All-region teams: LaFlamme, Butcher, Kopec earn top honors in 6-AAAAAA

6:39 am Nov. 26, 2014

Here is the all-region team for 6-AAAAAA, as voted by the league’s coaches:

Offensive player of the year: Tyler LaFlamme, South Forsyth, Sr.

Defensive player of the year: Andrew Butcher, Alpharetta, Sr.

Special teams player of the year: Ryan Kopec, Alpharetta, Sr.

Coach of the year: Jacob Nichols, Alpharetta

First-team offense

QB – Austin King, Alpharetta, Sr.

RB – Trevor O’Brien, Lambert, Sr.

RB – Michael Babers, Habersham Central, So.

TE – Cameron Kline, South Forsyth, Jr.

WR – Rustin

Playoff preview: Class AAAAAA quarterfinals

6:45 am Nov. 24, 2014

Newton at Etowah

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Eagle Stadium, Woodstock

Records, rankings: Newton is 7-3, the No. 3 seed from Region 2-AAAAAA and unranked; Etowah is 10-2, the No. 2 seed from 5-AAAAAA and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. It’s safe to say that no one predicted this quarterfinal matchup. Etowah was 1-8 all-time in the playoffs before this season. Newton was 2-10, with

Hillgrove 38, Roswell 28

10:55 pm Nov. 21, 2014

Hillgrove and Roswell hit each other with one big play after another Friday in their Class AAAAAA second-round playoff game, but Hillgrove had more of them and escaped with a 38-28 victory.

Quarterback Matthew Wilson threw four touchdowns passes and ran 53 yards for another score to lead the Region 4-AAAAAA-champion Hawks (9-3).

Wilson finished 20-for-34 for 329 yards passing and ran 11 times for 71 yards. His 53-yard touchdown run on

Etowah 23, Westlake 6

10:48 pm Nov. 21, 2014

Etowah advanced to its first quarterfinal appearance in school history in a 23-6 win over Westlake in a Class AAAAAA second-round matchup Friday night.

The win also gave Etowah (10-2) its first 10-win season in the school’s 37-year history. The Eagles host the Central Gwinnett/Newton winner next week.

Etowah superbly executed its gameplan to slow down a speedy Westlake defense. The Eagles ran for 291 yards and held the Lions to 23

Second-round preview: Class AAAAAA

6:45 am Nov. 17, 2014

Etowah at Westlake

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Westlake Stadium, College Park

Records, rankings: Etowah is 9-2, the No. 2 seed from Region 5-AAAAAA and unranked; Westlake is 9-1, the No. 1 seed from 3-AAAAAA and No. 10.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Both teams won their first playoff games since 2006 last week. Etowah, which opened in 1977, has never made the quarterfinals. Westlake, opened

Dacula 17 Peachtree Ridge 14

11:17 pm Nov. 14, 2014

By Robert Haddocks

Dacula did what it does – run for nearly 300 yards – and its defense came up big in the clutch and the Falcons held on for a 17-14 win over Peachtree Ridge in the first round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs.

Peachtree Ridge marched down the field and had a first down at the Dacula 19-yard line. But the Falcons’ defensive line pressured quarterback Chance Thrasher in the

Mill Creek 34, Peachtree Ridge 7

10:19 pm Nov. 7, 2014

Mill Creek entered Friday night on a four-game winning streak, dominating recent Region 7-AAAAAA foes by stuffing opponents’ running games while its own backs churned out yards at will. Facing a top-10 opponent with the region’s No. 2 seed on the line, the script didn’t change and neither did the results.

The Hawks charged past No. 9 Peachtree Ridge, 34-7, to clinch a home playoff game next week. They await Grayson,

Archer 24 Dacula 10

11:06 pm Oct. 31, 2014

By Robert Haddocks

Archer rallied from an early deficit and scored 24 unanswered points to stun previously undefeated Dacula, 24-10. The Tigers chipped away on offense and their defense forced four second-half turnovers to trip up No. 2 Dacula.

“They jumped out to a 10-0 lead on us, but our kids never batted an eye,” said Archer head coach Andy Dyer.

With the win, Archer (6-3, 6-1) forces a three-way tie (with Dacula

Tucker 27, Lovejoy 12

10:52 pm Oct. 31, 2014

Tucker dominated Lovejoy and eased to a 27-12 win Friday night in what served as the Region 2-AAAAAA title game.

The Tigers defense spoiled senior night for over 30 Wildcats and ended a streak of 36 consecutive region wins for Lovejoy, dating back to when the teams competed in Class AAAA.

The tenth-ranked Tigers also got 140 yards rushing and two touchdowns from running back Delvin Weems, who recently committed to play

Mill Creek 51 Collins Hill 7

11:19 pm Oct. 24, 2014

By Robert Haddocks

Johnathon Hawkins ran for four touchdowns and Mill Creek – behind its monstrous offensive line – rolled up more than 300 yards rushing as the Hawks carried out their week-long message and pounded Collins Hill 51-7.

Pitting two of the top teams in Region 7-AAAAAA, the game was billed as matchup between Mill Creek’s line that averages 6-3 and 290 pounds and Collins Hill’s strength, its stout defensive line.