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Posted 25 March 2009 - 10:05 PM

First round (upper half)

Flanagan passes SW Atlanta to victory again

Former Southwest Atlanta football coach Ted Sparks won't say that the late Anthony Flanagan was the best athlete he ever coached. Sparks has too much respect for another of his former quarterbacks, Walt Frazier, from Atlanta's old Howard High.
Like Frazier, Flanagan played football, basketball and baseball in high school. Only Flanagan was spectacular at all three.
"Flanagan was more of a natural at just about everything," Sparks said. "Anthony could play anthing from marbles to ice hockey. In my years in coaching and observing since Flanagan's era, I haven't come across a guy who has been as versatile and brought as much credit to the game as Flan did at the high school level."
Flanagan, who later became the first black quarterback at Georgia, threw a state-record 32 touchdown passes in 1973 as Southwest became the first all-black team to win a state championship in football in the Georgia High School Association.
Flanagan was under center for Southwest again this week in the AJC.com Tournament of Champions, completing 11 of 19 passes for 173 yards as his Wolves team defeated 1972 Southwest DeKalb 28-21.
Johnny Mason, now an Atlanta judge, scored the critical touchdown, a 66-yard punt return in the fourth quarter.
SW Atlanta's victory was one of six Class AAA first-round games decided by fourth-quarter touchdowns.
Other heroes in the final minutes were Tyson Browning of 1999 Oconee County, Skyler Thornton of 2001 LaGrange, Charles Hayes of 1988 Thomasville, Stan Thomas of 1970 Woodward Academy and flanker Ross Worsham of 1983 Mitchell-Baker.

1997 THOMAS COUNTY CENTRAL 24
1977 WAYCROSS 14


Thomasville -- Joe Burns rushed for 214 yards and two touchdowns, including a 94-yard run in Thomas County Central's 17-point fourth quarter.
Analysis: Dale Williams might disagree, since his son Todd quarterbacked the 1981 team, but 1977 Waycross was probably the school's best team ever, with a defense that allowed just four points per game. Central averaged nearly 41 points in 1997, so this was a premium mathup between unbeaten teams.
Waycross QB Keith Taylor became the Jet magazine player of the year for Jacksonville State, and Charles Junior went to Georgia, but Joe Burns, the former Georgia Tech star, was a cut above as a high school difference-maker.

Scoring summary:

'77 Waycross 7-0-7--0--14
'97 Thomas Co. 7-0-0-17--24

First quarter
T--Joe Burns 7 run (Nathan Armstrong kick), 4:50
W--Keith Gamble 3 run (Ricky Chaney kick), 0:57
Third quarter
W--Charles Junior 60 pass from Taylor (Chaney kick), 1:46
Fourth quarter
T--Melvin Thomas 13 pass from Leonard Guyton (Armstrong kick), 9:37
T--Armstrong 26 FG, 5:24
T--Burns 94 run (Armstrong kick), 3:32

Team stats:

Way TCo.
FIRST DOWNS: 10 16
RUSHING: 40-175 54-337
PASSING: 119 42
TOTAL YARDS 294 379
C-A-I: 4-8-1 2-5-0
PUNT 7-39 1-31
PENALTY 6-30 2-10
FUM/LOST: 0-0 4-3
POSSESSION: 22:58 25:02

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Waycross--Keith Gamble 16-120, Jimmy Orange 11-40, David Snellgrove 6-9, Keith Taylor 6-4, Carl Butts 1-3.
Thomas Co.--Joe Burns 18-214, Darien Robinson 13-55, Leonard Guyton 16-44, Eric Williams 3-27, Siaris Anderson 3-(-6), Blake Love 1-4.
PASSING:
Waycross--Keith Taylor 4-8-1-119
Thomas Co.--Leonard Guyton 2-5-0-42.
RECEIVING:
Waycross--Charles Junior 3-106, Morris Jackson 1-13.
Thomas Co. Central--Torey Bynum 1-29, Melvin Thomas 1-13.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Thomas Co. Central--Stanley Walden 1-63.
SACKS:
Waycross--Joe Miller 1-13.
Thomas Co.--Raytorrie Newkirk 1-5.

1970 WOODWARD ACADEMY 10
1991 LAKESIDE 6


College Park -- Stan Thomas's 2-yard run with 1:42 left gave Woodward Academy a surprise victory over Lakeside.
Keith Harris, later a standout linebacker for Georgia, rushed for 118 yards on 13 carries, punted inside the Lakeside 20 four times and helped hold Lakeside star T.J. Johnson (later of Georgia Tech) to 79 yards rushing.
Analysis: Lakeside scored more points, allowed fewer and had more college prospects than Woodward in 1970, but that's why they play the (computer) games. Graham Hixon's best memory of '70 Woodward was that his team committed no turnovers or significant penalties in the playoffs.

Scoring summary:

'91 Lakeside 0-0-0--6---6
'71 Woodward 0-0-0-10--10

Fourth quarter
W--Cliff Heegel 19 FG, 10:51
L--Steve Shivers 38 run (kick failed), 8:45
W--Stan Thomas 2 run (Heegel kick), 1:42

Team stats:

Lake Wood
FIRST DOWNS: 9 10
RUSHING: 37-199 47-175
PASSING: 7 65
TOTAL YARDS 206 240
C-A-I: 2-6-1 4-6-1
PUNT 7-39 4-44
PENALTY 3-23 1-5
FUM/LOST: 4-0 0-0
POSSESSION: 21:23 26:37

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Lakeside--T.J. Johnson 20-79, Willie Smith 6-19, Steve Shivers 5-67, Howard Bryant 4-(-1), Darryl Pruitt 1-9, Terrez Dennis 1-27.
Woodward--Keith Harris 13-118, Stan Thomas 13-26, Louis Martin 6-9, Steve Belin 11-14, David Brumley 1-3, Dolph Bosse 3-5.
PASSING:
Lakeside--Howard Bryant 2-6-1-7.
Woodward--Steve Belin 4-6-1-65.
RECEIVING:
Lakeside--T.J. Johnson 1-2, Willie Smith 1-5.
Woodward--Don McKay 2-35, Barry Lucas 1-19, Stan Thomas 1-12.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Lakeside--Hubert Harris 1-2.
Woodward--Sam Snead 1-17.
SACKS:
Lakeside--Chris Little 1-12.
Woodward--Bob Coppedge--1-13.

1988 THOMASVILLE 14
1969 ST. PIUS 7


Reserve running back Charles Hayes scored on a 23-yard run with 3:58 left as Thomasville escaped a dogged effort by St. Pius. Thomasville quarterback Charles Bostick also scored on a 46-yard run in the third quarter after St. Pius led 7-0 at halftime.
Analysis: George Maloof's 1968 St. Pius team won a state title averaging fewer than 20 points per game, which ain't easy, but half of its defensive front eight signed with either Georgia Tech or Auburn. They held Thomasville's leading rusher, James Wiliams, to 29 on 10 carries, and he must've been benched or hurt, because he wasn't in the game when the Bulldogs (15-0 in 1988) scored their winning touchdown.

Scoring summary:

'88 Thomasville 0-0-7-7--14
'68 St. Pius 0-7-0-0---7

Second quarter
S--Joe Pelt 1 run (J Arnett kick), 9:56
Third quarter
T--Charles Bostick 46 run (M Futch kick), 8:04
Fourth quarter
T--Charles Hayes 23 run (Futch kick), 3:58

Team stats:

Thom St.P
FIRST DOWNS: 6 13
RUSHING: 38-160 45-177
PASSING: 10 53
TOTAL YARDS 170 230
C-A-I: 1-5-0 5-13-1
PUNT 7-41 6-34
PENALTY 5-43 4-32
FUM/LOST: 3-0 2-1
POSSESSION: 20:29 27:31

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Thomasville--James Williams 10-29, Charles Bostick 13-55, Shawn Austin 5-29, Charles Hayes 2-22, Mark Futch 1-0, Mike Jones 2-21, Tori Sapp 3-5, Dewayne Jackson 1-(-1), Allen Williams 1-1.
St. Pius--Joe Pelt 18-51, Steve Morgan 17-106, Mike Mulvihill 1-1, Kevin Korner 2-(-1), Woody Euart 7-21.
PASSING:
Thomasville--Charles Bostick 1-5-0-10.
St. Pius--Woody Euart 4-11-0-40, Kevin Korner 1-1-0-13, Steve Morgan 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING:
Thomasville--Jerome Williams 1-10.
St. Pius--Jim Arnett 1-13, John Mangan 2-22, Joe Pelt 1-14, Steve Morgan 1-4.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Thomasville--Alex Mash 1-6.
SACKS:
Thomasville--Alex Mash 1-4.
St. Pius--Scott Petit 1-9.

2000 SHAW 35
1969 NORTH SPRINGS 20


Anthony Wilber threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Shaw took advantage of uncharacteristic North Springs turnovers and jumped to a 28-0 halftime lead.
Analysis: Sometimes the computer gives you three turnovers in the second quarter and that's the game. North Springs also got caught trying to fake a field goal, thus freshman Matt Robinson's minus-one yard rushing. The future N.Y. Jets quarterback was the holder on kicks.

Scoring summary:

'00 Shaw 0-28-0--7--35
'69 North Springs 0--0-0-20--20

Second quarter
S--Tony Bergeron 12 pass from A Wilber (Chad Spencer kick), 8:34
S--Anthony Wilber 20 run (William Walker kick), 5:09
S--Sterlin Jenkins 2 run (Walker kick), 2:54
S--Mike Jones 53 pass from Jenkins (Spencer kick), 1:14
Fourth quarter
N--David Husack 49 pass from Jim Gregory (kick failed), 9:47
S--Lamar Lucas 97 kick return (Spencer kick), 9:32
N--Dennis Whitt 17 run (Kurt Thyrring kick), 8:31
N--Bruce Batten 26 pass from Gregory (Thyrring kick), 0:03

Team stats:

Shaw NS
FIRST DOWNS: 10 11
RUSHING: 43-169 38-137
PASSING: 92 145
TOTAL YARDS 261 282
C-A-I: 3-7-0 8-11-1
PUNT 5-44 7-30
PENALTY 3-30 3-15
FUM/LOST: 1-0 2-2
POSSESSION: 24:41 23:19

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Shaw--Sterlin Jenkins 14-36, Lamar Lucus 7-26, Anthony Wilbur 5-41, Mike Jones 1-7, Chris Biggers 10-44, Brandon Whaley 3-6, Akeem Williams 3-9.
North Springs--Dennis Whitt 13-58, Frank Schwahn 12-32, Jack Husack 1-0, Jim Gregory 10-49, Dan Larkey 1-1, Matt Robinson 1-(-1).
PASSING:
Shaw--Anthony Wilber 3-7-0-92.
North Springs--Jim Gregory 8-11-1-145.
RECEIVING:
Shaw--Tony Bergeron 2-39, Mike Jones 1-53.
North Springs--David Husack 1-49, Bruce Batten 4-45, Greg Keller 1-35, Frank Schwahn 1-9, Jack Husack 1-8.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Shaw--Reggie McFadden 1-23.
SACKS:
Shaw--Mitchell Robbins 1-8.

