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

  • 6:16 pm Sunday, August 17th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

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 Edoga (Southern California) and running back Taj Griffin (Oregon) are two of the top six senior prospects in Georgia, according to 247Sports Composite rankings. Also committed are lineman Chandler Jones [More]

AAAAAA: Maxwell projects playoff draw, results

  • 9:32 pm Sunday, August 10th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

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 51 each second.

While the Maxwell Ratings reflect each team’s strength, the simulation highlights the impact of the season’s structure as defined by the games, region alignments, and playoff brackets.

All out of state opponents were considered equal to the average of the GHSA team’s classification (i.e., out of state opponents of Class AAAAAA GHSA teams were treated as an average Class AAAAAA team).

Although regions may use [More]

Greenbrier, North Atlanta end slumps; Lithia Springs, Apalachee hope to join them soon

  • 9:57 pm Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by Chip Saye

Six Class AAAAA teams went 0-10 in the 2013 season. Two of those – Greenbrier and North Atlanta – already have victories this season to put their long losing streaks to an end. Here’s a look at the six winless teams from last season and where they stand:

*Greenbrier: The Wolfpack opened the season with a 34-0 victory against Harlem two weekends ago to snap a 10-game losing streak. Greenbrier begins play in 2-AAAAA this week against Warner Robins, which was ranked seventh in AAAAA until a 19-0 loss to Peach County in its opener last week. Greenbrier hasn’t won more [More]

Tuesday softball, volleyball scores

  • 9:54 pm Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by AJC Sports

Volleyball
Dunwoody 2, Banneker 0
Dunwoody 2, Carver 0
Dunwoody 2, M.L. King 0
Johnson 3, Harlem 0
North Augusta 2, Evans 0
Oconee County 2, East Jackson 0
Ola 3, McIntosh 1
Pigsah 2, Pinecrest Academy 1
Pinecrest 2, St Francis 0
Richmond Academy 2, Glenn Hills 0
Richmond Academy 2, Laney 1

Softball
Alpharetta 9, West Forsyth 4
Buford 14, North Hall 1
Cambridge 17, North Atlanta 0
Cartersville 6, Southeast Whitfield 2
Excel Christian Academy 6, Trion 5
Forsyth Central 5, Sprayberry 4
Gordon Lee 5, Dade County 0
Harlem 10, Morgan County 7
Heritage 5, Northwest Whitfield 0
Hillgrove 6, McEachern 1
Jefferson 8, East Laurens 7
Lambert 8, Johns Creek 2
Peachtree Ridge 13, Mountain VIew 3
Sequoyah 15, Rome 1
South [More]

Carrollton coach remains confident, despite 0-2 start; GIF of Chubb’s run

  • 5:19 pm Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by David Purdum

The Carrollton Trojans are 0-2 for the first time since 1977. If new coach Ed Dudley is worried, he does a good job of hiding it over the phone.

Dudley inherited a roster that graduated 16 starters, including a bevy of high-profile recruits, off of last season’s team that reached the AAAA state championship game. There’s been significant adjustment to the schemes, as well.

“Complete change,” said Dudley in a Tuesday phone interview. “We went from a 5-2 base defense to a 3-3 stacks scheme defensively. Then, on offense we went from the Delaware wing-T to Nevada’s pistol spread offense. We’re about [More]

AA blog: Washington-Wilkes tops among quartet of rapid risers

  • 12:11 pm Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by Brent Holloway

Another week, another shuffling of the top 10 in Class AA.

We’ve talked about it a lot here, so I won’t belabor the point, but the fact that two of the top four teams have lost in each week so far means we’ve had a lot of turnover in the top 10 – proof once again that preseason rankings don’t mean much once games get underway.

The primary beneficiary when it comes to the rankings shake-up has been Washington-Wilkes. The Tigers opened at No. 6 and are now sitting at No. 2 after thumping rival Lincoln County, 36-10, on Friday.

What makes Washington-Wilkes an [More]

Ablan hurls consecutive no-hitters for Brookwood

  • 10:41 am Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by Ricky Dimon

Amanda Ablan enjoyed an incredible run of dominance last week, hurling consecutive no-hitters for Brookwood in shutouts of Parkview and Shiloh. The Broncos beat Parkview 4-0 last Tuesday as Ablan struck out 10 batters and walked just two. Ablan returned to the mound for another 8-AAAAAA contest last Thursday and blanked Shiloh in a 4-0 victory. She walked only one hitter and struck out 15, once again in seven innings of work. The junior also helped herself at the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI against Parkview before getting two more hits against Shiloh.

