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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]

Maxwell Week 5 Projections

  • 7:05 am Wednesday, September 17th, 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 4

  • 7:00 am Wednesday, September 17th, 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; GS – 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
TOT

1. Colquitt County (4-0)
1
1
1
1
1
1
60

2. Camden County (4-0)
2
2
2
3
2
6
49

3. Grayson (3-0)
4
5
3
2
4
2
46

4. Lowndes (4-0)
3
4
4
5
3
8
39

5. Lovejoy (3-0)
5
3
5
4
9
10
30

6. Milton (2-0)
6
8
6
8
6
3
29

7. North Gwinnett (2-1)
9
7
8
9
5
4
24

8. Valdosta (4-0)
7
6
7
7

17

9. McEachern (1-2)
10

10

8
5
11

10. Hughes (2-1)
8
9

10

7
10

11. Dacula (3-0)

6
10
9
8

12. Norcross (2-1)

10

7

5

13. North Cobb (3-1)

9

2

Class AAAAA
AJC
GSWA
GPB
SA
MAX
MP
TOT

1. Northside, Warner Robins (3-0)
1
1
1
1
1
1
60

2. Ware County (3-0)
2
2
2
2
2
2
54

3. Stephenson (1-1)
3
4
3
5
8
4
39

4. Creekside (3-1)
4
5
5
6
5
3
38

5. Kell (3-0)
5
3
4
4
3

36

6. Coffee (2-1)
6
7
6
3
7
6
31

7. Allatoona (4-0)
8
6
8
7
6
8
23

8. Carver, Columbus (2-1)
7
8
7
9

9
15

9. Lanier (3-0)
9
10
9
8
10
10
10

10. Gainesville (1-1)

4

7

11. Mays (2-1)

5
6

12. Houston [More]

POY Watch: Sapp, Minter, Waller enter top 10

  • 6:45 am Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Milton LB Quarte Sapp, Schley County RB/LB Tra Minter and B.E.S.T. Academy RB/QB/DB Deshawn Waller are the three newest members of GHSF Daily’s Player of the Year Watch.

Sapp, a major Division I prospect, is the ringleader of a defense that has shut down potential region champions Alpharetta (17-10) and Norcross (26-0). Milton (2-0) is ranked No. 6 in Class AAAAAA.

Milton defensive coordinator Pete Deweese said Sapp’s strength is his versatility. He can cover receivers, blitz and make tackles sideline to sideline.

“The linebacker coach for a perennial top-10 [college] defense watched us practice last week and told me flat out that [More]

Four Questions with Shaw coach Kyle Adkins

  • 6:30 am Wednesday, September 17th, 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.

Kyle Adkins, Shaw

1. Who is/was the most influential person in your coaching career? “That’s a tie between David Cochran and Dexter Copeland. Both of these men entrusted me with a great deal of responsibility at a very early age. They not only helped me to expand my knowledge of the game, but they taught me how to be a professional and simply how to handle your business. That was huge, and more young coaches need that.”

2. Who [More]

Daily Trivia: Team with most shutouts in a season

  • 6:15 am Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

What is the Georgia record for most shutouts in a season? (Answer Thursday)

Answer to Tuesday’s question: Rusty Curry of Duluth kicked the longest field goal in Georgia history, a 67-yarder, against Norcross in 1999. The field goal came on a free kick after a Duluth fair catch. It is one yard short of the recognized national record. Dax Langley of Heritage (Conyers) kicked a 63-yard field goal against Cedar Shoals in 1993. That is the longest field goal from a scrimmage kick in Georgia history.

Produced by Georgia High School Football Daily, a free e-mail newsletter. To join the mailing list, [More]

Daily List: Longest active streaks of seasons with at least one shutout

  • 6:00 am Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Creekside extended its streak of seasons in which it has shut out at least one opponent to 19 last week with a 41-0 victory over Druid Hills. Below are the longest current streaks of that kind. (Y) or (N) indicates whether the streak has been extended in 2014. On Thursday, we will list the longest streaks of all-time.

31 – Peach County (Y)

22 – Calhoun (N)

19 – Creekside (Y)

15 – Laney (N)

15 – Vidalia (Y)

13 – Emanuel Co. Institute (N)

13 – Charlton County (Y)

11 – Fitzgerald (N)

11 – Lovett (N)

11 – Stephenson (N)

10 – Carrollton (N)

Sources: GHSFHA.com and Loren Maxwell

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Tuesday softball, volleyball scores

  • 8:52 pm Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Craig Sager II

Compiled by Score Atlanta

Softball

Apalachee 8, Gainesville 2
Arabia Mountain 15, Stone Mountain 0
Archer 4, Parkview 1
Armuchee 6, Model 1
Athens Christian 2, Commerce 0
Bleckley County 4, Monticello 2
Brookstone 27, St. Anne-Pacelli 0
Calvary Day 6, Savannah Christian 0
Cambridge 17, Riverwood 0
Cass 5, Sequoyah 0
Christian Heritage 1, Whitfield Academy 0
Collins Hill 9, North Gwinnett 0
Eagles Landing 8, Pike County 4
Evans 16, Richmond Academy 0
Excel Christian 16, King’s Ridge 3
Gordon Lee 10, Darlington 1
Grayson 8, Shiloh 0
Harlem 15, Jefferson County 0
Heritage, Catoosa 7, Cartersville 0
Johns Creek 6, Alpharetta 4
First Presbyterian 20, Wilkinson County 3
Lambert 2, Habersham Central 0
Mountain View 3, Mill Creek 2
Northview 7, North [More]

Controversial lightning delay fuels local rivalry

  • 7:37 pm Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by David Purdum

Lightning definitely struck Friday night near Mary Persons High School, but when? That’s the question fueling a controversy between two Georgia high school football rivals.

Trailing Mary Persons 29-27 on a stormy Friday night, Lamar County was lining up for a potential tying two-point conversion late in the third quarter when officials detected lightning and halted play. The game never resumed and Mary Persons was declared the winner.

Lamar County coach Jamie Abrams sent a letter of protest Monday to the Georgia High School Association. The GHSA responded by citing Rule 1 Section 1 Article 11 of the National Federation of State [More]

Softball rankings: Ola overcomes defeat, remains No. 1

  • 3:17 pm Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Ricky Dimon

Score Atlanta

A battle between two top-ranked teams in the state lived up its billing last Wednesday. Buford, the No. 1 squad in Class AAAA, scored a run in the seventh inning on a homer by Jordan Deep to beat Lassiter, No. 1 in Class AAAAAA, 2-1. It was the Trojans’ first loss of the season. Buford, of course, maintains the top position in its classification while Lassiter is still hanging on ahead of Collins Hill and Brookwood.

Ola, the No. 1 team in Class AAAAA, lost to Woodland-Henry last week, but then won four games in a row to stay [More]

Softball notebook: Mill Creek, Wesleyan win ranked showdowns

  • 2:43 pm Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Ricky Dimon

Score Atlanta

Skylar Hayward threw a no-hitter while striking out seven batters through eight innings of work in Mill Creek’s 8-0 shutout of Region 7-AAAAAA rival Peachtree Ridge last Thursday night. Additionally, Hayward went 2-for-2 at the plate and drove in a run. The Hawks also got two hits from Mikayla Rood and Kaylyn Anthony, who had a double, an RBI and two runs scored. They improved to 9-5-1 overall and 4-2 in region play.

In another Thursday showdown between region foes, Wesleyan hammered Greater Atlanta Christian 11-1 to stay undefeated at 4-0 in Region 6-AA competition. The game was called after [More]

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