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Posted 25 March 2009 - 08:39 PM

Herschel Walker puts '79 Johnson Co. into Sweet 16

Gary Phillips, now an associate executive director of the Georgia High School Association, first laid eyes on Herschel Walker in the film room at Johnson County High School in the spring of 1978.
Phillips was the newly hired football coach, and he noticed that the sophomore fullback -- "a terrible blocker, almost never carried the ball" -- was averaging about 10 yards a pop.
So Phillips asked the principal to identify this No. 42, Walker's number at the time. Walker later wore No. 43 at Johnson County, then No. 34 at Georgia.
The principal told Phillips, "Oh, that's Herschel," and asked if Phillips wanted to meet him. They walked down the hall and to get Walker out of class.
The principal explained that the previous coach's tradition was to let only his seniors play tailback. Phillips immediately dropped that tradition
Phillips asked Walker how he'd feel about being the tailback and running the ball 25-30 times a game. "The ball ain't heavy," Walker answered.
Phillips told the principal, "I think you've got a player there."
Walker rushed for a state-record 3,167 yards on 374 carries as a senior in 1979, and he's wearing his Johnson County blue and silver again these days (with a little imagination) and has led the Trojans to a pair of victories already in the AJC.com Tournament of Champions.
Walker rushed for 252 yards and four touchdowns in '79 Johnson County's preliminary-round victory over 2000 Commerce, then 150 yards in a comeback win over against 1967 Washington-Wilkes.
Walker wasn't the only star at his computerized high school reunion. Summaries of the preliminary and first round (18 games in all) are below. Look for past greats of small-school football champions in Georgia, from Brent Cunningham to Ben Zambiasi to Garrison Hearst to Lorne Sam.



Preliminary rounds:

1979 JOHNSON COUNTY 27
2000 COMMERCE 8


Wrightsville -- With 252 yards rushing, Herschel Walker won a duel with Commere star Monte Williams, Georgia's all-time leading rusher, at Johnson County's Lovett Field.
Williams, who ran for 8,844 yards in his career, was limited to 87 in this one as Commerce fell behind and needed to pass. Quarterback Michael Collins, now a defensive back at Tennessee, actually led Commerce with 104, many on the scramble.
Analysis: Commerce allowed 17 points a game, high for a state champion, too much for a computer team attempting to slow the greatest converted fullback in Georgia high school history.

Scoring summary:

'00 Commerce 0-0-0-8--8
'79 Johnson Co. 6-15-0-6--27

J--Herschel Walker 1 run (kick failed)
J--Walker 8 run (Walker run)
J--Walker 22 run (Ricky Devero kick)
J--Walker 5 run (kick failed)
C--Michael Collins 93 PAT return
C--Monte Williams 1 run (kick failed)

Team stats:

Com JCo.
FIRST DOWNS: 11 21
RUSHING: 39-211 53-361
PASSING: 25 0
TOTAL YARDS 236 361
C-A-I: 1-6-1 0-2-0
PUNT 4-41 1-51
PENALTY 2-11 4-24
FUM/LOST: 2-0 0-0
POSSESSION: 22:17 25:43

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Commerce--Monte Williams 17-87, Michael Collins 15-104, Twion Shealer 1-4, Casey Gary 2-3, Rob Brown 2-5, Dennis Wilder 1-5, Wes Massey 1-3. Johnson Co.--Herschel Walker 29-252, M.C. Carey 7-45, Jerome Taylor 8-50, Al Rowland 1-(-1), Barry Wilds 1-(-2), Paul Mason 2-15, Charles Culver 4-(-1), Ben Attaway 1-2l.
PASSING:
Commerce--Michael Collins 1-5-1-25, Wes Massey 0-1-0-0.
Johnson Co.--Charles Culver 0-2-0-0.
RECEIVING:
Commerce--Rob Brown 1-25.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Johnson Co.--Milt Moorman 1-20
SACKS:
Commerce--Casey Gary 1-7


1967 WASHINGTON-WILKES 10
1997 MANCHESTER 7


Manchester -- Jack Leard scored all 10 of Washington-Wilkes' points, and his quarterback sneak with 1:47 left won this Sixties-era defensive struggle at Manchester's Memorial Stadium. Bob Wills' 36-yard punt return to the Manchester 23 set up the go-ahead score.
Manchester allowed only one team (Taylor County) to rush for more than 100 yards in 1997, so Washington-Wilkes' 146 was a good effort. And Manchester's Scott and DeMarquis Terry, both 1,000-yard rushers, were never so well bottled in an actual game.
Analysis: Washington-Wilkes won four state titles in the 1960s, and the '67 team performed very well in trial runs, a good sleeper pick.

Scoring summary:

'67 Washington-Wilkes 0-0-0-10--10
'97 Manchester 7-0-0-0--7

M--Travis Scott 7 run (Mason Brackett kick)
W--Jack Leard 36 FG
W--Leard 1 run (Leard kick)

Team stats:

WW Man
FIRST DOWNS: 12 9
RUSHING: 43-146 40-109
PASSING: 35 63
TOTAL YARDS 181 172
C-A-I: 2-11-1 4-12-2
PUNT: 5-31 6-35
PEN: 4-25 5-44
FUM/LOST: 1-1 2-0
POSSESSION: 22:29 25:31

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Washington-Wilkes--Jack Leard 16-33, Pud Wills 11-78, Bob Wills 2-12, Barry Bailey 3-10, Jimmy Barnett 9-16, Mark Moore 2-(-4).
Manchester--Demarquis Terry 11-57, Travis Scott 19-32, Wade Strozier 5-9, John Parks 4-10, Tavares Clements 1-1.
PASSING:
Washington-Wilkes--Jack Leard 2-11-1-35.
Manchester--Wade Strozier 4-12-2-63.
RECEIVING:
Washington-Wilkes--Jimmy Echols 1-12, Bob Hendricks 1-23.
Manchester--Jason Newman 1-15, Shea McInvale 1-11, Demarquis Terry 1-22, Sandreal Carter 1-15.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Washington-Wilkes--Jack Leard 1-16, Marvin Dove 1-3.
Manchester--Demarquis Terry 1-18.
SACKS:
Manchester--Livingston Moyston 1-5, Earvin King 1-8.

FIRST ROUND

1995 LINCOLN COUNTY 21
1998 DARLINGTON 0


Lincolnton -- Troy Albea, now with the Indianapolis Colts, caught three passes and scored Lincoln County's first touchdown on a reverse from the 1. Cherard Freeman also had a touchdown and rushed for 73 yards.
Darlington beat Lincoln County 16-6 in Linconton in the 1998 championship game, out-rushing the Devils 270-69.
Analysis: Lincoln County allowed just 69 yards rushing per game in 1995, which ranks in the 80th percentile among state champions since 1967. That, plus Buddy Bufford Field and an offense that could run or throw equally well, made it tough for the wishbone Tigers.

Scoring summary:

'98 Darlington 0-0-0-0--0
'95 Lincoln Co. 7-7-0-7--21

L--Troy Albea 1 run (Shantwone Dent kick)
L--Kelvin Leverett 1 run (Dent kick)
L--Cherard Freeman 7 run (Dent kick)

Team stats:

Dar LCo.
FIRST DOWNS: 7 17
RUSHING: 28-84 55-202
PASSING: 26 66
TOTAL YARDS 110 268
C-A-I: 4-15-0 5-7-0
PUNT 5-41.8 3-37.3
PENALTY 5-36 7-43
FUM/LOST: 2-2 4-2
POSSESSION: 18:25 29:35

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Darlington--John McElrath 13-47, Robert Hortman 5-5, Jim Pardue 1-0, Vann Knight 7-34, Scott Foss 1-(-1), Ben Summerall 1-(-2).
Lincoln Co.--Cherard Freeman 15-73, Franklin Brown 8-42, Marcus Booker 9-40, Marco Norman 11-23, Kelvin Leverett 8-8, Scotty Brown 2-10, Recio Tutt 1-6, Troy Albea 1-0.
PASSING:
Darlington--Robert Hortman 4-15-0-26.
Lincoln Co.--Kelvin Leverett 5-7-0-66.
RECEIVING:
Darlington--Chris Presley 2-19, John McElrath 1-2, Jim Pardue 1-5.
Lincoln Co.--Recio Tutt 2-19, Troy Albea 3-47.
SACKS:
Darlington--Blake Roland 1-12.
Lincoln Co.--Rory Hogan 1-7.

1988 CLINCH COUNTY 13
1974 TRION 6


Trion -- With a key block from Skip Jones, All-State quarterback A.C. Cooper scored the game-winning touchdown on a 44-yard run with 11:54 left.
None of Trion's "Four Horsemen" rushed for more than 50 yards. Clinch County's Herbert Mingo, who rushed for 1,930 yards in just 13 games in 1988, had 91 yards in this game.
Analysis: This is probably the better of the two Clinch County teams, should fare well in this tournament after beating a better-than-average state champion in Trion.

Scoring summary:

'74 Trion 0-6-0-0--6
'88 Clinch Co. 0-6-0-7--13

T--Tim Perry 2 run (kick failed)
C--Dondre Lacy 23 pass from A.C. Cooper (kick failed)
C--Cooper 44 run (Herbert Mingo kick)

Team stats:

Tri CCo.
FIRST DOWNS: 8 11
RUSHING: 40-148 47-189
PASSING: 58 69
TOTAL YARDS 206 258
C-A-I: 4-14-0 6-12-0
PUNT 7-41 8-32
PENALTY 3-18 8-46
FUM/LOST: 5-4 4-3
POSSESSION: 20:15 27:45

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Trion--Randy Peace 9-26, Jeff Bowers 10-48, Tim Perry 11-45, Jeff Ware 7-24, Verlon Bethune 1-0, Steve Lively 1-(-1), Jeff Wells 1-6.
Clinch Co.--Herbert Mingo 23-91, Jamie Spates 14-31, A.C. Oooper 6-59, Alfred Fudge 2-4, Anthony McNeil 1-4, Cory Grady 1-0.
PASSING:
Trion--Jeff Ware 4-14-0-58.
Clinch Co.--A.C. Cooper 6-12-0-69.
RECEIVING:
Trion--Jerry Anderson 2-20, Tim Perry 2-38.
Clinch Co.--Dondre Lacy 4-53, Herbert Mingo 1-2, Alfred Fudge 1-14.
SACKS:
Trion--Jim Fleming 1-6.
Clinch Co.--Chad Brown 1-4.

1989 LINCOLN COUNTY 20
1971 MT. DE SALES 6


Macon -- Garrison Hearst rushed for 154 yards as Lincoln County escaped a difficult first-round assignment at Henderson Stadium.
Mt. de Sales' average margin of victory in 1971 was 42 points, but since there weren't many Class C teams in those days (unlike Class A today), the computer diluted the Cavaliers' strength a bit, perhaps effecting the game.
Note that Johnny Henderson was the back-up quarterback and a part-time halfback that year for Mount de Sales.
Analysis: It was a first-round game worthy of final, two great small-school teams of different eras.

