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Middle linebacker Deion Jones won’t play Thursday night when the Falcons take on quarterback Drew Brees and the high-powered Saints offense in New Orleans. Jones is recovering from a broken foot and has not played in the past nine games. The former LSU star is from New Orleans. Jones also did not play when the rivals met earlier this season.
A year ago, Terry Godwin caught 38 passes for 639 yards and six touchdowns, but the senior was slowed in this year’s preseason camp by knee and calf maladies. He also sustained a shin injury in Georgia’s September victory over Middle Tennessee.
At the Picnic Cafe in Dahlonega, owner Sam Norton greets breakfast customers and gets the pulse of this small north Georgia town. Lately, the buzz has been Wesley Wells, the young man from close by who has been kicking footballs for Georgia Tech with unerring accuracy.
Georgia State players believe the Georgia State-Georgia Southern rivalry began with a postgame sign in 2014. Although Georgia Southern is only about 200 miles away, the Panthers and the Eagles have met only four times. Georgia State leads the series 3-1, dating to the first meeting in 2014.
Here’s what Saints coach Sean Payton had to say on a conference call with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday about New Orleans’ Thanksgiving Day matchup against the Falcons: A: “It kind of happened fast, when he came to us in the trade. We were able to get him up and going.
Marist and Mary Persons are both highly-capable state title contenders. The Marist defense has been exceptional this season, and flexed its muscles last Friday night in a 24-8 win over St. Pius. The victory avenged a 17-0 loss to the Golden Lions earlier in the year. Marist’s only other defeat was a 10-7 loss to Blessed Trinity in their season finale.
In Class AAAAAAA boys, Meadowcreek comes in at No. 3 after defeating No. 4 Wheeler 70-54. Class AAA No. 1 Greater Atlanta Christian opened its season with a 73-65 loss to Peachtree Ridge on Nov. 17 but there’s little cause for concern for the AAA defending champions. The Spartans fell to Peachtree Ridge last year in an equally close game before losing only two more regular season games.
Georgia fans, you won’t be the only ones scrambling to get home from work Wednesday to be with your family for the holidays. So will the Bulldogs themselves. The team has another full day of practice and preparation ahead of them today for Saturday’s game against archrival Georgia Tech (7-4). But as soon as that business is wrapped up, the No.
Here are the TV times, networks and streaming opportunities for all FBS games Thursday, Friday and Saturday. All times are EDT, and all TV information is for the Atlanta TV market. Note that because of the holiday weekend, there are 15 games scheduled for Friday, a much higher number than usual. » Thursday, Nov.
John Collins, a rising star for the Hawks, just returned after missing the first 15 games to start his second season with a left ankle injury. Or as it became known by a faction of the fan base – a “lefT ANKle” injury. Look closely and an all but forbidden word around the NBA is evident. The T-word.
The Saints fans’ 2018 wish list looked something like this: 1. Get revenge over Vikings for blowing the divisional playoff game last season.
Former University of Georgia quarterback has signed to play with the Atlanta franchise in the new pro football league set to debut in 2019.
Former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray has signed to play with the Atlanta Legends in the new Alliance of American pro football league set to debut in February. Murray, the SEC’s all-time leader with 13,166 passing yards, played at UGA from 2010-13. The Alliance of American Football will kick off its inaugural season on Feb.
1. Southern Hospitality. Hey, I like Maroon 5. I mean, I don’t have any of their 8-track tapes in the batmobile, but I’ve seen videos of Adam Levine and his crew. I really liked the wedding crashing video. But something more sinister is developing during the run-up to Atlanta hosting Super Bowl LIII.
Miles Robinson is only 21 years old, but he’s already had a few labels, one positive, one less so, in less than two seasons with Atlanta United, which will host the New York Red Bulls in the first leg of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday. The original, of course, was the “first draft pick in Atlanta United history,” when he was selected No.
In the 92nd episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, we preview the game against the New Orleans Saints, which is set for 8:20 p.m. Thursday at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, wide receiver Julio Jones, linebacker Deion Jones and defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel stop by to discuss the game and other matters.
