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Class AAAA state championship primer

4:58 pm Dec. 5, 2017

The 2017 Class AAAA Championship is filled with intriguing storylines and should be one of the best games of championship weekend at Mercedes-Benz Stadium (full schedule listed below). I will get into the individual player matchups and breakdown the game in Thursday’s blog, but first here is the primer for the all-Region 7-AAAA final between Marist and Blessed Trinity.

THE RIVALRY 

Marist and Blessed Trinity did not play for the first time

Marist, Blessed Trinity set stage for a Region 7-AAAA final

12:38 pm Dec. 2, 2017

On a night that saw major metro Atlanta teams fall across the different classifications (Brookwood, Tucker, Buford, Carver-Atlanta, Cedar Grove and Greater Atlanta Christian each lost), Class AAAA’s Marist and Blessed Trinity advanced convincingly to next weekend’s championships to play in the only metro vs. metro final of 2017. The two Region 7 rivals that met six weeks ago (Marist 25, Blessed Trinity 24 on Oct. 20) scored another pair

Rome 45, Buford 7

11:23 pm Dec. 1, 2017

Friday night’s Class AAAAA semifinal at Rome’s Historic Barron Stadium was the long-awaited rematch of the home team’s 16-7 win over Buford in last year’s state finals. The result was Buford’s worst defeat since a 44-point loss to Duluth (44 years ago) and Rome’s 26th straight victory.

Buford deferred after winning the toss and Rome marched right down the field with seven straight running plays that were shared by five different

Blessed Trinity at Mary Persons semifinals preview

4:33 pm Nov. 29, 2017

Blessed Trinity will visit Mary Persons in the state semifinals on Friday in a rematch of last year’s quarterfinals. Like I did with my St. Pius at Marist preview on Tuesday, I am going to breakdown this semifinal matchup in sections to hopefully do it justice.

Blessed Trinity (11-2) at Mary Persons (11-2)

This is the sixth straight season that Mary Persons has been in Class AAAA. The Bulldogs have compiled

Marist, St. Pius meet in semis for biggest ‘Fish Bowl’ yet

5:31 pm Nov. 28, 2017

The archrival Catholic schools are squaring off for the second time this season and will play in the 53rd edition of the ‘Fish Bowl’ Friday night for a spot in the Class AAAA state championship. With so much history involved and so much at stake in this rivalry game, I am going to have to breakdown this matchup in sections to hopefully do it justice.

St. Pius (8-5) at Marist (13-0)

THE

Semifinalists hit their stride together

4:36 pm Nov. 25, 2017

The Class AAAA final four is set and the semifinalist all seem to be hitting their stride. What makes this exciting is not only are these four teams each peaking at the right time, but all the teams have the momentum and potential to continue playing even better football. St. Pius has won eight straight since starting the season 0-5 and battled past an 11-1 Woodward Academy team 35-31 last

Quarterfinals to gauge intriguing field of contenders

9:55 am Nov. 22, 2017

Without two-time defending state champion Cartersville in the picture, Class AAAA’s postseason is layered with unanswered questions

Marist at Burke County

This will be the final battle of unbeaten teams of the season for Class AAAA. Both Marist and Burke County have advanced to the quarterfinals with perfect 12-0 records. Burke County has never finished a season undefeated and its 2011 state crown came with a 14-1 record. Marist has state titles

Blessed Trinity opens a new chapter for Class AAAA

5:51 pm Nov. 19, 2017

Blessed Trinity has done it!

The Titans snapped Cartersville’s 41-game winning streak on Friday and punched their ticket to the quarterfinals with an unforgettable 21-17 win.

For those wondering how it was done, Blessed Trinity dominated the first half, lost the lead late and then clinched victory in the final seconds by leaving Cartersville with no time left to respond. Blessed Trinity’s junior running back Steele Chambers provided all the first half

Blessed Trinity 21, Cartersville 17

12:32 am Nov. 18, 2017

Cartersville entered Friday with a 41-game winning streak and had outscored its past nine opponents by a whopping 46.1 points per game. Second halves with running clocks were much more familiar to the Purple Hurricanes than the 14-3 lead that Blessed Trinity opened the second half with. Nonetheless, Cartersville was able to climb its way back and clung to a 17-14 lead with under a minute to play as Blessed

Sweet 16 rundown

2:27 pm Nov. 16, 2017

The first round was dominated by the higher seeds as all No. 1’s advanced and home teams triumphed in 14 of the 16 matchups. The result fused a star-studded Sweet 16 lineup that will be packed with eight must-see matchups of a region champions looking to defend home turf.

Cedartown at Marist

Cedartown (10-1) is in the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2002 and carries a six-game