South Georgia Sports Network
ATLANTA — South Georgia earned two state titles over the weekend. South Georgia Sports Network posted recaps from three games.
COLQUITT COUNTY GOES 30-0 FOR BACK-TO-BACK STATE TITLES
All season long Rush Propst heard the questions about whether his team could repeat and join only Valdosta and Parkview as back-to-back undefeated champions. The Wildcats accomplished the feat in the 1960s and Parkview won 45 straight from 2000-2002. The Packers will have an opportunity to equal the Panthers’ record after winning their thirtieth consecutive game and second straight state championship 30-13 over Roswell in the Class AAAAAA state title game Saturday night in the Georgia Dome.
“I tell you what, I know I have some other accomplishments, but this (winning state twice) was the hardest thing I have done,” Propst said after the contest. “You take the top 7 teams in this state and they will win state in Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Louisiana. This is the deepest pool I have ever coached in in my life.”
Ty Lee had a phenomenal game in his final turn suiting up for Colquitt County. The senior had 123 yards receiving and 90 yards on the ground and a touchdown from Chase Parrish. Parrish, playing while sick with what Propst called “a bacterial virus”, threw for 306 yards on 28-of-39 passing.
“Chase is a winner, he just wins games,” Propst said of his undefeated quarterback.
(Read more on Colquitt County’s win from South Georgia Sports Network)
CLINCH COUNTY PANTHERS TAKE ANOTHER STATE TITLE
A repeat trip to the title game for Irwin County was not enough as Clinch County defeated the Indians 24-7 Friday in the Class A Public championship game at the Georgia Dome. It was the second consecutive runner-up finish for the Indians and head coach Buddy Nobles.
We got beat by a better team today. I have to be a better head coach,” Nobles said.
The Indians (10-3-1) struggled to stop Clinch’s running game and backs Charles McClelland and Shannon Young. After a three-and-out on Irwin’s opening series, Nathan Tucker’s punt was blocked by Chauncy Manac and recovered by Marcus Hodges just inside the Irwin 30 yard line. From there, the Panthers (13-1) went on a seven play drive in which Young finished off from the one. An attempt for two failed and Clinch led 6-0 with 7:12 left in the first.
Irwin briefly led in the first quarter when an Irwin drive started deep in their own territory after a 50-yard punt by Colten Manac. Ziaire Andrews took a sweep around right end and blazed down the home sideline for a 93-yard touchdown run. Austin Pettis’ kick was good and Irwin led 7-6 with 15 seconds remaining on the clock.
Clinch would regain the lead and never look back on their next possession, when Young finished a nine play, 63-yard drive with a two yard run. A try for two was again no good, but the Panthers had the lead back at 12-7 with just under nine minutes to play in the first half. The Indians had a chance to retake the lead. DJ Pollard rushed for 46 yards on the drive, but on the 11th play of the drive, quarterback Zach Tolar was intercepted at the two and returned 14 yards out to the Clinch 16.
“We thought we would run a read-fake, the tight end was wide open, it is just something we need to keep working on,” Nobles stated.
(Read more of Clinch County’s win over Irwin County from South Georgia Sports Network)
FITZGERALD COMES UP SHORT AGAINST PACE
Fitzgerald tried but could not win its first football championship since 1948, as Pace Academy rolled up 471 yards of offense in a 42-21 loss against the Knights Saturday in the class AA title game in the Georgia Dome. Fitzgerald finished the year with a 13-2 record, while Pace Academy finished with an identical 13-2 record as the number four seed from region six. Pace had 323 yards rushing on the afternoon.
“Disappointed…(but) glad with how our guys competed,” Fitzgerald head coach Jason Strickland told the media after the game. “We were concerned all week about their physical size on the line of scrimmage, and it showed up tonight. Credit to coach (Chris) Slade and those guys…they put a great game plan together. Pound the line of scrimmage and just wore us down.”
The Knights led 21-7 at the half and after JD King and James Graham marched Fitzgerald down the field after a Pace turnover to a score. The Hurricane only trailed by a touchdown with 2:06 left in the third quarter. King scored on a two yard run on a drive in which King, Graham and Jalin Shavers did all of the work on the 10 play, 68-yard drive.
Pace scored a touchdown on their next possession when Gunnor Faulk hit Jackson on a 16-yard touchdown pass with 10:34 remaining in the game. The Hurricane answered back when Graham hit Montrell Harris on a seam route from 41 yards out to pull to within seven after the PAT from Martinez. Harris ran for 31 yards on the drive as well as the touchdown catch. It would be the lone completed pass for the Purple Hurricane.
The Knights would answer with the game’s final two touchdowns, however, as the private school from Atlanta would not be denied. First, it was a Jackson four yard run with 5:18 to play and then after forcing a four and out on the Hurricane, Pace would go the remaining 24 yards that ended on a Realus George 1-yard plunge with just over two minutes left in the game.
(Read more of the Purple Hurricanes’ loss from South Georgia Sports Network)