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December 7, 2013
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All games at Georgia Dome


Friday, Dec. 13


Class A-Private

(2:30 pm)

Calvary Day vs. Aquinas


Class AAA

(5:30 pm)

Buford vs. Washington County



(8:30 pm)

Tucker vs. Creekside



Saturday, Dec. 14


Class A-Public

(11:00 am)

Marion County vs. Charlton County


Class AA

(2:30 pm)

Lovett vs. Lamar County


Class AAAA

(5:30 pm)

Griffin vs. Carrollton



(8:30 pm)

North Gwinnett vs. Norcross




















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Saturday, December 7, 2013

By Stephen Black and Ricky Dimon
Carrollton edges Marist; ELCA falls


In GHSA semifinals action, Class A-Private No. 1 ELCA was upset by Calvary Day, Carrollton outlasted Marist in multiple overtime periods for the second year in a row and Lovett and Washington County rolled into their respective state finals. See recaps and more below and also follow the links to games covered by AJC.com.



Carrollton 46, Marist 44 (4 OTs): Carrollton held Marist on a 2-point try in

Photo by Jason Mussell

the fourth overtime period to win. War Eagles quarterback Chase Martenson scored on a 9-yard run to give Marist a chance to tie. Jarvis Terrell gave Carrollton its lead at 46-38 following a touchdown run and 2-point conversion run. Terrell finished with three touchdowns runs, including an 80-yarder that gave the visiting Trojans a 15-7 halftime lead.


Griffin 25, Wayne County 20: Griffin scored 19 unanswered points following a 14-6 halftime deficit to overcome Wayne County. The visiting Yellow Jackets went ahead with a touchdown pass from Malique Jackson to A.J. McGill and a scoring run by Anfernee Jordan. Griffin responded when Anforne Stroud returned an interception for a touchdown before Jaquez Parks sealed the deal for the Bears thanks to a 2-yard scoring run and a touchdown pass to Trey Willis.



Washington County 37, Ringgold 0: Washington County scored all 37 points in the first half before coasting through the fourth quarter with a running clock. Melvin Hill scored four touchdowns for the host Golden Hawks, including one on a 99-yard punt return late in the second quarter. Hill opened the scoring with a 59-yard run and plunged in from two yards with 16 seconds left in the first half. D.J. Sanders hauled in a 68-yard touchdown pass from A.J. Gray.



Lovett 35, Brooks County 12: Lovett dominated Brooks County 35-12 in a weather-delayed Class AA semifinal in Buckhead. Grant Haley ran for three touchdowns and 120 yards for the host Lions. Lovett's defense held Brooks County to 76 yards rushing and intercepted Trojans quarterback Malkom Parrish twice.


Willie Candler hit Jack McGranahan on a 13-yard pass in the first quarter to give Lovett an early 7-0 lead. Haley scored twice in the second and Lovett led 21-0. Ijohn Parrish hit his brother, Malkom, on a 61-yard pass to get Brooks County on the board just before the half.


Haley and Murphy Lee each scored for Lovett in the third quarter to hand the Lions a commanding 35-6 lead.


The game was halted for 30 minutes in the second half due to stormy weather.


Lamar County 10, Benedictine 7: Tyler Scandrett kicked a 24-yard field goal as time expired to send Lamar County past Benedictine. The host Trojans trailed 7-0 at halftime but scored 10 unanswered points in the final 15 minutes. Benedictine opened the scoring late in the second quarter on a 5-yard touchdown run by J.J. Gaines. Lamar County finally answered late in the third quarter when Lance Austin hit Ray Lions with a 17-yard scoring strike on a fake field goal.



Aquinas 17, Mt. Pisgah 16: Liam Welch threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to

Photo by Rob Saye

John Morris with 16 seconds left to lead Aquinas over Mt. Pisgah. The visiting Fightin' Irish also got a 1-yard scoring run from Ruben Garnett and a 44-yard field goal by Justin Thompson. For Mt. Pisgah, Browning Dunn rushed 13 times for 144 yards and a touchdown. Aaron Winchester had a 16-yard scoring run to put Mt. Pisgah ahead 16-10 with five minutes remaining.


