Friday rewind: Marist takes out Griffin, takes aim at Buford

1:18 pm Nov. 22, 2014

Coach Alan Chadwick did it again.

In his 30th season, the legendary Marist coach took an outmanned team on the road and defeated a more-talented squad in the playoffs. This time defending champion Griffin was Chadwick’s victim.

Griffin had won 26 straight games, with its last loss at home coming in 2012. Loaded with next-level talent at wide receiver, the Bears were averaging 45.2 points per game and had barely been tested

Ranked teams hold serve in second round

9:01 am Nov. 22, 2014

The playoffs in Class AAA held true to form, with none of the second-round results coming as a surprise. Of the eight ranked teams that entered play on Friday, only two were defeated – each by another ranked team.

Here’s how the quarterfinals shape up for this week: Pierce County at Washington County, Blessed Trinity at Jefferson, Elbert County at Calhoun, and Westminster at Hart County.

Jefferson won a coin flip with

Six ranked teams knocked out; Allatoona assumes role of favorite

8:00 am Nov. 22, 2014

It was a stunning night in the Class AAAAA playoffs on Friday.

The defending state champion (Creekside) is gone. Two more teams that went 10-0 in the regular season (Ware County and Kell) are out. Six more ranked teams (No. 1 Ware County, No. 2 Coffee, No. 3 Kell, No. 6 Creekside, No. 9 Harris County and No. 10 Stephenson) have been eliminated. And four more region champions (Harris County, Ware

Class A Blog: Aquinas cruises without Garnett; Mt. Paran keeps rolling; Watch out for ELCA; Charlton County wins a thriller; Calhoun County gets revenge

3:16 am Nov. 22, 2014

Before we get to what went down Friday night, time for an editorial alert:  Tuesday blog posts will be devoted to basketball starting Nov. 25. The Thursday and Saturday posts will cover the football playoffs, through championship weekend, Dec. 12-13. Then the blog will shift to basketball full time on Dec. 16.

But back to football and the playoffs.

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No. 1 Calvary Day 26, No. 16 Christian Heritage 7.  Senior WR/DB

Quarterfinals have a fresh new look

11:56 pm Nov. 21, 2014

Here’s what we’ve got for the Class AAAAAA quarterfinals…

Newton (7-3) at Etowah (10-2)

Hillgrove (9-3) at Archer (9-3)

McEachern (9-3) at Tucker (10-2)

Milton (11-1) at Colquitt County (12-0)

The quarters are populated with six teams that have never won state titles, five that entered the post-season unranked, four that have not been this far in the playoffs in over 25 years , if ever, and two that had never won state-playoff games until

Class A playoff roundup

11:24 pm Nov. 21, 2014

Class A-Private

Eagle’s Landing Christian 34, Athens Christian 0: Quarterback D.J. Hammond rushed for 144 yards and three touchdowns to lift Eagle’s Landing past Athens Christian. Hammond scored on runs of 1, 2, and 14 yards. Eagle’s Landing also got a touchdown from Trevor Gear on a 25-yard run. Kicker Alex Usry completed all four extra point attempts and also added two field goals of 31 and 39 yards. The Chargers had 398

Class AA playoff roundup

11:24 pm Nov. 21, 2014

Greater Atlanta Christian 48, Lamar County 20: Visiting Lamar County took a 20-14 lead at the half, but GAC forced four second half  turnovers and used 34 unanswered points to improve to 12-0 and set a new school record for wins in a season. Micah Abernathy ran in three GAC touchdowns and Jaelen Venable ran in a third quarter touchdown that put the Spartans ahead 28-0. GAC’s Darius Slayton recorded

Class AAA playoff roundup

11:23 pm Nov. 21, 2014

Blessed Trinity 42, Adairsville 8: Host Blessed Trinity improved to 12-0 while earning its second consecutive trip to the Class AAA state quarterfinals. Conor Davis tossed a touchdown pass to Logan Craighead before Garrett Dupuis ran in three Blessed Trinity touchdowns to put the Titans up 28-0. Davis found the end zone on a one-yard run in the third quarter and Dupuis recovered a fumble forced by Bailey Grady for

Class AAAA playoff roundup

11:22 pm Nov. 21, 2014

Sandy Creek 29, Wayne County 7: Sandy Creek got two touchdown runs from Eric Swinney and moved to an easy victory against Wayne County. Swinney scored on runs of three and six yards. The Patriots also got a 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Trey Walker to Christian Branch and a seven-yard touchdown run by Drezan Parson. The Sandy Creek defense also contributed a safety.

St. Pius 52, Eastside 20: St. Pius