Score inflation: Offenses are putting up records numbers in Georgia

8:10 pm Oct. 30, 2014

Herschel Walker of Johnson County set a Georgia high school record by scoring 45 touchdowns in one famous state-championship season. That was 1979.

Adjusted for inflation, that number comes to 74 touchdowns in today’s scoring dollars.

The spread offense and other culprits have driven up points by 64 percent in those 35 years – from 14.8 per team to 24.3 this season, according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association, which

POY Watch: South Cobb’s Carter turning heads

6:00 am Sep. 3, 2014

Kylil Carter doesn’t play on a Top 10 team, and he’s got no reported scholarship offers. Those aren’t the usual starting points for players who would be all-classification players of the year in Georgia. But nobody to this point is having a better season than the senior quarterback from South Cobb.

In two games, he has thrown for 536 yards and rushed for 398. He has scored five touchdowns and passed

Preseason poll: Starting No. 1 are McEachern, Creekside, Buford, WaCo, GAC, Aquinas

6:16 pm Aug. 17, 2014

Three returning state champions begin the high school football season ranked No. 1 in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s preseason rankings.
But McEachern, Greater Atlanta Christian and Washington County, schools that haven’t won state titles in 17 years, if at all, are on top of their classifications.
McEachern, the No. 1 team in Class AAAAAA, reached the semifinals in 2013 and returns four players who are committed to Division I schools. Offensive lineman Chuma

AAAAAA: Maxwell projects playoff draw, results

9:32 pm Aug. 10, 2014

Below are the Maxwell Ratings’ predictions of the playoff draw for Class AAAAAA.

The Maxwell Ratings playoff projections are based on a Monte Carlo simulation of the 2014 season. The simulation completed 1,000,000 seasons, approximately

Quarterfinal pairings

7:59 pm Nov. 22, 2014


Friday, Nov. 29


R2 T3 Newton at R5 T2 Etowah

R4 T1 Hillgrove at R8 T1 Archer

R4 T2 McEachern at R2 T1 Tucker

R5 T1 Milton at R1 T1 Colquitt County



R2 T3 Jones County at R6 T3 Mays

R2 T2 Houston County  at R4 T1 Stockbridge

R3 T3 Glynn Academy at R2 T1 Northside-Warner Robins

R8 T2 Gainesville at R5 T1 Allatoona


Class AAAA

R5 T2 Sandy Creek at R7 T1 Cartersville

R6 T2 Marist at R8

Friday rewind: Marist takes out Griffin, takes aim at Buford

1:18 pm Nov. 22, 2014

Coach Alan Chadwick did it again.

In his 30th season, the legendary Marist coach took an outmanned team on the road and defeated a more-talented squad in the playoffs. This time defending champion Griffin was Chadwick’s victim.

Griffin had won 26 straight games, with its last loss at home coming in 2012. Loaded with next-level talent at wide receiver, the Bears were averaging 45.2 points per game and had barely been tested

Ranked teams hold serve in second round

9:01 am Nov. 22, 2014

The playoffs in Class AAA held true to form, with none of the second-round results coming as a surprise. Of the eight ranked teams that entered play on Friday, only two were defeated – each by another ranked team.

Here’s how the quarterfinals shape up for this week: Pierce County at Washington County, Blessed Trinity at Jefferson, Elbert County at Calhoun, and Westminster at Hart County.

Jefferson won a coin flip with

Six ranked teams knocked out; Allatoona assumes role of favorite

8:00 am Nov. 22, 2014

It was a stunning night in the Class AAAAA playoffs on Friday.

The defending state champion (Creekside) is gone. Two more teams that went 10-0 in the regular season (Ware County and Kell) are out. Six more ranked teams (No. 1 Ware County, No. 2 Coffee, No. 3 Kell, No. 6 Creekside, No. 9 Harris County and No. 10 Stephenson) have been eliminated. And four more region champions (Harris County, Ware

Class A Blog: Aquinas cruises without Garnett; Mt. Paran keeps rolling; Watch out for ELCA; Charlton County wins a thriller; Calhoun County gets revenge

3:16 am Nov. 22, 2014

Before we get to what went down Friday night, time for an editorial alert:  Tuesday blog posts will be devoted to basketball starting Nov. 25. The Thursday and Saturday posts will cover the football playoffs, through championship weekend, Dec. 12-13. Then the blog will shift to basketball full time on Dec. 16.

But back to football and the playoffs.


No. 1 Calvary Day 26, No. 16 Christian Heritage 7.  Senior WR/DB

Quarterfinals have a fresh new look

11:56 pm Nov. 21, 2014

Here’s what we’ve got for the Class AAAAAA quarterfinals…

Newton (7-3) at Etowah (10-2)

Hillgrove (9-3) at Archer (9-3)

McEachern (9-3) at Tucker (10-2)

Milton (11-1) at Colquitt County (12-0)

The quarters are populated with six teams that have never won state titles, five that entered the post-season unranked, four that have not been this far in the playoffs in over 25 years , if ever, and two that had never won state-playoff games until

Class A playoff roundup

11:24 pm Nov. 21, 2014

Class A-Private

Eagle’s Landing Christian 34, Athens Christian 0: Quarterback D.J. Hammond rushed for 144 yards and three touchdowns to lift Eagle’s Landing past Athens Christian. Hammond scored on runs of 1, 2, and 14 yards. Eagle’s Landing also got a touchdown from Trevor Gear on a 25-yard run. Kicker Alex Usry completed all four extra point attempts and also added two field goals of 31 and 39 yards. The Chargers had 398

Class AA playoff roundup

11:24 pm Nov. 21, 2014

Greater Atlanta Christian 48, Lamar County 20: Visiting Lamar County took a 20-14 lead at the half, but GAC forced four second half  turnovers and used 34 unanswered points to improve to 12-0 and set a new school record for wins in a season. Micah Abernathy ran in three GAC touchdowns and Jaelen Venable ran in a third quarter touchdown that put the Spartans ahead 28-0. GAC’s Darius Slayton recorded

Class AAA playoff roundup

11:23 pm Nov. 21, 2014

Blessed Trinity 42, Adairsville 8: Host Blessed Trinity improved to 12-0 while earning its second consecutive trip to the Class AAA state quarterfinals. Conor Davis tossed a touchdown pass to Logan Craighead before Garrett Dupuis ran in three Blessed Trinity touchdowns to put the Titans up 28-0. Davis found the end zone on a one-yard run in the third quarter and Dupuis recovered a fumble forced by Bailey Grady for