Georgia Tech will take the nation’s top rushing offense over to Athens Saturday as it attempts to upset No. 5 Georgia in its regular-season finale. The Jackets, averaging 353.7 yards per game on the ground, have already rushed for 400 yards in five games this season, a new school record.
Who is Georgia’s biggest football rival? Is it Auburn? Georgia first played Auburn in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park in 1892. It’s known as the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry. The Bulldogs are 59-56-8 against the Tigers.
What’s it like to play in the Georgia Tech-Georgia rivalry? Yellow Jackets players offered their perspectives on Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate (Noon, SEC Network; News 95.5 and AM-750 WSB) this week.QUARTERBACK TAQUON MARSHALL
Former Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez and former Georgia standout Champ Bailey, two first-year eligible players, were among the 25 semifinalists announced on Tuesday for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2019. Also, former Baltimore safety Ed Reed, another first-year eligible player, was named to the group of 25 semifinalists.
Georgia was still on the outside looking in as the new College Football Playoff rankings were released Tuesday night. But the 10-1 Bulldogs, who remained fifth, have two weeks to change that and secure one of the four coveted playoff slots. First, Georgia has to beat state rival Georgia Tech Saturday in Athens. Then the Bulldogs meet No. 1 Alabama in the Dec.
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees is torching any defense that jumps in front of him. The Falcons (4-6) are set to face Brees and the streaking Saints (9-1) at 8:20 p.m. Thursday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Brees and the Saints lead the NFL in scoring a 37.8 points per game and have scored at least 40 points in six of 10 games this season.
There are plenty of things that Georgia Tech will have to do right to have a chance against No. 5 Georgia on Saturday in Athens (Noon, SEC Network; News 95.5 and AM-750 WSB). Coach Paul Johnson acknowledged that the Yellow Jackets will have to be close to perfect to be in the game, a level of performance certainly higher than they reached in their 30-27 win over Virginia on Saturday.
Regardless of the fact that Georgia plays Georgia Tech every season and practices defending the triple option throughout the year, accurately simulating can be a fool’s errand. In his fourth season facing Tech, Bulldogs defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter said mimicking the triple option in practice never truly reflects the offense in a live game.
Of course Georgia Tech can beat Georgia on Saturday at Sanford Stadium (Noon, SEC Network; News 95.5 and AM-750 WSB). Choose your own cliché: That’s why they play the game, the Yellow Jackets just need to execute, crazy things can happen in rivalries (and they have in this one). Still, everyone knows Tech isn’t likely to make it three wins in a row in Athens.
Jonny Venters’ latest comeback will be complete with a plaque. Venters was named National League comeback player of the year Tuesday, acknowledgement of a career that’s had plenty of comebacks. After overcoming four elbow surgeries, three of which were Tommy John, Venters returned to the majors in 2018 with the Rays.
Here are the grades, after reviewing the film on gamepass.nfl.com, for the Falcons after their gut-wrenching 22-19 loss to the Cowboys at the buzzer Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Run offense: Running back Tevin Coleman had some nice holes to run through, but only had eight carries for 58 yards. The Falcons needed to run him more.
They don’t check your I.D. in the big leagues. Kyle Muller is vying to become the next youthful starter to grace the Braves’ ensemble. Mike Soroka, Touki Toussaint, Kolby Allard, Kyle Wright and Bryse Wilson, among others, already have tasted the majors. Muller, who turned 21 last month, certainly looks the part: The hard-throwing, Texas-born lefty stands at 6-foot-6, 225 pounds.
Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones reluctantly addressed a shooting incident involving family members before practice on Tuesday. “That a family matters” Jones said. “This is football. That’s private.” A man was in critical condition and three others are recovering after a shootout involving a family in Alabama with ties to Jones. Baldwin County (Ala.
Georgia senior cornerback Deandre Baker has been selected as one of three finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, presented each year to the best defensive back in college football. The other two finalists are Greedy Williams of LSU and Julian Love of Notre Dame.
Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson supports the agreement between Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury and UGA counterpart Greg McGarity that both schools’ teams will refrain from destroying property at their opponents’ stadium.
