On a cold and misty day in DeKalb County’s Hallford Stadium, the East All-Stars defeated their West counterparts 13-0 in the DeKalb Senior All-Star Game. The game was played by senior stars from several DeKalb County public high schools, with St. Pius the only private school taking part.
The high school football state championships took place last week, but that did mean the season was over. Once the championship games concluded, all-star games took place in the metro Atlanta area and McEachern hosted the Cobb Senior Bowl for the third year in a row.
Wednesday’s GPB Sports Central XL was perhaps the biggest and best show of the entire year as four championship coaches appeared just days after winning a GHSA football state championship to discuss the games and their teams.
Brookwood won its first state title since 1996 by besting a Cinderella Colquitt County team that had made the finals as a five-loss No. 3 seed. The 52-38 Broncos win saw some scintillating offense from both sides, but it was ultimately Colquitt’s inability to protect the ball — combined with special teams dominance by Brookwood — that would be the difference in the game.
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.