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

AA recap: No. 4 Lovett holds serve vs. upstart B.E.S.T.

  • 5:00 am Saturday, September 20th, 2014 by Brent Holloway

The fourth-ranked Lovett Lions got all they wanted from No. 7 B.E.S.T. Academy on Friday night, ultimately prevailing 42-28. The win positions the Lions well in Region 6-AA, and the season finale against No.1 Greater Atlanta Christian could prove to be the de facto region championship game as expected by many prior to the season.

It was the fourth straight game against a ranked opponent for the defending state champion Lions (3-2), and their battle-hardened toughness showed. B.E.S.T. (2-2) got 239 yards on 21 carries from dynamic back Deshawn Waller, but four turnovers proved to be the Eagles’ undoing. The final [More]

AA’s top games: Region 6 kicks off with top-10 tussle

  • 10:58 am Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by Brent Holloway

A look at some of the top games in AA this week, starting with a clash between top-10 teams in Region 6 …

No. 7 B.E.S.T. Academy at No. 4 Lovett

This is the top game on my radar by a pretty good margin this week. I’ve had it circled since B.E.S.T. knocked off Callaway 14-7 in the season opener. I think we knew Lovett (2-2) stood a good chance of taking some lumps, given the difficulty of its nonregion schedule and some of the pieces the Lions had to replace. But I also think we knew that once they got to [More]

AA notebook: Region 2, 6 set to open league play … Lamar County to file protest

  • 12:41 pm Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Brent Holloway

Friday nights are about to get a little more meaningful in Class AA. With Regions 2 and 6 kicking off their league slates in earnest this week, I figured it was a good time to look around the state and see what we’ve learned so far. In some cases, as you’ll see, it’s not much. But in every region, I think we have at least a marginally better idea of what we’re dealing with than we did a couple of weeks ago.

Let’s take a look…

UPDATE: Before we get started, we should mention that Lamar County is planning to protest the [More]

AA roundup: Lamar County foiled by ill-fated timeout

  • 5:00 am Saturday, September 13th, 2014 by Brent Holloway

It’ll go down as a 29-27 loss on the record, but you’d probably have a hard time convincing any Lamar County fans that they truly lost Friday night’s game against Class AAAA Mary Persons.

During a timeout as the ninth-ranked Trojans were preparing to attempt a two-point conversion that could have tied the game late in the third quarter, the game was halted due to lightning and was never resumed.

Following a two-hour delay, the game was called in accordance with GHSA rules, and Mary Persons was declared the winner.

“I don’t know really how to feel,” Mary Persons coach Brian [More]

AA’s top games: Three of top 10 taking on AAAA foes

  • 8:44 am Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by Brent Holloway

Here’s a look at some of this week’s big games in Class AA:

Woodward Academy (No. 5, AAAA) at No. 6 Lovett

Lovett (1-2) has one week left in its brutal nonregion schedule before beginning 6-AA play next Friday, and for the second straight week, the Lions will be taking on one of the top teams in Class AAAA.

Against Woodward Academy, Lovett’s defensive focus will be on slowing down four-star running back Elijah Holyfield, son of former boxing great Evander Holyfield. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound junior has run for 301 yards on just 29 carries through two games and scored a total of [More]

Class AA blog: After two-week break, Benedictine eager to get back on track

  • 2:38 pm Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by Brent Holloway

By the time No. 5 Benedictine kicks off with Liberty County on Friday night, three weeks will have past since their last game — the much-hyped season opener with No. 1 Greater Atlanta Christian that lived up to its billing.

Benedictine coach Danny Britt says the intervening period has been “miserable,” and not because his team was sulking over the 24-21, last-minute loss to the Spartans.

“You get so hyped up for everything,” Britt said, “and then you just kind of go into neutral for two weeks.”

The fourth-year Cadets coach said he’s dealt with the rare back-to-back bye weeks by getting back [More]

Class AA recap: Five of the top 10 fall

  • 5:00 am Saturday, September 6th, 2014 by Brent Holloway

Expect another shuffling in the Class AA top 10. Nine of the ranked teams were in action Friday night, and five of them lost. Four of the five losses came against teams from either higher classifications or out of the state, but this is becoming a trend. On the year, teams are 13-10-1 while ranked in the AA top 10.

This week’s casualties included No. 4 Lovett (27-7 vs. Marist), No. 7 Brooks County (29-14 vs. Madison County, Fla.), No. 8 B.E.S.T. Academy (28-6 vs. Central-Carrollton), No. 9 Heard County (49-20 vs. Callaway) and No. 10 Seminole County (21-7 vs. Pacelli).

The [More]

AA’s top games: Lovett looks to bounce back; B.E.S.T. gets another test

  • 8:35 am Thursday, September 4th, 2014 by Brent Holloway

Here’s a look at the week’s top games in Class AA.

No. 4 Lovett at Marist (No. 4, AAAA): A week after a painful last-minute loss, Lovett, Class AA’ s defending state champs, will have a tall order to avoid its first back-to-back losses in two years.

The Lions were beset by turnovers last week, when Westminster ultimately drove and scored the game-winning TD late in the fourth quarter. Lovett dominated time of possession and finished with 315 yards of offense, but mustered only 10 points due largely to three turnovers.

Marist enters at the opposite end of the emotional spectrum, fresh off [More]

AA blog: Washington-Wilkes tops among quartet of rapid risers

  • 12:11 pm Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by Brent Holloway

Another week, another shuffling of the top 10 in Class AA.

We’ve talked about it a lot here, so I won’t belabor the point, but the fact that two of the top four teams have lost in each week so far means we’ve had a lot of turnover in the top 10 – proof once again that preseason rankings don’t mean much once games get underway.

The primary beneficiary when it comes to the rankings shake-up has been Washington-Wilkes. The Tigers opened at No. 6 and are now sitting at No. 2 after thumping rival Lincoln County, 36-10, on Friday.

What makes Washington-Wilkes an [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]