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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]

Wednesday softball scores

  • 10:39 pm Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by AJC Sports

Compiled by Score Atlanta

Second Round

Class AAAAAA

Archer 10-9, Etowah 7-7

Brookwood 1-3, South Forsyth 0-2

East Coweta 8-7, Colquitt County 0-4

Harrison 3-8, Tift County 0-0

Hillgrove 1-6, Alcovy 0-0

Lassiter 7-8, Mill Creek 6-4

Newnan 3-6, Lowndes 6-0

Class AAAAA

Allatoona 4-3, River Ridge 2-5

Calhoun 9-5, Oconee County 0-2

Alexander 2-5, Cambridge 3-2

Chapel Hill 4-8, Creekview 1-2

Columbus 3-2, Ola 2-3

Loganville 8-0, South Paulding 1-5

Harris County 2-6, Northgate 1-9

Heritage-Catoosa 11-9, Whitewater 3-1

Pope 4-2, Collins Hill 0-1

Union Grove 7-12, Evans 1-4

Class AAAA

Buford 11-12, St. Pius 0-0

Carrollton 2-9, Gilmer 1-6

Greenbrier 2-18, Woodland-Stockbridge 7-9

Marist 4-3, Northwest Whitfield 6-0

Perry 0-2, Walnut Grove 2-1

Pike County 2-4, Veterans 1-8

Thomas County Central 6-10, Locust Grove 1-4

Wayne County [More]

GHSA volleyball seedings

  • 9:14 pm Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by AJC Sports

By Lauren Goldstein

The GHSA volleyball committee met Wednesday night and seeded the remaining schools for the championship rounds. Because of the small number of schools playing volleyball, Class AA schools did not play a round of 32 and were seeded through area tournaments, and Class A has only six schools advancing to the state tournament. The seeds are as follows and the brackets will be available later this evening on AJC.com.

Class AAAAAA
1. Harrison
2. North Cobb
3. East Coweta
4. Johns Creek
5. South Forsyth
6. Roswell
7. Brookwood
8. North Gwinnett

Class AAAAA
1. Sequoyah
2. Dunwoody
3. Columbus
4. River Ridge
5. Northside-Columbus
6. Cambridge
7. Camden County
8. Harris County

Class AAAA
1. Sandy Creek
2. [More]

Volleyball: North Cobb upsets Walton for spot in Elite 8

  • 2:09 pm Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Craig Sager II

Walton’s quest for a fifth straight state title ended in the second round on Tuesday as visiting North Cobb took the match in four sets. North Cobb took the first two sets 25-21, 25-22 but Walton recovered to win 25-12 in the third. The fourth set was neck-and-neck until North Cobb got a 29-27 win.

“We had as many as five hitters across the front row at times, and I felt that that gave us a good chance to win,” North Cobb head coach James Auld told the Marietta Daily Journal. “It was a game of five hitters to two hitters.

Roswell, Harrison, [More]

Q&A with state’s leading rusher: Pickens’ Shannon Brooks

  • 9:00 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by David Purdum

Pickens running back Shannon Brooks’ last three games:

-274 yards on 13 carries with 4 touchdowns and 1 65-yard touchdown pass in a 69-34 win over LaFayette on Oct. 17.

–301 yards on 30 carries with 6 touchdowns and 4 receptions for 98 yards and 1 touchdown in a 62-40 win over Southwest Whitfield on Oct. 10.

–246 yards on 22 carries and 4 touchdowns in a 35-7 win over Northwest Whitfield on Oct. 3.

To recap, that’s 16 touchdowns in three games. Not bad.

On the season, Brooks has rushed for 1,729 yards, averaging 12.1 yards per carry, with 26 touchdowns. Four of his seven [More]

Maxwell Week 10 Projections

  • 7:05 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Each game is listed showing the game rate, favorite, the expected winning percentage of the favored team, the projected margin, and the opponent.
The game rating is the rating required to win 50% of all games in an infinite round robin competition against the expected rating of the loser of the game, which favors games with highly rated and closely matched opponents.

All data is courtesy of the Georgia High School Football Historians Association.