1983 MITCHELL-BAKER 17
1980 WOODWARD ACADEMY 14


Camilla -- James Jackson's 25-yard pass to Ross Worsham with 1:27 left was the winning touchdown for Mitchell-Baker, which went for it on fourth-and-short twice on the winning 62-yard drive.
Homer Bradley, a backup running back, scored on a 65-yarder in the third quarter to get Mitchell-Baker back in the game. Bradley had a 97-yard run in 1983.
Analysis: It came down to Jackson's ability to make plays in make-or-break predicaments. The teams weren't similar enough to make direct comparisons. Mitchell Baker, averaging 38 points per game, was a scoring machine with a multi-threat quarterback. Woodward had a player of whom Erk Russell once said played his position better than Herschel Walker did as a high school player. He was talking about Gerald Browner.

Scoring summary:

'80 Woodward 0-14-0-0--14
'83 Mitchell-Baker 3--0-7-7--17

First quarter
M--Julian Marcus 30 FG, 1:25
Second quarter
W--Bryan Turner 15 pass from Bill Archer (Charlie McNash kick), 8:16
W--John Pemberton 13 run (McNash kick), 4:36
Third quarter
M--Homer Bradley 65 run (Marcus kick), 6:18
Fourth quarter
M--Ross Worsham 25 pass from James Jackson (Marcus kick), 1:27

Team stats:

M-B Wood
FIRST DOWNS: 15 14
RUSHING: 40-245 41-204
PASSING: 86 64
TOTAL YARDS 331 268
C-A-I: 6-13-2 5-13-0
PUNT 4-31 5-35
PENALTY 7-43 4-20
FUM/LOST: 0-0 0-0
POSSESSION: 24:25 23:35

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Mitchell-Baker--James Jackson 14-70, Kenny Butler 7-30, Elliot Ross 6-24, Homer Bradley 5-85, Julian Marcus 3-7, Leonard Pate 2-13, Stacy Jones 3-16.
Woodward--Mike Chance 15-45, Bill Archer 12-77, John Pemberton 8-59, Howard Delashmit 3-4, Duane Carter 2-8, Geoffrey Rhue 1-11.
PASSING:
Mitchell-Baker--James Jackson 6-11-2-86, Michael Hodges 0-1-0-0, Nathan Rogers 0-1-0-0.
Woodward--Bill Archer 5-13-0-64.
RECEIVING:
Mitchell-Baker--Ross Worsham 3-43, Calvin Thompson 2-34, Brent Brown 1-10.
Woodward--Tim Murray 1-10, Bryan Turner 4-54.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Woodward--Jim Olsen 1-3, Thomas Cooper 1-19.
SACKS:
Mitchell-Baker--Russell Sheppard 1-5.
Woodward--Greg Carlson 1-4.

1976 AVONDALE 31
1987 WORTH COUNTY 21


Sylvester -- David Sawyer threw two touchdown passes and Cliff Austin scored two as Avondale beat a team built in its image.
Analysis: Both teams had a pair of 1,000 rushers and defenses that were fast to the ball. In this game, Worth County's Bennie Nelson (109) and Calvin King (122) out-played Avondale's Cliff Austin (87) and Tim Martin (74). The difference was that Avondale was more balanced, in this game if not reality. QB Sawyer and WR Lon Buckler signed with Georgia, and Curtis Wellborn, who caught a 34-yard TD pass, was another standout receiver.

Scoring summary:

'76 Avondale 7-10-14-0--31
'87 Worth Co. 7--7--7-0--21

First quarter
A--Cliff Austin 23 run (Jarrold Reeves kick), 8:53
W--Calvin King 3 run (Kevin Proctor kick), 2:54
Second quarter
W--Calvin King 2 run (Proctor kick), 8:49
A--Austin 7 pass from David Sawyer (Reeves kick), 1:14
A--Reeves 31 FG, 0:18
Third quarter
A--Curtis Wellborn 34 pass from Sawyer (Reeves kick), 8:15
W--Calvin King 7 run (Proctor kick), 4:54
A--Tim Martin 10 run (Reeves kick), 0:35

Team stats:

Avon WCo.
FIRST DOWNS: 19 12
RUSHING: 44-234 48-256
PASSING: 139 66
TOTAL YARDS 373 322
C-A-I: 7-13-0 2-4-0
PUNT 3-37 3-38
PENALTY 6-31 6-32
FUM/LOST: 1-1 3-2
POSSESSION: 24:26 23:34

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Avondale--Cliff Austin 14-87, Tim Martin 12-74, David Sawyer 6-23, Dwight Morrow 9-30, Mike Broadnax 3-21.
Worth Co.--Bennie Nelson 15-109, Calvin King 19-122, Kevin Proctor 6-(-3), Kimbolic Hamilton 6-22, Rodney Soloman 2-5.
PASSING:
Avondale--David Sawyer 7-13-0-139.
Worth Co.--Kevin Proctor 2-4-0-66.
RECEIVING:
Avondale--Curtis Wellborn 2-55, Lon Buckler 3-62, Cliff Austin 1-7, Tim Martin 1-15.
Worth Co.--Chris King 2-66.
SACKS:
Avondale--Chris McDaniel 1-4.


1984 THOMSON 17
1971 WESTMINSTER 0


Jerry Mays rushed for 152 yards, and that was more than Westminster's total offense, in Thomson's easy victory at Fritz Orr Field.
Analysis: Westminster was a well-coached, opportunistic team in 1971, but coach Charlie Brake's offense was one of the most frugal ever to be part of a state championship. Thomson allowed only 53 yards rushing per game in 1984. Westminster just couldn't match up on paper, or in computer, with a team like that, especially one with a true superstar such as Mays, the former Georgia Tech runner.

Scoring summary:

'84 Thomson 0-10-0-7--17
'71 Westminster 0--0-0-0---0

Second quarter
T--Mike Ingram 37 pass from Terry Pettis (Troy Hart kick), 9:20
T--Hart 20 FG, 0:08
Fourth quarter
T--Jerry Mays 6 run (Hart kick)

Team stats:

Thom West
FIRST DOWNS: 15 8
RUSHING: 49-294 33-63
PASSING: 51 62
TOTAL YARDS 345 125
C-A-I: 2-5-0 6-9-0
PUNT 4-43 7-37
PENALTY 4-32 0-0
FUM/LOST: 2-1 4-2
POSSESSION: 26:54 21:06

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Thomson--Jerry Mays 21-152, Nick Coleman 11-52, Marco Jackson 4-35, Mike Winfrey 3-19, Terry Pettis 1-(-1), Andrew Williams 4-20, Randy Shank 3-4, Mike Ingram 1-8, David Hampton 1-4.
Westminster--Kevin Kaufman 19-38, Gary Anderson 9-21, Chip Sites 2-3, Jim Pressley 2-5, Robert Brown 1-(-3).
PASSING:
Thomson--Terry Pettis 2-5-0-51.
Westminster--Jim Pressley 6-9-0-62.
RECIEVING:
Thomson--Marco Jackson 1-15, Mike Ingram 1-37.
Westminster--Steve Perry 2-21, Kevin Kaufman 2-24, Jannard Wade 2-17.

1989 MARIST 21
1993 THOMAS COUNTY CENTRAL 14


Mike MacLane, Lance McCormack and Jimmy Young scored touchdowns as Marist came from a 14-0 deficit to win at the Eagle's Nest. MacLane also set up Marist's tying score with a 55-yard punt return.
Analysis: Marist's defense in 1989 -- allowing 3.8 points and 70 yards rushing -- ranks in the top 10 percent all-time among state champions of this era (since 1967). It slowed TCC's Johnny Cooksey just enough to get by in this one. Also, Marist returned seven kicks of punts for touchdowns that year, five by MacLane.

Scoring summary:

'93 Thomas Co. 7-7-0-0--14
'89 Marist 0-7-7-7--21

First quarter
T--Devon Andrews 19 pass from Ricky Stacey (Chris Roberts kick), 2:47
Second quarter
T--Corey Clark 7 run (Roberts kick), 7:38
M--Mike MacLane 22 run (Leonard kick), 4:50
Third quarter
M--Lance McCormack 2 run (Leonard kick), 8:19
M--Jimmy Young 30 run (Leonard kick), 7:34

Team stats:

TCC Mar
FIRST DOWNS: 13 15
RUSHING: 41-123 48-250
PASSING: 91 22
TOTAL YARDS 214 272
C-A-I: 6-8-0 1-2-1
PUNT 4-34 1-45
PENALTY 7-37 4-33
FUM/LOST: 1-0 2-1
POSSESSION: 22:05 22:55

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Thomas Co.--Johnny Cooksey 19-60, Ricky Stacey 14-19, Jabar Dunbar 2-14, Corey Clark 2-8, Robert Curry 3-19, Paul Miranda 1-2.
Marist--Sean Cotter 19-56, Jimmy Young 12-73, Lance McCormack 4-36, Tommy Pucciano 2-12, Mike MacLane 7-52, Tim Winterstein 2-8, Jason Manton 2-12.
PASSING:
Thomas Co.--Ricky Stacey 6-8-0-91.
Marist--Sean Cotter 1-2-1-22.
RECEIVING:
Thomas Co.--Devon Andrews 3-66, Paul Miranda 1-17, Gemika Ivey 2-9.
Marist--Christian Hines 1-22.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Thomas Co.--Charles Reese 1-22.
SACKS:
Thomas Co.--Cedric Holton 1-2.
Marist--Rob Heller 2-20.

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 10:07 PM

First round (lower half)

1973 SOUTHWEST ATLANTA 28
1972 SOUTHWEST DEKALB 21


Anthony Flanagan passed for 173 yards, but Johnny Mason's 66-yard punt return with 7:27 left ultimatley won it for Southwest Atlanta.
Analysis: SW Atlanta's average score in 1973 was 38-6, so the Wolves might've been expected to win more easily.

Scoring summary:

'73 SW Atlanta 7-7--7-7--28
'72 SW DeKalb 0-6-15-0--21

First quarter
A--Brandon Fannin 29 run (Anthony Flanagan kick), 8:10
Second quarter
D--Gregory Graves 6 run (kick failed), 10:54
A--Anthony Terry 52 run (Flanagan kick), 10:11
Third quarter
D--Jody Douglas 8 pass from Marty Snider (Richard Patrick run), 4:05
D--Douglas 1 run (Gilbert Rossi kick), 0:13
Fourth quarter
A--Johnny Mason 66 punt return (Flanagan kick), 7:27

Team stats:

SWA SWD
FIRST DOWNS: 16 13
RUSHING: 40-235 43-191
PASSING: 173 71
TOTAL YARDS 408 262
C-A-I: 11-19-1 4-10-2
PUNT 2-35 5-34
PENALTY 5-35 8-43
FUM/LOST: 2-2 2-1
POSSESSION: 25:26 22:34

Individual stats:
RUSHING:
SW Atlanta--Anthony Terry 12-117, Brandon Fannin 12-69, Sherman Jones 4-31, Johnny Mason 4-11, Anthony Flanagan 7-3, Robin Ashford 1-4.
SW DeKalb--Robert Patcrick 12-61, Gregory Graves 18-116, Marty Snider 7-(-3), Jody Douglas 3-16, Safi Mansoure 3-1.
PASSING:
SW Atlanta--Anthony Flanagan 11-19-1-173.
SW DeKalb--Marty Snider 4-10-2-71.
RECEIVING:
SW Atlanta--Eugene Wilson 4-47, Gerald Glover 1-5, William Dukes 4-111, Anthony Terry 1-6, Randy Moore 1-5.
INTERCEPTIONS:
SW Atlanta--Reggie Jones 1-11, Bruce Williams 1-1.
SW DeKalb--Bernie Sanders 1-6.
SACKS:
SW Atlanta--Reggie Wilkes 1-7, William Gay 1-7.
SW DeKalb--Russ Neal 1-9.

