GOLDEN TIMES AHEAD FOR THE GOLDEN BEARS
Coach Ryan Livezey has been at Holy Innocents’ every step of
the way. The program began in 2006 and has been a consistent
contender ever since.
A narrow defeat, 15-7 versus Mount Paran Christian, in the
quarterfinals ended a good title chance in 2013. That was in the
Class A Private school playoffs. Now the Golden Bears are in 2A,
certainly a step-up in caliber of opponents. But don’t expect the
results to drop off.
Livezey’s reputation is one of a program-builder. While there’s
surely some adjusting involved in the recent classification move,
Livezey’s team should be able to maintain positive momentum.
Don’t miss the late season (Oct. 24) match-up with Greater Atlanta Christian. It could be one of the best games of the year.
BUCKET LIST ITEM: LIL’ TOM’S FIST MARKET
Dublin’s known for a couple of things - two being fish and football.
Why not get both while you’re in town? Lil’ Tom’s Fish Market on
Madison is the place we’re talking about. Located in the Downtown
District of Dublin, Lil’ Tom’s specializes in hand battered catfish,
flounder, oysters and crab cakes - not to mention its sweet tea is
commonly referred to as the best in town.
After eating your fill at Lil’ Tom’s, head over to the football game.
Dublin has won over 73 percent of it’s games since 2001 (109-39-
1), when coach Roger Holmes took over. The Fighting Irish won the
state title in 2006, so the tradition is there every time the ball is
There’s nothing like a good meal and a classic football game.
Need we say more?
REVERED RIVALRY: CAIRO-THOMASVILLE
The best part about dissecting high school rivalries in the state
of Georgia? No two are the same. One of the more unique names
comes from the Thomasville-Cairo series.
It’s labeled the Battle for the Syrup Pitcher. And even though the
two teams are no longer in the same classification, Thomasville in 2A
and Cairo in 4A, the competition is as intense now as it’s ever been.
That’s because the smaller school has won the most. Thomas-
ville leads the series 39-25-6 and took the Pitcher in 2013 with
a 21-10 victory.
The Syrupmakers from Cairo get the chance for revenge on
CAN’T MISS OUT-OF-CONFERENCE CONTEST
Calhoun is in 3A and Dalton in the larger 5A. That doesn’t matter.
These two teams sell out every time they meet, usually either the
first or second game of the season.
Calhoun is currently riding a five-game winning streak over the
Catamounts, adding even more fuel to the fire.
The Yellow Jackets have been a powerhouse since Hal Lamb took
over, winning a state title in 2012. The Catamounts, though, have
posted back-to-back eight-win season thanks to the direction of
Coach Matt Land.
The rivalry resumes Aug. 29 on Harmon Field at Bill Chappell
TOP 10 TEAMS
1. Greater Atlanta Christian
3. Lamar County
4. Brooks County
5. Heard County
6. Bowdon County
7. Seminole County
10. Jefferson County
PROGRAM TO WATCH:
PLAYER TO WATCH:
QB Willie Candler, Lovett
BEST FRIDAY NIGHT
Spartans Sports Complex, Greater Atl. Christian
QB Kevin Johnson Pace Academy
QB Willie Candler Lovett
RB Micah Abernathy Greater Atl. Christian
RB Darnell Holland Bowdon
RB Jamar Smith Toombs County
WR Darius Slayton Greater Atl. Christian
WR Raleigh Beougher Riverside Military
ATH Deshawn Waller BEST Academy
OL James Banister Lamar County
OL Tristan Harkleroad Benedictine
DL Rashad Johnson Lamar County
DL Jack Gearon Lovett
DL Tremond Ferrell Washington-Wilkes
DL Juwan Wells Dublin
DL Anthony Trinh Pace Academy
DL DeAndre Byrd Pace Academy
LB Roquan Smith Macon County
LB Quinterrius Harvey Northwest (Macon)
LB Charlie Woerner Rabun County
DB Duranta Dunson Heard County
PHO TO B Y DEAN LEGGE
Coach Ryan Livezey and his Holy Innocents’ Golden Bears move from Single A to 2A for the