Posted: 8:49 am Saturday, August 30th, 2014

No. 1 Aquinas, Garnett roll; ELCA, Clinch blown out by larger schools; Former GISA teams go 2-1 in GHSA debut 

By S. Thomas Coleman

No. 1 Aquinas rolls
Top-ranked Aquinas made another statement Friday while its best player did the same.  The Irish blasted a team from Class AAA (Glenn Hills) last week. Friday they traveled to Bogart and worked over a solid Prince Avenue Christian (0-1) team 33-18 to move to 2-0 this season.  The majority of the damage was done by senior RB/WR Ruben Garnett, one of the front runners for Class A Player of the Year.  Garnett, who has more than a dozen FBS offers, carried the ball 32 times for 230 yards and two touchdowns, and also had 72 receiving yards on just two catches, both touchdowns.  Irish junior quarterback Liam Welch completed 6-of-7 passes for 152 yards and the two scoring strikes – 20 and 52 yards – to Garnett.

 

ELCA, Clinch fall to larger schools
A number of Class A schools have scheduled games against teams from higher classifications this season in an attempt to earn more Power Rating points.  Two of the better Class A teams, Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy and Clinch County, were trounced by larger foes on Friday.  No. 5 Clinch County (1-1) lost 28-8 at Class AA Brooks County, while No. 10 ELCA will fall out of the rankings for the first time in several seasons after a 33-3 drubbing at the hands of Class AAAA Stockbridge.  It was the worst loss for the Chargers since they were blanked 34-0 by Lincoln County in the second round of the 2006 Class A state playoffs, the season before Jonathan Gess took over as head coach.  It was the last season the Red Devils won a state title.

 

Former GISA schools go 2-1 in GHSA debut
Two schools that had been competing in the Georgia Independent Schools Association won their season debuts in the Georgia High Schools Association, while a third GISA school came up short.  Stratford Academy (1-0) got three touchdowns each from Deshaun Williams and Austin Devenne to pull away from Savannah Country Day (0-2), 61-31.  Tattnall Square also put up 61 points in a 61-28 win over Georgia Military.  The Trojans scored a touchdown on their first play competing in the GHSA, a 62-yard run by sophomore running back J.J. Battle.  Quarterback Ian Herndon added 101 yards rushing and three more scores, according to the Macon Telegraph. Meanwhile, Mount de Sales did not fare as well, getting trounced 44-10 by St. Anne-Pacelli.  Viking running backs DeAndre Bowman and Keandre Ashley combined to rush for 222 yards and five touchdowns, according to the Macon Telegraph.

18 comments
The Dogfather
The Dogfather

No Jacket- sorry to burst your bubble but Aquinas never had a feeder program for the pups at St Mary on the Hill and Episcopal Day School. Now they do and you little smarty pants up in the ATL are getting a taste of it. Aquinas suffered for years but never really wanted to be known for Athletics. Let em have their day! Also  Saint Marys SAINTS play EDS today at the AQUINAS field at 6p.m. All the proceed go to PRESS ON to help these tough kids with cancer. It is a great community event . Hope you can attend-God Bless 

Jacketfan1
Jacketfan1

At csra706 See Aquinas still doing a great job recruiting for their next title run.

At Last
At Last

Forgive me for name...it should be Garnett.  Run hard young warrior!

At Last
At Last

Aquinas seems to be one of those teams that focuses on one player.  Remember football is a team sport.  If I'm no mistaken Garrett ran the ball 32 times and caught two passes for 72 yards.  If they are so stacked why is he running 32 times? 230 yds rushing is great for game 2. My hat will go off to this runner if he can do this for 8 more games before the playoffs.  That is close to 2000 yds give or take.  I also understand he is not a big boy either which make work to his advantage.  I'm pulling for this tough guy I just hope they don't wear him out before the big dance...

CSRA706
CSRA706

It's CSRA706, and I will be on here occasionally, just to see what's good and to let everyone know that yall are witnesses to the next class A Dynasty!!!! 16-0 so far under Coach Leonard got us feeling like Floyd Mayweather, No losses so there for no Blueprint to beat us, but good luck to all anyway!!!!

ClassALuvit
ClassALuvit

@SingleAisCompetitive is correct, there is a lot of football to be played. If Aquinas can learn from ELCA, one player goes down and an entire class A team is different. The region debate is just as silly this year as last. High School football is a lot of emotion, good health and luck. Which is why this is so much FUN!  

SingleAisCompetitive
SingleAisCompetitive

@Puckster13 I know you were hoping Thomas would reply to your post but it doesn't seem like any of us are really rolling on the single A blog yet.  Everyone is getting their teams up and running, going to some hot football games and hoping for a great season.  I have seen a few good teams so far this year in Brookstone, Mount Paran Christian and Landmark.  While ELCA is "reloading" they will be just fine and a solid team this year.  They do in fact have a brutal schedule.

