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December 12, 2013
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We look at the Class AAA championship game today with a preview of both Buford and Washington County, as well as a breakdown of the matchup. Also, check out our Sky Zone: Jump In To Give player of the week. 
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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)

Washington County vs. Buford



(8:30 pm)

Tucker vs. Creekside



Saturday, Dec. 14


Class A-Public

(11:00 am)

Charlton County vs. Marion County


Class AA

(2:30 pm)

Lovett vs. Lamar County


Class AAAA

(5:30 pm)

Carrollton vs. Griffin



(8:30 pm)

North Gwinnett vs. Norcross




















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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

By Ricky Dimon

13-0, Region 7 No. 1 seed


Buford is through to a seventh consecutive state championship appearance,

Photo courtesy Buford High School

but it was not without a struggle at the final roadblock. The Wolves, who are defending their 2012 Class AAA title and looking for a sixth winner's trophy in seven years, trailed at halftime for the first time all season before overcoming Callaway 24-14. Joshua Thomas rushed for 221 yards and three touchdowns as Buford scored 17 unanswered points in the third quarter to erase a 14-7 deficit.


For the most part, however, Jess Simpson's ninth season as head coach has been similar to his first eight in terms of dominance from start to finish. The Wolves won their first 13 games by at least 28 points, including three straight 63-0 shutouts over Hancock Central, Banks County and West Hall. After destroying Sonoraville and Woodward Academy to begin the playoffs, they took care of Carver-Columbus 36-6 in the quarterfinals.


Buford's defense is scary good, having refused to allow more than 14 points in any game this entire year. Callaway had 14 by halftime last Friday to go along with 161 yards but in the second half, it did not score a single point while managing only 37 total yards and one first down.


The Wolves are huge up front on both sides of the ball. Their offensive line eventually took complete control against Callaway, paving the way for Thomas Wilson to gain 95 yards on just 14 carries to go along with the dominance of Joshua Thomas. Evyn Cooper, Xavier Gantt, Donte Gordon and Zavior Hoxie have also been sharing carries in by far the most crowded backfield in Georgia. Interestingly, Buford features a dual-quarterback system with Taylor Mitchell and Montgomery VanGorder. Both seniors have passed for more than 700 yards in 2013. The Wolves are just 11 points away from breaking the state single-season scoring record.



13-0, Region 3 No. 1 seed


Ranked second in the state behind Buford, Washington County is one win

Photo by Perry McIntyre

away from capturing its first state championship since 1997. Head coach Joel Ingram's squad, which was a quarterfinalist in 2012, has won 11 of its 13 games by at least 36 points. Only Class AA finalist Lovett has come within four touchdowns of beating the Golden Hawks, who edged the Lions 36-33 in overtime on Oct. 4. Washington County has won its four playoff games by an average of almost 39 points following a 37-0 semifinal drubbing of Ringgold. Melvin Hill scored four touchdowns, including one on a 99-yard punt return, as Washington County posted all 37 of its points in the first half at Ringgold's expense. 


Like Buford, Washington County has no apparent weakness on either side of the ball. The Golden Hawks' lowest output of the season came in their 36-point performance against Lovett and they have scored at least 55 points on seven different occasions. Against even stiffer competition in the playoffs, Washington County pinned 56 on both Johnson-Savannah and Peach County before rolling over Blessed Trinity 46-17. Hill rushed for 202 yards and scored five touchdowns in the quarterfinal romp. Washington County can also be dangerous with an air attack led by junior quarterback A.J. Gray and senior tight end D.J. Sanders.


Lining up at linebacker on the other side of the ball, Sanders had an incredible four interceptions against Blessed Trinity. Ringgold was slightly handicapped in the semis with quarterback Slade Dale hampered by a sprained MCL, but Dale passed for just 23 yards and the Tigers managed only 95 rushing yards as a team. Ingram did not have good things to say about his offense after it scored no points in the second half against Ringgold, but his defense earned the high praise it received.

By Ricky Dimon

How Washington Co., Buford stack up


Two of the state's traditional powerhouses will finally face each other for the

Photo by Rob Saye

first time when Buford and Washington County collide for the Class AAA championship. Combined, they have won 12 state titles (nine for Buford, three for Washington County) in their illustrious histories while sending nine players to the NFL.


The offenses will be tough to stop, even for talented defenses such as the ones boasted by these two finalists. If any team comes close to matching the Wolves' backfield depth, it is Washington County. Hill and Gray have both rushed for more than 1,000 yards in 2013; so has senior running back Danyale Wicker


Buford generally does a good job taking care of the ball, but it will have to be careful after committing four turnovers against Carver-Columbus. Any carelessness could be exploited by a ball-hawking Washington County defense led by Sanders.

By Chris Schutter

Mill Creek lineman pancakes defenders, gives back to community


The Mill Creek offensive line is very impressive, and it is led by Josh

Photo courtesy Mill Creek HS

Fannin. He was a vital part of an offense that scored more than 30 points in all but one game this year. He works hard year round to improve his game, and he has already seen interest from more than 20 D-I schools including UGA, Clemson, South Carolina and Georgia Tech. One thing that really stands out about Fannin is the work he does away from the football field, which he takes very seriously.


Fannin is very passionate about community service and has helped Mill Creek in a variety of ways over the years.


"In my spare time I do try to give back as much as I can, especially when I can give some time to help with kids the way people were always willing to help me," Fannin said. 


One thing Fannin spends his time doing is helping at youth football camps. At those camps, Fannin helps by doing offensive line drills and teaching fundamentals to the kids. He helps kids of all ages, including the students in eighth grade getting prepared for high school. The time he puts in to help the students about to start their freshmen year will help Mill Creek continue to see success.


Football isn't the only thing Fannin spends his time on though, as he is frequently involved with clubs around his school, specifically FCA and FBLA, and also volunteers at the Hamilton United Methodist Church. In addition to working with Hamilton's Vacation Bible School, Fannin volunteers with his mother in the Helping Hawks Program.


"We volunteer our services for seniors, shut-ins, and people who need help with physical chores and things we usually take for granted," Fannin explains.


His family has instilled the values to him, and his coach, Shannon Jarvis, shares the same values with the whole Mill Creek football team. "Coach Jarvis does a great job of keeping us focused and helping realize how blessed we really are."

Southeast Georgia Recruiting fair set



The 3rd Annual Southeast Georgia Recruiting fair, sponsored by Camden County HS, Ware County HS and FCA, will be held on December 17th from 9 AM - 12 Noon at Camden County HS.  


The event is FREE to High School and College recruiters.  For more information and to RSVP, please contact Toby Crews at tcrews@fca.org  or  912-281-9510 or Welton Coffey atwcoffey@camden.k12.ga.us or 912-729-7042. 

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