July 13, 2014

Dalton wins pool, NW and SE Whitfield have teams in championship bracket

Three area high school football programs have a chance today to become the first team from Whitfield County to win The Daily Citizen’s Southeastern 7-on-7 Championship.

Dalton High School even finished atop its pool after serving as one of four host sites — Christian Heritage School, James Brown Sports Complex and Lakeshore Park were the others — for pool play as the fourth annual 32-team tournament got underway Saturday.

Dalton, Northwest Whitfield and Southeast Whitfield each finished in the top four of their respective pools and will play in the double-elimination championship bracket today when competition resumes at 8:30 a.m.

Christian Heritage, Coahulla Creek, Northwest’s “B” team and Southeast’s “B” team all finished in the bottom half of their respective pools and will play in the double-elimination consolation bracket.

Both the consolation bracket and championship bracket finals will be held at Lakeshore Park. The consolation title game is at 3 p.m., with the championship title game to follow.

Dalton finished 5-1-1 — with the Catamounts’ lone loss a 24-22 heartbreaker to East Lincoln (N.C.), which won on a last-play Hail Mary — to take first in Pool A, whose teams played at Dalton High’s on-campus turf practice field. The Cats finished first via a tiebreaker by allowing fewer points than Colquitt County, which also finished 5-1-1. Dalton finished tied at 20 with Colquitt County, a Georgia High School Association Class 6A program that won the Southeastern title last year. Dalton’s wins were 39-6 against Coahulla Creek, 43-0 against Jackson (Mo.), 20-18 against Charles Henderson (Troy, Ala.), 38-19 against Stephens County and 25-13 against Chattanooga’s Baylor.

East Lincoln and Charles Henderson finished third and fourth in the group, respectively.

Southeast’s No. 1 squad had the second-best performance Saturday of any team from Whitfield County and allowed the second-fewest points (91) of any team in the tournament. The Raiders finished 4-2-1 to place third in Pool B at the James Brown Sports Complex. Southeast tied North Florida Christian (Tallahassee, Fla.) 19-19 and lost 18-8 to Lexington (Ky.) Catholic and 15-14 to Jefferson Davis (Montgomery, Ala.) after the Raiders went for a two-point conversion. Southeast’s wins were 18-8 against Chattanooga Central, 30-12 against Atlanta’s Pace Academy, 19-9 against Decatur and 21-10 against Lithonia’s Martin Luther King Jr.

Lexington Catholic, the only team to win all of its games, won the group. Pace Academy finished second and Decatur was fourth.

Northwest’s top team finished 4-3 after two tough losses — 26-23 to Scotlandville (La.) after leading 23-0, and 27-25 against Victory Christian (Charlotte, N.C.), with the opposing side scoring on the last play — but still ended up third in Pool D, held at Lakeshore Park. Northwest also lost 20-12 to Maplesville (Ala.). The Bruins’ wins were 29-8 against East Hall, a 1-0 forfeit win against Scotlandville’s “B” team, a 1-0 forfeit win against their own “B” team and 18-15 to 2012 Southeastern champion Cartersville.

Scotlandville finished 6-0-1 to win the group. Victory Christian finished second and Cartersville ended up fourth. Northwest’s “B” team finished sixth with a 3-4 record. The Bruins’ other losses were 37-17 to Cartersville, 27-15 to East Hall and 28-9 to Scotlandville. They won 24-22 over Victory Christian, 23-20 against Maplesville and 1-0 in a forfeit over Scotlandville’s “B” squad.

Christian Heritage had close losses — 21-16 to Thomasville’s Brookwood School and 16-14 to Childersburg (Ala.) — to put it on the wrong side of the Pool C bracket split. The Lions also lost 24-8 to Male (Louisville, Ky.), 27-14 to Newton County and 26-9 to Sacred Heart-Griffin  of Springfield, Ill. Christian Heritage’s two wins were 19-17 against Fletcher (Neptune Beach, Fla.) and 19-3 against Southeast’s B team.

Fletcher won the group, held at Christian Heritage’s turf field, via tiebreaker of fewer points allowed. The Senators were tied with Sacred Heart-Griffin. Male finished third and Newton County won a similar tiebreaker over Brookwood and Childersburg, which all finished 3-4.

The Southeast “B” team’s other losses were 30-8 against Childersburg, 32-2 against Fletcher, 38-2 against Sacred Heart, 26-4 against Brookwood, 37-2 against Male and 29-0 against Newton County.

Coahulla Creek’s other losses were 27-15 against Colquitt County, 41-12 against Charles Henderson, 18-2 against Baylor, 21-14 against Jackson, 40-2 against East Lincoln and 32-8 against Stephens County.

In first-round games in the championship bracket at Lakeshore Park, Dalton faces Cartersville, Pace Academy plays Male, Lexington Catholic takes Newton County and Colquitt County goes against Northwest. In first-round games in the consolation bracket at Christian Heritage, Fletcher faces Decatur, Victory Christian goes against East Lincoln, Scotlandville clashes with Charles Henderson, and Sacred Heart-Griffin plays Southeast.

All of the first-round consolation matchups are at James Brown Sports Complex: North Florida Christian against Christian Heritage, Jefferson Davis against Southeast “B,” Stephens County against East Hall, Brookwood against Chattanooga Central, Maplesville against Jackson, Northwest “B” against Coahulla Creek and Childersburg against Martin Luther King Jr.

Baylor receives a first-round bye since it would be pitted against Scotlandville’s “B” team, which will not compete in the bracket stage.

To track scores from today’s action, check southeastern7on7.com or text 7ON7 to 74574. Text HELP for assistance and STOP to opt out. Message and data rates may apply.

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