The magical season came to an end for the Apalachee High School football team Friday night.
Visiting Griffin High School, who entered the postseason as the No. 1 team in Class AAAA, took a 24-3 victory at R. Harold Harrison Stadium in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs. The Bears led 7-3 at halftime but used an interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter to seize momentum after the Wildcats had taken possession with a chance to move in front.
Griffin, who improved to 13-0, advances to the semi-finals. AHS finishes the 2009 season at 12-1, advancing to the quarterfinals for the first time in school history.
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Shane Davis cut his coaching teeth at several places before arriving at Apalachee High School five years ago.
One of those stops was at Morgan County High School in Madison where he was an assistant for Kenny Moore. At Friday night’s game against Marist, Moore was in attendance watching his former assistant direct his own program.
“It’s obvious Shane has done a great job at Apalachee,” said Moore, who is now retired from coaching but remains in school administration. “They clearly work hard in the weight room and have a great deal of enthusiasm.” [Full Story »]
In could be said the Apalachee High School football team likes overtime games.
The Wildcats won their third overtime game of 2009 Friday night rallying to defeat visiting Marist 36-35. Fullback Christian Hoard crashed through the War Eagle line on a 2-point conversion attempt in overtime for the winning points. It would be the only time in the game AHS held a lead.
“Games like this can be fun if you win,” Wildcat head coach Shane Davis said. “It can get pretty stressful for the coaches though.” [Full Story »]
Two Madison County football players will be getting used to military life next year as they continue their careers on the gridiron.
Madison County High School quarterback Jacob Owens will move on to Division I-A football, verbally committing to Army Monday. Meanwhile, Jamal Cooper verbally committed to play junior college football at Georgia Military in Milledgeville.
Owens, who started at quarterback for two years at Madison County High School, completed 63-of-138 passes this year for 855 yards and six touchdowns. Owens also rushed 174 yards and a team-high nine touchdowns.
He becomes the second of Red Raider coach Randell Owens’ sons to commit to service academy. Jarrod Owens, Madison County quarterback from 2004-2006, now plays for the Coast Guard Academy.
Cooper, a running back, accounted for 491 total yards this year and returned three kickoffs for touchdowns.
Old Lady Luck continues to smile on the Apalachee High School football team.
AHS won a coin toss Saturday morning to determine who will host the third round contest between the Wildcats and the Griffin High School Bears. Since both teams are No. 1 seeds a coin toss was used to determine the host location. Game time Friday is 7:30 p.m. at R. Harold Harrison Stadium.
AHS athletic director Brian Moore said tickets for the game will be $10 in compliance with Georgia High School Association bylines.
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The Apalachee High School football recorded just what may have been its most dramatic win in school history Friday by defeating visiting Marist 36-35 in overtime. The Wildcats successfully converted a two-point conversion after pulling to within a point in overtime.
Coach Shane Davis' team will meet Griffin, ranked No. 1 in the state, next Friday. A coin toss Saturday morning will determine which school hosts the contest since both the Bears and Wildcats are No. 1 seeds.
Almost immediately after a game is complete on Friday night, preparation for the next contest begins.
At Apalachee High School, head coach Shane Davis and other assistants work all day Friday on game day and then well into the early morning hours Saturday. For these coaches, it’s all part of the requirements of being successful.
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Perhaps last Friday’s game between Apalachee High School and Starr’s Mill could be best summed up in two words: playoff football.
The two teams played one that will not likely be soon forgotten as it took two overtime periods to decide a winner. When it was finally over, the AHS Wildcats had emerged with the hardest of hard-fought victories at 27-24 and all associated with the home team were no doubt thankful they would be moving on to play another week.
However, when it comes to the playoffs that is simply the name of the game.
On paper, the Winder-Barrow High School football team has cause for optimism for 2010.
The players now have another year of the current offensive and defensive schemes under their belts and a revamped region could benefit the Bulldoggs. Only three starters will be lost on the defensive side of the football and improving that area will be a top priority for coach Ben Corley and his staff. [Full Story »]