The Braves added four players to their 40-man roster Tuesday to protect them from the Rule 5 draft, which is scheduled for next month at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. The four prospects are catcher Alex Jackson and right-handed pitchers Jacob Webb, Patrick Weigel and Huascar Ynoa. Major league teams have until 8 p.m.
» Jake Fromm’s season and career stats Georgia sophomore Jake Fromm is 22-3 as the Bulldogs starting quarterback, including a 10-1 record this season.
Georgia Tech has received a letter of intent from forward David Didenko, a freshman at a junior college in South Florida. Didenko, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound forward, committed to Tech in October. Coach Josh Pastner made the announcement Tuesday. In a statement, Pastner called him an elite shooter with a high skill level.
What you should know about Thursday’s NFL game between the Atlanta Falcons (4-6) and the New Orleans Saints (9-1): - Time: 8:20 p.m. - Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome - TV: NBC: Play-by-Play: Mike Tirico. Color Analysis: Cris Collinsworth. Field reporter: Michele Tafoya - Local Radio: 92.9 The Game — Play-by-Play: Wes Durham.
Atlanta United will learn on Dec. 3 its position in next year’s CONCACAF Champions League in a televised draw. Atlanta United earned a spot in the tournament by accumulating the most points in MLS from the 2017 and ’18 seasons. The draw will take place at 7 p.m. and will be televised by Univision Deportes.
Here’s what Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had to say to the Atlanta media on Monday: On the short week and dealing with preparation: “I mean your work week is obviously condensed. For me, I got back to work like it was a Wednesday and jumped ahead.
Lou Williams is right at home in Los Angeles. And not because there is a Chick-fil-A right next door to his house. Williams spent his first seven NBA seasons with the 76ers after he jumped directly to the pros from South Gwinnett High. After a two-year stint with his hometown Hawks, Williams played for four teams in a three seasons – the Raptors, Lakers, Rockets and finally the Clippers.
Georgia Tech A-back Qua Searcy goes to bed each night under a framed photograph of himself. Yellow Jackets fans who have followed the team since at least the afternoon of November 26, 2016 might be able to guess what event in his life the photo captures. As Saturday’s game against No.
If you listen to Peter Burns of ESPN, Georgia’s Kirby Smart should be the SEC coach of the year for the 2018 season. The Bulldogs are 10-1 and will face Georgia Tech Saturday in their final regular-season game. Georgia will then face Alabama in the SEC championship game Dec. 1 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The Falcons (4-6) are on the outer fringes of the NFC playoff race and are in a must-win situation against the streaking Saints (9-1) at 8:20 p.m. Thursday at New Orleans’ Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Falcons are trying to rebound from a loss to Dallas at the buzzer, while the Saints have won nine in a row after a season-opening loss.
» Five things to know about Falcons-Saints matchup If the Falcons pull off the upset Thursday night against the Saints, they will prove a lot of people wrong - including most of the NFL and Vegas oddsmakers. The Falcons (4-6) are 13-point underdogs in the Thanksgiving Night matchup against the Saints (9-1), who have won nine straight and have averaged 45 points in their last three games.
Career saves leader Mariano Rivera and late pitcher Roy Halladay are among 20 new candidates on the Hall of Fame ballot for the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, joined by 15 holdovers that include Fred McGriff.
Deion Jones wasn’t in a talking mood, but he relented Monday for 57 seconds to let you know that if he does return to playing football Thursday night when the Falcons play the Saints, it will not be a big deal to strap up against his hometown team.
Growing pains. The Hawks will got to bed sore again after faltering late and falling to the Clippers, 127-119, Monday night at State Farm Arena. The Clippers went on a 15-2 fourth-quarter run, with former Hawks forward Mike Scott hitting two 3-pointers, to pull away. His corner 3-pointer with 2:54 gave the Clippers a seven-point lead, 117-110, and all but secured the win.
The Saints have the Falcons full attention. After suffering a devastating loss to the Dallas Cowboys as time expired on Sunday, the Falcons were back at practice to get ready for the streaking New Orleans Saints, who have won nine games in a row. “We’ll be ready,” defensive end Vic Beasley said, while heading to the parking lot late Monday evening.