1998 DOUGHERTY 28
1986 VILLA RICA 20


Villa Rica -- Erik Hawkins' 72-yard interception return for a touchdown with 0:21 left in the first half was the big play in Dougherty's victory.
Dougherty also scored two other long touchdowns -- Glenn Johnson's 59-yard run and Adrian Cockfield's 42-yard pass from Uyl Joyner.
Dougherty's defense gave up a lot of points points in 1998 (13 ppg) but scored at least six touchdowns off interceptions, fumble returns, blocked kicks and the line.
Analysis: Dougherty threw between 13 and 25 passes in every game in 1998, so Joyner's 3-for-5 makes no sense. Perhaps it was Johnson's two first-quarter touchdowns and the 14-0 lead, or that Villa Rica controlled the clock. It's hard to say which was the better team. Dougherty lost two games, but one was to Colquitt County, a team in a higher class, and the other, Early County, was soundly avenged in the playoffs. Villa Rica lost its opener 12-7 to the Class AA state champion, Central of Carrollton.

Scoring summary:

'98 Dougherty 13--8-0-7--28
'86 Villa Rica -0-14-0-6--20

First quarter
D--Glenn Johnson 59 run (Thomie Vinisee kick), 10:40
D--Johnson 2 run (kick failed), 6:01
Second quarter
V--Sandray McCoy 8 run (Jerome Robinson kick), 4:18
V--Rodney McCoy 4 pass from Santray McCoy (Robinson kick), 1:08
D--Erik Hawkins 72 interception return (Uyl Joyner run), 0:21
Third quarter
V--Marcus Holliday 1 run (kick failed), 8:08
Fourth quarter
D--Adrian Cockfield 42 pass from Joyner (Cockfield kick), 6:16

Team stats:

D VR
FIRST DOWNS: 12 15
RUSHING: 44-215 42-190
PASSING: 77 87
TOTAL YARDS 3-5-0 7-11-2
C-A-I: 3-5-0 7-11-2
PUNT 4-32 4-40
PENALTY 6-30 9-53
FUM/LOST: 2-1 2-1
POSSESSION: 22:48 25:12

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Dougherty--Glenn Johnson 16-116, Gerrick Jones 7-70, Uyl Joyner 11-(-2), Kelvin Leroy 8-25, Milton Sims 1-4, Shamend Stephens 1-4.
Villa Rica--Marcus Holliday 15-70, Stanley Nalls 13-44, Mark Robinson 5-12, Santray McCoy 7-52, Aaron Lowrey 2-12.
PASSING:
Dougherty--Uyl Joyner 3-5-0-77.
Villa Rica--Santray McCoy 7-11-2-87.
RECEIVING:
Dougherty--Adrian Cockfield 1-42, Thomie Vinisee 1-27, Glenn Johnson 1-7.
Villa Rica--Mark Wilson 2-23, Chuck Howell 1-15, Rodney McCoy 4-49.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Dougherty--Adrian Cockfield 1-6, Erik Hawkins 1-72.
SACKS:
Villa Rica--Scott Davis 2-14, Richard Miller 1-8.
Dougherty--Robert Ray 1-5.

1978 WESTMINSTER 19
1995 JOSEY 14


Gordon Beckham and Cole Egan, one of the state's best passing combos inhistory, connected seven times, but Kevin Spurgeon's four field goals were the difference for Westminster at Fritz Orr Field.
Analysis: This might be ruled an upset. Josey was 15-0, and that included a victory over defending Class AAAA champion Colquitt County. Westminster lost twice. Both teams routed highly regarded teams (Josey 49-0 vs. Cedartown and Westminster 41-0 vs. Marist), and both narrowly escaped in at least three of five playoff games. Either way, this game would be something to see with Westminster's Gordon Beckham (South Carolina) and Cole Egen (Virginia) against Josey's Devil's Triangle secondary of Deon Grant (Tennessee) and the Tolbert brothers (Georgia Tech). It probably came down to this -- QB George Brown was the key to Josey's offense in 1995, but he had a stinker of a game as bad luck would have it.

Scoring summary:

'95 Josey -0-0-7-7--14
'78 Westminster 10-6-0-3--19

First quarter
W--Gordon Beckham 1 run (Kevin Spurgeon kick), 7:48
W--Spurgeon 37 FG, 2:55
Second quarter
W--Spurgeon 33 FG, 3:17
W--Spurgeon 27 FG, 2:46
Third quarter
J--Rod Hillimon 2 run (Ashley Williams kick), 2:46
Fourth quarter
W--Spurgeon 37 FG, 8:21
J--Hollimon 5 run (Williams kick), 3:15

Team stats:

J W
FIRST DOWNS: 16 18
RUSHING: 43-255 42-168
PASSING: 17 176
TOTAL YARDS 272 344
C-A-I: 1-7-2 8-15-0
PUNT 2-41 1-32
PENALTY 3-15 4-20
FUM/LOST: 3-0 0-0
POSSESSION: 22:21 25:39

Individual stats:
RUSHING:
Josey--Rod Hollimon 22-127, George Brown 7-57, Ashley Williams 4-10, Basail Mack 3-14, Jamie Peterson 5-41, Rob Dicks 1-2, Troy Tolbert 1-5.
Westminster--Jack Westbrook 16-68, Bryan Davis 13-69, Scott Bollinger 2-1, Hugh Gloster 1-6, John Dolan 1-4.
PASSING:
Josey--George Brown 1-7-2-17.
Westminster--Gordon Beckham 8-15-0-176.
RECEIVING:
Josey--Troy Tolbert 1-17.
Westminster--Cole Egan 7-137, Herman Russell 1-40.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Westminster--Bryan Davis 1-18, Cole Egan 1-17.
SACKS:
Josey--Deon Grant 1-7.

2001 STATESBORO 27
1967 DALTON 9


Dalton -- In an inadvertent rematch of the 2001 state championship game, Statesboro scored 20 points in a five-minute stretch of the fourth quarter and after trailing most of the game.
Statesboro's Mondrell Hodge returned a fumble -- one of Dalton's five turnovers -- 53 yards for a score in the fourth quarter.
Analysis: This was Dalton's best team ever. The '67 Catamounts outscored their opponents by an average of 37-4, which stands up well against almost any state champion. Their five turnovers here were a fluke-of-computer, as Dalton was careful with the ball in '67. Statesboro had a similar kind of team, outscoring its opponents 41-6 on average.
Dalton fans probably won't see the humor in this first-round matchup since Statesboro beat Dalton 51-13 in last year's Class AAAA championship game.

Scoring summary:

'01 Statesboro 0-0-7-20--27
'67 Dalton 0-3-6--0--9

Second quarter
D--Frank Dickson 36 FG, 1:12
Third quarter
S--Jimtavis Walker 4 run (Wesley Wilhoite kick), 7:13
D--Forrest Starks 64 run (kick failed), 4:48
Fourth quarter
S--Walker 1 run (kick failed), 10:37
S--Mondrell Hodge 53 fumble return (Wilhoite kick), 8:15
S--Delandry Tanner 16 run (Wilhoite kick), 6:14

Team stats:

Stat Dalt
FIRST DOWNS: 11 13
RUSHING: 46-237 48-276
PASSING: 17 47
TOTAL YARDS 254 323
C-A-I: 1-3-0 4-12-1
PUNT 4-40 2-37
PENALTY 3-25 7-42
FUM/LOST: 2-2 6-4
POSSESSION: 21:14 26:46

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Statesboro--Jimtavis Walker 15-101, Delandry Tanner 16-93, Eugene Gross 11-21, Brandon Mayes 1-2, Nick Wedlow 3-20.
Dalton--Keith Whitworth 15-61, Ricky Lake 10-77, Forrest Starks 9-105, Steve Norris 8-7, Donnie Mansfield 1-4, Lamar Pinson 5-23.
PASSING:
Statesboro--Eugene Gross 1-3-0-17.
Dalton--Steve Norris 4-12-1-47.
RECEIVING:
Statesboro--Delandry Tanner 1-17.
Dalton--Ricky Faith 2-31, Ray Evans 1-8, Keith Whitworth 1-8.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Statesboro--Tally Butler 1-19.

2001 LAGRANGE 17
1991 KENDRICK 10

(overtime)

Columbus -- Sklyer Thornton, one of Georgia's top recruits this year, rushed for 157 yards on 38 attempts and scored the winning touchdown in overtime on a 2-yard run. Kendrick's Karya Jackson tied the game with a 31-yard run with 5:29 left in regulation.
Analysis: The Grangers have all the statistical marks of a great computer team. Their average score was 36-3, and they allowed allowed 121 yards in total offense per game. Kendrick allowed 122 yards just on the ground. LaGrange far outgained Kendrick but mismanaged some red-zone chances.


Scoring summary:

'01 LaGrange 0-7-3-0-0-7--17
'91 Kendrick 3-0-0-7-0-0--10

First quarter
K--Gary Butler 31 FG, 6:13
Second quarter
L--Emmanuel Harrell 13 pass from Blake Mitchell (Robert Kerr kick), 10:27
Third quarter
L--Ben Higgins 21 FG, 2:22
Fourth quarter
K--Karya Jackson 31 run (Butler kick), 5:29
Second overtime
L--Skyler Thornton 2 run (Kerr kick), 0:18

Team stats:

LaG Ken
FIRST DOWNS: 21 8
RUSHING: 59-270 39-155
PASSING: 180 38
TOTAL YARDS 450 193
C-A-I: 14-21-0 5-16-1
PUNT 6-36 11-36
PENALTY 12-77 6-35
FUM/LOST: 4-2 0-0
POSSESSION: 35:12 26:35

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
LaGrange--Skyler Thornton 38-157, Sam Olajubutu 10-50, Antowin Shephard 2-20, Mike Ridgell 2-7, Billy Rutledge 2-(-2), Marvin Kendricks 2-10, Maurice Harris 1-11, Blake Mitchell 2-19.
Kendrick--Tobe Taylor 15-62, Adonis Harris 11-17, Karya Jackson 9-65, Darron Evans 1-2, Jimmie Robinson 1-8, Cedric Foster 2-2.
PASSING:
LaGrange--Blake Mitchell 14-21-0-180.
Kendrick--Darron Evans 5-16-1-38.
RECEIVING:
LaGrange--Patrick Higgins 8-86, Mike Ridgell 2-14, Emmanuel Harrell 4-79.
Kendrick--Terry Davis 1-14, Tobe Taylor 1-11, Adonis Harris 2-8, Mike Taylor 1-6.
INTERCEPTIONS:
LaGrange--Ryan Whitfield 1-13.


