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AJC updates from the world of high school sports in metro Atlanta and Georgia

Three weeks left: Who’s making the playoffs?

  • 7:50 am Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

With only three weeks remaining in the regular season, it’s time to take a look at the playoffs. Most regions have one dominant team, meaning the real battle is for the second spot, which also guarantees a home game in the first round of the state playoffs.

Here is a region-by-region look, with some of the leagues in more flux than the others.

Region 1, Div. A: Cook and Dodge County, both unbeaten in the region, play Friday in Eastman. Cook will finish first with a victory. Dodge still has to play Pierce County, which has only one region loss, in the [More]

Maxwell Week Nine Summary: Lee County jumps into third in Class AAAAAA

  • 6:52 am Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

The Maxwell Ratings will rank Georgia’s 417 teams throughout the 2014 season. The ratings are based entirely on historical performance and on field results and do not consider personnel changes on the roster or coaching staffs.

Interesting results after Week Nine:
– Lee County rode their 42-30 victory over Lowndes to a nearly 16-point gain in the ratings to leap from number 24 in Class AAAAAA to number 3. It was the largest gain as a result of the weekend’s result. The largest shift in the other direction was experienced by Clarkston, who fell nearly 33 points following their 32-25 [More]

Top performances from Week 9: Freshmen Lawrence, Walker making early impact

  • 6:35 am Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Trevor Lawrence and Chase Walker proved last week that it’s never too early to throw for 400 yards or rush for 300.

They had the games of their short careers on Friday – both are freshmen – and lead this week’s Top Individual Performances.

Lawrence is a 6-foot-3, 175-pound quarterback who many college coaches already know about. He already has a profile on 247Sports.

“He’s a big-time quarterback,” Cartersville coach Joey King said. “Trevor throws a good ball and sees the field very well. He is good enough with his feet to keep plays alive, and his composure and maturity for a freshman [More]

Daily List: Career leaders in rushing touchdowns

  • 6:24 am Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

North Oconee’s Kawon Bryant scored four touchdowns in a 31-6 victory over White County last week. That gave the senior running back 86 career touchdowns. Heard County’s Duranta Dunson scored the 80th touchdown of his career last week in a 35-20 victory over Manchester. Here are other players with 80 or more career touchdowns as recorded by the Georgia High School Football Historians Association. There might be other players that have gone unreported. (Players’ senior seasons are in parentheses.)

133 – Washaun Ealey, ECI (2009)

111 – Matt Dunham, Pacelli (2004)

105 – Robert Toomer, Worth County (1991)

105 – Monte Williams, Commerce (2000)

101 [More]

Four Questions with Woodland-Stockbridge coach Steve Davenport

  • 6:12 am Tuesday, October 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.

Steve Davenport, Woodland-Stockbridge

1. Who is/was the most influential person in your coaching career? “William ‘Buck’ Godfrey. I played on his first Southwest DeKalb team, and he gave me my first coaching job in ’90. That year we lost to Valdosta in the state finals, but the experience whetted my appetite to be a football coach. He has through the years continued to be a coaching mentor in my life. I served as his offensive coordinator in ’95 when we won [More]

Daily Trivia: Class AAA lineman of the year on Richmond Academy’s 1956 championship team

  • 6:00 am Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Richmond Academy’s 1956 state championship team will be honored on Thursday in Augusta at the school’s third-annual hall-of-fame induction. The team’s most famous player was the Atlanta Journal’s Class AAA lineman of the year. Who was he? (Answer Wednesday)

Answer to Monday’s question: Bill Chappell was the head coach for Dalton during 33 years of its streak of 52 consecutive winning seasons.

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Volleyball playoff brackets

  • 10:30 am Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Stephen Black - Score Atlanta

Click HERE for the GHSA volleyball playoff brackets.

Softball playoff brackets

  • 10:29 am Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Stephen Black - Score Atlanta

Click HERE for the GHSA softball playoff brackets.

How the new top 10 teams fared in Week 9

  • 6:45 am Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Class AAAAAA

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

Last week: Beat Valdosta 48-20. Sihiem King rushed for 302 yards and scored on runs of 11, 70 and 37 yards. He also had an 82-yard run. Colquitt can clinch the No. 1 seed in Region 1 with victory in either of its final two games. Next: Oct. 31 at Tift County (6-2)

2. (2) Grayson (8-0)

Last week: Beat Central Gwinnett 28-0. Camryn Brent rushed for 153 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries, and Grayson forced three turnovers. Chase Brice was 9-of-14 passing for 145 yards and two touchdowns. Next: Friday at Dacula [More]

Notable results of Week 9: Tift County, Lee County shake up Region 1-AAAAAA

  • 6:36 am Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Chip Saye

GHSF Daily’s Chip Saye ranks the most surprising and notable games of the weekend:

1. Tift County 37, Camden County 34: Less than a month ago, Camden County was undefeated and ranked No. 2. But after three consecutive region losses, the Wildcats are in last place in 1-AAAAAA. Camden must win its two remaining games – against No. 6 Lee County and No. 1 Colquitt County – or will miss the playoffs for the first time since 1988.

2. Lee County 42, Lowndes 30: Lee County, coming off a 58-14 blowout loss to No. 1 Colquitt County the week before, [More]