We were unable to talk to any captains or coaches after play on Sunday. We were on the field when Georgia and Emory finished playing and didn’t get to see many of the other games in action so take this recap as mostly our opinion.
The day began with Jojah matched up with Charleston and Emory matched up with cross-town rival Georgia Tech in the championship bracket.
UGA proved to be too much for Charleston winning 15-5. The Dawgs were quite obviously the best team in the section this season. Several of Jojah’s top players were watching from the sideline all weekend but this semifinal matchup just went to show that the Dawgs were head and shoulders about their competition.
Meanwhile, Emory and Georgia Tech put on quite a show. Sam Gainer, also of Chain, led his team well and new monup friend Arvil Nagpal did what he had to do at the handler position in order to push Emory past The Tribe’s smart offense and deadly zone by a score of 15-11.
While the top seeds fought for a chance at first, some teams at the lower side of the Section were fighting for their lives and a chance at Regionals. Clemson and Georgia Southern took the field for the first time together this season and the Joint Chiefs showed that they were going to be one of the most competitive teams in the field by squeaking out a 15-12 victory.
On the next field over, South Carolina was busy keeping its heartbreaking tradition from Saturday going. The Gamecocks traded points with Kennesaw State for most of the first half. USC was helped by some beautiful hucks from senior Grayson Barton while Bidness rode the coattails of Taylor “Tree” Goforth. Bidness worked itself up a few breaks before South Carolina would make yet another too little too late run to lose 15-13.
In the second round of play Georgia and Emory would meet vying for first place. Once again Georgia proved its dominance over the section by taking Emory down 15-11. Gainer and company just didn’t have the horses to stick with the Dawgs who, with the victory, earned the top seed from the Section to Atlantic Coast Regionals.
Also in the second round Kennesaw State, perhaps worn down after staving off a USC comeback, got doubled up Georgia Tech 15-7. Also helping The Tribe was a rising wind that played right into the hands of Tech’s patient offense and killer zone defense.
Also helped by the wind was Charleston. After suffering defeat at the hands of Jojah, Eric Olliver helped orchestrate a 15-13 victory over Clemson. The Bums, who proved the worth of their zone in a universe point victory over USC on Saturday, were tested by the Joint Chiefs but were able to stave off Clemson to guarantee themselves at least the fourth bid to Regionals.
Savannah College of Art and Design continued their epic Cinderella run by beating Georgia Southern 15-10. SCAD was still vying for the fifth spot to regionals, which would be breaking seed by nine spots.
South Carolina stayed alive by beating Georgia-B 15-11.
The third round on Sunday pitted instate and crosstown rivals against each other as SCAD and Kennesaw State and Clemson and South Carolina battled in games to go to the game to go.
Buz gave Bidness a little bit of a game, managing to keep Goforth in check and beat Kennesaw’s defense for 10 scores of their own. However, Kennesaw State just had too much left in the tank and downed Buz by a final score of 15-10.
South Carolina and Clemson lived up to their schools’ historical rivalry in one of the more hard fought games of the weekend. However, Ben Slade (also of El Diablo) put on a one man show against the Gamecocks. Slade did everything for the Joint Chiefs, from cutting to throwing to defense Slade was all over the field. His importance showed as USC managed breaks and scores nearly every time he wasn’t on the field. But in the end, Clemson built up a four point lead in the second half that was too large for a South Carolina comeback. The Joint Chiefs felled the Gamecocks 15-12 to even the season series at 2-2 and advance to the game to go to Regionals.
Charleston, who brought only 13 players to Sectionals, were obviously worn down when they met Georgia Tech while playing for fourth place. The Tribe slaughtered the Bums by a final score of 15-5.
In Sunday’s final round Emory and Georgia Tech met for the second time in a single day but the outcome would be different. The Tribe carried their fire over from the previous round’s game over and managed to take Emory down 13-9 and take 2nd in the section.
Meanwhile, Kennesaw State and Clemson played the game of the weekend in the game to go. Not surprisingly both teams left everything on the field but Slade’s ability as a field general was too much. The Joint Chiefs came out on top 16-14 and sent Bidness home for the season.
After all of the action the GA/SC Sectional bids came out in this manner:
2. Georgia Tech
We’ll have sectional superlatives for you later. We also hope to get an All-Section team voted on by the other captains and coaches of the section.