1975 AMERICUS 7
1979 REDAN 6


Americus -- Chuckie Gooden, one of three Americus rushers with at least 70 yards, scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter, and that held up. Kevin Butler kicked two field goals, including a TOC record 48-yarder, and also intercepted a pass from his cornerback spot.
Analysis: Americus allowed eight points TOTAL in 1975, 58 yards rushing per game and no field goals. Redan was a good to get 151 yards on the ground.

Scoring summary:

'79 Redan 0-3-3-0--6
'75 Americus 7-0-0-0--7

First quarter
A--Chuckie Goodin 1 run (Spencer Davis kick), 7:45
Second quarter
R--Kevin Butler 48 FG, 0:25
Third quarter
R--Butler 29 FG, 8:43

Team stats:

Red Amer
FIRST DOWNS: 11 11
RUSHING: 41-151 46-268
PASSING: 36 16
TOTAL YARDS 187 284
C-A-I: 4-11-1 1-3-2
PUNT 6-37 4-29
PENALTY 7-31 2-10
FUM/LOST: 3-1 2-1
POSSESSION: 25:28 22:32

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Redan--Rusty Bennett 18-97, Kevin Benson 13-22, Jay Terrell 7-6, Marc Hunt 3-26.
Americus--Daniel Tatum 10-75, Ray Johnson 9-98, Chuckie Goodin 14-71, Abraham Colwell 3-(-2), Emanuel King 5-26, Milton Miles 2-5, Kevin Norris 1-5, Spencer Davis 1-(-11).
PASSING:
Redan--Jay Terrell 4-11-1-36.
Americus--Spencer Davis 1-3-2-16.
RECEIVING:
Redan--Marty Heninger 1-5, Marc Hunt 3-31.
Americus--Sam Jackson 1-16.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Redan--Kent Joyner 1-22, Kevin Butler 1-8.
Americus--Ray Johnson 1-11.
SACKS:
Redan--John Mixson 1-11.
Americus--Lynwood Volley 1-8, Elvin Stewart 1-7.

1999 OCONEE COUNTY 28
1982 BAINBRIDGE 23


Bainbridge -- Tyson Browning, now a backup tailback at Georgia, rushed for 180 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner with 2:47 left. Browning also had a 76-yard that was followed by a 68-yard run by Bainbridge's Tim Flanders.
Bo Silva also blocked a punt for Oconee County.
Analysis: Oconee County averaged 7.3 yards per carry in 1999 and didn't pass in this game. Browning's 10.4 ypc is one of the best of this era for a running back that almost gained 2,000 yards. Bainbridge had a pretty good run defense but just didn't slow things down in this one.

Scoring summary:

'99 Oconee County --0-7-7-14--28
'82 Bainbridge 10-0-7--6-23

First quarter
B--Scott Carroll 1 run (Mark Willis kick), 7:17
B--Willis 30 FG, 0:02
Second quarter
O--Curtis Mahaffey 1 run (Travis Pickering kick), 5:15
Third quarter
O--Tyson Browning 76 run (Clay Matthews kick), 11:16
B--Tim Flanders 68 run (Willis kick), 10:48
Fourth quarter
O--Jerry Willoughby 7 run (Pickering kick), 10:59
B--Calvin Close 7 run (kick failed), 7:06
O--Browning 15 run (Matthews kick), 2:47

Team stats:

OCo. Bain
FIRST DOWNS: 18 12
RUSHING: 58-383 36-229
PASSING: 0 104
TOTAL YARDS 383 333
C-A-I: 0-0-0 6-13-1
PUNT 1-33 2-33
PENALTY 10-62 0-0
FUM/LOST: 5-4 2-2
POSSESSION: 26:11 21:49

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Oconee Co.--Tyson Browning 17-180, Jerry Willoughby 20-119, Curtis Mahaffey 7-18, Clayton Matthews 9-17, Tony Taylor 3-23, Riley Reynolds 3-23, Alan Harrison 1-3.
Bainbridge--Calvin Close 16-91, Scott Carroll 10-16, Reginald Butler 1-(-4), Tim Flanders 3-83, Babby Walden 5-42, Jerome Roddy 1-1.
PASSING:
Bainbridge--Bobby Walden 6-13-1-104
RECEIVING:
Bainbridge--Phillip Bryant 2-44, Todd Mills 1-4, Greg Malone 1-41, David Sykes 2-15.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Oconee County--Andy Tillman 1-15.
SACKS:
David Seawright 1-9.


1990 CAIRO 24
1981 WAYCROSS 14


Waycross -- Herman Garland rushed for 98 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter for Cairo. Raymond Taylor was Cairo's leading rusher with 113 yards.

Analysis: James Medlock was a good enough running back to sign with Purdue, but Waycross rushed for just 176 yards per game in 1981, which ranks in the bottom 10 percent of state champions. Part of that was due to the team's balance, as Todd Williams was a good enough quarterback to sign with Georgia. Waycross deserved better than 0-for-2 in this tournament.

Scoring summary:

'90 Cairo 0-3-7-14--24
'81 Waycross 7-0-0--7--14

First quarter
W--James Medlock 45 pass from Todd Williams (Jeffrey Taylor kick), 5:24
Second quarter
C--Michael Sanders 24 FG, 6:20
C--James Goer 27 run (Sanders kick), 11:39
Fourth quarter
C--Herman Garland 23 run (Sanders kick), 10:25
C--Garland 30 run (Sanders kick), 6:12
W--Carl Edwards 1 run (Taylor kick), 2:52

Team stats:

C W
FIRST DOWNS: 13 8
RUSHING: 57-270 29-26
PASSING: 16 189
TOTAL YARDS 286 215
C-A-I: 1-5-0 8-15-1
PUNT 5-36 6-41
PENALTY 1-5 2-8
FUM/LOST: 4-0 1-1
POSSESSION: 28:47 19:13

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Cairo--Raymond Taylor 19-113, Herman Garland 14-98, James Goar 9-53, Rodney Donaldson 10-(-2), Shawn Walker 2-(-2), Keevan Greene 3-11.
Waycross--James Medlock 15-26, Carl Edwards 5-7, Art Dukes 1-2, David Douglas 1-0, Otis Mooring 1-3, Todd Williams 6-(-11).
PASSING:
Cairo--Ray Donaldson 1-5-0-16.
Waycross--Todd Williams 8-15-1-189.
RECEIVING:
Cairo--Eric Shropshire 1-16.
Waycross--James Medlock 2-60, Ralph Herrin 1-2, Carl Edwards 1-68, David Douglas 1-12, Terrell Murphy 2-38, Alfred McElroy 1-10.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Cairo--Kelvin Thomas 1-19.
SACKS:
Cairo--Vincent Norris 1-12, Terald Patten 1-9.
Waycross--Larry Murphy 1-6.

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Second round



1997 THOMAS COUNTY CENTRAL 16
1970 WOODWARD ACADEMY 0


College Park -- Joe Burns rushed for 92 yards and scored a touchdown while defenders Raytorrie Newkirk, Chuckie Jones and Stanley Walden helped Thomas County Central pitch a shutout at Woodward's Colquitt Stadium.
Analysis: Woodward in 1970 was a great example of how far good coaching, smart players and clutch performance will take you. The War Eagles won seven games decided by seven points or fewer. They weren't what you'd call a team for the ages, though. Woodward averaged 19.3 points per game, less than half of Central's 40.7 in 1997. This was Central's fifth state championship team of the '90s, the only one to go undefeated.

Scoring summary:

Thomas Co. 7-3-6-0--16
Woodward 0-0-0-0--0

First quarter
TC--Joe Burns 4 run (Nathan Armstrong), 5:37
Second quarter
TC--Armstrong 28 field goal, 4:59
Third quarter
TC--Torey Bynum 15 pass from Leonard Guyton (kick failed), 2:11

Team stats

TCC WA
First downs:16 11
Rushing:57-220 31-132
Passing:31 46
Total yards:251 178
C-A-I:2-4-0 4-13-0
Punts:4-33 5-37
Fum/Lost:4-1 1-1
Penalty:3-25 1-5
Possession:30:48 17:12

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Thomas Co.--Joe Burns 23-92, Darien Robinson 11-53, Leonard Guyton 14-29, Eric Williams 7-40, Blake Love 2-4, Siaris Anderson 2-6.
Woodward--Keith Harris 10-24, Stan Thomas 6-50, Louis Martin 11-42, Steve Belin 4-17.
PASSING:
Thomas Co.--Leonard Guyton 2-4-0-31.
Woodward--Steve Belin 4-13-0-46.
RECEIVING:
Thomas Co.--Torey Bynum 2-31.
Woodward--Don McKay 2-23, Barry Lucas 2-24.
SACKS:
Woodward--Bob Coppedge 1-7, Randy Joseph 1-10.

2000 SHAW 10
1988 THOMASVILLE 6


Columbus -- Backup running back Chris Biggers scored on a 22-yard run in the first half and Chad Spencer kicked a 36-yard field goal with 2:32 left as Shaw won a defensive struggle with Thomasville at Kinnett Stadium. Shaw's victory prevented a City of Roses quarterfinal between '88 Thomasville and '97 Thomas County Central.
Analysis: Shaw was 15-0 with an average score of 26-6, Thomasville 15-0 with a 26-7. They had similar yardage differentials. Both had 1,000-yard rushers and defensive backs who signed with Georgia (Shaw's Sterlin Jenkins and Reggie McFadden, Thomasville's James Williams and Mike Jones). Shaw had to pull out six close games (decided by seven points or less) but destroyed a good Statesboro team 31-0 in the title game. Thomasville was never challenged by a same-class team until beating Stephens County 12-7 in the final. Shaw had huge linemen and a better run defense, Thomasville a better all-around quarterback. A toss-up.

Scoring summary:

'88 Thomasville 0-6-0-0---6
'00 Shaw 0-7-0-3--10

Second quarter
T--Charles Bostick 32 run (kick failed), 11:24
S--Chris Biggers 22 run (Chad Spencer kick), 8:03
Fourth quarter
S--Spencer 36 field goal, 2:32

Team stats

Thom Shaw
First downs:8 5
Rushing:47-182 40-132
Passing:26 14
Total yards:208 156
C-A-I:3-10-0 3-10-2
Punts:7-34 7-39
Fum/Lost:6-4 1-0
Penalty:5-25 6-45
Possession:24:37 23:23

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Thomasville--James Williams 18-73, Charles Bostick 19-67, Shawn Austin 6-17, Mark Futch 1-6, Mike Jones 1-0, Anthony Hayes 2-19.
Shaw--Sterlin Jenkins 15-40, Lamar Lucas 10-25, Anthony Wilber 7-5, Mike Jones 2-3, Chris Biggers 4-53, Brandon Whaley 1-4, Darius Alexander 1-2.
PASSING:
Thomasville--Charles Bostick 3-10-0-26.
Shaw--Anthony Wilber 2-10-2-24.
RECEIVING:
Thomasville--Jerome Williams 2-19, Anthony Hayes 1-6.
Shaw--Tony Bergeron 1-20, Mike Jones 1-4.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Thomasville--Mike Jones 1-2, Mark Futch 1-6.
SACKS:
Shaw--Mitchell Robbins 1-12.

