Harrison Hoyas

The Last Team Standing

By: Kenneth Harrison

TheSouthernSportsEdition.com news services

The GHSA Championships are over and we have champions for each division. Let’s take a look at each one.

AAAAAAA Marietta 17, Lowndes 9:  I said before the season started the Blue Devils are loaded with talent. Despite that, they lost two games during the season. Lowndes (14-1) was undefeated before the game and nationally ranked in the top 10.

Marietta scored all of their points in the first half. Five-star tight end Arik Bailey dropped a pass in the end zone before halftime and the Blue Devils had to settle for a field goal. Bailey had a big game with 11 receptions for 146 yards.

The season is not over though because they will play in the GEICO State Champions Bowl Series against Eastside Catholic from Sammamish, Washington.

AAAAAA Harrison 20, Allatoona 7: The No.2 Hoyas (15-0) converted two blocked field goals and an interception into 17 points and turned what otherwise had been a tight game into a win.

Both teams are from Cobb County and in the same region so this was a rivalry game. The two games against Allatoona were Harrison’s two closest games of the season.

The No. 7 Buccaneers, playing in its second state final in five seasons, finished 11-3-1.

AAAAA Buford 17, Warner Robbins 14: The win gave No.5 Buford (14-1) its 12th state championship and first since 2014. It marked the third straight season that No. 2 Warner Robins (13-2) has fallen short in the title game.

The game went to overtime and Jamarius Isaac got an interception on Warner Robbins first possession.

The Wolves ran two plays and advanced the ball to the 7 before calling on Hayden Olsen, who drilled the ball through the uprights for the winning 24-yard field goal.

AAAA Blessed Trinity 17, Oconee County 14: The Titans (14-1) won their third consecutive championship in a very tough game. Tailback Elijah Green, a North Carolina commit rushed 21 times for 203 yards and two touchdowns. Both scores came in the final two minutes of the first half.

Green’s most important carry may have been his last. On fourth-and-2 at the 6 late in the game, Green plowed off tackle for a first down, which enabled BT to run out the clock.

AAA Cedar Grove 21, Crisp County 14: The Saints (13-2) defended their 2018 title. This is their third championship in four years. This is coach Miguel Patrick’s first year, replacing Jimmy Smith, who became an assistant at Georgia State.

Running back Chavon Wright finished with 20 carries for 140 yards and two scores.

AA Dublin 42, Brooks County 32: The No. 5 Fighting Irish (14-1) won a slugfest without attempting a pass and scoring six rushing touchdowns spread across three running backs and their QB. This is Dublin’s first title since splitting AA with Charlton County.

A Private ELCA 33, Wesleyan 13: Behind the four-touchdown performance of running back Keaton Mitchell, the No. 3-ranked Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy Chargers won a record fifth straight state championship on Friday, a 33-13 victory over No. 5 Wesleyan in the Class A Private championship at Georgia State Stadium.

ELCA (13-1) became the first GHSA team to win five straight titles, breaking a tie with West Rome (1982-85) and Buford (2007-10). ELCA’s graduating class finished with a 54-2 record and the team’s record over the last five seasons is 65-5.

A Public Irwin County 56, Marion County 14: The Indians (13-0) won their first title since 1975. In six seasons coach Buddy Nobles, who is battling Stage 4 stomach cancer, has led the Indians to the state finals five times.

Brunswick High Pirates Coach’s Show w Sean Pender November 26

Brunswick High Pirates Coach's Show w Sean Pender November 26


Round of 16

By: Jason Bishop

TheSouthernSportsEdition.com news services

The second round of High School Football playoffs approaches this week. Here are previews for the games this round for our area teams in southeast Georgia.

Coffee County Trojans @ Mays Raiders: Coffee County finished with the number 3 seed from the vaunted 1-6A region. That region includes Valdosta, Lee, Houston and Northside Warner Robins.

The Trojans enter the second round at 8-3 and looking to get a shot at the winner of Stephenson and Allatoona in the round of 8.

However, in order to do that Coffee will have to get through Mays, no easy task.

