Originally created 11/27/05

Broncos buck Falcons in AAAAA semis



ATLANTA -- Cameron Smith ran for 201 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries to lead Brookwood to a 23-14 victory over Dacula in the Class AAAAA state semifinals at the Georgia Dome on Saturday night.

The Broncos (14-0) will face the winner of the Stephenson-Lowndes contest in the title game next week.

The Falcons (12-2) could've tied the game at 17-17 with 3 minutes left in the game, but Joe Carithers missed a 30-yard field goal.

On the next play, Smith broke for a 46-yard gain, then capped the drive with a 27-yard touchdown, which put the game away for Brookwood.

Brookwood took a 17-7 lead in the third quarter when Matt Covington scored on a 1-yard run. DeVion Moore's 44-yard catch from David Pittman set up the touchdown.

Moore had two catches for 70 yards.

But Dacula, which made its first trip to the Georgia Dome, cut the lead to 3 points after Spencer Landis scored on a 4-yard TD. On the Falcons' next possession, they drove near the goalline, but were stymied by a couple penalities that pushed them back to the 20-yard line.

Afterwards, Carithers missed the field goal try.

Class AAA

Dougherty 30, Shaw 14

Ronnie Nelson threw for 150 yards, ran for 100 more and scored three rushing touchdowns to lead Dougherty.

After the Raiders (12-2) took a 14-7 lead in the second quarter, Dougherty tied the game when Nelson broke for a 20-yard scoring run.

On a replay, Nelson's knee appeared to touch the ground after he was tossed to the ground by a Shaw defender, but the play still stood.

From that point on, Shaw couldn't find its rhythm on both sides of the ball.

Nelson, who completed 8-of-13 passes and had 14 carries, scored on a 26-yard run just before halftime. He added a 1-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Peach County 35, LaGrange 17

Mareo Howard ran for 196 yards and a touchdown and Antonio Henton accounted for four scores to lead Peach County.

The Trojans (11-3) - who defeated Cross Creek in the opening round - ended LaGrange's two-year reign as state champs. Peach County's defense dominated the Grangers (10-4) in the third quarter allowing minus-8 total yards.

Class AAAA

Statesboro 7, Griffin 0

Charles Rock scored early on a 6-yard touchdown and Statesboro played solid defense, beating high-scoring Griffin late Friday night.

The Blue Devils (14-0), who lost against Warner Robins the title game last year, will face Northside-Warner Robins for the division crown.

Statesboro's defense held star running Bobby Rainey, who rushed 32 times for 102 yards, to just 3 yards a carry.

The Bears (12-2) came into the contest scoring 34 points a game. But Griffin had trouble against Statesboro, who also shutout Southwest DeKalb in the quarterfinals last week.

Turnovers hurt the Bears before halftime.

Griffin had a successful drive going until Jaudon Butler picked off Wade White's pass at the 20-yard line. On the next possession, Sidney Harris made a tough catch at the 5, but then lost a fumble on the ensuing play.

Rock, who had the game's only score in the second quarter, ran for 25 yards on 11 carries.