The Creek preserved the streak. Sandy Creek jumped out to a 14-0 first half lead and held on to defeat Carrollton for the Class AAA state title tonight at the Georgia Dome. The Trojans mustered a late drive deep into Patriot territory, but fell short when Jamal Ware caused running back Telvin Brown to fumble on the Creek one-yard line.
Clinch County captured its fifth state title with a 24-14 win over Savannah Christian in the Class A championship game. The Panthers from Homerville sealed the deal with about six minutes left in the game by picking off a pass and immediately capitalizing for the game’s final touchdown.
Chattahoochee used a stout defense and the Timmy Byerly-to-Kane Whitehurst connection that hadn’t failed them all year for a dominating 24-0 win in the Class AAAA state championship game. The Cougar defense held Starr's Mill to just 195 total yards, including 83 rushing yards.
It may have been by four more points than last year, but the 2010 Class AA championship game between Calhoun and Buford had a bit more drama than the 2009 match-up between Calhoun and Buford and certainly more fireworks than the 2008 match-up…between Calhoun and Buford.
Well, it's all over for now. The state football finals took place over the weekend at the Georgia Dome and the state championships have been decided. Therefore, high school football in Georgia is done for the rest of the year and the final rankings are in. For the first time since the start of the playoffs, there is a new set of rankings.
The Cougars and Panthers have at least a couple things in common: 1. They are both undefeated headed into today's final 2. They are both in the state final for the first time.
For the third year in a row, the Yellow Jackets and Wolves will face off for state supremacy in the AA final. It is the first of the five state finals games which are being played at the Georgia Dome Friday and Saturday
Appearing in the state semifinals for the first time since 1999, Chattahoochee played a game that will be remembered in Cougars lore last Friday night against Statesboro. Kicker Ammon Lakip booted a 27-yard field goal as time expired to lift Centennial past the Devils 22-21.
The GHSA football playoffs reach their climax this weekend. Ten teams across five classifications will play for state titles. Some of them are trying to cement dynasties, while others are just getting their first taste of glory. Win or lose, making it this far in a state rich with football talent is no small feat. Five different metro Atlanta teams have indeed come all this way, and now they want to take the next step, and be crowned state champs. And right now, that’s all that matters.
In the final 2010 edition of the top 44 senior football players in Georgia, the Score 44 is complete for this season. Running back Anthony McNeil of Clinch County made the list while quarterback Chris Milton of Charlton County was left out in the only change from last week's semifinals edition.