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Aquinas heads to quarterfinals

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ROCHELLE, Ga. — Aqui­nas is headed to the state quarterfinals – and it was a kicker who helped send it there.

Connor Tierney booted four field goals to help the Fighting Irish knock off Wilcox County 32-14 in the second round of the Class A state playoffs Friday night.

Tierney connected on kicks of 22, 28, 22 and 36 yards.

Aquinas eliminated Wil­cox County, which is two years removed from winning a state championship.

Brendan Douglas ran for 127 yards on 35 carries, including a 21-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Ruben Garnett chipped in with 85 yards rushing and a touchdown.

Aquinas 3 10 12 7 – 32

Wilcox Co. 0 14 0 0 – 14

First Quarter

AQ–Connor Tierney, 22 FG

Second Quarter

AQ-Brendan Douglas 21 run (Tierney kick)

AQ - Tierney 28 FG

Third Quarter

AQ - Ruben Garnett 95 kickoff return (2-point attempt failed)

AQ - Tierney 22 FG

AQ -Tierney 36 FG

Fourth Quarter

AQ - Daniel Lindsey 54 interception return (Tierney kick)


First Downs 22

Rushes-Yards 48-212

Passing Yards 1

Comp.-Att.-Int. 1-1-0

Fumbles-Lost 0-0

Punts-Yards 2-73

Penalties-Yards 6-50


RUSHING–AQ: Brendan Douglas 35-127, Ruben Garnett 13-85.

PASSING–AQ: Brendan Douglas 1-1 1.

RECEIVING–AQ: Tyler Williamson 1-1.

RECORD: Aquinas 9-3

NEXT: Landmark Christian at Aquinas, 7:30 p.m. Friday.


In Greenville, S.C., Williston-Elko’s hopes of returning the state finals for the fourth consecutive year were dashed by Christ Church in the Class A Division II semifinals.

The Blue Devils, who came in on a 10-game winning streak, end their season 10-3.


In Buford, Ga., four-time defending state champion Buford was too much for Jefferson County, eliminating the Warriors in the second round of the Class AA state playoffs.

The Warriors finish the season 8-4.


In Monticello, Ga., Peter Lawson ran for two touchdowns and threw for another to help Piedmont rout Brentwood in the semifinals of the GISA Class AA state playoffs.

Lawson finished with 208 yards on 24 carries for the Cougars, the defending state champions.

Garrett Riggs had a 49-yard touchdown run for the Eagles.

Brentwood 0 0 7 0 – 7

Piedmont 0 14 14 7 – 35

Second Quarter

P–Peter Lawson 8 run (Seth Harvey kick), 10:35

P–Bobby Mitchell 42 pass from Lawson (Harvey kick), 8:52

Third Quarter

P–Lawson 66 run (Harvey kick), 6:10

B–Garrett Riggs 49 run (Tory Mimbs kick), 3:53

P–Gaven Edge 71 pass from Zach Benjamin (Harvey kick), 1:19

Fourth Quarter

P–Hunter Clark 55 run (Harvey kick), 3:03

  B P
First Downs 6 35
Rushes-Yards 31-127 44-356
Passing Yards 48 130
Comp.-Att.-Int. 6-13-0 3-7-1
Fumbles-Lost 2-2 5-4
Punts-Yards 5-39.4 2-30.5
Penalties-Yards 2-15 5-45


RUSHING–Brentwood: Damon Harris 8-30, Garrett Riggs 6-54, Daniel Adams 12-57, Andy Bonifay 1-(-12), Dillon Everett 1-3, Hunter Morrison 1-12, Drew Still 1-2. Piedmont: Hank Strickland 1-0, Peter Lawson 24-208, Zach Benjamin 9-39, Nick Dimsdale 5-32, Hunter Clark 2-22, Hunter Knox 3-22.

PASSING–Brentwood: Bonifay 5-12-0 37, Harris 1-1-0 22. Piedmont: Benjamin 2-6-1 88, Lawson 1-1-0 42.

RECEIVING–Brentwood: Nick Dimsdale 1-17, Bobby Mitchell 1-42, Gaven Edge 1-71. Piedmont: Eric Smith 3-30, Harris 1-5, Riggs 2-13.

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ninaray 11/19/11 - 10:51 am
Yeaaaaaaaaaaaa Aquinas! We

Yeaaaaaaaaaaaa Aquinas! We are so proud of you.

faithson 11/19/11 - 11:22 am
9 and 3... what an awesome

9 and 3... what an awesome performance, congrad's to the Coach's and players on such a great performance. Good luck Fri, hope to be there.

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