagles matched that 30-point total in the first quarter, scoring touchdowns in all four possessions.


On the opening drive, running back Dorian Walker scored on a 42-yard run on the second play from scrimmage. The Eagles got the ball back when ELCA quarterback Donald Hammonds fumbled on the Chargers first play from scrimmage and that led to a Jake Allen 3-yard score.


ELCA turned the ball over again on the ensuing drive on a Hammond fumble on fourth down and the Eagles capitalized with a 17-yard touchdown run by Taylor Trammel. ELCA's final offensive series of the quarter was not better as Hammonds threw an interception to Trammell at midfield. That led to a Walker 50-yard score on the next play.


The second quarter was the same story for the Eagles, outscoring the Chargers 14-7. Mount Paran got the scoring started early in the second quarter when Allen ran in an 11-yard touchdown. On the next series, Allen threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Jack Rowan to go up 42-0. The Eagles had an opportunity to make 45-0 late in the second quarter, but ELCA's Antwaun Campbell blocked the Jake Mezei field goal, which led to a Hammonds 38-yard touchdown pass to Trevor Gear to cut the Eagle's lead to 35.


The late second quarter touchdown would be the only scoring for ELCA and Mount Paran would tack on one more score in the third quarter when Walker rushed from 21 yards out to ice the game for the Eagles.


The Eagles' offense has moved the ball effectively all season long and head coach Mitch Jordan knows why they have had no issues scoring points.


"We have a good scheme, but we also have talented players," Jordan said. "When you got a kid like Dorian Walker, Emoni Williams, Taylor Trammell and probably the most talented quarterback I've ever coached (Jake Allen), that's a recipe for putting points on the board,"


Walker, who is a three-star recruit according to 247 Sports, finished the day 215 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Williams had 38 rushing yards and 27 receiving yards. Trammell had 81 rushing yards and Allen was 3-for-3 with 74 yards and three total touchdowns. The Eagles tallied 441 yards and 367 of those yards came on the ground.


For ELCA (7-7) Hammonds was the leader as he had 37 rushing yards and 123 passing yards. The Chargers only posted 182 rushing yards and eight first downs.


 
With the win, Mount Paran not only wins the first football state title in school history, it has also brought a football title back to Cobb County, which has not been done in 47 years. Jordan realized what they have just done, and he was glad his team was able to get it done today.


"We wanted to do it for Cobb County," Jordan said. "That was one of the motivating factors that were involved. There are so many great coaches in Cobb County. They have helped me out so much. Anytime you can do that, it's nice to bring something home to Cobb County."


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 


 

FINAL STANDINGS...


 

Craig Sager II
(113-58)
This Week: 5-2Archer
Northside-WR
Buford
Washington County
Benedictine
Mt. Paran
Hawkinsville
Ricky Dimon
(104-67)
This Week: 4-3Colquitt County
Northside
Buford
Washington County
GAC
Mt. Paran
Irwin County
DJ Galbiati-Blalock
(103-68)
This Week: 5-2Colquitt
Northside
Buford
Washington County
GAC
ELCA
Hawkinsville
Brian Jones
(101-72)
This Week: 5-2Colquitt 
Northside
Buford
Washington County
GAC
Mt. Paran
Hawkinsville
Lauren Goldstein
(96-75)
This Week: 4-3Colquitt County
Mays
Buford
Calhoun
GAC
Mt. Paran
Irwin County


 


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