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Predictions: Tucker, McEachern ready to open season with a bang

  • 4:28 pm Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Chip Saye

The Corky Kell Classic will be bigger than ever this year, with seven games being played over two days at McEachern High School. It also has what is probably its best lineup ever, with 10 state-ranked teams, seven of the top 10 teams in Class AAAAAA and five games that match ranked opponents. Look for Tucker, the AAAAA runner-up last year, to make a splash in its AAAAAA debut with a victory against two-time state champion Norcross, and expect McEachern to justify its No. 1 ranking by beating North Gwinnett.

THE WEEKEND PREDICTIONS

THURSDAY

Bowdon##Central-Carroll

Savannah Christian##Jenkins

FRIDAY

Aquinas##Glenn Hills

Athens Academy##Glascock Co.

Athens Christian##Strong Rock Christian

Baconton Charter##Central-Talbotton

Beach##Savannah

Bleckley [More]

Volleyball notebook: Chiefs, Hoyas remain unbeaten

  • 3:06 pm Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Craig Sager II

Sequoyah hosted the Sequoyah Classic Tournament for the 24th year this weekend. Starr’s Mill took a 6-1 record to win the Silver Bracket. Dunwoody was a surprise team that quietly entered playoffs last year before catching fire en route to the  semifinals. The Wildcats continue to impress and were off to a 7-0 start to the season before falling to Sequoyah in the semifinals of the Classic. Host Sequoyah sits at 7-0 to start and swept all seven opponents (Whitewater, Lambert, Alpharetta, Milton, Roswell, Dunwoody and East Coweta) to take the 32-team tournament this weekend. The unbeaten Chiefs host a [More]

Volleyball rankings: Sequoyah takes over Class AAAAA

  • 3:05 pm Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Craig Sager II

In Class AAAAAA, Northview and Etowah entered the rankings while replacing Pope, Chattahoochee and North Cobb. The top three remained the same with Walton at No. 1. In Class AAAAA, McIntosh is off to a slow 3-4 start and was bumped from No. 1 to No. 4 and Sequoyah takes over the top spot after its undefeated 7-0 start.

Marist retains No. 1 in Class AAAA and moved to 9-0 with sweeps over McIntosh, Walton, Lovett and Columbus on Saturday. Whitewater plunged to No. 10 in the poll after four straight losses.  In Class AAA, Westminster has fallen victim to its brutal [More]

Georgia high school football: No. 1 Buford, No. 2 Sandy Creek face tough openers

  • 12:07 pm Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by David Purdum

Buford opens its first season in AAAA by hosting Florida power Trinity Christian on Saturday at Tom Riden Stadium. The game will be broadcast at 9 p.m. on ESPN2. Ranked No. 1 preseason, Buford has won state championships in six of the last seven seasons and is once again loaded with next-level prospects. The Wolves have nine junior and senior Division I recruits, including six who are expected to start on defense. Trinity Christian is the defending AAA state champion in Florida and features safety Deontai Williams, a Georgia commitment, and corner Kevin Toliver II, who’s committed to LSU.

Buford coach [More]

5-star recruit Robertson ineligible after all; hopes to play in September

  • 11:42 am Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Demetris Robertson, the five-star football recruit who transferred this week to Savannah Christian from Savannah Country Day, is not eligible after all – at least for now.

The Georgia High School Association, which had ruled Robertson eligible on Wednesday, reversed field on Thursday because of new information regarding Robertson’s residency status.

To be eligible, Robertson must change residences from one school district to another, relinquishing his old address and living in the new one permanently. Savannah Christian, Robertson’s new school, visited the reported new residence and found that Robertson and his brother, who is a teacher in Chatham County Schools and also Robertson’s [More]

Big games in AA: GAC putting No. 1 ranking to the test

  • 9:53 am Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Brent Holloway

Here are a few of the top games in Class AA this weekend, starting with a marquee match-up at the top …

No. 3 Benedictine at No. 1 Greater Atlanta Christian

Two of the top teams in AA are wasting no time putting their preseason rankings to the test. The third-ranked Cadets will travel to face a top-ranked Spartans team loaded with high-level talent and lofty expectations.

GAC is led by big-time college prospects RB/DB Micah Abernathy, WR/DB Darius Slayton and LB Tyler Cooksey. Those three have gotten the bulk of the preseason attention, but there’s a wealth of talent on the roster. [More]

Stephens to make Ware debut; Creekside to open title defense

  • 9:30 am Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Chip Saye

Only about half of the Class AAAAA teams will be in action on the first weekend of the high school football season, but there are plenty of good games on the schedule. Eight of the top 10 teams in the classification play in Week 1, and most of those teams should face a decent season-opening test. And one game between unranked teams could go a long way in determining a region champion. Here are some of the stories worth watching this weekend in AAAAA:

- Franklin Stephens will make his debut as the Ware County coach at home on Friday when [More]

It’s showtime for Callaway, Ringgold and Jefferson

  • 8:56 am Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

The No. 3-ranked Callaway Cavaliers will start their championship pursuit tonight against rival LaGrange in a non-region game. Although the Cavs lost record-setting quarterback Tez Parks, there’s no reason to believe coach Michael Wiggins’ team won’t be lighting up the scoreboard again.
Callaway (12-2 last season) has two exceptional backs in Cedric Maynard and Eddie Culpepper, a game-breaker who scored 10 touchdowns in four playoff games last year. Plus, there’s Super 11 pick Terry Godwin, who had 24 catches for 585 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013.
Godwin, who has verbally committed to Georgia, is just as good on defense. A lockdown [More]

Four Questions with Camden County coach Welton Coffey

  • 7:00 am Thursday, August 21st, 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.

Welton Coffey, Camden County

1. Who is/was the most influential person in your coaching career? “Coach Douglas White, former head baseball coach, JV football and algebra III/trigonometry teacher at Raines High School in Jacksonville, currently A.D. and head basketball coach at Raines. Coach White taught without speaking. His actions as a teacher, coach, husband and father spoke volumes. He was passionate about teaching math, coaching and being a father to his two sons and twin daughters. His wife and entire family [More]

Daily Trivia: Team that beat Norcross 55-0 last season

  • 6:45 am Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

On the opening weekend of the 2013 season, defending Class AAAAAA champion Norcross was beaten 55-0. Which team beat Norcross? (Answer Friday)

Answer to Wednesday’s question: Washaun Ealey of Emanuel County Institute (2006-09) holds the Georgia record for career touchdowns with 133. Matt Dunham of Pacelli (2000-04) ranks second with 111.

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