I know the primary purpose of your post was to boast on Aquinas but I hope it was not just to get some feathers ruffled among the traditionally good teams out there.  I will say it will be a competitive year for Single A.  No one has a lock on the state championship, not even your Aquinas.  I will say the Irish look great so far and are continuing on the great season they had last year with many returning starters including Garnett and Welch at QB.  But PLEASE don't start the boasting that a couple of your fans did last year (unless you are actually CSRA796 or Sam Roney writing under a  new pen name??) lol.  The reason many on the blog did not like Aquinas last year was solely related to those two guys being such jerks and showing no class toward all the other schools.  I'll say it again, Aquinas proved themselves last year and beat 3 good teams to win the title.  I thought the Prince game would be closer and I don't know anything about Glenn Hills.  I'm sure James Leonard is a great coach but I hope he learned last year to keep his remarks about being in the regional "SEC" of Class A football in GA.  Let his record speak, I respect that no matter what the region looks like.  It will be interesting to see how all of the region realignment effects all of the teams.  I know Region 5, and 6 look very differnt but 7 now has the 3 GISA teams...Mt. de Sales
Stratford Academy and Tattnall Square that are TBD as far as competitive.

Tiger Patpaw
Tiger Patpaw

We have KRCS Tigers on 9/12. They’ll be lookin’ for extra “PR” style points in Rome. I see several returners and know what I saw last year. Anybody got anything new on the impact coaches Flowe & Mooney will have?

thebucket
thebucket

Congratulations to Aquinas on a hard fought victory @ Prince. Garnett was as good as advertised and #4 is very quick as well. It was disappointing that our best offensive weapon, Kevon Hudson went down on the opening kickoff and didn't have a chance to have an impact on the game. Kevon was our only player who could run with Garnett and he has been getting some looks from some very good programs also. A very tough break for the young man and his family. I have been surprised that none of the write-ups about this game included any mention of Kevon because him being out impacted this game tremendously. If you don't believe that ask the Aquinas coaches because I am sure they know what a difference that made in the outcome. That is not sour grapes and Aquinas might have won the game anyway. But Kevon's presence would have changed the final score for sure. BTW, Kevon was clocked @ UGA last year with a 4.29 in the 40 yard dash.

Puckster13
Puckster13

Well, Thomas...I don't seem to hear much out of the ELCA and Mt. Paran & Mt. Pigsah boosters this season to

date, after Aquinas has now gone to 2-0, with a trouncing of AAA Glenn Hills, and last night's beating of

a good Prince Avenue team 33-18. We have one weakness at center, but that'll be fixed soon. It would';ve

been worse than that last night, if not for a number of center miscues. Coach James Leonard is now 16-0,

now in his second year. Probably the only undefeated coach in GA,. in his second season. In all fairness,

Prince Avenue will beat a number of teams this year, but Aquinas has just too many horses.

thebucket
thebucket

@ClassALuvit @SingleAisCompetitive  You are exactly right. Prince lost their top offensive weapon and their fastest DB (same player) on the opening kickoff and that had a huge impact on the game against Aquinas Friday night. Aquinas is good and they may take it all again, but there is a lot more football to be played before that is settled.

ZippyMPC
ZippyMPC

@Tiger Patpaw I don't think they have played yet.  Unless you see them trounce Walker Friday night I think your Tigers will have no problems with KR.  I kind of expect them to be down this year and changing everything

At Last
At Last

Don't rule out Mt. Paran and Landmark Christian. Aquinas is very good but not invincible. All three of these teams are stacked. The ELCA era has ended they just don't have the offense any more. Rebuilding time for them. Keep your eye on the top three: Aquinas , MPC, and LCS

Tiger Patpaw
Tiger Patpaw

@ZippyMPC

Wondering about the new coaching influence more than anything. They open their season Friday night as you mentioned, so there's nothing out there to see. Thanks for the perspective.

Tiger91
Tiger91

@At Last I must agree with your top 3 choices. I saw MPC and LCS play in Columbus and they both have many weapons to deal with and they played last year which LCS won with a very young team. Who has the better defense??? I dont know ..  Don't know much about Aquinas outside of their running back and defending state champions. 

MPCEAGLE
MPCEAGLE

We also had a young team last year, 21 of 22 starters are back this year with only 2 kids going both ways.

MPCEAGLE
MPCEAGLE

We lost our QB this weekend, but he will be back. Don't worry, MPC will be in the title hunt!