RiverHawks hold off the Ice Bears
In Knoxville, Tenn., the Augusta RiverHawks scored three third-period goals and then held off the Knoxville Ice Bears for a 4-3 victory on Saturday night.
The RiverHawks led 4-1 on Saturday after Pat Schafer’s goal at the 15 minute mark of the third period.
Knoxville scored two goals in the final four minutes to make it close. Augusta goalie Robert Moss had 46 saves.
Shawn Skelly, William Lacasse and Chad Ziegler had the other Augusta goals. Ian Watters had two assists.
Augusta has won four of its past six games and is now 5-11-3.
ECI routs Dooly for public title
In Atlanta, Greg Purcell gained 142 yards on 25 carries, running 50 yards on one of his three touchdowns, as Emanuel County Institute won the Class A public school state championship with a 47-7 rout of Dooly County.
James Brown had a 26-yard
touchdown run, caught a pass for a 53-yard score and returned an interception 48 yards to set up a touchdown for ECI, which also won a state title in 2007. Brown carried 14 times for 135 yards.
The victory was the 12th in a row for ECI (13-1) and the margin was the largest in a state championship game since Buford defeated Lovett 50-0 for the Class AA title in 2007. The Bulldogs’ only loss was to Class AAA Washington County in the second week of the season.
Class A was split into private and public divisions by the GHSA for the first time this year after rural public schools, mostly in the southern part of the state, complained about the perceived competitive advantage of private schools in more populated areas.
Eagle’s Landing Christian (13-1) routed Prince Avenue Christian 33-0 on Friday to win the Class A private school title.
• In Atlanta, Cole Garvin threw for 249 yards, Delvin Weems and Eric Swinney each had two touchdowns and unbeaten Sandy Creek won its third state championship in four years with a 45-10 rout of Ridgeland in the Class AAAA title game.
Garvin, who didn’t play in the fourth quarter, was 13 of 18 passing, including a 37-yard TD pass to Kyle Williams. Weems rushed for 96 yards on 10 carries.
• In Atlanta, Bryant Shirreffs gained 310 total yards and rushed for three touchdowns to lead Jefferson to its first state title with a 31-14 victory over Calhoun in the Class AA championship.
Shirreffs, who was of 12 of 18 passing for 171 yards, carried 24 times for 139 and scored on runs of runs of 2, 1 and 1 yards as Jefferson won its 14th consecutive game after an opening loss to Commerce.
The victory snapped a 29-game winning streak by Calhoun, which was trying for a second consecutive 15-0 season after beating Buford 27-24 in overtime last year for the Class AA championship.
• In Spartanburg, S.C., South Carolina scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns en route to a 23-19 victory over North Carolina in the 76th edition of the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.
Mykal Moody (Conway) scored on a 5-yard run to give the Sandlappers a 16-13 lead with 14:03 remaining. South Carolina extended its lead on Lewis Keinan’s (Belton-Honea Path) 20-yard touchdown reception from a scrambling Julian Michael (Hilton Head) with less than four minutes to play.
South Carolina head coach Ray Stackley said pundits didn’t give the Sandlappers a chance against the North Carolina all-star team, which featured 29 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision commits from Oregon to East Carolina.
South Carolina now leads the series 42-30-4.