Scoring summary:

'89 Lincoln Co. 7-0-7-6--20
'71 Mt. de Sales 0-0-6-0--6

L--Garrison Hearst 7 run (Josh McGee kick)
L--Carl Leverett 6 run (McGee kick)
M--Johnny Henderson 62 run (kick failed)
L--Leverett 4 run (kick failed)

Team stats:

LC M
FIRST DOWNS: 14 9
RUSHING: 52-234 40-167
PASSING: 46 112
TOTAL YARDS 280 279
C-A-I: 3-5-1 5-12-0
PUNT 2-44 4-30
PENALTY 3-18 4-28
FUM/LOST: 4-2 5-2
POSSESSION: 25:28 22:32

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Lincoln Co.--Garrison Hearst 26-154, Stebbin Stokes 9-33, Carl Leverett 9-33, Abe Curry 3-9, Toland Wynn 1-2.
Mt. de Sales--Sammy Dinardo 14-71, Ben Zambiasi 8-16, Johnny Henderson 4-61, Tim Jackson 8-14, Charles Ouzts 3-2, Kelly McAfee 1-1, Hart Mallory 2-2.
PASSING:
Lincoln Co.--Carl Leverett 3-5-1-46.
Mt. de Sales--Tim Jackson 2-7-0-65, Johnny Henderson 3-5-0-47.
RECEIVING:
Lincoln Co.--Darryl Norman 1-19, Anthony Parks 1-7, Toland Wynn 1-19.
Mt. de Sales--Jimmy Viviani 1-53, Sammy Dinardo 2-26, Charles Ouzts 1-9, Hart Mallory 1-24.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Mt. de Sales--Johnny Henderson 1-1.
SACKS:
Lincoln Co.--Jermaine Elam 1-9.

1968 ROSWELL 23
1969 VIDALIA 13


Vidalia -- Jeff Bower, a sophomore in 1968, completed two passes all game, both fourth-quarter touchdowns at Charles Wood Memorial Field. Glen McWhorter, a reserve defensive lineman, got the safety on a sack of Vidalia star quarterback Tommy Sasser.
Analysis: Great defense stopped great offense. Could've been visa-versa just as easily.

Scoring summary:

'68 Roswell -7-2-0-14--23
'69 Vidalia -0-13-0-0--13

R--Pug Mabry 3 run (Mabry kick)
R--Safety
V--Ricky Mitchell 36 run (kick failed)
V--Mitchell 1 run (Wendell Dixon kick)
R--Steve Coleman 9 pass from Jeff Bower (Mabry kick)
R--Jimmy Maultsby 15 pass from Bower (Mabry kick)

Team stats:

Ros Vid
FIRST DOWNS: 13 7
RUSHING: 56-230 30-79
PASSING: 32 101
TOTAL YARDS 262 180
C-A-I: 3-6-2 8-17-0
PUNT 3-33 3-34
PENALTY 3-19 7-36
FUM/LOST: 2-2 2-1
POSSESSION: 31:07 16:53

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Vidalia--Ricky Mitchell 14-70, Glenn Frost 4-3, Tommy Sasser 8-(-5), Mike Dunford 1-8, Mike Johnston 1-5, Lin Hodges 2-(-1).
Roswell--Pug Mabry 19-56, Don Roth 17-82, Larry Moon 12-71, Lee House 1-1, Robert Jett 2-(-1), Jeff Bower 5-22.
PASSING:
Vidalia--Tommy Sasser 8-17-0-101.
Roswell--Jeff Bower 2-5-2-24, Pug Mabry 1-1-0-8.
RECEIVING:
Vidalia--Wendell Dixon 4-62, Ricky Mitchell 1-7, Glenn Frost 1-4, Lin Hodges 2-29.
Roswell--Jimmy Maultsby 1-15, Steve Coleman 2-17.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Vidalia--Mike Dunford 1-16, Glenn Frost 1-15.
SACKS:
Roswell--Glen McWhorter 1-8.

1987 LINCOLN COUNTY 30
1982 PALMETTO 6


Palmetto -- Lincoln County benefited from six Palmetto turnovers and returned two of them for touchdowns. Palmetto's Johnny Johnson, a pretty good passer in 1982, had a game worse than any of his efforts in 1982.
Bernard Hearst, who had 124 yards rushing, is Garrison's cousin. Garrison was a sophomore in 1987.
Analysis: It figured to be much closer, but Lincoln County did beat Palmetto 52-20 in their only real meeting, the 1985 championship game, and some consider the '87 Devils Larry Campbell's best team.

Scoring summary:

'87 Lincoln Co. -14-2-14-0--30
'82 Palmetto -0-0-0-6--6

L--Curt Douglas 9 fumble return (Kennedy Starks kick)
L--Stebbin Stokes 1 run (Starks kick)
L--Safety
L--Garrison Hearst 1 run (Starks kick)
L--Quincy Brown 49 punt return (Starks kick)
P--Pablo Williams 7 run (kick failed)

Team stats:

LCo. Pal
FIRST DOWNS: 10 10
RUSHING: 44-222 45-185
PASSING: 0 20
TOTAL YARDS 222 185
C-A-I: 0-5-0 2-8-3
PUNT 4-38 2-39
PENALTY 1-5 8-48
FUM/LOST: 2-1 3-3
POSSESSION: 24:15 23:45

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Lincoln Co.--Garrison Hearst 9-39, Bernard Hearst 18-124, Stebbin Stokes 6-10, Greg Leverett 5-47, LeRoy Craig 5-(-1), Quincy Brown 1-3.
Palmetto--Pablo Williams 20-140, Tony Calhoun 11-21, Felton Cook 7-22, Johnny Johnson 3-(-4), Tody Spear 2-3, Marcus Wilder 2-3.
PASSING:
Lincoln Co.--Greg Leverett 0-5-0-0.
Palmetto--Johnny Johnson 2-8-3-20.
RECEIVING:
Palmetto--Gaylon White 1-5, Tony Calhoun 1-15.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Lincoln Co.--Lex McGee 1-53, Stebbin Stokes 2-13.
SACKS:
Lincoln Co.--Michael Holloway 1-5.

1996 MACON COUNTY 33
1975 LYONS 14


Montezuma -- Aaron Jackson rushed for 166 yards and Antwon Oliver had another 155 as Macon County, a team that averaged 36 points per game in 1996, rolled at Tom Adams Field.
Analysis: Lyons held George Rogers to 135 yards and Duluth to 222 rushing overall in the 1975 state championship game and wouldn't figure to allow 395 too often, but you get only one shot here.


Scoring summary:

'75 Lyons -0-7-0-7--14
'86 Macon Co. -7-7-13-6--33

M--Derrick Hill 32 pass from Shannon Ashmon (Demorris Clark kick)
M--Aaron Jackson 7 run (Clark kick)
L--Joe Roberts 21 pass from Tim Vaughn (Wayne Craft kick)
M--Toboris Turner 24 run (kick failed)
M--Jackson 3 run (Clark kick)
M--Jackson 9 run (kick failed)
L--Roberts 11 pass from Vaughn (Craft kick)

Team stats:

Lyo MCo.
FIRST DOWNS: 9 21
RUSHING: 29-126 57-395
PASSING: 102 55
TOTAL YARDS 228 450
C-A-I: 8-13-0 2-3-0
PUNT 6-34 2-35
PENALTY 2-10 2-20
FUM/LOST: 1-0 1-1
POSSESSION: 19:40 28:20

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Lyons--Eugene Corbett 9-91, Lane Farmer 8-19, Tim Vaughn 7-5, Joe Roberts 3-(-1), Kyle Little 2-12.
Macon Co.--Aaron Jackson 20-166, Antwon Oliver 13-155, Toboris Turner 10-51, Shannon Ashmon 6-24, Courkney Drew 2-5.
PASSING:
Lyons--Tim Vaughn 8-13-0-102.
Macon Co.--Shannon Ashmon 2-3-0-55.
RECEIVING:
Lyons--Randy Michael 2-22, Mark Adams 1-15, Eugene Corbett 1-29, Lane Farmer 1-1, Joe Roberts 3-36.
Macon Co.--Derrick Hill 2-55.
SACKS:
Macon Co.--Eddie Cochran 1-5.

1999 CHARLTON COUNTY 27
1971 BOWDON 12


Folkston -- Lamar Williams rushed for 141 yards and quarterback/receiver Kevin Davis ran for another 121 at The Swamp as Charlton County put up four TDs on one of the better small-school defenses of the past 35 years.
The only team to score 20 points on Bowdon in 1971 was Carrollton, a state champion in a higher classification. Bowdon also didn't pass much in 1971 but strangely got TD throws from both Jeff Smith and Ricky Parmer in this one.
Analysis: Charlton County was chock full of college prospects, while Bowdon was just a rough bunch of well-coached country boys, not outstanding statistically.

Scoring summary:

'71 Bowdon -6-6-0-0--12
'99 Charlton Co. -7-6-7-7--27

C--Bama Adams 22 run (Marquis Elmore kick)
B--Willie Beasley 68 pass from Jeff Smith (kick failed)
B--Jackie Copeland 14 pass from Ricky Parmer (run failed)
C--Kevin Davis 33 run (run failed)
C--Snapper Hobbs 1 run (Hobbs kick)
C--Lamar Williams 10 run (Elmore kick)

Team stats:

Bow CCo.
FIRST DOWNS: 7 23
RUSHING: 29-114 58-351
PASSING: 82 104
TOTAL YARDS 196 455
C-A-I: 2-8-1 6-8-0
PUNT 4-42 2-31
PENALTY 5-35 4-25
FUM/LOST: 1-1 2-2
POSSESSION: 16:48 31:12

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Bowdon--Willie Beasley 9-72, Craig Roop 8-14, Willis Boddie 4-6, Jeff Smith 2-0, Tim McWhorter 5-21, Frankie Berna 1-1.
Charlton Co.--Lamar Williams 24-128, Kevin Davis 12-121, Snapper Hobbs 10-41, Bama Adams 6-50, Nashon Nicks 1-1, Vincent Green 3-4, Jason Bridges 1-2, Cecil Reed 1-4.
PASSING:
Bowdon--Jeff Smith 1-3-0-68, Ricky Parmer 1-5-1-14.
Charlton Co.--Kevin Davis 4-6-0-79, Bama Adams 1-1-0-14, Snapper Hobbs 1-1-0-12.
RECIEVING:
Bowdon--Jackie Copeland 1-14, Willie Beasley 1-68.
Charlton Co.--Marquis Elmore 4-58, Cecil Reed 2-46.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Charlton Co.--Cecil Reed 1-20.

