Three area squads go for crowns on Friday
Prep Focus
By Matt Middleton | Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Three area teams will try to win state football titles Friday: Willliston-Elko, Thomas Jefferson and Brentwood.

Only Brentwood, in a Georgia Independent Schools Association Class AA game, is at home. Thomas Jefferson is at defending champion Terrell Academy in GISA Class A, and Williston-Elko meets Scott's Branch at South Carolina State for the Class A Division II title.

Wardlaw Academy (SCISA 8-man) holds the area's lone state title.

RESILIENT DEVILS: In a 47-39 win over Eagle's Landing Christian on Friday, Lincoln County gave up the third-most points ever under coach Larry Campbell , according to Georgia High School Football Historians Association records. The Red Devils still found a way to win, setting a season high in points scored.

They rallied for that win in the fourth quarter after giving up 289 rushing yards to freshman rusher Keonte Green , including touchdowns runs of 65 and 78 yards on his first two carries.

"After the first two runs by (Green), I didn't think we would be playing Thanksgiving (week)," Campbell said a day later.

Waynesboro beat Lincoln County 42-13 in the final game of the 1972 regular season. Washington-Wilkes scored 55 in a 2001 win.

FIRST LOOK: Jefferson County's Class AA quarterfinal at Calhoun could be a nice preview for a future rivalry. Calhoun's star player, Da'Rick Rogers , is a Georgia recruit. B.J. Bostic , Jefferson County's star, is a Georgia Tech recruit.

They are similar players who will touch the ball often. Rogers (6-2, 200) projects to be a receiver in college; Bostic (5-11, 175) a defensive back.

BIG GAMES THIS WEEK

7:30 P.M. FRIDAY

GHSA PLAYOFFS

CLASS A QUARTERFINALS

Savannah Christian (12-0) at Lincoln County (11-1): Savannah Christian was long a Class AA school but moved down in the most recent reclassification. It rolled through the regular season but has won its first two playoff games by four and 15 points.

CLASS AA QUARTERFINALS

Jefferson County (12-0) at Calhoun (12-0): Calhoun has slaughtered virtually all 12 opponents since losing in the state title game last season. Its average margin of victory this season is four touchdowns. Jefferson County has rallied to win both of its playoff games.

SCHSL PLAYOFFS

CLASS A, DIVISION II CHAMPIONSHIP

Williston-Elko (13-0) vs. Scott's Branch (8-5): A rematch of last year's title game, which Williston-Elko lost 14-6. Scott's Branch has rebounded from early-season records of 0-3, 1-4 and 2-5.

GISA PLAYOFFS

CLASS AA CHAMPIONSHIP

Memorial Day (8-3) at Brentwood (9-2): Defending state champion Memorial Day, out of Savannah, has won three in a row since losing to Edmund Burke and Bulloch Academy in consecutive games. Brentwood is after its first state title in six years.

CLASS A CHAMPIONSHIP

Thomas Jefferson (9-2) at Terrell Academy (10-2): A rematch of last season's title game in Louisville, Ga., won 61-26 by Terrell. The game will be at Terrell this season; Terrell has won nine in a row.

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

From the Tuesday, November 24, 2009 edition of the Augusta Chronicle
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