While Holy Innocents’ continues its drive in the state football playoffs, students in other athletics have already suited up for competition.

The football team, 10-0 on the season, enters the Sweet 16 Saturday when they face St. Francis at Riverwood. Game time is 4:30 p.m. The Bears have been led all year by punishing offensive and defensive lines, a solid triple-option offense, and good kicking games to match. 

Basketball

The Lady Bears basketball team ripped Marietta High School 63-29 Saturday at Pace Academy in the Hawks-Naismith Tip-Off Classic. 

After winning state last year, coach Nichole Dixon’s squad is off to a 2-0 start after also topping Brookwood last Tuesday. 

In the win over Marietta, it was depth as usual for the Bears, with Olivia Hutcherson leading the way with 14 points and 15 rebounds. Jillian Hollingshead also chipped in double-figure scoring with 12, plus 12 rebounds and three steals. 

Charlsie Birkel added nine with four rebounds; Naja Reeves recorded eight points, and Jada Farrell had six rebounds to go along with five points. 

The Brookwood victory was similar, with Dixon getting help from her entire starting five and her bench. Rachel Suttle, Farrell, Hollingshead and Birkel were among the stat leaders.

The Holy Innocents’ boys are off to an 0-2 start after dropping both games last week. The boys fell by 16 points to Brookwood and lost 62-59 to Kipp Saturday. 

In the Kipp effort, Chance Moore scored 32 points and grabbed 10 boards, Garrison Powell netted 19, and Justin Wilson and Walker Wolf contributed as well.

“We came out flat as we were down 18-10 after the first quarter,” boys’ coach Cabral Huff said. “We battled back, though, even took a lead in the fourth quarter but just couldn’t hold on.”

Looking ahead, both teams will travel to GAC Thursday. The girls’ tip-off is at 6, followed by the boys’ match at 8 p.m

Wrestling

The Mat Bears opened at the Dunwoody Invitational earlier this month, placing all seven they entered. Defending state champ and sophomore Jake Swink took first. Art Martinez — fourth in state last year — placed second. Britt Hilton and Charlie King were both third, and Reagan Sherk, Eric Maye, and Israel Evans were all fifth. 

Coach Stacey Davis and the team will be off for Thanksgiving break before facing Lovett Dec. 6t at Lovett.

Swimming

The swim team has had two meets so far — at GAC and Lovett — with return state champs Spencer Pearson (diving) and Abby Pilkenton (sprints) leading the way. Coach Katrina Nesbitt’s Aqua Bears will return to the pool this week at Riverside Military Academy.

Fortunately, fall sports aren’t over at Holy Innocents’, as the 10-0 football team lines up in the Sweet 16 Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at Riverwood when it faces St. Francis. The Bears have been led all year by punishing offensive and defensive lines, a solid triple-option offense, and good kicking games to match.

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