1984 GREENVILLE 28
1993 LINCOLN COUNTY 0


Lincolnton -- Halfback Sandy Strozier rushed for 143 yards while fullback Albert Parks scored three touchdowns for Greenville at Buddy Bufford Field.
Greenville beat Lincoln County 19-7 in the 1984 championship game. Lincoln County then won five of the next six state titles.
Analysis: This was a surprise, at least the margin was, but Lincoln County coach Larry Campbell does list 1984 Greenville as one of the handful of best teams he's ever coached against.

Scoring summary:

'84 Greenville -7-7-14-0--28
'93 Lincoln Co. -0-0-0-0--0

G--Albert Parks 22 run (J Neal kick)
G--Parks 2 run (Neal kick)
G--Parks 37 run (Neal kick)
G--Sandy Strozier 6 run (Neal kick)

Team stats:

Gre LCo.
FIRST DOWNS: 14 9
RUSHING: 56-331 34-163
PASSING: 24 9
TOTAL YARDS 355 172
C-A-I: 1-4-1 1-6-0
PUNT 3-33 3-34
PENALTY 5-29 1-5
FUM/LOST: 2-1 3-1
POSSESSION: 28:33 19:27

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Greenville--Sandy Strozier 20-143, James Parham 13-55, Albert Parks 10-74, Willie Matthews 5-22, Carl Strozier 2-21, Melvin Rosser 2-4, Roger Martin 2-9, Kevin Matthews 2-3.
Lincoln Co.--Carl Dorsey 8-53, Cherard Freeman 7-30, Jeffrey Smith 6-34, Terrance Tutt 3-13, Maurice Beard 1-1, Taveras Gresham 3-22, Damien Henderson 6-10.
PASSING:
Greenville--Willie Matthews 1-4-1-24.
Lincoln Co.--Damien Henderson 1-5-0-9, Taveras Gresham 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING:
Greenville--James Parham 1-24.
Lincoln Co.--Carl Dorsey 1-9.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Lincoln Co.--Dave Ferguson 1-7.
SACKS:
Greenville--Jeff Ford 1-10.

1985 LINCOLN COUNTY 41
1967 PUTNAM COUNTY 14


Lincolnton -- Vince Gartrell, arguably the best pre-Garrison Hearst back in Lincoln County history, rushed for 207 yards and scored three touchdowns as the Red Devils won easier than expected at Buddy Bufford Field.
Putnam County's Brent Cunningham rushed for 151 yards, caught a 37-yard TD pass, threw a 23-yard pass and intercepted a pass. He also punted and returned kicks.
Analysis: Brent Cunningham is 53-years-old now, or he would've run two kickoffs for scores. Actually, Class C teams were diluted a bit, perhaps too much in retrospect, but this Lincoln County team scored 52 points in the title game.

Scoring summary:

'67 Putnam Co. -0-0-0-14--14
'85 Lincoln Co. -14-7-7-13--41

L-- Vince Gartrell 43 run (Kennedy Starks kick)
L-- Gartrell 39 run (Starks kick)
L--Lee Turner 4 run (Starks kick)
L--Gartrell 1 run (Starks kick)
P--Brent Cunningham 73 run (Bill Haley kick)
L--Kenneth Johnson 1 run (kick failed)
L--Johnny Postal 17 run (Starks kick)
P--Cunningham 37 pass from Lon Lewis (Haley kick)

Team stats:

Put LCo.
FIRST DOWNS: 10 10
RUSHING: 38-207 53-431
PASSING: 109 54
TOTAL YARDS 316 485
C-A-I: 5-9-2 2-4-1
PUNT 4-36 2-29
PENALTY 7-32 3-15
FUM/LOST: 2-1 1-0
POSSESSION: 22:08 25:52

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Putnam Co.--Brent Cunningham 15-151, Bill Haley 9-19, Dennis Stevens 8-22, Lon Lewis 3-7, Russell Haley 1-6, Marion Mullis 2-3.
Lincoln Co.--Vince Gartrell 22-207, Kenneth Johnson 7-35, Lee Turner 11-51, Michael Willis 3-28, Johnny Postal 4-41, Van Mason 6-69.
PASSING:
Putnam Co.--Lon Lewis 4-8-2-86, Brent Cunningham 1-1-0-23.
Johnson Co.--Van Mason 2-4-0-54.
RECEIVING:
Putnam Co.--Mike Roundtree 1-11, Mark Stallings 1-23, Brent Cunningham 2-67, Bill Haley 1-7.
Johnson Co.--Vince Gartrell 1-21, Turner 1-32.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Putnam Co.--Brent Cunningham 1-9.
Lincoln Co.--Curt Douglas 1-10, Victor Elam 1-0.
SACKS:
Putnam Co.--Mike Rainey 1-4.

2001 BUFORD 28
1991 CLINCH COUNTY 21


Homerville -- Webb Aiken rushed for 86 yards and two touchdowns, including the game winner on a 7-yard run with 9:51 left in the third quarter at Panther Stadium.
Buford shut out Clinch County in the second half after allowing two 60-plus-yard bombs from Fred Edmonds to Travino Porter, one with 0:27 left in the second quarter.
Clinch County completed only 30 passes in 1991, although Edmonds and Porter did connect on a 77-yarder against Piece County.
Also unexpected was Dana Mayfield's touchdown catch. A reserve receiver, Mayfield caught only three passes in 2001 but got the Buford's first computer TD, a 21-yard pas from Lorne Same that got the Wolves going.
Buford beat Clinch County 15-7 in the 2001 semifinals, the Wolves' only tough game all season.
Analysis: Essentially an even match between two undefeated state champions, though Buford is more versatile and explosive offensively.

Scoring summary:

'01 Buford -14-7-7-0--28
'91 Clinch Co. -7-14-0-0--21

C--Travino Porter 62 pass from Fred Edmonds (Anthony McNeil kick)
B--Dana Mayfield 21 pass from Lorne Sam (Kevin Markes kick)
B--Darius Walker 17 run (Markes kick)
C--Donell Grady 1 run (McNeil kick)
B--Webb Aiken 3 run (Markes kick)
C--Porter 63 pass from Edmonds (McNeil kick)
B--Aiken 7 run (Markes kick)

Team stats:

Buf CCo.
FIRST DOWNS: 18 12
RUSHING: 62-298 35-129
PASSING: 25 180
TOTAL YARDS 323 309
C-A-I: 2-3-0 6-10-0
PUNT 1-40 3-38
PENALTY 2-17 3-26
FUM/LOST: 3-2 5-3
POSSESSION: 29:12 18:48

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Buford--Webb Aiken 21-86, Darius Walker 14-77, Lorne Sam 6-49, Alfonzo Stanley 18-72, Zach Smith 2-13, Andrew Marsh 1-2.
Clinch Co.--Anthony McNeil 6-20, Donell Grady 7-45, Travis Rivers 9-38, Fred Edmonds 9-12, Travino Porter 1-1, Shon Franklin 1-6, Allondo Bryant 1-1, Tim Richardson 1-8.
PASSING:
Buford--Lorne Sam 2-3-0-25.
Clinch Co.--Fred Edmonds 6-10-0-180.
RECEIVING:
Buford--Ryan Wood 1-4, Dana Mayfield 1-21.
Clinch Co.--Dalton Shirley 1-8, Anthony McNeil 1-13, Travino Porter 4-160.
SACKS:
Buford--Aaron Scranton 1-6, Jamie Stewart 1-6, Alfonzo Stanley 1-5.

1972 SOUTHEAST BULLOCH 19
1968 WARREN COUNTY 7


Brooklet -- Southeast Bulloch averaged 51 points per game in 1972 but won this one with defense, holding Warren County star Bobby Thigpen to 39 yards rushing. Thigpen later played for Georgia Tech. His cousin, Ronny Duckworth, returned a punt 82 yards.
Southeast Bulloch had eight different rushers, led by Terry Reed, who had 92 yards and put the game away with a 10-yard run with 5:52 to play.
Analysis: SE Bulloch is simply the most dominant team -- statistically -- of the past 35 years.

Scoring summary:

'68 Warren Co. -0-7-0-0--7
'72 SE Bulloch -0-12-0-7--19

SEB--Billy Lupton 3 run (kick failed)
SEB--William Hill 4 run (run failed)
W--Ronny Duckworth 82 punt return (Bobby Thigpen kick)
SEB--Terry Reed 10 run (R Wilkes kick)

Team stats:

War SE
FIRST DOWNS: 8 21
RUSHING: 32-112 60-337
PASSING: 51 18
TOTAL YARDS 163 355
C-A-I: 5-12-0 2-3-0
PUNT 5-31 2-43
PENALTY 4-20 4-29
FUM/LOST: 2-1 5-3
POSSESSION: 19:16 28:44

Individual stats:
RUSHING:
Warren Co.-- Bobby Thigpen 13-39, Ronny Duckworth 8-42, Gary Garner 7-18, Ricky Thrift 2-5, Lindsey Smith 1-4, Jeff Rogers 1-4.
SE Bulloch--Terry Reed 21-92, William Hill 12-87, Robby Meyers 12-50, Billy Lupton 6-75, Burmon Denson 5-30, David Miller 2-(-10), Delmus Lockhart 1-9, Kirk Allen 1-3
PASSING:
Warren Co.--Ricky Thrift 5-12-0-51.
SE Bulloch--David Miller 2-3-0-18.
RECEIVING:
Warren Co.--Kennon Jackson 4-45, Lindsey Smith 1-6.
SE Bulloch--Don Davis 1-14, Delmus Lockhart 1-5.
SACKS:
Warren Co.--Sammy Simons 1-9.

1970 LOVETT 21
1969 SAVANNAH COUNTRY DAY 13


Savannah -- At Westside Stadium, Billy Lummus rushed for 118 yards, intercepted two passes and returned a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown as Lovett defeated Savannah Country Day, the school it beat 14-6 in the 1970 state championship game.
SCD's Corky Ormond was held to 49 yards, though he returned the second-half kickoff 53 yards to help get the Hornets back in the game after Lovett had taken a 14-0 lead.
Analysis: History simply repeated itself.

