High School Sports

Notebook: Westfield, Piedmont take aim at state titles

Westfield and Piedmont have plenty of state championship experience the past few seasons.

Westfield won the GISA Class AAA title last season, while Piedmont won the Class AA title in 2010 and 2011.

Both teams will be looking to add to their championship trophy case Saturday at Mercer University Stadium. Piedmont faces Memorial Day at 3 p.m. in the Class AA championship game, while Westfield faces Pinewood Christian in the Class AAA game at 7:30 p.m.

Westfield (12-1) leads the all-time series with Pinewood (11-2) 5-2 and won 25-0 last year. Piedmont (10-1) is 1-4 all time against Memorial Day (9-2).

-- Daniel Shirley

RECORD-KEEPING AT NORTHSIDE

Willie Jordan is cementing his name among the best running backs in Northside history, in only two seasons of regular play.

The senior has 1,772 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns this season, giving him a top-five season in Northside history, dating back to 1992.

Throw in 177 receiving yards, and Jordan has 1,898 all-purpose yards, an average of 158.2 a game. He is in the top five in all-time rushing yards with 2,933.

Tijuan Green has the single-season mark with 2,035 and career mark with 3,649.

Jordan’s 49 career rushing touchdowns are third behind Greg Manson’s 52 and Green’s 50.

The Eagles’ offense is on pace for the best season in rushing (321.9 yards) and scoring (38.8 points) per game, passing the 2001 team in both categories, again dating back to 1992.

-- Michael A. Lough

SENIOR LEADERSHIP

Hawkinsville head coach David Daniell has a team with a bunch of senior Red Devils players set to take on Charlton County in a GHSA Class A public school playoff contest at 5 p.m. on Friday, Thirteen of the 18 seniors on the Hawkinsville squad are starters, including nine on the staunch defense that has allowed an average of just six points per game.

“I have a bunch of seniors, but we have to play well on the offensive line,” Daniell said.

He noted that Charlton County is perennial powerhouse that has won four state championships and reached the semifinals last season.

“They play very solid defense, and they’re equally good running and passing on offense,” Daniell said.

-- Eldredge McCready

COUNTING ON SPEED, CHEMISTRY

Irwin County is the second seed and Dooly County is No. 10, but the Bobcats beat No. 7 Claxton 29-18 to reach this matchup in the Class A public school playoffs.

“The strength of this team is that as the season has gone on we’ve developed a chemistry,” Dooly County head coach Jimmy Hughes said. “We don’t have a lot of stars, just a lot of good football players, and they’ve done a good job.”

Hughes admitted that his team has “better than average team speed” and is a little bit bigger than average on the offensive line.

Dooly County’s leading rusher, 5-foot-10, 180-pound Chanin Hamilton, has committed to Wofford.

-- Eldredge McCready

SPECIAL PREPARATION FOR GREYHOUNDS

Jones County hasn’t played in Bibb County this season, but the Greyhounds have practiced in their neighboring county a few times.

Jones County utilized Mercer University Stadium’s Field Turf on Wednesday to get ready for the same surface Friday at Lakewood Stadium in Atlanta when it faces Mays in a GHSA Class AAAAA quarterfinal.

The Greyhounds did the same thing a week earlier for their trip to Kell, which had turf. That eventually paid off with Jones County’s 33-31 win.

“Up there at Kell, we had a hard time early on in the game,” head coach Justin Rogers said. “We were slipping and falling and all kinds of things. Hopefully we’ll manage that a little bit better this Friday.”

-- Michael A. Lough

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