Prep Zone: High School Sports blog 

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

Class A’s Top Games: Mercy at No. 1 Aquinas, No. 2 Marion County at No. 8 Dooly County, Commerce at AAA No. 4 Jefferson

  • 4:06 am Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Here are some of Class A’s top games in Week 4:

Our Lady of Mercy (1-1) at No. 1 Aquinas (2-0).  The top-ranked Irish have rolled past their first two opponents by a combined scored of 74-24, including a 33-18 win two weeks ago over a solid Prince Avenue Christian team.  Now the defending Class A private school champs, led by RB/DB Ruben Garnett, will host their first home game since winning the title.  Mercy, which defeated Class AA KIPP Atlanta last week (27-7), is led by dual-threat quarterback Jamison Vest.  It will be the first meeting between the two schools [More]

No. 1 in AA GAC at ELCA, North Clayton at No. 4 MPC among Friday’s top games in Class A

  • 10:20 am Friday, September 5th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Here are some of Class A’s top games in Week 3:

No. 1 in AA Greater Atlanta Christian (2-0) at Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (0-2).  ELCA took an uncharacteristically brutal beating last week at the hands of Class AAAA Stockbridge (33-3), as the Chargers’ young lineup goes through its growing pains.  But they won’t have time to lick their wounds as the top ranked team in Class AA comes south to McDonough.  The undefeated Spartans are led by two of the state’s most sought-after uncommitted recruits, WR/DB Darius Slayton and RB/DB Micha Abernathy certainly worth discussion and will be covered in [More]

Teams off to uncharacteristically good starts at 2-0

  • 2:34 am Thursday, September 4th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

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]

What to watch for Friday: No. 1 Aquinas at Prince Avenue, Stockbridge at No. 10 ELCA; Three former GISA members debut in GHSA

  • 1:59 am Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Here’s what to look for Friday …

No. 1 Aquinas (1-0) at Prince Avenue Christian (0-0).  The top-ranked Irish, last year’s private school champs, thumped Class AAA Glen Hills last week, 41-6.  Led by junior QB Liam Welch and senior RB/DB Ruben Garnett, who reportedly holds more than a dozen FCS offers, Aquinas will get a stern early season test from the Wolverines in Bogart, just outside of Athens.  Prince Avenue was the 2012 private school runner up and finished 10-2 last season after falling in the state semifinals to eventual runner up Calvary Day. This is the second season at [More]

Coach Speak with Mt. Paran’s Jordan and Charlton’s McWhorter, ELCA’s brutal gauntlet

  • 7:00 pm Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Technical difficulties (user error!) have us behind schedule a bit here at Class A Blog Headquarters.  But we’ll soldier on with a couple of “Coach Speak” features, Mount Paran Christian’s Mitch Jordan and Charlton County’s Rich McWhorter, and a look at Eagle’s Landing Christian’s brutal schedule.

And check back on Thursday afternoon for previews of some of the best games on the Class A slate in Week 2.

Coach Speak with Mt. Paran’s Mitch Jordan:  Are the Eagles title favorites?

Coming off of a 9-3 season in which Mount Paran Christian put itself firmly on the Class A football map, and after soundly [More]

No. 10 Mt. Paran vs. No. 4 ELCA top kickoff weekend slate; New era begins in Lincolnton

  • 11:02 am Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Here’s what to look for this weekend as the season gets underway…

No. 10 Mt. Paran Christian vs. No. 4 Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (Saturday). In one of the top games in the state in any classification, Mt. Paran and ELCA, both in the AJC preseason Top 10, will be one of three games in the Battleground Kickoff Classic in Columbus, at A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium. Mt. Paran, one of the surprise teams of 2013, finished 9-3 and advanced to the second round of the Class A private school playoffs, where they lost to eventual champion Aquinas (35-32). The Eagles are led by [More]

Power Rating is back; Three teams join GHSA; Check in with defending champs

  • 3:36 am Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Finally, it’s that time again! The Class A football blog is back again for another season!

As was the case last year, we’ll post blogs here on every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning during the football season.  Tuesday’s blogs will be online only, while portions of the Thursday and Saturday posts will be published in The Atlanta Journal Constitution on Friday and Sunday.

On Tuesday’s we’ll take an expanded look back at the events of the previous Friday night, with a few other features here and there such as quick conversations with coaches from around the state (“Coach Speak”), along with [More]

Maxwell Class A Region by Region Preview

  • 10:55 pm Sunday, August 17th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

The Maxwell Ratings region by region breakdowns are based on a Monte Carlo simulation of the 2014 season. The simulation completed 1,000,000 trials at the rate of approximately 51 seasons per second.

While the Maxwell Ratings reflect each team’s strength, the Monte Carlo simulation highlights the impact of the season’s structure (i.e., schedules, region alignments, etc.).

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 A GHSA teams were treated as an average Class A team) and results from games with out of state opponents were not [More]

Six Georgians named USA Today Track and Field All Americans

  • 5:43 pm Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Six Georgia track athletes have been selected American Family Insurance/USA Today All Americans, with four receiving first team honors.

For the boys team, recent Our Lady of Mercy graduate Christian Coleman, St. Pius grad Daniel Haugh and Pace Academy alum Kenny Selmon were all selected to the first team.  For the girls team, Rockdale County rising sophomore Candace Hill made the first team, while Miller Grove graduate Tiffany Flynn and Forest Park rising senior Bria Matthews earned second team honors.

Coleman, a Tennessee signee, was among five first-team sprinters selected by USA Today.  His top times this season are 10.29 seconds in [More]