Scoring summary:

'70 Lovett -7-7-7-0-21
'69 SCD -0-0-7-6-13

L--Billy Lummus 1 run (Tom Avery kick)
L--David Allman (Avery kick)
S--Scott Richardson 14 run (Jimmy Artley kick)
L--Lummus 94 kick return (Avery kick)
S--Mark Hoerner 23 run (kick failed)

Team stats:

Lov SCD
FIRST DOWNS: 10 16
RUSHING: 34-225 50-173
PASSING: 35 139
TOTAL YARDS 260 312
C-A-I: 3-11-0 10-17-3
PUNT 3-39 2-43
PENALTY 7-45 3-18
FUM/LOST: 2-1 3-1
POSSESSION: 19:30 28:30

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Lovett--Billy Lummus 17-118, Frank Wilson 3-25, David Allman 3-19, Taylor Knox 4-54, Tom Wylly 5-11, Scott Crafton 2-(-2).
SCD--Corky Almond 21-49, Scott Richardson 7-63, Mark Hoerner 11-35, Bobby Reagan 7-24, Ricky Mazo 1-5, Griff Doyle 2-(-2), David Cason 1-0.
PASSING:
Lovett--Scott Crafton 2-9-0-25, Tom Wylly 1-2-0-10.
SCD--Bobby Reagan 10-17-3-139.
RECEIVING:
Lovett--Marsh King 2-29, Billy Lummus 1-6.
SCD--Steve Ramee 5-58, Henry Stevens 1-5, Corky Almond 1-19, Scott Richardson 1-41, Andy Gehrken 2-16.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Lovett--Billy Lummus 2-18, Bobby Spann 1-5.
SACKS:
Lovett--Rob King 1-12.

1976 LINCOLN COUNTY 21
1978 BUFORD 7


Lincolnton -- Tim Partridge, a fullback/linebacker whose career was ended in the opening game of the 1977 season, scored two touchdowns, intercepted a pass and recored a sack for Lincoln County.
Roy Norman rushed for 109 yards.
Analysis: The Wolves played so many big schools in 1978 that they don't look good on paper, or computer. Given that, it could've been worse.

Scoring summary:

'78 Buford 0-7-0-0--7
'76 Lincoln Co. -7-7-0-7--21

L--Tim Partridge 11 run (Lucky Parham kick)
B--Tommy Roley 1 run (Deano Kilgore kick)
L--Roy Norman 3 run (Parham kick)
L--Partridge 3 run (Parham kick)

Team stats:

Buf LCo.
FIRST DOWNS: 5 15
RUSHING: 35-83 52-213
PASSING: 71 101
TOTAL YARDS 154 314
C-A-I: 4-11-1 5-10-0
PUNT 6-34 5-31
PENALTY 3-15 4-22
FUM/LOST: 5-1 3-2
POSSESSION: 21:22 26:38

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Buford--Michael Carson 13-37, Mitch Smith 5-58, Tommy Roley 9-(-18), David Sadler 2-0, Jimmy Maddox 2-(-1), Johnny Cantrell 2-8, Greg Farmer 1-0, Darryl Mullins 1-0.
Lincoln Co.--Roy Norman 24-109, Tim Partridge 16-74, Frank Garnett 4-20, Otis Elam 1-9, David Edwards 5-(-2), Harvey Jones 2-3.
PASSING:
Buford--Tommy Roley 3-5-0-49, Michael Carson 1-6-1-22.
Lincoln Co.--Edwards 4-8--0-76, Ernie Norman 1-2-0-25.
RECEIVING:
Buford--David Cantrell 2-34, Ricky McDaniels 1-30, Mitch Smith 1-7.
Lincoln Co.--Roy Norman 1-25, Tim Partridge 1-15, Frank Garnett 1-16, Travis Jones 2-43.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Lincoln Co.--Tim Partridge 1-13.
SACKS:
Lincoln Co.--Moses Clark 1-10, Tim Partridge 1-12.


1992 BOWDON 7
1981 DOUGLASS (MONTEZUMA) 0


Bowdon -- Bowdon won an ugly one as reserve receiver Jason Lowery scored on a 39-yard pass from Randall Curbow in the first quarter at Warren Sewell Field, which was not condemned in 1992.
Analysis: Douglass, which actually won a playoff game in 1981 with a single penetration point, usually needs to be a positive turnover margin to score many points against other state champions.

Scoring summary:

'81 Douglas -0-0-0-0--0
'92 Bowdon -7-0-0-0--7

B--Jason Lowery 39 pass from Randall Curbow (Guido Frings kick)

Team stats:

Dou Bow
FIRST DOWNS: 6 9
RUSHING: 42-73 40-133
PASSING: 24 59
TOTAL YARDS 97 192
C-A-I: 2-12-1 3-10-1
PUNT 6-31 5-25
PENALTY 2-10 5-32
FUM/LOST: 1-1 3-1
POSSESSION: 24:46 23:14

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Douglass--Wilbert Cromer 20-18, Julius Jordan 9-17, Darrin Simpson 8-42, Ken Collier 5-(-4).
Bowdon--Richard Wyatt 7-28, Curtis Cox 5-33, Darnell Thomas 8-22, Trinnty Daniel 10-38, Matt Windom 4-11, Randall Curbow 5-(-9), Clarence Prothro 1-10.
PASSING:
Douglass--Ken Collier 2-11-1-24, Fred Davis 0-1-0-0.
Bowdon--Randall Curbow 3-10-1-59.
RECEIVING:
Douglass--David Thomas 1-4, Fred Davis 1-20.
Bowdon--Marc Cole 1-14, Jason Lowery 1-39, Clarence Prothro 1-7.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Douglass--Rodney Hunter 1-8.
Bowdon--Nick Reese 1-0.

1980 GREENVILLE 21
1994 BROOKS COUNTY 6


Greenville -- Chris Cole out-rushed Darryl Ogletree 201 to 185, but Ogletree's Greenville team won the game as Brooks County committed three devastating turnovers inside the Greenville 20 at Freeman Stadium.
Cole had 1,931 yards rushing in 1994 to Ogletree's 2,648 in 1980.
Analysis: A toss-up decided by turnovers.


Scoring summary:

'94 Brooks Co. -0-0-6-0--6
'80 Greenville -0-14-7-0--21

G--Darryl Ogletree 3 run (Melvin Robertson kick)
G--Alexander Lakes 1 run (Robertson kick)
B--Chris Cole 67 run (kick failed)
G--Ogletree 7 run (Robertson kick)

BCo. Gre
FIRST DOWNS: 12 17
RUSHING: 51-328 48-352
PASSING: 6 8
TOTAL YARDS 334 360
C-A-I: 1-3-1 1-7-0
PUNT 4-29 2-30
PENALTY 6-37 3-19
FUM/LOST: 5-2 2-2
POSSESSION: 25:28 22:32

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Brooks Co.--Chris Cole 32-201, Jerome Smith 12-90, Anthony Goins 5-34, Wendall Robinson 1-(-1), Tommy Jackson 1-4.
Greenville--Darryl Ogletree 23-185, Alexander Lakes 12-61, Charles Reaves 7-51, Kenneth Bolton 1-6, Danny Strozier 2-30, Willie Parks 3-19.
PASSING:
Brooks Co.--Jerome Smith 1-3-1-6.
Greenville-- Kenneth Bolton 1-5-0-8, Darryl Ogletree 0-2-0-0.
RECEIVING:
Brooks Co.--Derrick Cody 1-6.
Greenville--Melvin Robertson 1-8.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Greenville--Randy Amey 1-0.

1979 JOHNSON COUNTY 26
1967 WASHINGTON-WILKES 19


Washington -- Herschel Walker rushed for 150 yards, but wingback Victor Thompson's two touchdown receptions and M.C. Carey's 4-yard run with 2:22 left was the difference for Johnson County, which eliminated the small-school Team of the 1960s, Washington-Wilkes.
Quarterback Charles Culver completed two passes for the game, both touchdowns to Thompson for 1 and 50 yards.
Analysis: As noted earlier, Washington-Wilkes stacks up well in computer ball, and Walker & Co. should be relieved to get through on the road at Tiger Stadium.

'79 Johnson Co. -6-7-7-6--26
'67 Washington-Wilkes -7-12-0-0--19

W--Jack Leard 40 run (Leard kick)
J--Herschel Walker 12 run (kick failed)
W--Bob Wills 19 run (kick failed)
J--Victor Thompson 1 pass from Charles Culver (Ricky Devero kick)
W--Jimmy Barnett 12 run (kick failed)
J--Thompson 50 pass from Culver (Devero kick)
J--M.C. Carey 4 run (kick failed)

Team stats:

J.Co. WW
FIRST DOWNS: 16 9
RUSHING: 55-288 42-220
PASSING: 51 15
TOTAL YARDS 339 235
C-A-I: 2-5-0 1-5-1
PUNT 4-44 5-33
PENALTY 3-25 0-0
FUM/LOST: 3-1 2-1
POSSESSION: 26:03 21:57

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Johnson Co.--Herschel Walker 29-150, M.C. Carey 8-29, Jerome Taylor 6-61, Al Rowland 2-1, Victor Thompson 2-24, Bill Wilds 1-3, Paul Mason 1-(-2), Charles Culver 6-21.
Washington-Wilkes--Jack Leard 14-99, Pud Wills 15-52, Bob Wills 5-41, Barry Bailey 1-0, Jimmy Barnett 7-28.
PASSING:
Johnson Co.--Charles Culver 2-5-0-51.
Washington-Wilkes--Ben Leard 1-5-1-15.
RECEIVING:
Johnson Co.--Victory Thompson 2-51.
Washington-Wilkes--Jimmy Echols 1-15.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Johnson Co.--Chris Troup 1-1.
SACKS:
Washington-Wilkes--Tom Nash 1-7.

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1988 CLINCH COUNTY 13
1995 LINCOLN COUNTY 12


Homerville -- Herbert Mingo rushed for 166 yards and two touchdowns as Clinch County survived a couple of punt-return TDs by Lincoln County's Recio Tutt.
Tutt had 250 yards in returns counting kickoffs and an interception, but Lincoln County missed extra points after both of his scores, one that was blocked by Clinch linebacker Jamie Spates. Lincoln's Troy Albea, now a receiver with the Colts, was hobbled by an ankle sprain, or something bad, because he didn't catch a pass.
Analysis: Just looking at numbers, Lincoln County was the better team, frankly. The '95 Devils scored more points and gained more yards, allowed fewer points and fewer yards, and was more balanced on offense, than the '88 Panthers. Plus, they beat the Class AA runner-up, Washington-Wikles, that year. Three things led to defeat, however, and that was home-field disadvantage, two missed extra points (Lincoln County missed 15 extra points in 1995) and the fact that 1988 Clinch County was an awfully good team in its own right, undefeated at 13-0. Note that from 1985 to 1991, Lincoln County was 31-2 in the playoffs, with both losses to Clinch County.

