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

Class A Blog: ELCA lives!; Robertson makes successful debut for Savannah Christian; Heyward has a career night for Calvary Day

  • 2:27 am Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

ELCA’s back
Reports of the demise of Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy were greatly exaggerated.  After losing their first six games of the season to teams with a combined record of 34-8, the Chargers (2-6, 2-0 in Region 5) put themselves in position to win a fifth consecutive region title after Friday’s 35-28 win over rival Landmark Christian (6-2, 1-1), previously ranked No. 7.  Landmark jumped out to a 14-7 halftime lead. In the third quarter the teams combined to score 21 points in less than two minutes. The score was tied 21-21 after the barrage but ELCA pulled ahead in the [More]

Woodward Academy 28, Sandy Creek 7

  • 12:17 am Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

In a game where two of the state’s top running backs were mostly neutralized, other elements came to the forefront in Friday’s battle between No. 5 Woodward Academy and No. 2 Sandy Creek.

Those elements turned out to be stout defenses, a referee’s  call and a coaching decision. Woodward took advantage of all three and the War Eagles (7-1, 3-0 in Region 5-AAAA) went on to stun the Patriots, 28-7 at the Battlefield in Tyrone.  Woodward became the first team to defeat  Sandy Creek (7-1, 2-1) at home since Cartersville knocked off the Patriots 17-16 [More]

Class A Blog: ELCA at No. 7 Landmark, Claxton at No. 4 Calvary Day headline weekend of competitive games

  • 2:34 pm Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

As the regular season winds down, teams are scrambling for their spots in the power ratings.  Here are a couple of big games:

Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (1-6, 1-0 in Region 5) at No. 7 Landmark Christian  (6-1, 1-0).  The early schedule for ELCA, the 2012 private school champions, was nothing short of brutal.  The combined record of the Chargers’ first six opponents – which included one Class AAAAA team (Stockbridge), two Class AAAA teams (Whitewater and Woodward Academy) and Greater Atlanta Christian, the undefeated and top-ranked team in Class AA – is 34-8.  ELCA, in rebuilding mode this season, went [More]

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]