Georgia Tech doesn’t need additional motivation to beat Georgia this Saturday in Athens, but the Yellow Jackets have some if they want it. It’s possible that the Jackets, with an upset of the No. 5 Bulldogs, could be the first team picked in the ACC bowl lineup after Clemson’s anticipated placement in the College Football Playoff. The Camping World Bowl in Orlando, Fla.
Falcons middle linebacker Deion Jones, a native of New Orleans, didn’t participate in the team’s walk-through on Monday, but is still aiming to play against the Saints on Thursday, according to Falcons coach Dan Quinn. The Falcons released their official depth chart for the game on Monday. The Falcons (4-6) are set to play the Saints (9-1) at 8:20 p.m.
It still bothers Doc Rivers. Ask the Clippers coach and former Hawks point guard, his best and worst memories of his time in Atlanta, he points to the say day. May 20, 1988. To borrow a phrase: It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. The Hawks lost Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals to the Celtics on their home court that day with a 102-100 defeat.
There’s still a lot on the table this season for No. 5 Georgia, so no extra motivation is required when the Bulldogs square off against Georgia Tech on Saturday (Noon, SEC Network; News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB).
Braves prospect Ray-Patrick Didder enjoyed playing baseball growing up. It was a hobby more than an aspiration. Athletically gifted, signing with a major league team still wasn’t at the forefront of Didder’s mind. Then fellow Aruban Xander Bogaerts signed with the Red Sox. “When he got signed, my mind changed,” Didder said.
Here are the snap counts and percentage of playtime per player on offense, defense and special teams for the Falcons from their 22-19 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday.
To no one’s surprise, Georgia Tech kicker Wesley Wells was named the ACC’s specialist of the week Monday. Wells, a walk-on freshman, was 4-for-4 on field goals Saturday in the Yellow Jackets’ 30-27 win over Virginia at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
For all the gloom and doom surrounding the Falcons and their playoff chances, there may a little more light above the clouds hovering over the team than one might think. Various computer projections suggest that Atlanta has between a 6 percent and 9 percent chance to make the postseason. That’s better than zero.
While ruminating on the latest Falcons loss, the one that knocked them from serious playoff contention, two quotes stood out for me. One came from NBC analyst Rodney Harrison. He was talking about the next Falcons opponents, the Saints, after they secured their second blowout victory in as many weeks. “This offensive line is the best in football,” Harrison said.
Atlanta United’s Jeff Larentowicz wanted to play in the second leg of the MLS playoffs against NYCFC. Badly. He tried. But after testing his strained hamstring on Thursday, a few days before the game on Nov. 11, he realized that he could probably have fought through the pain and been used as a defensive midfielder or centerback.
Justin Anderson is back ahead of schedule. That doesn’t mean the Hawks guard/forward has waited patiently during his return following surgery for tibial stress syndrome in his left leg performed in June. “He was ahead of schedule for a while now,” Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said Monday. December 1st was the initial target in terms of post-surgery (return).
The Braves’ allure is returning following a dramatic 2018 season which included 90 wins and a division championship. ESPN selected Braves at Phillies for its 7 p.m. slot on March 31. The rivals will be concluding their first series of the new season after battling for first place through most of last year.
Georgia coach Kirby Smart says linebacker Monty Rice is doubtful and offensive lineman Cade Mays is questionable to return against Georgia Tech (4 p.m., SEC Network; News 95.5 and AM-750 WSB). “Monty is probably not going to be available this week,” Smart said. “He's doubtful to be able to play. [...] And Cade (Mays), we're not sure if he'll be available this week or not. ...
The Braves will indeed have a new backstop to pair with Tyler Flowers in 2019. Kurt Suzuki, who split catching duties with Flowers the past two seasons, signed a two-year, $10 million deal with the rival Nationals, according to multiple reports. Across 186 games with the Braves, Suzuki hit .276/.341/.485 with 31 homers, 27 doubles and 100 RBIs.