Calvary Day 35, Eagle's Landing Christian 34 (OT): Calvary Day exploded to a 21-0 in the first half and held on to win in overtime when Eagle's Landing Christian quarterback Jordan Long was stopped short on a 2-point conversion. It is the Chargers' first loss to a Class A foe since the 2011 semifinals when Landmark Christian beat them 14-7.


Calvary Day's Michael Peterson had four touchdown passes, two of which were caught by Jordan Walker. The Cavaliers' winning touchdown came on a 1-yard run by Cameron Heyward in overtime.


The host Chargers got on the board with 32.8 seconds left in the second quarter to cut the lead to 21-7 when Long ran one yard for a touchdown. Long ran for a 6-yard score early in the third quarter to make it 21-14, then Lane Timpson ran for an 8-yard touchdown to make it 21-20. Davis Carrandi caught a 77-yard touchdown pass from Long to help tie the score at 28. Long ran for two scores and threw for two more.


Charlton County 34, Irwin County 33: After scoring a touchdown on a 3-yard run by Antuane Merritt with four seconds left in the game to make the score 34-33, Eric Contreras' PAT attempt was blocked by Charlton County. Charlton was led by sophomore running back Andrew Lee, who had 24 caries for 228 yards and scored four touchdowns. Charlton had 289 total yards.


Irwin was led by Merritt, 21 carries for 158 yards, and Robert Moore, 19 carries for 107 yards.


Irwin County had 360 total yards.


Marion County 40, Hawkinsville 7: Marion County avenged its only loss of the season, a 14-10 setback at Hawkinsville on Nov. 1. The Eagles had home-field advantage this time around and took control right away by racing to a 26-0 lead in the second quarter. Lorenzo Smothers scored three touchdowns, including a 44-yard interception return and an 82-yard run. Corey Johnson also returned a fumble 73 yards for a touchdown for Marion County.

By Craig Sager II and Chris Schutter
Hoover wins another title; Norcross makes second straight final


Hoover won yet another Alabama state championship while Dwyer edged East lake in overtime in a thrilling state championship game in Florida. See these recaps and more below.



Class 2A State Championship

Tanner 21, Washington County 13: Tanner won its second straight 2A title over Washington County. The teams were evenly matched and Tanner outgained Washington County 218 to 216 yards. Hayden Stephens was the difference-maker for the Rattlers and he carried the ball 23 times for 159 yards and two touchdowns. Deshun Freeman led the Tanner defense with 12 tackles and an interception.


Class 4A State Championship

Oneonta 28, Charles Henderson 10: After two straight Class 4A runner-up finishes, Oneonta finally took the podium with a dominant victory over the previously-unbeaten Trojans. Avery Reid rushed for three Oneonta touchdowns and the Redskins' defense held Charles Henderson's offense to just 75 yards rushing. The Redskins cruised offensively with with 453 total yards from scrimmage, including 326 rushing yards. Senior Terrell McDaniel paced the ground game with 163 yards on 19 carries.


Class 6A State Championship

Hoover 20, Auburn 3: Hoover blocked an Auburn punt late in the opening quarter and Chris Demoss recovered it to put the Buccaneers ahead 7-0. Bradrick Shaw caught a 40-yard shovel pass for a touchdown and rushed for a 1-yard score. This marks Hoover's 30th consecutive win and the program's 10th state championship.



Class 7A State Semifinals

Dwyer 31, East Lake 24 (OT): Daniel Parr rushed for a Dwyer touchdown in overtime and Shawann Lurry intercepted East Lake quarterback Jake Hudson's third-down pass attempt to seal the win. East Lake trailed 24-10 with 6:48 remaining, but forced overtime with a 65-yard George Campbell touchdown pass from Artavis Scott and a Scott interception that set up a Devin Abraham touchdown reception.


