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

(FINAL) Class A Football Blog: Who wins Hawkinsville vs. Mt. Paran?; Other coaches sound off on 2014 season

11:33 am Dec. 18, 2014

Well Class A Heads, the time has come. This will be the final football blog for this season.

Starting Saturday we’ll be full tilt basketball, though I will post nuggets from time to time on players who commit or sign with a school to play college football, and will mention any coaching changes.  Also, if the Georgia High School Association makes any changes or tweaks to any of its rules that

Whitewater girls look to continue turnaround

10:03 am Dec. 18, 2014

Rashad Muhyee’s three-year tenure as head girls basketball at Whitewater has been full of firsts.

The Wildcats have experienced their first winning season and their first state tournament. In November, senior Jada Coggins became the program’s first player to sign with a Division I program. Now, they’re looking to add a region championship to their first-time achievements.

It won’t be easy, Muhyee says, because Region 5-AAAA is rugged, with Carrollton emerging as

Girls hoops: Freshmen spark Franklin County’s fast start

9:10 am Dec. 18, 2014

The Franklin County girls basketball team is still getting used to a new league with a new style of play. So far things have gone well, although the Lions will get a big test Friday when they host Dawson County.

Franklin County has been competing for years against teams in the northeast Georgia area (Hart County, Elbert County, etc.) but this season got moved into a league made up primarily of

Four Questions: A recap of the coaches’ answers

6:45 am Dec. 18, 2014

GHSF Daily has featured more than 100 Georgia head coaches this season in its Four Questions feature. Today, we take a look at each of the four questions one more time and reveal the most common answers for each.

Who is/was the most influential person in your coaching career?

1. Mom and dad – About one in six coaches said that a parent or both parents were the most influential people

Daily List: Reported job openings

6:36 am Dec. 18, 2014

There have been 21 reported openings at head coach among GHSA football teams since the end of the regular season. Expect another 50-70 before next season.

Apalachee – Shane Davis

Bowdon – Dwight Hochstetler

Brookwood – Mark Crews

Dunwoody – Jim Showfety

East Laurens – Gary Morton

East Paulding – Chuck Goddard

Habersham Central – Michael Pollock

Haralson County – Alan Lane

Harlem – Jimmie Lewis

Johns Creek – Mike Cloy

Meadowcreek – George Pugh

Mountain View – Doug Giacone

Perry – Erik

All-region teams: Drew’s Terry named top player in 4-AAAAA Div. A

6:24 am Dec. 18, 2014

Here is the all-region team for 4-AAAAA Division A, as voted by the league’s coaches:

Player of the year: Marquis Terry, Drew

Defensive player of the year: James Skalski, Northgate

Offensive player of the year: Joseph Newnan, Drew

Coach of the year: Dorwyn Lyles, Drew

First-team offense

QB – Duke Kinamon, McIntosh, Sr.

RB – Ton Evans, Northgate, So.

RB – Rico Frye, Starr’s Mill, Fr.

RB – Kahlid Hylton, Mundy’s Mill, Jr.

OL – Richard Fawole, Drew, Sr.

OL –

All-region teams: Fitzgerald’s Morgan named 1-AA player of the year

6:12 am Dec. 18, 2014

Here is the all-region team for 1-AA, as voted by the league’s coaches:

Coach of the year: Jason Strickland, Fitzgerald

Player of the year: Gerald Morgan, Fitzgerald, Sr.

Offensive player of year: Desmond Parker, Pelham, Sr.

Defensive player of year: Jay Bowdry, Thomasville, Sr.

Special teams player of year: Lucas Haaren, Thomasville, Sr.

Offense

QB – Damonte Jones, Brooks County

QB – Kenneth Hayes, Thomasville

RB – Quinton Bisby, Berrien

RB – Ahmad Brown, Brooks County

RB – Deyn Harris, Berrien

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Daily Trivia: All-state player on Northside’s 2007 championship team

6:00 am Dec. 18, 2014

Northside of Warner Robins won its first state championship this season since 2007. Which current NFL player was an all-state player on Northside’s 2007 team? (Answer below)

Answer to Wednesday’s question: Abry Jones, a defensive end with the Jacksonville Jaguars, was the future NFL player on the 2007 state-championship team of Northside of Warner Robins.

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Final composite state rankings

7:10 am Dec. 17, 2014

Here’s a look at Georgia’s teams ranked on a consensus of six polls (AJC – Atlanta Journal-Constitution/GHSF Daily; GS – Georgia Sports Writers Association; GPB – Georgia Public Broadcasting; SA – Score Atlanta; Max – Maxwell Ratings; and MP – MaxPreps):

Class AAAAAA
AJC
GSWA
GPB
SA
MAX
MP
TOT

1. Colquitt County (15-0)
1
1
1
1
1
1
60

2. Archer (11-4)
2
2
2
2
2
2
54

3. Dacula (10-2)
4
7
5
3
4
3
40

4. McEachern (10-4)
3
3
3
6
5
6
40

5. Milton (11-2)
5
4.5
4
4
6
4
38.5

6. Grayson (10-2)
7
9
6.5
5
3
5
30.5

7. Tucker (10-3)
6
6
6.5
8
7
7
25.5

8. Etowah (11-3)
8
 4.5

7

13.5

9. Lee County (8-3)
9

 9
 10
 8
 9
10

10. Hillgrove (9-4)
10
8
8

7

11. Mill Creek (7-4)

10

9
10
4

12T. North Gwinnett (8-3)

9
10

3

12T. Lowndes

Corky Kell Classic returning to Georgia Dome in 2015

7:00 am Dec. 17, 2014

The Corky Kell Classic will return to the Georgia Dome in 2015 with the same teams as this past season, but different matchups.

Colquitt County will begin defense of its Class AAAAAA title against North Gwinnett in a 5:45 p.m. Saturday game. Tucker will play McEachern in a rematch of a AAAAAA quarterfinal that McEachern won.

Six of the teams made the quarterfinals this season. Three made the semifinals. Two made the