Prep Zone: High School Sports blog 

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

UPDATED Class A Blog: Carlos Robertson “relieved” with GHSA decision to grant eligibility to brother Demetris Robertson; Claxton on the rise; New power ratings

  • 3:50 pm Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Carlos Robertson, the older brother and guardian of Demetris Robertson, expressed “relief” with the decision made Tuesday afternoon by the Georgia High School Association’s appeals committee to grant eligibility to his younger brother.

The junior all-state DB/WR/ATH will now be able to suit up for his new school for the first time this season on Friday, when the Raiders host Portal.  Demetris Robertson, who committed to Alabama over the summer, transferred to Savannah Christian from Savannah Country Day when his family, headed by Carlos Robertson, moved across town to be closer to Carlos’ job as a special education instructor at Groves [More]

Class A Blog: No. 2 Marion outlasts No. 5 Hawkinsville; No. 8 Tattnall Square stays unbeaten; Mt. Pisgah bounces back

  • 5:56 am Saturday, October 18th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Marion County edges Hawkinsville
No. 2 Marion County (7-0, 5-0 in Region 4) claimed a 13-6 win over No. 5 Hawkinsville (7-1, 5-1) in a defensive slugfest that may have been a preview of the public school state title game in two months.  The Hawkinsville defense that had been yielding less than a touchdown a game held the defending state champions to just 200 yards total offense, according to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, and bottled up the Eagles’ two main offensive weapons – junior receiver Lorenzo Smothers and senior running back Johnny Royal.  But Smothers served as an effective decoy on Marion [More]

Class A Blog: No. 2 Marion County vs. No. 5 Hawkinsville; No. 8 Tattnall Square vs. FPD; Pinecrest at Mt. Pisgah headline Week 9 contests

  • 12:33 pm Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Here’s a look at the top games in Week 9, plus others worth checking out:

No. 2 Marion County (6-0, 4-0 in Region 4) vs. No. 5 Hawkinsville (7-0, 5-0).  The Region 4 title will most likely be decided Friday night in Buena Vista, just outside of Columbus.  In just its ninth season of football since the school was opened in 2006, Marion County, the defending Class A public school champion, is going for its second consecutive region championship, its fourth overall (2010, 2011 and 2013).  The Eagles are propelled by a high-powered offense that is averaging 35 points per game.  [More]

Class A Blog: Robertsons to seek legal action vs. GHSA; Tattnall Square a GHSA title continder; Updated power ratings

  • 6:11 am Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Time to take a look at the Georgia High School Association/MaxPreps power ratings heading into the ninth week of play.  But first, an update on the Demetris Robertson case and a few words from Tattnall Square head coach Clint Morgan, who has the Trojans undefeated (6-0, 5-0 in Region 7) and ranked No. 8.

Robertsons to seek answers through the courts
Last week Carlos Robertson, the older brother and legal guardian of all-state junior DB/WR/RB/ATH Demetris Robertson, who is seeking eligibility from the Georgia High School Association to suit up for Savannah Christian after transferring from Savannah Country Day over the summer, [More]

Class A Blog: Former GISA member makes statement, No. 4 Calvary Day survives, Fellowship Christian pulls a shocker

  • 3:42 am Saturday, October 11th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Here are a few of the highlights from Friday night:

Tattnall Square makes a statement.  The best private school team in Class A might be a team that could not get out of the first round of the Georgia Independent Schools Association state playoffs last season.  Tattnall Square of Macon, which began competing in the Georgia High Schools Association this season after competing in the GISA since 1971, moved to 6-0, 5-0 in Region 7, Division A, with a convincing 24-7 win over Bibb County rival Stratford Academy (3-3, 2-2). Just three weeks ago, Stratford came within seconds of upsetting top-ranked [More]

Class A Blog: Mt. Pisgah at Fellowship Christian, No. 9 Dooly County at No. 5 Hawkinsville, Stratford Academy at Tattnall Square among top games this weekend

  • 1:09 pm Thursday, October 9th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

There are a number of big games this week:

No. 9 Dooly County (4-1, 2-1 in Region 4) at No. 5 Hawkinsville (6-0, 4-0).  The top game on the Class A slate will take place in Hawkinsville, where the Red Devils are 6-0 for the first time since 2004, when they went undefeated and tied Clinch County in the Class A title game. Hawkinsville went 15-0 and won the title outright the previous season.  Dooly County’s only loss thus far was to defending Class A public school state champion No. 2 Marion County (5-0, 3-0), the top team in the GHSA [More]

(UPDATED!!) Class A Blog: Demetris Roberterson’s guardian, coach speak out on latest eligibility denial by GHSA

  • 5:07 pm Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Carlos Robertson reached out this afternoon by email to give his side of the story on the decision Tuesday by the Georgia High School Association to once again deny eligibility to his brother, Demetris Robertson, who transferred to Savannah Christian from Savannah Country Day this summer.  Here is the email, followed by more thoughts from Carlos Robertson and Savannah Christian head coach and athletic director, Donald Chumley.  I reached out to GHSA Executive Director Gary Phillips this afternoon, but he had probably already left for the day.  I will continue to reach out to him to get his thoughts.

Good afternoon [More]

Class A Blog: Region 8 now a toss up; Region 3 upstarts split; Pacelli drops another close one

  • 3:12 am Saturday, October 4th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Region 8 a toss up now.  There is now a three-way tie for first in Region 8 as Athens Christian, Commerce and Prince Avenue Christian are all 3-1 in league play.  In the last game of the regular season round robin involving the three teams, Prince Avenue rolled up 383 yards on the ground en route to a 48-27 win over Commerce.  Last week, Commerce defeated Athens Christian, 10-7. Back on Sept. 19, Athens Christian, which is in the midst of a bit of a resurgence under new head coach Chris Williams and had lost four straight to Prince Avenue, [More]

Class A Blog: No. 2 Marion County vs. Pacelli, No. 5 Charlton County at No. 9 Irwin County, St. Francis at Mt. Pisgah among weekend’s best

  • 11:22 am Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Here are a few of the top games this weekend:

No. 2 Marion County (4-0, 2-0 in Region 4) vs Pacelli (4-1, 2-1).  For the second week in a row, Pacelli will face a region foe it has never defeated.  The Vikings lost a heartbreaker last week to No. 10 Dooly County, 28-21, turning the ball over inside the Bobcats’ 20-yard line in the final seconds of the game.  Friday, defending Class A private school champion Marion County will be waiting in Buena Vista, fresh off of a 34-13 win over Schley County, where the Eagles limited Class A Player of [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]