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

Class A playoff roundup

11:24 pm Nov. 21, 2014

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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

Class AAAAA playoff roundup

11:22 pm Nov. 21, 2014

Mays went on the road to upset Class AAAAA No. 1 Ware County 21-18 to advance to the state quarterfinals. After Ware County scored 15 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to pull within three points, a Mays punt with 1:05 remaining gave the Gators the ball on their own 24-yard line. On the next play, Monquavion Brinson recovered a Ware County fumble, allowing Mays to run out the clock.

Class AAAAAA playoff roundup

11:21 pm Nov. 21, 2014

Colquitt County 51, Dacula 30: Colquitt County remained undefeated but got a major scare from Dacula when the visiting Falcons surged to a 20-0 lead in the first quarter. The Packers tied the game early in the third quarter after Bull Barge returned a fumble 57 yards for a touchdown. Colquitt County rode Sihiem King the rest of the way. King rushed for 134 yards and six touchdowns on 17

Buford 35 Mary Persons 14

11:11 pm Nov. 21, 2014

By Robert Haddocks

It wasn’t the complete demolition that Buford fans have grown accustomed to, but it’s another win that puts the Wolves a little closer to familiar territory – a championship berth.

After a lopsided shutout win in the opening round of the Class AAAA playoffs, Buford was mildly contested, but in the end easily disposed of Mary Persons, 35-14, to advance to the quarterfinals. The Wolves (12-0) will host Marist

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

Marist 31, Griffin 21

10:48 pm Nov. 21, 2014

Chalk one up for the triple option over the spread. There will be no repeat champion in Class AAAA.

Quarterback Sam Phelts, fullback Griffin King and the Marist offensive line ran their double-wing traditional offense to near perfection, as  the War Eagles jumped out to a 24-0 halftime lead and withstood a gutsy comeback by defending-champion Griffin to take a 31-21 win at Memorial Stadium in Griffin.

Marist (11-1), the No. 2