ACHS Pirates headed  to GAC for Elite 8 Round


The Appling County High School Pirate football team continues to steam roll through the state playoffs. This past Friday night, in the second round of the GHSA AAA Playoffs, Appling crushed Upson-Lee High School, of Thomaston, by a score of 61-7. The Pirates will now travel to Norcross this Friday night, December 11, to play against the Greater Atlanta Christian (GAC) Spartans, at 7:30 p.m.

The Spartans are 11-0 overall on the season and were 6-0 in Region 5-AAA. Last week GAC faced North Hall County High School and won by a score of 33-0. This is sure to be a great playoff game between the Pirates and Spartans and will be the first time the two teams have ever played each other.

On Monday it was reported that Appling would only be allowed 500 total tickets for this Friday’s game. The tickets will only be sold on the Go Fan website at The link to the tickets on will be made public Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. That link will be posted on The News-Banner’s Facebook page and the Appling County High School’s website and Facebook page.

The News-Banner has again requested a broadcast contract from GHSA to live stream the game on our Facebook page and as of press time, we have received no response from the state organization. If we receive permission, we will update on our Facebook page.

Appling vs. Upson-Lee

Appling County scored many times throughout the game against Upson-Lee. Keyshawn Walker scored first for the Pirates on a two-yard run at the 11:14 mark in the second quarter. Alex Garcia’s PAT was good and the score was 7-0.

Pirate runner Jaylen Johnson scored next on a great 37-yard run at the 4:47 mark in the second. The PAT was good and the score was 14-0.

With just 59 seconds remaining in the first half of play, Sharode Roberts found an opening and darted in from 13 yards out. Garcia’s PAT was good again and the score was 21-0.

At halftime, the Pirate Brigade continued to wow the audience, despite the rain, with its salute to the Greatest Generation.

Jarvis Mims got the call from Head Coach Rick Tomberlin on the next rushing touchdown play and scored from 11 yards out. The PAT made the score 28-0 at the 10:18 mark in the third quarter.

Following another great stop by the Pirate defense, it only took two plays for Appling to add more points to the scoreboard. This time around it was Sharode Roberts who would not be denied and rushed for a 74-yard touchdown. Appling led 35-0 at the 2:38 mark in the third.

At the 2:17 mark, Upson-Lee finally had a little luck against the Pirate defense as they scored their only touchdown of the night on a 68-yard rushing play. The PAT was good and the score was 35-7.

Early in the fourth quarter Pirate quarterback Jeremiah Holmes hooked up with receiver Dawson Griffis for a 50-yard passing touchdown. The PAT was no good and the score was 41-7 at the 11:10 mark.

Pirate runner Jarvis Mims added more points to the board at the 6:51 mark in the final quarter on a 27-yard rushing touchdown. The PAT was good to make the score 48-7.

Pirate quarterback Patrick Crosby threw a 61-yard touchdown pass to Dawson Griffis with just 2:55 remaining in the ballgame to make the score 55-7.

With just 1:39 left in the game Pirate defender Taylan Crosby intercepted an Upson-Lee pass and returned the ball all the way back for a touchdown. The PAT is no good and the final score of the game is 61-7.


First Downs – ACHS 21, UL 8

Rushing – ACHS 36/464, UL 36/142

Passing – ACHS 3/3/61, 4/9/21

Penalties – ACHS 3/25, UL 5/32

Time of possession – ACHS 20:31, UL 27:29

Individual stats

Rushing – Sharode Roberts 10/159, Jaylen Johnson 9/122, Bryson Benton 8/66, Keyshawn Walker 6/48 and Jarvis Mims 3/69.

Passing – Jermiah Holmes completed two passes for 53 yards. Patrick Crosby completed one pass for 61 yards.

Defense – Tyrell Gibson had 14 tackles, Taylan Crosby had 12, Dennis Mims and Jamori Wright had 6 each, Sharode Roberts and Justice Huntley had 4 each, Tyrone Simmons and Malik Rogers had 3 each and Jarvis Mims and William Solomon had 2 each.