1976 AVONDALE 28
1983 MITCHELL-BAKER 21


Avondale -- Cliff Austin rushed for 153 yards and scored three touchdowns, including an 89-yard kickoff return that gave Avondale the lead for good with 3:53 left.
Analysis: Mitchell-Baker averaged 38 points per game, the most for a team in its classification since 1967 at least, and perhaps in Georgia history. Two things keep the Eagles from being lumped in with the greatest teams of all-time in its class: One, Mitchell-Baker lost a game, 21-6 to Worth County, and, two, the Eagles allowed 200 yards per game, which would rank in the bottom 10 percent of state championship teams. Still, the Eagles were one of the most exciting teams in state history, especially with Jackson at the controls and an advanced passing game.
As for Avondale, Austin didn't return a kickoff for a TD in 1976, but it was conceivable. In the Region 5-AA championship game, Austin rushed for 205 yards -- in the first quarter -- and finished with 269 in Avondale's 40-15 victory over Brown. He later became the leading rusher for Clemson's national championship team in 1981.

Scoring summary:

'83 Mitchell-Baker 0-7-7--7--21
'76 Avondale 0-7-7-14--28

Second quarter
A--Tim Martin 7 run (Jarrold Reeves kick), 6:49
MB--James Jackson 12 run (Julius Marcus kick), 4:34
Third quarter
A--Cliff Austin 3 run (Reeves kick), 5:07
MB--Calvin Thompson 22 pass from Jackson (Marcus kick), 0:52
Fourth quarter
A--Austin 3 run (Reeves kick), 5:54
MB--Thompson 58 pass from Jackson (Marcus kick), 4:07
A--Cliff Austin 89 kick return (Reeves kick), 3:53

Team stats:

M-B Avon
First downs:11 21
Rushing:33-167 63-288
Passing:178 36
Total yards:345 324
C-A-I:6-7-0 3-5-0
Punts:4-30 3-38
Fum/Lost:3-2 2-1
Penalty9-52 1-5
Possession:17:58 30:02

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Mitchell-Baker--James Jackson 11-61, Kenny Butler 6-65, Elliot Ross 6-20, Homer Bradley 1-2, Julian Marcus 6-7, Leonard Pate 1-4, Ronnie Mobley 2-9.
Avondale--Cliff Austin 27-153, Tim Martin 18-77, David Sawyer 9-28, Dwight Morrow 5-17, Mike Broadnax 4-13.
PASSING:
Mitchell-Baker--James Jackson 6-7-0-178.
Avondale--David Sawyer 3-5-0-36.
RECEIVING:
Mitchell-Baker--Ross Worsham 1-4, Calvin Thompson 4-135, Brent Brown 1-39.
Avondale--Chris Wellborn 1-12, Chris Cawthon 1-9, Lon Buckler 1-16.
SACKS:
Avondale--Artie Scoggins 1-6, Cliff Haney 1-10.

1984 THOMSON 14
1989 MARIST 0


Thomson -- Jerry Mays rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries and Lonnie Harris blocked a punt out of the end zone for a safety in the closing minutes of the first half at The Brickyard.
Analysis: Marist in 1989 allowed only one team to rush for 146 yards, and no single runner, not even the great Robert Toomer in the championship game, came close to getting what Jerry Mays did in this game. Toomer, held to 83 in Marist's 30-8 victory over Worth County, rushed for 2,370 yards that year. Jerry Mays rushed for 2,369 in 1984. Nonetheless, looking at all the numbers, it's hard not to conclude that Thomson was the more dominant team. Thomson averaged 303 yards rushing per game and allowed 53, a differential of 250. Marist, a wishbone team that shut out seven opponents, had a rushing differential of 165.

Scoring summary:

'89 Marist 0-0-0-0--0
'84 Thomson 6-2-6-0--14

First quarter
T--Jerry Mays 3 run (kick failed), 0:58
Second quarter
T--SAFETY, 1:54
Third quarter
T--Nick Coleman 5 run (run failed), 6:42


Team stats

Mar Thom
First downs:8 18
Rushing:34-122 52-289
Passing:27 54
Total yards:149 397
C-A-I:3-7-0 3-7-0
Punts:6-38 2-42
Fum/Lost:2-1 1-0
Penalty:7-35 5-26
Possession:20:13 27:47

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Marist--Sean Cotter 15-20, Jimmy Young 7-34, Lance McCormack 5-27, Tommy Pucciano 2-8, Mike MacLane 3-10, Tim Winterstein 2-23.
Thomson--Jerry Mays 25-146, Nick Coleman 17-73, Marco Jackson 3-7, Pat Bouttry 1-16, Mike Winfrey 1-3, Terry Pettis 2-2, Andrew Williams 2-40, Randy Shank 1-1.
PASSING:
Marist--Sean Cotter 3-7-0-27.
Thomson--Terry Pettis 3-7-0-54.
RECEIVING:
Marist--Matt Greco 1-9, Lance McCormack 2-17.
Thomson--Pat Simmons 1-30, Mike Ingram 2-24.
SACKS:
Thomson--Troy Hart 1-7.

1973 SOUTHWEST ATLANTA 21
1998 DOUGHERTY 19


Albany -- Anthony Flanagan threw two long touchdown passes to Eugene Wilson as Southwest Atlanta jumped to a 21-0 lead and held on to defeat another all-out passing attack at Hugh Mills Stadium.
With 0:56 left, Dougherty's Uyl Joyner threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Adrian Cockfield to cut the lead to 21-19. On the try for two, Southwest's Reggie Wilkes hurried Joyner into an incompletion. The onside kick failed.
Analysis: Dougherty frequently blitzed and sacked Flanagan three times and intercepted him twice, but also was burned for long TD passes. Flanagan threw 32 TD passes in 1973. Dougherty's Joyner had 21, a pretty high number, in 1998. Two gifted teams, but Southwest's average score of 36-6 is much better than Dougherty's 33-13.
Also, Dougherty missed more than 20 extra points in 1998, but that foible ironically had nothing to do with the 36-35 overtime loss to Early County that year. Dougherty made all five point-afters in that one and lost on penetration.


Scoring summary:

'73 SW Atlanta 14-7-0--0--21
'98 Dougherty -0-0-7-12--19

First quarter
SW--Eugene Wilson 49 pass from Anthony Flanagan (Flanagan kick), 8:12
SW--Wilson 84 pass from Flanagan (Flanagan kick), 3:39
Second quarter
SW--Sherman Jones 4 run (Flanagan kick), 8:35
Third quarter
D--Adrian Cockfield 23 pass from Uyl Joyner (Thomie Vinisee kick), 6:33
D--Glenn Johnson 21 run (kick blocked), 7:56
Fourth quarter
D--Cockfield 10 pass from Joyner (pass failed), 0:56
Team stats

SWA Dou
First downs:10 13
Rushing:38-130 40-142
Passing:147 121
Total yards:277 263
C-A-I:4-11-2 11-15-0
Punts:5-39 7-34
Fum/Lost:1-1 3-1
Penalty:6-41 4-29
Possession:23:17 24:43

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
SW Atlanta--Anthony Terry 15-59, Brandon Fannin 7-50, Sherman Jones 4-19, Johnny Mason 2-2, Anthony Flanagan 7-(-4), Robin Ashford 3-4.
Dougherty--Glenn Johnson 13-41, Gerrick Jones 11-54, Uyl Joyner 9-36, Kelvin Leroy 7-12.
PASSING:
SW Atlanta--Anthony Flanagan 4-11-2-147.
Dougherty--Uyl Joyner 11-15-0-121.
RECEIVING:
SW Atlanta--Eugene Wilson 2-133, Gerald Golver 1-8, Cedric Peek 1-6.
Dougherty--Adrian Cockfield 8-87, Thomie Vinisee 2-24, Chris James 1-10.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Dougherty--Erik Hawkins 2-14.
SACKS:
Dougherty--Mo Mitchell 2-10, Thomie Vinesee 1-10.

2001 STATESBORO 21
1978 WESTMINSTER 14


Statesboro -- Quarterback Eugene Gross ran for two short touchdowns and intercepted a pass as Statesboro rallied from a 14-6 deficit to win at Womack Stadium.
Analysis: Westminster had 10 players go on to play college ball, including QB Gordon Beckham (South Carolina), TB Jack Westbrook (Georgia Tech) and WR Cole Egan (UVA). Swainsboro had similar talent, with RB Jimtavis Walker (Florida) and NG Josh Thompson (currently committed to Auburn) the big names. There's little question Statesboro (undefeated with a 41-6 average score) was more impressive statistically than Westminster (13-2 with a 28-8 score). It's just a question of whether Statesboro could've run on Westminster like this without a passing game. Westminster was a much more well-rounded.

Scoring summary:

'78 Westminster 7-7-0-0--14
'01 Statesboro 6-8-0-7--21

First quarter
S--Eugene Gross 1 run (kick failed), 6:28
W--Cole Egan 51 pass from Gordon Beckham (Kevin Spurgeon kick), 4:07
Second quarter
W--Jack Westbrook 54 run (Spurgeon kick), 9:12
S--Delandry Tanner 1 run (Jimtavis Walker run), 4:15
Fourth quarter
S--Gross 3 run (Wesley Wilhoite kick), 7:09

Team stats

West Stat
First downs:14 18
Rushing:29-162 57-344
Passing:215 12
Total yards:377 356
C-A-I:14-21-1 1-5-1
Punts:3-36 3-38
Fum/Lost:2-1 2-1
Penalty:3-25 4-24
Possession:20:24 27:36

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Westminster--Jack Westbrook 13-106, Bryan Davis 3-12, Gordon Beckham 11-33, Scott Bollinger 1-7, Hugh Gloster 1-1.
Statesboro--Jimtavis Walker 25-122, Delandry Tanner 14-144, Eugene Gross 14-57, Brandon Mayes 2-5, Nick Wedlow 2-15.
PASSING:
Westminster--Gordon Beckham 14-21-1-215.
Statesboro--Eugene Gross 1-5-1-12.
RECEIVING:
Westminster--Cole Egan 7-165, Kevin Spurgeon 3-28, Jack Westbrook 3-21, Scott Bollinger 1-1.
Statesboro--Jimtavis Walker 1-12.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Westminster--Bryan Davis 1-4.
Statesboro--Eugene Gross 1-23.
SACKS:
Statesboro--Josh Thompson 1-2.

1999 OCONEE COUNTY 21
1990 CAIRO 19


Cairo -- Tyson Browning rushed for 152 yards as Oconee County took a 21-6 lead and withstood Cairo's late rally at the Syrup Bowl.
Another: This was the second 21-19 game in this round ('73 SW Atlanta vs. '98 Dougherty the other). Cairo had a very good kicker in Michael Sanders. Maybe blame it on the holder. These were two 15-0 teams that aren't easy to compare. Oconee's average score was 38-11, Cairo's 30-7. Oconee never had game closer than 10 points, but Cairo played in a tougher region. Oconee's 310 yards rushing per game ranks in the top 5 percent of state championship teams, and that's the one truly outstanding component about either team.

