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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]

Class A Blog: At midseason, time to start paying attention to the power ratings

  • 12:37 pm Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

We’re already halfway through the regular season, which means it’s time to start paying attention to the Georgia High Schools Association/MaxPreps power ratings. For newcomers, public and private schools in Class A compete against each other during the regular season but separately in the playoffs.  As such, the top 16 teams on each side advance to the post season and are selected based on a power rating system, coordinated by MaxPreps for the GHSA.  The top eight teams host the first round of the playoffs, with the top ranked team hosting the No. 16, No. 2 hosting No. 15, and [More]

Breaking down AA defenses: Vidalia riding 3-game shutout streak

  • 10:19 am Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by Brent Holloway

We live in the age of offense. For more reasons than we can get into in this space, teams at all levels of football are scoring more than they ever have before. This is not news.

What, then, of the old adage ingrained in every football fan over the age of 25?

Defense wins championships.

Whether or not that’s still true on a large scale is a subject open to debate and just begging for some sleeves-rolled-up, heavy-duty statistical analysis. Again, this isn’t really the place for that, but on an anecdotal level, we can see defense definitely still matters, especially in big [More]

Ranking regions: 8-AAA rules … How does yours compare?

  • 10:15 am Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

You’ve heard the old refrain. “Our region is so tough,” they say. “If you can get out of Region (fill in the blank) you can play with anybody.”

That sounds good, but it isn’t necessarily so.

So just which region is the best?

This is the first year of the two-year reclassification system, so the leagues are still feeling their way around. Some teams went up in classification, some moved down. Some of the regions look much different.

Now that the season has reached the halfway point for most teams, it’s a good chance to look at each region and determine which ones are [More]

High school football standings through Week 6

  • 10:00 am Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by Chip Saye


Region 1-AAAAAA

Last week
This week

Camden County
Did not play
vs. Valdosta

Colquitt County
Did not play
vs. Lowndes

Did not play
at Colquitt Co.

Tift County
Did not play
vs. Lee Co.

Did not play
at Camden Co.

Lee County
d. Mitchell Co. 50-12
at Tift Co.

Region 2-AAAAAA

Did not play
vs. Tucker

l. to Mays 40-35
at Rockdale Co.

Rockdale Co.
Did not play
vs. Lovejoy

d. Clarkston 62-0
at Newton

Lakeside (Atlanta)
Did not play
vs. Alcovy (A)

l. to Lamar Co. 45-0
at Lakeside, Atlanta (A)

Region 3-AAAAAA

East Coweta
d. Campbell 41-14
at Westlake

d. Douglas Co. 24-9
vs. Campbell

d. Pebblebrook 42-3
vs. East Coweta

South Cobb
d. Newnan 42-39
at Pebblebrook

l. to East Coweta 41-14
at Hughes

l. to Westlake 42-3
vs. South Cobb

Douglas County
l. to Hughes 24-9
vs. Newnan

l. to South Cobb 42-39
at Douglas Co.

Region 4-AAAAAA

North Cobb
d. [More]

Region 6 favorites are clear; race more wide open in Region 4

  • 9:45 am Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by Chip Saye

Today we continue our look at the playoff chances for Class AAAAA teams by focusing on Regions 4 and 6, where the state playoff teams will be determined by region play-in games.

Which teams on the lists below are getting too much credit? Which ones are being underestimated?

Next week we’ll finish our series with a look at Region 1.

Region 4-AAAAA

*Locks: None

*Likely: Mundy’s Mill, Drew, Luella

Mundy’s Mill was the Division A champion last season and is the favorite to win it again, although the Tigers’ can expect a challenge from Drew (3-1, 1-0) when the teams meet on Oct. 17. Luella emerged [More]

Maxwell Week Six Summary: ECLA struggles against tough schedule; Region 1-AAAAAA’s real work begins

  • 7:05 am Tuesday, September 30th, 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 Six:
– Eagle’s Christian Landing is off to its worst start since 2000 and has locked in its worst season since joining the GHSA in 2004. Its six losses to date are more than their entire total from the last four years combined. However, according to Maxwell, they’ve played the toughest schedule in the state’s bottom two classes and the 15th toughest [More]

Top performances from Week 6: 435-yard night could spark interest in LaFlamme

  • 6:30 am Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Tyler LaFlamme doesn’t have a scholarship offer. In fact, no college football coach has ever called or e-mailed the senior from South Forsyth.

Maybe that will change after LaFlamme (pronounced “la flame”) rushed for 435 yards in South Forsyth’s 42-34 victory over Chattahoochee on Friday. That’s the fourth-highest single-game rushing total in state history, according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association. The record is 476 yards by Miller County’s Don Calloway in 1999.

“I have a feeling recruiting will pick up,” South Forsyth assistant coach Trevor Williams said. “Good mix of size and speed.”

Williams coaches the secondary, where LaFlamme (5 [More]

Daily List: Most rushing yards in a game

  • 6:20 am Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Most rushing yards in a game in GHSA history:

476 – Don Calloway, Miller County (1999)

469 – Chris Clay, Randolph-Clay (2007)

463 – Duranta Dunson, Heard County (2013)

435 – Tyler LaFlamme, South Forsyth (2014)

434 – Michael Franklin, Carver-Atlanta (1987)

423 – Keith Henderson, Cartersville (1984)

417 – Champ Bailey, Charlton County (1995)

414 – Selma Calloway, Miller County (1992)

411 – Unray Solomon, Appling County (1991)

402 – Janier Ferguson, Pepperell (2011)

402 – Kahlige Fleglar, Glenn Hills (2013)

402 – Dontarius Brookins, Hancock Central (2013)

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Four Questions with Ola coach Jared Zito

  • 6:10 am Tuesday, September 30th, 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.

Jared Zito, Ola

1. Who is/was the most influential person in your coaching career? “George Clayton. He is the head coach at Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs, Fla., where I played and coached. He was our offensive line coach when I played, and he hired me out of college for my first teaching and coaching position. He taught me a lot about the game and really emphasized keeping it simple so the players can play fast and physical. He [More]

Daily Trivia: High school where Fresno State star Waller played

  • 6:00 am Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Georgia native Marteze Waller of Fresno State rushed for a college career-high 163 yards in a 35-24 victory over New Mexico on Saturday. Waller has rushed for 457 yards on the season, which ranks 28th nationally. For which high school did Waller play and make first-team all-state in 2010 and 2011? (Answer Wednesday)

Answer to Monday’s question: Habersham Central’s quarterback in 2011 – when the Raiders averaged 38.4 points and allowed 33.6 in the regular season – was Kevin Ellison, now the starting quarterback for Georgia Southern. Ellison rushed for 151 yards in Georgia Southern’s most recent game, a 35-14 victory over [More]

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