- 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]
- 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]
What to watch for Friday: No. 1 Aquinas at Prince Avenue, Stockbridge at No. 10 ELCA; Three former GISA members debut in GHSA
- 1:59 am Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman
Here’s what to look for Friday …
No. 1 Aquinas (1-0) at Prince Avenue Christian (0-0). The top-ranked Irish, last year’s private school champs, thumped Class AAA Glen Hills last week, 41-6. Led by junior QB Liam Welch and senior RB/DB Ruben Garnett, who reportedly holds more than a dozen FCS offers, Aquinas will get a stern early season test from the Wolverines in Bogart, just outside of Athens. Prince Avenue was the 2012 private school runner up and finished 10-2 last season after falling in the state semifinals to eventual runner up Calvary Day. This is the second season at [More]
- 9:00 pm Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by Craig Sager II
Appling County 8, Pierce County 5
Bacon County 14, McIntosh County Academy 0
Buford 9, North Gwinnett 1
Calhoun 12, Sonoraville 1
Carrollton 13, Sandy Creek 1
East Coweta 6, Northgate 3
East Laurens 9, Washington County 7
Grayson 3, Mountain View 2
Harrison 2, North Paulding 1
Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School 7, Providence Christian 5
Johns Creek 7, Norcross 6
Lassiter 7, Milton 0
Loganville 5, Brookwood 1
Northview 13, Duluth 5
Peachtree Ridge 2, Cambridge 0
Pepperell 9, Temple 1
Perry 3, Lee County 1
River Ridge 4, Woodland, Cartersville 3
St. Pius X 10, Lovett 1
Tattnall Square 11, Rutland 0
Central-Carroll 2, Temple 1
Douglas County 2, Temple 0
Dunwoody 2, Wesleyan 0
Johns Creek 2, Dunwoody 0
Pinecrest Academy [More]
- 7:00 pm Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman
Technical difficulties (user error!) have us behind schedule a bit here at Class A Blog Headquarters. But we’ll soldier on with a couple of “Coach Speak” features, Mount Paran Christian’s Mitch Jordan and Charlton County’s Rich McWhorter, and a look at Eagle’s Landing Christian’s brutal schedule.
And check back on Thursday afternoon for previews of some of the best games on the Class A slate in Week 2.
Coach Speak with Mt. Paran’s Mitch Jordan: Are the Eagles title favorites?
Coming off of a 9-3 season in which Mount Paran Christian put itself firmly on the Class A football map, and after soundly [More]
- 2:21 pm Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by Stephen Black - Score Atlanta
The Bob Blastow Early Bird took place Saturday at Alexander. It is one of the season’s first big meets for local cross country teams. Class AAAA No. 1 Woodward Academy took first place in the boys race while Class AAA No. 1 Blessed Trinity won the girls race. In the boys competition, Alexander took second with 87 points (behind Woodward’s 37), McIntosh third (106), North Paulding fourth (121) and Carrollton fifth (152). The St. Pius and McIntosh girls tied with 88 points, just behind first-place Blessed Trinity’s 77.
Alex Murphy won the boys race with a time of 15:54.22. The Woodward [More]
- 12:49 pm Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by Stephen Black - Score Atlanta
After a busy weekend of 5K races such as the Kosh Classic and the Bob Blastow Early Bird, the rankings have shifted quite a bit.
First Presbyterian Day
Savannah Arts Academy
St. Vincent’s Academy
First Presbyterian Day
Mount De Sales
- 11:28 am Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb
There won’t be another weekend with so many good games in Class AAAAAA until the playoffs, so get a good seat somewhere and watch Georgia’s highest classification reveal more secrets.
Here’s a sampling -
Booker T. Washington vs. Tucker – This is the final of four games in the Battle of the Borders event at Hallford Stadium, the only one involving a AAAAAA team. BTW – which won mythical national titles last season – is ranked as high as No. 4 by Scout and is Florida’s reigning Class 4A champion. BTW beat Norcross 55-0 last season. Norcross beat Tucker 32-29 last week.
- 7:30 am Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb
Fairburn, a town of some 5,000 residents, is home to three teams that are ranked in the Top 10 of at least one poll this week. What are the three schools? Hint: Only one is in the city limits, and it occupies the campus of a high school that closed in 1990. (Answer Thursday)
Answer to Tuesday’s question: The most recent Georgia school to win 30 consecutive games was Sandy Creek. The Patriots’ 41-game winning streak was ended by Gainesville in the 2011 Class AAA quarterfinals.
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- 7:10 am Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb
Two games played last weekend rank among the four highest-scoring in GHSA history for a season opener. Here are the 12 highest:
115 – Miller County 91, Lanier County 24 (1999)
101 – North Gwinnett 52, McEachern 49 (2014)
100 – Milton 51, Chattahoochee 49 (2008)
96 – Creekside 55, South Cobb 41 (2014)
94 – Griffin 59, Dutchtown 35 (2013)
91 – Dawson County 56, Pickens 35 (2011)
89 – Lowndes 75, Woodland, Stockbridge 14 (2009)
89 – Upson 55, Crawford County 34 (1981)
89 – Cedartown 61, Marist 28 (1982)
87 – Mount Zion 46, Pacelli 41 (2001)
87 – Cherokee 53, Creekview 34 (2013)
87 – Winder-Barrow 87, Cumming [More]
- 6:40 am Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb
GHSF Daily asked Georgia head coaches to answer these four questions. We’ll report from a different head coach each day.
Rob Ridings, Thomson
1. Who is/was the most influential person in your coaching career? “Boots Donnelly, my head football coach at Middle Tennessee from 1979 to 1982. Coach Donnelly taught us to be mentally and physically tough, to play as a team and never, ever give up.”
2. Who is the best Georgia player you ever faced? “Rodney Hudson, our quarterback at LaGrange High School from 1989 to 1991. Faced him every day in practice. He was the most talented quarterback I [More]