Scoring summary:

'99 Oconee Co. 7-14-0--0--21
'90 Cairo -6-6-0-7--19

First quarter
O--Jerry Willoughby 13 run (Clay Matthews kick), 7:27
C--Herman Garland 19 run (kick failed), 2:43
Second quarter
O--Tyson Browning 1 run (Matthews kick), 10:24
O--Clayton Matthews 1 run (Matthews kick), 8:59
C--Raymond Taylor 9 pass from Rodney Donaldson (kick failed), 0:57
Fourth quarter
C--Taylor 23 pass from Donaldson (Michael Sanders kick), 0:57

Team stats

OCo. Cairo
First downs:17 17
Rushing:51-255 37-145
Passing:55 122
Total yards:310 267
C-A-I:4-7-1 10-13-0
Punts:3-35 4-41
Fum/Lost:0-0 1-1
Penalty:5-36 2-10
Possession:27:11 20:49

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Oconee Co.--Tyson Browning 30-152, Jerry Willoughby 10-46, Curtis Mahaffey 3-10, Bo Silva 3-(-5), Clay Matthews 2-5, Tony Taylor 3-48.
Cairo--Raymond Taylor 12-84, Herman Garland 8-32, James Goar 3-5, Stanford Edwards 3-15, Rodney Donaldson 11-8.
PASSING:
Oconee Co.--Clay Matthews 0-1-0-0, Bo Silva 4-6-1-55.
Cairo--Rodney Donaldson 10-13-0-122.
RECEIVING:
Oconee Co.--J.T. Cape 1-11, Jerry Willoughby 1-8, Alan Harrison 2-37.
Cairo--Eric Shropshire 1-11, Raymond Taylor 6-67, James Goar 1-12, Terry Solomon 2-32.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Cairo--Adrian Jones 1-40.
SACKS:
Oconee Co.--Willie Johnson 1-9, David Seawright 1-8.
Cairo--Tim Gurley 1-13.

1975 AMERICUS 20
2001 LAGRANGE 10


LaGrange -- Americus' legendary defense, which shut out 12 of 13 opponents in 1975, accounted for all 20 of the Panthers' points. Mackel Harris, a state champion in the 100 and 200 meters, scored two of the touchdowns, one on an interception return, the other on a fumble return after a blocked punt by linebacker Willie Wooden.
For LaGrange, Blake Mitchell threw for 175 yards and Skyler Thornton rushed for 133 as the Grangers finished with twice the total offense as Americus. Harris' 76-yard interception return came as LaGrange trailed 13-10 in the final minutes.
Analysis: These are two extremely impressive teams, and here's an admission: Since LaGrange played in the third-highest class, not the second-highest, the Grangers were given about a two-stroke handicap. That's because Americus played against schools in the 50th to 75th percentile of enrollment, while LaGrange played against schools from the 40th to the 60th. All that means that Americus' schedule was a tad tougher, theoretically.
Now, the Grangers had major college prospects at QB (Mitchell), RB (Thornton) and WR (Harrell). Their offense was better, no question. On defense, the Grangers were, well, pretty awesome there too, shutting out eight teams. So how did they lose?
Well, Americus' defense was the most famous in state history. The Panthers in 1975 allowed 108 yards per game. LaGrange in 2001 allowed 122. Not a huge difference. However, Americus intercepted 29 passes, recovered 31 fumbles and blocked nine kicks in just 13 games. That's 5.3 game-altering events per game. Americus also returned four punts or kickoffs for touchdowns. Let's just say that LaGrange is probably the best middle-class (third of five) state champion in history, and might stay that way for a long time.

Scoring summary:

'75 Americus 7-0-7-6--20
'01 LaGrange 0-7-0-3--10

First quarter
A--Ray Johnson 24 interception return (Spencer Davis kick), 6:05
Second quarter
L--Emmanuel Harrell 28 pass from Blake Mitchell (Robert Kerr), 1:53
Third quarter
A--Mackel Harris 32 blocked punt return (kick failed), 0:17
Fourth quarter
L--Ben Higgins 41 field goal, 8:31
A--Harris 76 interception return (Davis kick), 3:43

Team stats

Amer LaG
First downs:8 16
Rushing:37-114 43-178
Passing:32 175
Total yards:146 353
C-A-I:2-12-3 8-17-3
Punts:5-35 5-40
Fum/Lost:3-1 3-1
Penalty:2-10 6-37
Possession:21:46 26:14

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Americus--D Tatum 13-28, Ray Johnson 5-51, Chuckie Goodin 11-22, A Colwell 3-(-5), Emanuel King 2-11, Milton Miles 1-7, Spencer Davis 2-0.
LaGrange--Skyler Thornton 24-133, Sam Olajubutu 7-15, Antowin Shephard 2-4, Mike Ridgell 3-9, Marvin Kendricks 1-0, Maurice Harris 2-15, Blake Mitchell 4-3.
PASSING:
LaGrange--Blake Mitchell 8-17-3-175.
Americus--Spencer Davis 2-12-3-32.
RECIEVING:
LaGrange--Patrick Higgins 1-12, Jay McCurty 1-6, Skyler Thornton 2-9, Emmanuel Harrell 4-149.
Americus--Sam Jackson 2-32.
INTERCEPTIONS:
LaGrange--Ryan Whitfield 2-27, Renaldo Edmondson 1-12.
Americus--Mackel Harris 1-76, Ray Johnson 1-24, Emanuel King 1-1.
SACKS:
LaGrange--Erik Henderson 1-8.
Americus--Lynwood Volley 1-9.



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CLASS AAA QUARTERFINALS:

1997 THOMAS COUNTY CENTRAL 30
2000 SHAW 28


Columbus -- Joe Burns rushed for 118 yards and two touchdowns and Nathan Armstrong kicked the game-winning 31-yard field goal with 1:19 left for Thomas County Central at Kinnett Stadium.
Central quarterback Leonard Guyton had his best game of the tournament, as he rushed for 116 yards and passed for 114. Central appeared en route to an easy victory when leading 7-0 in the first quarter, but Burns and Guyton mismanaged a handoff, and Shaw linebacker Tory Jackson returned it 92 yards for a touchdown.
Analysis: Comparing these two teams is difficult because Thomas County Central (average score of 41-11) was an offensive powerhouse and Shaw (26-6) was more of an old-school defensive team that never allowed more than two touchdowns in a game. Central scored at least three touchdowns in every game except the 10-7 victory over Colquitt County, a contender in a higher classification. Central's 1997 team will hold a higher place in history if only because it is the best of five state champs under coach Ed Pilcher.


Scoring summary:

'97 Thomas Co. -7-7-13-3--30
'00 Shaw 14-7--0-7--28

First quarter
TC--Joe Burns 9 run (Nathan Armstrong kick), 6:13
S--Tory Jackson 92 fumble return (Chad Spencer kick), 4:02
S--Sterlin Jenkins 1 run (William Walker kick), 0:38
Second quarter
TC--Burns 6 run (Armstrong kick), 9:34
S--Anthony Wilber 2 run (Spencer kick), 0:24
Third quarter
TC--Leonard Guyton 2 run (Armstrong kick), 8:47
TC--Darius Robinson 1 run (kick failed), 1:51
Fourth quarter
S--Jenkins 2 run (Walker kick), 9:46
TC--Armstrong 31 field goal, 1:19

Team stats:

TCC Shaw
First downs:14 12
Rushing:50-276 46-237
Passing:114 21
Total yards:390 258
C-A-I:4-6-0 2-10-1
Punts:2-35 4-40
Fum/lost:4-3 1-0
Penalty:0-0 1-5
Possession:24:21 23:39

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Thomas Co.--Joe Burns 25-118, Darien Robinson 9-33, Leonard Guyton 11-116, Eric Williams 2-1, Siaris Anderson 3-7.
Shaw--Sterlin Jenkins 21-118, Lamar Lucas 13-58, Anthony Wilber 4-4, Mike Jones 4-4, Chris Biggers 2-4, Darius Alexander 3-39.
PASSING:
Thomas Co.--Leonard Guyton 4-6-0-114.
Shaw--Anthony Wilber 2-10-1-21.
RECEIVING:
Thomas Co.--Torey Bunum 2-83, Neal Davis 1-29, Darien Robinson 1-2.
Shaw--Tony Bergeron 2-21.
RETURNS:
Thomas Co.--Darien Robinson 1-32 KR, Greg Clark 3-43 KR, Joe Burns 1-6 PR, Melvin Thomas 1-16 PR.
Shaw--Sterlin Jenkins 4-66 KR, Lamar Lucus 1-16 KR, Reggie McFadden 1-5 PR.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Thomas Co.--Stanley Walden 1-20.
SACKS:
Thomas Co.--Chuckie Jones 1-8.

1984 THOMSON 28
1976 AVONDALE 0


Thomson -- Jerry Mays rushed for 122 yards and a couple of touchdowns and Thomson's defense scored its third straight shutout in the Tournament of Champions. Previous victims were also Metro Atlanta schools (1971 Westminster and 1989 Marist).
Analysis: Thomson's defense in 1984 was not the best of all-time, but it's sure playing like it in computerland. The '84 Bulldogs were more conspicuous for Jerry Mays and their offense that averaged 38 points. Thomson did allow only 1.4 yards per rush, an exceptionally low number that was weighed down by numerous sacks.
In this game, Avondale star Cliff Austin got only six carries for some reason. Maybe he was hurt, but Avondale scored fewer and allowed more points than Thomson, so the better team probably won, only more easily that one would expect.

Scoring summary:

'76 Avondale 0-0--0-0--0
'84 Thomson 7-7-14-0--28

First quarter
T--Jerry Mays 3 run (Troy Hart kick), 0:18
Second quarter
T--Marco Jackson 3 run (Hart kick), 1:45
Third quarter
T--Terry Pettis 7 run (Hart kick), 8:23
T--Mays 4 run (Hart kick), 0:17

Team stats:

Avon Thom
First downs:11 21
Rushing:36-173 56-298
Passing:17 52
C-A-I:1-8-2 2-3-0
Punts:2-46 2-30
Fum/lost:1-1 2-0
Penalty:7-34 4-20
Possession:18:23 29:37

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Avondale--Cliff Austin 6-52, Tim Martin 10-71, David Sawyer 9-31, Dwight Morrow 8-15, Mike Broadnax 2-2, Kippy Clark 1-3.
Thomson--Jerry Mays 22-122, Nick Coleman 4-15, Marco Jackson 12-31, Pat Bouttry 3-50, Mike Winfrey 3-29, Terry Pettis 5-15, Andrew Williams 1-8, Randy Shank 2-14, Mike Ingram 2-8, David Hampton 2-6.
PASSING:
Avondale--David Sawyer 1-8-2-17.
Thomson--Terry Pettis 2-2-0-52, Tony White 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING:
Avondale--Cliff Austin 1-17.
Thomson--Jerry mays 1-24, Mike Ingram 1-27.
RETURNS:
Avondale--Dwight Morrow 4-1-4 KR.
Thomson--Mike Ingram 1-17 KR.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Thomson--Marco Jackson 1-20, Tom Coke 1-6.
SACKS:
Thomson--Lonnie Harris 1-9, Jesse Hatcher 1-4.

