AAAAAA final: Colquitt County 28, Archer 24

11:23 pm Dec. 13, 2014

Colquitt County’s Sihiem King didn’t get off to the greatest of starts, but he came through when the Packers needed him most.

The senior running back rushed for 125 yards and scored two touchdowns Saturday at the Georgia Dome, leading the Packers to a 28-24 victory over Archer in the Class AAAAAA championship game.

The win gave top-ranked Colquitt County (15-0) its first state title and undefeated season since 1994. The Packers

Archer 52, Etowah 7

10:32 pm Dec. 5, 2014

Archer football is bound for new heights. Riding a wave of dominant performances unprecedented in the program’s brief history, the Tigers are advancing to their first state title game after thumping Etowah, 52-7, Friday night.

The Tigers will face Colquitt County in the AAAAAA state championship game at 8 p.m. next Saturday night in the Georgia Dome.

Archer (11-3) is riding an 11-game winning streak and has scored 50-plus points in three

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