Class 2A State Championship

Champagnat 14, Lakeland Victory Christian 7: Champagnat won its first football state championship after inaugurating its football program four short years ago. Michael Frederick rushed for both Lions touchdowns and Champagnat finishes the season perfect at 14-0.


Class A State Championship

Trenton 14, Blountstown 0: Stephen Smith found Hamp Cheevers for a 55-yard touchdown reception to give Trenton a 7-0 lead at the half. In the third quarter Michael Smith intercepted Hunter Jordan's pass and returned it for a Trenton touchdown that resulted in the final points of the game.



Class 6A State Semifinals

Norcross 14, Colquitt County 9: In a rematch from last season's state

Photo courtesy Norcross HS

semifinals, defending champion Norcross topped the Packers and earned a trip to the Georgia Dome for Saturday's state championship. Colquitt kicker Jose Vega hit three first-half field goals, but Norcross answered with a 1-yard touchdown run by James Keeling that cut the halftime deficit to 9-7.


The Blue Devils held Colquitt scoreless in the second half and the Packers managed just 176 total yards of offense. Norcross took the lead with 6:12 remaining when quarterback A.J. Bush found Myles Autry for a 19-yard touchdown pass. Bush was effective running the ball and tallied a game-high 119 yards on the ground.



Class A State Championship

French Camp Academy 27, Smithville 6: Host French Camp won its first state championship behind quarterback Jesse Hosket, who threw for 187 yards, ran for a touchdown and had eight tackles on defense. Running back Michael Erving rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown as French Camp totaled 337 yards of offense compared to Smithville's 99.


Class 2A State Championship

Bassfield 48, Calhoun City 7: This was host Bassfield's sixth state title in school history and it finished 15-1 on the season. Bassfield running back Trodrick Daniels finished with 118 yards and a touchdown in the victory. Bassfield has now won three state titles since 2009, and the Yellow Jackets have outscored its opponents 83-7 in the past two Class AA state title games.


Class 6A State Championship

Oak Grove 14, Tupelo 7: Neither team scored in the first half, and Oak Grove opened the scoring with a 4-yard touchdown pass from Kirk McCarty to Cameron Myers. Tupelo responded with a 4-yard rushing touchdown by Quinn Tiggs on the ensuing drive. McCarty found Logan Scott on a fake field goal pass at the end of the third quarter. Oak Grove held on to win the game and the 6A state title.



Class 2A State Championship

Batesburg-Leesville 28, Silver Bluff 24: These two teams have met for the state title three times with Silver Bluff winning the first two meetings by one point each. This one was equally as thrilling as it took a defensive stop with time expiring for Batesburg-Leesville to win. Jacquiel Chandler scored three of Batesburg-Leesville's touchdowns, including the game winner from two yards out with three minutes left in the game.



Class A State Championship

Union City 23, South Pittsburg 14: These teams played in the 2009 A championship and Union City came out on top then and again this year after opening up its 7-7 tie in the second quarter. Ricky Henry ran for two touchdowns and 101 yards to lead Union City. South Pittsburg linebacker Payne Mosely was named the defensive player of the game, with 19 tackles. Union City did not attempt a pass the entire game


Class 2A State Championship

Alcoa 25, Christ Presbyterian Academy 7: Alcoa's Jaquez Tyson set a championship game record with 49 carries and added 278 rushing yards and three touchdowns to pace the Tornadoes. Alcoa's Peyton Walls ran for a 28-yard touchdown in the first quarter before Tyson ran in the next three Tornadoes' rushing scores.


Class 5A State Championship

Henry County 28, Knoxville-West 27: Seth Marshall put Knoxville West on the board first with an 18-yard touchdown run and Nathan Cottrell extended the lead to 14-0 with a 17-yard scamper. Henry County answered with a pair of touchdown runs by Jeremiah Godbott before the half. In the third quarter, Knoxville West took the lead after a 69-yard touchdown run by Nathan Cottrell.


