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Lovett lone local team left in state football playoffs
by Greg Oshust
November 27, 2012 03:18 PM | 3199 views | 1 1 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lovett is the only local team left standing as the state football playoffs enter the quarterfinal stage this week.

The Lions continued their run with a 23-0 victory over Manchester in the second round of the Class AA playoffs last Friday at Conley-Oakley Field and will host Lamar County Friday.

It is the sixth win in a row for Lovett (8-4), which moves on to the quarterfinals for the sixth time in seven years.

Quarterback Willie Candler racked up 179 total yards and scored two touchdowns to lead the way for the Lions.

Lovett led 6-0 at halftime, getting its scoring on Candler’s 1-yard touchdown run.

Brendan McGowan’s field goal in the third quarter increased the Lions’ lead to 9-0, then Candler and Jay Harris each had a rushing touchdown in the final period to seal the win.

It was another outstanding performance by the Lovett defense, which recorded its second shutout in a row in the state playoffs.

The Lions, who defeated Coosa 27-0 in the first round Nov. 16, have outscored their opponents 50-0 in their first two postseason games.

Lovett now faces a tough test from Lamar County (11-0-1), the top seed from Region 4AA.

The Trojans, which edged Benedictine 24-21 in the first round last Friday, are coached by Franklin Stephens — who led Tucker to the Class AAAA state title in 2011.

Westminster (5-7) saw its season come to an end with a 35-7 loss to Jefferson in a AA second-round game on the road last Friday.

The Wildcats defeated Pepperell 34-0 in a first-round contest Nov. 16.

Holy Innocents’ (6-5) was also eliminated as it lost to host Savannah Christian 35-17 in the opening round of the Class A playoffs last Friday.

The Golden Bears trailed 28-3 at halftime, but outscored the Raiders 14-7 in the second half to close the gap at the end.

Walker Thomas kicked a 40-yard field goal in the second quarter, while Clay Pfohl scored on a 66-yard run in the third quarter and Luke Wright threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jason Grimes in the final period to provide the scoring for Holy Innocents’.

In Class AAAA, Marist (11-1) advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2008 with a 43-37 victory over Carrollton in five overtimes last Friday.

Quarterback Myles Willis scored on a 15-yard run in the fifth overtime to provide the winning margin for the War Eagles, who will play at Stockbridge on Friday.

St. Pius X (10-2) earned a second consecutive trip to the AAA quarterfinals with a 31-15 win over Hart County last Friday.

The Golden Lions will host Washington County in their third-round contest on Friday.

Blessed Trinity (9-3) fell short in its state playoff quest after losing to Cartersville 24-23 in a second-round AAA game.

Will Lovett beat Lamar County in its state quarterfinal game?

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