The upper deck of Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be open for Sunday’s MLS playoff game between Atlanta United and New York Red Bulls, giving the Five Stripes a chance to break the attendance record it set more than a week ago against NYCFC. Tickets sold and distributed of 70,526 for that game on Nov. 11 was the most for an MLS playoff game since the league began play in 1996.
Darlington Nagbe didn’t participate in Atlanta United’s team training session on Monday at its facility in Marietta. The team is practicing ahead of its MLS Eastern Conference final playoff game against New York Red Bulls. The first game will be at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday. The second game will be in Harrison, N.J., on Nov. 29.
The run-up to Tech-Georgia is more intriguing when the underdog – almost always Georgia Tech – stands a real chance of winning. I’m not sure this underdog does. ESPN’s Football Power Index assesses the probability of the Yellow Jackets’ winning at 9.3 percent.
In the 91st episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, Falcons Grady Jarrett, Desmond Trufant, Matt Ryan and coach Dan Quinn drop by to discuss the state of the team after the 22-19 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The Falcons dropped to 4-6 and their playoff chances are on life support. --- Subscribe to “The Bow Tie Chronicles” podcast with the AJC’s D.
The Falcons know they likely have to win out in order to have any shot at the playoffs. “At the end of the day, it’s about the next game,” corrnerback Robert Alford said after an ugly 22-19 final-second loss to the Cowboys Sunday that dropped the Falcons to 4-6. “The playoffs are going to happen. We have to take it one game at a time.
The improving play and confidence that Georgia Tech has built over the past two months will get its most stringent challenge on Saturday in Athens. Following the Yellow Jackets’ 30-27 overtime win over Virginia on Saturday, Tech coaches began preparing for No. 5 Georgia Sunday morning and were duly impressed.
Here’s what Falcons coach Dan Quinn said after the 22-19 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday: Opening Statement: “Heading into this week I thought it was going to be two tough teams regardless of the record that would battle until the end. We certainly expected that.
Here’s what Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had to say after the 22-19 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday: On keeping the team together after a tough loss: “We've got to get back to work. We've got a quick turnaround this week and are playing Thursday night. So we are obviously disappointed.
Here’s what the Falcons said after the 22-19 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday: On the offense being sluggish: “We just have to play a little bit better.” On winning out to make the playoffs: “Right now, I’m just looking at the next game on Thanksgiving night. We have to get us a big one.
Ten points down, time flying, season on the line. The offense finally did its bit, emphasis on “finally.” Now it was 19-all, 1:52 remaining, and with a three-and-out the Falcons might well have won in regulation.
The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 63-53 victory over No. 14 Georgia on Sunday at McCamish Pavilion. It was the Lady Jackets second victory over the Lady Bulldogs in their last eight meetings. It was Georgia Tech’s first win over a ranked Georgia since 2010. Lorela Cubaj led Georgia Tech (3-1) with 13 points.
Braves prospect Braxton Davidson blasted a walk-off homer in the 10th inning of the Arizona Fall League championship game Saturday, clinching the title for Peoria. However, as he approached home plate, the former first-round pick appeared to be injured. He needed help leaving the field. It appears Davidson avoided significant damage after initial fear of a fracture.
Brent Maher drove a stake through the Falcons’ heart on Sunday. The Cowboys kicker made a 42-yard field goal at the buzzer to lift Dallas to a 22-19 victory over Atlanta at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The win came after the Falcons tied the game with less than two minutes remaining. “It’s tough,” Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said.
The Falcons fell to 4-6 and playoff hopes fade.
Emory won its second-ever volleyball national title on Saturday. Emory defeated No. 1-ranked Calvin College for the NCAA Division III championship. Emory won 3-0, taking the sets 25-22, 25-16, 25-12. Senior Karissa Dzurik led Emory with 13 kills and sophomore Leah Saunders and freshman Tara Martin each contributed eight kills.
Lloyd Pierce is waiting. The Hawks head coach has overseen 16 regular-season games to start his first season and has yet to have his projected starting lineup and rotation due to injury. However, there was some good news even as the Hawks finished a winless four-game road trip at the Pacers with a 97-89 loss Saturday. John Collins is back. That’s one piece.
