Prep Zone: High School Sports blog 

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

How the new top 10 teams fared in Week 5

  • 6:50 am Monday, September 22nd, 2014 by Todd Holcomb


1. (1) Colquitt County (5-0)

Last week: Beat Pelham 47-7. Colquitt returned two punts and an interception for touchdowns and ran only seven plays in the first half in leading 40-0. A running clock began in the second quarter, according to the Moultrie Observer. Next: Oct. 3 vs. Lowndes (5-0)

2. (2) Camden County (5-0)

Last week: Beat Wayne County 24-7. With QB Antonio Hamilton out injured, Camden did not attempt a pass in a game for the first time since 1992, when Luther Welsh was head coach. Sophomore RB Brandon McMasters rushed for 138 yards on 13 carries. Antonio Wimbush rushed [More]

Four Questions with Tattnall County coach Jeff Kaiser

  • 6:45 am Monday, September 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.

Jeff Kaiser, Tattnall County

1. Who is/was the most influential person in your coaching career? “Coach Buzz Busby, former head coach at Kendrick, Statesboro and Pike County. Coach was a stickler for organization, attention to detail and simple football.”

2. Who is the best Georgia player you ever faced? “Tray Blackmon, LaGrange, 2004. Incredible defensive instincts. Very tenacious.”

3. What is the best team you ever faced as a coach?“2002 Thomson Bulldogs. 15-0 state champions.”

4. If you were Gary Phillips, the [More]

Daily Trivia: Famous Jones County alumnus

  • 6:30 am Monday, September 22nd, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Jones County, the team that upset No. 1-ranked Northside of Warner Robins last week, has never won more than nine games in a season dating to the school’s start in football in 1945. The school’s most famous alumnus is probably a basketball player who was a first-round draft pick of the Atlanta Hawks. Who is he? (Answer Tuesday)

Answer to Friday’s question: Schools named Archer, Campbell, Howard, Hughes, Lanier, Sequoyah and Walker existed before the current schools of those names opened. The locations of the previous schools are: Archer (Atlanta), Campbell (Fairburn), Howard (Atlanta), Hughes (Macon), Lanier (Macon), Sequoyah (Doraville) and Walker [More]

Daily List: Coaches who have led more than one school to the No. 1 ranking

  • 6:15 am Monday, September 22nd, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

With Ware County’s ascension to No. 1 in the Class AAAAA rankings, Ware head coach Franklin Stephens has now led three No. 1-ranked teams at three different schools in four seasons. His 2013 Lamar County team was No. 1 entering the Class AA championship game, which it lost to Lovett. Stephens won state titles while at Tucker in 2008 and 2011. Here are the coaches that have taken two or more different schools to No. 1 rankings in Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Journal or Atlanta Constitution polls.

Four schools

*Mike Hodges (Miller County, West Rome, Thomasville, Cairo)

Three schools

*Charlie Winslette (Greene County, Fayette County, [More]

Notable results of Week 5: Jones County makes statement; wild night in 8-AAAAA

  • 6:00 am Monday, September 22nd, 2014 by Chip Saye

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

1. Jones County 45, Northside (Warner Robins) 37: Jones County knocked Northside out of the No. 1 spot in the Class AAAAA rankings with its first victory in six all-time meetings with the Eagles. Jones County, 4-0 for the first time since 1999, became the first team other than Warner Robins to beat Northside in the regular season since Lowndes in 2008.

2. Roswell 33, Milton 31: Roswell (3-1, 2-0) knocked off an undefeated team for the second consecutive week – Walton was the first victim [More]

Poll Talk: Jones County’s historic win opens door for Ware County

  • 9:29 am Sunday, September 21st, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Jones County’s historic upset of Northside-Warner Robins opened the door for Ware County to take the No. 1 ranking in Class AAAAA in this week’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution high school football rankings.

Ware is 4-0 under new head coach Franklin Stephens, who now led three No. 1-ranked teams in four seasons. His 2013 Lamar County team was No. 1 entering the Class AA championship game, which it lost to Lovett. Stephens won state titles while at Tucker in 2008 and 2011.

But the more surprising news last week was Jones County’s 45-37 victory over then-No. 1 Northside, which had not surrendered that many points [More]

Volleyball: Walton sweeps All City Classic

  • 8:39 pm Saturday, September 20th, 2014 by Craig Sager II

The second annual All City Classic took place Saturday at South Forsyth and Lambert as 14 of the states best programs squared off for a total of 30 games. Unlike a tournament bracket, these matchups were all handpicked to provide the games everyone wanted to see. Out of the 14 participating schools, only Walton, East Coweta and North Cobb escaped unscathed and the Raiders finished 4-0 with without dropping a set to Sequoyah, Chattahoochee, Johns Creek and Harrison.

The day opened with North Cobb and Sequoyah at 8 am. Sequoyah entered the tournament with a 26-2 record and a perfect resume [More]

Saturday scores

  • 8:16 pm Saturday, September 20th, 2014 by Stephen Black - Score Atlanta

Compiled by Score Atlanta

Carver-Atlanta 34, M.L. King 26
Mays 27, Southwest DeKalb 8
Mount Vernon Presbyterian 21, Cross Keys 7
Savannah Country Day 44, Montgomery County 13

Apalachee 3, Ola 2
Bleckley County 8, George Walton Academy 4
Bleckley County 3, White County 2
Central Gwinnett 6, Bleckley County 1
Mary Persons 9, Apalachee 7


Apalachee 2, Winder-Barrow 1

Athens Academy 2, Apalachee 0

Athens Academy 2, Clarke Central 0

Athens Academy 2, Monroe Area 0

Athens Academy 2, Oconee County 0

Athens Academy 2, Prince Avenue Christian 0

Athens Academy 2, Winder-Barrow 0

Buford 2, Peachtree Ridge 0

Centennial 2, Lassiter 1

Centennial 2, Roswell 1

Clarke Central 2, Winder-Barrow 0

East Coweta 2, Chattahoochee 0

East Coweta 2, Lambert [More]

Class A Blog: No. 1 Aquinas, No. 2 Marion County survive; No. 5 Charlton County and No. 8 Hawkinsville send messages; No. 10 ECI falls while Savannah Christian rolls without Robertson

  • 2:18 pm Saturday, September 20th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

No. 1 Aquinas escapes.  The Irish (4-0, 1-0) needed a touchdown and extra point with just 10 seconds left to avoid being upset by Stratford Academy (1-2, 0-1) in the Region 7 opener for both teams.  Aquinas called on their super star, senior RB/DB Ruben Garnett, for the winning score, as he powered in from 3-yards out on fourth down, according to the Augusta Chronicle.  Justin Thompson’s extra point kick provided the edge in a 28-27 win. Garnett finished the game with 238 yards rushing and three touchdowns. The Eagles’ wing-T offense gave the Irish fits all night, as they [More]

Jones County, Houston County shake up Region 2 in a big way

  • 9:45 am Saturday, September 20th, 2014 by Chip Saye

The race for the Region 2-AAAAA championship took a dramatic and surprising turn on Friday when perennial contenders Warner Robins and top-ranked Northside-Warner Robins both lost and gave up a combined 107 points in the process.

The new teams to beat? Houston County and Jones County, who are tied for first place with 3-0 region records.

Jones County sophomore quarterback Bradley Hunnicutt passed for 350 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Greyhounds past Northside 45-37, becoming the first team other than Warner Robins to beat the Eagles in the regular season since a 24-7 loss to Lowndes in 2008. The Greyhounds, [More]