ROSWELL, Ga. – Blessed Trinity defeated Cedar Grove 28-22 last Friday to set up a state playoff rematch this Friday at home against White County.
The Titans (8-2) finished in a tie for first with St. Pius in Region 6-AAA at 5-1, but BT will be seeded second for the state playoffs because the Titans lost to St. Pius the week prior to their win over Cedar Grove.
Blessed Trinity defeated White County 21-19 in September on the Warriors’ home field, with the game also a coaching rematch of the 2006 Class AAAAA championship game.
Roswell, which was coached by current BT head coach Tim McFarlin, tied Peachtree Ridge, which was coached by current White County coach Bill Ballard.
“We’ve both been at our schools for two years, and we thought it would be a good experience for both of us,” McFarlin said. “It would get the kids to play somebody different.”
To get a home playoff game, the Titans had to get past a fast and talented Cedar Grove team, which had beaten Woodward Academy 48-14 the previous week.
The Titans led the Saints 16-0 at halftime, and then had to hold off a furious Cedar Grove rally. The Saints (4-2, 6-4) scored a late touchdown to close within six points, but BT recovered the onside kick and was near the Saints’ goal line when the game ended.
“We played good defense in the first half and controlled the ball on the ground,” McFarlin said.
The Titans rushed for 247 yards, and quarterback Spencer McManes was efficient in the passing game, completing seven of 10 for 102 yards.
A 7-yard pass from McManes to tight end Nathaniel Maggio gave the Titans an early lead. Marc Nolan kicked a 37-yard field goal and freshman tailback Milton Shelton scored on a 68-yard run to make it 16-0 at the half, with an interception by Sam Roberts leading to the first of Nolan’s three field goals.
The Saints scored first in the second half, but the Titans scored on an 18-yard run by fullback Casey Bradley and a 42-yard field goal by Nolan to lead 25-8 after three quarters. A 46-yard field goal by Nolan in the fourth quarter concluded BT’s scoring.
In BT’s win over White County during the regular season, Shelton rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown and Roberts had 91 yards and a touchdown receiving. In the game, the Titans blocked an extra point and preserved the win by stopping a 2-point conversion try.
The Warriors (7-3) run a Georgia Tech-style offense, and have scored at least 31 points in all seven of their victories. However, in recent games against the top two teams in Region 7-AAA, they lost twice by 35 point-margins.