Providing additional run support for the first [More]

Week 4 softball rankings

  • 10:35 am Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by Ricky Dimon

In Class AAAAAA, Lassiter climbed to second and Brookwood jumped to the third spot on the heels of consecutive no-hitters thrown by junior Amanda Ablan. North Cobb entered the rankings in part thanks to an upset of Harrison, which fell from second to fourth.

In Class AAAAA, Woodland-Henry is a new arrival in the top 10. Marist is back in the Class AAAA rankings after scoring wins last week over Holy Innocents’ and Lovett. Carrollton also now finds itself ranked in Class AAAA after beating Whitewater and Sandy Creek—among others—last week. Blessed Trinity has scored 44 runs in its past three [More]

High school football standings through Week 2

  • 9:45 am Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by Chip Saye

Class AAAAAA

Region 1-AAAAAA

Team
Reg.
All

Camden County
0-0
2-0

Colquitt County
0-0
2-0

Lee County
0-0
2-0

Lowndes
0-0
2-0

Tift County
0-0
2-0

Valdosta
0-0
2-0

Region 2-AAAAAA

Newton
0-0
2-0

Rockdale Co.
0-0
2-0

Lovejoy
0-0
1-0

Lakeside (Atlanta)
0-0
1-1

Alcovy
0-0
0-1

Tucker
0-0
0-2

Region 3-AAAAAA

Campbell
0-0
2-0

Hughes
0-0
2-0

East Coweta
0-0
1-0

Newnan
0-0
1-0

Westlake
0-0
1-0

South Cobb
0-0
1-1

Pebblebrook
0-0
0-1

Douglas County
0-0
0-2

Region 4-AAAAAA

Harrison
0-0
2-0

Hillgrove
0-0
2-0

Kennesaw Mountain
0-0
1-0

North Cobb
0-0
1-1

North Paulding
0-0
1-1

McEachern
0-0
0-1

Marietta
0-0
0-2

*Osborne

1-1

Region 5-AAAAAA

Cherokee
0-0
2-0

Etowah
0-0
2-0

Walton
0-0
2-0

Woodstock
0-0
2-0

Milton
0-0
1-0

Roswell
0-0
1-1

Wheeler
0-0
1-1

Lassiter
0-0
0-2

Pope
0-0
0-2

Region 6-AAAAAA

Northview
0-0
1-0

Alpharetta
0-0
0-1

Centennial
0-0
0-1

Chattahoochee
0-0
0-1

Habersham Central
0-0
0-1

Johns Creek
0-0
0-1

Lambert
0-0
0-1

North Forsyth
0-0
0-1

South Forsyth
0-0
0-1

West Forsyth
0-0
0-1

Region 7-AAAAAA

Norcross
0-0
2-0

Peachtree Ridge
0-0
1-0

Collins Hill
0-0
1-1

Mill Creek
0-0
1-1

Mountain View
0-0
1-1

North Gwinnett
0-0
1-1

Meadowcreek
0-0
0-1

Duluth
0-0
0-2

Region 8-AAAAAA

Dacula
0-0
1-0

Grayson
0-0
1-0

Parkview
0-0
1-0

Central Gwinnett
0-0
0-1

Shiloh
0-0
0-1

South Gwinnett
0-0
0-1

Archer
0-0
0-2

Berkmar
0-0
0-2

Brookwood
0-0
0-2

Class AAAAA

Region 1-AAAAA

Carver (Columbus)
0-0
2-0

Columbus
0-0
1-0

Harris County
0-0
0-1

Northside (Col.)
0-0
0-1

Hardaway
0-0
0-2

LaGrange
0-0
0-2

Shaw
0-0
0-2

Region 2-AAAAA

Cross Creek
0-0
1-0

Evans
0-0
1-0

Greenbrier
0-0
1-0

Grovetown
0-0
1-0

Houston County
0-0
1-0

Jones County
0-0
1-0

Northside (W.R.)
0-0
1-0

Richmond Academy
0-0
0-0-1

Warner Robins
0-0
0-1

Lakeside (Evans)
0-0
0-1

Region 3-AAAAA

Glynn Academy
1-0
2-0

Coffee
0-0
2-0

Effingham County
0-0
2-0

Ware County
0-0
2-0

Richmond Hill
0-0
0-0

Bradwell Institute
0-0
0-1

Statesboro
0-0
0-1

South Effingham
0-0
0-1

Brunswick
0-1
1-1

Region 4-AAAAA Div. A

Drew
0-0
1-0

Morrow
0-0
1-0

Northgate
0-0
1-0

McIntosh
0-0
1-1

Forest Park
0-0
0-1

Mundy’s Mill
0-0
0-1

Starr’s Mill
0-0
0-1

Region 4-AAAAA Div. B

Luella
0-0
2-0

Woodland (Stock.)
0-0
2-0

Dutchtown
0-0
1-1

Stockbridge
0-0
1-1

Ola
0-0
0-1

Union Grove
0-0
0-1

Region 5-AAAAA

Allatoona
2-0
2-0

Alexander
0-0
1-0

Hiram
0-0
1-0

