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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]

Saturday football, softball and volleyball scores

  • 8:40 pm Saturday, August 30th, 2014 by Craig Sager II

Compiled by Score Atlanta

Football

Jenkins 31, South Effingham 8

Marist 17, Godby (Fla.) 14

Norland (Fla.) 30, M.L. King 0

Volleyball

Camden County 2, Calvary Day 1

Camden County 2, Richmond Hill 1

Camden County 2, St. Vincent’s 0

Centennial 2, Camden County 0

Centennial 2, St. Vincents 0

Coosa 2, Darlington 1

Coosa 2, Darlington 0

Coosa 2, Alexander 0

Darlington 2, East Paulding 0

Harrison 2, Hillgrove 0

Hillgrove 2, Campbell 0

Hillgrove 2, Mount Paran Christian 0

St. Vincent’s 2, Glynn Academy 1

St. Vincent’s 2, Providence Chrisitian 0

Walker 2, Allatoona 0

Softball

Camden County 9, Excel Christian 4

Chestatee 3, Baconton Charter 1

Discovery Canyon (Co.) 9, Carrollton 66

Dodge County 7, Jenkins 0

Excel Christian 4, Savannah Christian 3

Kell [More]

Battle of the Borders roundup

  • 6:56 pm Saturday, August 30th, 2014 by Craig Sager II

Marist 17, Godby (Fla.) 14: Joey Goegel’s 19-yard field goal with eight seconds left lifted Marist past Godby in the opening game of the Battle of the Borders at Hallford Stadium. Quarterback Sam Phelps ran in a 1-yard touchdown to give Marist a 7-0 lead before Godby quarterback Darius Bradwell answered with a 6-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to tie it at 7-7. The Jaguars jumped offsides on a 30-yard Marist field goal attempt before the half and Spencer Taylor capitalized with a 6-yard Marist touchdown run. Bradwell ran in his second score in the third quarter to [More]

Creekside, Gainesville fall, but Ware picks up big win

  • 9:30 am Saturday, August 30th, 2014 by Chip Saye

Here’s a recap of the big stories in Class AAAAA from Week 2:

*No. 1 Creekside falls: Defending state champion and No. 1-ranked Creekside had its 16-game winning streak come to an end when a late rally fell short in a 21-20 loss to Fairburn rival Hughes, the seventh-ranked team in Class AAAAAA. Creekside trailed 21-0 late in the third quarter but got two touchdowns from Julian Gibbs and one by Bricen Terry to cut the lead to 21-20. The Seminoles missed their last extra-point attempt with about two minutes remaining when they had to try a 35-yard kick after an [More]

No. 1 Aquinas, Garnett roll; ELCA, Clinch blown out by larger schools; Former GISA teams go 2-1 in GHSA debut

  • 8:49 am Saturday, August 30th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

No. 1 Aquinas rolls
Top-ranked Aquinas made another statement Friday while its best player did the same.  The Irish blasted a team from Class AAA (Glenn Hills) last week. Friday they traveled to Bogart and worked over a solid Prince Avenue Christian (0-1) team 33-18 to move to 2-0 this season.  The majority of the damage was done by senior RB/WR Ruben Garnett, one of the front runners for Class A Player of the Year.  Garnett, who has more than a dozen FBS offers, carried the ball 32 times for 230 yards and two touchdowns, and also had 72 receiving yards [More]

North Cobb 36, North Gwinnett 29

  • 8:31 am Saturday, August 30th, 2014 by robhadd

By Robert Haddocks
For the AJC

North Cobb scored two touchdowns in the final seven minutes to erase a 16-point deficit and rallied for a dramatic 36-29 win over North Gwinnett.
Tyler Queen led the Warriors on a 99-yard drive in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 29-29. But the senior quarterback saved his best for last, marching the Warriors 82 yards before running in for a 1-yard score with 35 seconds remaining. North Gwinnett drove to the North Cobb 20-yard line, but a desperation pass sailed out of bounds.
North Cobb fans and players stormed the field as the Warriors (1-1) [More]

Peach County, Westside, Calhoun answer questions

  • 8:05 am Saturday, August 30th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

If the season opener is any indication, it looks like No. 9 Peach County is in store for a bounce-back season.