Henry County's R'Tario Perkins cut the lead with a 62-yard touchdown run but the Patriots missed the point after. Perkins found the endzone again on a 1-yard dive and a successful 2-point conversion gave Henry County its first lead of the game at 28-21. Knoxville West scored on a Justin Hodge run, but this time the Rebels missed the extra point and Henry County sealed the 28-27 win.

Community Quarterback of the Month



The Atlanta Falcons Community Quarterback Award honors volunteers in Georgia (ages 13 and over) who exemplify leadership and dedication to bettering their communities. Each month during the 2013 season, September through December, an Atlanta Falcons Community Quarterback of the Month winner will be selected. Each winner will receive a $1,000 grant from NFL Foundation to support the organization served.  Additionally, on Monday, December 16, each of the Atlanta Falcons Community Quarterback Award winners will be recognized at the annual Atlanta Falcons Community Honors Dinner and the 2013 Community Quarterback Award Winner of the Year will be announced. 


The Atlanta Falcons are pleased to announce Perry Mitchell as the Atlanta Falcons Community Quarterback Award winner for December for his volunteer work with Literacy Volunteers of Atlanta, Inc.


Perry Mitchell is a retired creative director and writer with a Bachelor's degree from Duke University and a Master's degree from the University of Iowa.  Serving as a volunteer classroom instructor for over seven years, Mitchell has impacted the lives of over 300 adult learners.  Most recently, Mitchell has taken on the important role as a one-on-one tutor working closely with a few select students to help them with a number of personal goals, including retaining employment, paying bills and passing Citizenship Exams. 


Along with teaching and tutoring, Mitchell also plays a large role in all fundraising activities and has put in a total of over 3,000 volunteer hours.

Literacy Volunteers of Atlanta, Inc. (LVA) was founded in 1986 by 19 volunteers committed to helping adult metro Atlantans who are eager to raise their literacy abilities. Based on the premise that well-trained and supported volunteers can be effective tutors, LVA is the only organization in metro Atlanta that provides one-on-one tutoring at no cost to students in their service area, which encompasses all of Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb and Gwinnett counties.





The Score Atlanta team will pick 10 high school games per week. The weekly scores will be tallied at the end of the regular season.

Colquitt County at Norcross
North Gwinnett at McEachern
Kell at Creekside
Gainesville at Tucker
Wayne County at Griffin
Carrollton at Marist
Benedictine at Lamar County
Brooks County at Lovett
Charlton County at Irwin County
Aquinas at Mount Pisgah



Staff This Week's Results Overall Picks
Ricky Dimon, Writer 6-4 98-61 Colquitt County, North Gwinnett, Creekside, Gainesville, Griffin, Marist, Lamar County, Lovett, Irwin County, Aquinas
Brian Jones, Writer 4-6 94-65

Colquitt County, North Gwinnett, Kell, Gainesville, Griffin, Lamar County, Brooks County, Charlton County, Mt. Pisgah

Stephen Black, Managing Editor 7-3 93-66 Norcross, North Gwinnett, Kell, Tucker, Griffin, Carrollton, Lamar County, Lovett, Irwin County, Mount Pisgah
Alex Ewalt, Writer 6-4 92-67 Norcross, McEachern, Kell, Gainesville, Griffin, Carrollton, Lamar County, Lovett, Charlton County, Mt. Pisgah
DJ Galbiati, Creative Art Director 7-3 91-68 Norcross, North Gwinnett, Creekside, Gainesville, Griffin, Carrollton, Benedictine, Lovett, Irwin County, Aquinas
Melanie Snare, Director of Sales & Marketing 7-3 86-73 Colquitt County, McEachern, Kell, Gainesville, Griffin, Carrollton, Lamar County, Lovett, Irwin County, Mt. Pisgah
Craig Sager II, Assistant Editor 4-6 83-76 Norcross, McEachern, Creekside, Tucker, Wayne County, Carrollton, Lamar County, Brooks County, Charlton County, Aquinas
Chris Schutter, Intern 7-3 78-71 Norcross, North Gwinnett, Creekside, Gainesville, Griffin, Carrollton, Benedictine, Lovett, Irwin County, Aquinas


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