Georgia Tech wide receiver Brad Stewart hasn’t shown that he doesn’t mind serving as an extension of the offensive line. He demonstrated it, among other times, in the wins over Virginia Tech and North Carolina, when the Yellow Jackets threw a total of three passes against 152 runs. Stewart contributed with zero catches and his full effort with perimeter blocking in the run game.
The Falcons (4-5) will welcome the return of kicker Matt Bryant when they face the Cowboys (4-5) in NFC playoff survivor game at 1 p.m. at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The inactives for the Falcons were: kicker Giorgio Tavecchio, tackle Matt Gono, defensive end Stephen Means, fullback Ricky Ortiz, cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson, safety Keith Tandy and linebacker Deion Jones.
Comments from Georgia Tech players Malik Rivera, Juanyeh Thomas, Anree Saint-Amour, Brad Stewart, Jalen Johnson, TaQuon Marshall and Wesley Wells following the Yellow Jackets’ 30-27 overtime win over Virginia Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium. “Mobile quarterback getting out of the pocket.
MLS history won’t be on Atlanta United’s side when it takes on New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference finals of the playoffs. Atlanta United, the second seed, will host Red Bulls, the top seed and Supporters’ Shield winner after finishing the league season with the most points, on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The second leg will be hosted by Red Bulls in Harrison, N.J....
With 4:16 to play in the first quarter of Saturday’s game, Virginia led 7-3 and took possession at its 1-yard line. Quarterback Bryce Perkins was trying to lead the Cavaliers on another scoring drive after they tore through Georgia Tech on their opening possession.
Here are five things to know before today’s Cowboys (4-5) at Falcons (4-5) kickoff at 1 p.m. at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. 1. Injury report: The only player ruled out against the Cowboys was kicker Matt Bryant, who kicked in practice Thursday. He strained his right hamstring Oct. 14 against the Buccaneers and will misst his fourth consecutive contest.
Georgia Tech kicker Wesley Wells never had to attempt a game-winning field goal at Lumpkin County High. But he has some experience with pressure kicks. Wells said he and the other Yellow Jackets kickers like to make things interesting in practice by making wagers. Not for money, mind you.
Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson’s comments following the Yellow Jackets’ 30-27 overtime win over Virginia Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium. “Well, it was a heck of a game. I don’t think we particularly played well, but we found a way to get it done in the end and get the win.
Forward John Collins played for the Hawks for the first time this season and scored 12 in 12 minutes but Atlanta lost to the Pacers 97-89 in Indianapolis Saturday night. Collins had been out all season due to suffering left ankle soreness during the preseason. Collins appeared in 74 games as a rookie last season and averaged 10.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
Now Georgia’s football team can fully turn its attention to more pressing matters. The Bulldogs wasted no time dispensing with Saturday’s obligation, scoring on their third offensive play of the game and building a 42-13 halftime lead on the way to a 66-27 rout of overmatched and outsized Massachusetts at Sanford Stadium.
Kennesaw State finished the regular season unbeaten by FCS opponents after a 60-52 five-overtime win over Jacksonville State on Saturday at SunTrust Park.
With a willing opponent in town Saturday, it was the perfect day to indulge The Two Georgias. Both personalities haven’t had much of a chance lately to come out and play in equal measure. Both had ample opportunity against UMass. So, something was accomplished on a day when the Bulldogs probably would have gained more by just scrimmaging themselves.
Georgia Tech could not score an offensive touchdown for three quarters Saturday. That’s five-plus drives and 48 plays. Coach Paul Johnson’s spread offense purportedly cannot be stopped when run correctly, yet Virginia’s defenders were onto most everything the Yellow Jackets tried. This was worrying for the Jackets.
Under the lights of Bobby Dodd Stadium, Georgia Tech’s compelling run through the second half of the season continued with a most unconventional and thrilling victory.
Marist, Cartersville, Blessed Trinity, Troup, Mary Persons, Baldwin, Eastside and Cairo were all winners Friday night, and advanced to the GHSA 2018 Quarterfinals. Here’s how the second round unfolded. Mary Persons extended a 20-point halftime lead by outscoring Woodward Academy 24-0 in the second half for a 65-21 win.