Originally created 08/25/06

Six teams take titles in 2005



Augusta Christian wasn't the only independent school in the area to win a state championship in 2005.

Thomas Jefferson and Jefferson Davis did, too.

Thomas Jefferson went on the road to knock off Robert Toombs, 13-12, to capture the Georgia Independent Schools Association Class A title.

It was considered an upset in GISA circles because no team had beaten the Crusaders since Nov. 15, 2002. It snapped a streak of 26 consectuive Class A wins for Robert Toombs.

The Jaguars were led by freshman running back Derrick Mathis, who filled in after Ty Brett was sidelined with a broken arm for most of the season. Mathis ran for 1,622 yards and 11.2 yards per attempt on the season, and in the title game he rushed for 148 yards and both of his team's touchdowns.

In the South Carolina Independent Schools Association, Jefferson Davis, of Blackville, S.C., won the Class A title for the second year in a row.

The Raiders posted a record of 13-1 despite losing several key members from the previous year's championship squad.

St. John's Christian put an end to Jefferson Davis' 18-game winning streak, but the Raiders bounced back to beat that team in the championship game of the 8-man football league.

The three titles won by independent schools were matched by the area's public schools. Lincoln County, Strom Thurmond and Blackville-Hilda also won state championships.

In Georgia's Class A, Lincoln County knocked off archrival Washington-Wilkes, 25-0.

In South Carolina's Class AAA, Strom Thurmond rolled over Clinton, 21-3.

Blackville-Hilda defeated Calhoun County 3-0 to win South Carolina's Class A title.