The weather had an effect on last Friday’s pool play, with thunderstorms causing a delay in the afternoon session.
Since the teams playing in the afternoon – including Alpharetta – were unable to play all five of their scheduled games, the teams which played in the morning session – including Centennial, Northview and Chattahoochee – didn’t count their fifth and final pool play contest in the standings.
Alpharetta made a strong showing in the tournament, achieving a perfect 4-0 record in pool play and advancing to the second round of the bracket portion of the competition.
The Raiders swept through pool play, defeating Jackson County 29-4, eventual tournament runner-up Valdosta 22-12, Heritage of Conyers 35-2 and eventual champion Grayson 24-22.
After defeating Heritage 34-11 in the first round of the bracket portion, the Raiders lost to Valdosta 27-20 before falling to Grayson 21-14 in the losers’ bracket.
Northview had similar success as it achieved a 4-0 record in pool play and then advanced to the quarterfinals in bracket play.
The Titans defeated Mays 33-4 in their first pool play game, then bested Walton 24-21, Chattahoochee 27-15 and Columbus 27-13. They beat Jackson County 23-9 and Lovejoy 23-12 in the first two rounds of the bracket portion of the competition before losing to Hillgrove 22-12 in the quarterfinals and Grayson 18-17 in the losers’ bracket.
Centennial went 2-1-1 in pool play before losing in the first round of the bracket portion.
The Knights lost to Duluth 26-24 and tied Lassiter 28-28 before beating Creekview 30-20 and Shiloh 25-15 in pool play.
After losing to Valdosta 38-20 in the first round of bracket play, the Knights beat Heritage of Conyers 37-16 and lost to Lovejoy 25-15 in the losers’ bracket.
Centennial was actually 3-1-1 after beating Hillgrove 22-10 in its fifth and final pool play game, but that game was not counted after last Friday’s late afternoon thunderstorms caused changes in the schedule.
“I was really pleased with how we played,” Centennial coach Jeff Carlberg said. “I thought the kids competed really hard.”
Carlberg was especially pleased with how his Knights performed against Valdosta, the eventual runner-up in the tournament, which lost to Grayson 31-9 in the finals.
“The final score was 38-20, but it’s not really indicative of the game that we had,” Carlberg said.
“I thought we played pretty well, but it is what it is. Valdosta was the best team we saw there and we had a couple of chances with them, but we didn’t convert on a couple of third downs and it cost us. But, other than that, we were in the game.”
Chattahoochee was 1-3 in pool play – defeating Columbus 24-15 and losing to Villa Rica 27-23, Northview 27-15 and South Cobb 37-12.
The Cougars lost to Jonesboro 24-23 in the first round of bracket play and fell to Eastside 20-18 in the losers’ bracket.