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High school football notebook: Flowery Branch holds up road warrior status
Habersham Central set record for points against Chattahoochee
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Second round

Class A

Bowdon at Savannah Christian

Clinch County at Lincoln County

Charlton County at Prince Avenue

Bremen at Marion County

Landmark Christian at Calvary Day

Aquinis at Wilcox County

Wilkinson County at Seminole County

Greenville at Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy

Class AA

Jefferson County at Buford

Cook at Elbert County

Westminster at Dublin

Brooks County at Calhoun

Appling County at North Oconee

Blessed Trinity at Lamar County

Adairsville at Fitzgerald

Laney at Carver-Columbus

Class AAA

Monroe-Albany at Gainesville

Mary Persons at Allatoona

Woodward Academy at Burke County

Sandy Creek vs. Troup/Cedar Grove winner

Stockbridge at Carrollton

Ridgeland at Peach County

Stephens County at Cairo

Henry County at St. Pius X

Class AAAA

East Paulding at Northgate

Thomas Country Central at Flowery Branch

Chattahoochee vs. Warner Robins/Lakeside-Evans 


Ware County at Heritage

Kell at Lovejoy

Griffin at Tucker

Thomas County Central at Flowery Branch

Clarke Central at Northside-Warner Robins

Tri-Cities at Pope


Marietta at Camden County

Colquitt County at North Gwinnett

Stephenson/Lowndes winner at Grayson

West Forsyth at Hillgrove

Lassiter at McEachern

Brookwood at M.L. King

Newnan at Dacula

South Cobb at Walton


Habersham Central's first round game against Chattahoochee amounted to school history; unfortunately it didn't translate to a victory in the Class AAAA state playoffs.

The 113 combined points was the most scored in a Raiders game in school history, with Chattahoochee coming out on top 65-48.

Raiders senior Kevin Ellison was superb in his final high school game with 345 yards of combined offense rushing and passing, with six touchdowns.

He finished his senior year with 2,183 rushing yards, 1,125 passing yards and 44 total touchdowns.

BRANCH BOY MAGIC: The trip home from road playoff games is usually a pretty happy atmosphere for Flowery Branch's football program.

Its 41-38 win against Johns Creek on Friday in the opening round of the Class AAAA playoffs marked its eighth road playoff victory since 2008.

The Falcons (10-1) captured four road playoff victories in 2008 en route to the state championship game, then three the next season leading into the state semifinals against Gainesville.

Over the past four seasons, Flowery Branch is 8-2 in road playoff games. Its only losses in that span were against Gainesville (2009) and Kell (2010).

This Friday, Flowery Branch returns back to The Branch for a second round game against No. 4-seed Thomas County Central (7-4), a first-round 31-28 winner against Statesboro in overtime.

SECONDARY ON FIRE: One of the keys for Flowery Branch against Johns Creek was excellent play in the secondary.

Noel Padmore and Quinton Mayfield both intercepted passes from the secondary and returned those picks for touchdowns.

Mayfield's 85-yard interception came with only 2:05 left in the first half and gave the Falcons 21-14 lead going into halftime.

Midway through the third quarter, Padmore intercepted a pass and took it 35 yards for a score. It extended the Falcons' lead at the time to 35-21.

Both teams also did a good job holding onto the football - there were no fumbles.

RUN FIRST OFFENSE: Commerce has always been a program predicated on running the football.

Senior quarterback Cody Streetman set a new school record, carrying the football 41 times in Friday's 35-14 loss to Lincoln County in the first round of Class A's state playoffs.

He finished his final high school season with 205 carries and 1,113 yards.

READY FOR A CHALLENGE: Buford cruised through the regular season this year.

The first round of the playoffs wasn't any more difficult Friday with a 49-13 win against Temple.

That falls right in line with what the Wolves (11-0) have done each of the past five seasons.

It's average margin of victory in the opening round of the playoffs since 2007 is 35 points per game.

The most lopsided win in that span was a 56-6 win against Washington-Wilkes in the first playoff game en route to the 2007 state title in Class AA.

The Wolves are chasing a state-record fifth consecutive state title this year.


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