Scoring summary:

'95 Lincoln Co. -6-0-6-0--12
'88 Clinch Co. -0-6-0-7--13

First quarter
L--Recio Tutt 89 punt return (kick failed), 2:51
Second quarter
C--Herbert Mingo 1 run (kick failed), 8:36
Third quarter
L--Tutt 67 punt return (kick failed), 10:29
Fourth quarter
C--Mingo 3 run (Mingo kick), 9:02

Team stats:

LCo.CCo.
FIRST DOWNS:9 16
RUSHING:33-143 57-250
PASSING:41 25
TOTAL YARDS:184 275
C-A-I:3-10-1 3-7-1
PUNT:4-38 7-36
FUM/LOST:2-0 3-0
PENALTY:3-12 5-27
POSSESSION:18:45 29:15

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Lincoln Co.--Cherard Freeman 9-81, Franklin Brown 7-29, Marcus Booker 6-12, Marco Norman 2-1, Kelvin Leverett 5-(-7), Kelsey Glaze 2-15, Troy Albea 2-14.
Clinch Co.--Herbert Mingo 29-166, Jamie Spates 13-60, A.C. Cooper 11-13, Alfred Fudge 2-8, Corey Grady 2-4.
PASSING:
Lincoln Co.--Kelvin Leverett 3-10-1-41.
Clinch Co.--A.C. Cooper 3-7-1-25.
RECEIVING:
Lincoln Co.--Cherard Freeman 1-12, Recio Tutt 2-28.
Clinch Co.--Dondre Lacey 2-12, Herbert Mingo 1-13.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Lincoln Co.--Recio Tutt 1-9.
Clinch Co.--Alfred Fudge 1-7.
SACKS:
Lincoln Co.--Rory Hogan 1-6.
Clinch Co.--Corey Grady 1-6, Skip Jones 1-5.

1989 LINCOLN COUNTY 13
1968 ROSWELL 7


Garrison Hearst was held to 83 yards rushing by an old-fashioned, helmet-smacking Roswell defense but scored a touchdown shortly after returning a punt 85 yards. Hearst was not caught from behind but rather tackled by an unidentified Roswell player off the bench.
Analysis: Roswell's defense, allowing 4.5 points per game in 1968, ranks among the best in this class through history. It's never easy to beat a team like that on the road, even if Hearst is on your side.

Scoring summary:

'89 Lincoln Co. 0-7-0-6--13
'68 Roswell 0-0-7-0--7

Second quarter
L--Garrison Hearst 9 run (Josh McGee kick), 11:09
Third quarter
R--Don Roth 2 run (Pug Mabry kick), 3:04
Fourth quarter
L--Stebbin Stokes 3 run (kick failed), 4:04

Team stats:

LCo. Ros
FIRST DOWNS:10 9
RUSHING:47-201 38-128
PASSING:10 39
TOTAL YARDS:211 165
C-A-I:2-7-1 3-12-1
PUNT:5-51 5-37
FUM/LOST:2-1 2-1
PENALTY:10-72 0-0
POSSESSION:24:49 23:11

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Lincoln Co.--Garrison Hearst 16-83, Stebbin Stokes 14-41, Carl Leverett 8-41, Abe Curry 8-32, Kelvin Beard 1-5.
Roswell--Pug Mabry 14-70, Don Roth 12-40, Larry Moon 7-19, Lee House 1-5, Robert Jett 1-1, Jeff Bower 3-(-9).
PASSING:
Lincoln Co.--Carl Leverett 2-7-1-10.
Roswell--Jeff Bower 3-12-1-39.
RECEIVING:
Lincoln Co.--Stebbin Stokes 1-1, Toland Wynn 1-9.
Roswell--Jimmy Maultsby 1-23, Steve Coleman 1-10, Lee House 1-6.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Lincoln Co.--Garrison Hearst 1-85.
Roswell--Pug Mabry 1-19.
SACKS:
Lincoln Co.--Anthony Parks 1-7.

1996 MACON COUNTY 27
1987 LINCOLN COUNTY 19


Lincolnton -- Aaron Jackson rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns and Antwon Oliver scored the game-clincher with 6:31 left for Macon County.
Analysis: Macon County's average score in 1996 was 36-6, Lincoln County's in 1987 was 30-8 against a tougher schedule.


Scoring summary:

'96 Macon Co. 14-0-13-0--27
'87 Lincoln Co. 0-12-7-0--19

First quarter
M--Aaron Jackson 1 run (Demorris Clark kick), 8:30
M--Derrick Hill 31 pas from Shannon Ashmon (Clark kick), 1:15
Second quarter
L--Quincy Brown 19 pass from Greg Leverett (kick failed), 7:14
L--Garrison Hearst 21 run (run failed), 5:24
Third quarter
M--Jackson 12 run (Clark kick), 11:29
L--Bernard Hearst 72 run (Kennedy Starks kick), 1:23
Fourth quarter
M--Antwon Oliver 25 run (kick failed), 6:31

Team stats:

MaCo LCo
FIRST DOWNS:10 9
RUSHING:47-201 38-128
PASSING:10 39
TOTAL YARDS:211 165
C-A-I:2-7-1 3-12-1
PUNT:5-51 5-37
FUM/LOST:2-1 2-1
PENALTY:10-72 0-0
POSSESSION:24:49 23:11

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Macon Co.--Aaron Jackson 16-110, Antwon Oliver 15-50, Toboris Turner 10-69, Shanon Ashmon 4-13, D.J. Walker 4-42.
Lincoln Co.--Garrison Hearst 11-64, Bernard Hearst 11-133, Stebbin Stokes 4-14, Greg Leverett 11-(-7), Leroy Craig 7-24.
PASSING:
Macon Co.--Shannon Ashmon 1-5-1-31.
Lincoln Co.--Greg Leverett 3-12-1-39.
RECEIVING:
Macon Co.--Derrick Hill 1-31.
Lincoln Co.--Lex McGee 1-45, Quincy Brown 2-34.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Lincoln Co.--Titus Wynn 1-0.
SACKS:
Macon Co.--Antonio Perkins 1-6, Eddie Cochran 1-12, Tommie Felton 1-9.
Lincoln Co.--Michael Holloway 1-8.

1999 CHARLTON COUNTY 20
1984 GREENVILLE 14


Greenville -- Bama Adams scored on a 31-yard run and threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Marquis Elmore in Charlton County's victory at Freeman Stadium.

Analysis: Lincoln County coach Larry Campbell has seen most of the last 27 Class A state champions. (Nine were his own.) Asked to name the best he'd seen, and the three he mentioned were 2001 Buford, 1999 Charlton County and 1984 Greenville. Greenville outscored its opponents 501-105 in 1984, Charlton County 506-96 in 1999. Charlton County out-numbered Greenville in college prospects about 10 to 1.

Scoring summary:

'99 Charlton Co. 0-7-13--0--20
'84 Greenville 0-0--0-14--14

Second quarter
C--Bama Adams 31 run (Snapper Hobbs kick), 4:32
Third quarter
C--Kevin Davis 2 run (Hobbs kick), 6:31
C--Marquis Elmore 41 pass from Bama Adams (kick failed), 1:42
Fourth quarter
G--James Parham 3 run (James Neal kick), 7:33
G--Sandy Strozier 11 run (Neal kick), 2:34

Team stats:

Char Gree
FIRST DOWNS:15 9
RUSHING:56-249 37-171
PASSING:70 10
TOTAL YARDS:319 181
C-A-I:4-6-0 1-5-1
PUNT:4-39 5-43
FUM/LOST:3-3 4-3
PENALTY:10-80 3-15
POSSESSION:29:14 18:46

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Charlton Co.--Lamar Williams 25-61, Kevin Davis 10-41, Snapper Hobbs 10-43, Bama Adams 7-68, Nashon Nicks 2-14, Vincent Green 1-17, Jason Bridges 1-6.
Greenville--Sandy Strozier 9-59, James Parham 7-34, Albert Parks 6-33, Carl Strozier 2-5, Melvin Rosser 2-6, Kevin Matthews 3-(-3), Mike Coverson 1-2.
PASSING:
Charlton Co.--Kevin Davis 2-3-0-19, Bama Adams 2-3-0-51.
Greenville--Kevin Matthews 1-5-1-43.
RECEIVING:
Charlton Co.--Marquis Elmore 1-31, Snapper Hobbs 1-8, Cecil Reed 2-31.
Greenville--Willie Matthews 1-10.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Charlton Co.--Marquis Elmore 1-16.
SACKS:
Charlton Co.--Marcus Jackson 1-9.
Greenville--Jeff Ford 1-6, Daryl Tigner 1-6.

2001 BUFORD 21
1985 LINCOLN COUNTY 14


Buford -- Webb Aiken rushed for 85 yards and returned a punt 53 yards for a touchdown as Buford overcame a 14-0 deficit in the first quarter to win at Tom Riden Stadium. Aiken ran back two punts for touchdowns in 2001.
Analysis: Two dominant champions went at it here, as good as any in history. In 1985, Lincoln County won its opener 14-13 against Washington-Wilkes, a team that would reach the AA championship game against mighty West Rome. The Red Devils handled everybody else, including Palmetto 52-20 in the title game. Buford's only close game was a 15-7 victory over Clinch County in the playoffs.

Scoring summary:

'85 Lincoln Co. 14--0-0-0--14
'01 Buford -0-14-0-7--21

First quarter
L--Kenneth Johnson 1 run (Kennedy Starks kick), 9:11
L--Vince Gartrell 1 run (Starks kick), 4:26
Second quarter
B--Webb Aiken 1 run (K Markes kick), 11:36
B--Webb Aiken 53 punt return (Markes kick), 9:07
Fourth quarter
B--Darius Walker 4 run (Markes kick), 4:53

Team stats:

LCo. Buf
FIRST DOWNS:11 14
RUSHING:46-211 46-233
PASSING:45 26
TOTAL YARDS:256 259
C-A-I:3-9-0 2-6-0
PUNT:7-36 4-44
FUM/LOST:3-0 4-2
PENALTY:4-24 5-26
POSSESSION:25:10 22:50

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Lincoln Co.--Vince Gartrell 16-99, Kenneth Johnson 11-40, Lee Turner 11-52, Michael Willis 1-5, Van Mason 7-14.
Buford--Webb Aiken 15-75, Darius Walker 13-69, Lorne Sam 10-65, Alfonzo Stanley 4-7, Zach Smith 4-17.
PASSING:
Lincoln Co.--Van Mason 3-9-0-45.
Buford--Lorne Sam 2-6-0-26.
RECEIVING:
Lincoln Co.--Anthony Glaze 2-33, Victor Elam 1-12.
Buford--Webb Aiken 2-26.
SACKS:
Buford--Zach Smith 1-9.

1973 SOUTHEAST BULLOCH 28
1970 LOVETT 0


Terry Reed, Robby Meyers, Delmus Lockhart and Chris Conner scored touchdowns in Southeast Bulloch's shutout at Lovett Stadium.
Analysis: You just can't pour an average score of 51-2 into a computer and not expect Southeast Bulloch to shell people every now and again. Given that SE Bulloch won its title game 12-9, and that Lovett allowed no more than 12 points to any team in 1970, it would've been much closer in reality.