1973 SOUTHWEST ATLANTA 35
2001 STATESBORO 3


Atlanta -- Anthony Flanagan threw for three touchdown passes and Southwest Atlanta scored on four plays of over 35 yards in a surprisingly easy victory over Statesboro.
Analysis: This was a toss-up game that went awry, kind of like the 2000 title game when Shaw beat Statesboro 30-0. Statesboro's lone weakness was that it had no downfield passing game, which would come in handy when trailing 21-3 at halftime. Statesboro manhandled everybody in 2001 and and didn't need modern warfare.
Even with that little kink in the armor, 2001 Statesboro was as impressive on paper and in person as any team ever to play in Georgia's second-highest division, '73 SW Atlanta (36-6 average score) notwithstanding. Statesboro's average score was 40-6, and the Blue Devils rushed for 320 yards per game, the most in the second-highest class in the past 35 years. This was just one of those games.

Scoring summary:

'01 Statesboro 0--3-0-0--3
'73 SW Atlanta 7-14-7-7--35

First quarter
SW--William Dukes 40 pass from Anthony Flanagan (Flanagan kick), 1:40
Second quarter
SW--Sherman Jones 37 run (Flanagan kick), 8:55
SW--Anthony Terry 66 run (Flanagan kick), 1:11
S--Wesley Wilhoite 43 field goal, 0:21
Third quarter
SW--Eugene Wilson 53 pass from Flanagan (Flanagan kick), 3:56
Fourth quarter
SW--Wilson 1 pass from Flanagan (Flanagan kick), 7:59

Team stats:

Stat SWA
First downs:10 18
Rushing:41-132 43-271
Passing:13 146
Total yards:145 417
C-A-I:2-11-1 7-14-1
Punts:7-33 3-3-
Fum/lost:3-1 4-2
Penalty:7-48 11-111
Possession:24:23 23:37

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Statesboro--Jimtavis Walker 13-42, Delandry Tanner 19-45, Eugene Gross 8-43, Charles Weaver 1-3.
SW Atlanta--Anthony Terry 11-107, Brandon Fannin 13-63, Sherman Jones 9-73, Johnny Mason 5-10, Anthony Flanagan 3-3, Robin Ashford 2-16.
PASSING:
Statesboro--Eugene Gross 2-11-1-13.
SW Atlanta--Anthony Flanagan 7-14-1-146.
RECEIVING:
Statesboro--Jimtavis Walker 2-13.
SW Atlanta--Eugene Wilson 3-75, William Dukes 2-58, Brandon Fannin 2-13.
RETURNS:
Statesboro--Jimtavis Walker 3-35 KR, Delandry Tanner 2-31 KR, Eugene Gross 2-35 KR, 2-0 PR, Martavius Davis 1-3 PR.
SW Atlanta--Randy Moore 2-33 KR, Anthony Flanagan 1-6 PR, Reggie Jones 3-55 PR, Johnny Mason 1-12.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Statesboro--Eugene Gross 1-0.
SW Atlanta--Anthony Bussey 1-21.
SACKS:
SW Atlanta--Reggie Wilkes 2-7.

1975 AMERICUS 27
1999 OCONEE COUNTY 14


Watkinsville -- Daniel Tatum rushed for 110 yards and three touchdowns and Americus hemmed in one of the state's best rushing teams of all-time in a 27-14 victory.
Analysis: Americus allowed about a half-point per game in 1975, and Oconee County rushed for an average of 310 yards per game, one of the best half-dozen efforts for any state champion of the past 30 years, so this was a pretty good matchup.
Americus got its usual plus-three turnover margin, and that helped. As has been noted in previous Americus victories here, there probably hasn't been a team so opportunistic defensively, with an average of four takeaways a game. Oconee County averatged 310 yards rushing per game in 1999, which ranks fifth among the 101 state champions for which reliable team statistics were found.
Final note: This is believed to be the first time in history that father and son have gone helmet to helmet. Matt Braswell, later an All-SEC lineman at Georgia, was Americus' right tackle in 1975, while Beau Braswell, now a freshman at Wheaton College, was a sophomore linebaker for Oconee County in 1999. In this game, Matt Braswell caught an 12-yard tackle eligible pass, just as he did in the 1975 state championship game against Dalton, but Americus was penalized since the play had been outlawed by 1999. Rules of the home team's year applied.

Scoring summary:

'75 Americus 14-7-6-0--27
'99 Oconee Co. 14-0-0-0--14

First quarter
A--Daniel Tatum 5 run (Spencer Davis kick), 10:37
O--Tyson Browning 90 kick return (Clay Matthews kick), 10:22
A--Tatum 23 run (Davis kick), 6:48
O--Browning 64 pass from Matthews (Matthews kick)
Second quarter
A--Mackel Harris 27 pass from Davis (Davis kick), 10:24
Third quarter
A--Tatum 16 run (kick failed), 9:00

Team stats:

Amer OCo.
First downs:12 8
Rushing:49-235 33-76
Passing:76 101
Total yards:311 177
C-A-I:4-6-0 5-14-3
Punts:7-31 6-44
Fum/lost:3-2 4-2
Penalty:8-50 7-55
Possession:26:53 21:07

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Americus--Daniel Tatum 20-110, Ray Johnson 11-31, Chuckie Goodin 7-5, A Colwell 2-7, Emanuel King 2-6, Milton Miles 5-75, Spencer Davis 2-1.
Oconee Co.--Tyson Browning 15-47, Jerry Willoughby 12-22, Curtis Mahaffey 4-6, Clay Matthews 2-1.
PASSING:
Americus--Spencer Davis 4-6-0-76.
Oconee Co.--Clay Matthews 5-14-3-101.
RECEIVING:
Americus--Matt Busby 1-13, Ray Johnson 1-12, Mackel Harris 2-51.
Oconee Co.--Andy Tillman 1-4, Tyson Browning 1-64, Tony Taylor 1-6, Alan Harrison 2-28.
RETURNS:
Americus--Ray Johnson 1-20 KR, 5-65 PR; Chuckie Goodin 1-13 KR; Daniel Tatum 1-12 PR.
Oconee Co.--Tyson Browning 2-108 KR, Chip Moore 1-11, Chad Keller 1-14, Tony Taylor 2-5 PR.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Americus--Ray Johnson 3-50.
SACKS:
Americus--Elvin Stewart 1-9.

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 10:14 PM

CLASS AAA SEMIFINALS:

1997 THOMAS COUNTY CENTRAL 17
1984 THOMSON 13


Thomson -- Joe Burns scored on a 1-yard run with 1:37 left as 1997 Thomas County Central edged 1984 Thomson.
It was a game between two of Georgia Tech's best running backs in history. Thomson's Jerry Mays rushed for 148 yards to Burns' 68, but Burns' 27-yard punt return to the Thomson 44 set up the winning drive.
Analysis: These may very well be the best two teams ever in the second-highest classification. (Or it might be the two teams in the other semifinal, 1973 SW Atlanta and 1975 Americus, below) Choosing between the two (or four) should only be fun and games since they're essentially inseparable.
Thomson was a little better statistically than Central, especially on run defense and turnover margin. The Bulldogs had just one close game, a 13-7 victory over Crisp County in the quarterfinals, whereas Central won its semifinal and final by a combined six points.
On the other hand, Central played a tougher schedule (beat Colquitt County 10-7 in the regular season) and was a much better passing team than Thomson. Balance is critical in a Tournament of Champions since eventually there will be an opponent good enough to force you to pass a little. The difference in this game was that Central didn't commit a turnover. Thomson was probably the pre-tournament favorite based on the computer game's practice runs, for what that's worth.

Scoring summary:

'97 Thomas Co. 3-7-0-7--17
'84 Thomson 0-6-0-7--13

First quarter
TCC--Nathan Armstrong 28 field goal, 9:43
Second quarter
T--Nick Coleman 3 run (kick failed), 11:33
TCC--Leonard Guyton 1 run (Armstrong kick), 4:26
Fourth quarter
T--Pat Simmons 4 pass from Terry Pettis (Troy Hart kick), 7:13
TCC--Joe Burns 1 run (Armstrong kick), 1:37

Team stats:

TCC Thom
First downs:15 12
Rushing:43-107 42-254
Passing:117 28
Total yards:224 282
C-A-I:7-12-0 2-6-0
Punts:6-31 5-38
Fum/lost:1-0 2-1
Penalty:6-41 11-55
Possession:27:07 20:53

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Thomas Co.--Joe Burns 20-68, Darien Robinson 10-8, Leonard Guyton 9-6, Eric Williams 3-22, Siaris Anderson 1-3.
Thomson--Jerry Mays 21-148, Nick Coleman 12-73, Marco Jackson 1-8, Mike Winfrey 1-7, Terry Pettis 6-14, Randy Shank 1-5.
PASSING:
Thomas Co.--Leonard Guyton 7-12-0-117.
Thomson--Terry Pettis 2-6-0 28.
RECEIVING:
Thomas Co.--Torey Bynum 3-62, Neal Davis 1-14, Melvin Thomas 1-12, Raytorrie Newkirk 1-8, Joe Burns 1-21.
Thomson--Pat Simmons 1-4, Mike Ingram 1-23.
RETURNS:
Thomas Co.--Darien Robinson 1-30 KR; Joe Burns 1-34 KR, 1-27 PR; Greg Clark 1-11 KR.
Thomson--Jerry Mays 2-44 KR, 3-13 PR; Marco Jackson 1-27 KR.
SACKS:
Thomson--Jarvis McNair 1-9.

1975 AMERICUS 13
1973 SOUTHWEST ATLANTA 7


Americus -- Daniel Tatum rushed for 103 yards and Americus defended Southwest Atlanta's fourth-and-8 in the final two minutes to avenge its defeat in the 1973 championship game. Southwest won that one 21-7.
Analysis: Americus won because it could run the ball and Southwest couldn't. Americus never trailed in this game or in 1975, allowing the Panthers to let their defense win the game. Southwest had four ventures into the Americus 25 but didn't score, and Emanuel King intercepted Anthony Flanagan three times.
These teams were very different, so statistical comparisons aren't practical. The reason Americus will be considered the better team in history is that the Panthers never had a close game, really, whereas Southwest Atlanta had a couple, a 30-28 victory over Northside and a 14-7 victory over East Rome. Americus' seniors had played in three straight state title games, winning two.

Scoring summary:

'73 SW Atlanta 0-7-0-0--7
'75 Americus 7-0-6-0--13

First quarter
A--Milton Miles 2 run (Spencer Davis kick), 7:41
Second quarter
SW--Gerald Glover 8 pass (Anthony Flanagan kick), 4:03
Third quarter
A--Sam Jackson 14 pass from Spencer Davis (kick failed), 8:06

Team stats:

SWA Amer
First downs:13 14
Rushing:35-53 46-253
Passing:134 20
Total yards:187 273
C-A-I:11-20-3 3-8-1
Punts:3-42 4-30
Fum/lost:1-0 3-2
Penalty:10-57 7-57
Possession:24:46 23:34

Individual stats:
RUSHING:
SW Atlanta--Anthony Terry 10-12, Brandon Fannin 15-37, Anthony Flanagan 10-4.
Americus--Daniel Tatum 15-103, Ray Johnson 7-39, Chuckie Goodin 9-21, Abraham Colwell 3-41, Emanuel King 5-41, Milton Miles 4-8, Spencer Davis 3-(-1).
PASSING:
SW Atlanta--Anthony Flanagan 11-20-3-134.
Americus--Spencer Davis 3-8-1-20.
RECEIVING:
SW Atlanta--Eugene Wilson 3-41, Gerald Glover 6-66, William Dukes 2-28.
Americus--Sam Jackson 2-18, Chuckie Goodin 1-3.
RETURNS:
SW Atlanta--Randy Moore 1-18 KR, Bruce Williams 1-12 KR, Anthony Flanagan 2-44 PR.
Americus--Ray Johnson 1-15 KR, 1-2 PR; Chuckie Goodin 2-31 KR; Daniel Tatum 1-9 PR.
INTERCEPTIONS:
SW Atlanta--Johnny Bynum 1-2.
Americus--Emanuel King 3-15.
SACKS:
Americus--Lynwood Volley 1-7, Johnnie Leverette 1-4.




