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(L-r) BT head football coach Tim McFarlin, defensive end J.R. Bivens (#8), quarterback Jake Smith (#9), wide receiver Ryan Davis (#6), running back Steele Chambers (#22) and middle linebacker JD Bertrand (#16) hoisting the championship trophy. Georgia Bulletin Photo By Michael Alexander

stopped the Purple Hurricanes every time they threatened and forced Cartersville to punt seven times. Before head coach Tim McFarlin arrived in 2011, the Titans had struggled a bit to get their footing, by then winning only one region championship and having never posted double-digit wins in a season; but now they can boast 49 wins in just the last four. Five seniors have been major contributors since their freshman seasons and helped lead BT to three state championship games (and two rings!) in their four seasons: Ryan Davis, J.D. Bertrand, Steele Chambers, Jake Smith and J.R. Bivens. For this 2018 championship game, McFarlin sacrificially decided not to play senior defensive star J.D. Bertrand, who suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee during the team’s previous playoff game. Bertrand wanted to play, but McFarlin wasn’t about to jeopardize the student-athlete’s future at Notre Dame. Working against one of the state’s top defenses, Steele Chambers went 97 yards on 23 carries and converted on several crucial first downs. Ryan Davis, who starred on both sides of the ball had seven of BT’s 10 receptions for 135 of BT’s 156 passing yards (and another catch Issue #23 | @roswellmagazine

nullified by a penalty). Davis set up the first Blessed Trinity touchdown with a 43-yard catch in the opening period, making a nice grab in coverage on an excellent throw by Jake Smith. That led to a 9-yard scoring toss from Smith to sophomore fullback Ryan Dupont, who slipped out of the backfield to give the Titans a 7-3 lead early in the second quarter that they would never relinquish. While the Titans will sorely miss the five seniors who played four seasons at the varsity level (Davis, Bertrand, Ohio State-bound Steele Chambers and Bivens), they will lose only a handful of other front line seniors, among them Poma and Jake Lyons on defense, offensive lineman Jack Jacobs and kicker Ethan Chauvin. Steele Chambers told the Georgia Bulletin the team was able to win it all because of love. “What made this team so successful was our love for one another. When you have the ability to tell your brother next to you how much you love them, and commit yourself to doing whatever it takes to help them succeed, you can overcome anything,” said Chambers. “That’s what sets us apart from the rest. That’s why we’re two-time state champions. Love!”

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Grade

3

Ethan Chauvin

12

4

Alex Poma

12

6

Ryan Davis

12

8

JR Bivens

12

9

Jake Smith

12

10

Alex Massey

12

14

Payton Kennedy

12

16

JD Bertrand

12

19

Alex Baur

12

20

Charlie Heller

12

22

Steele Chambers

12

37

Mitch Reynolds

12

42

Wesley Smith

12

46

Ryan Kolesar

12

48

Jack Erbs

12

71

Jake Lyons

12

72

Jack Jacobs

12

90

Graham Leslie

12

17

Quinton Reese

11

21

Elijah Green

11

27

Sam Oreszko

11

30

Andrew Polakowski

11

36

Ryan Attaway

11

43

Matthew Franke

11

44

Luke Hammelrath

11

45

Myles Weaver

11

47

Michael Wright

11

49

Trent Schweizer

11

50

Austin Burns

11

52

Dom Marcoccio

11

53

Jack Filipowicz

11

57

Donnie Roch

11

67

Regan Smith

11

70

Tad Furnish

11

75

JT Carney

11

80

Sam Koelsch

11

81

James Bryant

11

82

Justin Cellilli

11

83

John Allen Riordan

11

84

Owen Bagwell

11

87

Grayson Gilder

11

88

Patrick Riordan

11

89

Aaron Werkheiser

11

38

Evert, Matthew

10

80

St. Vrain, Max

10

81

Marinich, Wil

10

85

Zettler, Blake

10

90

Sturrock, Sean

10

1

Jackson Hamilton

10

2

Carson Harof

10

5

Nolan Tully

10

11

David Coltrane

10

13

Jake Nevle

10

15

Danny Muir

10

18

Michael Mitchler

10

24

Englan Williams

10

29

Brendan Hunt

10

31

Matt Turner

10

32

Nic Mitchell

10

33

Ryan Dupont

10

34

Alex Palughi

10

35

Joseph Chambers

10

51

Johnny Ryan

10

55

Avery Biggs

10

64

Chris Turner

10

68

Landen Byars

10

73

Will Beebe

10

76

Piers Dudar

10

78

Ty Furnish

10

86

Bryce Hughes

10

86

Nickel, Jack

9

7

Clay Ellis

9

12

Banks Atkins

9

26

Matthew McCaffrey

9

27

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