Scoring summary:

'73 SE Bulloch 7-7-7-7--28
'70 Lovett 0-0-0-0---0

First quarter
S--Terry Reed 4 run (Rocky Wilkes), 4:28
Second quarter
S--Robby Meyers 3 run (Wilkes kick), 3:36
Third quarter
S--Delmus Lockhart 17 pass from David Miller (Wilkes kick), 3:20
Fourth quarter
S--Chris Conner 40 pass from Patrick McCormick (Mike Smith kick), 11:21

Team stats:

SE Lov
FIRST DOWNS:17 4
RUSHING:56-302 27-83
PASSING:57 7
TOTAL YARDS:359 90
C-A-I:2-7-2 2-10-1
PUNT:4-38 7-38
FUM/LOST:2-0 4-2
PENALTY:4-31 2-10
POSSESSION:30:16 17:44

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
SE Bulloch--Terry Reed 12-61, William Hill 13-110, Robby Meyers 8-17, Billy Lupton 9-30, Burmon Denson 6-33, Billy Hill 3-8, David Miller 1-0, Delmus Lockhart 3-41, Kirk Allen 1-2.
Lovett--Billy Lummus 11-48, Frank Wilson 6-11, David Allman 4-19, Taylor Knox 1-4, Tom Wylly 1-3, Scott Crafton 3-)-2), Chuck Christie 1-(-1).
PASSING:
SE Bulloch--David Miller 1-6-2-17, Patrick McCormick 1-1-0-40.
Lovett--Scott Crafton 1-5-0-5, Tom Wylly 1-5-1-2.
RECEIVING:
SE Bulloch--Chris Conner 1-40, Delmus Lockhart 1-17.
Lovett--Marsh King 1-5, Billy Lummus 1-2.
INTERCEPTIONS:
SE Bulloch-Patrick McCormick 1-15.
Lovett--Frank Wilson 1-21, Gary Arnold 1-8.


1976 LINCOLN COUNTY 26
1992 BOWDON 7

Jessie Mason returned a punt 58 yards for Lincoln County's first score, and the Red Devils' defense did the rest behind Tim Partridge, Jimmy Elam, Moses Clark and Robert Wright.

Scoring summary:

'76 Lincoln Co. 6-11-0-6--23
'92 Bowdon 0--0-7-0--7

First quarter
L--Jessie Mason 58 punt return (kick failed), 10:13
Second quarter
L--Roy Norman 1 run (run good), 11:23
L--Lucky Parham 31 FG, 0:11
Third quarter
B--Bernard Wyatt 4 run (Guido Frings kick), 5:16
Fourth quarter
L--Edward Stokes 10 pass from David Edwards (kick failed), 5:56

Team stats:

LCo. Bow
FIRST DOWNS:13 7
RUSHING:48-168 38-187
PASSING:35 29
TOTAL YARDS:203 216
C-A-I:3-9-0 2-5-1
PUNT:6-39 6-33
FUM/LOST:3-1 4-2
POSSESSION:27:34 20:36

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Lincoln Co.--Roy Norman 14-54, Tim Partridge 18-57, Frank Garnett 7-32, Otis Elam 4-12, David Edwards 4-4, Jerry Hearst 1-10.
Bowdon--Richard Wyatt 11-42, Curtis Cox 8-49, Darnell Thomas 5-69, Trinnty Daniel 8-20, Matt Windom 2-3, Chico Hammett 1-(-3), Randall Curbow 3-7.
PASSING:
Lincoln Co.--David Edwards 3-9-0-35.
Bowdon--Randall Curbow 2-5-1-29.
RECEIVING:
Lincoln Co.--Edward Stokes 1-10, Tim Partridge 1-9, Travis Jones 1-16.
Bowdon--Marc Cole 1-17, Clarence Prothro 1-12.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Lincoln Co.--Tim Partridge 1-3.
SACKS:
Bowdon--Anthony Phillips 1-7.

1979 JOHNSON COUNTY 21
1980 GREENVILLE 15


Wrightsville -- Herschel Walker was held to 109 yards rushing but scored two touchdowns and a two-point conversion and intercepted a pass in Johnson County's victory.
The ground war between Walker and Greenville's Darryl Ogletree -- the No. 1 and No. 2 single-season rushing leaders in Georgia history through 1980 -- didn't develop as both defenses ganged up on the line of scrimmage.
Johnson County broke the game open on a third-and-three pass play from midfield late in the fourth quarter. With all eyes on Walker, Charles Culver faked a sweep and hit Milt Moorman, the Class A high hurdles champion, for a 49-yard TD pass.
Ogletree, who gained 2,648 yards in 1980, was held to 73 yards but carried only 14 times as Greenville strangely employed a short passing game.
Analysis: You've got to give Darryl Ogletree the ball, and Greenville didn't. Stupid computer coaches. Well, and then there was Herschel to contend with.

Scoring summary:

'80 Greenville 0-0-7--8--15
'79 Johnson Co. 0-7-0-14--21

Second quarter
J--Herschel Walker 7 run (Ricky Devero kick), 8:06
Third quarter
G--Darryl Ogletree 22 run (Melvin Robertson kick), 3:35
Fourth quarter
J--Walker 2 run (kick failed), 9:58
J--Milt Moorman 49 pass from Charles Culver (Walker run), 2:27
G--Robertson 4 pass from Kenneth Bolton (Darryl Ogtree run), 0:29

Team stats:

Gre JCo.
FIRST DOWNS:16 16
RUSHING:34-156 48-201
PASSING:94 98
TOTAL YARDS:250 299
C-A-I:9-15-1 4-8-0
PUNT:4-31 2-32
FUM/LOST:0-0 4-0
PENALTY:5-25 6-33
POSSESSION:21:21 26:39

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Greenville--Darryl Ogletree 14-73, Alexander Lakes 10-74, Charles Reaves 4-11, Kenneth Bolton 1-(-10), Danny Strozier 3-5, Willie Parks 1-4.
Johnson Co.--Herschel Walker 24-109, M.C. Carey 9-43, Jerome Taylor 6-34, Al Rowland 6-22, Barry Wilds 2-(-6), Charles Culver 1-(-1).
PASSING:
Greenville--Kenneth Bolton 9-15-1-94.
Johnson Co.--Charles Culver 4-8-0-98.
RECEIVING:
Greenville--Melvin Robertson 5-49, Danny Ponder 1-12, Darryl Ogletree 2-9, Alexander Lakes 1-24.
Johnson Co.--Milt Moorman 1-35, Warren Brantley 1-49, Marcus Hood 1-6, Victor Thompson 1-9.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Johnson Co.--Herschel Walker 1-18.
SACKS:
Johnson Co.--Jack Devero 1-10.

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Quarterfinals

Aka, the elite eight

CLASS A QUARTERFINALS

1989 LINCOLN COUNTY 26
1988 CLINCH COUNTY 12


Lincolnton -- Lincoln County scored on two Clinch County punts, one that Garrison Hearst returned 69 yards for a touchdown, the other that Leary Lockhart blocked into the end zone. Clinch's Herbert Mingo rushed for 225 yards in a losing cause.
Analysis: Clinch County defeated Lincoln County 21-7 in the 1988 quarterfinals, and Lincoln didn't lose again until 1991, when Clinch beat the Red Devils 11-8 in the championship game. Lincoln's 44-game winning streak remains a GHSA record. (Note: This was written before Parkview and the Buford would break Lincoln's record.)
Looking at yardage gained and allowed in their championship seasons, these teams are almost identical, with similar run-pass ratios. Both had a superstar running back. Well, OK, Lincoln had a mega-superstar running back. But the biggest difference was between these two is Lincoln County's incredible turnover ratio, an indication of the team's speed and ability to inflict violent collisions. The turnover margin was five in this game.

First quarter
L--Garrison Hearst 69 punt return (kick failed), 10:06
L--Anthony Parks recovered blocked kick (run failed), 8:16
C--Alfred Fudge 68 pass from A.C. Cooper (kick failed), 1:31
Second quarter
L--Carl Leverett 1 run (Hearst run), 1:32
Third quarter
L--Stebbin Stokes 28 run (kick failed), 7:37
C--Herbert Mingo 65 run (kick failed), 10:47

Team stats:

CCo. LCo.
First downs:14 11
Rushing:45-252 43-188
Passing:115 18
Total yards:367 206
C-A-I:4-12-3 2-8-0
Punts:2-33 4-54
Fum/lost:4-2 2-0
Possession:25:56 22:04

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Clinch Co.--Herbert Mingo 24-225, Jamie Spates 12-20, A.C. Cooper 8-4, Anthony McNeil 1-4.
Lincoln Co.--Garrison Hearst 20-103, Stebbin Stokes 12-61, Carl Leverett 7-8, Anthony Huff 1-2, Toland Wynn 1-4, Kelvin Beard 2-12.
PASSING:
Clinch Co.--A.C. Cooper 4-12-3-115.
Lincoln Co.--Carl Leverett 2-8-0-18.
RECEIVING:
Clinch Co.--Brent James 2-39, Dondre Lacy 1-8, Alfred Fudge 1-68.
Lincoln Co.--Darryl Norman 1-2, Toland Wynn 1-16.
RETURNS:
Clinch Co.--Herbert Mingo 3-85 KR, Alfred Fudge 1-18 KR.
Lincoln Co.--Garrison Hearst 3-59 KR, 1-69 PR, Darryl Norman 1-(-1).
INTERCEPTIONS:
Lincoln Co.--Carl Leverett 2-12, Dramell Ware 1-2.
SACKS:
Clinch Co.--Brent James 1-8.

1999 CHARLTON COUNTY 22
1996 MACON COUNTY 21

(Overtime)

Down 21-7 in the fourth quarter, Charlton County came back to win on penetration in overtime in a game that featured almost 1,000 yards of total offense at Indian Field (a.k.a. The Swamp).
Charlton County got back in the game on a halfback pass from Snapper Hobbs, who had run for the Indians' first score. Hobbs passed back to quarterback Kevin Davis, and the play covered 33 yards.
Bama Adams threw a 6-yard TD pass to Muhammad Abdullah with 1:23 left to tie it. Abdullah
In overtime, Charlton County's deepest penetration was the Macon County 31, where the Indians failed on a fourth-and-2. Macon County got past midfield once, to the 44, where a receiver was stripped of the ball and Charlton's Norris Woods recovered.
Macon County's Aaron Jackson rushed for 205 yards and two touchdowns, including a 77-yard run in the first quarter.
Analysis: Charlton County averaged

For the record, Hobbs threw a 52-yard TD pass in 1999, though Tournament of Champions records don't identify the receiver. It was either Davis or Cecil Reed.