The Maxwell Ratings are a regular feature of Georgia High School Football Daily, a free e-mail newsletter. To join the mailing [More]

Composite state rankings through Week 9

  • 6:45 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Here’s a look at Georgia’s teams ranked on a consensus of six polls (AJC – Atlanta Journal-Constitution/GHSF Daily; GSWA – 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
Total

1. Colquitt County (8-0)
1
1
1
1
1
1
60

2. Grayson (8-0)
2
2
2
2
2
2
54

3. Dacula (7-0)
3
3
3
3
9
7
38

4. Hughes (5-2)
4
4
5
5

8
29

5. Milton (6-1)
8
8
4
7
7
5
27

6T. McEachern (5-2)
9
7
8
6
5
6
25

6T. Norcross (6-1)
5
5
6
8
6

25

8. Valdosta (7-1)
7
6
7
4
10
10
22

9. Lee County (6-1)
6
9
9
9
3
9
21

10. North Gwinnett (5-2)
10
10
10
10
4
4
18

11. Lowndes (6-2)

8
3
11

Class AAAAA
AJC
GSWA
GPB
SA
MAX
MP
Total

1. Ware County (7-0)
1
1
1
1
2
1
59

2. Allatoona (8-0)
4
3
4
3
1
2
49

3. Coffee (7-1)
2
4
3
2
5
5
45

4. Kell (7-0)
3
2
2
4

33

5. Northside, Warner Robins (6-1)
10
5
7
5
6
3
30

6. Creekside (6-2)
8
9
9.5
7
4
4
24.5

7T. Carver, Columbus (6-1)
5
6
5

8
20

7T. Lanier (7-0)
6
7
6
6
10

20

9. Mays (5-2)

9
7
6
11

10. Carver (Atlanta) (6-1)
7
8
8
10

11

11. Stephenson (5-2)
9

9.5
8

7
10.5

12. South Paulding (6-1)

3
9
10

13. Dalton (7-1)

10

8

4

14. [More]

POY Watch: King stands out on balanced Colquitt County team

  • 6:30 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

It’s hard to stand out on a team as balanced rushing and passing, offense and defense, as No. 1-ranked Colquitt County, but senior running back Sihiem King made a spectacle of himself last week, rushing for more than 300 yards in a victory over previously unbeaten Valdosta.

King is only 5 feet, 8 inches and 175 pounds, but he is strong for his size. He can bench press 265 pounds, squat 500 and power-clean 315, according to Zach Grage, Colquitt County’s offensive coordinator. Grage also marvels at King’s running instincts and balance.

But what really makes King tick, Grage said, are things [More]

Four Questions with Mount Zion (Jonesboro) coach Kevin ‘Bull’ Jones

  • 6:20 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 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.

Kevin ‘Bull’ Jones, Mount Zion (Jonesboro)

1. Who is/was the most influential person in your coaching career? “I have had the pleasure of playing for and working for some great men in my football life, and I gained something from each one of them to shape and mold my life as a man, and as well as a football coach. I played for coach Steve Shankweiler and Bill Cloer at Redan High School, and both men left a great impression. Coach Shankweiler [More]

Daily List: Teams averaging 40 or more points per game

  • 6:12 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Teams averaging 40 or more points per game:

48.6 – Tucker

48.6 – Washington County

47.6 – Drew

47.0 – Mount Paran Christian

46.1 – Pickens

45.9 – Jefferson

44.9 – Griffin

44.6 – Colquitt County

43.9 – Houston County

43.3 – Buford

43.0 – Mill Creek

42.5 – Union County

42.3 – Landmark Christian

42.0 – Dalton

42.0 – Peach County

41.0 – Aquinas

40.7 – Harris County

40.7 – Calhoun

40.5 – Allatoona

40.3 – Blessed Trinity

40.0 – Cartersville

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Daily Trivia: Only team in Georgia that is unbeaten but unranked

  • 6:00 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

What is the only Georgia team that is unbeaten, but unranked? (Answer Thursday)

Answer to Tuesday’s question: Pat Dye was the Class AAA lineman of the year for Richmond Academy’s 1956 state-championship team.

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