Coin toss goes Red Devils' way
By Matt Middleton | Staff Writer
Sunday, November 22, 2009

Highlights of the best action and most interesting fans at Friday's prep football games.

Lincoln County won a coin toss Saturday morning to earn the right to play host to a Class A state quarterfinal matchup Friday against Savannah Christian.

Jefferson County was not as fortunate. The Warriors will travel more than 200 miles west to Calhoun for their Class AA state quarterfinal.

Coin tosses are used to decide the host school in Georgia High School Association playoff games where both teams are region champions.

Lincoln County won its coin toss over the phone Saturday morning, then coach Larry Campbell hit the road to swap game films with Savannah Christian coaches.

"Some of our fans like to go on the road, but coaches prefer to play at home," said Campbell, adding he didn't have to worry about chartering a bus or setting up meals.

Jefferson County coach J.B. Arnold met with Calhoun coaches in Madison, Ga., for a coin flip and film exchange. The Warriors will travel to Calhoun on Friday and play on an artificial turf field.

"I hope it will play fast for us," Arnold said.

Jefferson County and Calhoun are 12-0. Calhoun, which has won 23 of its past 26 games, lost to Buford by 24 points in the state finals last year.

Savannah Christian defeated Miller County 28-13 in the second round. It has been ranked No. 2 almost all season behind unbeaten defending state champion Wesleyan.

TWO FUTURE STARS: A pair of future Georgia Tech players squared off in Jefferson County's 24-17 overtime win over Thomasville.

Thomasville's Fred Holton and Jefferson County quarterback B.J. Bostic will play for the Yellow Jackets next season. Both players are projected to play in the defensive secondary at Georgia Tech. They embraced after the game.

"He told me good game, and I told him to keep his head up," Bostic said. "We are real excited to play with each other next year."

GOBBLE, GOBBLE: Just like last year, Williston-Elko coach Dwayne Garrick will enjoy his Thanksgiving Day because his team still has something to play for. On Thursday, the Blue Devils will practice in the morning. Garrick will then return home to enjoy a relaxing meal.

"It'll be real nice," he said, "sitting down to a good meal that afternoon knowing you've still got a chance to play for a state championship."

Williston-Elko (13-0), bidding for its first state title since 1980, will face Scott's Branch at noon Friday in the Class A Division II championship game.

Last year, the Blue Devils lost to Scott's Branch 14-6 in the finals.

"Last year, we were glad to be there," Garrick said. "This year, we've got to try win the football game whatever it's going to take."

PRIVATE-SCHOOL PAIR: Brentwood will play host to Memorial Day next week in a state championship game.

Memorial Day finished third in its region behind Bulloch Academy and Edmund Burke, but it defeated Edmund Burke on the road Friday.

Thomas Jefferson will travel to Terrell for a rematch of last season's title game, won 61-26 by Terrell. Thomas Jefferson is in the title game for the fifth consecutive season.

Staff writer Chris Gay contributed to this story.

Reach Matt Middleton at (706) 823-3425 or matt.middleton@augustachronicle.com.

WEEKLY LEADERS

RUSHING: Kendric Salley, Williston-Elko, 133 yards in a 44-20 win over Ware Shoals

PASSING: Ben Wilson, Lakeside, 151 yards in a 48-21 loss to Westside-Macon

RECEIVING: Dexter Staley, Williston-Elko, 126 yards in a 44-20 win over Ware Shoals

From the Sunday, November 22, 2009 edition of the Augusta Chronicle
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