Mays is 10-1 and the region champ from region 5-6A. This game will also be played in Atlanta as Coffee is a 3 seed and Mays is a 1 seed. The Raiders have wins against Creekside, South Paulding and Northgate on the season.

Despite the fact Mays is a region champ, I think the Trojans will win this game and move on to the Elite 8. This will be a war.

            Lanier Longhorns @ Richmond Hill Wildcats: Richmond Hill won region 2-6A and carries a one seed. Most did not expect the Wildcats to win the region, but they did.

Richmond Hill is 7-3 on the season after the first-round win over 4 seed ML King. The Wildcats best win is probably against region foe Glynn Academy, who also is still playing.

Lanier is the 2 seed from region 8-6A. The only loss of the season for the Longhorns is to powerhouse and region champ Dacula.

Lanier’s best win probably came last week against a 6-5 Sprayberry team. The Longhorns schedule was very soft this season. They are currently 10-1. Lanier will be heading to Richmond Hill from Sugar Hill, not a short trip.

This might be closer than most think, but I will take Lanier to move on.

Glynn Academy Red Terrors @ Dacula Falcons: By most standards, Glynn has had a subpar season. The Terrors finished the season 5-4 and a 2 seed in region 2-6A.

The Red Terrors have come to expect region championships and deep playoff runs under head coach Rocky Hidalgo.

The Red Terrors dominated a tough Tucker team in the first round 31-7 at Glynn County Stadium.

Now Glynn will head up to Atlanta to battle with the number 1 seed from region 8-6A, the Dacula Falcons.

The Falcons are currently unbeaten (11-0), and have beaten Lanier, Dalton, and 7A playoff team Mill Creek.

This is tough test for Glynn. Plus, the Red Terrors will have to venture up to Atlanta for this game. I will take Dacula in a close game.

Brunswick High Pirates @ Harrison Hoyas: The Pirates got off to tough start this season, but rebounded and made the playoffs as the 3 seed from region 2-6A. The Pirates are 6-5 on the season and won their first playoff game since 2010 last week against Morrow, 34-13.

This week Brunswick will head to Kennesaw to take on undefeated Harrison (11-0).

The Hoyas are the number one seed from region 6-6A. Harrison is currently enjoying a stretch of success that dates back to when Justin Fields was their QB.

Harrison has beaten Sprayberry, Dalton, Allatoona and last week ended the season of Winder-Barrow.

The Pirates best win of the season came last week with the Morrow win.

This is going to be tough one for the Pirates. I will take Harrison to move on.

Buford Wolves @ Ware County Gators: Ware comes into this game 8-3 and the number one seed from region 2-5A.

The Gators rebounded from a tough start to the season and went through region play to win the region.

Last week Ware struggled with 4 seed Ola but pulled away late to advance. Waiting for them is powerhouse Buford.

Buford is 10-1. That loss was to Clarke County Central, which lost the region for the Wolves. Buford, instead, earned a 2 seed and will be heading to the Swamp in Waycross to take on the Gators.

The wins the Wolves have season reads as a “Who’s who” of high school powers in North Georgia. That list includes Milton, Newton, Archer, Cedar Shoals, and Decatur.

Ware’s best win is Wayne County. Ware may be overmatched here.

I will take Buford to move on to the Elite 8.

            Wayne County Yellow Jackets @ Clarke County Central Gladiators: The Yellow Jackets have been a tough team to figure out this season.

Certain weeks they have looked like a serious state title contender and others weeks not so much.

Wayne is 8-2 on the season and ended up with the 2 seed from region 2-5A.

The Yellow Jackets took down Stockbridge last week in a game I gave them no chance of winning. Yet, they did and moved on the round of 16.

Waiting for them is the number one seed from region 8-6A, Clarke County Central. The Gladiators are 8-3 on the season and beat Lithia Springs last week, 63-34.

Clarke Central will be a tough out for Wayne, but is beatable.  This should be a tough, tight game.

The Yellow Jackets will have to go to Athens to play this game and that could be the difference.  I will take Clarke Central in a nail biter.

Rocky Hidalgo Show Nov 28

Rocky Hidalgo Show Nov 28

SSE Minute Nov 18

SSE Minute Nov 18