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POY Watch: South Cobb’s Carter turning heads

  • 6:00 am Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

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 for six. Carter’s recruitment, which might’ve been hampered by playing under three head coaches in three seasons, should begin to pick up. South Cobb is 1-1, but the loss was [More]

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]

Softball playoff brackets

  • 10:31 pm Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by Stephen Black - Score Atlanta

Click HERE for the GHSA softball playoff brackets.

Volleyball playoff brackets

  • 10:30 pm Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by Stephen Black - Score Atlanta

Click HERE for the GHSA volleyball playoff brackets.

Saturday football scores

  • 9:34 pm Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by AJC Sports

Compiled by Score Atlanta
Lovejoy 41, Newton 15
Northside-Warner Robins 49, Grovetown 14
Southeast Bulloch 22, Jenkins 21
Strong Rock Christian 46, Mount Vernon 12
Westlake 14, Langston Hughes 6

Saturday volleyball playoff scores

  • 8:33 pm Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by AJC Sports

Compiled by Score Atlanta

Blessed Trinity 3, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 0
Buford 3, St. Pius 0
Columbus 3, Cambridge 2
Dunwoody 3, Camden County 1
East Coweta 3, Roswell 1
Fellowship Christian 3, Calvary Day 1
Holy Innocents’ 3, Coosa 0
Johns Creek 3, South Forsyth 0
Lovett 3, Darlington 0
Marist 3, North Oconee 0
North Cobb 3, Brookwood 0
North Gwinnett 3, Harrison 2
Oconee County 3, East Hall 0
River Ridge 3, Northside-Columbus 1
St. Vincent’s 3, Pace Academy 2
Sandy Creek 3, Veterans 0
Savannah Christian 3, Prince Avenue Christian 0
Sequoyah 3, Harris County 0
Sonoraville 3, Savannah Arts 0
Wesleyan 3, Gordon Lee 0
Westminster 3, Rockmart 0
Woodward Academy 3, North Hall 0

Allatoona clinches, but Carver-Atlanta and Drew miss their chances

  • 9:30 am Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by Chip Saye

Here’s a recap of some of the big stories in Class AAAAA from Week 10:

- Harris County (6-2, 4-0) took sole possession of first place in Region 1 with a 34-14 victory against Carver-Columbus, which had its 53-game winning streak in region games snapped. Harris County can clinch the second region title in school history (and second in three years) with a victory at home against LaGrange next weekend. Carver is tied with Northside-Columbus and LaGrange for second place with one region loss each. Carver’s last loss in a region game came against LaGrange in the eighth game of the [More]

Friday rewind: 1,000 total yards, 108 points and 0 punts

  • 9:13 am Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by David Purdum

–St. Pius X and Arabia Mountain combined for exactly 1,000 total yards and 108 points in the Golden Lions’ 70-38 win Friday. It’s the most points St. Pius has ever scored, according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association. The Lions did not attempt a pass and rushed for 527 yards. Ransom Klinger scored three touchdowns, and Dalton Wilson, Joe Connors and Grant Holloman each had two touchdown runs for St. Pius. Arabia Mountain finished with 473 yards, with quarterback Jakobi Myers passing for 295 yards and six touchdowns. Neither team punted.

–Woodward Academy’s 28-7 upset of No. 2 Sandy [More]

Cook clinches title … Hart hammers Oconee … Great night for Central’s Terrell, East Hall’s Watson

  • 8:17 am Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

Tom Thomas kicked a 20-yard field goal with 14 seconds left to help Cook beat No. 10 Dodge County 13-10 and win the Region 1-AAA Division A on Friday.

It was the second field goal of the night for Thomas, who kicked a 25-yarder in the first half to match the 29-yarder by Dodge County’s Mitch Tanner.

Dodge (7-1) took a 10-3 halftime lead on the strength of a 21-yard run by Roscoe Wilcox. But Cook (6-2) evened the score on Corey McCall’s 30-yard touchdown run.

Dodge got in position to kick the winning field goal when Connor Hilliard completed a 40-yard pass [More]

AA recap: No surprises in Week 10, but Week 11 looms large

  • 8:00 am Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by Brent Holloway

Forgive me if this reads like a preview of Week 11 instead of a recap of Week 10, but we’ve got a big slate of games on deck, and it’d be tough to talk about what happened on this Friday night without digging into how it affects what’s happening on the next one.

Briefly: It was a chalk week. Most of the teams expected to win did, including all of the top-10 teams in action (just the second time this year that’s happened in AA, by the way). Don’t expect the same a week from now. No fewer than four region [More]

Class A Blog: ELCA lives!; Robertson makes successful debut for Savannah Christian; Heyward has a career night for Calvary Day

  • 2:27 am Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

ELCA’s back
Reports of the demise of Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy were greatly exaggerated.  After losing their first six games of the season to teams with a combined record of 34-8, the Chargers (2-6, 2-0 in Region 5) put themselves in position to win a fifth consecutive region title after Friday’s 35-28 win over rival Landmark Christian (6-2, 1-1), previously ranked No. 7.  Landmark jumped out to a 14-7 halftime lead. In the third quarter the teams combined to score 21 points in less than two minutes. The score was tied 21-21 after the barrage but ELCA pulled ahead in the [More]

Woodward Academy 28, Sandy Creek 7

  • 12:17 am Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

In a game where two of the state’s top running backs were mostly neutralized, other elements came to the forefront in Friday’s battle between No. 5 Woodward Academy and No. 2 Sandy Creek.

Those elements turned out to be stout defenses, a referee’s  call and a coaching decision. Woodward took advantage of all three and the War Eagles (7-1, 3-0 in Region 5-AAAA) went on to stun the Patriots, 28-7 at the Battlefield in Tyrone.  Woodward became the first team to defeat  Sandy Creek (7-1, 2-1) at home since Cartersville knocked off the Patriots 17-16 [More]

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