Scoring summary:

'96 Macon Co. 7-7-7--0-0-0--21
'99 Charlton Co. 7-0-0-14-0-0--22

First quarter
M--Aaron Jackson 77 run (Demorris Clark kick), 5:37
C--Snapper Hobbs 2 run (Hobbs kick), 2:04
Second quarter
M--Shannon Ashmon 1 run (Clark kick), 0:25
Third quarter
M--Jackson 13 run (Clark kick), 11:25
Fourth quarter
C--Kevin Davis 33 pass from Hobbs (Hobbs kick), 7:59
C--Muhammad Abdullah 6 pass from Bama Adams (Hobbs kick), 1:23

Team stats:

MCo. CCo.
First downs:15 24
Rushing:55-386 46-339
Passing:41 181
Total yards:427 520
C-A-I:4-8-0 17-23-0
Punts:3-33 3-35
Fum/lost:4-1 3-1
Possession:25:56 32:04

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Macon Co.--Aaron Jackson 18-205, Antwon Olier 10-29, Toboris Turner 14-131, Shannon Ashmon 6-10, D.J. Walker 5-5, Courtney Drew 2-7.
Charlton Co.--Lamar Williams 25-118, Kevin Davis 10-100, Snaper Hobbs 10-52, Bama Adams 2-20, Nashon Nicks 6-22, Cecil Reed 3-36.
PASSING:
Macon Co.--Shannon Ashmon 4-8-0-41.
Charlton Co.--Kevin Davis 6-12-0-51, Bama Adams 9-10-0-97, Snapper Hobbs 1-1-0-33.
RECEIVING:
Macon Co.--Derrick Hill 3-27, Antwon Oliver 1-14.
Charlton Co.--Marquis Elmoe 7-83, Cecil Reed 4-24, Muhammad Abdullah 1-6, Dusty Thomas 2-28, Kevin Davis 1-33, Bama Adams 1-6.
RETURNS:
Macon Co.--Aaron Jackson 3-73 KR, 1-20 PR.
Charlton Co.--Bama Adams 2-49 KR, Cecil Reed 1-23 KR, Lamar Williams 1-28 KR, Muhammad Abdullah 1-6 PR.

2001 BUFORD 23
1972 SOUTHEAST BULLOCH 20


Brooklet -- Mikey Henderson, recently committed to Georgia, returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown with 5:42 left as 2001 Buford won a back-and-forth game with 1972 Southeast Bulloch 23-20.
Southeast Bulloch's Terry Reed scored on a 90-yard run on his team's first possession, but Jamie Stewart blocked the extra point.
Analysis: The computer game doesn't explain it this way, but one theory holds that SE Bulloch's All-State kicker, Rocky Wilkes, was injured on the block of his extra-point attempt in the first quarter. Mike Smith ably replaced him on extra points, but coach Fred Shaver was more sure that his Jackets could convert a fourth-and-1 from the 22 late in the game than he was that Smith would nail the 39-yarder for the tie. Buford's Aaron Scranton and Elliott Brayboy came up to make the key stop on William Hill.

Scoring summary:

'01 Buford 2-7-7-7--23
'72 SE Bulloch 6-0-7-7--20

First quarter
SE--Terry Reed 90 run (kick blocked), 8:01
B--Jakira Millsap two-point defense return, 8:01
Second quarter
B--Webb Aiken 1 run (K Markes kick), 4:28
Third quarter
SE--William Hill 2 run (Mike Smith kick), 7:37
B--Aiken 4 run (Markes kick), 0:39
Fourth quarter
SE--Hill 2 run (Smith kick), 5:42
B--Mikey Henderson 95 kick return (Markes kick), 5:28

Team stats:

Buf SEB
First downs:15 18
Rushing:48-228 48-334
Passing:0 80
Total yards:228 414
C-A-I:0-4-0 2-3-0
Punts:2-37 1-43
Fum/lost:1-0 2-2
Possession:25:33 22:27

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Buford--Webb Aiken 15-59, Darius Walker 14-81, Lorne Sam 5-29, Alfonzo Stanley 8-23, Zach Smith 2-5, Andrew Marsh 3-29, Mikey Henderson 1-2.
SE Bulloch--Terry Reed 12-153, William Hill 9-60, Robby Meyers 7-34, Billy Lupton 5-12, Burmon Denson 4-16, Billy Hill 7-43, David Miller 2-(-2), Delmus Lockhart 1-9, Kirk Allen 1-9.
PASSING:
Buford--Lorne Sam 0-4-0-0.
SE Bulloch--David Miller 2-3-0-80.
RECEIVING:
SE Bulloch--Don Davis 1-50, Charles Conner 1-30.
KICK RETURNS:
Buford--Webb Aiken 3-71, Shaun Strickland 1-25, Mikey Henderson 1-95.
SE Bulloch--Charles Conner 1-21, Delmus Lockhart 2-41.
(no punts were returned)

1979 JOHNSON COUNTY 14
1976 LINCOLN COUNTY 12


Wrightsville -- Herschel Walker's 76-yard touchdown run to open the second half lifted Johnson County to a 14-12 victory over 1976 Lincoln County at Lovett Field.
Analysis: The '76 Lincoln team was Larry Campbell's first, and his best in terms of statistical dominance. The '76 Devils allowed 97 yards per game, the second-lowest figure among the 101 teams for which reliable team stats were found. In this game, Lincoln County dominated the clock and really the game except for two plays -- Walker's touchdown and M.C. Carey's 56-yarder that set up the second score. Lincoln County was the better all-around team, but Walker's ability to go the distance on any play was what won the game.

Scoring summary:

'76 Lincoln Co. 6-6--0-0--12
'79 Johnson Co. 0-0-14-0--14

First quarter
L--Roy Norman 2 run (kick failed), 4:18
Second quarter
L--Norman 6 run (run failed), 5:32
Third quarter
J--Herschel Walker 76 yards (Ricky Devero kick), 11:24
J--Walker 2 run (Devero kick), 5:01

Team stats:

LCo. JCo.
First downs:14 8
Rushing:59-231 35-242
Passing:55 5
Total yards:286 247
C-A-I:3-6-1 1-3-1
Punts:3-42 5-39
Fum/lost:3-0 3-1
Possession:30:02 17:58

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Lincoln Co.--Roy Norman 21-87, Tim Partridge 14-55, F Garnett 14-60, Otis Elam 1-(-3), David Edwards 6-20, Harvey Jones 2-5, Jerry Hearst 1-7.
Johnson Co.--Herschel Walker 19-173, M.C. Carey 6-62, Jerome Taylor 3-4, Al Rowland 1-(-1), Paul Mason 1-2, Charles Culver 5-2.
PASSING:
Lincoln Co.--David Edwards 2-2-0-27, Roy Norman 0-1-0-0.
Johnson--Charles Culver 1-3-1-5.
RECEIVING:
Lincoln Co.--Jessie Mason 1-9, Travis Jones 2-28, Edward Stokes 1-14, Roy Norman 1-4.
Johnson Co.--M.C. Carey 1-5.
RETURNS:
Lincoln Co.--Raymond McCord 1-24 KR, Travis Jones 1-19 KR.
Johnson Co.--Barry Wilds 2-45 KR, 1-9 PR; Al Rowland 1-22 KR.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Lincoln Co.--Harvey Jones 1-5.
Johnson Co.--Ricky Fluker 1-6.
SACKS:
Johnson Co.--Del Lee Devero 1-9.





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SEMIFINALS: Then there were two.



1989 LINCOLN COUNTY 21
1999 CHARLTON COUNTY 7


Folkston -- Garrison Hearst rushed for 127 yards and made an interception and quarterback Carl Leverett scored two touchdowns for 1989 Lincoln County in a 21-7 victory at The Swamp in Charlton County.
Reserve halfback Abe Curry, a 134-pound sophomore, also rushed for over 100 yards and scored on a 38-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Analysis: When the computer pairs these two teams, the result is as predictable as a coin toss. Charlton County wins because it had a far superior passing game, while Lincoln County wins because it forces a ridiculous number of turnovers. Also, Charlton County's run defense was not outstanding relative to state champions, so it has trouble containing Garrison Hearst. Doesn't everybody.
As an aside, Charlton County beat Lincoln County 20-0 in the 1999 championship game and impressed Lincoln's Larry Campbell more than any opponent he'd faced in 15 years.

Scoring summary:

'89 Lincoln Co. 0-0-7-14--21
'99 Charlton Co. 7-0-0--0--7

First quarter
C--Kevin Davis 4 run (Snapper Hobbs kick), 9:37
Third quarter
L--Carl Leverett 8 run (Josh McGee kick), 5:09
Fourth quarter
L--Leverett 1 run (McGee kick), 9:17
L--Abe Curry 38 run (McGee kick), 6:57

LCo. CCo.
First downs:14 11
Rushing:52-328 38-195
Passing:17 35
Total yards:345 230
C-A-I:2-7-3 5-14-3
Fum/lost:1-1 3-2
Punts:1-33 2-34
Penalty:8-58 9-49
Possession:25:25 22:35

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Lincoln Co.--Garrison Hearst 27-129, Stebbin Stokes 7-32, Carl Leverett 12-36, Abe Curry 5-109, Toland Wynn 1-21.
Charlton Co.--Lamar Williams 23-98, Kevin Davis 8-26, Snapper Hobbs 5-57, Bama Adams 1-9, Nashon Nicks 1-4.
PASSING:
Lincoln Co.--Carl Leverett 2-7-3-17.
Charlton Co.--Kevin Davis 4-8-2-25, Bama Adams 1-6-1-11.
RECEIVING:
Lincoln Co.--Anthony Parks 1-5, Toland Wynn 1-13.
Charlton Co.--Marquis Elmore 2-13, Dusty Thomas 1-9, Lamar Williams 1-3, Kevin Davis 1-11.
RETURNS:
Lincoln Co.--Garrison Hearst 1-17 KR, 2-42 PR; Stebbin Stokes 1-18 KR.
Charlton Co.--Bama Adams 1-23 KR, Lamar Williams 1-30 KR.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Lincoln Co.--Darryl Norman 1-20, Garrison Hearst 1-17, Dramell Ware 1-14.
Charlton Co.--Cecil Reed 1-0, Bama Adams 1-19, Muhammad Abdullah 1-10.
SACKS:
Lincoln Co.--Lucchi Jones 1-6.
Charlton Co.--Marcus Jackson 1-4, Harold Hammans 1-8

2001 BUFORD 28
1979 JOHNSON COUNTY 14


Buford -- Darius Walker, no relation to Herschel Walker of the opposing sideline, rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns as reigning Class A champion Buford defeated 1979 Johnson County 28-14.
Darius Walker, Buford's leading rusher this season, averaged 8.9 yards per carry as a sophomore in 2001, compared to Herschel Walker's 8.5. Of course, Herschel Walker could absorb three times as many carries and earned 3,167 yards, while Darius had only 1,003. Still, keep an eye on this Buford speedster.
Analysis: Herschel's 1979 Trojans will always hold a special place in state championship history, but they weren't the greatest Class A team in history. Even with Walker, Johnson County was shut out 3-0 by E.C.I., a defeat that Johnson County soundly avenged twice. (Region 3-A played a weird double round-robin that year.)
Buford, on the other hand, might be the best Class A champ in history. This year's 10-0 finish in a higher class presents some evidence. The Wolves went through the playoffs last year with almost no resistance.
Also, a final word on Walker. Old No. 43 (Herschel's high school number) finished the Tournament of Champions with 870 yards on 125 carries (7.0 ypc) and 11 touchdowns. Not bad for a guy who turned 40 this year. Must be those situps.