Not that 8-4, the Trojans’ record in 2013, was horrible. It just wasn’t up to historic Peach County standards. So in the season opener Peach went out and knocked off Class AAAAA Warner Robins 19-0.

That righted a lot of wrongs from last year. Not only did it remove the bitter taste left by last year’s 54-21 drubbing by Warner Robins, it also signalled the defensive improvement for which coach Chad Campbell had craved.

While the defense was standing strong, the offense [More]

Class AA recap: Another top team falls, as Westminster sinks Lovett

  • 3:21 am Saturday, August 30th, 2014 by Brent Holloway

Remember a few days ago when we asked if there was room at the top in Class AA? Well, for the second straight week, one of the top-ranked teams in the classification has fallen.

Last Friday, it was expected: either No. 1 Greater Atlanta Christian or then-No. 3 Benedictine had to lose. This week, the outcome was less predictable, as defending state champs Lovett had its 10-game winning streak snapped in a 13-10 loss to rival Westminster.

The hero for the Wildcats, who now compete in Class AAA, was Cole Haverty, a Division-I lacrosse prospect. The senior running back/defensive [More]

AAAAAA blog: Colquitt County restores state pride … Big wins also for North Cobb, Grayson, Lowndes, P’Ridge

  • 12:50 am Saturday, August 30th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Georgia high school football got its pride hurt a year ago when its defending Class AAAAAA champion, Norcross, was beaten 55-0 on national TV by Booker T. Washington, a Miami team that would claim several mythical national titles.

Give credit to Norcross for picking up the pieces and winning AAAAAA again last year, but give Colquitt County – the current No. 1 team in AAAAAA – a hand also for the statement it made nationally on Friday night in Moultrie, where the Packers dominated two-time Alabama Class 6A champion Hoover 35-14.

Sihiem King, the preseason all-state running back, rushed for 169 yards [More]

Friday football scores

  • 12:48 am Saturday, August 30th, 2014 by AJC Sports

Adairsville 52, Woodland-Cartersville 28

Alexander 30, Douglas Co. 12

Allatoona 41, Villa Rica 22

Americus-Sumter 28, Macon Co. 23

Athens Christian 31, Athens Academy 14

Atkinson Co. 21, Jeff Davis 6

Aquinas 33, Prince Ave. Christian 18

Bacon Co. 34, Lanier Co. 13

Bainbridge 12, Early Co. 6

Baldwin 42, Hancock Central 24

B.E.S.T Academy 14, Callaway 7

Blessed Trinity 42, St. Pius 20

Brooks Co. 28, Clinch Co. 8

Buford 56, Berkmar 0

Burke Co. 20, Jefferson Co. 7

Cairo 14, Thomasville 0

Calhoun 21, Dalton 14

Calhoun Co. 26, Dougherty 13

Cambridge 42, Chapel Hill 12

Camden Co. 42, Dutchtown 6

Campbell 33, Stone Mountain 8

Cartersville 41, Cass 7

Carver-Columbus 44, Spencer 13

Cedar Grove 34, Southwest DeKalb 6

Central, Ala. [More]

Class AA Friday football roundup

  • 12:07 am Saturday, August 30th, 2014 by AJC Sports

Compiled by Score Atlanta

Greater Atlanta Christian 28, North Oconee 10: Sophomore quarterback Davis Mills accounted for all four of GAC’s touchdowns, throwing for three scores and rushing for another. The visiting Spartans jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead after Mills hit Justin Phan on a 31-yard passing score and a 64-yard passing score and ran for a 1-yard touchdown in the first half. Mills capped the Spartans’ scoring with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Darius Slayton in the third quarter.

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