New Manchester
0-0
1-0

Paulding County
0-0
1-0

South Paulding
0-0
1-0

Chapel Hill
0-0
0-1

Lithia Springs
0-0
0-1

East Paulding
0-1
1-1

Villa Rica
0-1
1-1

Region 6-AAAAA Div. A

Miller Grove
0-0
2-0

Druid Hills
0-0
1-0

Dunwoody
0-0
1-0

Southwest DeKalb
0-0
1-1

Stephenson
0-0
1-1

M.L. King
0-0
0-1

*Clarkston

0-2

Region 6-AAAAA Div. B

Tri-Cities
0-0
1-0

Carver (Atlanta)
0-0
1-1

Creekside
0-0
1-1

Mays
0-0
1-1

Banneker
0-0
0-1

Region 7-AAAAA Div. A

Dalton
0-0
1-1

Cass
0-0
0-1

Creekview
0-0
0-1

River Ridge
0-0
0-1

Rome
0-0
0-1

Sequoyah
0-0
0-1

Woodland (Carters.)
0-0
0-1

Region 7-AAAAA Div. B

Cambridge
0-0
2-0

Kell
0-0
2-0

Riverwood
0-0
2-0

Forsyth Central
0-0
1-0

North Atlanta
0-0
1-0

North Springs
0-0
0-2

Sprayberry
0-0
0-2

Region 8-AAAAA

Flowery Branch
0-0
1-0

Lanier
0-0
1-0

Loganville
0-0
1-0

Apalachee
0-0
0-1

Cedar Shoals
0-0
0-1

Clarke Central
0-0
0-1

Gainesville
0-0
0-1

Heritage (Conyers)
0-0
0-1

Salem
0-0
0-1

Winder-Barrow
0-0
0-1

Class [More]

Westminster kicks way into rankings

  • 8:00 am Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

Has Westminster become the newest Cradle for Kickers?

Two years ago Harrison Butker was booming kicks out of the end zone and drilling every field goal attempt he tried. Butker was a great offensive weapon for the Wildcats and signed with Georgia Tech, where he’s been starting since his freshman season.

Now it looks like Trey Blasingame has signed up to be the next Butker. The senior kicked two field goals on Friday and booted four kickoffs out of the end zone as the Wildcats upset neighborhood rival Lovett 13-10. The victory was enough to get Westminster into the state rankings at [More]

Daily Trivia: Icon who reportedly scored 10 touchdowns in a game twice

  • 6:45 am Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Woodward Academy’s Elijah Holyfield on Friday became one of about 20 players in GHSA history to score seven touchdowns in a game. The documented GHSA record is held by Kenneth Moore of Calhoun, who scored 10 touchdowns against Acworth in 1948. Which former Georgia high school player and icon was written up in “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” for scoring 10 touchdowns in a game for Fitzgerald twice in a season? (Answer Wednesday)

Answer to Monday’s question: Lincoln County has beaten Warren County 39 consecutive times. Brookwood has beaten Berkmar 23 straight times. Griffin has beaten Jonesboro 21 straight times. Those [More]

Daily List: Most recent top-10 finishes by Atlanta Public Schools teams

  • 6:30 am Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Business, Engineering, Science and Technology (B.E.S.T.) Academy broke into the Top 10 this week at No. 8 in Class AA after a 14-7 victory over Callaway. B.E.S.T., an all-male school, is the only Atlanta Public Schools team in the current Top 10, although Mays was ranked No. 10 in the preseason in AAAAA. It’s rare for an Atlanta school to finish in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Top 10. Here is the last time that each current APS school made it.

*Carver – 1968 (No. 9)

Douglass – 2004 (No. 8)

Grady – 2010 (No. 6)

Jackson – Never

Mays – Never

North Atlanta – 1968 (No. 10)

South [More]

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