Scoring summary:

'79 Johnson Co. 0-7-7-0--14
'01 Buford 7-7-7-7--28

First quarter
B--Alfonzo Stanley 6 run (Kevin Markes kick), 8:18
Second quarter
B--Darius Walker 2 run (Markes kick), 11:54
J--Herschel Walker (Ricky Devero kick), 5:58
Third quarter
J--H.Walker 9 run (Devero kick), 4:25
B--D.Walker 47 run (Markes kick), 2:12
Fourth quarter
B--Webb Aiken 3 run (Markes kick), 6:25

JCo. Buf
First downs:14 19
Rushing:47-273 47-327
Passing:6 23
Total yards:279 350
C-A-I:1-9-0 2-4-0
Fum/lost:0-0 0-0
Punts:3-35 2-27
Penalty:3-15 2-10
Possession:24:26 23:34

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Johnson Co.--Herschel Walker 24-186, M.C. Carey 7-6, Jerome Taylor 6-40, Al Rowland 5-18, Victor Thompson 1-4, Charles Culver 4-19.
Buford--Webb Aiken 16-131, Darius Walker 15-153, Lorne Sam 2-(-2), Alfonzo Stanley 14-46.
PASSING:
Johnson Co.--Charles Culver 1-9-0-6.
Buford--Lorne Sam 2-4-0-23
RECEIVING:
Johnson Co.--Milt Moorman 1-6.
Buford--Mikey Henderson 1-17, Ryan Wood 1-6.
RETURNS:
Johnson Co.--Barry Wilds 3-65 KR, 1-10 PR; Herschel Walker 1-17 KR.
Buford--Webb Aiken 2-47 KR, 1-13 PR.

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Class A Championship: 2001 Buford vs. 1989 Lincoln County

Webb Aiken and Darius Walker each rushed for over 100 yards as 2001 Buford defeated Garrison Hearst's 1989 Lincoln County team 21-13 to win the Class A championship of the first Tournament of Champions.
The victory proved undisputably that the Wolves are the greatest small-class state champion in history. Well, OK. It's only a computer tournament.
Still, it is hoped that this 33-team Class A bracket, played over 10 weeks and researched for eight months, generated a fun debate and nostalgic retrospective of some of Georgia's greatest small-school teams.
Whether the 2001 Wolves were the best Class A team is only an opinion, but their case is impressive.
Buford went 15-0 in 2001, winning each game by at least seven points. No team in Class A has kept itself out of harm's way better than that since 1971. Buford also defeated its five playoff opponents by an average of 36-12 and beat Bowdon 35-12 in the championship game.
"Buford just had the total package," said Bowdon coach Dwight Hochstetler, whose team also lost to 1989 Lincoln County in a Class A final. "They had great lines of scrimmage on both sides, good skill. They were state runners-up the year before and had everybody back. People don't realize that experience makes a world of difference. They didn't have any weaknesses."
Buford had four players who would (or will) sign with Division 1 schools. They include QB Lorne Sam (FSU), T/DE Aaron Scranton (UGA), T/DT Trey Chandler (UGA) and WR Mike Henderson (UGA). Center Jeff Merrow went to Valdosta State.
And next year, RB Darius Walker and NG Neal Brown, sophomores on this team, will be Division 1 prospects as seniors.
Buford also was no one-year wonder. The Wolves reached the title game in 2000 (losing to Buford 27-19) and has won 27 games since, the last 12 this year while playing in a higher class, AA.

2001 BUFORD 21
1989 LINCOLN COUNTY 13


Buford -- Buford's Lorne Sam scored on an 11-yard run with 2:46 left to clinch a 21-13 victory over Lincoln County.
Buford linebackers Ryan Carbine and Jamie Stewart came up to stop Garrison Hearst (153 yards, 26 carries) on a fourth-and-2 at the Buford 21 early in the fourth quarter, and Buford drove for the game-clinching touchdown from there.
The goal posts were left standing since Buford might need them later this month trying to win the Class AA state title.
Color commentary: "Garrison Hearst was the No. 3 pick in the NFL, so that tells you a little bit about the talent he had. One guy that special on a high school team can bring everybody else up to another level. But that Buford team, they might've had a few more players than Lincoln that year. Buford was better on both lines of scrimmage, and their quarterback (Sam) was a great athlete. That would have been some game." -- Dwight Hochstetler.

Scoring summary:

'89 Lincoln Co. 0-0-7-6--13
'01 Buford 7-7-0-7--21

First quarter
B--Darius Walker 56 run (Kevin Markes kick), 6:11
Second quarter
B--Webb Aiken 13 run (Markes kick), 5:06
Third quarter
L--Carl Leverett 25 run (Josh McGee kick), 5:41
Fourth quarter
B--Lorne Sam 11 run (Markes kick), 2:46
L--Toland Wynn 64 pass from Leverett (kick failed), 1:14

LCo. Buf
First downs:15 16
Rushing:42-210 47-292
Passing:93 51
Total yards:303 343
C-I-A:4-12-0 2-6-0
Punt:5-41 3-39
Fum/lost:0-0 5-3
Penalty:11-58 1-5
Possession:24:28 23:32
3rd down:4-15 5-8

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Lincoln Co.--Garrison Hearst 26-153, Stebbin Stokes 7-20, Carl Leverett 5-29, Abe Curry 2-9, Kelvin Beard 2-(-1).
Buford--Webb Aiken 15-106, Darius Walker 12-117, Lorne Sam 8-42, Alfonzo Stanley 8-7, Zach Smith 2-20, Andrew Marsh 2-0.
PASSING:
Lincoln Co.--Carl Leverett 4-12-0-93.
Buford--Lorne Sam 2-6-0-51.
RECEIVING:
Lincoln Co.--Darryl Norman 1-9, Anthony Parks 1-10, Pete Williams 1-11, Toland Wynn 1-64.
Buford--Mikey Henderson 2-51.
RETURNS:
Lincoln Co.--Garrison Hearst 2-53 KR, 2-11 PR; Stebbin Stokes 1-18 KR.
Buford--Mikey Henderson 2-44 KR, Webb Aiken 2-30 PR.
PUNTING:
Lincoln Co.--Patrick Inglett 5-41.
Buford--Bryan Deskins 3-39 (one touchback).
KICKING:
Lincoln Co.--Josh McGee 1-2 PAT, 0-1 FG (32).
Buford--Kevin Markes 3-3 PAT.
SACKS:
Lincoln Co.--John Ludwig 1-4.
Buford--Aaron Scranton 1-11.
TACKLES: (top five)
Lincoln Co.--Anthony Parks 12, Drammell Ware 7, Daniel Jenkins 5, Leary Lockhart 5, Byron Hill 5.
Buford--Aaron Scranton 6, Elliott Brayboy 6, Trey Chandler 5, Jakira Millsap 5, Jamie Stewart 4.







Real-life statistical comparisons:

Buford Lincoln Co.
Record: 15-0 14-0
*Close games: 0.5 1.5
Points: 37.0 32.3
Pts allowed: 8.4 5.8
Rushing:251 218
Passing:102 78
Pass Pct.: 52 38
Total offense: 353 296
Run defense: 110 81
Pass defense:64 65
Pass Pct.:37 31
Total defense:174 146
Turnovers:11 25
Takeaways:29 57

*1.0 for ever game decided by seven points or fewer, 0.5 for ever game decided by between 8-14 points.

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Below is the tournament director's listing of the top 10 small-school champions in Georgia since integration (1967).
Closely following Buford in the rankings are 1999 Charlton County, a team whose only loss was to Class AAAA runner-up Brunswick 7-0.
One thing that stands out about 2001 Buford and 1999 Charlton County is that both were quickly named by Hochstetler and Lincoln County's Larry Campbell as perhaps the two best they'd ever coached against.
Of course, Campbell never had to face any of his own great teams, including the 1989 or 1987 Red Devils that featured Garrison Heast.
Four of the top eight teams in the rankings below were coached by Larry Campbell in Lincolnton.
And Hochstetler was begging for a chance to go up against Buford with his 1992 Bowdon or 1984 Greenville clubs, both undefeated.


Tournament director's rankings:

1. Buford 2001
2. Charlton County 1999
3. Southeast Bulloch 1972
4. Lincoln County 1989
5. Lincoln County 1995
6. Lincoln County 1976
7. Greenville 1984
8. Lincoln County 1987
9. Clinch County 1988
10. Mount de Sales 1971
Honorable mention: 1979 Johnson County, 1982 Palmetto, 1985 Lincoln County, 1992 Bowdon, 1996 Miller County.




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The draw ...

Play-in games:
1979 Johnson County d. 2000 Commerce 27-8
1967 Wash-Wilkes d. 1997 Manchester 10-7
First round
1995 Lincoln County d. 1998 Darlington 21-0
1988 Clinch County d. 1974 Trion 13-6
1989 Lincoln County d. 1971 Mount de Sales 20-6
1968 Roswell d. 1969 Vidalia 23-13
1987 Lincoln County d. 1982 Palmetto 30-6
1996 Macon County d. 1975 Lyons 33-14
1999 Charlton County d. 1971 Bowdon 27-12
1984 Greenville d. 1993 Lincoln County 28-0
1985 Lincoln County d. 1967 Putnam County 41-14
2001 Buford d. 1991 Clinch County 28-21
1972 SE Bulloch d. 1968 Warren County 19-7
1970 Lovett d. 1969 Savannah Country Day 21-13
1976 Lincoln County d. 1978 Buford 21-7
1992 Bowdon 7, 1981 Douglass/Montezuma 7-0
1980 Greenville 21, 1994 Brooks County 6
1979 Johnson County d. 1967 Wash-Wilkes 26-19
Second round
1988 Clinch County d. 1995 Lincoln County 13-12
1989 Lincoln County d. 1968 Roswell 13-7
1996 Macon County d. 1987 Lincoln County 27-19
1999 Charlton County d. 1984 Greenville 20-14
2001 Buford d. 1985 Lincoln County 21-14
1973 SE Bulloch 28, Lovet 0
1976 Lincoln County d. 1992 Bowdon 26-7
1979 Johnson County d. 1980 Greenville 21-15
Quarterfinals
1989 Lincoln County d. 1988 Clinch County 26-12
1999 Charlton County d. 1996 Macon County 22-21 (overtime)
2001 Buford d. 1972 SE Bulloch 23-20
1979 Johnson County d. 1976 Lincoln County 14-12
Semifinals
1989 Lincoln County d. 1999 Charlton County 21-7
2001 Buford d. 1979 Johnson County 28-14
Final
2001 Buford d. 1989 Lincoln County 21-13