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Posted 25 March 2009 - 10:15 PM

AAA Championship: 1975 Americus vs. 1997 Thomas Central


Americus takes away Thomas Central's title hopes

1975 AMERICUS 13
1997 THOMAS CO. CENTRAL 7


Americus -- Chuckie Goodin rushed for 70 yards and two touchdowns and Americus forced four turnovers to short-circuit Thomas County Central's powerful offense that averaged 41 points per game in 1997.
Analysis: Thomas County had great balance for a high school team (280 run, 108 pass) and a superstar runner in Joe Burns (105 yards in this game) and was one of the few teams that ran the ball well against Americus in the Tournament of Champs. However, three trips inside the Americus 30 ended in turnovers, as Americus was the mother of all takeaway teams.


Scoring summary:

'97 Thomas Co. 0-0-7-0---7
'75 Americus 7-6-0-0--13

First quarter
A--Chuckie Goodin 5 run (Spencer Davis kick), 6:37
Second quarter
A--Chuckie Goodin 2 run (kick failed), 10:48
Third quarter
TCC--Torey Bynum 21 run (Nathan Robinson kick), 1:01

Team stats:

TCC Amer
First down:8 6
Rushing:42-196 43-121
Passing:19 16
Total yards:215 137
C-I-A:1-5-1 2-11-0
Punts:4-32 9-32
Fum/lost:5-3 0-0
Penalty:3-25 4-30
Possession:22:51 25:09
3rd down:5-12 4-17

Individual stats:

RUSHING:
Thomas Co.--Joe Burns 20-105, Darien Robinson 9-43, Leonard Guyton 8-29, Eric Williams 5-19.
Americus--Daniel Tatum 13-16, Ray Johnson 8-21, Chuckie Goodin 14-70, Abraham Colwell 1-(-1), Emanuel King 3-3, Milton Miles 1-5, Kim Norris 1-0, Spencer Davis 2-7.
PASSING:
Thomas Co.--Leonard Guyton 1-5-1-19.
Americus--Spencer Davis 2-11-0-16.
RECEIVING:
Thomas Co.--Torey Bynum 1-19.
Americus--Sam Jackson 1-4, Ray Johnson 1-12.
RETURNS:
Thomas Co.--Darien Robinson 1-37 KR, Greg Clark 1-15, Joe Burns 5-31 PR.
Americus--Ray Johnson 2-56 KR, 2-22 PR; Daniel Tatum 1-4 PR.
KICKS:
Thomas Co. -- Nathan Armstrong 1-1 PAT, 0-1 FG (35).
Americus--Spencer Davis 1-2 PAT.
INTERCEPTIONS:
Americus--Ray Johnson 1-2.



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Posted 25 March 2009 - 10:17 PM

'75 Americus had No. 1 defense in history

Did it have No. 1 team?


The 1975 Americus Panthers were not a perfect team, but their defense was the closest thing to perfection that Georgia high school football has seen.
Americus shut out 13 of 14 opponents and beat the other one 14-7 in an early-season game.
The team that scored on Americus was Dothan, the runner-up in Alabama's highest classification the season before. Dothan had a quarterback named Steadman Shealy, who would become a star at Tennessee, but he was knocked out of the game in the first half against Americus.
Trailing 14-0 in the fourth quarter, Dothan scored on a 70-yard drive aided by seven penalties, including three after gaining a first-and-goal at the Americus 3-yard line.
"We were out to not only beat every team but shut them out," said Mackel Harris, a defensive back/receiver and star player on that team. "We didn't want anyone to score on us. Nobody would have except for all the penalties."
So did Georgia's most famous defense in history belong to Georgia's greatest team? The Tournament of Champions computer thinks so, at least when it comes to teams in the second-highest classification.
Forcing four turnovers, 1975 Americus defeated Joe Burns' 1997 Thomas County Central team 13-7 in the Class AAA final. \
Still, the decision is not clear cut.
In the other classes, there exists at least one team that dominanted offensively and defensively, won every game comfortably and could run and pass, and stop either.
Teams that fit that bill include 2001 Buford and 1972 Southeast Bulloch, 1994 Washington County and 1985 West Rome, 1971 Valdosta and 1976 Warner Robins.
Americus wasn't that kind of team because its passing game was suspect, very prone to the interception, in fact. But Americus never trailed, so it didn't matter.
Thomson in 1984, Oconee County in 1999 and Statesboro in 2001 weren't much at passing either, but no team could slow their running games enough to make that an issue.
The 1984 Thomson team, for what its worth, is the strongest computer team based on round-robins trials among the Class AAA, but that Jerry Mays team was eliminated by 1997 Thomas County Central in the semifinals. (Can't wait to see how the 2002 Bulldogs will fare, with their ridiculous 350-plus yards rushing per game.)
The '97 Thomas County team, the best of five T.C.C. state champions in the 1990s, was an offensive powerhouse, but it has its own question marks.
Thomas County allowed 11 points per game in 1997 (the average state champ allows 7) and had to survive consecutive tight games to win the state title (34-28 vs. Marist and 21-19 vs. Burke County). That's just not convincing when we're looking for a single No. 1 best team in history. The 2002 TCC team might be the choie, if it beats Thomson this week.
Just on the basis of completeness, the most viable candidate is probably 1973 Southwest Atlanta, a team not quite as dominant as Americus in 1975 but certainly more versatile as Anthony Flanagan threw a GHSA state record 32 touchdown passes.
Southwest's average score in 1973 was 38-6. Only Americus's 29-1 average score looks as impressive. (See Class AAA first round for more on that SW Atlanta team.)
The versatility factor weighs in heavily in a Tournament of Champions debate, the theory being that great teams will force each other to occasionally do what they aren't good at. In other words, 2001 Statesboro will have to throw, and 1975 Americus will have to pass.
Southwest actually beat Americus 21-7 in the 1973 state title game. Americus led 7-0 with 6:00 left with Southwest's Kent Mason intercepted a pass in the end zone and returned it over 100 yards to the Americus 1, where Flanagan scored.
A bad snap on the point after turned into two points when holder Gerald Glover flipped to Flanagan (the place-kicker), and Flanagan ran it in.
Southwest intercepted two more passes, returning one to the Americus 5, the other for a touchdown, and that was the ball game.
The point of that reflection is to put forth this argument: If Southwest couldn't drive on the 1973 Americus team, it's hard to imagine that it would drive against an even more rugged 1975 Americus team.
And the Americus defense wasn't just a mess of statistics.
Mackel Harris, who played at Georgia Tech and then the Cowboys and Broncos, set the state record in the 100 meters and was one of many speedsters on the defense, but Americus also was a team of huge and talented defensive lineman.
Albert Cooper, who was 260 pounds, played at Louisville, and Alvin Stewart, about 280, went to Albany State. In a tragic coincidence, each became shooting victims in separate incidents. Stewart was killed, Cooper blinded.
Perhaps the most talented of the defensive linemen was end Lee Otis Burton, just a sophomore on the 1975 team. Burton started games at Tennessee as a freshman, but his career was ended by a blood disorder.
Eddie Tyson, about 260 pounds, was the other defensive tackle.
Witnesses tell me others could've played college ball but didn't have the grades.
One lineman with the grades was Matt Braswell, an offensive tackle who had the best career of any of his teammates, except for perhaps Harris. Braswell was an All-SEC player at Georgia who played a little in the USFL.
"It was the best high school team I've ever seen," said Dalton's Bill Chappell, whose team was beaten 34-0 by Americus in the 1975 championship game. "We could have played two weeks and enver scored. They were so fast and so big. they should have charged the safeties to get in. I bet they didn't have to wash their uniforms all season."
Chappell won 317 games before retiring in 1997, so his word is good enough for this tournament director.
Also worth noting, Americus finished No. 2 in a National Sports Service poll in 1975 behind Loyola High of Los Angeles.
Southewest Atlanta also was voted No. 2 in a national poll in 1973. Thomas County Central was No. 9 in USA Today's final 1997 poll, the highest finish for a Georgia team in that classification since the poll was initiated in 1982.

Tournament director's rankings:

1. Americus 1975
2. Southwest Atlanta 1973
3. Thomson 1984
4. Thomas Co. Central 1997
5. Statesboro 2001
6.. Oconee County 1999
7. Marist 1989
8. Thomasville 1988
9. LaGrange 2001
10. Lakeside 1991
Honorable mention: 1976 Avondale, 1977 Waycross, 1990 Cairo,
1995 Josey, 2001 Shaw.

Best defense in state history?
DE-Lee Otis Burton
DT-Rick Tyson
NG-Johnnie Leverette
NG-Elvin Stewart
DT-Albert Cooper
DE-Lynwood Volley
LB-Mackel Harris
LB-William Wooden
CB-Emanuel King
CB-Gary Glover
S-Ray Johnson
S-Kim Norris

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Tournament draw

First round
1997 Thomas Central d. 1977 Waycross 24-14
1970 Woodward Academy d. 1991 Lakeside 10-6
1988 Thomasville d. 1969 St. Pius 14-7
2000 Shaw d. 1969 North Springs 35-20
1983 Mitchell-Baker d. 1980 Woodward Academy 17-14
1976 Avondale d. 1987 Worth County 31-21
1984 Thomson d. 1971 Westminster 17-0
1989 Marist d. 1993 Thomas County Central 21-14
1973 SW Atlanta d. 1972 SW DeKalb 28-21
1998 Dougherty d. 1986 Villa Rica 28-20
1978 Westminster d. 1995 Josey 19-14
2001 Statesboro d. 1967 Dalton 27-9
2001 LaGrange d. 1991 Kendrick 17-10
1975 Americus d. 1979 Redan 7-6
1999 Oconee County d. 1982 Bainbridge 28-23
1990 Cairo d. 1981 Waycross 24-14
Second round
1997 Thomas Central d. 1970 Woodward Academy 16-0
2000 Shaw d. 1988 Thomasville 10-6
1976 Avondale d. 1983 Mitchell-Baker 28-21
1984 Thomson d. 1989 Marist 14-0
1973 SW Atlanta d. 1998 Dougherty 21-19
2001 Statesboro d. 1978 Westminster 21-14
1999 Oconee County d. 1990 Cairo 21-19
1975 Americus d. 2001 LaGrange 20-10
Quarterfinals
1997 Thomas County Central d. 2000 Shaw 30-28
1984 Thomson d. 1976 Avondale 28-0
1973 SW Atlanta d. 2001 Statesboro 35-3
1975 Americus d. 1999 Oconee County 27-14
Semifinals
1997 Thomas County Central d. 1984 Thomson 17-13
1975 Americus d. 1973 SW Atlanta 13-7
Final
1975 Americus d. 1997 Thomas County Central 13-7